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What are states doing to make virtual power plants a reality?

With policymakers, utilities, and private enterprise working collaboratively to find solutions that work for a given state’s unique circumstances, we will surely see continued growth of virtual power plants.

Strong state solar policies boost adoption of distributed energy

Of the 29 GW of solar installed in the U.S. in 2023, 31% was distributed solar, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Silfab receives funds to develop U.S.-made back-contact N-type solar cells

Silfab Solar is one of seven awardees of DOE funding for projects that will use dual-use PV technologies to electrify buildings, decarbonize the transportation sector and reduce land-use conflicts.

U.S. solar exceeds five million installations

Over half of all U.S. solar installations have come online since the start of 2020 and over 25% have come online since the Inflation Reduction Act became law.

Plug Power’s $1.6 billion loan guarantee for clean hydrogen facilities

The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office announced a conditional commitment for loan guarantee to help finance construction of up to six facilities across several U.S. states to produce clean hydrogen using Plug Power’s own electrolyzer technology.

November election pivotal to clean energy momentum

A Wood Mackenzie report that a Republican victory in 2024 presidential election could put $1 trillion energy investment on the line and put pressure on states to step up.

Catalyze secures $100 million to support 79 MW New York solar portfolio

The funding comes from NY Green Bank, which is requiring that a significant percentage of solar project subscribers benefit disadvantaged communities.

PV players wrestle tariff threat and oversupply

The requirements of measures such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) mean that solar panel prices in the United States can be twice as much as in Europe.

FERC transmission rule to shore up the nation’s power grid

The ruling, which is being praised by industry groups, is the first time in more than a decade that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has addressed regional transmission policy as well as the need for long-term transmission planning.

Active Surfaces raises $5.6 million to develop ‘solar 2.0’

Active Surfaces is developing lightweight, flexible solar panels that can be integrated into virtually any surface and manufactured using a printed, roll-to-roll process.

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