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There’s a push in Brooklyn to turn its microgrid into a local energy marketplace via blockchain

There’s a push in Brooklyn to turn its microgrid into a local energy marketplace via blockchain

October 22, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Brooklyn residents have launched a campaign via Change.org to turn the Brooklyn Microgrid into a fully functioning Local Energy Marketplace, in a bid to help progress New York City’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). The Brooklyn Microgrid (BMG), which has been run by LO3 Energy as a test project sinceRead More

Over 200 mayors across the country urge Congress to extend the solar Investment Tax Credit

Over 200 mayors across the country urge Congress to extend the solar Investment Tax Credit

October 22, 2019 at 6:05 am 0 comments

  Solar investment is a local issue, which is why a bipartisan group of 231 mayors from Tacoma, Wash to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. sent a letter to Congress (see here) urging them to pass the Renewable Energy Extension Act and extend the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for five years.Read More

Largest floating solar array in U.S. now operational in this New Jersey water treatment facility

Largest floating solar array in U.S. now operational in this New Jersey water treatment facility

October 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm 1 comment

With a strong desire to reduce both energy costs and the town’s carbon footprint, Sayreville, N.J., issued a public RFP in late 2015 calling for developers to provide bids for a solar installation under a power purchase agreement (PPA) to offset power use at the water treatment facility and relatedRead More

Solar PPA prices have dropped 5 percent versus third quarter 2018 in LevelTen’s PPA Price Index report

Solar PPA prices have dropped 5 percent versus third quarter 2018 in LevelTen’s PPA Price Index report

October 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm 0 comments

Each quarter, the LevelTen Energy PPA Price Index provides an in-depth look at average offer prices for wind and solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) submitted on the LevelTen Marketplace. Here are some takeaways from this quarter. Price impacts Annual change from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019: Solar prices have droppedRead More

New Hampshire’s Stone Church Music Club will save $100,000 over 20 years thanks to solar system

New Hampshire’s Stone Church Music Club will save $100,000 over 20 years thanks to solar system

October 21, 2019 at 11:58 am 0 comments

The Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket, N.H., celebrated the installation of a 26 kW rooftop solar array that will produce 32 MWh of electricity and reduce the carbon emmisions by over 30 thousand pounds per year. The system was installed by ReVision Energy of Brentwood N.H. The system is expectedRead More

SenseHawk says it benchmarked the condition of this 780-MW solar site in record time (less than three weeks)

SenseHawk says it benchmarked the condition of this 780-MW solar site in record time (less than three weeks)

October 21, 2019 at 11:45 am 0 comments

SenseHawk, a leader in AI-powered software for the entire solar lifecycle, benchmarked the condition of 2.5 million solar modules at one of the world’s largest solar sites, the Kamuthi Solar Power Project in India, with its drones and cloud-based software in less than three weeks, which the company says isRead More

TerraSmart hosting a panel on how to avoid frost jacking at New York open house

TerraSmart hosting a panel on how to avoid frost jacking at New York open house

October 21, 2019 at 11:32 am 0 comments

With solar developments increasing across regions that are susceptible to frost heave, developers and asset owners’ need to know what understand best practices for solar projects in frost susceptible soils.  At its second annual open house at its Northeast operational hub in Albany, N.Y., TerraSmart will have a panel ofRead More

Acciona enters U.S. solar market with big project development portfolio buy from Tenaska

Acciona enters U.S. solar market with big project development portfolio buy from Tenaska

October 21, 2019 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Spain-based renewable energy infrastructure company Acciona signed an agreement with Tenaska to acquire a portfolio of greenfield photovoltaic (PV) solar and energy storage projects in the U.S. The development portfolio comprises approximately 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. The transaction includes 20Read More

Pittsburgh International Airport makes solar part of a microgrid that will power the entire facility

Pittsburgh International Airport makes solar part of a microgrid that will power the entire facility

October 21, 2019 at 10:37 am 0 comments

Pittsburgh International Airport is redefining how airports of the future will be powered. For the first time in the U.S., a major airport will be completely powered by its own microgrid with the use of its own on-site natural gas wells and solar panels. The first-of-its kind model will increaseRead More

WeatherPower tool can divide its solar electricity production estimates by Congressional district

WeatherPower tool can divide its solar electricity production estimates by Congressional district

October 16, 2019 at 2:01 pm 0 comments

Science and news organization Climate Central announced the release of its updated WeatherPower tool, which creates localized, graphical estimates of wind- and solar-generated electricity for every state, county, media market, and congressional district in the U.S. WeatherPower estimates the electricity produced locally (yesterday, today, and tomorrow) by combining data onRead More