New solar permit software – The Solar Foundation, Solar Energy Industries Association and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, as well as residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations are teaming up in order to develop an automated permit software for distributed solar and storage. In order to fund the platform’s development, NREL was awarded $695,000 in new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions, Technology Commercialization Fund. The hope is that the software will dramatically reduce the time and cost of the permitting application review and approval process. Source: SEIA
Change of CEOs at El Paso Electric – “El Paso Electric Company (EPE) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Adrian Rodriguez, EPE’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, as interim Chief Executive Officer. The Board has also appointed Elaina Ball, EPE’s Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, as interim Chief Operating Officer. These appointments are effective beginning August 1, 2019 and follow Mary Kipp’s (EPE’s current CEO and President) decision to accept the position of President with Puget Sound Energy in Washington state. To ensure a smooth transition, Kipp will continue with EPE until August 1, 2019.” Source: El Paso Electric Company
Enel Green Power sells 65 MW of Roadrunner project to Oreo and Ritz parent company – 50% of all Oreos consumed in the United States will now have their production powered by solar energy, as the snack giant’s parent company, Mondelēz International has agreed to a 12-year, 65 MW PPA with Enel Green Power North America for electricity generated by the 497 MW Roadrunner Solar Project. The purchase will represent Mondelēz International’s largest renewable energy partnership at the global level and its first renewable energy PPA signed in the United States. Source: Enel Green Power North America
New CFO at Amaresco – “Ameresco, Inc. today announced that Doran Hole will join the company as its Chief Financial Officer, effective July 29, 2019. Mark Chiplock, who has served as interim CFO since October 1, 2018, will continue to serve as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and will act as the company’s principal accounting officer. Previously, Mr. Hole served as the Chief Executive Officer, North America and Group Vice President, Strategy, at ReneSola Ltd., a global renewable energy company focused on solar project development, construction, operations and asset management. He has served in the North American CEO role since 2017, and previously was the company’s US CFO.” Source: Amaresco
New CEO at Silicon Ranch – You know what’s better than two different leadership changes in one brief? Three leadership changes in one brief. “Silicon Ranch Corporation announced today the promotion of current President and COO Reagan Farr to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Farr will retain the title of President and continue his responsibilities to oversee the company’s ongoing operations. Matt Kisber, who has served as CEO since the company was formed in 2011, has assumed the role of Chairman of the Board. Former Governor of Tennessee Philip Bredesen, who has served as Chairman since co-founding Silicon Ranch with Kisber and Farr, will remain a Director with the title of Founding Chairman.” Source: Silicon Ranch
California battery project wins international award – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Doosan GridTech have been awarded Energy Storage Project of the Year award at a gala ceremony in Seoul, Korea for the companies’ Beacon battery storage project. Beacon BESS is a 20 MW battery system that accompanies the 250 MW Beacon Solar Plant in the Mojave desert and is LADWP’s first utility-scale battery energy storage system. Source: Doosan GridTech
Cape Anne solar campaign – “Towngreen2025 launched their newest campaign to bring solar to local businesses, nonprofits and houses of worship. The campaign was kicked off with a celebration of the recent solar installation of 20 kilowatts (kW) on St. John’s Episcopal Church rectory and parish house in Gloucester. The goal of Cape Ann Big Roof Solar is to install 150 kilowatts (kW) of solar capacity on the roofs of nonprofits and small businesses in Cape Ann over the next year. That’s enough to power about 20 homes for one year and remove 106 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. TownGreen2025 has already run a successful solar challenge, which generated $9 million invested in solar energy by Gloucester residents.” Source: Resonant Energy
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