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First Solar and Nel to develop integrated solar-hydrogen power plants

The companies first will work to develop an integrated power plant control and SCADA system.

Sunrise brief: Trio of utilities want to spend $650 million for 465 MW of solar and storage

Also on the rise: Talen Energy has plans for energy storage at two fossil power plants, and a novel CSP technology passes a test that has its backers breathing a little easier.

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EnerVenue signs its first major distribution agreement

The deal with Hong Kong’s Towngas will pilot the company’s nickel-hydrogen battery technology and serve as an audition for future deals to come.

Here’s what Biden’s infrastructure bill offers solar and cleantech

The $2 trillion package includes a proposed 10-year extension of the ITC and PTC and calls for further incentives to add transmission capacity. Most solar advocates liked it, but one nonprofit panned it as being too industry-friendly.

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Sunrise brief: The future of long-duration energy storage looks bright, but costs need to fall…a lot

Also on the rise: DOE’s Solar Decathlon is getting under way as a virtual event, Massachusetts has a climate law (finally), and Nextracker wins a supply deal with Solaria.

Sunrise brief: Solar shone, more energy storage could have helped ERCOT during storm, report says

Also on the rise: How shading California’s sprawling canal system with solar makes economic sense, Safari Energy marks a milestone, Rio Tinto tests AI-enabled CSP for process heat, and researchers claim a structural battery breakthrough for EV use. Uff-da!

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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.

DOE offers $24.5m in R&D funding for a clean energy grid

The federal agency aims to advance next-generation batteries and electricity-conducing materials.

Hydrogen test locomotive wins $4 million from California Energy Commission

The project by Sierra Northern Railway will integrate hydrogen fuel cell, storage, battery, and systems control technologies.

Sunrise brief: Apple added solar and wind capacity as part of its $4.7b Green Bond spend

Also on the rise: GE Renewables is supplying technology to a solar+storage facility, and NREL researchers are rethinking cell design to help integrate solar on building facades.

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