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Adapture Renewables acquires an 81 MW solar project in Texas

The company initially financed the Rippey Solar project and now has acquired it, expanding its Lone Star State solar portfolio to 95 MW.
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Add 16 GW solar, 10 GW storage in North Carolina, says alternative resource plan

The plan would yield $7.2 billion of cost savings, says a filing from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and other groups, in comparison with Duke Energy’s least-cost resource plan.
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Bridgestone powers S.C. tire plant with 2 MW solar project

The tire maker said the solar project will help the company reach its global goals to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050.
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Utilities agree to expand fast charging locations to boost EV adoption

Charging stations would be sited along major highways from the Atlantic Coast, through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf and Central Plains regions.
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Sunrise brief: Senate bill eyes $8bn in tax credits to boost clean energy jobs

Also on the rise: EDF Renewables signs a PPA for its Space City Solar project in Texas, Nextracker wins a supply order for a big South American project, and a polysilicon producer signs a three-year deal for 41,000 MT.
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Renewables group sues Wisconsin regulators over third-party solar financing

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association alleges that uncertainty about leases and power purchase agreements hurts the state's solar industry.
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Report assesses the status of RPS goals and prices

The Berkeley Lab report describes recent legislative revisions, key policy design features, compliance with interim targets, past and projected impacts on renewables development, and compliance costs.
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Duke solar plan challenged in Florida

Arguing that Duke's Clean Energy Connections program will unfairly shift costs onto smaller customers, a group is challenging the program designed to add roughly 750 MW of utility-scale solar.

Press Releases

Sungage Financial Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

How one woman turned her problem into a solution for homeowners nationwide.

Vaillant’s PV monitoring gets powered by Solytic’s white label solution

In 2017, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) entered the PV market, offering complete solar systems.

Oregon Community Solar Program Progresses, PUC Approves First Projects

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the first three projects to begin operation in PGE's service territory immediately. Project subscribers will see charges and credits on their PGE electric bills as early as March 2021.

Pisgah Energy and Southern Current Complete Solar Installation at Contec, Inc. Headquarters in Spartanburg, SC

Contec recently partnered with Pisgah Energy and Southern Current to design, develop and install a roof and ground mounted solar project at their headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The two systems, totaling 625.

Covid-19

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U.S. renewables persevered, set records in a pandemic year

Solar and wind power installations hit all-time highs and became a larger part of the country's energy mix in 2020, according to a new report.

Solaredge records pandemic progress despite tough final quarter

Full-year revenues nudged up despite tough comparisons with the end of 2019 for the final quarter of last year. The inverter maker expects to log revenues of $385-405 million in the current three-month window.

Sunrise brief: Following Covid-19, energy consumption will take years to recover, EIA says

Also on the rise: TVA allows local power companies to charge new fees to solar customers, Southwest Power Pool launches an imbalance market, and J.D. Power rates EV charging satisfaction.

Hawaiian Electric takes an ‘install first, approve later’ approach to residential solar

The utility has launched a new program, Quick Connect, aimed at accelerating the process for turning on new residential solar systems.

Sunrise brief: PepsiCo doubles goals to address ‘severe’ climate change impacts

Also on the rise: A coalition of 600 groups urges President-elect Biden to halt utility service shutoffs due to the pandemic, Harrison Street expands its solar owneship portfolio, and a Florida real estate developer eases its way into the solar sector.

Average PPA prices rose in 2020, analysis says

For the first time since LevelTen Energy began tracking the market, solar PPA offer prices rose in 2020, with Q4 2020 prices 11.5% higher than a year earlier.

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Washington State awards low-income solar project grants

Nine projects received grants from the Low-Income Solar Deployment Program, part of the state's Clean Energy Fund.

New Columbia Solar raises $75 million, looks to develop 50 projects in D.C.

The company closed a tax equity deal with Franklin Park Infrastructure that will help it add solar capacity in a challenging urban environment.

Watch: IKEA completes 1.35 MW solar carport, with seven more underway

Distributed Solar Development­­ built the Baltimore carport and will deliver the home furnishings giant’s other projects in Maryland and California.

Sunrise brief: First Solar signs 2.4 GW deal, reports results from a “challenging” 2020

Also on the rise: Plug Power plans a $290 million green hydrogen plant, and Argonne National Laboratory has a small-scale climate model that can help pinpoint risks to solar farms and other infrastructure assets.

