120 MW project goes on-line in North Carolina, solar industry documentary to release in 2020: pvMB 9/3/19

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120 MWdc project in NC goes on-line – The Aulander Holloman Solar Facility in Hertford County, North Carolina is up and active in all of its 120 MWdc glory! The project was developed by SunEnergy1 and the electricity generated is being purchased via a PPA by Fifth Third Bancorp. Fifth Third will retire the renewable energy credits (RECs) from the project and achieve 100% renewable energy. Source: Fifth Third Bancorp

 

Health co-benefits of sub-national renewable energy policy in the US – The following is an incredibly in depth study on the extent to which sub-national renewable energy policies can improve air quality, basically what your state’s RPS does for your lungs. “We estimate that existing RPSs in the ‘Rust Belt’ region generate a health co-benefit of $94 per ton CO2 reduced ($2-477/tCO2) in 2030, or 8¢ for each kWh of renewable energy deployed (0.2–40¢ kWh−1) in 2015 dollars.” If you’ve got time it’s an interesting, yet meaty read. Source: IOPScience

 

Solar industry documentary set for release in 2020 – Solar Wars follows the saga of the American solar industry and its leaders who fight for the future of our energy during a time of escalating concerns about climate change, cyber security, and energy independence. Through in-depth interviews with industry innovators, economists, and journalists. Solar Wars examines events that have transformed the world. From the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s, to policy changes, to international relations, import tariffs, and industrial espionage, Solar Wars sheds light on developments that are transforming the world’s means of producing and consuming energy, and explores new developments that could introduce a fundamental change in the energy industries. The film seeks to answer the ultimate question: “Who is keeping our lights on?” Solar Wars is set for release in 2020. Source: Solar Wars Movie

 

National solar tour 2019 – The American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors are proud to announce the largest annual grassroots solar event will take place in neighborhoods nationwide the weekend of October 5-6. The National Solar Tour will empower people across the country to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar from their friends and neighbors. The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation. “The National Solar Tour inspires people across the country to make sustainable energy choices,” said Carly Rixham, ASES Executive Director. “Going solar allows people to reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.” The 2019 edition of the National Solar Tour marks its 24th Anniversary. This is the first time Solar United Neighbors has participated in the effort. This year’s tour will also be the first to host solar open houses in every state with a goal of engaging over 50,000 people attending and hosting as part of the Tour.” Source: American Solar Energy Society

 

Johnson Controls & Capital Dynamics have announced a partnership to finance energy solar+storage and control systems: “The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers utilizing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.” Source – Johnson Controls & Capital Dynamics

 

And to end your brief, we’ve got 8 months of ISO Data on electricity in California – strong up on CO2: