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Agilitas Energy starts work on stand-alone battery energy storage system

The 3 MW/9MWh system is being built to avoid costly re-construction of existing transmission lines in part of Rhode Island.
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In a surprise vote, Arizona utility regulators reject a clean energy plan

The plan took three years to put together and won initial approval by regulators last November. Rejection means that renewable energy standards adopted 15 years ago remain in effect.
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Role of distributed solar at issue in California’s net metering update

Industry groups focus on solar-plus-storage, or preserving the distributed solar industry, while a state agency aims to compensate rooftop solar at avoided costs and add a grid service charge.
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Solar 101: How to find … and evaluate … a solar contractor for your rooftop project

A well-designed rooftop solar system should last 20 or 30 years, or longer. This guide for choosing the right contractor should help ease your concerns.
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Sunrise brief: More community solar is added in Minnesota

Also on the rise: Notre Dame-backed solar project enters service, report highlights coal's fading economic viability, and LS Power completes its latest acquisition.
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Pattern of ‘decide-announce-defend’ for rural solar must change, researchers say

Meeting clean energy goals means that more projects will be proposed for agricultural land, making it necessary for developers to better engage with local communities.
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Cleantech roundup: Solar e-commerce store, Tesla EV charger expansion, tracker deployment, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products and services.
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Greenbacker buys one of Montana’s largest solar projects

The company acquired the proposed 80 MW MTSun Solar project from developer Broad Reach Power.

Press Releases

Solar Wolf Energy selected as Solarize Mass Plus Yarmouth PV Installer for 2021

After a lengthy review and interview process, Solar Wolf Energy is excited to announce that they have been selected as the preferred photovoltaic installer for the Solarize Mass Plus Yarmouth campaign! Solarize Plus Yarmouth has assembled a team of local volunteers to review, onboard and collaborate with the selected installers; the offerings presented by the selected installers will be available only to Yarmouth residents during the Solarize Plus Yarmouth campaign.

Power Factors and Greenbyte Combine to Form Market Leader in Global Renewable Energy Software

Combined entity supports more than 75GW of renewable assets across 60 countries worldwide

BrainBox AI Pilot Achieves 25-29% Energy Savings in Two GWL Realty Advisors Toronto Properties

Today, BrainBox AI announced that it has partnered with GWL Realty Advisors to pilot its artificial intelligence technology in two of the company's managed properties in downtown Toronto. BrainBox AI, the world's most advanced AI for real estate, continues to grow across North America, as this partnership comes less than a month after BrainBox AI announced its partnership with WattTime, an environmental tech nonprofit that empowers people and organizations to slash emissions, which will drive increased energy savings and CO2 reductions in commercial real estate across North America.

Standard Solar Launches Innovations Group to Accelerate Growth and Foster Intrapreneurship

The newly launched Standard Solar, Inc. Innovations will focus on accelerating the company’s growth by building upon the core assets of its people, its reputation and its financial strength.

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Sunrise brief: Michigan utilities signal support for raising a cap on rooftop solar

Also on the rise: Report sheds light on low- and moderate-income solar program performance, and renewables bucked a slump in U.S. energy production in 2020.

Expanding community solar can bring jobs and economic benefits to hard-hit communities

Community solar offers a unique opportunity for recovery in a Covid-racked economy, but needs to go beyond the contained role it has traditionally held in the American energy landscape.

Here’s a recap of key energy proposals from the Biden administration and Congress

It’s been a busy two months since Joe Biden became president. Here are highlights of key initiatives on the energy and cleantech fronts.

Here’s what Biden’s infrastructure bill offers solar and cleantech

The $2 trillion package includes a proposed 10-year extension of the ITC and PTC and calls for further incentives to add transmission capacity. Most solar advocates liked it, but one nonprofit panned it as being too industry-friendly.

Senate bill would give clean energy companies direct access to tax credits

The bill aims to thaw frozen tax-equity markets and help the solar and clean energy sectors recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bifacial solar added at two bioscience facilities

The 572 kW systems feature Prism Solar bifacial panels and are installed at a bioscience company’s facilities, which produce Covid-19 test kits.

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SunPower reports 30% year-over-year bookings growth for the first quarter

SunPower’s Q1 earnings show growth as the company intensifies its focus on acquisition costs and segment expansion.

