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FEMA proposes change to building code that could increase cost of ground-mounted solar
7 Oct 2022 at 6:03pm
by Billy Ludt
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has issued countermeasures for a change to the 2024 International Building Code that could increase the costs and inspection requirements of ground-mounted solar projects. FEMA has proposed raising the risk category for ground-mounted solar from risk category I — which includes buildings that represent a “low hazard to human… The post FEMA proposes change to building code that could increase cost of ground-mounted solar appeared first on Solar Power World.

Bucknell University ready to turn on 1.76-MW solar array
7 Oct 2022 at 11:16am
by Kelly Pickerel
Solar installer Encore Renewable Energy completed a 1.76-MW solar project for Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The array should supply up to 7% of the university’s electricity. “Bucknell has been actively seeking solar opportunities in an effort to achieve goals found in the University’s sustainability plan,” said Bucknell President John Bravman. “We are pleased to… The post Bucknell University ready to turn on 1.76-MW solar array appeared first on Solar Power World.

DOE calls for increased cybersecurity measures in preparation for rapid distributed energy growth
6 Oct 2022 at 7:14pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a long-term evaluation of the cybersecurity considerations associated with distributed energy resources (DER), such as distributed solar, storage and other clean energy technologies, and the potential risks to the electric grid over the next ten years. The study finds that while a cyberattack on today’s DER systems would… The post DOE calls for increased cybersecurity measures in preparation for rapid distributed energy growth appeared first on Solar Power World.

Norwich Solar celebrates 500-kW solar install for Vermont drug store
6 Oct 2022 at 5:33pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Norwich Solar celebrated completion of its 45th community solar installation earlier this summer in Fairlee, Vermont. The 500-kWAC ground mount system will provide Kinney Drugs with solar net metering credits. The array is located in Green Mountain Power territory. The new solar array is tucked behind the Fairlee Drive-In Theater and is not visible from… The post Norwich Solar celebrates 500-kW solar install for Vermont drug store appeared first on Solar Power World.

Leeward Renewable Energy starts construction on 100-MW North Carolina solar project
6 Oct 2022 at 4:01pm
by Billy Ludt
Construction has commenced on Leeward Renewable Energy‘s Oak Trail Solar facility near Moyock, North Carolina. LRE will sell the 100 MW of renewable energy generated at Oak Trail Solar to Verizon Communications under a long-term power purchase agreement. “Verizon is committed to protecting our planet by supporting the production of renewable energy and the transition… The post Leeward Renewable Energy starts construction on 100-MW North Carolina solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Treasury seeks public input on clean energy provisions in Inflation Reduction Act
5 Oct 2022 at 6:30pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued six Notices requesting public input on key climate and clean energy tax incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act. The Notices mark a key first step in the formal process of implementing the landmark legislation, which puts the United States within reach… The post Treasury seeks public input on clean energy provisions in Inflation Reduction Act appeared first on Solar Power World.

Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure plans 40-MW Minnesota solar project
5 Oct 2022 at 2:07pm
by Billy Ludt
Allied Solar, a new joint venture between Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure (GSI) and SolarGen today plan to develop a 40-MW utility-scale solar park on approximately 200 acres of privately-owned land in Alexandria, Minnesota. The proposed project will provide renewable energy to power at least 7,600 homes within the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) territory. GSI is… The post Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure plans 40-MW Minnesota solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

October solar policy snapshots A guide to recent legislation and research throughout the country.
5 Oct 2022 at 11:50am
by Kelsey Misbrener
Newsom signs bill requiring California utilities to create community solar programs Sacramento, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2316, which requires large utilities to create community renewable energy programs that pair community solar with storage to help the state overcome clean energy access barriers. The law was supported by a diverse coalition of supporters — including… The post October solar policy snapshots <br><span style='color:#404040;font-weight:600;font-size:15px;'>A guide to recent legislation and research throughout the country.</span> appeared first on Solar Power World.

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.


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A look at Duke Energy’s plan for hydrogen, renewables, advanced nuclear
7 Oct 2022 at 3:03pm
by Kevin Clark
The company said it plans to increase capital investment for its seven regulated utilities to $145 billion over the next decade. $40 billion of that total would be for investments in zero-carbon generation sources, such as renewables, battery storage resources and hydrogen-powered natural gas technologies. It would also include extending the life of its nuclear fleet.

The lights went out. What NREL did next would make MacGyver proud
7 Oct 2022 at 2:59pm
by Renewable Energy World
NREL’s approach makes it possible to assemble devices into a microgrid relying on just renewable energy and amateur electrical experience—perfect for recoveries in a pinch.

Electricity cheaper than natural gas for home heating in British Columbia
7 Oct 2022 at 9:00am
by Elizabeth Ingram
In British Columbia, home heat powered by electricity (mostly hydro) is the most cost-effective option, but consumers believe natural gas is less expensive.

GE laying off hundreds from onshore wind unit, report says
6 Oct 2022 at 3:53pm
by John Engel
General Electric plans to lay off hundreds of workers from its onshore wind unit, including 20% of employees based in the United States, as part of a strategy overhaul, according to a report from Reuters.

Rooftop solar notches win in Mississippi
6 Oct 2022 at 1:59pm
by Associated Press Editors
Some lower-income customers who pay most of the cost of installing a system such as rooftop solar panels could receive a $3,000 rebate from their power company.

Wind speeds play a big part in setting ERCOT wholesale power prices
6 Oct 2022 at 12:46pm
by Renewable Energy World
The wide range of simulated peak prices reflects ERCOT’s wholesale market design.

New British PM promises era of renewable self-sufficiency
6 Oct 2022 at 9:00am
by Jemma King
Once dubbed Queen of the NIMBYs, the new British PM signaled surprising (and good) feelings toward renewables.

Clean energy is popular but NIMBYism remains potent. What gives?
6 Oct 2022 at 9:00am
by John Engel
For all the IRA promises to do to fuel clean energy deployment, the law doesn't cure the industry's persistent NIMBY problem.

ONE plans $1.6b spend for 20 GWh battery cell plant
5 Oct 2022 at 4:36pm
by Renewable Energy World
The company’s battery technology is aimed at increasing the range of electric vehicles to more than 600 miles on a single charge. 

Meyer Burger launches a capital raise program to ‘seize the opportunity’
5 Oct 2022 at 4:00pm
by Renewable Energy World
A recent supply deal along with favorable market conditions led the company to launch its bid to raise capital to fund its expansion plans.


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