Settlement Aims to Speed EV Charging Station Deployment

Settlement Aims to Speed EV Charging Station Deployment

A diverse set of public interest groups, automakers, labor unions and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) submitted a proposed settlement to the California Public Utilities Commission to accelerate the deployment of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that would support the utility grid in … Read more…

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed … Read more…

Renewables Pose Threat to Outdated Grid

Renewables Pose Threat to Outdated Grid

Scientists and engineers nationwide are still figuring out how best to protect the grid from something usually seen as benign and helpful: renewable energy, reports the Los Angeles Times. As the US’s network of solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal grows ever bigger, these scientists … Read more…

Tools for Utilities to Comply with California’s Energy Storage Mandate

Tools for Utilities to Comply with California’s Energy Storage Mandate

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed a mandate requiring 1.3 GW of energy storage statewide by 2020, and utilities are scrambling to submit plans by a January 2014 deadline that shows the energy storage resources they will tap to be compliant with … Read more…

California Solar Initiative Aims to Preserve Project Resources as Funding Ends

California Solar Initiative Aims to Preserve Project Resources as Funding Ends

The California Solar Initiative’s indirect, nonincentive-based benefits have benefited California’s distributed generation solar market, in addition to the incentive based growth of the sector, according to a report from the California Center for Sustainable Energy. With rebates from the California Solar Initiative for residential solar … Read more…

More than 6.4 GW Solar Electric Capacity Installed in US

More than 6.4 GW Solar Electric Capacity Installed in US

The US solar photovoltaics market installed 684 MW in the third quarter of 2012, representing 44 percent growth over the same period last year, according to a report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

US Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012 says this quarter marked the third largest on record for the US PV industry and raised the total installed capacity through the first three quarters of the year to 1,992 MW — already surpassing 2011’s annual total of 1,885 MW.

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