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Minnesota bill would curb the power homeowner associations have over solar

HOAs could still complain about some things related to solar, but could no longer ban them outright.

Group pushes for more solar and storage in Minnesota resource plan

A Minnesota citizen’s group has completed a resource plan, which proposes a solar-intensive approach that is projected to yield billions in savings for Xcel Energy customers.

Standard Solar adds 17 projects to its community solar portfolio

Tax equity financing for the 24.6 MW of capacity was secured in a partnership with Crestmark, a division of MetaBank N.A.

Minnesota Power targets 100% carbon-free energy by 2050

The utility plans to retire or convert its remaining coal-fired units and procure more wind and solar power.

Xcel Energy wants 500 MW of solar at a retiring coal plant

The utility is accepting proposals to build solar projects of at least 75 MW that interconnect to the existing infrastructure at its Sherco plant.

Program aims to add solar on new low-income housing in Minnesota

With enough property owners signing on to the program, developers should be able to install PV panels at group prices. At least some of the solar-equipped housing units must be rented to low-income people.

Update: Form Energy’s stealthy ‘aqueous air battery’ with 150-hour duration lands $76 million funding round

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: Consumers Energy expands its net metering cap, Nautilus closes a financing commitment

Also in the brief: A New Mexico regulator has recommended denial of El Paso Electric’s planned expansion of the Newman Generating Station, Gemserv has launched a digital platform aimed at helping businesses transition to electric vehicles and more.

Form Energy’s stealthy ‘aqueous air battery’ with 150-hour duration gets another $70 million

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: Biden’s energy transition team, BlackRock CEO backs mandatory climate reporting

Also in the brief: The Solar Foundation and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council are merging, Trump administration removes scientist in charge of assessing climate change, Cypress Creek closed a seven-year, $200 million debt financing, and solar-powered butter.

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