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Mississippi Power building 1.5-MW solar, 5-MWh energy storage combo site
State utility regulators have approved plans by Mississippi Power to develop and build its first-ever stand-alone solar energy and battery storage system. The Mississippi Public Service Commission signed off on the utility’s project to construct and operate the new solar-storage site in Walnut Grove. The 1.5 MW-solar array will be paired with a 5-MWh battery storage system. Subscribe to Renewable Energy World’s free, weekly newsletter for more stories like this Mississippi Power, a [...]
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Wind power experts expect wind energy costs to decline up to 35% by 2035
Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements. The findings are described in an article in the journal Nature Energy. The study summa [...]
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World adds record new renewable energy capacity in 2020
The world added more than 260 GW of renewable energy capacity last year, exceeding expansion in 2019 by close to 50%, despite the economic slowdown that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that renewable energy’s share of all new generating capacity rose considerably for the second year in a row. More than 80% of all new electricity capacity added la [...]
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Energy jobs are key to economic recovery from the pandemic
Energy workers are paid more, their jobs came back more quickly, and they have greater growth opportunities than almost any other sector, new report finds. Putting people to work in the energy industry will reap more benefits for the U.S. economy than putting people to work in almost any other sector. That’s just one of a multitude of findings in a new report released this week from the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Energy Futures Initiative, and BW Research. [...]
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The future of energy in the US could hinge on permitting reform and greater investment in R&D
Energy powerhouses, Ernest Moniz and Lynn Good, talk politics, R&D, stakeholder engagement, transmission, EVs and a host of other topics around the future of energy in the US. On Tuesday, March 30, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius presented the Washington Post Live, sponsored by GE, where he talked with energy leaders in a session called “The Future of Energy.” Former Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, and CEO of Duke Energy, Lynn Good, were two of his guests, bringing with the [...]
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AEP Energy signs long-term PPA for 80-MW Opdenergy solar project
The competitive retail market subsidiary of American Electric Power is contracting with an independent firm which will develop an 80-MW solar plant in West Virginia. Under terms of the deal, Opdenergy will develop the solar project in Jefferson County. AEP Energy will take the energy generated to its customers through its Integrated Renewable Energy solution—a long-term, fixed price plan to support new and locally sourced clean energy. “AEP Energy is proud to partner with Opdenergy to [...]
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Apple supported the development of 1.2 GW of clean energy capacity in 2020
American multinational technology company Apple has announced that its 2020 green bonds will support the installation of 1.2 GW of renewable energy capacity. The company funded 17 green bond projects, from the $4.7 billion in green bond funding the company issued since 2016. From its green bond portfolio, Apple has so far allocated $2.8 billion to projects. In 2020, Apple has funded the development of 350MW of new energy generation capacity in Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, and Denm [...]
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A clean energy economy needs renewable thermal energy
by Michael Bakas, Ameresco President Joe Biden kick-started his administration with a slate of sweeping legislation focused on executing his proposed climate plan. As we welcome this new administration — and leader with ambitious goals to improve our climate — I implore his administration to consider issuing an early executive order to implement a national renewable thermal energy (RTE) standard. The institution of a national policy would complement renewable electrification eff [...]
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Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan starts Energy Transition Ventures group looking into CCUS, renewables
By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN+ Content Director A big-time fossil fuels player is jumping into the energy transition in a bolder, more focused way. Kinder Morgan Inc. has formed a new Energy Transition Ventures group to identify and pursue commercial opportunities within the low-carbon sector. The company is one of the biggest in the oil and gas infrastructure sector, with close to 85,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals either under ownership or interest, according to [...]
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Clean energy is hot: how industry employers can find the best people in a growing and competitive job market
By Eden Higgins Sunny optimism about the expansion of a clean-energy U.S. economy is gathering steam, as the Biden Administration commits to creating 10 million green jobs to help address climate change and consumer demand for it swells. Rapid employment growth is expected through 2026 in many eco-friendly jobs, according to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, the need for wind turbine service technicians is predicted to grow by 96%, second only to installers of sol [...]
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Cleaning up renewable energy
A University of South Australia researcher is helping establish a lifetime stewardship scheme to manage renewable energy waste from solar panels. by Sezen Bakan, The Lead, Australia Australia has the highest proportion of household photovoltaic (PV) systems in the world, with more than 21 percent of homes — or around 2.59 million — now possessing a solar energy system. It is estimated more than 100,000 tonnes of solar panels will enter Australia’s national waste stream by 2035. [...]
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2020 tipped the balance for British renewable energy
Annual figures show that renewable supply outpaced fossil fuels for the first time. New research by Drax Electric Insights shows that the UK broke all records last year for renewable energy consumption. 42% of all energy used across the country through 2020 came from wind, solar, tidal and hydro. Conversely, energy produced by fossil fuels fell to just 39.6%, marking the first time that clean energy has consistently outperformed legacy sources. The authors of the report also showed that [...]
