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ACORE insight: The federal agenda for energy and climate

As part of ACORE's Finance Forums, experts on federal energy policy outlined what policies are needed to help drive the Biden Administration's clean energy and climate change policies.
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Department of Energy announces $200 million in new funding for batteries and EVs

The funds support DOE national lab efforts and create partnerships in batteries, electric vehicles, connected vehicles, and will span five years.
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Unifrax plans manufacturing line for lithium-ion battery technology

The global manufacturer of specialty materials announced plans to build its first silicon fiber anode production line for lithium-ion battery improvement.
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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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Sunrise brief: U.S. solar industry passes 100 GW of installed capacity, SEIA report says

Also on the rise: Stem and CleanCapital extend their business ties and eye C&I energy storage, Heliogen raises $108 million from industrial heavyweights for its CSP refinery, and Ameresco will deploy a solar array at Cannon AFB.
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Supply chain constraints are starting to hit the solar industry, SEIA says

A Q1 market report said the biggest impact has been on utility-scale projects, with some developers trying to rework PPAs. It warned that "compounding cost increases across all materials are just beginning to affect installers."
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CI Renewables acquires KDC Solar

CI will continue continue KDC Solar's operations, with the specific focus of providing clean energy solutions for companies and institutions with electric loads greater than 2 MW.
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How utilities can catch up to a digitized, decarbonized future

The utility industry is unprepared for the clean energy and technology future that it will soon be facing. EY has surveyed 159 power and utilities executives to identify and tackle what they see as their biggest challenges.
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Hacker group REvil claims responsibility for Invenergy data breach

The group says it downloaded 4 terabytes of "sensitive" project information including contracts and NDAs.

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.

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Price pressures may delay 15% of utility-scale solar projects this year, Roth Capital warns

Shaving off 15% would trim new capacity additions by more than 2.3 GW this year alone, based on Energy Information Administration forecasts. Higher prices throughout the solar supply chain are being blamed.

Duke Energy to halt electric shutoffs in extreme heat, hurricane conditions

The agreement follows negotiations with Vote Solar, the CLEO Institute, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, as more than 20,000 Duke Energy Florida customers are reported to behind on their electric bills.

Minnesota Power wins approval for 21 MW of solar

The new capacity additions were brought forward to help the state recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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Sunrise brief: Congress urges Border Patrol action on forced labor allegations

Also on the rise: AES floats a utility-scale solar project in New York, Greenbacker adds to its solar portfolio, Sunnova prices its latest securitization, and China will end its solar subsidies.

A snapshot of free and open-source solar geospatial data

Empower your decisions with GIS in the competitive solar market – at no cost!

Solar makes a lot of sense at ground level, too

Solar projects that support native grasses can sequester more carbon than cropland alone. And about all that corn for ethanol.

Sunrise brief: Polysilicon prices likely have peaked, Canadian Solar execs say

Also on the rise: Stem provides smart energy storage services to a Bay State project, solar leads in global power generation investment, and Agilitas Energy expands its storage footprint.

Michigan regulators approve DTE low-income solar program settlement

The agreement will lower program costs, simplify enrollment, and bring three community solar projects to historically underserved communities.

Solar 101: Grumpy neighbors and falling quahogs are just two perils to jolt your solar project

Homeowner associations and town councils can derail your solar project. So can dust from nearby factories and bivalve mollusks falling from the sky.

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NanoGraf develops battery chemistry material with significant energy density increases

The company's silicon-oxide anode material can increase battery capacity in the 18650 form factor by an initial 12% at a potentially commercially competitive price.

3 takeaways from the PVEL 2021 reliability scorecard

The annual publication from PV Evolution Labs shares results from solar panel stress tests focused on specified and verified bills of materials.

First Solar to add 3.3 GW of capacity in a new $680 million Ohio factory

The 1.8 million-square-foot facility is projected to create 500 jobs and produce an enhanced thin film PV module for the utility-scale solar market in the U.S.

EV adoption is growing, but more action is needed to reach net-zero by 2050

BNEF’s latest Electric Vehicle Outlook outlines the level of sales and investment needed in EVs, charging infrastructure, and batteries in order to achieve a net-zero future.

Sunrise brief: NV Energy plans to replace a coal plant with 600 MW of solar and 480 MW of storage

Also on the rise: Tesla’s solar roof factory in Buffalo: more EV and less roof? DOE outlines policies to create a domestic battery supply chain, FPL hits a solar milestone, and Connecticut moves closer to setting an energy storage goal.

Li-Cycle announces partnership with Renewance, first western ‘Spoke’ plant

The two companies will work together to deliver a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective lithium-ion battery recycling solution for end-of-life energy storage systems.

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New tool aims to streamline fast-charging EV station design

The project offers a design and validation framework for renewable energy-based microgrid configurations that deliver electric vehicle fast charging, energy security, and value-added grid services.

DOE offers $5M in prize money for American-made solar competition

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launches competition with awards for innovation in solar hardware and software.

Amazon warehouse fire linked to solar installation

The fire, which caused an estimated $500,000 in damages has been deemed to be the result of an issue with the solar system on the roof, according to the Susquehanna Hose Company.

Back to business in Boston: Solar and Energy Storage Northeast… in-person!

pv magazine USA reports on-site for the first time in 15 months at the Solar and Energy Storage Northeast expo in Boston.

Vesper Energy expands its letter of credit to ramp up solar and storage development work

The company will use the expanded facility to post securities for PPAs and interconnection agreements with energy transmission networks.

Sunrise brief: Sempra and NREL agree to advance net-zero energy systems

Also on the rise: NB Power adds more solar in the Canadian Maritimes, Leyline Renewable finances solar in Washington, D.C., big cuts reported in CO2 emissions from power production, and Schlumberger and Panasonic partner on a novel lithium extraction process.

Technology

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Sunrise brief: Watch how this solar array will boost the International Space Station’s power capacity

Also on the rise: Intel will work with EIC to develop long-term energy storage approaches for data centers, and while 2020 was a downer for most of us, renewables did very well.

Carbon capture expansion a key action in achieving net zero emission goals

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects must double every five years to achieve net zero, IHS Markit says in a new report.

Genius award for a student-designed portable solar carport

Dubbed Gismo Power, the appliance is entirely mobile, can be grid-connected, and may be folded for storage.

Duke proposal aims to accelerate EV charging infrastructure in North Carolina

The utility’s proposal is being introduced to support a statewide goal of having 80,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

Enough solar and wind to clean the U.S. power grid… available yesterday

Data show that the U.S. has more than 750 GWac of electricity generation capacity in interconnection queues, with 90% of that clean energy-related. But how much actually will be built?

Holographic light collector could improve solar panel yield

The collector is built with a low-cost holographic optical element and a diffuser and can be easily embedded into conventional PV modules, according to its creators.

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