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3-GWh lithium battery factory in South Carolina to make ESS for grid-scale applications
8 Dec 2022 at 3:28pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Kontrolmatik Technologies, via its subsidiary Pomega Energy Storage Technologies, intends to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Colleton County, South Carolina. The 500,000-sq-ft facility will have an initial production capacity of 3 GWh and produce LFP cells for grid-scale energy storage applications. Production is expected to begin in 2024. Pomega Energy Storage Technologies, founded as a… The post 3-GWh lithium battery factory in South Carolina to make ESS for grid-scale applications appeared first on Solar Power World.

100-MW Texas solar project using Erthos ground surface mounts
8 Dec 2022 at 2:20pm
by Billy Ludt
Erthos, the creator of Earth Mount Solar PV, a solar mounting solution that secures panels flat to the ground, signed an agreement with Industrial Sun for a utility-scale solar project in Texas. Although the exact size of the plant has not yet been disclosed, Erthos has revealed that the project exceeds 100 MWDC. Industrial Sun,… The post 100-MW Texas solar project using Erthos ground surface mounts appeared first on Solar Power World.

New Mexico simplifies distributed resource interconnection and shifts to smart inverters
8 Dec 2022 at 1:31pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A ruling by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on November 30, 2022 significantly improves the state’s interconnection rules by incorporating national best practices for the review of renewable and energy storage projects. The rules, which govern how distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and energy storage can connect to the electric distribution grid, are… The post New Mexico simplifies distributed resource interconnection and shifts to smart inverters appeared first on Solar Power World.

New Jersey launches new large-scale solar program with goal of 300 MW per year
8 Dec 2022 at 1:11pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) on Dec. 7 established the Competitive Solar Incentive (CSI) Program, a new program designed to encourage grid scale solar generation in New Jersey. CSI is a key part of the State’s Successor Solar Incentive initiative (SuSI), which was enacted by the Board in 2021 and is expected… The post New Jersey launches new large-scale solar program with goal of 300 MW per year appeared first on Solar Power World.

PanelClaw flat roof solar racking earns UL 3741 hazard prevention listing
6 Dec 2022 at 9:19pm
by Billy Ludt
PanelClaw, an Esdec Solar Group company and U.S. solar racking manufacturer, has completed the UL 3741 listing process for its flagship flat roof racking platform, clawFR. UL 3741 certification deals with solar components and systems designed to prevent shock hazards to first responders. The listing includes compatibility with 23 inverter models from Chint, Sungrow, Fronius,… The post PanelClaw flat roof solar racking earns UL 3741 hazard prevention listing appeared first on Solar Power World.

49 Habitat for Humanity homes in Wisconsin to be solar powered
6 Dec 2022 at 8:37pm
by Billy Ludt
Forty-nine homes in Wisconsin will see their energy bills go down this winter, thanks to sustainable solar installations on their homes. Habitat for Humanity chapters throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) have partnered on the Grow Solar for Humanity initiative, created to bring solar to households that will significantly benefit from reduced… The post 49 Habitat for Humanity homes in Wisconsin to be solar powered appeared first on Solar Power World.

Scale designing off-grid solar + storage microgrid for California almond cold storage facility
6 Dec 2022 at 7:42pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Origo Investments is partnering with industry veterans Amond World to develop a refrigerated cold storage facility in the Madera Airport Industrial Park, which will include two 250,000 sq. ft buildings, each holding approximately 50 million lbs of almonds or other recently harvested crops for farmers and processors. In order to guarantee energy access, reliability and cost… The post Scale designing off-grid solar + storage microgrid for California almond cold storage facility appeared first on Solar Power World.

Senate Bill introduced to incentivize solar carport deployment in California
6 Dec 2022 at 6:49pm
by Billy Ludt
California Sen. Josh Becker (D-San Mateo) introduced Senate Bill 49, a bill incentivizing solar carport development, at the State Capitol on Monday. “Solar farms use a tremendous amount of land, but that type of open space either isn’t available or is tremendously expensive in cities and suburbs that use the most power,” Becker said. “That’s… The post Senate Bill introduced to incentivize solar carport deployment in California appeared first on Solar Power World.

American Battery Factory announces first LFP gigafactory location in Arizona
6 Dec 2022 at 6:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
New lithium-iron phosphate battery maker American Battery Factory (ABF) announced that Tucson, Arizona, has been selected as the site for the first in a planned series of battery cell gigafactories based in the United States. The site will serve as ABF’s official headquarters. Approximately 300 high-paying jobs will be provided in the first phase of… The post American Battery Factory announces first LFP gigafactory location in Arizona appeared first on Solar Power World.

