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Schneider Electric releases digital economy and climate impact report

The report outlines the climate implications expected from the increase in IT-sector electricity demand, and came as Schneider Electric introduced new technologies to address efficiency needs.
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Two Duke IRPs shot down by South Carolina regulators

South Carolina regulators rejected Duke Energy Carolina and Duke Energy Progress' Integrated Resource Plans, and demanded a "single and clear" recommendation.
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Solar is as popular as apple pie (but some folks still prefer pecan)

A Pew Research Center study found that solar enjoys the strongest support among those surveyed. Splits emerged when it came to Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X, and Boomers, not to mention the Republican-Democrat split.
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Solar 101: It all comes down to curb appeal

The residential solar industry has taken notice of the demand for beautiful, hidden panels, and is now providing creative and attractive designs that you can incorporate into your rooftop solar project.
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How do factors related to solar modules impact site-wide tracker costs?

With the market for solar modules ever-evolving, Array Technologies and PVEL released a study looking at the different module characteristics that affect site-wide tracker costs.
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Sunrise brief: LG Energy batteries for 1.2 GWh Moss Landing energy storage project

Also on the rise: A long-duration energy storage project advances in Canada, and Siemens is providing hydrogen-capable turbines for a Nebraska power plant repowering project.
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Drones, robots, and AI are changing the face of solar and wind farm inspections, literally

Robots and drones with deep learning computer vision and advanced imaging cameras are changing the landscape of inspections for renewable energy sites and associated equipment.
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To address transmission issues, FERC and NARUC agree to tackle barriers through a new task force

A decade after FERC Order 1000 was issued, transmission buildout remains slow, threatening clean energy goals and expanded solar and wind energy deployment.

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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.

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ACORE insight: The federal agenda for energy and climate

As part of ACORE's Finance Forums, experts on federal energy policy outlined what policies are needed to help drive the Biden Administration's clean energy and climate change policies.

Price pressures may delay 15% of utility-scale solar projects this year, Roth Capital warns

Shaving off 15% would trim new capacity additions by more than 2.3 GW this year alone, based on Energy Information Administration forecasts. Higher prices throughout the solar supply chain are being blamed.

Duke Energy to halt electric shutoffs in extreme heat, hurricane conditions

The agreement follows negotiations with Vote Solar, the CLEO Institute, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, as more than 20,000 Duke Energy Florida customers are reported to behind on their electric bills.

Minnesota Power wins approval for 21 MW of solar

The new capacity additions were brought forward to help the state recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunrise brief: Michigan utilities signal support for raising a cap on rooftop solar

Also on the rise: Report sheds light on low- and moderate-income solar program performance, and renewables bucked a slump in U.S. energy production in 2020.

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.

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Non-profits get creative to expand the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income people

Two recent initiatives in Massachusetts and New York offer examples of how non-profit and community organizations are working to extend solar's benefits.

Sunrise brief: Canada’s clean energy jobs forecast to grow 50% by 2030, report says

Also on the rise: New clean energy coalition will push for U.S. tax code reform, FPL topples the stack of its last coal-fired power plant, NERC and Dragos launch a cybersecurity initiative, and the Western Energy Imbalance Market moves into Montana.

Water agency starts work on 5 MW array that will use bifacial modules

Sol Systems will install and operate the solar array at no expense to the New York-based water agency in return for all energy credits generated at a fixed price per kilowatt-hour over 25 years.

How the Southeast can achieve 100% clean energy

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy identified two pathways that the Southeast’s big utilities could follow to achieve 100% renewable generation against the backdrop of a possible federal mandate.

Sunrise brief: Renewable energy consumption grew in 2020 as fossil fuels and nuclear shrank

Also on the rise: Black & Veatch unit sets financing for 137 MW Texas project, Rockefeller Foundation partners to fund distributed renewable projects in Africa, and DroneBase closes a funding round as it expands its solar presence.

Sunrise brief: U.S. solar industry passes 100 GW of installed capacity, SEIA report says

Also on the rise: Stem and CleanCapital extend their business ties and eye C&I energy storage, Heliogen raises $108 million from industrial heavyweights for its CSP refinery, and Ameresco will deploy a solar array at Cannon AFB.

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Unifrax plans manufacturing line for lithium-ion battery technology

The global manufacturer of specialty materials announced plans to build its first silicon fiber anode production line for lithium-ion battery improvement.

Sunrise brief: Congress urges Border Patrol action on forced labor allegations

Also on the rise: AES floats a utility-scale solar project in New York, Greenbacker adds to its solar portfolio, Sunnova prices its latest securitization, and China will end its solar subsidies.

NanoGraf develops battery chemistry material with significant energy density increases

The company’s silicon-oxide anode material can increase battery capacity in the 18650 form factor by an initial 12% at a potentially commercially competitive price.

3 takeaways from the PVEL 2021 reliability scorecard

The annual publication from PV Evolution Labs shares results from solar panel stress tests focused on specified and verified bills of materials.

Sunrise brief: Polysilicon prices likely have peaked, Canadian Solar execs say

Also on the rise: Stem provides smart energy storage services to a Bay State project, solar leads in global power generation investment, and Agilitas Energy expands its storage footprint.

First Solar to add 3.3 GW of capacity in a new $680 million Ohio factory

The 1.8 million-square-foot facility is projected to create 500 jobs and produce an enhanced thin film PV module for the utility-scale solar market in the U.S.

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GM expands its electric vehicle investment and plans more U.S. battery manufacturing capacity

The automaker said it is accelerating plans for two new battery cell plants in the United States to complement the Ultium Cells LLC plants under construction in Tennessee and Ohio.

People on the move: Lafayette Square, Nexamp, Connecticut Green Bank, and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.

Tax equity stress isn’t going away, yet renewable projects still need investment

Renewable project finance has to become more dynamic and greater risks will have to be taken in order to meet clean economy mandates, a panel of experts said during an ACORE event.

Department of Energy announces $200 million in new funding for batteries and EVs

The funds support DOE national lab efforts and create partnerships in batteries, electric vehicles, connected vehicles, and will span five years.

Supply chain constraints are starting to hit the solar industry, SEIA says

A Q1 market report said the biggest impact has been on utility-scale projects, with some developers trying to rework PPAs. It warned that “compounding cost increases across all materials are just beginning to affect installers.”

CI Renewables acquires KDC Solar

CI will continue continue KDC Solar’s operations, with the specific focus of providing clean energy solutions for companies and institutions with electric loads greater than 2 MW.

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Roll-out solar arrays installed in NASA spacewalk

The first new ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) has been installed on the International Space Station.

How utilities can catch up to a digitized, decarbonized future

The utility industry is unprepared for the clean energy and technology future that it will soon be facing. EY has surveyed 159 power and utilities executives to identify and tackle what they see as their biggest challenges.

New tool aims to streamline fast-charging EV station design

The project offers a design and validation framework for renewable energy-based microgrid configurations that deliver electric vehicle fast charging, energy security, and value-added grid services.

Solar makes a lot of sense at ground level, too

Solar projects that support native grasses can sequester more carbon than cropland alone. And about all that corn for ethanol.

Sunrise brief: Sempra and NREL agree to advance net-zero energy systems

Also on the rise: NB Power adds more solar in the Canadian Maritimes, Leyline Renewable finances solar in Washington, D.C., big cuts reported in CO2 emissions from power production, and Schlumberger and Panasonic partner on a novel lithium extraction process.

Li-Cycle announces partnership with Renewance, first western ‘Spoke’ plant

The two companies will work together to deliver a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective lithium-ion battery recycling solution for end-of-life energy storage systems.

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