Welcome to SunSpark PV Solar Exhibition at Moscone West Convention Center In San Francisco , Booth No. 8633A
Silicon Ranch to build 200 MW-AC of solar in the United States
The portfolio of four solar projects will provide low-cost electricity for 38 co-ops in Georgia, and builds on existing projects developed by the two companies.
Georgia is a late comer to the solar game, but the U.S. state has arrived in a big way. After being forced to engage by pro-solar Republicans on the state’s utility commission, Georgia Power began commissioning hundreds of megawatts of solar, which brought the state into the top 10 of solar markets as early as 2013, and Georgia was the third-largest market last year with over 1 GW installed.
However, Georgia’s rural electric cooperatives are also getting in on the game. As early as 2001 a group of cooperatives got together to form Green Power EMC, a company to buy power from renewable energy facilities, which back them was largely biomass and hydro.
Today Green Power EMC announced that it has struck a deal with Silicon Ranch for the developer to build four PV plants totaling 200 MW-AC to supply cheap power to 38 of its member cooperatives. Silicon Ranch will develop, fund, build own and operate the projects, and Green Power EMC will buy all the power they generate.
President Trump suggested paying for the construction of his border wall with Mexico through the sale of power from solar installations.
Donald Trump was heard to suggest the use of solar panels to repay the cost of building an anti-immigrant wall with Mexico in a conversation with congressional leaders, according to CNN citing sources familiar with the matter.
California is mandated to receive all its power from renewable sources by 2045 under legislation that passed in the Senate yesterday.
SB 100 outlines the most ambitious target for the Golden State yet, upping its current renewable portfolio standard of 50% by 2030. Under the bill, which staggers targets, California would now be required to reach 50% by 2026 and 60% by 2030.
This is the first time that U.S. wind and solar have met more than 10% of demand in a single month; however individual states led by California and Iowa have reached much higher penetrations.
EIA’s Electric Power Monthly shows that during March wind and solar together met 10.1% of U.S. electricity demand. This the first time that these two sources combined have ever met more than 10% of power, a fact which was first reported in the TerraJoule newsletter.
After originally being cool to Suniva’s petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission for protection from its Chinese competitors, SolarWorld Americas has reversed its stance and joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.
Bankrupt module manufacturer Suniva’s petition before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) just got an enormous shot in the arm, as SolarWorld Americas has joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.
The news comes two days after the ITC agreed to launch an investigation to “determine whether crystalline silicon photovoltaic (“CSPV”) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported articles.”