California backs off on added licensing for solar installers to do battery projects
North Bay Business Journal – October 28
California construction regulators have backed off on a new rule that would have required solar installers as of November 1 to get further licensing to be able to put in battery storage systems. State Attorney General Rob Bonta on October 4 filed a stipulation in court that the mandate would be paused until a lawsuit brought by a trade group representing solar installers is resolved, according to the document.
California starting environmental assessment for offshore wind site
The Maritime Executive – November 4
Efforts to launch what may become one of the first wind farms off the coast of California are proceeding forward. In late October, the California State Lands Commission took steps to begin the next milestone in a permitting process for the pilot offshore wind energy project. The 40-MW pre-commercial floating wind project will be installed off Vandenberg Space Force Base (formerly Vandenberg Air Force Base), located in Santa Barbara County. The upcoming environmental assessment comes just over two years after BW Ideol’s initial lease application submittal.
More than half of 2022′s solar projects threatened by spiking costs, new report finds
CNBC – October 26
Surging solar costs, driven by raw material price increases and supply chain constraints, could delay or even cancel more than half of next year’s expected utility-scale solar buildout, according to a new report from energy consultancy Rystad Energy. Forecasts for 2022 stand at 90 GW of new utility-scale solar worldwide, and the firm said Tuesday that 56% of those projects are at risk amid the surge in prices. The spike means developers might try to negotiate higher power purchase agreements, or else absorb the costs themselves, leading to lower margins.