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Sunrise brief: U.S. warehouses can host enough solar to power nearly 20 million homes 

Also on the rise: Puerto Rico moves into seventh place for residential solar per capita. Invested in our planet: Financing the clean energy transition. And more.

Montana city flips switch on 545 kW municipal solar facility

At a “flip the switch” event held in Missoula this week, officials christened a 545 kW municipal solar project, which Ameresco will maintain under a 25-year solar energy agreement which had zero upfront cost to the municipality, the companies said.

50 states of solar incentives: Montana 

Montana, dubbed the Big Sky Country state, ranks 30th in the country based on its abundant hydro and wind resources, but is ranked 44th based on solar energy output.

Court rules that inverter sizing guides grid connection

U.S. Court of Appeals rules that an 80 MWac/160 MWdc solar farm, with 50 MW of battery, meets Qualifying Facility status – 80 MWac or less – under PURPA.

HVDC transmission line to connect three ISO regions

The 385-mile North Plains Connector project to be built by 2029 will ease power transmission congestion and allow clean energy onto the grid.


REC Silicon and Mississippi Silicon agreement bolsters U.S. solar supply chain

The recent Hanwha investment will enable a re-start of the currently idle Moses Lake plant in 2023 and make available high volumes of cost competitive, high quality, and low carbon solar grade polysilicon.

Local officials in Montana turn down a 300 MW solar project

The $250 million Basin Creek Solar Project would have powered a cryptocurrency mining operation. Developers said they will appeal the zoning board decision.


Montana cryptocurrency producers back a utility-scale solar project

The 300 MW Basin Creek Solar Project would be built on ranch land in Butte and would supply energy to an expanding data center.

Greenbacker buys one of Montana’s largest solar projects

The company acquired the proposed 80 MW MTSun Solar project from developer Broad Reach Power.


Morning Brief: Longroad’s $320 million Texas PV project, Montana utility cannot discriminate against solar

Also in the brief: The U.S. Energy Storage Association aims to have 100 GW of new energy storage deployed in the U.S. by the end of this decade, also — thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic.

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