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Saudi Solar Specialist Taqat Badeela Floating IPO (Int'l.)
Taqat Badeela
Date: 2021-11-22
Medina, Saudi Arabia based solar energy specialist Taqat Badeela has announced plans to sell up to 135,134 of its shares (21.28 pct) in an IPO. The subscription through the Afaq Financial Platform ends Feb. 3, 2022.

Taqat Badeela manufactures, installs and maintains solar panels and systems for both industry and residential applications. (Source: Taqat Badeela, Utilities Middle East, Nov., 2021) Contact: Taqat Badeela, +966 50 317 9626, www.taqatbadeela.com

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Lightsourebp's Elm Branche Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Lightsourcebp
Date: 2021-11-15
In the Lone Star State, Lightsourcebp is reporting its 163 MW, 360,000 solar panel equipped Elm Branch solar project -- roughly 40 miles south of Dallas -- has begun commercial operation under a power contract between L3Harris Technologies and Lightsource bp.

The agreement with L3Harris enabled Lightsource bp to finance and construct the solar project, which broke ground in January. Lightsource bp, owner and operator of the site, selected McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as the Engineer, Procure, and Construct (EPC) contractor for the solar project.

The solar power agreement between L3Harris and Lightsource bp is the equivalent of eliminating about 110,000 metric tpy of CO2 or removing 24,000 cars from the road every year. The . The agreement between L3Harris and Lightsource bp is for 100 MW of capacity and the environmental attributes. (Source: Lightsourcebp, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lightsourcebp Americas, Kevin Smith, CEO , www.lightsourcebp.com

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NIPSCO Expanding Renewables, Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report)
NIPSCO, NiSource,NextEra Energy
Date: 2021-11-15
Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of Merrilville, Indiana-based NiSource Inc., reports the groundbreaking of its first two Indiana-based solar projects -- Indiana Crossroads Solar and Dunns Bridge Solar I. Both projects are expected to be commissioned and online in 2022.

The 265-MW Dunns Bridge Solar I facility is located in Jasper County, Ind. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is constructing the project. Dunns Bridge Solar I will incorporate 900,000 solar panels and generate sufficient power for roughly 79,500 homes. The second phase of the project, Dunns Bridge Solar II, which will also be constructed by NextEra Energy Resources, will have 435 MW of solar paired with 75 MW of battery storage. Dunns Bridge Solar II will include an estimated 1,500,000 solar panels and is expected to be operational in 2023. NextEra Energy Resources will sell both completed projects to NIPSCO.

Indiana Crossroads Solar is a 200 MW solar farm located in White County, Ind. EDP Renewables North America is developing and constructing the project. The solar park will be a joint venture between NIPSCO and EDPR.

With these two solar projects, two completed wind farms and 10 more renewable projects planned or under construction, NIPSCO will have a total of 14 completed renewable projects by the end of 2023, as follows:

  • Rosewater Wind Farm -- 102 MW of wind, located in White County, Ind. (Complete

  • Jordan Creek Wind -- 400 MW of wind, located in Benton and Warren counties, Ind. (Complete)

  • Indiana Crossroads I Wind -- 300 MW of wind, located in White County, Ind. (2021)

  • Dunns Bridge Solar I -- 265 MW of solar, located in Jasper County, Ind. (2022)

  • Indiana Crossroads Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in White County, Ind. (2022)

  • Brickyard Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in Boone County, Ind. (2022)

  • Greensboro Solar -- 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of battery storage, located in Henry County, Ind. (2022)

  • Green River Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in Breckinridge and Meade counties, Ky. (2023)

  • Dunns Bridge Solar II -- 435 MW of solar and 75 MW of battery storage, located in Jasper County, Ind. (2023)

  • Cavalry Solar -- 200 MW of solar and 60 MW of battery storage, located in White County, Ind. (2023) Gibson Solar -- 280 MW of solar, located in Gibson County, Ind. (2023)

  • Fairbanks Solar -- 250 MW of solar, located in Sullivan County, Ind. (2023)

  • Indiana Crossroads II Wind -- 204 MW of wind, located in White County, Ind. (2023)

  • Elliot Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in Gibson County, Ind. (2023) (Source: NIPSCO, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Dunns Bridge Solar, www.DunnsBridgeSolar.com; NIPSCO, www.NIPSCO.com; NiSource, Joe Hamrock, Pres., CEO, www.nisource.com; NextEra Energy Partners LP, www.nexteraenergypartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NiSource,  NIPSCO,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  NextEra Energy,  


  • DOE Signals Major Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it has upgraded one million American homes with energy efficiency improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. Since 2001, the program has helped American homeowners and renters save $7.7 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions equivalent to a year's worth of 11 coal-fired power plants.

