BIPV in futuristic Las Vegas development: pvMB 08/01/19


Sci-fi Las Vegas development to feature BIPV, IoT, AI, etc… – We don’t know quite how to describe the $7.5 billion thing that Bluetech Park Properties is building in Las Vegas, but as a start, “the net-zero buildings within their own insular mini-city will feature automated multi-functional designs, renewable energies from solar/wind/water/kinetic, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, supertrees, and self-healing concrete structures.”. Turns out that building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass will also be standard in all structures. Source: Bluetech Park Las Vegas


ACORE statement on ARPA-E reauthorization act of 2019 – “We commend Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for the introduction of the ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019 and her continued role as a champion for clean energy innovation. The ARPA-E program provides critical research and development into leading-edge technologies, allowing the U.S. to stay competitive in today’s global clean energy race. Now is the time to accelerate that investment, and we welcome the opportunity to work with Congress as this bill advances through the legislative process.” Source: American Council on Renewable Energy


Maine court upholds $200/panel tax – Maine Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills has upheld the town of Brunswick’s $200-per-panel tax on solar panels. Opponents argued the tax was entirely arbitrary and would lead to stagnation of solar development within the town. The tax was originally established in 2017 at a rate of $500 per panel. Source: Portland Press Herald


Solar installer hiring in Connecticut – Solar Wolf Energy out of Connecticut is expanding and hiring! With the rapidly growing expansion of their 3-border headquarters of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, Solar Wolf Energy has substantially increased its footprint and demand in the Constitution State. So much so that the need to on-board and hire an additional 16-30 installers and electricians in Connecticut alone.” Those interested should follow this link. Source: Solar Wolf Energy


C2 Capital sheep solar landscaping program –C2 Energy Capital is scaling up its solar sheep program for vegetation maintenance after a highly successful pilot program launched at a Jacksonville, Florida solar power generation site. The 7-MW solar project is one of the power suppliers for JEA’s SolarMax program aimed at offering more clean energy options to its commercial customers. C2 Energy Capital expects to reduce its vegetation maintenance costs across its land-based solar power plants through the new program. Additional benefits of C2 Energy Capital’s solar sheep program include providing new economic opportunities for regional sheep farmers and further lowering the company’s carbon footprint. The company expects to rollout the new program across ten solar projects totaling over 79 megawatts.” Source: C2 Energy Capital


Sunrun’s Brightbox expands to Houston/Dallas –As residents throughout Texas endure increasingly frequent weather-related outages, the nation’s largest home solar and battery provider, Sunrun Inc., today announced it is bringing its Brightbox home solar and battery service to households in the greater Houston and Dallas areas in Texas. Sunrun’s Brightbox home battery offers residents an affordable home energy solution that provides reliable backup electricity and greater choice for Texans to control how they power their homes. Starting this month, households in the greater Houston and Dallas areas can get Sunrun’s solar-powered home battery, Brightbox, from as little as zero dollars down and at a consistent, low monthly rate” Source: Sunrun

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