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Roadmap to achieving Puerto Rico’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050

The report defines implementation actions, highly detailed in the PR 100 Final Report, but which are summarized into five actions from immediate to long-term to recurring.

Puerto Rico program to bring low-cost solar and batteries to 30,000 households 

Applications open February 22 for the DOE’s Solar Access Program for eligible single family homeowners in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico distributed solar climbs to 680 MW, residential storage to 1.6 GWh

While distributed solar and storage are advancing quickly in Puerto Rico, utility-scale solar and storage procurements ordered by Puerto Rico regulators in 2020 have made little progress.

Decarbonizing disaster response

Diesel generators have been the workhorse of disaster relief for decades but as the frequency of extreme weather events rises, so do calls to decarbonize the emergency response. Sustainability may not be the only benefit to using solar in a crisis, as pv magazine discovers.

DEPCOM Power is constructing Puerto Rico’s largest hybrid solar project

The company is developing a 90 MW solar / 51.5 MW energy storage project with an agrivoltaic pilot program.

BYD unveils new agrivoltaics module

Chinese module maker BYD is producing a new bifacial monocrystalline module at its manufacturing facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The module has a power output of up to 355 W and a conversion efficiency of 16.33%.

Masked engineer highlights strangest mistakes in solar deployment

A Brazilian engineer on Instagram, always wearing a mask, has become a sensation in the Brazilian solar industry, attracting 12 sponsors with a mission to educate companies and consumers about common errors to avoid in rooftop PV installations.

Caribbean could become offshore floating solar PV giant, researcher says

Land is scarce but water is abundant for the Caribbean’s 700 islands. Solar economy professor Christian Breyer tells pv magazine that the region’s archipelagic makeup is not a drawback but a benefit for renewable energy generation.

Solar power generation soars in Mexico, southwestern U.S.

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that areas across Mexico and Southern Texas saw reduced cloud, leading to 120-130% of average September irradiance.

Sunnova to participate in battery emergency program in Puerto Rico

Distributed solar and storage customers sign up with Sunnova to participate in the Flex Power Program. By compensating customers for the power supplied by their batteries, they are incentivized to participate in the program designed to provide energy that reduces strain on the grid and minimizes blackouts at critical times.

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