The legislation requires the state to create a task force to study solar end-of-life and related issues and use this information to suggest revisions to the state's existing solar energy program.
(Source: SEIA, Various Media, Solar Ind., 11 Mar. 2020)
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The SPI portfolio includes closed projects in Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Clakamas counties . SPI Energy also announced the agreed acquisition of up to eight projects with a combined capacity of 21 MW in Oregon in July. All projects have 20-year PPAs with Portland General Electric.
SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors. It offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers. As of April 30, 2019, it owned and operated 15.706 MW of solar projects. The company operates in Greece, the United States, Italy, Japan, the U.K., Australia, and Germany.
(Source: SPI Energy Ltd, Renewables, Feb., 2020)
Contact: SPI Energy Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Oregon Community Solar Programme, www.oseia.org › communitysolar
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California, New Mexico and New Jersey are among the top states, where at least 10 pct of schools have have solar power installations.
Wisconsin is ranked ninth on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) list of states with school solar installations. SEIA notes more than 5,000 U.S. schools use solar power and have doubled their solar capacity in the past five years.
(Source: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, WXPR, Public Radio, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Amanda Schienebeck, Solar Program Coordinator, 715-592-6595, www.midwestrenew.org; SEIA, www.seia.org
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"The federal ITC has been a critical innovation policy creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, lowering electricity prices for families and businesses, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining America's competitive edge in emerging energy technologies. With the ITC set to begin ramping down in 2020, now is the time to continue this important policy."
To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:
According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development.
These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA.
(Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, email@example.com, www.seia.org
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The new divisions are part of the solar industry group's broader governance plan to enter the 2020s as America's leading source of new electric power generation.
(Source: SEIA, May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seia.org
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This year solar, which is now a $17 billion industry, and other renewables -- excluding hydropower -- are expected to provide 11 pct of U.S. electricity generation.
By 2024, there will be one solar energy system installed per minute in the United States, Wood Mackenzie said. (Source: SEIA Website, 9 May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, email@example.com, www.seia.org
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The SolarAPP aims at lowering this cost through an automated, standardized installation process that would include:
The initiative would also include establishing a program administrator to oversee and implement the new standardized process.
(Source: Associations Now, Sept., 2018) Contact: SEIA, www.seia.org; Solar Foundation, www.thesolarfoundation.org; Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative, www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SolarAPP.pdf
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1,054 million pounds of feedstocks were used to produce biodiesel in May 2017. Soybean oil remained the most widely used biodiesel fuel stock, with 546 million pounds consumed.
Texas remains the biggest biodiesel producing state in the US. Nine biodiesel producers have facilities in the Lone-Star state, with a combined total capacity of 474 million gpy, according to EIA figures. (Source: US EIA, Aug., 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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