As solar companies feared, South Carolina’s rooftop solar market is slowing down as utilities in the state begin to hit their net metering caps.

Last week, Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) announced that it has reached its 2 percent cap for net-metered solar systems in upstate South Carolina. The utility says more than 5,000 solar systems have been installed by homes and businesses in its territory to date.

“In order to give advance notice to DEC customers who are installing solar, we will continue to accept net metering applications through the end of July,” the utility wrote in a July 11 communication. Any customers

This Week in Tesla: New Gigafactory Coming to Shanghai, Tax Credit Going Away, Trade War Hits

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s visit to China this week paid off.

He finalized an agreement to build a combined car and battery factory in Shanghai designed to produce 500,000 cars a year. Doing so will give Tesla expanded global production capability as well as tariff-free supply in the world’s largest electric vehicle market.

China has forced foreign automakers to partner with a local company in order to enter the market. Tesla, though, will be able to operate independently thanks to a thaw in Bejing’s stance on foreign automobile industry investment.

Producing cars in China will insulate Tesla from the import

Onshore wind turbine size and capacity is on track to continue increasing at a steady pace, while offshore equipment will grow in leaps and jumps in the coming years, according to a recent note from MAKE Consulting on the future of wind turbine technologies.

“It’s actually a gradual shift onshore because markets are moving from 3 to 4 [megawatts],” said MAKE technology consultant and lead author Shashi Barla. “However, offshore turbine sizes are much bigger.” 

Offshore, 6-megawatt turbines are now giving way to 7 megawatts. But Barla said next generation turbines will fall between 12 and 15 megawatts with rotors at 200 to 260 meters.

How Utilities Can Align 20-Year Resource Plans With Distributed Solar, EVs and More

In a striking move earlier this year, Arizona regulators did not endorse the state’s major utilities’ long-term resource plans.

The rebuke of the utilities’ integrated resource plans (IRPs) came along with a short-term freeze on new natural gas plants larger than 150 megawatts. In the two years since the IRPs began to form, the cost of energy storage had fallen dramatically — just one example of how new technologies are outpacing planning timelines.

Arizona, a state awash in distributed solar and with a far-reaching Energy Modernization Plan in front of regulators, is not alone. No matter the level of penetration of distributed

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The state reduces CO2 emissions to 1990 levels, four years ahead of its deadline
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California has successfully reduced carbon emissions to 1990 levels, beating its goal by four years.

The Sacramento Bee reported that according to the California Air Resources Board, emissions dropped to 429 metric tons in 2016, a decline of 12 million tons from a year earlier and enough of a decline to meet the state's climate change objectives.

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Teslas Model 3s face new challenge in Ontario.

Weeks after the swearing in of Conservative Doug Ford as the new premier of Ontario, the new government has already pulled out of the province’s cap-and-trade program — putting companies out the $2.1 billion they've already sunk into carbon allowances — and begun cutting clean energy programs. 

In a Thursday speech laying out the government’s agenda, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell said it would cut “unfair, unaffordable green energy contracts” in rural areas, reduce gas prices, lower energy bills, and oppose “other carbon tax schemes in all of their forms.” 

This week the government announced the cancellation of Ontario’s Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program and the

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