The utility has announced three new, massive solar projects, set to be developed by subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources. With these projects confirmed, the utility has now secured roughly 1.4 GW of the 2.3 GW it is looking to bring on-line to replace its aging coal fleet.
Here’s this week’s gigawatt of big solar project news.
The number of large solar projects is surging in the U.S. — and pv magazine is keeping track. We’ve gathered up the recent news in big solar — with Indiana set to double its solar capacity, and Texas galloping along. Plus, the never-ending Spotsylvania saga.
The proposal by Capital Dynamics and Tenaska to build a 150 MW solar installation in Petersburg has been approved by regulators, the latest in a development push that will add more than 500 MW of utility-scale solar in the coming years.
A high level of distributed solar in Indiana would reduce utility costs by up to $540 million per year, a national lab has found. Fair compensation for rooftop solar power in southern Indiana would be 13¢/kWh, an expert calculated—not the 3¢/kWh proposed by a utility.
Also in the brief: The never-ending net-metering battle. Maine gets a 25-MW solar plant.
Also in the brief: Global Energy Generation’ proposed 4,500-acre Mammoth Solar project in Pulaski County, Indiana, may have a role to play in Winamac’s revitalization efforts, Dominion Energy acquired a solar power project in Orange County, the laws that prevent carbon cutting and more.
Also in the brief: Powerhome completes a solar installation at Indianapolis Colts HQ, Chevron is making a Series A investment in the three-year-old nuclear fusion startup Zap Energy, more than 200 workers are needed for a solar project being developed in Cherokee, Alabama and more.
Also in the brief: Duke Energy first solar project on a retired landfill, Solarize Chicagoland group-buy program bears fruit even in rough times
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