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Oregon State University breaks ground on 326-kW agrivoltaic research project
4 Oct 2022 at 5:34pm
by SPW
Oregon State University has started construction on a $1.5 million research project to optimize dual-use, co-developed land hosting solar photovoltaic arrays and agriculture. The five-acre Solar Harvest project is located at Oregon State’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon, 20 miles south of Portland. The 326-kW project is the result of a… The post Oregon State University breaks ground on 326-kW agrivoltaic research project appeared first on Solar Power World.

CPUC expected to wait until after election to issue NEM 3.0 decision
4 Oct 2022 at 4:28pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Fearing voter backlash, California regulators will hold off issuing their proposed decision on a utility proposal to stifle the state’s rooftop solar program until after the November election, according to a Oct. 3 email bulletin from the San Diego-based nonprofit Solar Rights Alliance, citing credible sources. “Californians deserve to know now what regulators are proposing… The post CPUC expected to wait until after election to issue NEM 3.0 decision appeared first on Solar Power World.

Lightsource bp developing 250-MW solar project for Entergy Arkansas
4 Oct 2022 at 3:17pm
by Billy Ludt
The Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved the Entergy Arkansas Driver Solar Project, a new 250-MWAC/312 MWDC renewable energy facility developed by Lightsource bp, which will be located on approximately 2,100 acres near Osceola, Arkansas in Mississippi County. Driver Solar will be the utility’s largest solar facility, capable of generating enough energy to power more… The post Lightsource bp developing 250-MW solar project for Entergy Arkansas appeared first on Solar Power World.

SolarEdge Home Battery joins Rocky Mountain Power VPP program
4 Oct 2022 at 1:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
SolarEdge Technologies and grid operator Rocky Mountain Power announced the qualification of the SolarEdge Home Battery to join Rocky Mountain Power’s award-winning Wattsmart Battery program. This marks an important next step in Rocky Mountain Power’s efforts to leverage customer-generated solar power along with battery technology in the homes of over 60,000 existing rooftop solar customers… The post SolarEdge Home Battery joins Rocky Mountain Power VPP program appeared first on Solar Power World.

Greenskies completes 2.4-MW rooftop solar project on cold storage warehouses
4 Oct 2022 at 1:04pm
by Billy Ludt
Greenskies Clean Focus, a commercial renewable energy development company, and Vanguard Energy Partners, a national solar construction firm, completed 2.4 MW of rooftop solar for FreezPak Logistics, a third-party food logistics company. The recently energized solar energy systems will provide renewable solar electricity to Freezpak cold storage facilities in Carteret (985 kW) and Elizabeth (1,414… The post Greenskies completes 2.4-MW rooftop solar project on cold storage warehouses appeared first on Solar Power World.

ChemiTek solar panel cleaning agents now licensed in U.S. through Sunbrush
4 Oct 2022 at 12:10pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Portuguese chemical company ChemiTek has entered the North American market with its solar panel cleaning products through a distribution partnership with Sunbrush USA. Sunbrush is now the exclusive importer of ChemiTek products to the United States. ChemiTek introduced a new range of products for the solar industry at Intersolar Munich. The products are specifically developed… The post ChemiTek solar panel cleaning agents now licensed in U.S. through Sunbrush appeared first on Solar Power World.

42-MW Illinois community solar project portfolio will feature Solar FlexRack trackers
3 Oct 2022 at 1:40pm
by Billy Ludt
Solar FlexRack announced that it has supplied its FlexTrack Solar Trackers for a 42 megawatt (MW) portfolio of community solar projects in Illinois, to Summit Ridge Energy, a leading owner-operator of community solar assets. All 14 projects are part of Illinois Shines, a state-administered program that creates incentives for the development of new solar photovoltaic… The post 42-MW Illinois community solar project portfolio will feature Solar FlexRack trackers appeared first on Solar Power World.

Solaria to merge with sales platform Complete Solar
3 Oct 2022 at 12:34pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Solar panel company Solaria will merge with California-based residential sales platform provider Complete Solar to form a new company: Complete Solaria. This will allow the new company to act as a full system operator, providing residential installers with sales expertise, design assistance and product access. Complete Solar CEO Will Anderson will act as Complete Solaria’s… The post Solaria to merge with sales platform Complete Solar appeared first on Solar Power World.