    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is a national home improvement program administered by the DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the energy efficiency of single-family and low-rise multifamily homes. It connects homeowners with a network of over 1,300 home performance contractors and utility and nonprofit energy efficiency program administrators to make upgrades that save energy and improve the comfort, health, and safety of their homes. Together with its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE has serviced almost eight million U.S. homes with the same home energy improvements that the transformative investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda will accelerate.

    Sponsors and their networks of contractors follow a proven "whole-house" approach set by DOE guidelines to assess and improve home energy use with the most comprehensive and economically feasible upgrades, such as sealing leaks to control outside air from entering the home, adding insulation, or installing a new clean heating and cooling system like an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump. Additional savings can be achieved by installing rooftop solar panels, EV chargers, or connected home products like smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust energy use. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest in the American workforce to ramp up the manufacturing of solar panels, wind farms, batteries and other clean energy technologies for export.

    Additionally, the EPA has launched new residential sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under-served residential households through its ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Program. With rebates for home weatherization and electrification in the President's Build Back Better agenda, these inter-agency efforts will provide consumers, utility programs and energy efficiency service providers with greater access to residential energy efficiency solutions and technologies, which will enable many more households to lower their energy burden, which is especially high for low-moderate income households. (Source: US DOE, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE, Building Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office; Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/home-performance-energy-starr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  ,  


    Duke Energy Florida Touts Solar Power Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In St. Petersburg, Duke Energy Florida reports its Duette Solar Power Plant in Manatee County is now online and fully operational .delivering on the company's commitment to expand its clean energy portfolio statewide. The 74.5-MW facility consists of approximately 227,000 single-axis tracking solar panels generating sufficient power for approximately 23,000 homes at peak production annually.

    The Duette facility is part of Duke Energy Florida's $1 billion investment to provide customers with 700 MW of clean energy by 2022. With a combined investment of over $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida's solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-tied solar power plants providing about 1,500 MW by 2024. The company notes it is well on its way to completing 10 new solar projects by 2022. Eight of those facilities are now in service, while the remaining two are under construction. Duke also expects to have six battery sites totalling more than 50 MW in operation in Florida by 2022. Duke is aiming to cut carbon emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to that end is investing in major electric grid upgrades, expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Melissa Seixas, Fla. State Pres., www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy news,  Solar news,  


    Maxeon Solar Taps Reenpro as Baltic Region Distributor (Int'l.)
    Maxeon Solar Technologies
    Date: 2021-10-18
    Singapore-based solar energy innovator Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. reports the selection of Reenpro asthe company's first distributor in Lithuania and Latvia. Reenpro will sell Maxeon's SunPower-branded modules, including the new AC modules, to residential and commercial installers in the Baltic region.

    "For their distributed generation (DG) projects, Reenpro utilizes Maxeon's solar panels that are engineered with innovative materials and designed to meet any customer's energy needs. Maxeon's solar solutions ensure high efficiency, enhanced reliability, and superior energy production, including better shade performance. With abundant precipitation, drastic seasonal temperature range, predominant cloudy weather, high dust, strong winds and high salinity from the seas, Baltic weather puts any solar panel to the test," according to the Maxeon release. (Source: Maxeon Solar Technologies, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: Maxeon Solar Technologies, Jeff Waters, CEO, www.maxeon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxeon Solar Technologies,  Solar,  


    Lightsourcebp Launches Bighorn Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Lightsourcebp
    Date: 2021-10-15
    Global solar energy specialist Lightsourcebp, together with Xcel Energy and EVRAZ North America, reports the unveiling of its 300-MW Bighorn Solar project on 1,800 acres of land on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, Colorado.

