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Powin, BlackRock start working on world’s largest battery

US battery specialist Powin and US investment firm BlackRock have started work on a 909 MW/1,915 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Australia. Construction is set to begin in 2023 and will finish by mid-2025.

Bluetti unveils modular energy storage system at IFA 2022

Among the innovations on display by Bluetti was the new solar-powered generator, the EP600+B500

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U.S. investment giant snaps up New Zealand rooftop solar specialist

American investment behemoth BlackRock has agreed to acquire New Zealand rooftop solar PV and battery energy storage specialist SolarZero as part of its push into renewable energy in the Asia Pacific region.

Redflow targets US market with lithium-ion battery alternative

Australian battery manufacturer Redflow is determined to capitalize on what is describes as an emerging demand for non-lithium-based energy storage technology, announcing it has teamed with United States-based renewables developer Empower Energies to deploy solar and flow battery solutions in North America.

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Grid experts call for a national initiative to facilitate a high-DER grid

To reach the full potential benefits of distributed energy resources (DERs), a national initiative is needed to transition efficiently to a high-DER electricity system, says a task force of grid experts convened by the nonprofit group ESIG.

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Sunrise brief: Sanyo settles solar delamination lawsuit, lawyers win big

Also on the rise: Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling. California governor sets goal of 3 million climate-ready homes, 6 million heat pumps by 2030. And more.

Guam’s largest solar facility powers 6% of the island’s needs

CleanCapital announced it acquired the 37 MW solar project from GlidePath Power.

US and Australia sign energy agreements to mitigate over-reliance on China

Speaking at the Sydney Energy Forum, leaders from the United States and Australia have highlighted the importance of not only transitioning to renewables, but of ensuring the supply chains used to make the technologies do not remain as concentrated as they are today.

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Canadian Solar sells two Australian solar farms to US interests

Chinese-Canadian PV heavyweight Canadian Solar has for an undisclosed sum offloaded two of its Australian utility scale solar power projects with a combined generation capacity of 260 MW to an offshoot of United States renewable energy giant Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

Solar panels keeping sheep fed during drought

Two Australian farmers reported that their solar panels increased grazing quality during drought periods over a four year period, aligning with research suggesting solar panel microclimates might increase water retention, and grass production.

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