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Hurricane-resistant solar and energy storage microgrid to be built in Puerto Rico

The Enel X-constructed microgrid will power project partner Eaton’s manufacturing operations. October 6, 2021 Ryan Kennedy Power management company Eaton has partnered with Enel X for a second joint microgrid project in Puerto Rico. The solar-plus-storage facility is intended to support Eaton’s Las Piedras circuit breaker manufacturing plant, lessening the company’s reliance on the island’s …

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Mexico plans one of Latin America’s largest PV projects

The Mexican authorities are overseeing the development of a $2 billion PV project as part of a modernization plan involving the country’s state-owned utility, CFE. July 19, 2021 Jorge Zarco From pv magazine Global The Mexican government said it plans to develop what it claims will be Latin America’s largest PV plant. The array will …

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Polar Racking chosen by Branson group for St. Thomas solar rebuild

The 6.4 MW Donoe Solar Farm in St. Thomas, damaged in 2017, will use Polar’s PRU fixed-tilt racking system. April 16, 2021 Tim Sylvia Canadian solar mounting system supplier Polar Racking has been selected by BMR Energy as its racking & foundation supplier and mechanical installer to re-build the 6.4 megawatt Donoe Solar Farm in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Donoe Solar …

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The Dominican Republic’s largest solar installation will use Trina modules

Trina has shared that it will be supplying 268,200 430/450 W double-glass TSM-DEG17M modules to the 120 MW Sunflower Solar Park, set to be constructed in the country’s San Cristobal province. January 20, 2021 Tim Sylvia One of the largest solar installations in the Caribbean is set to be constructed using Trina Solar panels, according …

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Puerto Rico awaits first procurements to add 3.75 GW solar, 1.5 GW storage

Puerto Rico regulators ordered the utility PREPA to procure solar and storage, although the utility’s board chairman says the island’s grid can support only a fraction of the mandated amount. January 18, 2021 William Driscoll The Puerto Rico Energy Bureau ordered the utility PREPA to issue six procurements in the next 30 months, totaling 3.75 …

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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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The world added .115 terawatts of solar power in 2019 for a cumulative .629 terawatts

IEA PVPS report: Global solar demand increased by 12% in 2019 compared to 2018 — but that was BC. According to the report, photovoltaics provided just under 3% of global electricity needs in 2019. April 30, 2020 Sandra Enkhardt From pv magazine Germany Last year, the world added 114.9 GW of photovoltaic systems, the third …

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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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