    The 750,000 solar panel installation provides nearly all the plant's annual electric power demand and abates more than 433,000 metric tpy of carbon dioxide emissions -- equivalent to removing 92,100 fuel-burning cars from the road. The Bighorn Solar project is currently generating electricity into the grid and is expected to come fully online in November 2021. (Source: Lightsourcebp, Website PR, 13 Oct., 2021) Contact: Lightsourcebp, www.lightsourcebp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsourcebp,  Solar,  


    Tesla Chops Residential Solar Subscription Service (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2021-09-13
    EV automaker and battery energy storage maker Tesla reports the discontinuance of its two year old solar subscription service offering in the US. The service was promoted as "the cheapest possible way for home owners to go solar.".

    The solar subscription service enabled homeowners to install solar panel system at no cost and no contract paying a monthly fee to access the solar power generated by the system. (Source: Tesla, The Sentinal, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/solar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Solar,  Tesla,  Solar,  


    Energy Transfer to Buy Solar Energy from N. Texas (Ind. Report)
    Energy Transfer, SB Energy
    Date: 2021-09-08
    Dallas-based Energy Transfer reports the signing of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Francisco-based SB Energy for 120 MW of electricity from its Eiffel Solar project in northeast Texas -- Energy Transfer's second renewable energy PPA.

    SB Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., is scheduled to begin construction of the 200-MW Eiffel Solar project located in Lamar County, Texas, in the first half of 2022 for completion in January 2024.

    Energy Transfer LP has installed approximately 18,000 solar panels across the country that provide power to its metering stations. Energy Transfer owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the U.S., according to the company release. (Source: Energy Transfer LP, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Transfer, Tom Mason, Exec. VP. Bill Baerg, Investor Relations, 214.981.0795, investorrelations@energytransfer.com, www.energytransfer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Transfer ,  Solar,  SB Energy,  


    Solar Panels and Home Resale Values (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    Solar
    Date: 2021-08-30
    According real estate firm Zillow, the installation of solar panels and solar batteries can increase a property's market re-sale value by as much as $5,911 for each kilowatt of solar panels installed. Zillow, notes that homes with solar installations tend to sell for an average of about 4.1 pct more than homes without solar.

    Some locations show a higher value-add -- roughly 5.4 pct for New York City, and some show lower, 2.7 pct for Riverside, California. Local solar installation prices, geographic location, system age and replacement value also influence the value-add of solar panels. (Source: Zillow, ecoWatch, Others, Aug., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    S. Korea KIER Touts Solar Panel Recycling Technique (Int'l.)
    Korea Institute of Energy Research
    Date: 2021-08-20
    In Seoul, the state-run Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) reports it has developed a non-destructive technique to recycle discarded solar panels to create high-performance solar cells. The new technique can recycle both undamaged and damaged panels to achieve up to 100 pct retrieval rate of glass component and roughly 80 pct of other materials can be retrieved and recycled into high-performance solar cells.

    KIER Researchers were able to refine silicon collected from 72 discarded commercial panels into six-inch single crystal ingots and wafers. Recycled materials were used in the production of solar cells with a generation efficiency of about 20.52 pct. Normal solar cells have an energy efficiency of about 15 pct.

    South Korea's total solar energy generation capacity stood at 3.65 GW in November 2020. (Source: Korea Institute of Energy Research, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Korea Institute of Energy Research, www.kier.re.kr/eng

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    Sage Energy Consulting on 43 Solar+Storage Installations (Ind. Report)
    Sage Energy
    Date: 2021-08-11
    In the Golden State, San Rafael-based Sage Energy Consulting reports it will work with the Judicial Council of California (JCC) and evaluate 43 previously identified JCC sites for solar energy+storage installations.

    Sage will provide procurement support, pre-construction, construction and post-construction management and commissioning support for rooftop solar panels, solar carports, and batteries and may assist in negotiating power purchase agreements. (Source: Sage Energy Consulting, PR Aug., 2021) Contact: Sage Energy Consulting, Russell Schmit, COO, 415-663-9914, www.sagerenew.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage news,  Sage Energy news,  Solar Energy news,  Battery Energy STorage news,  


    NRCAN Invests in Housing Net-Zero Energy Retrofits (Ind. Report)
    NRCAN
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is reporting a $547,500 investment to the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) to retrofit affordable housing. The corporation is matching federal funding, for a project total over $1 million.

