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Louisiana’s first Tesla Solar Roof installed

Solar Alternatives announced the installation of a 17kW Tesla Solar Roof system with two Powerwall batteries, a first for the state. Interest in distributed solar and battery energy storage are being onset by climate-driven extreme weather.
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Greenbacker acquires solar project set to power Middlebury College

The 6.5MW South Street solar project, has a power purchase agreement in place with Middlebury College, and will meet 30% of the College's annual electricity demand.
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DSD Renewables and T-Mobile partner on community solar portfolio

The projects are being built to help the cell carrier works to make progress toward its RE100 commitment to power its entire business with 100% renewable electricity.
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Two large-scale solar plants to begin construction in Louisiana

About 439MW of solar will soon be under construction in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana, more than doubling the state's solar capacity to date.
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Big solar headed for big Texas oil operation

A 270MW project built by Black & Veatch is planned to help power Buckeye Partners’ operations. The Texas company has approximately 6,000 miles of petroleum pipeline.
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Puerto Rico legislator calls on US Congress to prevent an “illegal tax” on Puerto Rico solar

Puerto Rico legislator Héctor Ferrer called on Congress to use its oversight authority over Puerto Rico’s fiscal oversight board to oppose a proposed fee on rooftop solar power.
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Sunrise brief: Battery and automotive heavyweights team up with an eye toward the future

Also on the rise: The world's largest energy storage facility to expand. Duke to add 70MW to its portfolio. Clean energy credit registry announced in Ontario. Salt caverns in Kansas studied for energy storage. California bus company will install EV char...
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Global Infrastructure Partners invest $500 million in renewable power producer BrightNight LLC

Solas Energy Consulting acted as key technical advisor to GIP. The investment includes preferred equity and a letter of credit facility.

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365 Pronto and SRECTrade Help Massachusetts Solar System Owners Stay Ahead of 3G Sunset, Preserve SRECs

The 3G sunset presented SRECTrade with a need for a technology and logistics partner to guide the massive solar meter replacement project for its Massachusetts SREC market customers. SRECTrade needed the project to be done quickly and efficiently, and to minimize the financial impacts on its customers, so it enlisted 365 Pronto to help.

Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light Complete Vanguard Furniture’s First Solar Installation

Conover based corporation, Vanguard Furniture, teams with Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light to expand its commitment to powering their environmentally conscious furnishings with renewable energy. The new solar electric system will offset over 469 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Solytic wins Global Energytech Award for “Best Use of Data & Insights”

Solytic has won this year’s Global Energytech Award for “Best Use of Data & Insights”. In the words of the panel, this award “honors innovative, strategic uses of data within the energytech industry – customer data, third party data or any other data available to you”.

“Freeing Energy” flags billions in opportunities from the revolution in local energy

An idea becomes a book and a movement, as California Public Utilities Commission nears bellwether decision to revalue rooftop solar

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U.S. residential solar trends, 2021

In 2021, residential solar reached several milestones and extreme weather raised customer interest in home energy storage systems.

Better pay, more flexibility! Survey details trends on solar sector pay and benefits

The survey from RO found a widening pay gap between men and women who work in the same role and offer the same industry experience.

Solar employed 231,000 in the U.S. in 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and higher productivity rates cut U.S. solar jobs by about 6.7% in 2020.

Letter signed by 750 companies calls on Congress for long-term solar policy certainty

The companies, led by SEIA, lay out six policy actions deemed necessary to grow the industry to the size needed to fight climate change and realize clean energy goals.

U.S. solar panel shipments rose 33% in 2020

Solar PV module shipments reached a record high in 2020, growing 33% year over year.

Illinois Q2 residential solar installations are down nearly 90% compared to 2020

Just 313 small rooftop solar projects were completed statewide in Q2 2021, compared to 2,908 a year earlier, as the state remains in a perilous solar incentive limbo.

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Enphase and Semper Solaris team up for residential solar in California

Semper Solaris will install Enphase’s IQ microinverters and batteries. The microinverters have the ability to island the home off-grid in the case of a power outage.

Duke completes two solar projects in North Carolina

The two projects will add over 70MW of capacity to the company’s North Carolina solar portfolio.

Tesla Energy results up, but mixed, for 2021; solar makes nary a sound on quarterly call

On the company’s Q4 earnings call, the world-leading EV manufacturer again prioritized delivering cars over growing low-margin energy storage products, while solar products were barely noted. Both verticals grew though, solar by 68% and storage by 32%.

Sunrise brief: Venture capitalist sees billion-dollar opportunities for solar and storage innovators

Also on the rise: Novonix acquires stake in KORE Power, becomes supplier of graphite anode materials. A 3,000 foot long solar-equipped noise barrier to be constructed in Massachusetts. California Community Power members procure 69MW of long-duration storage. DOE announces initiatives and support to rapidly accelerate community solar deployment. Generac to participate in virtual power plant service for Southern California Edison. Hecate Energy’s 500MW Cider Solar Farm will be New York’s largest, once completed.

