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These countries are the world’s best for renewable energy investment

IHS Markit released its latest Global Renewables Markets Attractiveness Rankings that evaluates countries based on measures related to investment confidence and ease of development.
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Energy transition jobs: TerraWatt Infrastructure, Community Energy, Li-Cycle Corp., and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.
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Enel Green Power NA plans 1.5 GW of new renewables and energy storage capacity

The company said it has more than 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction, and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under way.
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Sunrise brief: Utility PSEG sells its solar energy portfolio

Also on the rise: Rooftop solar enters service at a Ford Motor research center, RAI Energy signs a 20-year PPA for 100 MW of solar energy, and Go Solar Group enters New Mexico's residential market.
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Arizona utility doubles its 2025 solar commitment

Salt River Project currently has 648 MW of utility-scale solar plants online or contracted and under development across Arizona.
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Shoals reports 12% revenue growth, plots to accelerate its EV charging strategy

Shoals said it is getting faster at winning new customers: It recently converted a prospect to an order in less than 90 days. 
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GP Joule breaks ground on 100 MW Canadian solar portfolio

The three 35 MW projects have to be designed to fit environmental challenges, including hurricane-force winds.
Installations

NREL signs agreement with UL to scale up SolarAPP+ software

The collaboration is a step in meeting NREL's goal to deliver instant solar permitting nationwide, and have the software used to cover 90% of all residential solar and solar-plus-storage permits by 2030.

Press Releases

Solar Wolf Energy selected as Solarize Mass Plus Yarmouth PV Installer for 2021

After a lengthy review and interview process, Solar Wolf Energy is excited to announce that they have been selected as the preferred photovoltaic installer for the Solarize Mass Plus Yarmouth campaign! Solarize Plus Yarmouth has assembled a team of local volunteers to review, onboard and collaborate with the selected installers; the offerings presented by the selected installers will be available only to Yarmouth residents during the Solarize Plus Yarmouth campaign.

Power Factors and Greenbyte Combine to Form Market Leader in Global Renewable Energy Software

Combined entity supports more than 75GW of renewable assets across 60 countries worldwide

BrainBox AI Pilot Achieves 25-29% Energy Savings in Two GWL Realty Advisors Toronto Properties

Today, BrainBox AI announced that it has partnered with GWL Realty Advisors to pilot its artificial intelligence technology in two of the company's managed properties in downtown Toronto. BrainBox AI, the world's most advanced AI for real estate, continues to grow across North America, as this partnership comes less than a month after BrainBox AI announced its partnership with WattTime, an environmental tech nonprofit that empowers people and organizations to slash emissions, which will drive increased energy savings and CO2 reductions in commercial real estate across North America.

Standard Solar Launches Innovations Group to Accelerate Growth and Foster Intrapreneurship

The newly launched Standard Solar, Inc. Innovations will focus on accelerating the company’s growth by building upon the core assets of its people, its reputation and its financial strength.

Covid-19

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Expanding community solar can bring jobs and economic benefits to hard-hit communities

Community solar offers a unique opportunity for recovery in a Covid-racked economy, but needs to go beyond the contained role it has traditionally held in the American energy landscape.

Here’s a recap of key energy proposals from the Biden administration and Congress

It’s been a busy two months since Joe Biden became president. Here are highlights of key initiatives on the energy and cleantech fronts.

Here’s what Biden’s infrastructure bill offers solar and cleantech

The $2 trillion package includes a proposed 10-year extension of the ITC and PTC and calls for further incentives to add transmission capacity. Most solar advocates liked it, but one nonprofit panned it as being too industry-friendly.

Senate bill would give clean energy companies direct access to tax credits

The bill aims to thaw frozen tax-equity markets and help the solar and clean energy sectors recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bifacial solar added at two bioscience facilities

The 572 kW systems feature Prism Solar bifacial panels and are installed at a bioscience company’s facilities, which produce Covid-19 test kits.

New York State adopts rules to streamline large renewable energy project reviews

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “cutting red tape” will help the state meets its sustainability goals and recover economically from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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AES to supply Google data centers in Virginia with 24/7 renewable energy

The agreement will result in the construction of around 500 MW of renewable energy and storage projects to ensure that Google data centers will be 90% carbon-free when measured on an hourly basis.

Southern Power names suppliers for California battery energy storage project

The 640 MWh BESS projects are designed for a 20-year life cycle and four hours of energy storage duration.

