The Buzz

19 Mar 2020

The pandemic has slowed down solar projects but there is an unprecedented increase in new installed capacity in 2019. This year and future ones may be a different story but solar proponents expect solar capacity to keep rising in and outside California over the long haul.

Large intermittent renewable generation paired with storage provides more bang for the buck. A new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report also notes that in California the total value of hybrid projects is roughly double that of stand-alone solar or battery facilities.

The federal bankruptcy court approves part of Pacific Gas & Electric’s financing framework. It gives the company the okay to line up $11 billion in debt financing, and issue $9 billion in new equity.

In this week’s guest column, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District defends its community solar shares program. Rooftop solar isn’t always sensible or possible and SMUD’s program will help home builders provide more affordable housing while cutting emissions.

Current tracks state, local and federal agency meeting changes–from cancellations to livestreams–in response to COVID-19, and state and local orders.

It’s good news for the joint California-Québec carbon trading program. A federal judge rejects part of the Trump Administration’s argument seeking to invalidate it, and the results of its most recent auction are bright.

And more…

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