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California Supreme Court takes up NEM 3.0 case against the CPUC
12 Apr 2024 at 5:13pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The California Supreme Court has taken up a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Environmental Working Group challenging the state’s new NEM 3.0 rooftop solar policy. The petitioners are asking the court to review whether the California Public Utilities Commission’s NEM 3.0 decision follows state laws… The post California Supreme Court takes up NEM 3.0 case against the CPUC appeared first on Solar Power World.

Bureau of Land Management releases final rules for renewable energy projects on public lands
12 Apr 2024 at 1:37pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
On April 11, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published final rules to govern leasing and rental rates for renewable energy projects on public lands. The final rules closely follow recommendations from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to streamline clean energy development on federal lands. The new rules will: Reduce rents and fees… The post Bureau of Land Management releases final rules for renewable energy projects on public lands appeared first on Solar Power World.

Solar is largest source of U.S. electrical generating capacity for sixth month in a row
12 Apr 2024 at 12:09pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data recently released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reveals that for the sixth month in a row, solar provided more new U.S. electrical generating capacity than any other energy source. In addition, solar as well as wind have grown significantly faster than earlier FERC forecasts.… The post Solar is largest source of U.S. electrical generating capacity for sixth month in a row appeared first on Solar Power World.

CATL unveils 6.25-MWh energy storage system TENER
12 Apr 2024 at 11:46am
by Kelly Pickerel
CATL has unveiled TENER, a 6.25-MWh energy storage system that is showing zero degradation in the first five years of use. While preventing the degradation of capacity over the first five years of use is a significant advancement in increasing the lifespan of batteries, the zero degradation of power is also important for energy storage… The post CATL unveils 6.25-MWh energy storage system TENER appeared first on Solar Power World.

Repsol completes largest solar project yet in Texas
11 Apr 2024 at 7:43pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Repsol has completed construction of its Frye Solar project, its largest photovoltaic plant to date, with a total installed capacity of 637 MW and 570 MW currently in operation. Located in the United States, the Frye Solar project was built near the city of Kress, Swisher County, Texas. Frye Solar is comprised of almost one… The post Repsol completes largest solar project yet in Texas appeared first on Solar Power World.

Enphase releases new power control software to enhance battery installs
11 Apr 2024 at 5:27pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Enphase Energy announced the launch of Enphase Power Control software that can integrate with the Enphase Energy System in North America. Enphase Power Control dynamically controls the power produced by an Enphase Energy System. This gives installers more flexibility in system design to build larger systems, avoid costly main panel upgrades and meet utility and… The post Enphase releases new power control software to enhance battery installs appeared first on Solar Power World.

GRID Alternatives receives accreditation for solar installation training program
11 Apr 2024 at 5:16pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
GRID Alternatives has been accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) for its Installations Basics Training 200 Program, which provides hands-on training to entry-level solar installers. GRID’s IREC Accreditation will be held at Headquarters, with Central Valley being the first affiliate to secure accreditation. The accreditation is valid for five years. Once accreditation has… The post GRID Alternatives receives accreditation for solar installation training program appeared first on Solar Power World.

Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy taps tribal-owned developer as first preferred provider
11 Apr 2024 at 4:56pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Seneca Environmental, the energy solutions division of Seneca Holdings, wholly owned by the Seneca Nation, announced it has been selected as the first Preferred Provider for the Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy, an Indigenous-led nonprofit organization offering no-cost capacity-building support to tribal nations based on a strong foundation of Native American culture and values. Advancing… The post Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy taps tribal-owned developer as first preferred provider appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sunrock taps Nelnet for solar tax equity partnership
11 Apr 2024 at 4:45pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Sunrock Distributed Generation, a commercial solar and clean energy development and management platform, announced a new tax equity partnership with Nelnet. The partnership combines the expertise of Sunrock and Nelnet to finance and construct ongoing portfolios of distributed generation assets across several states including California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. The construction of initial… The post Sunrock taps Nelnet for solar tax equity partnership appeared first on Solar Power World.