DSD Renewables starts 1.4-MW solar carport project at California office campus
29 Sep 2022 at 4:56pm
by Billy Ludt
DSD Renewables, a commercial solar developer, operator and asset owner, has started construction on two on-site solar canopies at an office park in Pleasanton, California. The 957-kW and 429-kW installations, located at Pleasanton Corporate Commons, were facilitated by Black Bear Energy and will be installed behind the meter, offsetting much of the campus’ energy load.… The post DSD Renewables starts 1.4-MW solar carport project at California office campus appeared first on Solar Power World.

Alliant Energy completes 150-MW Wisconsin solar project
29 Sep 2022 at 2:45pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Alliant Energy announced the completion of its Wood County Solar Project in central Wisconsin. In addition to generating clean, carbon-free electricity, the 150-MW solar site created more than 200 construction jobs and is expected to deliver an estimated $600,000 in new shared revenue annually to the town of Saratoga and Wood County for the next… The post Alliant Energy completes 150-MW Wisconsin solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

REC Group starts production of Alpha Pure-R HJT modules
29 Sep 2022 at 1:59pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
REC Group has announced the start of production of its latest solar panel, the REC Alpha Pure-R. Unveiled in May 2022 at Intersolar Europe, the REC Alpha Pure-R solar panel went into production on new manufacturing lines at REC’s Singapore facility. The Alpha Pure-R will double REC’s Alpha HJT capacity in Singapore from 600 MW… The post REC Group starts production of Alpha Pure-R HJT modules appeared first on Solar Power World.

OYA Renewables completes 6.7-MW community solar project in New York
29 Sep 2022 at 1:35pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
OYA Renewables announced that the 6.7-MWDC Robinson Road solar farm in Orleans, New York, has reached commercial operation and will support broad consumer access to solar-powered electricity generation across the state. The community solar project completed the final stage of commissioning in June of 2022. “We applaud the State of New York for being a… The post OYA Renewables completes 6.7-MW community solar project in New York appeared first on Solar Power World.


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Entergy Arkansas wins approval for 250 MW solar project
4 Oct 2022 at 4:31pm
by Renewable Energy World
The facility will use modules produced by First Solar and trackers from Array Technologies.

TC Energy to build 81 MW solar project
4 Oct 2022 at 1:24pm
by Renewable Energy World
Work is underway at the solar energy facility south of Calgary, with completion slated for 2023.

RWE agrees to buy Con Ed’s clean energy arm for $6.8 billion
4 Oct 2022 at 12:25pm
by John Engel
The transaction adds 3 GW of clean energy operating capacity, 90% comprised of solar assets, and a 7 GW development pipeline into RWE's US portfolio.

Factor This! episode list— a podcast for the solar energy industry
3 Oct 2022 at 5:50pm
by Renewable Energy World
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Entergy Louisiana to evaluate offshore wind projects in the Gulf of Mexico
3 Oct 2022 at 5:40pm
by Kevin Clark
Efforts will initially focus on the evaluation of grid interconnection to determine the optimal size and locations of future offshore wind development.

US proposal would permit eagle deaths as renewables expand
3 Oct 2022 at 12:53pm
by Associated Press Editors
The Biden admin. program is meant to encourage companies to work with officials to minimize harm to eagles. It's also aimed at avoiding any slowdown in the growth of wind power.

Lower-carbon solar module frame startup wins DOE prize
3 Oct 2022 at 9:00am
by John Engel
Oregon-based Origami Solar, a startup that aims to produce lower-carbon solar PV module frames using domestic steel, won a $500,000 cash prize through a Dept. of Energy's innovation competition.

Intersect Power finances solar-plus-energy storage projects
30 Sep 2022 at 12:32pm
by Renewable Energy World
The deals represent construction financing, tax equity, operational letters of credit and a portion of previously announced portfolio-level term debt. 

In one tiny German town, nobody worries about energy bills
30 Sep 2022 at 12:23pm
by Associated Press Editors
A bold experiment launched in the mid-1990s saw Feldheim erect a handful of wind turbines to provide electricity to the village. Then it built a local grid, solar panels, battery storage and more turbines. A biogas plant put up to keep piglets warm was expanded, providing extra income to the farmers' cooperative, which pumps hot water through a village-wide central heating system. A hydrogen production facility is also under construction.

Green hydrogen, biofuels, renewables: How advanced filtration enables the energy transition
30 Sep 2022 at 9:00am
by Renewable Energy World
Advanced filtration and purity technologies, like those pioneered by Pall Corporation, are critical to realizing the promise of green hydrogen, fuel cells, and biofuels, not to mention the repurposing of entrenched oil and gas infrastructure.


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