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New community solar install marks milestone for ComEd
2 Feb 2023 at 4:12pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
ComEd and Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) have announced the opening of the 75th community solar development in ComEd’s service territory. The 2.5-MW Speedway Solar project 10 miles south of Joliet, Illinois, will provide more than 350 ComEd customers with access to the benefits of solar energy and savings on their energy bills. “The completion of… The post New community solar install marks milestone for ComEd appeared first on Solar Power World.

Enphase will release its own bidirectional EV charger
2 Feb 2023 at 1:32pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Enphase Energy is getting into the bidirectional EV charger game, after successfully demonstrating its vehicle-to-home and -grid functionality . Enphase acquired ClipperCreek EV chargers in 2021. The company’s new bidirectional charger product will use Enphase grid-forming IQ8 microinverters and the Ensemble energy management technology. The charger is expected to work with most EVs that support… The post Enphase will release its own bidirectional EV charger appeared first on Solar Power World.

Illinois solar contractor showcases successful apprenticeship program
2 Feb 2023 at 12:57pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Illinois solar contractor Rethink Electric recently began its 2023 apprenticeship program. This year’s class is its largest to date with 23 apprentices. “The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) signed by Gov. Pritzker in 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Biden in 2022 both contribute greatly to the current momentum in the… The post Illinois solar contractor showcases successful apprenticeship program appeared first on Solar Power World.

Renewable Properties is developing 30 MW of solar to benefit low-income Californians
1 Feb 2023 at 3:20pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Renewable Properties announced it has signed PPAs for five projects with PG&E that will bring the benefits of clean solar energy to California households that can’t install solar onsite. Totaling nearly 30 MW, the five solar projects are part of California’s Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CS-GT) programs enacted by Assembly Bill… The post Renewable Properties is developing 30 MW of solar to benefit low-income Californians appeared first on Solar Power World.

PlanHub updates software platform to simplify preconstruction tasks
1 Feb 2023 at 3:08pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
PlanHub has announced the expansion of its end-to-end general contractors’ platform. The simplified, cloud-based tool will be a one-stop shop to help general contractors improve collaboration with subcontractors and material suppliers, find new projects, request, receive and select quality bids, qualify subcontractors and create winning proposals. The expanded platform aims to simplify preconstruction. General contractors… The post PlanHub updates software platform to simplify preconstruction tasks appeared first on Solar Power World.

Tigo declares legal victory in SunSpec rapid shutdown patent challenge
1 Feb 2023 at 2:15pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
While the SunSpec Alliance celebrated the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) accepting two rapid shutdown patent challenges out of 18 in its Final Written Order on January 26, Tigo Energy is declaring victory since the majority of challenges were rejected. Tigo Energy said the USPTO has denied a SunSpec Alliance challenge to the validity… The post Tigo declares legal victory in SunSpec rapid shutdown patent challenge appeared first on Solar Power World.

Hanwha will buy all of REC Silicon’s polysilicon coming out of Moses Lake for next 10 years
1 Feb 2023 at 1:23pm
by Kelly Pickerel
REC Silicon just announced that 100% of its polysilicon product at its Moses Lake factory will go to Hanwha Solutions for the next 10 years. The polysilicon factory in Washington has been dormant since being priced out of the Chinese market. Last year, Hanwha Solutions became the largest shareholder in REC Silicon, and its solar… The post Hanwha will buy all of REC Silicon’s polysilicon coming out of Moses Lake for next 10 years appeared first on Solar Power World.

Earthjustice challenges MISO rule that restricts renewable ancillary services
1 Feb 2023 at 1:19pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Earthjustice has filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on behalf of SEIA challenging a rule that prohibits renewables from providing ancillary services. Ancillary services help grid operators maintain a reliable electricity system, balance supply and demand, ensure reliability during extreme weather events and help the system recover after a power system… The post Earthjustice challenges MISO rule that restricts renewable ancillary services appeared first on Solar Power World.

Belinus solar panels from Belgium are now available to U.S. market
1 Feb 2023 at 12:59pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Belgian solar product manufacturer Belinus is bringing its line of all-black solar panels to the U.S. market. Belinus has been making solar panels and energy storage systems for the residential market since 2015 and currently operates in more than 10 countries. The company has a 2.25-GW annual solar panel manufacturing capacity. Belinus offers high-efficiency, ultra-black,… The post Belinus solar panels from Belgium are now available to U.S. market appeared first on Solar Power World.

