Nevada goes buckwild with renewable legislation, 340 MW solar powered data center: pvMB 6/13/19

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340 MW solar powered data center – Pegasus Group Holdings has announced that it has selected Mohave County, Arizona as the location for its $3 billion, 340 MW solar powered data center. The project will be located on 717 acres of land just south of Kingman, AZ. Pegasus is reporting the project as the largest solar powered data center in the world. Representatives of Pegasus are boasting an accelerated timeline, with claims that the project will be done by the end of the year. Our take: good luck. Source: Pegasus Group Holdings

 

Sunrun brings BrightBox to New Jersey, Central Hudson – The nation’s largest residential solar company has brought its solar+storage offering to one of the leading U.S. markets, New Jersey, as well as New York’s Central Hudson Valley. Surnun notes that this is particularly important for the 2.5 million New Jersey families that lost power during Hurricane Sandy, and that BrightBox can be configured to provide power when the grid is down. Source: Sunrun

 

Flurry of Nevada solar and EV bills passed – It was a big legislative day in Nevada, as a group of renewable bills, mostly focused on EV rollout were signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D). The bills signed were:

  • Senate Bill 358, an RPS bill which requires 50 percent clean energy by 2030 with a goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050
  • Assembly Bill 483, which will gather vehicle mileage to show how much Nevada roadways are being used by electric and other passenger vehicles
  • Assembly Bill 377, which allows heavy-duty electric trucks to compete with diesel semi-trucks on Nevada’s roads and highways
  • Senate Bill 299, which opens up funding for an electric school bus pilot program

Source: Clean Energy Works for Nevada

 

NEXTracker has a new president –NEXTracker today announced the appointment of former board member and solar industry veteran Bruce Ledesma as company President… Ledesma complements NEXTracker’s world-class executive team as the company expands its software and storage product lines, develops new business models and moves into new geographies… Ledesma has a long and successful record of growing solar businesses through rapidly evolving market conditions. His executive-level solar and software experience with multi-billion dollar, publicly traded and private businesses includes Mosaic, SunPower Corp., PowerLight Corp. and Barra, Inc.” Source: NEXTracker

 

REC joins SEIA’s board of directors – The Solar Energy Industries Association announced today that REC Americas, a leading solar manufacturer has joined its board of directors. REC is a California-based US division of the international, vertically integrated solar module manufacturer REC Group. The company was founded in 1996, has a global footprint and is one of the world’s most trusted brands of solar panels.” Source: SEIA

 

Target signs 89 MW PPA in Texas – ENGIE North America Inc. today announced it has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Target Corp. for 89 MW of capacity from the Sand Fork Solar Project in Texas. Slated to come online in the summer of 2021, the Sand Fork Solar Project will have a total capacity of 200 MW. The remainder of the Project’s capacity will be purchased by another corporate customer. The power purchase agreement has a term of 15 years and is estimated to result in annual generation of 250,000 megawatt hours, enough energy to power 250,000 U.S homes for more than a month.” Source: ENGIE North America

 

Ben Serrurier leaves Cypress Creek for LevelTen – Earlier this week Cypress Creek’s Senior Manager of Market Development announced that he was leaving for LevelTen Energy. Our take: There is no indication that this has anything to do with the management coup that was announced last week, but the timing is interesting. Source: Twitter

 

Silfab wins American Business award – On Tuesday, Silfab Solar was honored with the Company of the Year award in the Manufacturing category for Large Business at the 17th Annual American Business Awards. In total, more than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year, in a nearly equally expansive list of categories. “We are extremely excited to celebrate this award with our partners, customers and employees who have helped deliver millions of premium quality North American-made Silfab solar panels to homes and businesses across the country,” said Geoff Atkins, Executive Advisor for Silfab. Source: Silfab Solar

 

And to cap off today’s news, one of the top solar advocacy organizations is hiring in the Midwest: