EVgo now 100% renewably powered – EVgo, the prolific public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network, has announced that all power used to charge its customers’ vehicles is now sourced from 100% renewable energy. This makes the company the first EV charging network to do so. This is important going forward, as the transportation sector accounts for 30% of all U.S. emissions. Source: EVgo
Sunnova’s SunSafe expands to New Jersey – “Sunnova Energy Corporation announced today it will be offering solar plus battery storage to homeowners in New Jersey for the first time… Sunnova will also be offering its 10-year Sunnova +SunSafe add-on battery storage service to any homeowner with an existing home solar system. In addition, Sunnova also announced that it has begun offering Sunnova +SunSafe add-on battery storage to existing Sunnova customers and non-Sunnova solar homes across three independently owned California utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE) and Southern California Edison (SCE).” Source: Sunnova
Carbon free from sea to sea – Per an analysis by the Clean Air Task Force, “Five states have enacted 100% carbon free standards, representing 11.0% of national electric sales and 5.4% of national utility carbon missions. Four more states are actively debating 100% carbon free standards; if enacted, they would bring the total to about 22% of national electric sales (and 14% of national carbon emissions). Adding in utility pledges, total coverage for deep committed carbon reductions (as opposed to renewables-only policies) is about 38% of US electricity sales and about 31% of national utility CO2 emissions.” Source – CATF (pdf)
Geronimo Energy proposes 100 MW in Minnesota – The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal from Geronimo Energy for the company to develop a 100 MW solar farm on 800 acres of private land in Langola Township. If approved, Benton County, where Langola Township is located, expects to see $4.4 million in tax revenue over the 25-year lifetime of the project. Source: WJON
Camp Pendleton completes CleanSpark microgrid deployment – “CleanSpark, Inc. today announced it has achieved government acceptance of its solar plus storage microgrid located at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton… The complete project receives backup power from UPS and traditional standby generators provided by other contractors. A subset of the critical loads are served by CleanSpark’s advanced solar plus storage microgrid, offering perpetual off-grid 100% renewable driven energy security through an all iron flow battery DC-coupled with solar photovoltaic generation located on both carport shade structures and the buildings’ roofs.” Source: CleanSpark Inc.
Sometime in the coming years we’re all going to have to deal with recycling solar panels; somewhere though, there are already people doing this work:
With a collection of 3 tons of discarded photovoltaic panels in Panama, PV CYCLE achieved the first intercontinental pick-up. Through the global membership program, we provide PV CYCLE services worldwide. pic.twitter.com/eMeEn2JbBs
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