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Energy Transition Jobs: FERC chairman, iBUILT, Maxeon Solar, NeoVolta, Bernhard Capital, Rubicon Capital, and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.
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Corporations bought record total of clean energy despite devastating year

"To not only maintain, but grow, the clean energy procurement market under these conditions is a testament to how high sustainability is on many corporations’ agendas," said the lead author of a new BNEF report.
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Solar O&M providers merge

NovaSource Power Services in 2020 took over the operations and maintenance businesses of SunPower and First Solar.
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Distributed Solar Development closes on $300 million debt facility

The debt will be used to finance commercial and industrial projects and distributed generation assets, and will accommodate multiple tax equity partnerships and structures.
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Intersect Power fuels growth with $600 million in equity and debt

The company has a pipeline of 3.2 GW of late-stage solar and storage projects that will enter service by 2023. Its 425 MW Juno solar project is set to come online this fall.
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SCE agrees to $2.2 billion payout to settle wildfire claims

The fire destroyed more than 1,600 structures, injured three firefighters and killed three people in November 2018 as it burned near Malibu.
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Strata Solar inks module supply deal with LONGi

The deal is for 500 MW of bifacial monocrystalline module capacity over the next two years, with an additional volume commitment to be negotiated later.
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Three energy startups to watch in 2021

From panel coatings to power line monitoring and a meter collar that could save homeowners up to $2,000 on a solar installation, Daniel Goldman of Clean Energy Ventures highlights companies that he thinks will break through in 2021.

Press Releases

CCAC expands clean energy leadership with extensive 540 kW solar installation

Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA, will soon move forward with an extensive new solar installation that will produce more than a half a megawatt, or 540 kilowatts, of electricity annually – or enough energy to power almost 90 homes.

Global, connected and easy: K2 mounting systems are used in more than 130 countries

Our USA location Everest Solar Systems will now operate under the name K2 Systems

One comparison for all data loggers: SMA, Meteocontrol, Solar-Log™, Huawei and more

Solytic continues its solar PV comparison series, after publishing its “PV Monitoring Software Comparison” in 2020. Its research team focused on all relevant brands worldwide, assessed the features as well as characteristics of their products, and made them comparable.

Radix IoT, REIG launch REvolution IoT turnkey monitoring portal for midscale utility solar

The companies said the partnership aims to reduce operational costs, maximize return on investment, and improve efficiencies.

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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.

Jobs report underscores Covid-19 impact on U.S. clean energy sector

As the pandemic continued its attack on the U.S. economy, 2020 ended with 429,000 fewer clean energy workers.

You picked ’em: Our most popular articles of 2020

Five articles (well, six, since news about Tesla made it twice) that captured the imagination of our audience during 2020.

Illinois’ small-scale solar incentives are tapped out, leaving developers in the dark

The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act have been awarded. With no emergency funds or new legislation pending, thousands of jobs could be at stake.

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Sunrise brief: 20 MW Cummins electrolyzer is producing green hydrogen

Also on the rise: Salient Energy wins a grant to advance its zinc-ion battery tech, Ingeteam supplies equipment for a California solar project, and a new call for to avert global "energy apartheid."

Dakota Power wins N.J. project approval, has billion-dollar solar plans

In addition to the 50 MW project, Dakota Power Partners has proposed developing at least five more utility-scale solar facilities across the Garden State.

Clorox achieves renewables goal for U.S., Canadian operations four years early

The manufacturer reached its target with the help of a 70 MW virtual power purchase agreement with a Texas solar project.

First Solar sells 10 GW solar pipeline for $261 million

The deal includes the Rabbitbrush, Madison, Oak Trail, Horizon, and Ridgely projects, which are expected to start construction in the next two years, and the 30 MW Barilla Solar project, which is operational.

Sunrise brief: Solar project growth to rise 30% after ‘volatile’ 2020, IHS Markit says

Also on the rise: Sunrun to issue $350 million in notes, announces preliminary Q4 results; Borrego implements org changes and aims for 25% workforce growth this year.

Virginia aims to make installing energy storage easier

The state is under a crunch to build out 3.1 GW of storage by 2035, but bills meant to remove lengthy regulatory approvals and ease the procurement of local permits are looking to alleviate the pressure.

Manufacturing

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National lab and Youngstown State partner to develop battery manufacturing workforce

The Energy Department said the U.S. is in a period of "tremendous advancement in battery technologies, presenting new opportunities for electric vehicles and energy storage systems."

Product roundup: Enphase, Panasonic, Con Edison, startups, and more

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

Solar BOS provider Shoals Technologies announces IPO

The Tennessee-based company’s balance-of-systems solutions are deployed on over 20 GW of solar energy systems globally.

Product roundup: New year and 2021 CES produce myriad announcements

Modules, a community solar website, product partnerships, tracker tech, electric vehicles, and more.

Sunrise brief: SunPower is closing its module factory

Also on the rise: Developer plans a 100 MW solar plant in West Virginia, Plug Power secures $1.5 billion to fuel its Asian expansion, an agrivoltaic project secures a PPA, and the National Science Foundation backs a novel DER integration testbed.

Manufacturers call for module size standardization

Trina Solar is spearheading an effort to standardize 210mm silicon wafers and modules, aiming to improve production efficiency, supply chain optimization and innovation.

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Drought conditions could impact power generation in the West

Ongoing drought and low snowpack mean that hydro production at two big dams could be impacted, affecting the West's power supply in 2021.

Companies call on Biden Administration to speed shift to zero-carbon power

Working alongside the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, the sector-leading brands outline a trio of policies they say must be taken to achieve a zero-carbon power sector.

Entergy Arkansas solar program slated to save $60m for local schools, other customers

“From October to November, our energy bill went down by $2,700,” said Robby Lowe, superintendent of the Junction City School District.

Tampa Electric doubles its solar-powered homes goal

The utility plans to power the equivalent of 200,000 homes with solar energy by 2023, and retire a coal plant 18 years ahead of schedule.

Sunrise brief: Xcel fined $1M over solar interconnection complaints

Also on the rise: Sungrow supplies battery energy storage system to Texas project, and MIT researchers lay out a path for higher rates of EV adoption.

SEIA expands its executive team as advocacy work accelerates

The senior-level changes are aimed at supporting the industry organization’s goal of having solar reach 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030.

Technology

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The Dominican Republic’s largest solar installation will use Trina modules

Trina has shared that it will be supplying 268,200 430/450 W double-glass TSM-DEG17M modules to the 120 MW Sunflower Solar Park, set to be constructed in the country's San Cristobal province.

Storage, wind, superpower: Part 3

In an interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower” and argue that the resulting near-zero-cost energy could be used by states or regions to offer a competitive advantage to employers.

Solar, wind, storage superpower: Part 2

In the second of a three-part interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower” and argue that by investing in even more solar PV and wind power, electrons will become so cheap that a Walmart would give them away to draw shoppers.

Tesla introduces solar inverter

The Tesla Solar Inverter comes in 3.8 kW and 7.6 kW versions, and features two and four maximum power point trackers.

Sunrise brief: Duke Florida reaches deal for EV charging and floating solar

Also on the rise: Webinar panel discusses energy under Biden, JA Solar supplies modules for 88 MW project, partners develop P2P blockchain trading platform, and Total splits with API over climate, for now.

Solar, wind, storage superpower

In an interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower”: by investing in even more solar PV and wind power than the lowest-cost system defined by the “Clean Energy U-curve,” the gain in additional energy, or “superpower,” is exponential to the money invested.

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