Hecate Energy’s 500MW New York solar application is first to be deemed complete by newly-established board

The Cider Solar Farm would be New York’s largest once completed. It is the first to receive regulatory approval under the new Section 94-c law, which established the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting.

Novonix invests in Kore Power, enters supply agreement

Novonix will acquire an approximately 5% stake in KORE Power and will become the exclusive supplier of graphite anode materials to Kore Power’s large-scale battery cell manufacturing facility in the US.

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Sunrise brief: The interconnection queue in the US jumped from 139GWac in 2019 to 639GWac today. A true solar tsunami.

Also on the rise: Enel may bring heterojunction solar module manufacturing to the US. Stem awarded 110MWh energy storage portfolio in New York. PG&E plans 1.6GW/6.4GWh battery storage portfolio through 2024. The 100,000 big box stores in the US could generate 84TWh of electricity from solar power on their rooftops. Greenbacker enters the world of floatovoltaics. Powin enters partnership with Celestica at its Monterrey, Mexico facility. Sol Systems to invest over $1 million in 2022 in five initial partner organizations. 

Powin nearshores modular Centipede lithium-ion battery production

The company announced a manufacturing partnership with Celestica at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility, bringing Powin’s production closer to its end-users.

Enel mulls building heterojunction solar module factory in the US

In a recent media brief, new Enel Green Power CEO Salvatore Bernabei said that another heterojunction solar module factory may be built abroad, with the United States being a possible location.

Sunrise brief: A net-zero microgrid service for datacenters

Also on the rise: Solar-plus-storage projects in Nevada move forward. Growatt releases lithium-iron phosphate battery for off-grid solar. Zinc-air battery, CHP, and solar to power apartment complex in New York. Solar Decathlon celebrates 20 years of training tomorrow’s clean energy workforce. Louisville startup secures $2 million funding for copper paste that replacessilver in solar panels.

Louisville startup secures $2 million funding for copper paste that may lower cost of solar

Bert Thin Films, a University of Louisville research-backed startup, is developing a copper-based paste that may replace silver components in solar panels.

Bipartisan group of eight US Senators urge President Biden not to extend solar tariffs

US Senator Jacky Rosen led the group in writing a letter today to President Biden, asking him not to extend Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels and cells.

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Industry heavyweights look to solid-state battery cells, resources, and recycling

Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with ProLogium to integrate solid-state battery technology into a range of vehicles; Panasonic and Toyota launched an industrial-academic collaborative research program concerned with battery resources and recycling; and LG Energy Solution plans to spend $2.1 billion with GM to build another EV battery plant in the US.

California bus company installs solar microgrid to power EV fleet

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will install 34 new bus chargers, solar panels and a microgrid at its Cerone Bus Yard to provide zero-emissions transporation.

Ontario government launches voluntary clean energy credit registry

Voluntary CECs are certificates that each represent 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of clean electricity that has been generated from a non-emitting source. Businesses will be able to to voluntarily purchase and retire these CECs to meet their corporate sustainability goals.

Storing excess energy in underground salt caverns in Kansas

The Kansas Geological Survey may help address the challenge of intermittent production from solar and other renewable sources.

Vistra to expand what was already the world’s largest energy storage facility

Vistra plans a third expansion the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in California.

California Community Power members procure 69MW of long-duration storage

The 69MW/552MWh lithium-ion battery storage resource will be developed by REV Renewables near Rosamond, in Kern County, California.

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Sunrise brief: Experts call for changes to NEM 3.0, calling it ‘Taxing the Sun’

Also on the rise: Verizon and Leeward Energy sign two PPAs totalling 360 MW. Researchers suggest that six terrawatt hours of energy storage would bring US to net zero. Duke Energy launches grid resilience testing with 'Bring Your Own Battery' program.

Best fire safety practices for rooftop PV system installations

Compiled by an international research group, the best practices were collected from all available guidelines published by national agencies, regulatory bodies, and trade associations.

Pulling fertilizer out of thin air with solar power

Nitricity has put together an experimental plasma reactor that uses solar electricity to produce competitively priced, environmentally clean, nitrogen fertilizer. Their onsite fertilizer production eliminates emissions from transporting fertilizers, and provides a viable alternative to fossil consuming nitrogen fixation methods like the Haber-Bosch process.

Maine utility admits solar interconnection faults, hiring consultants

Central Maine Power Company admitted that its solar power interconnection processes were at fault in 2020-2021, and has offered a settlement that includes hiring grid analysts, funding a working group between the industry and utility, and greatly tightening upgrade cost estimates.

U.S. geothermal lithium offers significant potential

U.S. scientists have assessed the viability and potential supply chain impact of extracting lithium from geothermal brines, and they have reported promising results.

NREL study finds that managing EV charging complements grid-connected renewables

Managed charging is valuable in systems with high levels of variable renewables because it provides the flexibility to match supply and demand.

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