    The pilot project -- the first of its kind in Canada -- aims to retrofit a four-unit townhouse in Ottawa , Ontario, into net-zero energy home while extending the building's life-cycle. The energy related upgrades and retrofits include; new roof, windows, prefabricated exterior panels, rooftop solar panels and others to increase energy efficiency and reduce the building's carbon footprint and the building's energy consumption by roughly 55 percent.

    Canadian Federal funding is provided through the NRCAN Green Infrastructure Energy Efficiency for Buildings Program. This program supports the development and implementation of building codes for existing buildings and new net-zero energy-ready buildings through research, development and demonstration projects. CanmetENERGY-Ottawa is also collaborating with OCHC to monitor the performance of the retrofit, as well as providing ongoing research on Prefabricated Exterior Energy Retrofits (PEER). (Source: NRCAN, PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ottawa Community Housing Corp, www.och-lco.ca; NRCAN Green Infrastructure Energy Efficiency for Buildings Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/netzerobuildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  NRCAN,  


    Energy Transfer Joins Environmental Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Energy Transfer
    Date: 2021-08-04
    Dallas-based Energy Transfer reports it has joined the not-for-profit Environmental Partnership, a growing coalition of nearly 100 energy companies committed to continuously improving the industry's environmental performance. Environmental Partnership works with its members to adopt technology and best practices that will significantly reduce emissions.

    Energy Transfer joined the Environmental Partnership as part of its overall effort to reduce its environmental footprint across its operations, which includes more than 90,000 miles of pipelines and associated facilities in 38 states and Canada. This initiative includes several projects to increase Energy Transfer's use of renewable energy including support of the development of the Maplewood 2 Solar farm in West Texas. Energy Transfer also has installed approximately 18,000 solar panels across the country that provide power to its metering stations.

    Energy Transfer LP owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States, according to the company release. (Source: Energy Transfer LP, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Energy Transfer, Tom Mason, Exec. VP. Bill Baerg, Investor Relations, 214.981.0795, investorrelations@energytransfer.com, www.energytransfer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Transfer,  Renewable Energy,  


    REC Group Touts New Rooftop Solar Modules (New Prod. & Tech.)
    REC Group
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Singapore-headquartered global solar manufacturer REC Group is touting the launch of the second generation of its premium n-type mono solar panels -- REC N-Peak 2 Series.

    The modules, which can deliver up to 375Wp of power, are based on passivated contact solar cells, which the company describes as the most efficient crystalline cell technology in the industry, capturing more sunlight and generating more power. The 60-cell modules also features the REC 'Twin' cell layout design where the panel is split into two twin sections, which allows for continued energy production when the module is partially shaded. REC's solar cell technology also prevents the loss of power generation capacity experienced by a standard solar panel on its first exposure to light -- Light Induced Degradation -- by preventing the boron and oxygen inside the cells from mixing at any level.

    Production of the new cell is slated for August and shipping in October. (Source: REC Group, Website PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: REC Group, +65 6495 9228, 877 785 8055 – US Office, www2.recgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REC Group,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Enel Green Power Snares WV Utility-Scale Solar Project (M&A)
    Enel Green Power,Dakota Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Italian global renewable energy developer Enel Green Power reports it has purchased 100 pct ownership of a 90-MW solar farm in Raleigh County, West Virginia, from Dakota Renewable Energy for an undisclosed price.

    Enel will construct and operate the facility which will incorporate roughly 250,000 solar panels at an expected cost of approximately $30 million. Operations are expected to begin in 2023.

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks West Virginia 49th in the nation in installed solar energy capacity.(Source: Enel Green Power, PR, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Dakota Renewable Energy, www.dakotapp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Solar,  Dakota Renewable Energy,  


    Viridi Solar Attracts €100Mn Elkstone Capital Investment (Ind. Report)
    Viridi Energy
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Elkstone Capital, the Dublin-based multi-family investment office, is to commit up to €100 million to California-based Viridi Energy, a new venture that plans to put solar panels on the rooftops of commercial buildings at no cost to the owner or occupier.

