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Ameren Missouri to bring customers solar energy at night
Ameren Missouri, a unit of Ameren Corp., filed plans with the Missouri Public Service Commission to build three solar + storage facilities across Missouri [...]
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Bernie Sanders’ ‘Green New Deal’ aims to have renewables power homes by 2030
Bernie Sanders wants renewable energy to power U.S. homes and vehicles by 2030 -- and he wants to do it by enlisting the federal government in building and running new solar, wind and geothermal electricity projects. [...]
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Fabric-based solar cells on the horizon
New textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells. [...]
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How the tech giants are fueling a solar revolution
From the way we shop to the way we socialize, the internet affects nearly everything we do these days. This dramatic change in our way of life has been fueled by a handful of large tech companies, companies that are increasingly going all in on solar. [...]
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Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, NextEra plan combined wind, solar, energy storage project
The Skeleton Creek project will be located in three Oklahoma counties [...]
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Glendale Water & Power to repower Grayson power plant with solar plus storage
Last week, California’s Glendale Water & Power (GWP) received approval from the Glendale City Council to move forward with a plan to repower the aging Grayson Power Plant with a combination of renewable energy resources, energy storage and a limited amount of thermal generation. [...]
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GE sells solar-business stake to BlackRock
General Electric Co. agreed to sell a majority stake in a solar-energy business to BlackRock Inc., giving the investment giant footing in a growing market as the ailing manufacturer shifts its focus elsewhere. [...]
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Long-term financing for solar is possible and critical for supporting continued industry growth
Installed solar capacity in the United States exceeded 10 GW for the third year in a row in 2018, and the pace of growth is expected to continue. The first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the history of the U.S. solar market, according to a recent report from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Yet inefficient and costly project financing inhibits many solar developers from tapping into the market’s true potential. [...]
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75 MW of community solar coming to Illinois in Ameren, ComEd territories
Arlington, VA based Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) announced that it will acquire 11 projects from Pivot Energy in Illinois totaling 29 MWs, increasing SRE’s portfolio of community solar projects in the state to more than 20. [...]
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Hanergy to deliver 400 MW of solar to Democratic Republic of Congo
Chinese solar company Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has won a deal to build the first solar PV plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [...]
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Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?
In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy storage and rapidly changing customer demand, such a major gas plant investment could become a stranded, uneconomic asset in the future. Regulators are now p [...]
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FERC revises three-year forecast to reflect rapid growth of renewable energy
According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), within the past month, the agency has dramatically revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. electrical generating capacity mix. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while accompanied by even stronger growth in renewable energy (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) than earlier projected. [...]
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Clearway Energy sets up blockchain test to trade renewable energy credits
Clearway Energy Group, one of the U.S.’s largest clean power developers, is launching a pilot electronic marketplace for renewable energy credits as more states push for solar and wind projects. [...]
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Clean Power Alliance signs PPA for 12-MW Isabella small hydro project in California
The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has signed three long-term power purchase agreements, including two new solar projects and one existing small hydro project.   [...]
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PNM plans early retirement of coal plant with massive addition of solar + storage
On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward. [...]
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India wins trade dispute with US over solar-panel incentives
A series of U.S. renewable energy incentives violated international trade rules, according to the World Trade Organization, threatening to stoke tensions between the two countries as President Donald Trump prepares to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. [...]
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NV Energy's new 540-MWh storage and 475-MW solar project comes at a very low price
8minute Solar Energy, NV Energy and the Moapa Band of Paiutes announced that NV Energy selected 8minute to develop the largest solar plus storage project ever built in Nevada and one of the largest in the world. [...]
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Trump exempts bi-facial solar modules from import tariffs
In an announcement that was celebrated by the solar industry, yesterday U.S. trade officials said that bi-facial solar modules, which are solar modules that produce energy on both sides of the panel, would be exempt from import tariffs. [...]
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Bloomberg predicts wind and solar will power half the world and bag $9 trillion investment
Wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power generation capacity in approximately two-thirds of the world. [...]
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New York to pass 'one of the most aggressive clean energy mandates in the country'
New York is poised to pass its own version of the Green New Deal with a climate bill that would more than triple the state’s solar capacity and aggressively promote development of wind farms off the state’s coast. [...]
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U.S. solar market soars in Q1 2019
In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV), making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWdc of installations this year. [...]
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Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy
On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations. [...]
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New White Paper explores grid parity and the solar renaissance
Today, solar power has become cheaper than the production cost of any other existing conventional power generation technology. The arrival of grid parity heralds a milestone in the history of energy production. It means solar energy being commercially viable without any subsidies or state support; producing energy with the lowest possible environmental impact. [...]
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Iowa officials consider energy storage tax credit, ‘value of storage’ study
Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation. [...]
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