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CleanCapital acquires 63 MW of operating solar projects via Manulife commitment

CleanCapital acquires 63 MW of operating solar projects via Manulife commitment

April 21, 2021 at 8:52 am 0 comments

CleanCapital inked a corporate investment from Manulife Investment Management to grow its portfolio of clean energy assets. Manulife Investment Management’s $300 million commitment was sourced for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company balance sheet as well as third party managed accounts. CleanCapital will use the investment from Manulife to accelerateRead More

National Grid Renewables signs three PPAs for Noble Project in Texas

National Grid Renewables signs three PPAs for Noble Project in Texas

April 20, 2021 at 4:33 pm 0 comments

As part of this year’s Earth Day celebration, National Grid Renewables has signed three solar PPAs for the Noble Project currently under construction in Denton County, Texas. Noble consists of 275 MW of solar and 125 MWh of battery storage. The Home Depot and NRG have both executed individual 100 MW solarRead More

CS Energy, Doosan GridTech designing hybrid power system under MA-SMART program

CS Energy, Doosan GridTech designing hybrid power system under MA-SMART program

April 20, 2021 at 2:56 pm 0 comments

CS Energy and Doosan GridTech have been chosen to design, build and operate a community solar + storage system in New England. This 5.1 MW-PV/2.5 MW hybrid power system would be among the first DC-coupled configurations installed under the Massachusetts SMART and Clean Peak Standard (CPS) program. CS Energy was namedRead More

Bucknell University adding a solar array via Encore Renewable Energy

Bucknell University adding a solar array via Encore Renewable Energy

April 20, 2021 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Bucknell University has partnered with Encore Renewable Energy of Burlington, Vt, to install a 1.6 peak MW solar array on approximately seven acres of University-owned land beyond Bucknell’s West Athletic Field and Art Barn, near the 12th fairway of Bucknell Golf Club. Encore will provideRead More

DESRI turns on 180-MW Cove Mountain solar projects in Utah

DESRI turns on 180-MW Cove Mountain solar projects in Utah

April 20, 2021 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments’ (DESRI) 180 MWac Cove Mountain solar projects in Iron County, Utah have begun commercial operation. Cove Mountain and Cove Mountain 2 have long-term PPA’s with PacifiCorp on behalf of Facebook, providing Facebook’s data center operations with new solar resources. Swinerton Renewable Energy constructed the projects. CoveRead More

Solar farm will save Kendall County, Illinois $160,000 per year

Solar farm will save Kendall County, Illinois $160,000 per year

April 20, 2021 at 10:39 am 0 comments

Kendall County, Ill., officials say its 2.1 MW Solar Farm is fully energized and performing as expected. The Solar Farm is located on a vacant 7.4-acre parcel at the Government Center Complex in Yorkville, IL. The solar farm will generate over 3,000 MWh per year, and provide power to the Public SafetyRead More

Case study: California home adds 68-kWh of storage capacity in massive PV system upgrade

Case study: California home adds 68-kWh of storage capacity in massive PV system upgrade

April 20, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Since 2019 when PG&E enacted the Public Safety Power Shutoff program, California’s aging electrical grid has become so unstable that many California homeowners regularly lose power for extended periods. The idyllic area of La Jolla, near San Diego, is no exception to the outages. Santa Ana winds in February 2021Read More

Large, long-term solar customer survey shows value in old, cold leads

Large, long-term solar customer survey shows value in old, cold leads

April 20, 2021 at 9:43 am 0 comments

SolarReviews and UC Berkeley’s BEACN consulting group analyzed findings from more than 400,000 U.S. homeowners who submitted a request for a quote from SolarReviews.com between 2016 and 2020 and released their findings in celebration of Earth Week 2021. The Solar Consumer Insights Report relays quantifiable insight into the key driversRead More

Crown Battery signs up for AEP Energy’s new Integrated Renewable Energy option

Crown Battery signs up for AEP Energy’s new Integrated Renewable Energy option

April 19, 2021 at 3:48 pm 0 comments

AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power signed an agreement with the Fremont, Ohio-based Crown Battery Manufacturing Co. to provide clean energy through the company’s Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution. AEP Energy will supply the company with clean energy through IRE – a long-term, fixed price retail energy option thatRead More

Solar panel cleaning tech from Superclean Glass a finalist in DOE’s American-Made Solar Prize

Solar panel cleaning tech from Superclean Glass a finalist in DOE’s American-Made Solar Prize

April 19, 2021 at 3:32 pm 0 comments

Superclean Glass, Inc., a company that uses a solar panel-cleaning technology developed at Stony Brook University and a start-up mentored by the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook, has been named a finalist in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Solar Prize for 2021. Superclean Glass was oneRead More