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Massachusetts’s Solar Program is Flawed

Solar advocates and nonprofit organizations have voiced their concern about the Baker administration’s new Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The advocates acknowledge the positive move by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to create a good program. But, according to them, in its current state the program doesn’t offer solar savings to most affordable housing projects.

According to Mark Sandeen, co-founder and president of MassSolar, “We are concerned that the SMART program as currently proposed, may impose administrative hurdles and set compensation rates so low that continued development of low-income solar will become impossible.”

“SMART could be a positive development for solar, but without a program that expands sharing and offers a fair compensation for solar production, many in our communities, especially the low income tenants we serve, will be left behind by the solar revolution,” according to said Gail Latimore, Executive Director of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in Dorchester.

 

 

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Trina Solar Offering Bifacial PERC Module

Trina Solar has launched its bifacial solar module DUOMAX Twin at Clean Energy Expo China (CEEC Expo) 2017 in Beijing. The company is involved in the development of PERC cell technology and production. DUOMAX Twin uses both the front and back sides. The back side uses scattered and reflected light. The module can deliver up to 25% more than traditional modules.

According to Rongfang Yin, VP of Global Sales & Marketing at Trina Solar, “Going forward, Trina Solar will put additional effort into product segmentation, which will allow our customers to choose products uniquely suited to their distinct project environments.”

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Southern Power’s East Pecos Solar Facility goes Online 

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has begun commercial operation of the 120 MW East Pecos Solar Facility in Pecos County, Texas.

First Solar has built the 1.2 million panel-facility, and the company will also operate and maintain it. The 1,000-acre project started last year in February. Austin Energy has made a 15-year agreement to purchase the energy and associated renewable energy credits.

“The East Pecos Solar Facility joins our growing renewable fleet in Texas, and we look forward to operating it for the benefit of our customers,” stated Buzz Miller, Southern Power President and CEO.