Minnesota

Morning Brief: Energy secretary slams ‘radical environmentalists,’ touts gas and nuclear as California’s energy future

Also in the brief: $1 million fine at stake as Minnesota solar developers fault Xcel for project delays, more on interconnection.

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Morning Brief: Planners reject $40M, 140-MW battery storage project for fire risk, New York adopts net metering alternative

Also in the brief: Minnesota solar installers say they’re waiting too long for Xcel Energy grid connections, lower solar costs lead to new installations in metro Atlanta and financing for two large projects in Texas.

Advocates seek solar on all new houses in ten states

“The most efficient time to install solar panels is when the builders are on the roof in the first place,” said Bronte Payne with Environment America.

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Morning Brief: Nautilus acquires a Minnesota portfolio, Perdue is pollinator-friendly

Also in the brief: Powin Energy announces 20-year lithium-ion energy storage system, solar coming to Orange County Public Schools and more.

Form Energy claims its aqueous air battery provides 150-hour duration storage

The holy grail of energy storage has always been low-cost and long-duration. Form Energy intends on deploying a 1 MW/150 MWh system with a Minnesota utility before 2023, an unprecedented energy storage duration if successful.

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Morning Brief: massive PacifiCorp renewable energy RFP excites developers, China’s energy storage boom falters

Also in the brief: First Solar will supply Geronimo Energy with 415 MW of Series 6 modules, a D.C. circuit court hears about a vital FERC energy storage order, the Midwest Solar Expo will not be postponed and more.

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Pollinator-friendly solar: a feel-good way to make projects cleaner and greener  

Opposition to solar project siting can be turned into broad support by designing projects with “pollinator-friendly” landscaping — a trend gaining momentum across the country.

Morning Brief: PG&E customers ready to ride out fire season with batteries, are EVs holding back stationary energy storage systems?

Also in the brief: Chinese EV startup Nio has secured a $1 billion investment, Kore Power has entered into a strategic partnership with ELM FieldSight, Nautilus Solar Energy has closed on a $90 million debt financing agreement and more.

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States expand rooftop solar potential with smart inverter rollout

Maryland is the fourth state to require that rooftop solar use smart inverters, to allow more solar on the grid. States aiming for high renewables should do likewise, says a consultancy. A looming question: will smart distributed resources be compensated for providing grid services?

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Morning Brief: Senators propose a nationwide halt on utility shutoffs, Hawaiian Electric wants to “self-build” a 160 MWh battery system

Also in the brief: Minnesota’s new residential solar restrictions, JinkoSolar donates 1,000,000 masks for pandemic fighting in 19 countries, NABCEP will offer Board Certification and Associate level exams online and more.

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