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Sunrise brief: Money flows as multiple investments are announced

Also on the rise: Power Sustainable aims $790 million at North American renewables, Macquarie unit invests in energy storage provider esVolta, EDPR buys its way into downstream C&I projects, Pattern Energy funds its Japanese expansion, and KBR signs on to support a hydrogen venture.
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Storage, wind, superpower: Part 3

In an interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower” and argue that the resulting near-zero-cost energy could be used by states or regions to offer a competitive advantage to employe...
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Puerto Rico awaits first procurements to add 3.75 GW solar, 1.5 GW storage

Puerto Rico regulators ordered the utility PREPA to procure solar and storage, although the utility’s board chairman says the island’s grid can support only a fraction of the mandated amount.
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The latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field at Xi’an, China are out.

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Tigo secures $2 million in funding

The capital will be used to improve upon existing products, develop next generation solutions and help the company scale.
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Silicon Ranch selects Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives to construct 100 MW of solar in Georgia

The project is being constructed to help support Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia, and represents the solar partners' second such project.
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Solar, wind, storage superpower: Part 2

In the second of a three-part interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower” and argue that by investing in even more solar PV and wind power, electrons will become so cheap that a W...
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Swell Energy wins approval for 100 MWh VPP

The contract was awarded in response to Hawaiian Electric’s request for dispatchable energy storage and renewable generation through distributed energy resources along with capacity and ancillary services.
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Colorado awards nearly $5 million in grants for local solar projects

One of the state program's main goals is to "support communities feeling the impacts of the transition from coal."

Press Releases

Radix IoT, REIG launch REvolution IoT turnkey monitoring portal for midscale utility solar

The companies said the partnership aims to reduce operational costs, maximize return on investment, and improve efficiencies.

Origis Energy completes management buyout of original shareholders

The developer said no leadership changes in the company have been made as a result of this transaction.

Illumine Industries Marks Milestone: 18,000 Solar Projects Designed Throughout the U.S.

Illumine Industries (Illumine-i), a comprehensive design and engineering firm, today announced it has completed the design of its 18,000th residential and commercial solar project. This milestone was achieved in a record five years, the last year marking the most significant growth – nearly 10,000 projects.

Aptos Solar Technology and NEP Join Forces to Provide High-performance AC Solutions

Aptos Solar Technology, a provider of high-efficiency solar module technology, and Northern Electric Power (NEP), a global manufacturer of microinverters, have joined forces to deploy high-performance AC solutions to the U. S.

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Sunrise brief: PepsiCo doubles goals to address ‘severe’ climate change impacts

Also on the rise: A coalition of 600 groups urges President-elect Biden to halt utility service shutoffs due to the pandemic, Harrison Street expands its solar owneship portfolio, and a Florida real estate developer eases its way into the solar sector.

Average PPA prices rose in 2020, analysis says

For the first time since LevelTen Energy began tracking the market, solar PPA offer prices rose in 2020, with Q4 2020 prices 11.5% higher than a year earlier.

Jobs report underscores Covid-19 impact on U.S. clean energy sector

As the pandemic continued its attack on the U.S. economy, 2020 ended with 429,000 fewer clean energy workers.

You picked ’em: Our most popular articles of 2020

Five articles (well, six, since news about Tesla made it twice) that captured the imagination of our audience during 2020.

Illinois’ small-scale solar incentives are tapped out, leaving developers in the dark

The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act have been awarded. With no emergency funds or new legislation pending, thousands of jobs could be at stake.

pv magazine tackles extreme weather, resiliency, the future of storage and more in Virtual Roundtables USA

The new-look discussions dove into all things shaping the solar industry and renewable energy as a whole in 2020, including the global pandemic, extreme weather and natural disasters, the election and more, all presented in the light of rapidly-changing technologies and materials.

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Tesla introduces solar inverter

The Tesla Solar Inverter comes in 3.8 kW and 7.6 kW versions, and features two and four maximum power point trackers.

Sunrise brief: Duke Florida reaches deal for EV charging and floating solar

Also on the rise: Webinar panel discusses energy under Biden, JA Solar supplies modules for 88 MW project, partners develop P2P blockchain trading platform, and Total splits with API over climate, for now.

Solar, wind, storage superpower

In an interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower”: by investing in even more solar PV and wind power than the lowest-cost system defined by the “Clean Energy U-curve,” the gain in additional energy, or “superpower,” is exponential to the money invested.

