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Biden’s solar plan presents big opportunity for asset management firms
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip The Biden administration's Solar Futures Study calls for 45% of the U.S. electricity supply to come from solar by 2050. That means bigger (and more efficient) solar farms -- a massive opportunity for companies that inspect and optimize utility-scale arrays. Mark Culpepper, general manager of solar solutions for DroneBase, a renewable energy asset ariel imaging firm, foresees significant growth in demand for monitoring at scale to follow federal ambitions. D [...]
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Solar project helps to reclaim site of notorious Boston-area toxic waste case
By Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network A cluster of cancer cases in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s prompted a major pollution lawsuit that eventually inspired a book and subsequent movie. Now, a community solar project is bringing “new, positive life” to the site. A community solar installation generating power for low-income residents and homeless shelters has come online at a suburban Boston property previously best known for its role in a notorious toxic waste case in the 1980s. [...]
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The policies that could send the global rooftop solar market to 2,000 GW
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip The global rooftop solar market has the potential to exceed 2,000 GW of generation and 1,000 GWh of energy storage by 2050 through careful policy design, according to a new report. The report by BloombergNEF and Schneider Electric, Realizing the Potential of Customer-Sited Solar, found the global rooftop solar+storage market to be largely untapped. Declining installation costs represent a massive opportunity, but policy and tariff design must enable the expans [...]
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Biden’s solar goals threatened by supply chain, trade issues
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Despite annual record-breaking installations, supply chain constraints and trade issues are driving price increases across every solar market segment, according to new analysis. A report released Tuesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie found that solar prices increased quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year for the first time since Wood Mackenzie began modeling solar market prices in 2014. “This is a critical moment f [...]
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Are bifacial solar PV modules worth the extra cost?
Contributed by Rogér Baylon, Clean Energy Associates Despite last year’s reinstatement of US tariffs on bifacial modules, solar developers are often considering bifacial modules for their utility-scale solar projects. But the promise of bifacials’ higher energy yield of 6% to 10% – or more – compared to traditional monofacial PERC technology comes at a higher dollar-per-watt module cost, as well as increased expenses for balance of system (BOS) and installation. To truly u [...]
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Analysis: U.S. solar project pipeline totals 17.4 GW
Follow @EngelsAngle Global supply chain pressures led to a year-over-year decline in new solar power capacity additions in the second quarter of 2021 in the U.S., according to an analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence. But, researchers wrote, demand is strong with 17.4 gigawatts of capacity under construction. The U.S. added 1,968 MW of utility-scale solar power capacity in the second quarter of 2021, 31% less than the amount installed in the first quarter. “Typically, the [...]
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California passes ‘much needed’ fix for solar project financing
Follow @EngelsAngle California lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to extend a property tax exemption to solar projects that change ownership through the “partnership flip” financing structure. SB 267 aligns California’s property tax system to support the mission of federal renewable energy tax credits, currently 26% for projects that begin construction in 2021 or 2022, according to the bill’s analysis. Read more: Curtailments of solar electricity generation [...]
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New York activates first opt-out community solar program in the U.S.
Follow @EngelsAngle The first community solar program in the U.S. to automatically enroll residents is now active in Western New York. The community choice solar program has been made available to more than 3,800 households and small businesses in Brockport and Lima as part of Joule Community Power’s Finger Lakes Community Choice program. All eligible residents are automatically enrolled without having to take additional steps. The municipalities have partnered with six community [...]
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Solar + storage provider unveils new financing structure for C&I, community solar projects
Follow @EngelsAngle Solar PV module manufacturer and energy storage provider Q Cells has unveiled a new financing structure to boost value in C&I and community solar projects. The company announced an investment into a solar + storage portfolio developed by Amped Solutions through its new ‘Grid Equity’ financing structure. Under the framework, Q Cells will provide capital investment in exchange for the rights to future grid services revenue expected to be generated by t [...]
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GM’s EV company will purchase renewable energy credits from solar farms
Follow @EngelsAngle GM’s self-driving electric vehicle company, Cruise, will purchase renewable energy credits from two California solar farms, the company announced this week. The ‘Farm to Fleet’ initiative allows Cruise — which owns and operates its own EV charging infrastructure — to directly purchase renewable energy credits to power its fleet in San Francisco. In 2019, the company pledged to power its fleet with 100% renewable energy. “Farm to Fl [...]
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Register: REW+ virtual event explores future of community solar and solar+storage
Stay informed about the latest renewable energy trends & technologies RENEWABLE+ Series is our new semi-annual virtual conference series focused on renewable energy. Hear directly from industry leaders at top companies like: Community Solar Projects and Programs: Today and TomorrowWednesday, October 6, 2021 | 10:45 AM CDT This session will bring together a project owner and a utility to discuss how community solar projects come together today and explore bes [...]
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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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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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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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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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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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Solar and battery-powered mini-grids to bring electricity to 55,000 people in Nigeria for the first time
PowerGen, a developer of on- and off-grid distributed energy said this week that it has secured long term project financing to connect 55,000 people to electricity in rural Nigeria from CrossBoundary Energy Access with construction financing provided by Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management (Triodos IM) and EDFI ElectriFI (the EU-funded Electrification Financing Initiative). The project is supported by grant funding from the World Bank and the Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency’s Nige [...]
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National Grid JV Emerald gains $150M credit for future solar, wind & energy storage investment
A joint venture owned by utility giant National Grid has secured $150 million in new credit to help grow its renewable energy investment over the coming years. Emerald Energy Venture LLC secured its $150 million portfolio revolving facility structured by SMBC, which is also lead arranger and agent. The portfolio revolver can be expanded to $250 million midway through next year. The new credit will allow National Grid’s EEV to fund construction of solar, battery storage and wind projects [...]
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Report: 30M solar homes would create 1.77M jobs, $69B in energy savings
Our new report finds that installing rooftop solar panels and community solar systems to serve the equivalent of 30 million American homes would create significant economic benefits — including 1.77 million jobs and $69 billion electricity bill savings over the next five years — while addressing the climate crisis and historic inequities. The report, “The National Impact of 30 Million Solar Homes: A Vision for an Equitable Economic Recovery Built on Climate Protection and Ener [...]
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Massive 50-GW wind, solar, hydrogen power plant with unique ownership model announced in Australia
An international consortium made up of InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy Limited, announced today an integrated green fuels mega project in the South-East of Western Australia. When fully operational, the Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) could produce up to 50 gigawatts of hybrid wind and solar power over 15,000-square-kilometres in South-East Western Australia, across the Shires of Dundas and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The region provides an optimal diurnal pro [...]
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Community Solar Projects and Programs: Today and Tomorrow
Community solar programs are popping up across the U.S. Not only do they allow for the proliferation of more clean energy because new solar arrays can be constructed in just the right locations, but they also allow any utility customer to go solar by subscribing to a project and earning bill credits that lead to savings of around 10% on electric bills. This session will bring together a project owner and a utility to discuss how community solar projects come together today and explore best pr [...]
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Does Your Solar Project Need Storage?
As solar power proliferates, at a certain point, it’s time to consider adding energy storage to help stabilize the grid. Take California’s duck curve problem as an example. The state has more than 31 GW of installed solar capacity and is ranked number 1 in the nation for solar according to SEIA. But all that solar means that between the hours of about 4-9 PM, as the sun is setting and folks are getting home and cranking up their appliances, the grid becomes strained. That’s why one innovat [...]
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