    The Viridi will tap Elkstone clients and raise green bonds to finance the installation of the solar panels on company premises or lands. Viridi then plans to sell the electricity generated back to the customer at a discount to prevailing energy prices under a power purchase agreement. (Source: Viridi Energy, PR Sunday Examiner, 18 July, 2021) Contact: Viridi Energy, Ciaran McManus, (214) 272-0289, www.viridienergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridi Energy,  Solar,  


    Dubuque Considering Residential Solar Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    city of Dubuque
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In the Hawkeye State, the city of Dubuque (pop. 58,500 +-) city council is considering a $41,000 pilot program to help 10 low- to moderate-income home owners install solar panels.

    The cost of installing the panels would be about $10,000, but with tax credits, grants and the sale of energy credits, homeowners would pay about $2,600 and save between $800 to $1,000 annually in energy costs.

    The city also would pay homeowners in the program to cover the costs of the credits and claim them as part of its effort to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: City of Dubuque, PR, Times-Republican, 6 July, 2021) Contact: City of Dubuque, www.cityofdubuque.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Dubuque Considering Residential Solar Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    City of Dubuque
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In the Hawkeye State, the City of Dubuque (pop. 58,500 +-) city council is considering a $41,000 pilot program to help 10 low- to moderate-income home owners install solar panels. The cost of installing the panels would be about $10,000, but with tax credits, grants and the sale of energy credits, homeowners would pay about $2,600, according to council documents. Households would save from $800 to $1,000 annually in energy costs.

    The city also would create a market for solar energy credits. The city would pay homeowners in the program to cover the costs of the credits and claim them as part of its effort to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030. (Source: City of Dubuque, PR, Times-Republican, 6 July, 2021) Contact: City of Dubuque, www.cityofdubuque.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  


    9-MW Tennessee Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Silicon Ranch, TVA
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Johnson City, Tennessee utility BrightRidge reports it and its partners Silicon Ranch, based in Nashville, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have broken ground on the 9-MWac Martin Solar Farm in Washington County, Tennessee. When fully operational before the year end, the single-axis tracking system will incorporate 25,000 bifacial solar panels to generate sufficient energy for toughly 1,000 homes.

    Silicon Ranch will build, own and operate the project -- the second solar generation facility on the BrightRidge system built in partnership with Silicon Ranch and TVA.

    The project is the first to enter the construction phase under TVA's new Generation Flexibility Program to encourage local power companies to develop new distributed generation facilities. The energy produced by the Martin Solar Farm will be offered first to area K-12 and higher education systems. (Source: BrightRidge, PR, June, 2021) Contact: BrightRidge, Jeff Dykes, CEO, www.brightridge.com; TVA Commercial Energy Solutions, Doug Perry, Sr. VP, www.tva.com; Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786, info@siliconranch.com, www.siliconranch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  TVA,  Silicon Ranch,  


    Solar PV Window Coating Innovator Raises $13.4Mn (Ind. Report)
    Next Energy Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Golden State, Goleta-based photovoltaic window developer Next Energy Technologies Inc reports it raise $13.4 million in a Series C funding round that should help the company commercialise its window coating technology that allows windows to function as solar panels.

    The new funds will be used to speed up the transition to large-area coating for commercialisation, pilot installations, durability testing and industry certification. Lead investors in the funding round include Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd, the innovation arm of Golden Energy and Resources Ltd and architectural glass fabricator Viracon and others. (Source: Next Energy Technologies, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Next Energy Technologies, 805-222-4546, Dan Emmett, CEO,www.nextenergytech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Next Energy Technologies,  Solar,  


    NRCAN Offers Energy Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is touting the launch of its Canada Greener Homes Program offering homeowners grants of up to $5,000 for improved insulation or roof panels, high-efficiency water heaters, heating equipment, solar panels and other energy efficiency-energy saving home improvements. The program is expected to award 700,000 grants, at an overall cost of $2.6 billion over seven years.

