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Sunrise brief: GOP bill aims to ban federal funds to buy solar equipment made in China

Also on the rise: Concentric Power builds a microgrid, research pegs smoke’s impact on 2020 solar output, SolRiver buys a Carolinas development portfolio, jobs growth could signal good times for solar installations, and Plug Power plans another green hydrogen plant.

A remote village on Puerto Rico gains a solar-based microgrid

After Hurricane Maria struck, the village of Castañer was without electricity for six months. Now, a solar and battery storage microgrid will support businesses that offer essential goods and services.

Sunrise brief: California approves electric microgrid program for vulnerable communities

Also on the rise: Hydro-Québec will work to commercialize hydrogen technology, San Antonio’s electric utility gets a financial safety net, and Silicon Ranch wraps up a 200 MW solar portfolio in Georgia.

Sunrise brief: Veolia NA moves to design stage on a novel solar-based microgrid

Also on the rise: Black & Veatch will study the feasibility of a green hydrogen plant powered by 3.4 GW of renewables, and PPL Corp. buys a utility from National Grid.

Sunrise brief: Wärtsilä wins order for utility-scale energy storage to support Texas electric grid

Also on the rise: Hawaiian Electric says that developers and suppliers share the blame for its interconnection delays, Redflow will supply a 2 MWh energy storage system for a California microgrid, and FPL files for new base rates and solar project cost recovery.

Cleantech Roundup: Trina Solar, SunSpec Alliance, Array Technologies, and more

Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.

California city eyes FEMA grant for solar+storage projects

The resilience grant money from the federal disaster agency would help pay for solar-based microgrids at five city-owned locations.

CLEAN Future Act would slash emissions, create national energy standard

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce introduced the far-reaching climate bill that includes sector-specific and countrywide goals aimed at reaching net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Vermont utility building microgrid to provide backup power for town

GMP said Panton is the perfect place for this project because it leverages the utility’s existing 4.9 MW solar facility with utility-scale batteries already up and running in the town.

Solar at the speedway: NASCAR aims to make racing more eco-friendly

NASCAR raceways have become one of the sporting world’s most fervent adopters of solar energy, with one project under development that’s set to become the largest solar installation at any sporting venue across the globe.

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