ROUND UP: SCE top solar utility, PG&E issues RfP, Rhode Island increases clean energy jobs

News in Brief: SCE tops the SEPA rankings for the top solar capacity of utilities for the second year in a row, PG&E issues an RfP for renewable energy projects ranging from 0.5MW to 20MW, Canada's Solar Alliance acquires the entire LA residential solar pipeline of an undisclosed US company, and Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo has announced a 40% increase in the state's clean energy jobs.

Is US residential solar just for the rich?

Whilst this claim that 'solar is for the rich' has previously never been supported by any data-based analysis, a new report by GTM Research and PowerScout could suggest that there may be some truth in this.

Nevada moves closer to reviving rooftop solar industry

Lawmakers in Nevada advanced yesterday with a bundle of bills that they say will revert back to more favourable rates for rooftop solar and increase the amount of energy credits for selling solar power. The bills have now moved to a full committee for consideration.

PV Talk: SunFunder on encouraging investment and tackling currency risk in Africa

San Francisco-based SunFunder is a solar finance business with a mission to unlock capital for solar energy in emerging markets. It primarily aggregates investment capital through its beyond-the-grid and Solar Empowerment funds, thereby giving accredited investors the opportunity to invest in their on-grid and off-grid solar portfolio. Andrea Griffin, SunFunder’s vice president of global business development, stopped by PV Tech to discuss investment, currency risk and energy storage in West Africa.

Maine fights to preserve net metering

Lawmakers and solar supporters in Maine have united to fight a widely criticised decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to phase out retail net metering by 2018.