What happens to floating PV when the surface freezes?

In cold climates, floating ice and frost heave need to be considered in designing the anchorage system. Kane Wang of Sungrow Floating offers more tips.

Sunrise brief: Renewables Forward publishes inclusiveness handbook

Also on the rise: Swamped with interconnection requests, Michigan updates its rules; and Tigo Energy closes an investment round.

CAMS acquires Belectric’s U.S. solar O&M business

Texas-based Consolidated Asset Management Services said the deal is a natural extension of its existing clean energy offerings.

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Product roundup: New year and 2021 CES produce myriad announcements

Modules, a community solar website, product partnerships, tracker tech, electric vehicles, and more.

Sunrise brief: SunPower is closing its module factory

Also on the rise: Developer plans a 100 MW solar plant in West Virginia, Plug Power secures $1.5 billion to fuel its Asian expansion, an agrivoltaic project secures a PPA, and the National Science Foundation backs a novel DER integration testbed.

Manufacturers call for module size standardization

Trina Solar is spearheading an effort to standardize 210mm silicon wafers and modules, aiming to improve production efficiency, supply chain optimization and innovation.

Sunrise brief: Gibraltar closes two acquisitions, aims at $700m revenue goal

Also on the rise: Wisconsin to revise dated DER rules, Massachusetts sets a course for 2050 energy goals, Sungrow notches an inverter delivery milestone, and a 1.6 MW solar carport enters service in New Jersey.

Top Gun is one of 4 dozen large-scale BESS projects set for service in 2021

Nearly 1.4 GW of battery energy storage capacity is under construction and slated for delivery during 2021, according to data from FERC and DOE.

Sunrise brief: New York offers funds for electric bus transition

Also on the rise: Fluence gains an investor, Cap Dynamics buys an Arizona solar facility, and legislation would boost DER as a safeguard in wildfire-prone California.

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Naturgy enters U.S. renewables market with acquisition, plans $1.8b investment

The Spanish energy company bought developer Hamel Renewables, whose project portfolio includes 8 GW of solar and 4.6 GW of energy storage.

Massachusetts governor vetoes climate and clean energy bill

The broad legislation included provisions to reduce emissions and important compromises to cut red tape for solar projects in the Bay State.

Rhode Island issues its plan to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and The Brattle Group released the report outlining how the state can meet 100% of electricity demand with renewable energy by 2030.

Frank Pallone and Joe Manchin: Gatekeepers of the Biden energy agenda

As heads of powerful congressional committees, Frank Pallone and Joe Manchin will act as the gatekeepers for any meaningful energy and climate policy. However with Pallone’s focus on healthcare and Manchin’s reputation as a conservative Democrat from a coal state, how much can Biden realistically expect to see accomplished?

Novatus Energy and Southwest Generation merge to create Onward Energy

The newly combined independent power producer brings to the table a 4.2 GW generation portfolio, including 543 MW of solar.

Total and 174 Power Global plan to build 1.6 GW of U.S. solar and storage

French energy giant Total called the 50/50 joint venture a “first significant step” into the U.S. utility-scale solar market.

Technology

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5 takeaways from a new NREL report on electrification’s future

The report looks at the potential impacts of widespread electrification on the U.S. electricity system—specifically, generation and transmission infrastructure investments, fuel use, system costs, and emissions.

Sunrise brief: NREL ups its cybersecurity research capabilities

Also on the rise: Tenaska could add 300 MW of solar to Indiana, advocates appeal an unfavorable ruling in Alabama, and a novel approach to combining solar and wind at one site.

Clear clogged interconnection queues with transmission planning: report

Interconnection queues, in which solar, wind and storage make up 90% of the projects, are “excessively slow, creating a backlog of unbuilt projects.” The culprit is inadequate transmission planning, says a new report.

CEC awards $5 million grant for hybrid energy storage demonstration

Using the California Energy Commission grant, Indian Energy will develop, integrate, and commission innovative Hybrid Modular Storage Systems as a long-duration energy storage technology demonstration project.

Urban land and aerosols could accelerate hail storm formation

Research from the U.S. Department of Energy has found that urban landscapes and man-made aerosols have the potential to accelerate hail storm formation, make their winds harsher and direct these storms toward cities.

Could agrivoltaics feed our demand for clean energy?

Agrivoltaics could result in more food, more energy, lower water demand, lower carbon emissions, and more prosperous rural communities, says an Oregon State University researcher. He plans to build a farm to prove the point.