    To be eligible a home -- including detached homes, rowhouses, townhouses, mobile homes and residential units in mixed-use buildings -- must be eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation and at least six months old. The loans could be available as soon as this summer and more than 200,000 households are expected to participate.

    Additionally, the Liberal government has proposed a separate fund of $4.4 billion over seven years through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The fund would offer interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for authorized energy-efficient retrofit projects. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, 343-292-6096, www.nrcan.gc.ca/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRCAN,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Tucson Solar+Storage Array Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power ,NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Following up on our May 3rd report, in Arizona, Tucson Electric Power reports Tucson's newest and largest solar+storage array, the Wilmot Energy Center (WEC) southeast of Tucson International Airport, is now online.

    The 100-MW solar array and 30-MW battery energy storage system incorporates 314,000 solar panels and generates sufficient energy for roughly 26,000 homes per year. TEP will purchase power from the WEC under a long-term PPA with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, its owner and operator. (Source: Tucson Electric Power, Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, Susan Gray, Pres., CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com; NextEra Energy Resources, 561-691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  NextEra Energy Resources,  


    Primergy NV Solar+Stoarge Project Using Maxeon Modules (Ind. Report)
    Primergy, Maxeon
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Oakland, California-based Primergy Solar is reporting it will purchase Maxeon solar modules for its 1GW PV solar-plus-storage project in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Maxeon-supplied modules will be delivered over a four-quarter period starting in the second quarter of 2022, for project completion in by the end of 2023.

    The Gemini project is expected to utilize as many as 1.8 million shingled bifacial Performance 5 UPP solar cells manufactured by Maxeon in Malaysia and module assembly completed by Maxeon in Mexicali, Mexico.

    Maxeon's Performance 5 solar panels have a rated efficiency of up to 21.1 pct, according to the company website. (Source: Primergy, PR, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Primergy, Ty Daul, CEO, 510 485 0741, www.primergysolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Primergy news,  Maxeon news,  Solar news,  Solar Cell news,  


    Maxeon Touts Adhesive Rooftop Solar Panels (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Maxeon Solar Technologies
    Date: 2021-05-19
    Singapore-headquartered Maxeon Solar Technologies is touting its new Maxeon Air technology platform -- a frameless, thin, lightweight and conformable solar panel that can be time and cost effectively adhered directly to a roof without the need for racking or other mounting systems.

    Maxeon Air panels will be featured in selected projects in Europe in the second half of 2021. The first installations will target roofs that are not engineered to support the weight of conventional solar systems. In Europe alone, there is an un-served annual market for low-load roofs of over 4 GW, the company estimates.

    Maxeon IBC solar cell panel's factory integrated adhesive layer enable installation directly on a roof surface without metal frame racking, anchors or ballast. The cells incorporate a solid metal foundation and stress relieved cell interconnects that protect against corrosion and enables fault tolerant circuits that allow energy flow and have the unique ability to share current in reverse bias voltage while shaded, avoiding damaging or dangerous high temperatures.

    The product is slated to be commercially available beginning in Q1, 2022. (Source: Maxeon Solar Technologies, PR, Solar Builder, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Maxeon Solar Technologies, Jeff Waters, CEO, www.maxeon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxeon Solar Technologies news,  Colar Cell news,  Solar Panel news,  Rooftop Soler news,  


    GAF Energy Planning Move to Silicon Valley (Ind. Report)
    GAF Energy
    Date: 2021-05-12
    Campbell, California-based building integrated solar roof specialist GAF Energy reports it plans to move its manufacturing from South Korea to a 112,000-squre-foot plant capable of producing about 50 MW of solar panels a year in San Jose, California.

    GAF Energy, a unit of privately held Standard Industries, has installed its solar product on more than 2,000 U.S. rooftops sine 2017. (Source: GAF Energy, PR, May, 2021) Contact: GAF Energy, www.gaf.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  GAF Energy news,  


    First Solar, Nel Partner on PV Hydrogen Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, First Solar
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Oslo-headquartered hydrogen technology specialist Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser and Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar -- global manufacturer of solar panels and developer of utility-scale solar power plants -- report they have joined forces to develop an integrated power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for PV hydrogen power plants.

