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Reducing Solar Project Risk in a Supply Constraint Market

The federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has been driving solar energy technology adoption in the U.S. since it was enacted in 2006. The ITC has been modified and extended over the years, and now the phaseout of the program has begun, with the reduction of the 30% credit to 10% by 2022.

Illuminating Ways to Manage Solar Manufacturing Quality Risks

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) phase-out and Section 201 Solar Tariffs on the import of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules are creating a perfect storm for increased risk to U.S. utility-scale solar projects. As utilities, developers and owners accelerate activity to secure the maximum...

The Changing Landscape of Solar Siting and Permitting

At the onset of solar, projects were typically developed in warm or desert climates. Policy advancements and new technologies are changing the scenery of solar farms. Solar installations have been popping up along mountainsides and in cool northeastern winds. As new landscapes expand the...

Interconnection Considerations for Solar Project Site Selection

On the surface, selecting the ideal spot for a solar project is simple: Find a sunny area near existing transmission lines that are carrying extra capacity. But those ideal conditions are somewhat of a unicorn, and the reality of the process is much more complex.

For High-Quality Solar Installations, Start With High-Quality Evaluations

From customer demand to the investment tax credit (ITC), many factors are fueling an increase in utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the U.S. These trends are also bringing new solar construction firms into the market. As the benefits of solar come to light, utilities should...

Geotechnical Studies Reveal Site Obstacles, Reduce Unknowns on Solar Projects

A successful solar project needs the sun, but nearly half of solar installation construction happens underground. This makes what happens under the surface critical to a project’s success. On a job with thousands of foundations, every foot of embedment affects the project cost and schedule....

A Transmission Master Plan Would Give Offshore Wind a Solid Foundation

The U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are growing and face numerous energy constraints. Vast wind energy resources exist just miles from the shore. However, getting this potential power source from the ocean to consumers represents one of the biggest challenges for the emerging industry....

Overcoming Offshore Wind Siting and Permitting Challenges

After years of speculation, the offshore wind industry in the U.S. is finally taking off. While there was virtually no interest in leasing tracts of the outer continental shelf in 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leased nearly 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts in...

Factoring Constructability into Offshore Wind Development

The planning and permitting complexities associated with bringing offshore wind projects to fruition are why such projects are often four- to six-year endeavors, with construction accounting for the last 18 to 24 months. However, the financial success of any project centers on planning and...

Are Renewable Energy Mandates Feasible in Large-Scale Implementation?

The Hawaiian state legislature wants to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. California recently announced its plan to have 100 percent reliance on zero-emission energy sources for its electricity by that same year.

Weigh Value vs. Cost When Stacking Up Battery Revenues

Even though lithium-ion battery costs have dropped significantly over the past few years, making an economic case for installing batteries is still challenging in most situations. It is tempting to “value stack” revenue streams for energy storage to maximize the financial returns, but there are...

The Smart Way to Approach Interconnections

As utilities and communities look ahead to their energy futures, they have a choice.

To Rightsize the Grid, We Must Oversize the Grid

The careful calculations the power industry has always used to plan the grid’s future, it turns out, may no longer work.

Despite Renewable Gaps, Solutions Abound for Maintaining Grid Stability

In September 2018, California raised its already ambitious renewable energy goals and is now aiming for 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Hawaii announced a similar goal three years earlier. Other states — particularly those in the western U.S. — are just a step behind, implementing higher...

Solar PV Is Here to Stay

One of the trending questions in the power industry right now: Will the Trump administration continue policies that maintain the surging momentum of the solar power industry?

Future of Grid-Tied PV Systems

The North American power grid is the most reliable in the world, bar none. That’s the reason so many in the power industry are working hard to avoid any erosion in reliability as more megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind generation are introduced to the grid.

The Price of Solar Energy

Solar energy is becoming more cost-efficient — and cost-competitive with its fossil fuel counterparts. This gives the solar industry, as well as utilities and consumers, an alternative energy avenue to consider.

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