Floating PV comes to Universal Orlando Resort

Installed by D3 Energy, the 250 kW system is one of only a few floating PV systems in the country.

Gulf Power breaks ground on two large solar projects and one massive battery system

As the FPL subsidiary continues its parent’s solar push, 150 MW of solar and 409 MW of storage are set to come to the Sunshine State.

Manufacturing

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Cleantech Roundup: SolarEdge, Tigo Energy, MIT, and more

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

NREL looks at barriers to lithium-ion battery recycling and sees opportunities

The analysts assessed the current state of reuse and recycling of large-format lithium-ion batteries used in EVs and battery energy storage and found there is plenty of room for improvement.

Trina Solar launches global energy storage unit

The Chinese PV manufacturer called storage the “only solution” that can support a major transition to renewable energy effectively.

Solar leaders urge Biden to revoke Trump tariff proclamation

A coalition of clean energy CEOs dubbed the October 2020 proclamation “ill conceived” and called for a repeal in order to restore certainty to the U.S. solar market.

Sunrise brief: Bundled rooftop solar from Sunnova wins bid to join New England bulk market

Also on the rise: Partners target battery weight in commercial EVs, Complete Solar becomes more complete, drivers can get a Slurpee and a jolt at a PG&E-backed charging location, and JinkoSolar inks a silicon supply deal.

China’s cheap electricity crowds out foreign polysilicon

Imports from South Korea and the U.S. dwindled, year-on-year, ensuring Germany’s Wacker and the Malysian unit of Korean company OCI will supply the bulk of the world’s non-Chinese solar polysilicon this year.

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Sunrise brief: Hit with a $1.8 billion bill, a Texas co-op files Chapter 11

Also on the rise: Siemens Energy will assess its hydrogen technology to supply a Utah power plant, and Hyzon Motors will build a plant to bolster the fuel cell supply chain for big trucks.

A ‘big win’ for solar: Kansas regulators reject utility’s proposed fees

Clean energy advocates praised the utility commission’s ruling as a major victory. Some regulators, however, suggested they may be open to similar fees in the future.

Jennifer Granholm confirmed as Energy Secretary

The solar industry has already begun to celebrate the confirmation of a secretary self-proclaimed to be obsessed with creating good-paying clean energy jobs.

Vermont utility building microgrid to provide backup power for town

GMP said Panton is the perfect place for this project because it leverages the utility’s existing 4.9 MW solar facility with utility-scale batteries already up and running in the town.

Sunrise brief: Xcel Colorado aims to add 5.6 GW of renewables and storage capacity

Also on the rise: Altus Power plans more community solar on O’ahu, Wells Fargo passes $10 billion in tax equity investment for renewables, and Enphase Energy plans to issue $1 billion in senior notes.

California’s rate inequality is likely to worsen as energy transition advances

A new report says that the state’s investor-owned utilities charge residential electricity customers much higher prices than are paid in most of the country, impacting low- and moderate-income people the most.

Technology

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These 3 technologies could deliver more solar and wind to the grid

In a U.S. study of the added renewables capacity made possible by grid-enhancing technologies, Brattle Group found that both solar and wind power would benefit in Kansas and Oklahoma through 2025.

Sunrise brief: Air Force funds development of solar PV sheets for use in space

Also on the rise: Volta Energy fund nets $72.6 million for battery and storage startups, and Brooklyn libraries add rooftop solar to power safe-haven emergency services.

As Texas recovers, report warns grid operators to plan better for extreme weather

Grid planning fails to consider extreme climate scenarios that a resilient grid needs to handle, said EPRI’s president and CEO. “Traditional planning processes do not represent how resources actually perform under extreme conditions.”

3 graphs that shed light on the ERCOT power crisis

Data firm Lium concluded that ERCOT “probably needed at least another 17 GW of generation” to meet demand as cold winter weather settled in over the state.

Sunrise brief: Southeast utilities ask FERC for market changes that could help renewables

Also on the rise: ERCOT orders rolling blackouts as 30 GW of resources are forced out, PNM shareholders OK merger with Avangrid, location is key when talking about DERs, and Dominion claws back from a big ice storm.

Energy and climate legislation led a busy week in Washington, D.C.

The Biden administration and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are moving quickly to advance energy and climate initiatives. To sweeten the pot, ARPA-E is offering $100 million in funding.