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Polar Racking chosen by Branson group for St. Thomas solar rebuild

The 6.4 MW Donoe Solar Farm in St. Thomas, damaged in 2017, will use Polar's PRU fixed-tilt racking system.
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Ohio regulators approve a 7X proposal for a 107 MW solar project

The project's capacity represents more than a fifth of the state's entire installed solar base. The new capacity could enter service in late 2022.
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Product roundup: Trina Solar, Arctech, First Solar, Schneider Electric, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.
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Winterizing Texas power plants makes economic sense, Dallas Fed says

The bank said that the most reasonable solutions to prevent winter storm blackouts are within the bounds of being economically justified.
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Sunrise brief: Boulder adds 2.1 MW of solar at 11 city-owned sites

Also on the rise: Mosaic announces a $1.5 billion loan program for solar and storage, New Jersey levies a fine for damage related to a solar project, and SunPower deleverages its balance sheet.
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Solar 101: Is my roof ready for solar?

In this series, we’ll break down the decision-making process into bite-sized pieces so you can navigate the process and feel good about your choices.
Markets & Policy

SEIA releases environmental justice policy

The platform outlines principles for engagement, as well as environmental justice outcomes and policies that the organization will support to expand equitable access to solar energy.
Markets & Policy

Hydrostor wins funding for 500 MW of advanced compressed air energy storage

The project will be the company's third utility-scale plant to feature its Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage technology and its second in Canada.

Press Releases

Cost trap data logger: 4 follow-up costs you have to consider

Data loggers are usually necessary to monitor and log your performance of PV systems with the help of monitoring. This is especially true if you want to use independent monitoring solutions.

HOUSTON’S SAN JACINTO COLLEGE GRADUATES TO SOLAR

Sunfinity Renewable Energy Designs and Installs Solar Systems At Two Campuses

Schneider Electric’s XW Pro Approved for California’s SGIP

Schneider Electric Solar announced that their XW Pro solar hybrid inverter is now eligible for California’s energy storage rebates. Customers can install the XW Pro at low cost through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which provides rebates to support homeowners and communities in acquiring affordable energy storage in California.

The Solar Landscape Germany 2021- Update

Berlin, 14 April 2021 | Due to lots of positive feedback and high attention from all photovoltaic business segments, Solytic is now releasing an “unscheduled” update – increasing the circle of companies from 157 to 280. The annual update will continue – in addition Solytic will publish further Landscapes for other markets.

Covid-19

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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.

New York State adopts rules to streamline large renewable energy project reviews

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “cutting red tape” will help the state meets its sustainability goals and recover economically from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Installations

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Facebook achieves net-zero emissions, looks to its global value chain to follow suit

The social media giant met its 2018 goal at the end of 2020 and now aims to achieve net zero emissions for its entire value chain by 2030.

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.

RFP alert: PECO looks to spur solar development with a credit purchase program

The company is launching an RFP to procure 160,000 solar Alternative Energy Credits in Pennsylvania over the next 10 years.

Two projects feeding 180 MW of solar to Facebook enter service

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments announced commercial operation of the Cove Mountain and Cove Mountain II solar projects, both part of a PPA frenzy that Facebook undertook beginning last fall.

Sunrise brief: RES signs VPPAs for 170 MW of solar and wind

Also on the rise: Summit Ridge secures tax equity deal for community solar in three states, Hunt Perovskite wins DOE funding for cell development work, and EVgo opens a lab to test electric vehicle charging technologies.

Walmart adds 6.5 MW of rooftop and canopy parking solar to California stores

The $10 million portfolio was developed by Sol Customer Solutions and will deliver energy to seven stores across the state.

Manufacturing

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Sunrise brief: Xcel Energy files plans for a 460 MW solar plant in Minnesota

Also on the rise: PG&E launches its solar-based microgrid program, a report from Berkeley Lab says the power sector is halfway to becoming carbon free, and battery recycler Li-Cycle will build a facility near Phoenix.

Silicon for lithium-ion batteries moves to commercial production

Group 14 Technologies launched its factory capable of producing 120 tons per year of silicon-carbon-based anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

Sunrise brief: Canadian Solar starts production of 665W modules based on 210mm cells

Also on the rise: Governor signs Rhode Island climate bill, Li-ion battery recycler secures $20 million for a processing center, and a joint U.S.-Israeli government venture funds a cyber security initiative.

Cleantech roundup: EV battery, Archtech Solar tracker, and LineVision sensors

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

Sunrise brief: New Jersey community solar program draws a flood of applicants

Also on the rise: Navajo Nation leaders vote to advance a 200 MW solar project, Greenbacker buys a development pipeline, Intersolar NA reschedules its live event, and a report says that flow batteries could use a jump start from DOE.

Sunrise brief: Maxeon will ramp up solar shingle module production, scout U.S. site

Also on the rise: Canadian Solar starts work on $230 million worth of solar projects in Japan, and the Canadian government backs efforts to move Arctic communities off of diesel and onto renewables.

Markets & Policy

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Solar and storage are showing coal and natural gas the exits, IEEFA outlook says

Technology improvements and price declines have made solar and wind the least-cost option in much of the U.S. The next two to three years will be transformative, a new report said.

Hawaii lawmakers vote to slash solar credits as the state looks to prop up its budget

A Senate committee added language that would cut the renewable energy credit as part of an unrelated film tax credit bill.

Energy transition jobs: KKR, SunPower, ConnectDER, and more

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

Jack Daniels orders a shot of solar through TVA’s Green Invest program

The 20 MW project will help the iconic brand meet roughly 75% of electricity demand at its Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery.

NIPSCO brings another 200 MW of solar to Indiana

The Elliot Solar project is NIPSCO’s latest planned capacity addition as the utility continues to pursue renewables to ease its coal plant retirements.

Sunrise brief: Partners announce $2b investment in utility-scale solar and wind

Also on the rise: Hydro-Québec grid gains a BESS, Connecticut announces its 2021 Green Liberty Bond issuance, and two VC pros launch a fund to back cleantech startups.

Technology

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Power quality issues challenge utilities as solar is added to the grid, survey finds

Power quality issues emerge in terms of voltage swags, swells, flickers, and harmonic distortions, among other things. Many utilities said they are not happy with their ability to gather useful data to address the problems.

Sunrise brief: GOP bill aims to ban federal funds to buy solar equipment made in China

Also on the rise: Concentric Power builds a microgrid, research pegs smoke’s impact on 2020 solar output, SolRiver buys a Carolinas development portfolio, jobs growth could signal good times for solar installations, and Plug Power plans another green hydrogen plant.

Sunrise brief: The future of long-duration energy storage looks bright, but costs need to fall…a lot

Also on the rise: DOE’s Solar Decathlon is getting under way as a virtual event, Massachusetts has a climate law (finally), and Nextracker wins a supply deal with Solaria.

Vote Solar begins work in Pennsylvania, pushes for greater renewable commitment

March is turning into one of the busiest months ever for solar in Pennsylvania, at least legislation-wise. The latest bill would lift the state’s renewable energy goal from 8% by 2026 to 18%, with a 5.5% solar carveout.

California adds more layers to its summer 2021 electric reliability effort

The regulatory orders were the latest in a series since last November and came in response to a mid-August 2020 heat wave that forced the CAISO to impose rotating power outages across California.

Renewable energy growth is being slowed by current transmission planning, ACORE study says

The report warns that because of long lead times, the window “may be closing” on transmission upgrades needed to support a range of renewable energy goals.

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