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California CCAs contract for 778 MW of solar

Almost all of the new capacity has yet to be built, with the new contracts putting Central Coast Community Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy total joint signings well over 1 GW.

Sunrise brief: An energy tax credit that wins the support of the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists?

Also on the rise: A startup invents a breakthrough battery electrolyte, renewables generated a record amount of electricity in 2020, a 250 MW solar project is proposed in Wyoming, and more.

Startup invents breakthrough non-toxic battery electrolyte that’s cheaper ‘by factor of 100’

It’s a breakthrough so simple that the Australian patent office needed convincing it counted as an invention.

Tax credit would target emerging tech in solar, storage, and hydrogen

The bill would offer both a PTC and an ITC and won the support of the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Petroleum Institute.

Sunrise brief: Sunnova expands the reach of solar and distributed energy for grid support

Also on the rise: Tesla said it is working to ‘dramatically’ improve its solar roof installation performance, FPL’s ‘community solar’ program hits its ceiling, and Michigan and Wisconsin look to expand their own community solar offerings.

Sunnova and SolarEdge partner to provide grid support services in New England

The two will provide voltage support for utility National Grid in a move to show that distributed resources can unlock additional value to ratepayers.

UK government launches competition to spur long-duration energy storage innovation

New tech which can store power for longer than four hours can secure funds toward demonstrator project costs.

Sunrise brief: Startup raises $200 million to back its ‘breakthrough’ energy storage battery

Also on the rise: Developers scrap an 850 MW solar project after local objection, Rivian plans a second EV plant in the U.S., Ohio regulators consider another 470 MW of solar, and more.

Storage paired with solar shows steady growth, Berkeley Lab says

The report pegged the cost of adding storage to PV on the order of $700-1,300/kWh of storage capacity and the present-value benefit to the host customer of roughly $500-1,000/kWh.

Tesla Powerwalls in California join the movement to create virtual power plants

Made up of distributed residential energy storage, these “plants” stabilize the grid and often end the need for new fossil generation. Tesla customers in California are the latest to join the movement.

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