About 1,400 square miles of public land could be leased by the federal government for solar development, which would effectively double U.S. installed capacity. The Bureau of Land Management took a first step, approving 465 MW solar, 400 MW storage in California across two projects.
Rocket Lab has acquired space solar cell maker Solaero for $80 million. The latter operates an 11,000m2 manufacturing facility in New Mexico and produces multi-junction cells with efficiencies ranging from 29.4% to 32%.
The 300 MWAC solar and 150 MWAC/600 MWh battery energy storage system facility is being build in northwestern New Mexico.
Also starting up: Shell buys a solar developer, and a New Mexico startup installs electricity producing windows using quantum dot technology.
The first phase of the project is expected to enter service in June with full commercial operation anticipated for fall 2022.
The RPS requires the utility to meet 40% of its New Mexico sales with renewable energy resources beginning in 2025.
SB 84 would establish a 100 MW community solar program and also include a 30% annual capacity carve-out for low-income customers and related service organizations.
“The major benefit is that we’ll be able to receive power during the noon-to-early-evening window, usually when the energy demand is at its peak,” said an NMSU official.
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