pvMB 2/27/19: Sunpin Solar’s new 96 MW solar plant, Sen. Feinstein returning fossil fuel money… and more!


Sunpin Solar unveils ColGreen North Shore 96.75 MWdc solar plant – Mecca, California was abuzz yesterday as Sunpin Solar hosted the ribbon cutting of the company’s newest facility, the 96 MWdc ColGreen North Shore power plant. While the unveiling was yesterday, the plant has been operational since January, delivering electricity to Direct Energy via a power purchase agreement. Source: Sunpin Solar


Solar advocates go to Albany to host day of action for the Million Solar Strong New York Campaign – Clean energy advocates, solar industry leaders, and energy and environment activists all headed to Albany, NY, for a day of action for the Million Solar Strong New York Campaign. The campaign sets out to have 1 million homes in New York, including 100,000 low-income households, powered with solar over the next five years. The advocates, which include Vote Solar, Alliance for Clean Energy, New York Solar Industries Association and New Yorkers for Clean Power will be meeting with lawmakers and reaching out to thousands of activists to contact the governor and their lawmakers independently. Source: Vote Solar


REC Silicon expects trade negotiations to boost U.S. polysilicon –REC Silicon expects a trade negotiation between the U.S. and China before March 1 to help U.S. polysilicon producers. The United States is expected to increase its Section 301 tariffs from 10% to 25% in March and, as per management, if that doesn’t happen then the company could seek to revisit solar polysilicon duties imposed by China on U.S. imports. REC continues to highlight that China is the world’s largest polysilicon consumer with ~90% of global ingot capacity in the country.” Source: Utilities and Renewable Roundup


Encore Renewable Energy receives $1 Million investment to expand solar projects in New England – The Flexible Capital Fund (Flex Fund) of Vermont, Coastal Enterprises (CEI) of Maine and New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (Community Loan Fund) have announced a joint venture to invest $1 million into Encore Renewable Energy, allowing the company to pursue new hires for its ongoing geographic expansion in New England. CEI and Community Loan Fund both see this investment as a dedication to bringing more jobs to Maine and New Hampshire, stimulating those states’ economies. Source: RenewComm


Construction complete on a 52 MWac solar plant for Disney’s utility – Construction is now complete on an all-new 270-acre, 52 MW solar facility built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA to provide clean renewable energy to Walt Disney World Resort. The ground mount facility included the use of the single axis Genius Tracker by GameChange Solar.” Disney even covered the installation in its company blog. Source: GameChange Solar


100 MW approved in Maine – Large scale solar is one step closer to finding a home in New England, as Maine regulators approved a proposal for a 100 MW solar project in Hancock County, Maine. The winning bid was submitted by Three Rivers Solar Power LLC and already has an operational deadline of Dec. 31, 2021.


East Bay Community Energy repays Alameda County $4.7 million – Eight months after beginning operation, East Bay Community Energy is already repaying Alameda County for its advance of start-up funding, to the tune of $4.7 million. EBCE began serving commercial customers in June 2018 and serving residential customers in November 2018 and is now supplying power to over 550,000 customers.


Climate Hawks Vote and Oil Change United States respond to Sen. Feinstein returning fossil fuel money – “In response to reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plans to return two contributions from oil industry PACs that violated her No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, the following statements were released:

 RL Miller, political director, Climate Hawks Vote, a member of the No Fossil Fuel Money coalition:“On behalf of the hundreds of Democrats who watched Dianne Feinstein sign the pledge, and thousands more who care about keeping fossil fuel money out of politics, we thank her for listening to us.”

David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change United States, a member of the No Fossil Fuel Money coalition:“We’re pleased that Senator Feinstein is returning the contributions that violated her No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, and commend her for taking swift action to correct the situation. Just like with any pledge a candidate takes, we view adherence to the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge as an essential test of a politician’s character and are heartened to see Senator Feinstein working to stand by this critical promise to her constituents.” Source: Oil Change United States


And finally, check out the teamwork of this tandem crane installation of a solar canopy: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6501563677353791489/

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