Sustainability

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April is Sustainability month on Solar Builder, sponsored by Rolls Battery. Here you will find news and insights covering more sustainable approaches to solar site development, like agrivoltaics, zero-waste / recycling and more.

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Environmental justice priorities added to new SEIA policy platform

Environmental justice priorities added to new SEIA policy platform

April 19, 2021 at 12:13 pm 0 comments

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) unveiled its environmental justice priorities in a new policy platform that will inform the organization’s advocacy efforts. The document lays out policies that expand access to clean energy and create industry jobs and workforce development training. It includes possible tax, climate, energy access andRead More

Comparison shopping could unlock community solar

Comparison shopping could unlock community solar

April 19, 2021 at 10:43 am 0 comments

Community solar is a growing, important segment of the solar industry that still struggles at efficiently gathering said communities. At last count by NREL, community solar projects are located in 39 states, and 20 states have policies that support it. That’s all pretty good! But about 74 percent of theRead More

Stormwater troopers: Vegetation is crucial for erosion control on solar projects

Stormwater troopers: Vegetation is crucial for erosion control on solar projects

April 15, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Maintaining stormwater quality and erosion control during solar project construction is not only required for regulatory compliance on many projects built across the United States, but performing these tasks effectively can also have positive long-term operational implications. The task is so important, McCarthy Building Companies has an entire position dedicatedRead More

Social, environmental justice grow as renewable RFP requirements, says LevelTen Energy

Social, environmental justice grow as renewable RFP requirements, says LevelTen Energy

April 14, 2021 at 11:57 am 0 comments

LevelTen Energy released its Q1 2021 PPA Price Index, which includes the latest wind and solar prices for North America and Europe on the world’s largest renewable PPA marketplace. LevelTen also released the results of its Marketplace Developer Survey showing that corporate preferences for social and environmental justice are shapingRead More

Astral Power selected for Solarize Chatham community solar campaign

Astral Power selected for Solarize Chatham community solar campaign

April 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm 0 comments

The New York town of Chatham selected Astral Power for its upcoming Solarize Campaign. The Chatham Climate Smart Community task force spent several months developing a plan for a Community Solar outreach campaign and “we couldn’t be more proud to be chosen,” says Cara Humphrey, VP of Sales & StrategyRead More

Start the (re)cycle: Zero-waste solar construction and end-of-life plans

Start the (re)cycle: Zero-waste solar construction and end-of-life plans

April 8, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Solar projects aren’t inherently homeruns for the environment in terms of waste. Jobsites are packed with product packaging and leftover material, and, of course, decommissioned panels loom as a landfill crisis down the road. Luckily, solar contractors and developers can overcome these potential issues if they do one thing: Try.Read More

First U.S. solar sites built over cranberry bogs to be developed by end of 2021

First U.S. solar sites built over cranberry bogs to be developed by end of 2021

April 7, 2021 at 8:43 am 0 comments

Pine Gate Renewables has closed financing on two new dual-use solar projects that will bring 9 MW of solar energy and storage to the community of Carver, Mass., while also maintaining the ground for cranberry farming. These are Pine Gate’s first projects in the state of Massachusetts and will addRead More

Don’t count out coal (April Fools!)

Don’t count out coal (April Fools!)

April 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The speed and scope of the energy transition to renewables will pick up pace over the next two to three years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021. Solar and battery storage adoption is enjoying almost exponential growth, and wind and solarRead More

BlueWave Solar sells agrivoltaic solar project in Maine to Navisun

BlueWave Solar sells agrivoltaic solar project in Maine to Navisun

March 29, 2021 at 11:04 am 0 comments

BlueWave Solar, a Boston-based solar developer and community solar service provider, announced the sale of a 4.2 MW, 10 acre agrivoltaic solar project on a wild (lowbush) blueberry farm in Rockport, Maine to Navisun, a solar power producer that owns and operates distributed and small utility-scale solar projects. Having successfully developed over 130Read More

September 25, 2020 - Byron Kominek, owner of Jack’s Solar Garden in Longmont, Colo., drives a tractor away following a kickoff event for the farm. Jack’s is one of 30 agrivoltaics research sites being studied by the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) research partners at NREL and Colorado State University as part of the Innovative Site Preparation and Impact Reductions on the Environment (InSPIRE) project. (Photo by Werner Slocum / NREL)

This agrivoltaics solar project from Namasté Solar, Solar FlexRack is packed with great concepts

March 17, 2021 at 10:14 am 0 comments

Jack’s Solar Garden is a 1.2 MW solar farm project and the largest agrivoltaic research project in the U.S., located in Boulder County, Colorado. Jack’s is a community solar garden that produces enough power for over 300 homes, and it sits on five acres of farmland for the dual use of agricultureRead More