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Climate report underscores urgency of advancing battery storage for renewables
Contributed by Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group and co-chair of the Global Battery Alliance The recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change clearly outlines that climate change is widespread, intensifying, and ‘unequivocally’ caused by human activities. Greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for approximately 1.2C of warming since 1850-1900, with global temperatures expected to reach or exceed 1.5C of warming in the coming decades. In orde [...]
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Anheuser-Busch begins construction on largest brewery solar project in U.S.
Anheuser-Busch announced plans this week for what will become the largest solar project at a brewery in the U.S. — part of a $64 million investment in the company’s Los Angeles facility. The solar project will generate 10% of the brewery’s total electricity use and create 16 new jobs at the facility. Anheuser-Busch’s Los Angeles brewery supports more than 100 brands. Read more: Why Heliene is betting on heterojunciton solar cell modules with new U.S. manufacturi [...]
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Trina Solar’s 210 PERC cell reaches record 23.56% efficiency
Trina Solar’s 210 PERC solar cell has achieved 23.56% efficiency, a record for 210 P-type monocrystalline silicon PERC cells, the company said this week. The efficiency rating was independently confirmed by the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality. Read more: Why Heliene is betting on heterojunciton solar cell modules with new U.S. manufacturing facility “We are proud to announce the latest achievements developed by our [...]
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Slovenian utility installing solar plant at 136-MW Zlatoličje hydroelectric plant
Slovenia’s Dravske elektrarne Maribor, which operates as part of the HSE Group, announced it is beginning construction of segment five of the Zlatoličje solar power plant on the left bank of the discharge channel for the 136-MW Zlatoličje hydroelectric plant. DEM said this arrangement will add value to the country’s largest hydroelectric power plant while gaining gigawatt-hours of electricity for the country from a renewable source. Segment five of the Zlatoličje solar power plant w [...]
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10,000 MW large-scale battery power capacity to be added to the grid from 2021-23, EIA says
The U.S. could add 10,000 MW of large-scale battery power capacity from 2021-23 – 10 times the total in 2019 – according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA expects most of the new storage capacity to come from systems co-located or connected to solar projects. By the end of 2020, most large-scale battery storage systems were built as standalone facilities. Based on planned projects by utilities over the next two years, U.S. battery storage that is co-loc [...]
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Bill Gates-backed Ambri raises $144 million to finance long-duration energy storage projects
Energy storage developer Ambri announced a $144 million financing round, backed by India’s Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd, Paulson & Co. Inc, and the company’s largest shareholder, Bill Gates, among others. The funds will be used to finance and commercialize Ambri’s daily cycling, long-duration system technology and to build a domestic manufacturing facility, the company said in a press release. Ambri’s mission is to meet the needs of the grid-scale energy storage market and indust [...]
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Clearloop.us to break ground on Tennessee solar farm
In Zoom interview, you will meet Laura Zapata, CEO of Clearloop.us, a Nashville-based solar power solutions company that is building a solar power farm in western Tennessee. Laura is also a former communications executive at UBER. In anticipation of Clearloop’s upcoming groundbreaking in Jackson, Tennessee on Sept. 2, I spoke to Laura about Clearloop delivering one million watts of solar power to a carbon-intensive region and what that means for homeowners, children, teachers, and electrica [...]
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ReNew Power acquires 359 MWs of hydro, solar projects in India
ReNew Power in India is acquiring two assets with a combined enterprise value of INR28.5 billion (US$384 million), which are expected to generate INR3.8 billion to 4.0 billion (US$ 50.7 million to 53.4 million) of EBITDA annually. ReNew will acquire L&T Uttaranchal Hydropower Ltd., which owns the 99-MW Singoli Bhatwari Hydroelectric Project (SBHEP), from L&T Power Development Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of engineering and construction firm L&T. ReNew will add the project opera [...]
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A solar settlement for the good of the grid
Originally published on ILSR.org Getting electricity customer-generators the compensation they deserve has been a battle in many states. Could a settlement between the utility and solar advocates squash net metering conflict for good? For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Thad Culley, Senior Regional Director of the Southeast at Vote Solar. They discuss a novel utility-advocate settlement underway in the Carolinas: a net metering and de [...]
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Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill. What’s in it for renewable energy?
The U.S. Senate approved a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Tuesday that includes $550 billion in new spending. Every Democrat voted in favor of the bill, along with 19 Republican senators. The package moves on to the U.S. House where some progressive members have voiced concerns about the bill. In combination with a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package – a process that doesn’t require any Republican support – the infrastructure package is viewed by renewable ene [...]
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Lagunitas brewery’s innovative 2.1-MW solar array brings a wealth of benefits
By David Bacher, LG Solar After burning the Thanksgiving turkey in an attempt to brew his own beer, Tony Magee was asked to take his new-found interest outside of his Northern California home. Since 1993, he’s grown his hobby into one of the top solar-powered craft breweries in the United States and his Lagunitas beers are now available in more than 20 countries and counting. Lagunitas Brewing Company, where thousands of people congregate annually for live music, food and of course — c [...]
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How energy providers can prepare for summer heat with innovative solutions
Contributed by Ben Paulos Last summer’s record heat waves triggered a surge in power demand that maxed out supplies and led to outages across the West. This summer has brought renewed challenges though not (yet) as intense.  But rising temperatures from climate change are just one challenge.  California and other states are pushing to use clean electricity to power vehicles and buildings to cut carbon, which will increase demand. And the state’s last nuclear power plant [...]
