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Senate Democrats ask Treasury to require American-made wafers for solar panel domestic content bonus
29 Feb 2024 at 4:30pm
by Kelly Pickerel
A group of U.S. Senators sent a letter yesterday to Sec. of the Treasury Janet Yellen asking for her department to reconfigure guidelines set forth in the Inflation Reduction Act to encourage silicon solar wafer manufacturing in the United States. Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) led the group of Senators pressing the Biden Administration for this… The post Senate Democrats ask Treasury to require American-made wafers for solar panel domestic content bonus appeared first on Solar Power World.

IronRidge residential racking line approved for UL 3741
29 Feb 2024 at 2:24pm
by Billy Ludt
The IronRidge XR Flush Mount System is now listed to UL 3741 with Tesla equipment. This allows for system design on residential roofs (up to 600 V) without using module-level power electronics (MLPE), reducing material, installation and service costs. Using a string isolation device (SID), like the Tesla Mid-Circuit Interrupter (MCI), can lower component count.… The post IronRidge residential racking line approved for UL 3741 appeared first on Solar Power World.

Quasi-community-solar project at Texas apartment shares 18-month energy results
28 Feb 2024 at 6:11pm
by Kelly Pickerel
A solar system atop an apartment complex that allows tenants to subscribe to the power generated on-site recently completed its first 18 months in service, and the groups involved have shared the results. Project TexFlex, an initiative from PearlX Infrastructure and supported by SolarEdge equipment, was launched at the 2410 Waugh Apartments in Houston in… The post Quasi-community-solar project at Texas apartment shares 18-month energy results appeared first on Solar Power World.

AWM launches two new cable management hardware solutions
28 Feb 2024 at 1:34pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Affordable Wire Management (AWM) now has two new hardware offerings: Photon Kit and Helios Beam Rod. AWM’s Photon Kit leverages winch technology with expert guidance to streamline construction and reduce labor costs during messenger cable install. Traditionally, above-ground cable management systems have required the installation and tensioning of thousands of feet of messenger cable one… The post AWM launches two new cable management hardware solutions appeared first on Solar Power World.

More non-Chinese solar polysilicon is being sent to Vietnam to comply with AD/CVD, UFLPA
28 Feb 2024 at 1:23pm
by Kelly Pickerel
New reporting from Bernreuter Research found that polysilicon imports into China have fallen to the lowest level since 2011. Outside imports of polysilicon fell by 28.5% to 62,965 MT in 2023 — now less than the 64,614 MT reached in 2011. “The non-Chinese polysilicon manufacturers Wacker, Hemlock Semiconductor and OCI Malaysia are increasingly shifting their… The post More non-Chinese solar polysilicon is being sent to Vietnam to comply with AD/CVD, UFLPA appeared first on Solar Power World.

Battery-integrated EV charger can provide site backup power, grid services
27 Feb 2024 at 2:01pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Battery-integrated EV charging station provider FreeWire Technologies has unveiled the Boost Power Pro product within the company’s Pro Series line of chargers. All FreeWire chargers use built-in energy storage to allow charger owners to participate in bidirectional power sharing, blackout charging and site backup power. The Pro Series offers the following features: Blackout Charging: This… The post Battery-integrated EV charger can provide site backup power, grid services appeared first on Solar Power World.

Anza procurement platform can sort available solar products by supply chain availability, more
27 Feb 2024 at 1:00pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Solar and storage procurement platform Anza now has expanded capabilities that give buyers the ability to instantly organize and rank every technical, commercial, supply chain and risk-related aspect of equipment required to select the ideal modules for solar projects. Anza’s offering will introduce a new era of confidence and efficiency for developers, IPPs and EPCs… The post Anza procurement platform can sort available solar products by supply chain availability, more appeared first on Solar Power World.

Climate First Bank reduces solar loan rates
26 Feb 2024 at 3:18pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Climate First Bank has updated the interest rates on its 30-year Residential Solar Loan product to 7.83% and a 7.99% APR*. It is the first time the financial institution has decreased its solar loan rates and extended the loan term. Additionally, clients who enroll in auto-pay will receive a 0.25% discount for the new Residential Solar… The post Climate First Bank reduces solar loan rates appeared first on Solar Power World.

