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‘Build here,’ BLM says of Utah land targeted for up to 600 MW of solar

Milford Flats is available due to the Energy Act of 2020, which aims to deploy 25 GW of solar, wind, and geothermal on public lands no later than 2025.

Solar in uncommon spaces

With land use concerns on the rise, large-scale solar projects increasingly are being sited on everything from landfills to water reservoirs. Here’s an overview of the state of the art.

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Chevron looks to join green hydrogen venture

The Advanced Clean Energy Storage project would produce, store, and transport green hydrogen at utility scale for power generation, transportation, and industrial applications.

PacifiCorp’s new IRP includes plans to ditch coal

While the full Integrated Resource Plan has yet to be submitted to regulators, we now know that PacifiCorp is planning no new investments in gas or coal, with plans to retire all coal units by 2040.

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.

Improving solar cells by tackling noise

Researchers used noise measuring devices to identify physical processes within solar cells that cause energy loss and lower efficiency.

Facebook invests in 120 MW of solar for Utah data center

The social media company increased its in-state solar portfolio to 814 MW, and said it runs its operations on 100% renewable energy.

Two projects feeding 180 MW of solar to Facebook enter service

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments announced commercial operation of the Cove Mountain and Cove Mountain II solar projects, both part of a PPA frenzy that Facebook undertook beginning last fall.

First Solar signals interest in new U.S. supply of tellurium for its solar panel production

Mining group Rio Tinto said it will spend nearly $3 million on a facility in Utah to recover tellurium, a critical mineral used in solar panels.

Morning Brief: Six Midwest utilities to spend $15B to deploy 4 GW of solar, 3.6 GW of wind and 1 GW of battery storage

Also in the brief: A rural Virginia county grapples with the pros and cons of a proposed $200 million, 149 MW solar farm, Utah’s solar advocates plan to fight decision by state regulators.

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