Interview

Catholic organizations go solar to save money, and to put faith into practice

Catholic organizations own up to 100,000 buildings in the U.S., as well as land, and Catholic Energies is helping them go solar. “The market is enormous,” said the program’s leader.

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From Rwanda to Riverside: How the solar industry provided new opportunities for an immigrant entrepreneur

When Covid-19 hit his small solar engineering business, CEO Methode Maniraguha said, no furloughs or layoffs — we’ll pivot.

Clipsal solar looks to deliver the world’s most customizable energy management platform

Developed to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing distributed energy market and backed by some of the biggest names in the Australian market, the team at Clipsal Solar has developed a platform they say can work with any combination of hardware and resources.

The largest US solar-plus-storage plant will deploy 690 MW of bifacial modules on trackers

The Gemini project will be the largest solar plant in the U.S. and among the top-ten worldwide when completed on BLM land near Las Vegas. We spoke with the project developer to get some details on “one of the purest forms of time shifting you’ll ever see.”

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Los Angeles to explore solar partnership with the Navajo Nation

The partnership would pursue cost-effective solar projects that benefit ratepayers and provide “environmental justice and economic equity to the Navajo Nation,” after the city received power from the coal-burning Navajo Generating Station for decades—and paid less than fair value for coal, land leasing, and water, say advocates.

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Navajo Power CEO sees 10 GW renewable potential across the Navajo Nation

While an Arizona utility solicits bids for a 200 MW solar project within the Navajo Nation, the near-term potential is 10 GW, says Navajo Power CEO Brett Isaac.

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Texas installer sees coronavirus concerns driving interest in residential storage

While national solar and storage projections fall, the opposite has been true for Bret Biggart and Freedom Solar, with more and more customers looking for residential storage to weather uncertain times.

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Podcast experts talk about clean energy stories and success in podcasting

The interviewers get interviewed on this episode of #Solar100 from kWh Analytics. The leading podcasters in the renewable energy world talk about their mission and success in this medium. We hear from Emily Kirsch of Powerhouse, Stephen Lacey of Post Script Audio and Norton Rose Fulbright’s Todd Alexander.

New SunPower: Focusing on building the world’s highest efficiency PV modules at Maxeon Solar

In part 2 of our interview, the SunPower brain trust talks about scaling-up its high-efficiency PV technology in a way that it has not been able to do in the past — now that it has cash and a definitive focus.

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The new SunPower: CEO Tom Werner on disintegrating a PV firm and software eating solar-plus-storage

“It’s what we’ve talked about for many years — it makes sense to produce energy where you use it. And it makes sense that it would be intelligent and easily optimized. The new SunPower will focus exclusively on accomplishing that.”

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