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Data show 9.7 GW of large-scale solar on track for delivery in 2021

Across the country, more than three dozen solar projects with nameplate capacities of at least 100 MW are slated to enter service in 2021. The Texas oil patch is on track to host the largest of these.

Xcel Energy wins approval to advance Colorado EV plans

Utility regulators approved Xcel Energy’s plan to spend $102 million over three years to build charging stations, incentivize homeowners to install charging equipment and provide support for converting school buses, government and business fleets to electric.

Sunrise brief: PG&E announces six BESS projects with 387 MW of capacity

Also on the rise: 8Minute upsizes its credit facility, an NREL-led team publishes a new guide to inverter-based power systems, and Altus Power adds to its portfolio.

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.

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