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Solar and storage are showing coal and natural gas the exits, IEEFA outlook says

Technology improvements and price declines have made solar and wind the least-cost option in much of the U.S. The next two to three years will be transformative, a new report said.

Walmart adds 6.5 MW of rooftop and canopy parking solar to California stores

The $10 million portfolio was developed by Sol Customer Solutions and will deliver energy to seven stores across the state.

Hawaii lawmakers vote to slash solar credits as the state looks to prop up its budget

A Senate committee added language that would cut the renewable energy credit as part of an unrelated film tax credit bill.

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The latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field at Xi’an, China are out.

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Energy transition jobs: KKR, SunPower, ConnectDER, and more

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

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.
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Jack Daniels orders a shot of solar through TVA’s Green Invest program

The 20 MW project will help the iconic brand meet roughly 75% of electricity demand at its Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery.
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NIPSCO brings another 200 MW of solar to Indiana

The Elliot Solar project is NIPSCO's latest planned capacity addition as the utility continues to pursue renewables to ease its coal plant retirements.

Silicon for lithium-ion batteries moves to commercial production

Group 14 Technologies launched its factory capable of producing 120 tons per year of silicon-carbon-based anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

Press Releases

SolteQ were chosen as the winner of the “German Sustainability Award” from over 880 european companies on December 3rd, 2020

The German Sustainability Award is an award for sustainability. The award recognizes exemplary sustainability achievements in business, municipalities and research.

BrainBox AI and WattTime Announce Partnership to Significantly Reduce CO2 Emissions Produced by Commercial Real Estate Properties

BrainBox AI, a pioneering leader in autonomous building technology, just announced a partnership with WattTime, an environmental tech nonprofit that empowers people and organizations to slash emissions and use cleaner energy. This partnership will drive increased energy savings and CO2 reductions in commercial real estate across North America.

Town of Winchester Takes Action Against Climate Change, Installing Three New Solar PV Systems with Solect Energy

Another municipality installs multiple solar energy systems for maximum benefit.

Cleanwatts delivers real energy decarbonization

Vowing to simplify, amplify and accelerate the energy transition, this new cleantech company brings to business and local communities around the world the benefits of smart energy efficiency services and access to affordable clean energy



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.



Sunrise brief: Partners announce $2b investment in utility-scale solar and wind

Also on the rise: Hydro-Québec grid gains a BESS, Connecticut announces its 2021 Green Liberty Bond issuance, and two VC pros launch a fund to back cleantech startups.

Con Edison adds another battery energy storage system

The utility and its partner, GI Energy, choose customer locations where the utility’s analysis shows the electrical grid needs support.

New York real estate owner marks halfway point on solar deployment project

Solar panels have been installed on 26 of the 45 buildings Zara Realty owns and manages in Queens, producing 1.3 million kWh.

Clearway starts work on solar-plus-storage projects in Hawaii

The two projects represent a $280 million investment. Construction is being led by Moss and is expected to be complete in 2022.

Saudi Arabia’s second PV tender draws world record low bid of $0.0104/kWh

The record low price was offered for the 600 MW Al Shuaiba PV IP project, which competed in the second round of the country’s procurement scheme for renewable energy.

West Virginia legislators advance a solar leasing bill

The bill allows residential and commercial and industrial customers to buy electricity from a leased solar system located on their property.



Sunrise brief: Canadian Solar starts production of 665W modules based on 210mm cells

Also on the rise: Governor signs Rhode Island climate bill, Li-ion battery recycler secures $20 million for a processing center, and a joint U.S.-Israeli government venture funds a cyber security initiative.

Cleantech roundup: EV battery, Archtech Solar tracker, and LineVision sensors

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

Sunrise brief: New Jersey community solar program draws a flood of applicants

Also on the rise: Navajo Nation leaders vote to advance a 200 MW solar project, Greenbacker buys a development pipeline, Intersolar NA reschedules its live event, and a report says that flow batteries could use a jump start from DOE.

Sunrise brief: Maxeon will ramp up solar shingle module production, scout U.S. site

Also on the rise: Canadian Solar starts work on $230 million worth of solar projects in Japan, and the Canadian government backs efforts to move Arctic communities off of diesel and onto renewables.

Using optical film to concentrate light, Alberta Solar One enters service

The approach taken at the 13.7 MW site redirects and concentrates otherwise discarded light onto the PV cells. 

Cleantech Roundup: JinkoSolar, MIT, Jeep, and more

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

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Sunrise brief: Solar is poised for record-setting growth, BNEF outlook says

Also on the rise: A report calls on DOE to do more to secure the distribution network from cyberattacks, Q CELLS claims top market share, and the National Solar Tour may be coming to a rooftop close to you.

Spruce Power and sonnen team up on residential battery retrofits and VPP projects

The companies expect the partnership to spur existing customers to add storage and join a future VPP project.

Indiana regulators slash a net metering rate, advise solar owners to buy a battery

One installer said the ruling would extend payback periods to as long as 25 years and effectively dry up new business in southwest Indiana.

Wells Fargo joins Duke Energy’s GSA program with solar buy

The bank is the fourth major corporate buyer to enter the program, with a contract for 58 MW of the Blackburn Solar Project.

NYPA agrees to test a 1 MWh zinc-based energy storage system

The deployment will provide peak shaving capability and aim to validate the system’s performance reliability and help determine O&M and life cycle costs.

Watch: Texas solar project gains financial backers as construction moves ahead

The PV solar resource at the 2,000-acre site ranges means the 200 MW project is expected to generate 537.30 GWh of electricity in its first year of operation.



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.

Sunrise brief: GOP bill aims to ban federal funds to buy solar equipment made in China

Also on the rise: Concentric Power builds a microgrid, research pegs smoke’s impact on 2020 solar output, SolRiver buys a Carolinas development portfolio, jobs growth could signal good times for solar installations, and Plug Power plans another green hydrogen plant.

Sunrise brief: The future of long-duration energy storage looks bright, but costs need to fall…a lot

Also on the rise: DOE’s Solar Decathlon is getting under way as a virtual event, Massachusetts has a climate law (finally), and Nextracker wins a supply deal with Solaria.

Vote Solar begins work in Pennsylvania, pushes for greater renewable commitment

March is turning into one of the busiest months ever for solar in Pennsylvania, at least legislation-wise. The latest bill would lift the state’s renewable energy goal from 8% by 2026 to 18%, with a 5.5% solar carveout.

California adds more layers to its summer 2021 electric reliability effort

The regulatory orders were the latest in a series since last November and came in response to a mid-August 2020 heat wave that forced the CAISO to impose rotating power outages across California.

Renewable energy growth is being slowed by current transmission planning, ACORE study says

The report warns that because of long lead times, the window “may be closing” on transmission upgrades needed to support a range of renewable energy goals.

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