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Utility-scale solar powers through 2020 with action in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Indiana

Here’s this week’s gigawatt of big solar project news.

Nextracker CEO Dan Shugar makes the case for big solar on public lands before congress

Contending with congress, video zombie noises and chemistry with Ranking Member Paul Gosar, Nextracker CEO Dan Shugar testified, “The rules are broken — it takes far too long to get solar projects approved — over three years.”

US solar growth in 2020 is driven by giant utility-scale projects

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.

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Solar Power International goes all virtual

As Covid-19 cases surge across the country, SPI moves its October trade show from Las Vegas to virtual. 

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Post bankruptcy, Crescent Dunes CSP plant owner wants project back online by year’s end

This bankruptcy comes with a political edge — because the startup received $737 million in a U.S. federal loan guarantee as part of the 2009 stimulus package — during the Obama administration.

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EDF, NV Energy sign power contract for one of the world’s largest solar-plus-storage projects

The two firms have a 22-year power purchase agreement for the electricity generated by the upcoming Chuckwalla solar farm, which will have a rated capacity of 200 MW solar and 180 MW/720 MWh storage.

Morning Brief: Sol Systems and Microsoft partner on 500 MW of solar, PVEL’s new inverter test lab

Also in the brief: Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary NV Energy goes full-on solar-plus-storage, and single-axis tracker analysis.

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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Solar opportunities ‘ignored’ across 100 million acres in the Southwest

The Bureau of Land Management “has ignored most possibilities” for utility-scale solar “on its vast land holdings across the solar-rich Southwest,” says a paper. Renewable energy development accounts for less than 1% of economic activity on BLM lands, while oil and gas account for 70%, according to BLM data.

PetersenDean, a regional solar installer and roofer, seeks chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PetersenDean came to solar from the roofing world and has long been a top-ten U.S. solar installer with a multi-state regional practice.

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