Chiko USA receives UL 3741 approval for residential solar racking
26 Feb 2024 at 2:58pm
by Billy Ludt
Solar racking solutions provider Chiko USA has received UL 3741 approval for both pitched and flat roof rail-based solar mounted systems, an industry first for the residential market. Based in Arizona, Chiko USA supplies solar mounting options including carports, pitched roofs, metal roofs and ground-mount solutions. Chiko USA’s products passed a series of tests designed… The post Chiko USA receives UL 3741 approval for residential solar racking appeared first on Solar Power World.

California solar + storage project secures $1.1 billion in financing
26 Feb 2024 at 12:59pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Renewable energy project developer Arevon Energy has secured $1.1 billion in aggregate financing commitments for its Eland 2 Solar + Storage Project in Kern County, California. The 374-MWDC solar project coupled with 150 MW/600 MWh of energy storage is under early-stage construction and is anticipated to come online in Q1 2025. Wells Fargo provided a… The post California solar + storage project secures $1.1 billion in financing appeared first on Solar Power World.

Fronius offers free tool to find replacement inverters for repowering situations
23 Feb 2024 at 4:01pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Fronius just released a new tool that enables solar installers to offer customers repowering options, regardless of the inverter brand used in the original solar system. Repowering is usually a performance-related replacement of inverters that are out of warranty, but may also occur if an older inverter model is no longer available or spare parts do… The post Fronius offers free tool to find replacement inverters for repowering situations appeared first on Solar Power World.

ReVision Energy starts construction on New Hampshire’s first utility-owned solar project
23 Feb 2024 at 2:56pm
by Billy Ludt
Unitil Corporation, an interstate utility, is developing a 4.9-MW solar project in Kingston, New Hampshire, that is poised to be the first regulated utility-owned PV array in the state. The 11,232-panel, single-axis tracker solar project will be built on 36 acres of vacant land located off Towle Road. Unitil has selected Brentwood-based ReVision Energy as… The post ReVision Energy starts construction on New Hampshire’s first utility-owned solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.


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AEP sells its New Mexico solar assets
1 Mar 2024 at 5:13pm
by Renewable Energy World
The sale portfolio includes nine operating solar developments totaling 185 MW and six projects under development with an estimated output of 440 MW.



New York selects Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind offshore projects
1 Mar 2024 at 4:23pm
by Renewable Energy World
The projects, totaling over 1,700 MW, will be the largest power generation projects in New York State in over 35 years once they enter operation in 2026.



Fervo Energy raises $244M for geothermal deployment
29 Feb 2024 at 6:04pm
by Renewable Energy World
Fervo Energy announced that it has raised $244 million in new funding led by Devon Energy, meant to enable Fervo’s next phase of growth, deploying technology adapted from the oil and gas industry at scale.



NYSERDA selects Reactive Technologies for inertia measurement project
28 Feb 2024 at 7:32pm
by Renewable Energy World
The inertia measurement technology, GridMetrix, offers network operators continuous measurement and analytics data, including real-time measurement of inertia.

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Southwest Power Pool selects GridUnity for interconnection life cycle management
28 Feb 2024 at 6:11pm
by Renewable Energy World
GridUnity will provide an end-to-end management solution for all interconnection applications, cluster study management, and infrastructure coordination



Learn eco-strategies for renewable projects in Transect-sponsored webinar
28 Feb 2024 at 5:22pm
by Renewable Energy World
Environmental specialists will guide developers through sustainable site selection, biodiversity conservation, and cutting-edge technology integration.



GridTECH Connect Forum – Southeast tackles timely interconnection conversations
27 Feb 2024 at 7:19pm
by Paul Gerke
GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast provided a collaborative environment to tackle the toughest parts of connecting projects to the grid.



DOE to commit $366M for rural & remote clean energy
27 Feb 2024 at 5:42pm
by Renewable Energy World
This funding, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will support a variety of energy projects in rural and remote regions, such as building microgrids for community health centers or constructing a new hydroelectric facility on Tribal lands to improve access to energy.



SunPower undergoing CEO shakeup
27 Feb 2024 at 5:01pm
by Renewable Energy World
SunPower announced its CEO Peter Faricy has departed the company, with the board working to identify a replacement. In the interim, the board has established an Office of the Chairman, led by Tom Werner, Executive Chairman of the Board and newly appointed Principal Executive Officer.



DOE to commit $24M for clean energy workforce training
26 Feb 2024 at 10:07pm
by Renewable Energy World
This funding, from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Is meant to further expand the existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) network to include more union training programs, community colleges, and trade schools.




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