New York makes $1.4 billion available for renewable projects – Changes to New York’s budget will allow the New York Power Authority to provide capital to new renewable energy projects, “far more inexpensively than has been developed to date.” However this funding will only be available for projects that serve community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state. Source: Joule Community Power
Silicon Ranch puts Tennessee’s largest solar plant online – The 53 MWac project at the Millington Naval Facility probably won’t be the largest for long, as NextEra is building a 150 MW plant to provide power to a Facebook data center in the state, and has teamed up with Invenergy to build a 150 MW plant to serve Google. Source: Silicon Ranch.
Duke acquires 150 MW plant from Clearway – The Rosamond solar project, mentioned elsewhere today, as well, has had a portion sold, as Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 150 MW North Rosamond solar project portion. This now marks six projects in Kern County, California owned by Duke. The project has not yet been completed but is anticipated to be by early May. Source: Duke Energy Renewables
25 MW acquisition by Excelsior Energy – Excelsior Energy has announced the completed acquisition of the 25 MWdc El Centro Solar Project, located in El Centro, California. The project has been operation for 5 years, prior to this acquisition, going on-line in December 2018. Source: Excelsior Energy
Alta’s flexible solar cell for unmanned aircraft – “ Alta Devices today announced a new solar solution that is designed to meet the specific needs of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can serve as platforms for cellular and IoT connectivity… In addition to being used for a variety of communications (such as cell phone connectivity and others), these aircraft can be used for intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), search and rescue, border patrol, mapping, and many other applications. Solar power is critical for these aircraft, particularly because the objective is to fly for years without refueling.” Our take: that last line is both technologically impressive and kinda spooky. Source: Alta Devices