Utility Scale PV

Cleantech investing: Carbon tracking and sequestration startup wave, SPACs for late-stage energy transition capital

Carbon monitoring, accounting and sequestration startups are in vogue — as is raising late-stage capital via a SPAC. Plus $30M for small-scale utility and community solar.

In which states does solar matter most?

Not all solar projects are created equal — a new report from Clearloop, Downstream Strategies and WattTime outlines the areas in the country where development would make the biggest difference in reducing emissions and cleaning the grid.

Morning Brief: EV startup Nikola CEO out after SEC fraud claims, China mulls stronger clean energy goals

Also in the brief: Re-retiring Maui’s 72-year-old, 38-MW oil-fired plant — by adding more solar-plus-storage. Colorado Springs Utilities plans for a 175-MW solar farm to be coupled with a 25 MW battery storage system, all built and installed by Boulder-based juwi.

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Energy Jobs: First Solar, Enel X, CELI, 7X Energy, National Grid, Terabase, i1 Energy, 8minute

Executive, career and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy VC.

Morning Brief: House Committee on Un-American Activities goes after EPA

Also in the brief: Nextracker to supply Shanghai Electric with more than 1 GW of trackers, plus Enel X, LG Chem and Smart Charge Hawaii.

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FERC adopts big utilities’ narrative in PURPA ruling

FERC has issued a ruling on PURPA described by some as “death of a thousand cuts” for the policy that has spurred large-scale solar development across the country.

Morning Brief: Duke Energy reaches deal with Sunrun, Vote Solar to modernize rooftop PV in South Carolina

Also in the brief: 67-MWdc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, is now fully operational. Plus First Solar’s secondary offering for the Waltons, and Natron gets $20 million for battery scale-up.

Duke University buys 101 MW of solar from Duke Energy

Three projects across North Carolina are being developed to fulfill a new agreement between Duke Energy and Duke University, under the utility’s Green Source Advantage program. The university is the first academic institution to come to terms on a renewable power contract under the program.

NREL projects up to 7.5 TW of global, hydro-linked floating PV potential

A study into the benefits of linking solar with hydro in a full hybrid system configuration has found global potential of 7,593 GW, for an estimated annual power generation of 10,616 TWh and a 20% reservoir coverage.

Facebook doubles down on renewable commitment in Utah with 235 MW in solar contracts

Facebook now has contracts for 694 MW of solar power in Utah (63% of the state’s solar generation capacity) in its pursuit of becoming entirely renewably-powered by the end of this year.

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