    The SCADA system will enable optimization of PV-electrolyser hybrid projects resulting in lowest total cost of hydrogen and electricity. The parties will also explore further ways of optimising and integrating technology elements throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant. (Source: First Solar, Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, PR, Contact: Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, www.nelhydrogen.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser,  First Solar,  Hydrogen ,  


    £50Mn UK Energy Efficient Housing Project Lauded (Int'l.)
    Active Building Centre
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Swansea, Wales, the Active Building Centre reports it is advising and working with the Nationwide Building Society to help create one of the UK's largest energy-efficient housing developments in Swindon. The £50 million project will construct 239 homes to EPC-A energy efficiency, the highest new home environmental rating in the UK.

    The new properties will all be equipped with: air source heat pumps rather than gas boilers; photovoltaic solar panels; electric vehicle charging points; individual building battery energy storage units; and other energy efficient features. The first units will go on the market in 2022. (Source: Active Building Centre, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Active Building Centre, Ron Cowley, CEO, info@activebuildingcentre.com, www.activebuildingcentre.com

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    Crown Battery Enhances Green Energy, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Crown Battery,AEP Energy
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Fremont, Ohio-headquartered industrial battery manufacturer Crown Battery reports the inking of a contract with AEP Energy to source clean energy through AEP's Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution to power its manufacturing operations.

    The long-term, fixed-price retail energy program will support new, locally sourced wind and solar power for more than 12 years beginning in January 2023. The company will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from AEP Ohio to power operations until the IRE supply begins, according to the company release.

    To date, Crown has invested over $8 million in energy efficiency, including the use of on-site solar panels, ultra-efficient lighting, geothermal cooling and an ultra-efficient charging system that will drastically reduce energy consumption, according to the company. (Source: Crown Battery, PR, DC Velocity, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Crown Battery, Hal Hawk, Pres., 419.334.7181, sales@crownbattery.com, www.crownbattery.com; AEP Energy, www.aepenergy.com

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    Sungrow Supplies Iowa's Largest PV Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Sungrow
    Date: 2021-04-21
    San Francisco-based renewable energy iverter supplier Sungrow reports it has supplied 34 inverters completing a 127.5 MW solar facility in Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa.

    The Wapello Solar project -- the largest solar project in the state -- was developed by Clenera and constructed by RES, and features 318,000 Risen Energy bifacial solar panels mounted on FTC Solar's Voyager single-axis trackers. The facility began commercial operation on March 8, and has a 25-year PPA with Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO). (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd, PR , 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, www.sungrowpower.com; RES Group, www.res-group.com Clenera, www.clenera.com; Central Iowa Power Cooperative, www.cipco.net

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    Smart Electric Power Alliance Lauds Con Edison (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance, Con Edison
    Date: 2021-04-16
    NYC-based utility Con Edison reports the not-for-profit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has ranked Con Edison as a "leader among U.S. energy companies for its actions to create a clean, carbon-free energy system."

    SEPA, which envisions a carbon-free electric system by 2050, lauded Con Edison for connecting customers solar panels and other clean, renewable energy resources, its smart meter program and a wide range of actions and strategies. To date, Con Edison customers have completed 37,000 rooftop projects totaling 334 MW of clean, renewable power capacity. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.'s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the U.S. and the seventh-largest worldwide.

    Con Edison is also investing in energy transmission and energy storage and offers energy efficiency programs that incentivize energy-saving upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and other equipment. The utility is seeking to triple its energy efficiency programs by 2025 and to offer 100 pct clean electricity by 2040. (Source: Con Edison of New York, PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: SEPA, Julia Hamm, President and CEO, www.sepapower.org; Con Edison, www.coned.com; www.coned.com/energyefficiency

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    Oregon Credit Union Launches Green Horizons Initiative (Ind. Report)
    OnPoint Community Credit Union
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered OnPoint Community Credit Union, the states' largest credit union, is touting its Green Horizons Initiative aimed at making it more affordable for Oregon and Southwest Washington members adopt new sustainable technology and help address the effects of climate change.