Industry advocates meet with Congressional Solar Caucus to discuss priorities
11 Apr 2024 at 3:18pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Solar United Neighbors, the Conservative Energy Network and residential and small business solar owners met on April 10 with members of the bipartisan Congressional Solar Caucus to discuss the benefits of solar energy for their families and their communities and the nation’s economy. They also discussed policy challenges and solutions to broadening access to rooftop… The post Industry advocates meet with Congressional Solar Caucus to discuss priorities appeared first on Solar Power World.

Maryland General Assembly passes bill to incentivize local solar development, streamline permitting
10 Apr 2024 at 7:56pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
On April 8, 2024, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 783, the Brighter Tomorrow Act, legislation that would lower the cost of developing Maryland solar projects and increase the value of solar for energy consumers across the state. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for signature. The Brighter Tomorrow Act is necessary… The post Maryland General Assembly passes bill to incentivize local solar development, streamline permitting appeared first on Solar Power World.

West O‘ahu solar + storage project completed by AES Hawaiʻi
10 Apr 2024 at 3:23pm
by Kelly Pickerel
AES Hawaiʻi has completed the West O‘ahu solar + storage project in Kapolei – the company’s first facility to combine solar generation and battery energy storage on O‘ahu. The launch was commemorated with a blessing ceremony at the project site and reception at the nearby University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu campus. Located on 66 acres of… The post West O‘ahu solar + storage project completed by AES Hawaiʻi appeared first on Solar Power World.


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Avangrid’s first California solar farm breaks ground
12 Apr 2024 at 6:44pm
by Sean Wolfe
Camino Solar is Avangrid's first photovoltaic project in California with a capacity of 57 MW (44 MWac).



Interior finalizes rule to cut solar and wind fees up to 80% on public land, permits new projects
12 Apr 2024 at 6:23pm
by Sean Wolfe
Alongside this rule, the DOI announced it has permitted more than 25 GW of clean energy projects, surpassing a "major milestone" of the Biden administration ahead of 2025.



An Illinois town still considers rooftop solar an eyesore. Homeowners hope to change that
12 Apr 2024 at 3:26pm
by Renewable Energy World
Sugar Grove, Illinois, is among the few communities left in the state where solar installers say they’ve encountered strict limits on panels for aesthetic reasons.



Hawaiian Electric aims to streamline rooftop solar program
11 Apr 2024 at 9:26pm
by Sean Wolfe
The new program consolidates and replaces all Hawaiian Electric’s previous rooftop solar programs except for Net Energy Metering (NEM).



Excelsior and Heliene enter 2 GW supply agreement for domestic solar panels
11 Apr 2024 at 7:40pm
by Sean Wolfe
As part of the long-term supply agreement, the two companies expect to work as partners. A majority of the PV modules supplied by Heliene would be produced in the United States.



California’s virtual power plant potential is high, new report says
11 Apr 2024 at 6:05pm
by Sean Wolfe
California's market potential for virtual power plants (VPPs) could hit 7.5 GW by 2035, exceeding 15% of peak demand and 5 times the existing capability, according to a new report from the Brattle Group prepared for GridLab.



Dominion Energy Virginia RFP seeks new solar, wind, storage
11 Apr 2024 at 4:59pm
by Sean Wolfe
The projects are meant to help the company achieve the requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) and its commitment to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.



Community solar: major moves in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California
10 Apr 2024 at 7:13pm
by Renewable Energy World
During Q1 of 2024, a number of states moved to significantly change whether and how they implement community solar programs, designed to make solar energy more broadly accessible.



Nexamp raises $520M for community solar portfolio
10 Apr 2024 at 6:56pm
by Sean Wolfe
The company said it will leverage the investment to expedite deployment of its national project pipeline, accelerate expansion and developer partnerships in new and existing markets, and fuel the continued growth of its generation offerings.

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U.S. interconnection queues, already jammed, grew 30% in 2023
10 Apr 2024 at 4:52pm
by Sean Wolfe
A Berkeley Lab-led study shows nearly 2,600 gigawatts of energy and storage capacity in transmission grid interconnection queues.




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