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California Energy Commission to give grants to cities, counties that adopt SolarAPP+
29 Jun 2022 at 6:38pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
California recently launched a first-in-the-nation initiative to spur growth in rooftop solar and reduce consumer costs by cutting red tape that impedes solar installations. The California Energy Commission’s “CalAPP” program will provide incentives to cities and counties to adopt SolarAPP+, software designed by the federal Dept. of Energy using innovative technology that issues building permits… The post California Energy Commission to give grants to cities, counties that adopt SolarAPP+ appeared first on Solar Power World.

Ingeteam unveils 7.65-MW inverter power station on skid
29 Jun 2022 at 1:46pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Ingeteam announced it has started manufacturing the new INGECON SUN FSK power stations for PV plants and storage systems. The company says it’s an ideal solution for large-scale projects due to its high power rating, which can reach up to 7.65-MW output power at medium voltage. This new design was produced to make installation and… The post Ingeteam unveils 7.65-MW inverter power station on skid appeared first on Solar Power World.

CPS America opens new U.S. headquarters near Dallas, Texas
29 Jun 2022 at 1:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
CPS America has announced the opening of a new U.S. headquarters and innovation center near Dallas, Texas. The company says its new headquarters demonstrates a commitment to clean energy innovation in North America. The new Innovation Center headquarters will house CPS Labs, the CPS America service team, Network Operations Center (NOC) and expanded warehouse services.… The post CPS America opens new U.S. headquarters near Dallas, Texas appeared first on Solar Power World.

Even with Biden’s two-year tariff pause, WoodMac still expects solar markets to be down this year and next
29 Jun 2022 at 12:33pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Research group Wood Mackenzie has released an updated U.S. solar forecast after the Biden Administration issued an Executive Order (EO) announcing a two-year delay on AD/CVD tariffs by the Dept. of Commerce. WoodMac had been predicting a 6.3-GW reduction in 2022 installations based on the uncertainty around the anticircumvention investigation launched by the DOC in… The post Even with Biden’s two-year tariff pause, WoodMac still expects solar markets to be down this year and next appeared first on Solar Power World.

DOE study finds energy sector employment is outpacing overall U.S. numbers
29 Jun 2022 at 11:48am
by Kelly Pickerel
The U.S. Department of Energy released the 2022 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), a study of employment across multiple sectors of the energy industry. The report covers 2021 and found that the energy sector experienced positive job growth, increasing 4.0% from 2020 to 2021, outpacing overall U.S. employment, which climbed 2.8% in the same… The post DOE study finds energy sector employment is outpacing overall U.S. numbers appeared first on Solar Power World.

Solar FlexRack trackers used in 15-MW Arizona community solar project
28 Jun 2022 at 1:51pm
by Billy Ludt
Tuscon Electric Power’s 15-MW Raptor Ridge solar array was commissioned this month at a 100-acre site in Tucson, Arizona. The community solar project uses Solar FlexRack’s single-axis trackers to support 35,500 bifacial modules, which increase energy production by up to 30%. The new array will supply power for the TEP GoSolar Home program, which provides… The post Solar FlexRack trackers used in 15-MW Arizona community solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Behind-the-meter hardware SolShare allows for on-site solar sharing at apartment complexes
28 Jun 2022 at 1:32pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Solar installer esaSolar has completed an installation of a “shared solar system” for a multi-family apartment complex in Orlando. The installation for RENU Communities uses hardware from Allume Energy. By using Allume’s SolShare technology, residents of the 296-unit Canopy Villa Apartments can subscribe to portions of the array on the roof. SolShare is likely the… The post Behind-the-meter hardware SolShare allows for on-site solar sharing at apartment complexes appeared first on Solar Power World.

Nextracker revitalizes Pittsburgh steel plant for tracker manufacturing
28 Jun 2022 at 4:01am
by Billy Ludt
Nextracker, a global manufacturer of utility-scale solar trackers, and BCI Steel, a Pittsburgh-based steel fabricator, are reopening the historic Bethlehem steel manufacturing factory in nearby Leetsdale to produce solar tracker equipment for large-scale solar power plants. The steel processing plant will incorporate BCI Steel’s new and reshored equipment shipped back to the U.S. from factories… The post Nextracker revitalizes Pittsburgh steel plant for tracker manufacturing appeared first on Solar Power World.

