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Duke Energy launches ‘Bring Your Own Battery’ study for resilience testing in Florida

Duke is working with Sunrun, Generac, SolarEdge, and Virtual Peaker to offer existing residential customers the opportunity to participate in the study.

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Sunrise brief: Bipartisan group of eight US Senators urge President Biden not to extend solar tariffs

Also on the rise: LBNL report looks at increased panel density and electrical generation in utility-scale plants with trackers and fixed racking. Mississippi net metering rules boost low-income incentives. Microgrid on Prince Edward Island moves forward. NREL’s REopt platform helps optimize energy use in buildings. Learn how AI helps find defects in solar panels. CIT arranges $50 million New York community solar investment with Amp Energy. And more.

Mississippi boosts low-income incentives in updated net metering rules

Under the new rules, all public utility customers are eligible for a $3,000.00 upfront cash rebate for any 3 kW-6 kW that is used, at least in part, for self-supply, while all customers at or below 250% of the federal poverty line can receive a 2 cent/kWh adder to their net metering rate.

Bipartisan group of eight US Senators urge President Biden not to extend solar tariffs

US Senator Jacky Rosen led the group in writing a letter today to President Biden, asking him not to extend Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels and cells.

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CIT arranges $50 million New York community solar investment with Amp Energy

The company announced it served as lead arranger in $50.5 million in financing for Amp Energy’s construction of 34 MW of solar in the state.

Microgrid project will move Prince Edward Island one step closer to net zero goal

The 10 MW solar plus storage project on Prince Edward Island is under development by Ameresco.

NREL’s REopt platform models site-specific renewable energy plans, calculates emissions

REopt is a techno-economic decision support platform for optimizing energy use of buildings, campuses, microgrids, and more. More advanced emissions impact tracing is now available as part of the tool.

Pine Gate secures $500 million for utility-scale solar development

The loan will be used to expand the company’s solar portfolio through both originated and acquired projects, as well as allow the company to move towards its long-term growth goals, according to Pine Gate.

How artificial intelligence can be used to identify solar panel defects

To speed up the inspection process and improve accuracy, solar farm operators are turning to AI-powered inspection, using algorithms that can automatically detect solar panel defects from images.

More solar per acre: 50% more panels and 30% more electricity over the past decade

LBNL researchers have found that since 2011, utility-scale solar facilities have increased panel density by 43-52%, and electricity generation 25-33%, for single axis tracking and fixed racking systems, respectively.