Puerto Rico’s utility has submitted solar and storage project bids to the government for approval, while a second bid process has been announced. A backlog of distributed solar interconnection requests is being cleared.
Also on the rise: Maine utility offers settlement for faulty processes. Yotta and Cal Solar Inc. team up on distributed energy to meet California mandate. Day two of Intersolar/Energy Storage North America. Largest Indiana solar park completed. Virtual power plants offer Texas renters low-cost clean energy. Q Cells and KSI to develop solar and storage projects.
EDP Renewables North America has signed a PPA with cooperative Hoosier Energy to supply communities between the states of Indiana and Illinois from the Riverstart plant.
Also on the rise: Solar Games kicks off at Intersolar. Cornell researchers uncover New Yorkers’ preferences for solar locations. Enphase sees spike in microinverters plus storage in Colorado. NextEra adds 100 MW battery to SRP Arizona project. TerraSmart experts talk ground screw vs. piles for utility and C&I projects. Andy Sendy of SolarReviews offers an alternative to NEM 3.0.
Three projects are set to be in operation by 2024 and will be owned, operated and maintained by Silicon Ranch.
Cornell Researchers found that upstate New Yorkers prefer rooftop solar to community solar under 50 acres, and opinions are split 50/50 over large scale ground mounts. The distaste for utility-scale solar is strongest when converting forests, public lands, and productive farmland.
The 100 MW Saint Solar project in Coolidge, Arizona will get a 100 MW storage system capable of providing four hours of energy
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.
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.
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