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UX Solar eyes 250 MW of community solar as it builds its portfolio

Competition was fierce in Xcel Energy’s Colorado community solar RFP, and UX Solar is now building 8 MW of capacity to serve commercial and residential subscribers.

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Colorado awards nearly $5 million in grants for local solar projects

One of the state program’s main goals is to “support communities feeling the impacts of the transition from coal.”

Novatus Energy and Southwest Generation merge to create Onward Energy

The newly combined independent power producer brings to the table a 4.2 GW generation portfolio, including 543 MW of solar.

Xcel Energy wins approval to advance Colorado EV plans

Utility regulators approved Xcel Energy’s plan to spend $102 million over three years to build charging stations, incentivize homeowners to install charging equipment and provide support for converting school buses, government and business fleets to electric.

First Solar’s PV module technology completes 25 years of testing at NREL

“Determining how many years a solar panel will last can take, well, years.”

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Clean energy election roundup: Nevada to go 50% renewable by 2030, Columbus 100% by 2023

A number of important clean energy initiatives were on the ballot across the country: Boulder, Colorado’s effort to form a municipal utility, Denver’s clean-energy-focused sales tax increase — plus one major utility in Wisconsin’s unprecedented commitment to solar.

Morning Brief: Trump thwarted in latest bid to kill solar-tariff loophole, plus pallets for PV modules

Also in the brief: Iberdrola’s deal worth $8.3 billion adds PNM Resources to its Avangrid business. The value of energy storage for military resilience. And Also emotional ownership is the key to delivering community solar.

Utility-scale solar roundup: PV-powered steel from Lightsource, Savion in Ohio and Michigan

Dean Solon, CEO of Shoals: “A lot of people thought that the 100 MW fields were all dead, but those suckers are coming back with a vengeance.”

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Community solar under attack in Colorado

Solar advocates appeal to the courts as the state’s utilities and Public Utilities Commission move to cut bill credits to community solar subscribers — and potentially open the door to further reductions.

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Solar-powered steel production from Lightsource bp’s Bighorn Project in Colorado

The iron and steel sector is the “world’s largest industrial source of climate pollution.” This steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado will be the first in North America to rely on solar power.

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