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Report: Natural gas infrastructure can play a key role in clean energy transition
A new report released by research company IHS Markit explains the role gas can play in the transition to net-zero. The report, A Sustainable Flame: The Role of Gas in Net Zero, states that gas has a significant part in both the near-term and long-term energy decarbonization targets owing to the ability of existing infrastructure to be converted to carry low-carbon fuels including ammonia, hydrogen, synthetic methane, and renewable natural gas. The report states that more emphasis is need [...]
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Why analysts say President Biden will fall short of offshore wind goals
Massive investment in offshore wind is expected to drive capacity to 21 gigawatts by 2030, according to a report by IHS Markit, compared to the current capacity of 42 megawatts. But analysts say the industry is still likely to fall 30% short of President Biden’s 2030 goals. The Biden administration set a goal of reaching 30GW offshore wind capacity by 2030 – a milestone authors from the Clean Energy Technology service say the White House is “almost certain” to miss. IHS Markit [...]
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LIDAR helps Greece become a renewable energy leader
Contributed by Alexander James Capable of recording key wind characteristics such as speed and direction up to and above 200 meters vertical height, her special skills meant #106 was always destined to be a traveler and it wasn’t long before she spread her wings. Within a few weeks, she had traded her first home for a far sunnier climate and was on her way to Athens and her new name. Now known as Eunice, one of the mythical Nereides sea nymphs of Greek legend, her first stop was the head [...]
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Renewable power plants need better planning and design
Op-ed submitted by Jared Green 33% of all electricity generation worldwide is from renewable sources. Over the past decade, $3 trillion has been invested in clean power worldwide. In 2018, about two-thirds of new energy capacity installed was renewable. If we are going to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the best-case scenario outlined at the Paris Climate Accord, global investment in renewable energy needs to double over the next decade. The world will need th [...]
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August sizzle: POWERGEN+, POWERGRID webcasts hot on decentralized energy, T&D
August is often seen as the end of something, whether it’s winter in the southern hemisphere or summer in the north. It’s the return to school for some and the last call for a vacation to others. August, author Sue Monk Kidd wrote, is the “griddle where days just lay there and sizzle.” Hot, hot, hot. The Clarion Energy series is trying to keep the griddle going this coming month with several key and informative industry webcast presentations. From T&D to on-site power and distr [...]
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The era of green finance
By Michael Castellarin and Michael Andrisani It is a time of change and growth for the power and energy sector. One of the most important and challenging questions facing the world is how it can transition towards a more sustainable future with respect to energy generation and consumption. To make substantial progress, massive investments into the power and energy sector will be required. We are already seeing some of the world’s biggest companies and deepest-pocketed investors pile capital [...]
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20-MW, 80-MWh Santa Ana battery storage project operational in California
Calpine and GE Renewable Energy this month announced completion of a 80-MWh standalone battery storage system in southern California. The Santa Ana Storage Project, which uses GE’s Reservoir energy storage technology, entered into commercial operation. The 20-MW, 80-MWh capacity is supported by a 20-year Resource Adequacy Power Purchase Agreement. Calpine, which traditionally has been a natural gas power plant and geothermal developer, considers the Santa Ana project as a major step forw [...]
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Four ways to put EVs on our roads today
By Jim Madej, CEO, Franklin Energy If the clean energy industry has shown us anything the past few years, it’s that it’s booming and ready to power our economy long into the future. The price declines in solar, wind, and battery storage have shown that renewables are available, economical, and growing. However, what’s been even more evident within the clean energy industry recently is the unstoppable trend toward the electrification of transportation. The growth in electric vehicles [...]
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Renewables became second-most prevalent U.S. electricity source in 2020, per EIA
In 2020, renewables generated a record 834 billion kWh of electricity, or about 21% of all the electricity generated in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration, coming in second to natural gas at 1,617 billion kWh. Renewable energy sources include wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass and geothermal energy. Only natural gas produced more electricity than renewables in the U.S. in 2020. Renewables surpassed nuclear (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) generation for [...]
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Grid enhancing technologies find a place in FERC’s ANOPR on transmission planning
In the recently announced ANOPR on transmission planning, cost allocation, and generator interconnection reform process, FERC is seeking comments on whether it should require transmission providers to consider grid enhancing technologies in generator interconnection studies to interconnect renewable projects. FERC is also seeking comments from transmission providers who have already implemented and have experience with these technologies. FERC is looking for comments on transmission planning, co [...]
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In Wisconsin, conservatives make the case for third-party community solar
by Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network A conservative-led alliance of farming, construction, and clean energy groups is pushing new legislation in Wisconsin meant to create competition and accelerate the development of subscriber-backed community solar projects. Backers of the bill (LRB 1902) say it would facilitate a significant increase in the state’s renewable generation, help customers access clean energy and save money on bills, create solar construction jobs, and provide a revenue s [...]
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Natel Energy announces $20 million funding to further deploy Restoration Hydro Turbine
Natel Energy announced a $20 million funding round, led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and supported by Chevron Technology Ventures, to build momentum in deploying its flagship product, the Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT). “As more solar and wind power solutions are deployed, the role of hydropower will become increasingly important due to its inherent reliability, flexibility, and ability to integrate other renewables onto the grid,” said Carmichael Roberts, BEV. “Natel’s Rest [...]
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