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Startup Sunday: Ample raises $160m from Shell and others for EV battery-swap stations

Also starting up: ROSI recycles at multiple stages of PV lifecycle, and Comcast Ventures leads a funding round for a provider of AI-powered home energy improvements.

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Former Rockefeller subsidiary acquires 270 MW solar project

The move represents one of the first steps in the company’s transition away from its fossil fuel history and towards embracing renewable generation.

Duke reaches 10 GW of renewables

Duke Energy now owns, operates, or purchases more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy, though that doesn’t mean the company is on track to meet its climate goals.

Solar at a Utah landfill joins a growing number of projects on brownfield sites

Landfills are increasingly playing host to solar facilities, with the EPA reporting an 80% rise in such projects across the U.S. over the last five years. A 4.7 MW Utah project is one of the latest additions.

Solar energy collectors… grown from seeds!

Rice University engineers produced “near-perfect” 2D perovskite crystals for photovoltaic applications, grown from seeds.

Texas laws aim to better protect the state’s power grid from extreme weather events

The legislation was sparked by a mid-February winter storm that lasted for days and crippled much of the state’s electric power grid.

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Texas remains a solar and storage hotspot, but transmission gaps could hamper growth

Data from ERCOT shows that more than 6,147 MW of solar and 1,506 MW of battery storage are in line to enter service in 2021. Transmission constraints could dampen future growth.

ERCOT sees adequate resources to meet record-setting summer electricity demand

Solar rooftop additions are unlikely to shave much from the record load that the grid operator expects as the economy recovers and hot and dry weather push demand growth.

Texas is poised for major growth in solar energy, EIA says

Much of the new utility-scale solar will be in West Texas where transmission capacity that benefits wind resources is helping to spur solar development.

Hershey secures 70 MW of solar to meet its emission reduction goals

Two projects, one in North Carolina and the other in Texas, will keep the candy maker on track to cut its emissions by more than 50% by 2030. 

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