Virginia board rejects proposed 150 MW solar project

Strata Solar’s 150 MW Maroon Solar Facility is the latest project to be shot down in Virginia, as residents voiced concerns over the project’s effect on the local landscape.

On-site and off-site community solar options: What’s right for you?

In the second of our series focused on commercial-scale solar, we look at community solar options as a viable alternative for tenants and owners alike.

Sunrun posts sharp Q1 revenue jump, looks to EV cross-sales opportunities

Sunrun raised its installed growth rate estimate to 25-30% for the year, and said that “the strong momentum that we saw in the fourth quarter has continued into 2021.”

Solar employment fell but worker productivity rose in pandemic-scarred 2020, report says

The annual employment report showed continued jobs stagnation, which needs to be reversed for the sector to hit 400,000 jobs by 2030 and 900,000 to meet the Biden administration’s 2035 climate goals.

Enel Green Power NA plans 1.5 GW of new renewables and energy storage capacity

The company said it has more than 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction, and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under way.

Manufacturing

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Product roundup: Ozop Energy Systems, SolarEdge Technologies, ChargePoint, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.

SEIA releases tool aimed at increasing solar supply chain transparency

The document is written to have “universal application” across product lines intended for export to the U.S. market, and is expected to be adopted by equipment manufacturers and U.S. importers.

Sunrise brief: Array Technologies to supply 4 GW of trackers for at least 10 solar projects

Also on the rise: Sunlight opens a 2 GWh capacity lead and lithium battery plant in North Carolina, Bloom Energy deploys its hydrogen-based SOFC, and Schneider Electric is building a microgrid at a Connecticut campus.

Sunrise brief: Hyzon and Raven partner to deploy hydrogen for commercial vehicles

Also on the rise: SolSmart designates its 400th locality and claims up to 450 MW of related solar capacity, Tri Global sells a 400 MW solar facility, and battery startup Gridtential secures $12 million in financing.

Sunrise brief: Michigan aims to power state buildings with renewables and solar by 2025

Also on the rise: Ozop Energy is supplying equipment for a Maryland microgrid, Georgia Power hits a milestone at its zero-carbon nuclear-build site, and Powin unveils a high-voltage battery.

Product roundup: Robotic cleaners, mobile EV charging, inverter company, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.

Markets & Policy

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These countries are the world’s best for renewable energy investment

IHS Markit released its latest Global Renewables Markets Attractiveness Rankings that evaluates countries based on measures related to investment confidence and ease of development.

Energy transition jobs: TerraWatt Infrastructure, Community Energy, Li-Cycle Corp., and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.

Sunrise brief: Utility PSEG sells its solar energy portfolio

Also on the rise: Rooftop solar enters service at a Ford Motor research center, RAI Energy signs a 20-year PPA for 100 MW of solar energy, and Go Solar Group enters New Mexico’s residential market.

Arizona utility doubles its 2025 solar commitment

Salt River Project currently has 648 MW of utility-scale solar plants online or contracted and under development across Arizona.

Shoals reports 12% revenue growth, plots to accelerate its EV charging strategy

Shoals said it is getting faster at winning new customers: It recently converted a prospect to an order in less than 90 days. 

GP Joule breaks ground on 100 MW Canadian solar portfolio

The three 35 MW projects have to be designed to fit environmental challenges, including hurricane-force winds.

Technology

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First Solar and Nel to develop integrated solar-hydrogen power plants

The companies first will work to develop an integrated power plant control and SCADA system.

Sunrise brief: Trio of utilities want to spend $650 million for 465 MW of solar and storage

Also on the rise: Talen Energy has plans for energy storage at two fossil power plants, and a novel CSP technology passes a test that has its backers breathing a little easier.

XPRIZE launches $100 million carbon removal challenge, backed by Musk Foundation

The four-year global competition invites innovators and teams to demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans.

RPI launches energy institute with backing from Siemens and Lutron Electronics

The New York City-based institute will link architectural design and engineering to create infrastructure that is both net-zero in energy use and climate resilient.

EnerVenue signs its first major distribution agreement

The deal with Hong Kong’s Towngas will pilot the company’s nickel-hydrogen battery technology and serve as an audition for future deals to come.

A geospatial approach to evaluating potential solar sites

High-resolution data let the study group drill down to individual parcels in order to figure out how much land is available for solar in both optimal and preferred sites.

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