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Articles related to developments at companies participating in the solar industry. Coverage focuses on in-state activities of companies based in California, or California-related developments of other companies as they expand, re-position or shrink their presence in the state. Companies covered include installers, manufacturers and utilities (Investor-owned, private-owned and municipal).


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Solar distributor altE acquires off-grid veterans Real Goods

Alternative Energy Store (altE), a Massachusetts-based distributor of solar energy products and systems, acquired Real Goods, a California-based solar retailer. Read More →

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Local residents band together to fight Cambria solar panel project

They come from different backgrounds and hold a wide variety of political beliefs. The one thing they do have in common is a dislike for a plan that they fear could have a negative and long-lasting impact on the fabric of their community. Read More →

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Amazon Joins Walmart in Blaming Tesla Solar Panels for Fires

Walmart Inc. isn’t the only corporation that has seen its Tesla Inc. solar panels catch fire. On Friday, Amazon.com Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar system that Tesla’s SolarCity division installed. Read More →

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Sunnova and PetersenDean Partner to Deliver Integrated Solar Solutions to California Homebuilders

Sunnova Energy International Inc., one of the leading U.S. residential solar and battery storage service providers, today announced a new strategic partnership with PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, one of the largest full-service, privately-held roofing and solar companies in the United States. Working together, Sunnova and PetersenDean will deliver Sunnova’s solar and storage services to home builders across California. Read More →

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Two Years In, Tesla’s SolarCity Deal Looks Increasingly Like A Bad Bet

Tesla acquired residential solar installer Solar City in late 2016 with the ambition of creating a vertically integrated renewable energy company, that marries electricity generation, storage, and sustainable transportation. However, almost two years later, the acquisition doesn’t appear to be living up to expectations, with the company’s solar installations trending lower and new product launches seeing delays. Read More →

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Los Angeles has lined up record-cheap solar power. But there’s a problem

Los Angeles has been sitting on a contract for record-cheap solar power for more than a month — and city officials declined to approve it Tuesday because of concerns raised by the city-run utility’s labor union. Under the 25-year contract with developer 8minute Solar Energy, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would pay less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour — the lowest price ever paid for solar power in the United States. Read More →

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The Looming Bankruptcy Battle Over PG&E’s Renewable Energy Contracts

If Pacific Gas & Electric goes bankrupt, who gets final say over whether it can renegotiate its old and expensive solar power-purchase agreements — federal regulators or the bankruptcy court? This multibillion-dollar question has come to the fore as PG&E, overwhelmed by tens of billions of dollars in potential wildfire liabilities, prepares to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as tomorrow. Read More →

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SoCalGas planning an advanced energy model that includes wind, solar & storage

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that it will partner with the University of California-Irvine’s  Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Read More →

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California’s big utilities to reach 50% renewable energy in 2020

When California’s political leadership pushed its 50% renewable energy mandate in 2015, there was some skepticism about whether or not Read More →

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SCE Named No. 1 Solar Utility in U.S. for Second Year in a Row

Southern California Edison delivered more solar energy to its customers last year than any other utility in the nation, according to rankings Read More →

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The Looming Bankruptcy Battle Over PG&E’s Renewable Energy Contracts

If Pacific Gas & Electric goes bankrupt, who gets final say over whether it can renegotiate its old and expensive solar power-purchase agreements — federal regulators or the bankruptcy court? This multibillion-dollar question has come to the fore as PG&E, overwhelmed by tens of billions of dollars in potential wildfire liabilities, prepares to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as tomorrow. Read More →

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Investors React Positively to SunEdison’s Restructured Plan to Buy Vivint Solar

SunEdison shares jumped more than 14 percent today after the company revised the terms of its acquisition of residential installer Vivint Solar. In July, SunEdison unveiled a $2.2 billion plan to acquire Vivint in cash, stock and convertible notes. Investors were not thrilled with the terms of the deal, however, and SunEdison’s stock declined precipitously over the following months. Read More →

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18 schools across California turn to SunEdison to save millions with solar

SunEdison, Inc. today announced that it has signed 20-year power-purchase agreements with six school districts across California. These agreements will see more than 9 megawatts of solar installed at 18 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state, and is expected to save taxpayers more than $30 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. Read More →

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SunPower Plans to Sell Rooftop Solar Electricity in California

SunPower Corp., the second-biggest U.S. solar manufacturer, is developing a plan to sell electricity in California. As the company combines its rooftop solar, energy storage and management systems, it will tap those resources to sell into the California bulk-power marketplace, Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said in an interview Tuesday at the Edison Electric Institute Financial Conference in Hollywood, Florida. Read More →

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Horicon School District – Sonoma County School Makes the Switch to Solar Power

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 59 kW solar electric system at Horicon Elementary School in Annapolis, CA, near the northern coast of Sonoma County. The new photovoltaic system will offset 99% of their utility grid demand, essentially eliminating their electric bills and saving the school district thousands in utility fees every year. Read More →

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