South Carolina may get its largest solar plant to date- Utility Santee Cooper has announced that it will buy the power from a 75 MW solar plant that North Carolina Renewable Energy LLC is building in Centerfield. Our take: We cross-referenced this list with SEIA’s admittedly not conclusive major projects list, and didn’t find anything bigger that has come online. Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News
World’s largest furniture maker to put PV on 10 U.S. buildings – Ashley Furniture reports that it has chosen SunPeak to install solar on ten of its largest U.S. facilities this year, as the first phase of an initiative to reduce energy use at the company. The exact capacities of the locations were not listed, but the company expects these installations to generate at least 35 gigawatt-hours annually, and for the work to be done in 2020. Source: Ashley Furniture
Hog farmers protect net metering in Iowa – According to reporting by Energy News Network, pork farmers have been a critical constituency in fighting to stop changes to the state’s net metering law. Turns out that solar power coincides well not only with summer peak demand, but also with the power demand of raising pigs. Our take: Farmers have long been a strong source of support for solar in rural areas Source: Energy News Network
Cleanie Awards open for competition – “The awards program recognizes innovation excellence, business leadership and superior programs within the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. Multinational corporations with a U.S. presence, disruptive startups, industry advocates, investors and entrepreneurs are all encouraged to apply… Submissions are being accepted now through June 21 at www.thecleanieawards.com. Early bird pricing runs through May 17 with submission fees ranging between $99-199. There is no fee for nominations submitted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.” Winners will be announced in September. Source: The Cleanie Awards
my-PV’s new photovoltaic hot water and space heater power controller – “The new power controller AC-THOR 9s can control both electrical room heating and water heaters up to 9 kilowatts of power linearly. It controls three-phase heating elements or up to three electrical heat sources and can even supply several heating circuits and regulate them independently of each other… Because it communicates with inverters, battery systems and smart home controls, the intelligent power controller always knows exactly how much excess solar power is available” Source: my-PV
SEIA has a new director of communications – Jen Bristol, who formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, will now be heading communications for the trade organization, following the departure of Alex Hobson, who has gone to work for ACORE. Source: Twitter
Also, a congratulations to one of the best energy reporters in the business, who is moving on up to Politico:
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