CS Energy constructing 25.4-MW Upstate New York community solar portfolio
27 Jun 2022 at 1:01pm
by Billy Ludt
CS Energy, Castillo Engineering and Amp Energy have partnered to deliver a portfolio of 25.4 MW of community solar projects in upstate New York. Ranging from 3.9 MW to 6.2 MW in size, all five projects will use bifacial modules mounted on fixed-tilt racking and are part of the local utility’s community solar program. Four… The post CS Energy constructing 25.4-MW Upstate New York community solar portfolio appeared first on Solar Power World.

New interconnection ruling in California should get more solar connected to grid more quickly
27 Jun 2022 at 11:32am
by Kelly Pickerel
Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced a new decision that will simplify the interconnection process for distributed energy resources (DER) like solar and storage. For the first time ever, the review of DER projects seeking interconnection in California will be based on a model of the conditions on the grid, commonly known as… The post New interconnection ruling in California should get more solar connected to grid more quickly appeared first on Solar Power World.

Charlotte university greenhouse goes solar with Renu Energy Solutions
23 Jun 2022 at 12:55pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Renu Energy Solutions has completed an 18-kW solar project at the greenhouse of Johnson C. Smith University’s (JCSU) Sustainability Village, an innovative living-learning prototype for students in Charlotte, North Carolina. The installation atop the 8,600-sq-ft greenhouse, which features a hydroponic garden and aquaponic facility built to serve as a teaching tool for university students and… The post Charlotte university greenhouse goes solar with Renu Energy Solutions appeared first on Solar Power World.

National Grid Renewables buys 2 GW of First Solar modules for future projects
23 Jun 2022 at 12:43pm
by Kelly Pickerel
U.S. developer National Grid Renewables has entered a purchase agreement with First Solar for 2 GW of thin-film modules to be delivered in 2024 and 2025. Over the past decade, National Grid Renewables and First Solar have partnered on multiple projects, including the recently operational 200-MW Prairie Wolf Solar Project in Illinois and the currently… The post National Grid Renewables buys 2 GW of First Solar modules for future projects appeared first on Solar Power World.


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Rhode Island sets target for 100% renewable energy
29 Jun 2022 at 2:56pm
by Renewable Energy World
The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is achieved in 2033.

Breaking down the FERC interconnection NOPR
29 Jun 2022 at 1:34pm
by Rao Konidena
FERC has proposed large-scale changes to generator interconnection procedures based on comments received from stakeholders last fall.

Solar drove energy sector job growth in 2021, report finds
29 Jun 2022 at 9:27am
by Renewable Energy World
There are more than 3 million jobs, 40% of total energy jobs, that support reducing U.S. emissions to zero across several sectors, according to the analysis.

Apex Clean Energy becomes independent power producer
28 Jun 2022 at 2:29pm
by John Engel
The developer of utility-scale solar, wind, green fuels, and energy storage projects announced the tax equity financing of the 70 MWAC Mulligan Solar project, marking the company's transition to a pure-play renewable energy IPP.

Intersect Power raises $750m to develop renewable energy portfolio
28 Jun 2022 at 1:04pm
by John Engel
Intersect Power has announced a $750 million growth equity investment to accelerate the buildout of renewable energy and energy storage projects.

Borrego builds 15 solar+storage projects for AES
28 Jun 2022 at 9:00am
by John Engel
Borrego has completed construction of 15 projects totaling 96 MW of solar and 50 MW/169 MWh of energy storage for AES Corporation in Massachusetts and New York.

Nextracker continues to ramp up domestic steel supply
28 Jun 2022 at 4:01am
by John Engel
Nextracker, the manufacturer of utility-scale solar trackers, has added a steel production line in Pittsburgh, the company's third addition to its domestic supply chain since April.

Enel weighs impact of FERC’s interconnection reform plan
27 Jun 2022 at 10:49am
by Renewable Energy World
Enel, a leading renewable energy developer, is assessing FERC's 'first ready, first served' interconnection reform proposal.

Solar+storage projects brought online in Massachusetts
27 Jun 2022 at 10:24am
by John Engel
A pair of community solar+storage projects in Massachusetts are now operational.

Minnesota courts hear challenges to use of agricultural land for solar projects
27 Jun 2022 at 9:32am
by Renewable Energy World
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has sided both in favor of solar developers and county officials in recent cases that challenged the denial of permits to build community solar projects in rural areas.


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