Sunrise brief: Green light for 185 MW/565 MWh solar + storage project

Also on the rise: Ørsted completes its 460 MW Texas solar + storage project, ReneSola JV aims to speed its European build pipeline, equity firm closes its CS Energy buy, and Revolt Energy gets a new owner.

Recurrent Energy wins federal approval for $550 million solar and storage project

The facility will occupy around 2,000 acres of BLM-administered lands some 13 miles west of Blythe, in Riverside County, California.

Residential marketer reaches settlement over solar sales allegations

NRG Residential Solar stopped marketing and installing solar in 2017, but agreed to pay $69,000 in penalties, change its policies and practices, and enter binding arbitration to resolve consumer complaints in New Jersey.

Most LMI solar programs lack strong evaluation metrics, report says

The Berkeley Lab report said that best practices generally found in utility energy efficiency programs are largely missing from solar programs that benefit low- to moderate-income people.

Manufacturing

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Product roundup: Ozop Energy Systems, SolarEdge Technologies, ChargePoint, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.

SEIA releases tool aimed at increasing solar supply chain transparency

The document is written to have “universal application” across product lines intended for export to the U.S. market, and is expected to be adopted by equipment manufacturers and U.S. importers.

Sunrise brief: Array Technologies to supply 4 GW of trackers for at least 10 solar projects

Also on the rise: Sunlight opens a 2 GWh capacity lead and lithium battery plant in North Carolina, Bloom Energy deploys its hydrogen-based SOFC, and Schneider Electric is building a microgrid at a Connecticut campus.

Sunrise brief: Hyzon and Raven partner to deploy hydrogen for commercial vehicles

Also on the rise: SolSmart designates its 400th locality and claims up to 450 MW of related solar capacity, Tri Global sells a 400 MW solar facility, and battery startup Gridtential secures $12 million in financing.

Sunrise brief: Michigan aims to power state buildings with renewables and solar by 2025

Also on the rise: Ozop Energy is supplying equipment for a Maryland microgrid, Georgia Power hits a milestone at its zero-carbon nuclear-build site, and Powin unveils a high-voltage battery.

Product roundup: Robotic cleaners, mobile EV charging, inverter company, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.

Markets & Policy

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Spike in ocean freight rates likely to impact SolarEdge Q2 results, company warns

A 100% jump in ocean freight rates will likely hit the company's bottom line, and it details its front-row seat to the Suez Canal stuck-ship debacle.

First Solar and Nel to develop integrated solar-hydrogen power plants

The companies first will work to develop an integrated power plant control and SCADA system.

Virginia’s largest-ever group of solar projects gets the green light

The nine-project group was approved by state regulators and will be a critical part of the 16 GW of renewable energy Virginia plans to add by 2035.

Developers propose more utility-scale solar for Indiana

AEP Energy signed on for the first 480 MW of a planned 1.65 GW solar energy facility planned for 12,000 acres in northern Indiana.

Sunrise brief: Trio of utilities want to spend $650 million for 465 MW of solar and storage

Also on the rise: Talen Energy has plans for energy storage at two fossil power plants, and a novel CSP technology passes a test that has its backers breathing a little easier.

Sunrise brief: Solar as sculpture could help power Burning Man festival

Also on the rise: CPS Energy wins a round in its lawsuit against ERCOT over February’s big storm, Mitsubishi Power aims to develop a second green hydrogen project, Advanced Power taps Bechtel for a solar project, and the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York closes for good.

Technology

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XPRIZE launches $100 million carbon removal challenge, backed by Musk Foundation

The four-year global competition invites innovators and teams to demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans.

RPI launches energy institute with backing from Siemens and Lutron Electronics

The New York City-based institute will link architectural design and engineering to create infrastructure that is both net-zero in energy use and climate resilient.

EnerVenue signs its first major distribution agreement

The deal with Hong Kong’s Towngas will pilot the company’s nickel-hydrogen battery technology and serve as an audition for future deals to come.

A geospatial approach to evaluating potential solar sites

High-resolution data let the study group drill down to individual parcels in order to figure out how much land is available for solar in both optimal and preferred sites.

Sunrise brief: Xcel Energy files plans for a 460 MW solar plant in Minnesota

Also on the rise: PG&E launches its solar-based microgrid program, a report from Berkeley Lab says the power sector is halfway to becoming carbon free, and battery recycler Li-Cycle will build a facility near Phoenix.

Power quality issues challenge utilities as solar is added to the grid, survey finds

Power quality issues emerge in terms of voltage swags, swells, flickers, and harmonic distortions, among other things. Many utilities said they are not happy with their ability to gather useful data to address the problems.

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