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World's biggest battery to boost solar in Texas
The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. [...]
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Alberta government signs PPA for 94 MW of subsidy-free solar
This week, Canadian Solar said that it has won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of 48.05 Canadian dollars [US 36.27] per MWh. When in operation in 2021, these solar plants will provide 55 percent of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government. [...]
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FERC Data Shows Substantial Renewable Growth Coming but Gas Still Dominating Today
According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018. However, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) seem poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years. [...]
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COSEIA Opens Nominations for 2019 Solar Power and Energy Storage Awards
DENVER, CO. – The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), has announced that nominations are now open for the 2019 Solar Power and Energy Storage Awards. The second annual awards shift away from system size to market segment to better highlight the range of innovation and technology occuring in Colorado. Remaining the same, however, are […] The post COSEIA Opens Nominations for 2019 Solar Power and Energy Storage Awards appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industrie [...]
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Puerto Rico’s Draft IRP Seeks Unprecedented Amounts of Solar and Battery Storage
Last week when utilities and other energy stakeholders were attending DistribuTECH in New Orleans, LA, a bit farther south, Puerto Rico’s utility PREPA was releasing a draft version of its 2019 integrated resource plan (IRP). [...]
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Residential Solar and Storage to Participate in New England Wholesale Energy Capacity Market
Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. [...]
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Vermont Solar-storage Projects Aim to Lower Costs During Peak Demand
A Vermont utility is adding solar panels and battery storage in hopes of lowering costs and improving reliability on hot summer days when electricity demand — and prices — tend to spike. [...]
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Chinese Solar Manufacturers Increased Production, Export in 2018 While Domestic Installations Fell
In 2018, 43 GW of new PV installation capacity was added to the grid in China, a decline of 18 percent from the prior year. Accumulated PV installed capacity surpassed 170 GW. Of the total, 20 GW were distributed PV, up 5 percent. Some 23 GW were centralized PV, down 31 percent. The country’s PV sector showed dramatic growth in electricity production last year. The curtailment rate of PV power systems declined from a double-digit number to around 3 percent. [...]
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Demand Charges Could Jeopardize Rooftop Solar in New York
In New York, and cities around the world, extreme weather events have become the new norm. Even six years later as we prepare for the L train shutdown for storm-related repairs, we’re still seeing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out power to more than eight million households. [...]
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Tour Highlight: Pilot Solar Farm Offers Lessons Learned
It is a bit ironic to visit a solar farm on a foggy, overcast morning, but you have to take whatever weather you are given – in New Orleans in early February. At least it wasn’t raining, which was definitely in the forecast just the day before. [...]
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Facebook's Data-Center Landlord Strikes Deal to Add Solar Power
Facebook Inc. is boosting its clean-energy efforts with a deal to help run a Virginia data center where it leases space with solar power. [...]
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DistribuTECH Highlights Growing Importance of Utility/Solar Partnerships
Next week thousands of utility executives and energy industry stakeholders will flock to New Orleans to participate in DistribuTECH 2019 — a show predominantly for distribution utilities — and for the first time, a handful of solar equipment companies will be among the hundreds of exhibitors in the exhibit hall. [...]
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4.2-MW Solar Project Planned for Rhode Island Town
Standard Solar Inc. announced an agreement with the town of Burrillville, Rhode Island for the ground-mount solar system. It is planned to contain more than 11,000 solar modules and produce 5.3 GWh of electricity. [...]
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Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency
On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval. [...]
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GE Combines Renewable Generation and Grid Businesses to Increase Efficiency
GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs. [...]
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1000-Acre Sunflower Solar Farm to be Built for Entergy Mississippi
This week the parent company of Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar, said that Recurrent had signed a build-transfer agreement (BTA) for a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi for a 100-MWac solar PV project in Sunflower County, Mississippi. [...]
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Duke Carolinas Completes $1B Green Bonds Issue to Finance Renewables and Energy Storage
Duke is focused on emissions reduction by retiring coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity and has add close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy. [...]
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ENGIE Signs 25-year Solar Deal in Senegal
ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa. [...]
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EIA Sees Strong Renewable Growth Over Next Two Years
EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that electricity generation from utility-scale solar generating units will grow by 10 percent in 2019 and by 17 percent in 2020. According to the January STEO, wind generation will grow by 12 percent and 14 percent during the next two years. EIA forecasts t [...]
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Global Clean Energy Spending Dips in 2018 But Installations Rise on Lower Prices
Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market. [...]
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Bloomberg Opinion: PG&E Reneging On Renewables PPAs Makes No Sense
Utilities and renewable-energy advocates have long had a complicated relationship. Yet the prospect of PG&E Corp. tipping into bankruptcy by the end of January has sent shivers through the solar-and-wind sector. [...]
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FPL Aims for Record-breaking 30 Million Solar Panels by 2030
The initiative aims to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and the project will be the largest including solar installation by a regulated utility in the world. [...]
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Excluding Solar PV From Czech Renewables Auctions an Expensive Mistake, Warns Solar Association
The Czech Solar Association is sounding the alarm about planned legislation that would exclude solar PV projects being entered into future Renewable Energy Auctions. The Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade has recently submitted an amendment proposal to the law which explicitly bars solar energy from future auctions. If passed in its current version (Act. No. 165/2012 Coll., on promoted energy sources) the law would lead the Czech Republic down a needlessly expensive path, warns the Solar Asso [...]
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Five Companies You’ve Definitely Heard of Join Up to Buy Solar Energy in Aggregation Deal
It’s hard to find a common thread between the business models of Gap, Bloomberg, Cox, Salesforce and Workday but today they are announcing that they all have one big thing in common: their desire to clean up their organizations’ energy supply by using renewable energy. [...]
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