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Lightstar partners with farming conservation group to unlock agrivoltaics

A Boston-based solar developer with 208 MW of active projects is partnering with the American Farmland Trust to preserve rural farmland for agriculture and community solar development co-located on farmland, also known as Agrivoltaics.

Solar grazing methods a centerpiece of inaugural agrivoltaics conference 

The first U.S. agrivoltaics conference took place March 14 to 15, 2023 in Rosemont, Illinois, as sheep grazers sat amongst seed vendors and community solar project developers. On the first day of the conference, the Solar Farm Summit recorded 460 attendees, while speaking to pv magazine USA, executive producer Dan French said the number is likely above 500 strong.  

Agrivoltaics market valued at $9.3 billion

The agrivoltaics market is pegged at a 10.1% annual growth rate. Industry constituents are convening at the inaugural Solar Farm Summit this week in Rosemont, Ill.


Sunrise brief: Lasers, gloves, trees, and more on the floor at RE+ Northeast 

Also on the rise: Where renewable energy policies are working in 2023. Municipal franchise agreements could drive up to 911 TWh of renewable energy. And more.

Where renewable energy policies are working in 2023

The 2023 Community Power Scorecard developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance gave failing grades to 13 states for failure to advance energy and for creating barriers to local economic development through renewable power.


NanoGraf raises $65 Million to scale U.S. production of battery materials

Series B funding comes soon after $10 million contract from the U.S. Government to develop the first large-volume silicon oxide anode manufacturing facility in the Midwest.

Reactivate Illinois community solar program enrollment begins

The Illinois projects provide benefits to income-qualified and energy transition communities and will deliver enough clean energy to power about 1,200 homes, providing customers a combined projected savings of $12 million over 20 years.

Sunrise brief: Interest in solar apprenticeship expands in response to IRA 

Also on the rise: 13 European PV equipment makers pitch their machines to U.S. PV manufacturers. EV batteries alone could satisfy short-term grid storage demand. And more.

Sunrise brief: Minnesota voting on 100% clean electricity, 10% solar by 2030

Also on the rise: Retired coal sites to host multi-day iron-air batteries. Wyoming 900 MW pumped storage project moves toward licensing. And more.

Sunrise brief: New Mexico law seeks solar on every roof, and an EV charger in every garage 

Also on the rise: 50 states of solar incentives–Illinois. Falling costs, 15 GW of US solar module production, and TOPCon trends. And more.

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