Arkansas school district almost fully powered by large ground-mount solar project
31 Jan 2023 at 6:05pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
El Dorado School District (ESD) School Board and faculty members gathered to celebrate the district’s newly constructed 1.75-MWAC solar array. The project will offset 88% of the district’s energy usage and expenses, saving ESD over $128,000 annually in energy costs. ESD entered into a Solar Services Agreement (SSA) with Entegrity, an energy efficiency and solar… The post Arkansas school district almost fully powered by large ground-mount solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Duke Energy seeks 4-GW expansion on renewable energy program
31 Jan 2023 at 2:29pm
by Billy Ludt
Duke Energy has proposed an expansion to its Green Source Advantage (GSA) program, giving customers the option to supplement their power usage with 100% renewable power — and the ability to pair renewable projects with energy storage. Details for the GSA Choice program were outlined in a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. “Many… The post Duke Energy seeks 4-GW expansion on renewable energy program appeared first on Solar Power World.

Generac to release Level 2 home EV charger later this year
31 Jan 2023 at 1:17pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Generac Power Systems announced it is releasing its first residential EV charging system. The 48-amp/11.5-kW Generac EV charger is a Level 2 home charger that is in a NEMA-4 enclosure, making it rated for both indoor and outdoor installation. The unit’s J1772 connector is out-of-the-box compatible with nearly all EVs on the market today. “We’ve… The post Generac to release Level 2 home EV charger later this year appeared first on Solar Power World.


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Renewable Properties and PG&E ink PPAs for community solar projects
2 Feb 2023 at 4:14pm
by Renewable Energy World
Totaling nearly 30 MW, the five solar projects are part of California’s Disadvantaged Communities and Community Solar Green Tariff programs.

Fight over rapid shutdown patents for solar PV has both sides claiming victory
2 Feb 2023 at 3:02pm
by Renewable Energy World
The fight was over rapid shutdown technology, a safety function for rooftop mounted solar photovoltaic systems.

This microgrid can power an entire North Carolina town during an outage
2 Feb 2023 at 2:51pm
by John Engel
During its testing phase, Duke Energy’s microgrid was able to pick up the town’s entire load from a black start without any help from the energy grid.

Maine regulators allow wind, utility project to move forward
1 Feb 2023 at 4:42pm
by Associated Press Editors
The unanimous vote by the Maine Public Utilities Commission on two projects bearing a net cost of $1.8 billion comes after Massachusetts endorsed the proposal, becoming a partner on the 1,000-megawatt project and allowing the costs to be shared by a larger pool of ratepayers.

ChargePoint and Stem to pair EV charging with energy storage
1 Feb 2023 at 3:40pm
by Renewable Energy World
The companies hope to lower operating costs, improve resiliency, and help achieve sustainability goals by leveraging EV charging and energy storage with AI-drive energy management software.

Solar PPA prices keep rising, but wind gets some relief
1 Feb 2023 at 3:37pm
by John Engel
Prices for solar power purchase agreements continued their push higher to end 2022 in North America, a sign that an already tight offtake market was again hampered by supply chain constraints and trade disputes.

OPG cleared to use Percepto drone to monitor dam at hydroelectric station
1 Feb 2023 at 2:59pm
by Elizabeth Ingram
PTransport Canada has approved Ontario Power Generation Inc. to operate Percepto's drone-in-a-box solution at McConnell Lake Control Dam.

Amazon procured 8.3 GW of renewable energy in 2022
31 Jan 2023 at 3:38pm
by Renewable Energy World
Amazon continued its renewable energy buying spree in 2022, cementing the company yet again as the global leader in clean energy procurement.

Duke Energy’s N.C. coal plants more expensive to run than building new solar farms, report finds
31 Jan 2023 at 3:13pm
by Renewable Energy World
Duke Energy could save customers money by swiftly shutting down its coal plants and replacing them with a mix of solar and energy storage, a report found.

How solar surge saved Europe from the energy crisis
31 Jan 2023 at 3:06pm
by Renewable Energy World
While both wind and solar generated more than a fifth of EU electricity in 2022, it was solar power that made the biggest impact.


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