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This Colorado community solar deal includes public housing PV investment

This Colorado community solar deal includes public housing PV investment

May 13, 2021 at 3:02 pm 0 comments

Johnson Controls, GRID Alternatives Colorado and Capital Dynamics will finance, operate and maintain a 2-MW community solar garden for the Housing Authority for the City of Pueblo (HACP) Colorado. One of six contracted projects, this will be a ground-mounted PV system large enough to power 200 households annually. The energy capacityRead More

Blockchain startup debuts peer-to-peer solar energy transaction platform

Blockchain startup debuts peer-to-peer solar energy transaction platform

May 13, 2021 at 12:43 pm 0 comments

Candela Coin is a cryptocurrency that allows holders to take part in the first ever decentralized blockchain based peer-to-peer transactive solar energy system. The company pictures people across the globe being able to transfer solar energy to others in their communities using Candela coin as a medium of exchange. SolarRead More

A solar showcase is coming to the coalfields of Central Appalachia via Sun Tribe

A solar showcase is coming to the coalfields of Central Appalachia via Sun Tribe

May 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

Via Energy News Network: When Danny Van Clief chose a career in solar energy, he wasn’t seeking a turbulence-free glide path. Instead, the CEO of Sun Tribe Development wanted the freedom to jump with both feet into formidable challenges — ones that might spook other developers. That pluck has landedRead More

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Solar Farm 2.0 nearing completion

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Solar Farm 2.0 nearing completion

May 13, 2021 at 11:57 am 0 comments

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Facilities & Services (F&S) announces the final stage of completion for Solar Farm 2.0, totaling 12.3 MW (DC), with the planting phase of the farm’s pollinator habitat commencing this month. The project is the second solar farm constructed at the U of I and achievesRead More

Growth Industry: Agrivoltaics gives new life to solar energy values such as harvest, yield and connection

Growth Industry: Agrivoltaics gives new life to solar energy values such as harvest, yield and connection

May 12, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Boston-based BlueWave Solar has always aimed higher. The certified B Corp. (a business designation that sets higher standards for balancing profit with purpose) started out in 2010 with a focus on community solar and has since become a big proponent of agrivoltaics or “dual-use” solar. It has a few dual-useRead More

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DCE, Vesper Energy sign PPA for California’s Deer Creek Solar + Storage project

May 12, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Desert Community Energy (DCE) and Vesper Energy announce that they have entered into a 20-year PPA for solar energy and battery storage. DCE will purchase all of the energy produced from the Deer Creek 50 MW Solar + 200 MWh Storage project. The Deer Creek Solar + Storage project isRead More

Pivot Energy, Standard Solar teaming up on three Colorado community solar projects

Pivot Energy, Standard Solar teaming up on three Colorado community solar projects

May 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm 0 comments

Pivot Energy, Colorado’s largest community solar developer, and Standard Solar, Inc., announced the development of three new community solar projects in Colorado. Two projects are located in Garfield County and the third in Jefferson County. The projects in total represent four megawatts of new clean and abundant solar energy andRead More

GAF Energy’s solar roofing manufacturing is coming to the United States

GAF Energy’s solar roofing manufacturing is coming to the United States

May 11, 2021 at 1:10 pm 0 comments

GAF Energy, a leading provider of roof-integrated solar solutions, has leased and begun critical improvements on a 112,000-square-foot facility in San Jose, California. Once construction is complete, the new facility will serve as the company’s center for research and development and manufacturing, bringing traditionally off-shored solar manufacturing to the U.S.Read More

Iron flow battery company ESS Inc. goes public after ACON S2 Acquisition Corp. merger

Iron flow battery company ESS Inc. goes public after ACON S2 Acquisition Corp. merger

May 11, 2021 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

ESS Tech, Inc. and ACON S2 Acquisition Corp. have entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination that will result in ESS becoming a publicly listed company. Founded in 2011, ESS began with a mission to develop the cleanest, lowest-cost long-duration energy storage systems on the market. ESS developedRead More

Utilities can save up to 41% with smart charging technologies, Pecan Street finds

Utilities can save up to 41% with smart charging technologies, Pecan Street finds

May 11, 2021 at 11:22 am 0 comments

Pecan Street’s new Charging Smart whitepaper concludes that utilities can save up to 41% on serving their residential electric vehicle charging loads by deploying smart charging technologies. Charging Smart analyzes future residential EV charging scenarios to identify opportunities and challenges for the grid and makes policy recommendations for utilities on how to advance smartRead More