pvMB 2/4/19: Massive solar projects in Nebraska and Wyoming, GAF energy adding to its R&D leadership…and more!


NextEra aims to bring the largest solar project in the Midwest to Nebraska – While still awaiting an interconnection agreement, NextEra is in the early stages of developing a 423 MW solar plant just outside of Norfolk, Nebraska. NextEra has already signed a lease with the farmers that own the 2,500 acres of land the project is targeting. Source: Energy News Network.


Sunworks names Former CFO as Interim CFO – Sunworks has announced that Phil Radmilovic, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer will resign “to pursue other career opportunities”. “Mr. Radmilovic will continue in his role until February 22, 2019 to ensure an orderly transition of his responsibilities. Sunworks has appointed Paul McDonnel, its Treasurer and CFO from September 2016 – June 2018, to serve as interim CFO until a successor is identified.” Source – Sunwork


Proposed solar project in Wyoming would increase state’s installed capacity 31x – Wyoming has 2.1 MW of solar capacity, according to SEIA, which makes the 63 MW project proposed by Fossil Solar an astronomical potential development – especially when combined with an 80 MW project underway near Rock Springs. The Fossil Solar project would be nearby to the Naughton coal plant, which just Wednesday shuttered one of its three coal-burning units. Source: The Casper Star-Tribune


GAF Energy adds industry vet to lead R&D – “GAF Energy, a Standard Industries company today announced that Gabriela Bunea has joined the company as Head of Research and Development… Dr. Bunea brings 20 years of extensive technical experience and leadership in the solar and microelectronics industries to GAF Energy, most recently as Vice President of Research, Development and Deployment at SunPower Corporation.” Source: GAF Energy


Solar Decathlon participants announced – The Department of Energy has announced the schools that will be participating in the 2019 Solar Decathlon, a 10-part collegiate competition for teams to design and build buildings powered by solar energy. The participating schools are:

  • Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri
  • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

Source: Solar Decathlon


Western EIM geneerates over $550 million in 4 years – “The California Independent System Operator has released its Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) fourth quarter 2018 benefits report showing the market generated $564.88 million in benefits since its launch in November 2014… The Western EIM continued in the fourth quarter to help displace less clean energy supplies by using 23,425 megawatt-hours of surplus renewable energy that otherwise would have been curtailed.” Source: California ISO


South Carolina grid modernization study calls for more distributed solar – A report issued by GridLab has identified distributed solar energy’s economic feasibility as a key element of grid modernization. The report continually reiterates the economic and environmental benefits of a modern grid supported by widespread distributed solar. Source: GridLab


PowerOptions and Solect Energy renew partnership for Small Systems Solar program – Solect Energy and PowerOptions have announced that Solect will continue to lead PowerOption’s Small Systems Solar program, thanks to the agreement of a new multi-year partnership. “The Small Systems Solar program provides competitively priced and pre-negotiated contract terms for solar systems less than 300 kW.” The program serves communities, state owned buildings, and non-profit organizations, all of which receive savings and price increase protection for the duration of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The program has already saved an estimated $20 million for PowerOptions members.


1 MW flipped on in Warwick – Southern Sky Renewable Energy has completed and put online the 1 MW project it developed for the city of Warwick, Rhode Island. The project is located on West Shore Road and joins a 6.3 MW solar array on Kilvert Street that came on-line in October. Source: Southern Sky Renewable Energy RI


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