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Retail electricity provider Peninsula Clean Energy now offering 100% emission-free power
Peninsula Clean Energy said it has begun providing 100 percent carbon-free electricity to all of its nearly 300,000 customers, which is ahead of California’s 2045 zero-emission power generation mandate and a step in helping the agency achieve its ultimate goal of providing all customers 100 percent renewable power on a 24/7 basis. Since large hydropower is emission-free but not counted as renewable in California, the agency said all customers are receiving at least 50 percent renewable powe [...]
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Xcel Energy – Colorado plans to deliver 80% renewable energy  by 2030
Xcel Energy – Colorado today announced details of its upcoming Clean Energy Plan that will result in an estimated 85% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan will double renewable energy and battery storage on the Xcel Energy Colorado system, providing customers with electricity derived from approximately 80% renewable sources while maintaining affordable and reliable energy service, said Xcel in a press release. In 2018, Xcel Energy announced its vision of [...]
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Clothing retailer signs 13-year renewable energy supply deal with AEP Energy
The competitive retail wing of American Electric Power has signed a clean energy supply deal with apparel firm Abercrombie & Fitch Co. AEP Energy will supply the retailer’s corporate headquarters and two distribution centers in New Albany, Ohio with clean energy through an Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution – a long-term, fixed price retail energy option that supports new, locally-sourced wind and solar – for 13 years beginning in 2023. “We’re proud to partner with Ab [...]
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The lesson of Texas – and a new program states can use to quickly fund the distributed energy storage solution
If we learn anything from the Texas blackouts, and the death and suffering that have resulted, it should be this: distributed resilient solar+storage systems are no longer a luxury – they are an essential tool to protect citizens from power outages, and modernize the grid so outages become less frequent and severe. The thing is, we should have learned this lesson a long time ago. The wildfire blackouts in California should have taught us. Or the wholesale wrecking of the electric grid by Hu [...]
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90 MW community solar plus energy storage to be completed in New York by 2025
This week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans to help local governments and state agencies build 40 distributed solar systems that will bring renewable energy to surrounding communities. The projects will help meet the New York Power Authority (NYPA) 2025 community solar target that sets a goal of 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, including 15 MW of paired battery storage. These projects aim to stimulate more than $135 million in direct, private investment [...]
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Government and private funding – we need both for the energy transition
by Jill Feblowitz These days, companies and governments alike are making commitments to net zero emissions. While commitments are good, making progress requires investment. That means putting money on deploying existing technology in the near term, while continuing to fund innovation to deliver cost-effective approaches in the future. The current picture looks promising, but there is always a chance the momentum will lag. Deploying Clean Technology Despite COVID-19 and the economic down [...]
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Developer NTE Energy has a 5-GW pipeline of solar and storage projects
NTE Energy said on Tuesday that it plans to develop more than 5 GW of clean energy projects in the next five years. The company is currently working with investment partners to advance development of a clean energy project pipeline that includes 1.2 GW of solar and 3.9 GW of battery energy storage systems (BESS), with 3,000 to 4,000 MW expected to reach commercial operation by 2026.  “Advances in clean energy technology and strong market demand for renewables are positioning 2021 to be [...]
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Mosaic surpasses $4B in residential PV and energy efficiency funding
U.S. residential solar and energy-efficient home improvement financing agency Mosaic this week announced it has surpassed $4 billion in loans funded through the company’s platform. The company has also added new features to its financing program including no payments for 18-months and a 25-year term loan, which it says will make it even easier for homeowners to go solar. “Last year was an unusual time, but solar loans have proven to be a strong asset through this cred [...]
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Minnesota PUC fines Xcel Energy $1M for DER interconnection failures
Minnesota utility Xcel Energy was fined one million dollars in late January for exceeding a maximum number of customer service complaints as a result of significant delays in its processing of interconnection requests for solar projects. A ruling from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission affirms the right of consumers to reasonable customer service in the interconnection process. We provide the inside scoop based on IREC’s participation in the regulatory proceeding.  by Gwen [...]
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PV Training Developer and Technical Expert – Solar Energy International – Remote / Paonia, CO
Successful candidates for our PV Curriculum Developer position will combine PV technical knowledge with the ability to effectively communicate these concepts to various audiences; enthusiastically participate and communicate in a team-environment while being self-directed; engage in evolving SEI’s educational models; meet deadlines; and continuously strive to meet SEI’s standard of quality and professionalism with our curriculum and instruction. This is a full-time position, based either [...]
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Development Manager – Solar Energy International – Remote
SEI is seeking a forward-thinking, passionate individual to join our development team and help SEI achieve our bold growth goal: to train 10% of the global solar workforce (~1 million people) by 2030! Our development team’s efforts are focusing on a sales-based approach to fundraising. This role is about being an ambassador for the sales team across the organization, and partnering with the sales team to achieve results together. Are you the type of person who: Jumps in wher [...]
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Data Processing Technician – Solar Energy International – Paonia, CO
Solar Energy International (SEI) is hiring a part-time Data Processing Technician to join their Student Services Team. This position is responsible for organizing and cataloging data, processing registrations, orders, and form applications, user management and uploads in the online LMS, as well as supporting the Director of Data and Systems Administration and the SEI Student Services Team. The job requires the technician to be very detail-oriented and efficient and to maintain focus whil [...]
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