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Distributed solar installed in 2021 nearly matches capacity of all new gas plants

Institute for Local Self Reliance annual update highlights influence of renewable energy in the US energy portfolio.


Arizona requires transparent modeling for utility resource plans

Transparent utility modeling in two other states has enabled advocates to show that adding more solar than utilities had proposed in their resource plans would yield benefits. The Arizona Technology Council and sustainability advocate Ceres brought the idea to Arizona regulators.


Sunrise brief: Building solar 2x faster than ever would let California electrify with 100% renewables by 2035

Also on the rise: LG building battery manufacturing plant in Arizona. Wood Mackenzie report says energy storage set new records. Palmetto expands to Utah. Hundreds of sheep will help maintain installation in Alberta. Hyundai Sonata hybrid is equipped with a solar roof


LG Energy Solution invests $1.4 billion to build battery factory in Arizona

LG Energy Solution’s investment comes on the back of growing demand of cylindrical-type batteries for electric vehicles in the North American market.

Sunrise brief: Florida rooftop solar bills put 40,000 jobs and $18 billion in economic activity at stake

Also on the rise: New York town plans floating-solar demonstration project. SB energy procures 1.5GW of First Solar modules. Solar Jobs Census seeks participants. Verizon Communications issues fourth green bond. Solarizing houses of worship in communities of color nationwide. Arizona Senate controls the fate of Phoenix anti-solar rate.

Arizona Senate controls the fate of Phoenix anti-solar rate

Ending anti-solar rates in the Phoenix area depends on maintaining an Arizona law favoring competition in the electricity sector. The Arizona House has voted to end such competition, and the Arizona Senate could do the same.

Rackless, earth-mounted solar provider earns funding

Erthos secured a $17.5 million Series B from an investor who participated in the startup of Tesla and SpaceX. The utility-scale solar company has a 2.5GW project pipeline.


Off-grid solar generator for RVs/camping on display at Quartzite show

At the world’s largest gathering of RVs, Jackery displays its latest models of portable solar generators.

SolarAPP+ permitting software reduces project times by 12 days on average in pilot

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the free, web-based platform for automatic residential solar permit approvals.

Sunrise brief: Ford, Sunrun to backup solar homes with the electric F-150 truck when the grid goes down

Also on the rise: Phoenix solar market could be brought back to life. Owners of distributed solar and distributed storage may soon earn money from participating in wholesale markets through an aggregator. Hyperlight licenses design of plastic CSP receiver from NREL. Fire at Vistra’s Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility not caused by battery. Mississippi Power issues RFP seeking 200MW of solar. Cybersecurity specialist offers considerations for renewable power plants. Massachusetts community solar to provide electricity bill credits to low-income subscribers

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