Solar Energy

11.2-MW portfolio of community solar projects completed in Illinois

ENGIE North America and Solstice have completed an 11.2-MW portfolio of community solar projects in Commonwealth Edison service territory in Illinois. The projects are now open for enrollment to ComEd customers. “We are pleased to develop community solar projects that empower Illinois residents to take part in the clean energy transition,” says Luis Felipe Birolini, Head …

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WEC Energy Group proposes 200-MW solar + storage project in Wisconsin

WEC Energy Group proposed plans for a solar + storage project and if approved, the Paris Solar-Battery Park in Kenosha County would be the largest facility of its kind in Wisconsin. The facility features 200 MW of solar generation and 110 MW of battery storage, which can store solar-generated power and discharge it after sunset. …

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Exelon signs PPA on Sunpin Solar’s completed 98-MW California solar project

Sunpin Solar secured a 12-year PPA for its 98-MWdc Titan Solar 1 Power Plant with Exelon Generation Company, which supplies retail customers in California through its affiliate, Constellation NewEnergy. In addition, Sunpin announced that Morgan Stanley Capital Group is providing an 8-year financial hedge. The project began construction in January of 2020 and reached completion …

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Genie Solar Energy installs 57.5-kW PV array at New Jersey distribution center

Genie Solar Energy has completed a rooftop solar installation for Kraft Power, a generator and cogeneration systems provider. The 57.5-kW custom rooftop solar system was installed at Kraft Power’s distribution center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Genie Solar Energy installed a 57.5-kW array at Kraft Power’s Pompton Plains distribution center. Genie Solar Energy “Kraft Power …

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Origis Energy donates $25,000 to youth development nonprofit in project community

Origis Energy announced a $25,000 educational grant to A.S.P.I.R.E., a nonprofit youth development and mentoring organization in Twiggs County, Georgia. The Origis Energy grant stems from the company’s GA Solar 4 – Twiggs County Solar project and its commitment to making lasting contributions to the communities in which it works. GA Solar 4 is a …

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FIMER chooses APsystems as inverter rapid shutdown partner

FIMER has announced it is collaborating to pair its UNO-DM-PLUS-Q-US and PVS-60-TL-US string inverters for residential and C&I applications with the APsmart Photovoltaic Rapid Shutdown Equipment (PVRSE) from APsystems. The APsmart system by APsystems allows constant monitoring and communication between the RSD-S-PLC and Transmitter-PLC, which means that FIMER’s inverters now meet the mandatory rapid shutdown …

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The pros and cons of various module-level electronics in residential solar + storage systems

More electronics are being incorporated into residential rooftop solar systems all the time, mostly due to updates to the National Electrical Code (NEC). With evolving rapid shutdown requirements and a strong desire for module-level monitoring, inverter or optimizer choice becomes important when determining how a battery fits into a solar + storage system. An Enphase …

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Intel will purchase power from 138-MW solar project in PGE territory in Northern Oregon

Portland General Electric (PGE) will enter into a 15-year PPA with Avangrid Renewables for a 138-MW solar project being developed in Wasco County, Oregon. Technology company Intel will purchase the entirety of the power from the project, named Daybreak Solar. Since 2004, Intel has been the largest purchaser of PGE’s Green Future Enterprise (formerly Clean …

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Seattle Public Schools to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2040

On Feb. 11, the Board of Directors for Seattle Public Schools voted unanimously to pass a resolution committing the School District to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2040, which requires eliminating all use of fossil fuels in district electricity, heating, cooling, cooking and transportation. The resolution, initiated by Board Directors Zachary DeWolf …

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