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A remote village on Puerto Rico gains a solar-based microgrid

After Hurricane Maria struck, the village of Castañer was without electricity for six months. Now, a solar and battery storage microgrid will support businesses that offer essential goods and services. March 22, 2021 David Wagman A rural village in a mountainous part of Puerto Rico was selected to receive support for a solar energy microgrid …

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RFP alert: Puerto Rico launches first of six calls for renewables and storage

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has been ordered to procure a total of 3.75 GW or renewables and 1.5 GW of energy storage. February 23, 2021 Joe Bebon Image: Pixabay The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has officially kicked off a massive call for new renewable energy and storage over the next three …

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Morning Brief: FERC loses commissioner with no replacements in sight, Improving utility-scale bifacial modeling

Also in the brief: Puerto Rico chooses solar over gas in grid redesign, U.S. clean power giants to join forces to build lobbying muscle. September 8, 2020 Eric Wesoff Image: Wikimedia Commons Improving utility-scale bifacial modeling best practices: Researchers from Array Technologies, PV Lighthouse, and CFV Labs recently concluded a long-term bifacial solar field study. …

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Morning Brief: PV plant providing grid ancillary services in Chile, Capital Dynamics to develop nine batteries

Also in the brief: Global Energy Generation’ proposed 4,500-acre Mammoth Solar project in Pulaski County, Indiana, may have a role to play in Winamac’s revitalization efforts, Dominion Energy acquired a solar power project in Orange County, the laws that prevent carbon cutting and more. August 21, 2020 Eric Wesoff The Luz del Norte solar plant …

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Puerto Rico citizens’ groups challenge utility plan for 500 MW of temporary generation

At least two renewable energy firms decided not to bid on the utility’s procurement, which calls for generation equipment with a 90% capacity factor. A former chairman of the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau also comments on the plan, and shares his vision of Puerto Rico reaching 100% renewables by 2030. May 26, 2020 William Driscoll …

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Southeast US adds 427 MW of distributed solar in 2019, as advocates press for more

Florida led the region for small-scale installations, while Maryland kept the lead on a per-capita basis. Solar advocates look to improve opportunities for distributed solar throughout the region in 2020. January 23, 2020 William Driscoll Solar installers put up 427 MWac of small-scale PV systems in the 12 months ended last October, in the Southeastern …

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Morning Brief: Virginia fills third-party pilot, S.C. House calls for Santee Cooper to go clean

Hello one and all and welcome to the first morning brief of your work week. Today we have BoxPower delivering microgrids to earthquake-affected communities in Puerto Rico, and Sullivan Power winning an award for its UC Irvine installation. January 19, 2020 Tim Sylvia Image: Boxpower Virginia third-party solar pilot full: Established in 2013, the state …

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Morning Brief: EV expansion in New Jersey, Visa is 100% renewable

Hello readers and welcome to another Hump Day morning brief. Today we’ve got Pepsico going 100% renewable, Sonnedix closing $15 million financing in Puerto Rico, JLC Infrastructure buying out Greenskies and more! January 15, 2020 Tim Sylvia NJ likely to pass EV law: Starting off in the Garden State, which by all accounts is set …

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Here’s how utilities use their resource plans to block solar power

At least seven utilities chose to bias their resource modeling against solar in 2019. The good news is that transparent utility modeling could fix the problem. December 23, 2019 William Driscoll Every one of the seven utility resource plans that pv magazine covered in depth this year was biased against solar. Utilities used common techniques …

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Montana utility wants gas units; Sierra Club suspects biased modeling

In developing its resource plan, NorthWestern Energy apparently used modeling assumptions that favor gas-fired generation, says the Sierra Club. The group has filed a legal motion requesting access to the modeling inputs, and to the model itself. November 6, 2019 William Driscoll Northwestern Energy, which serves most Montana residents, has submitted a resource plan that …

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