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The Solar Games competition kicks off at Intersolar North America, Energy Storage North America 2022

The Solar Games, launched two years ago at Intersolar North America 2020, pits teams of solar installers in a showdown of grid-tied and off-grid prowess.

Salt River Project taps NextEra Energy to add battery storage to Arizona project

The 100 MW Saint Solar project in Coolidge, Arizona will get a 100 MW storage system capable of providing four hours of energy

Sunrise brief: Solar panels, racking and inverters stationed on Tesla’s gigafactory roof offer a glimpse of the project underway.

Also on the rise: LBL report looks at compensating customers for grid-connected batteries. Supply chain problems that drove up costs of solar power equipment will ease in 2022. Efforts to retrieve lithium from geothermal brine increasing in popularity. Encore Renewable Energy, The Brattle Group, ACORE and others announced new hires.

Enphase Energy sees a bright energy storage market in Colorado

Enphase installers are seeing a spike in deployments of its microinverters plus batteries in Colorado, a state with plenty of sunshine mixed with extreme weather events.

Lightsource bp closes financing on 135 MW solar project in Arkansas and 345 MW solar project in Louisiana

Financing for both projects was facilitated by power purchase agreements. For the Arkansas project, the agreement is with Conway Corp. and for the Louisiana project the agreement is with McDonald’s and eBay.

Sunrise brief: Grid expert slams NEM 3.0 as “proposed dystopia”, offers ten reasons why

Also on the rise: Department of Commerce to rescind its review of the countervailing duty order on solar cells from 48 companies Chinese companies. Florida utility turns pallets and cardboard into mulch, saving millions. Standard Solar acquires operational solar plant in Idaho. Four New York community solar projects receive financing.

NREL study finds that managing EV charging complements grid-connected renewables

Managed charging is valuable in systems with high levels of variable renewables because it provides the flexibility to match supply and demand.

Standard Solar acquires 28.5 MW commercial solar project in Idaho

One of its largest acquisitions to date, Standard Solar gains the fully operational Mountain Home project from True Green Capital Management.

Sunrise brief: Goldman Sachs invests $250 million in Hydrostor

Also on the rise: Nearly half of all new capacity added to the grid will come from solar. Washington community solar bill garners support. Optimizer manufacturer Alencon expands manufacturing and R&D facilities outside of Philadelphia. GoodWe rebranding reflects the ‘smarts’ in its inverters and storage technology. Three California community choice jointly issued an RFP.

Goldman Sachs invests $250 million in Hydrostor to advance long-duration energy storage projects

The investment is planned to support development and construction of Hydrostor’s 1.1 GW, 8.7 GWh of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage projects that are well underway in California and Australia, and help expand Hydrostor’s project development pipeline globally.

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