Emporia Energy launches Alpha-ESS residential battery
6 Dec 2022 at 2:31pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Emporia Energy is rolling out its modular Alpha-ESS smart home battery system this month. The smart home technology company, which is developing a bidirectional EV charger, is also expanding its installer network. This Alpha-ESS integrates as part of Emporia’s entire ecosystem of offerings, consisting of EV chargers, energy monitors and smart plugs. Compatible with both… The post Emporia Energy launches Alpha-ESS residential battery appeared first on Solar Power World.

EnerVenue launches second generation of metal-hydrogen battery
6 Dec 2022 at 12:39pm
by Kelly Pickerel
EnerVenue has launched the second-generation of its metal-hydrogen battery: Energy Storage Vessels (ESVs). Customers can cycle ESVs up to three times per day without rest, and the batteries have an expected lifetime of 30 years/30,000 cycles. ESVs will continue to deliver 86% capacity beyond 30,000 cycles, providing a second asset life. ESVs have been tested… The post EnerVenue launches second generation of metal-hydrogen battery appeared first on Solar Power World.

Secure Solar Futures installs 313-kW array atop Virginia homeless shelter
5 Dec 2022 at 5:23pm
by Billy Ludt
This month, CARITAS began powering its one-of-a-kind recovery and homeless services facility in Richmond, Virginia, with solar power. Secure Solar Futures of Staunton installed 782 Heliene photovoltaic solar panels, comprising the largest solar power system at any facility serving homeless people in Virginia, and possibly on the East Coast. The 313-kW solar array is estimated… The post Secure Solar Futures installs 313-kW array atop Virginia homeless shelter appeared first on Solar Power World.


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Europe wants its own clean energy industrial policy. It has to deal with the American one first
8 Dec 2022 at 11:02am
by John Engel
Can Europe have its own Inflation Reduction Act moment? EU leaders must first figure out the climate law's impact on member countries.

California’s first-ever offshore wind auction nets $757M from developers
7 Dec 2022 at 8:52pm
by John Engel
A two-day auction to determine who will develop the first-ever offshore wind projects off the coast of California raised a combined total of $757 million from developers.

LFP battery maker taps Arizona for $1.2B gigafactory
7 Dec 2022 at 5:13pm
by John Engel
A manufacturer of lithium iron phosphate battery cells has chosen Tuscon, Arizona for its first gigafactory, representing an estimated capital investment of $1.2 billion.

UK eases ban on new onshore wind farms, but could OK coal mine
7 Dec 2022 at 3:11pm
by Renewable Energy World
Environmental groups welcomed a decision by Britain’s Conservative government to lift its opposition to onshore wind farms. But they warned that any benefit would be erased if the government backs plans to open the U.K.’s first new coal mine in three decades.

BOEM opens auction for California offshore wind rights
6 Dec 2022 at 4:22pm
by Renewable Energy World
The California sale could test industry appetite for investing in floating offshore wind technology.

Feds to update solar development rules for western public lands
6 Dec 2022 at 4:01pm
by Renewable Energy World
BLM is considering adding more states, adjusting exclusion criteria and seeking to identify new or expanded areas to prioritize solar deployment.

ZincFive closes funding round
6 Dec 2022 at 3:49pm
by Renewable Energy World
The company traces its technology to the early 1900s and early patented work on nickel-zinc batteries by Thomas Edison.

Quidnet Energy receives $10 million to commercialize pumped storage technology
5 Dec 2022 at 4:24pm
by David Wagman
Quidnet Energy has been selected to receive $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding is part of the ARPA-E Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program, which provides further funding to previous ARPA-E teams that have been determined to be feasible for widespread deployment and […]

Operators of the world’s largest hydro plants gather again at HYDROVISION 2023
5 Dec 2022 at 4:22pm
by David Wagman
Recognizing that the owners and operators of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plants face unique challenges and have few “peers” with which to exchange best practices, lessons learned and solutions developed, Clarion Energy is again organizing its Global Symposium for Large Hydropower Plant Operators in 2023. This complimentary, invitation-only forum provides a unique opportunity to share valuable information with and […]

Wind and solar will slash MISO emissions but increase grid complexity, report says
5 Dec 2022 at 4:19pm
by Renewable Energy World
MISO’s system could approach 30% of annual energy from wind and solar generation within five years, and renewable penetration levels may increase on the order of 10% every five years after that.


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