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Generac offering low-cost, long-term lease program for new batteries paired with solar in Connecticut
19 May 2022 at 3:03pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Generac Grid Services, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems and PosiGen, a residential solar, energy efficiency, and energy education provider for low- to moderate-income residents, announced they will expand access to clean energy storage through a new program that offers battery backup and load-management systems to residents. The program will also provide power back to… The post Generac offering low-cost, long-term lease program for new batteries paired with solar in Connecticut appeared first on Solar Power World.

SunCommon maxes out rooftop solar array size on Vermont school
19 May 2022 at 12:53pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
SunCommon, an iSun company, announced that the Winooski Schools have completed the maximum net-metering solar system allowable in Vermont by installing a mega system on its roof. The new 750-kW array will cover roughly $115,000 of the school’s energy costs annually. SunCommon engaged in the installation of the solar PV array in partnership with architecture… The post SunCommon maxes out rooftop solar array size on Vermont school appeared first on Solar Power World.

NREL sets new solar cell efficiency record with ‘quantum well’ design reaching 39.5%
18 May 2022 at 7:29pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions. “The new cell is more efficient and has a simpler design that may be useful… The post NREL sets new solar cell efficiency record with ‘quantum well’ design reaching 39.5% appeared first on Solar Power World.

Hundreds of environmental, consumer groups request investigation of electric utility industry The 230+ petitioners are asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into utility abuses such as blocking independent solar energy.
18 May 2022 at 2:07pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
More than 230 consumer, environmental and public interest groups urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the electric utility industry for widespread abuses. These include bribery, fake dark-money campaigns and denying customers access to renewable energy. “Today abusive utility practices are leading to increased electricity rates, obstruction of clean energy competitors in the face of climate… The post Hundreds of environmental, consumer groups request investigation of electric utility industry <br><span style='color:#404040;font-weight:600;font-size:15px;'>The 230+ petitioners are asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into utility abuses such as blocking independent solar energy.</span> appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sungrow brings new inverters, liquid-cooled energy storage systems to CLEANPOWER 2022
18 May 2022 at 1:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Sungrow displayed its latest PV inverters and liquid cooled energy storage system (ESS) solutions to the North American market during CLEANPOWER 2022 on May 16 through 18. Optimized for utility-scale solar plants, Sungrow introduced both central and string inverter portfolios, including its latest 1500-V string inverter, its SG350HX and a 3.6-MW central turnkey station. The… The post Sungrow brings new inverters, liquid-cooled energy storage systems to CLEANPOWER 2022 appeared first on Solar Power World.

EV charging network will be powered by 75-MW solar project
18 May 2022 at 12:57pm
by Billy Ludt
Electrify America, a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, has entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Terra-Gen to build a solar project in San Bernardino County, California. The 75-MW Electrify America Solar Glow 1 project is expected to produce enough renewable energy annually to offset the energy currently delivered to… The post EV charging network will be powered by 75-MW solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Consumers Energy signs PPA for 300 MW of new Michigan solar power
18 May 2022 at 12:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Consumers Energy announced agreements to add 300 MW of clean energy — enough to power about 150,000 homes — from two Michigan solar projects being developed in Genesee and Hillsdale counties. The solar developments are part of the company’s Clean Energy Plan to dramatically increase renewable energy, eliminate coal electricity by 2025 and achieve net… The post Consumers Energy signs PPA for 300 MW of new Michigan solar power appeared first on Solar Power World.

New Belgium adds 446-kW solar array to NC brewery roof
18 May 2022 at 12:00pm
by Kelly Pickerel
New Belgium Brewing today announced the completion of a large solar installation project at its Asheville, North Carolina, brewery – the latest in a long string of investments that began in 2014 when the company completed construction on the LEED Platinum Certified brewery complex. The new 446-kW solar project, installed by Renu Energy Solutions, spans… The post New Belgium adds 446-kW solar array to NC brewery roof appeared first on Solar Power World.

