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Sunrise brief: Kaua’i co-op project with AES combines solar and pumped hydro

Also on the rise: El Paso Electric offers a roadmap to EV adoption in New Mexico, campus solar enters service in Illinois, Consumers Energy commissions 10 MW of new solar in Michigan, and Southern issues a sustainable financing framework.

An innovative offtake contract makes its solar sector debut

First used with wind projects, a pgPPA manages weather-related risk by settling a facility’s energy transfer based on a proxy generation index, rather than on actual metered generation. Operational risk shifts from buyer to seller.

Sunrise brief: SunPower is closing its module factory

Also on the rise: Developer plans a 100 MW solar plant in West Virginia, Plug Power secures $1.5 billion to fuel its Asian expansion, an agrivoltaic project secures a PPA, and the National Science Foundation backs a novel DER integration testbed.

New rules move Washington State closer to carbon-free electricity

The rules apply to Puget Sound Energy, Avista and Pacific Power. The state’s Commerce Department developed similar rules that apply to municipal and other consumer-owned utilities.

Sunrise brief: 6 months and counting as renewables dominate capacity additions

Also on the rise: Moss Landing energy storage enters service, Duke Energy buys a 144 MW project, military housing gets rooftop solar, and researchers win a grant to study grid-forming PV inverter technology.

Could agrivoltaics feed our demand for clean energy?

Agrivoltaics could result in more food, more energy, lower water demand, lower carbon emissions, and more prosperous rural communities, says an Oregon State University researcher. He plans to build a farm to prove the point.

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Sunrise brief: Regulators OK Duke Energy solar plans

Also on the rise: More BESS is coming to ERCOT, Peck Company acquires iSun Energy, Enphase and Sunnova expand their business ties, and a New York community solar project gets a new owner.

Current GHG levels may keep the planet locked on 2C warming, study says

The results suggest that we have most likely already emitted enough carbon dioxide to exceed 2°C, one researcher said. The study team was made up of scientists from the U.S. and China.

Xcel Energy wants 500 MW of solar at a retiring coal plant

The utility is accepting proposals to build solar projects of at least 75 MW that interconnect to the existing infrastructure at its Sherco plant.

Sunrise brief: Battery-electric locomotive enters service

Also on the rise: NPPD shops for 2 million MWh of renewables, JV will fuel ReneSola expansion, Canadian Solar sells a project stake, and natural gas rebounds after a lousy 2020.

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