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Nikola and Republic scrap electric trash truck

The pair were working to design and build a refuse truck based on a zero-emissions battery-electric drive platform and body while also integrating multiple new systems into a new state-of-the-art vehicle.

Sunrise brief: Year-end dealmaking hits its stride

Also on the rise: A solar firm helps neighbors in need, researchers show how to turn a ZEB into a PEB, and researchers correct a climate model error: the fix isn’t good news for California.

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DOE offers an energy storage strategy, publishes detailed technology cost estimates

The strategy includes accelerating the transition of technologies from the lab to the marketplace, focusing on ways to  manufacture technologies at scale in the United States and ensuring secure supply chains to enable domestic manufacturing.

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Sunrise brief: Congress passes solar ITC extension

Also on the rise: A simple safeguard for the growing danger of arc-fault events; EDF Renewables signs a PPA; Soltec will supply trackers to AES

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Solar ITC wins extension as part of pending congressional action

The solar ITC would remain at 26% for projects that begin construction in 2021 and 2022, step down to 22% in 2023, and down to 10% in 2024 for commercial projects. 

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Project aims to smooth DER integration on New York’s grid

The $2.2 million in funding comes through NYSERDA’s Smart Grid Innovation program, and is part of New York State’s strategy of a zero emission electricity sector by 2040.

Solar plus storage cleared to land at JFK airport

The 12.3 MW solar installation will create a carport canopy, providing cover to around 3,000 parking spaces. Excess power will flow to the grid and storage will support AirLink JFK rail shuttle service.

Six of the year’s most impactful solar policies, courtesy of SELC

The 2020 “Solar Makers” include states, regulators and utilities taking action to encourage rooftop solar. This year’s “Solar Brakers” include utility policies that SELC says undermine rooftop solar as a cost-effective choice.

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Sunrise brief: Gas giants plan to make hydrogen from a solar-driven electroylzer

Also on the rise: Invenergy gets a $1 billion holiday gift; Tonight’s celestial thrill; Looser rules could boost Chinese glass capacity; NREL announces record-setting two-junction solar cells; ReneSolar notches a win in Poland’s solar auction

A Harley-Davidson plant now hosts a 2.25 MW solar array

The 8,400 panel solar array is part of We Energies’ Solar Now program, and is the largest single rooftop system in Wisconsin.

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