SCE Selects Suppliers for 261 MW in Energy Storage

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Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the suppliers and projects it has selected for the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history. This energy storage procurement is more than five times greater than SCE’s minimum authorization of 50 MW, pursuant to a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruling. SCE will purchase 261 MW of energy storage resources, pending approval by the CPUC.

This procurement effort marks the first time SCE has used a competitive solicitation to obtain bids for energy storage projects. Once deployed, the energy storage systems will provide a number of services to SCE’s power grid, including ensuring adequate available electrical capacity to meet peak demand.  Continue reading this entry

Mexican Renewables – Set for a Boom; Waiting for Guidance

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The sunset date for the 30% ITC is coming into view for developers of U.S. solar projects. The U.S. domestic solar market is also becoming increasingly competitive. The PTC for wind has already expired except for projects unless they managed to meet “commencement of construction” deadlines at the end of 2013.

At the same time, in December 2013 Mexico enacted constitutional amendments to open up the Mexican energy sector to private purchase participation and Enrique Peña Nieto subsequently submitted secondary laws, including the Ley de la Industria Eléctrica (or Electric Industry Law), to the Mexican congress in August of 2014.

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Southern California Edison Seeking Small Scale Solar PPAs

Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced a Request for Offers (RFO) seeking proposals for 63 MW of solar generation, with proposed projects being between 500 kW and 10 MW each. While SCE has made known its preference for project bids from Orange County, all proposed projects must be located within SCE’s territory in Southern and Central California. SCE also indicated a preference for rooftop projects that are 1-2 MW, although SCE will consider some ground-mounted projects.

Bids are due no later than 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Prevailing Time) on January 6, 2015.

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Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Extending Real Property Tax Abatement for Solar Power Installation

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Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill that extends real property tax breaks for installing electricity-generating solar panels on New York City buildings effective September 23, 2014.

The new law extends the existing incentive program to January 1, 2017.  Further, the new law doubles the possible tax breaks as compared to the existing incentive program from 2.5 percent to 5 percent of eligible installation expenditures.  Although the cost of installing electricity-generating solar panels in New York City is higher than in most other cities due to stringent city regulations, the new law aims to offset those higher costs.  Continue reading this entry

New York’s Plan for a Self-Sustaining Solar Industry

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Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York’s multiple solar programs are transitioning into the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. The decision is intended to support the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative and help grow the State’s already vibrant solar market. The intended outcome of the Governor’s program is to expand deployment of solar projects across the state, add more than 3,000 megawatts (MW) to the State’s solar capacity, which is enough to power 400,000 homes, and ultimately transform New York’s solar market into a self-sustaining industry.

With the launch of the program, Governor Cuomo intended to send “a clear message that New York is a leader in solar energy innovation.” Merging multiple programs into the NY-Sun Incentive Program is projected to further stimulate the development of solar projects across the state and “aid in New York’s transition to a cleaner, cheaper and more efficient energy grid.”

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