Tampa Electric launches neighborhood solar microgrid pilot program The project uses Emera Technologies' BlockEnergy microgrid platform.
17 May 2022 at 6:54pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Emera Technologies announced that utility Tampa Electric Company (TECO) has successfully purchased, installed and received regulatory approval for its BlockEnergy microgrid platform for use in a pilot program serving Southshore Bay residential development, a community south of Tampa, Florida. The BlockEnergy solar + storage microgrid, fully owned and operated by TECO, enables increased operability, security… The post Tampa Electric launches neighborhood solar microgrid pilot program <br><span style='color:#404040;font-weight:600;font-size:15px;'>The project uses Emera Technologies' BlockEnergy microgrid platform. </span> appeared first on Solar Power World.

Palmetto to add rooftop solar to 207-home South Carolina development
17 May 2022 at 2:36pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Palmetto announced that it will provide solar panels for Quinn Residences’ first renewable energy build-to-rent community, Durham Farms, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This partnership marks the launch of Palmetto’s offerings in the build-to-rent (BTR) and single-family rental (SFR) community development sectors. Durham Farms has 50 of its 207 homes built, with an estimated completion date… The post Palmetto to add rooftop solar to 207-home South Carolina development appeared first on Solar Power World.

SOLV Energy constructing 1st phase of 1.3-GW solar project
17 May 2022 at 2:26pm
by Billy Ludt
SOLV Energy has been contracted to provide EPC services for Doral Renewables’ Mammoth North project, the first phase in a three-part, 1.3-GWAC solar development in Northwestern Indiana. The Mammoth North solar farm specifically is expected to have a generation capacity of approximately 400 MWAC of energy, enough to power approximately 75,000 Midwestern households annually. “It… The post SOLV Energy constructing 1st phase of 1.3-GW solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Power from DC community solar project donated to local nonprofit
17 May 2022 at 1:09pm
by Billy Ludt
A community solar project built at a FedEx facility in Washington, D.C. will now cover the energy costs for an affordable housing nonprofit organization. Solar contractor Sol Systems completed the 915-kW community array at the FedEx Express Eckington Place facility in late 2021, which will allocate a portion of bill credits to local nonprofit So… The post Power from DC community solar project donated to local nonprofit appeared first on Solar Power World.


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U.S. Army launches renewable energy projects at military bases
19 May 2022 at 1:45pm
by John Engel
The U.S. Army will add energy storage to an existing solar PV system at Fort Detrick and install a new solar PV system at the Tooele Army Depot.

Wind and solar to play a bigger role this summer, EIA says
19 May 2022 at 1:39pm
by Renewable Energy World
Wind and solar are expected to play bigger roles in U.S. electricity generation this summer, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

DOE’s efficiency program saves partners $15 billion on energy
19 May 2022 at 12:35pm
by Renewable Energy World
An energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction program from the U.S. Dept. of Energy has saved partner organizations more than $15 billion in energy costs, the agency announced.

EU plan to ditch Russian energy relies heavily on renewables, efficiency
18 May 2022 at 6:27pm
by Renewable Energy World
Energy savings and renewables form the cornerstones of the $315 billion package ut in place to help member countries overcome the slump triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Solar cell achieves record-high efficiency
18 May 2022 at 6:16pm
by Renewable Energy World
A solar cell developed by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has achieved a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination.

U.S. energy transition must speed up to meet net-zero goals, industry group says
18 May 2022 at 4:01pm
by John Engel
Headwinds caused by supply chain constraints, the coronavirus pandemic, and trade disputes flattened clean energy growth in the U.S. in 2021, according to a trade group's annual report.

New Belgium Brewing adds solar to North Carolina facility
18 May 2022 at 1:19pm
by John Engel
New Belgium Brewing has added a 446 kW solar PV system to its Asheville, North Carolina brewery.

Solar developer pursues battery energy storage alternatives to lithium-ion
17 May 2022 at 1:32pm
by John Engel
Pine Gate Renewables, a North Carolina-based solar and storage developer, is taking steps to diversify its battery supply for solar-paired and standalone energy storage projects.

How data is unlocking the next frontier for renewable energy
17 May 2022 at 1:28pm
by Renewable Energy World
By leveraging advanced data analytics, we can increase efficiency by making all the components of this new, volatile, and decentral energy system play together. 

Q CELLS to double solar manufacturing capacity in the U.S.
17 May 2022 at 1:20pm
by John Engel
Q CELLS parent Hanwha plans to invest $170 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia.


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