    Among the Initiative's features, homeowners applying for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home improvements can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25 pct discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. (Source: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Website PR, Appril, 2021) Contact: OnPoint Community Credit Union, 800.527.3932, www.onpointcu.com

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    Oregon Credit Union Launches Green Horizons Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Oregon Credit Union
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered OnPoint Community Credit Union, the states' largest credit union, is touting its Green Horizons Initiative aimed at making it easy and more affordable for Oregon and Southwest Washington credit union members adopt new sustainable and efficient energy technology and help address the effects of climate change.

    Among the Initiative's benefits, homeowners applying for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home energy efficiency and other energy related improvements can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25 pct discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. (Source: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Website PR, 2021) Contact: OnPoint Community Credit Union, 800.527.3932, www.onpointcu.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


    Samsung Installs Solar Power for Three Plants (Int'l. Report)
    Samsung Electronics
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Seoul, Samsung Electronics Co. reports it is using solar power to reduce carbon emissions at four device solutions division factories in Onyang, Giheung, Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek. With the solar panels covering an area of 27,660 square meters, each division generates about 2,847 MWh per year which is being used to run electric vehicle charging stations, LED screens and other facilities.

    Samsung made a full transition to renewable energy at all DS branches in China and the U.S. in 2019, vowing to continue its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Samsung, Korea Business Wire, 3 April, 2021)

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    Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-03-26
    A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

    To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and "demand response" programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods.

    The study says "the benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color."

    Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE. (Source: NREL, Mar., 2021) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

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    Arizona Solar Co-op Selects Rooftop Solar Provider (Ind. Report)
    Solar,Solar United Neighbors
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Arizona, Solar United Neighbors (SUN) reports Northern Arizona Solar Co-op's 160 members have selected Rooftop Solar to install solar panels.

    SUN expands access to solar by educating Arizona residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them to organize group solar purchases, strengthening Arizona solar policies and building a community of solar supporters. Local partners of the Northern Arizona Solar Co-op include the City of Flagstaff, City of Sedona, and Coconino County.

    Not-for-profit Solar United Neighbors works in Arizona and nationwide to represent the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. Solar co-ops are part of the organization's mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment, and advocate for fair solar policies. (Source: Northern Arizona Solar Co-op, PR, Flagstaff Bus., 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Rooftop Solar, Derek Turner, VP Marketing, Northern Arizona Solar Co-op, coops.solarunitedneighbors.org; Solar United Neighbors, www.solarunitedneighbors.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  Solar,  


    College Installs Solar for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Sunfinity Solar
    Date: 2021-03-24
    Dallas-based turnkey solar specialist Sunfinity Solar report sit will install solar arrays for two buildings at Houston-area San Jacinto College.

    The larger system is planned for the 122,000 square foot Central Campus' new Anderson-Ball Classroom Building, which is scheduled to open in January 2022 with a 391 kW solar system with 990 solar panels. The second system is slated for the 53,000 square-foot Jones Building at South Campus which is currently undergoing a $13 million renovation including a 263 kW system comprised of 667 solar modules. Combined, the two solar arrays are expected to save the College millions in utility costs .

    According to San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, "Solar generation is just one part of the college's commitment to improving our energy efficiency."

    Sunfinity offers customers control of their energy costs to protect them from the rising rates of electricity with turnkey solar system services that include design, permitting and installation to monitoring and maintenance. (Source: Sunfinity Renewable Energy, PR, Contact: San Jacinto College, 281-998-615, www.sanjac.edu,; Sunfinity, John Billingsley, CEO

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunfinity Solar news,  Solar news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-03-24
    A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

    To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and “demand response” programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods when solar and wind power are plentiful.

    The benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, the report notes.

    Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE

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    Canadian Solar Invests in SolarWorX (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Canadian Solar, SolarWorx
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. and SolarWorX, a Berlin based off-grid solar pioneer, are reporting a strategic partnership in which Canadian Solar will make a seven-digit investments in SolarWorX as part of the start-up's series A investment round. Other investors include EIT InnoEnergy and Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) one of the world's largest private-sector development financiers.

    The funding will help SolarWorX expand its product portfolio and sales in its existing key markets -- Cameroon, Zambia and Nigeria, with South Africa as its base for selling to the sub-Saharan region -- without a stable grid connection.

    SolarWorX offers a modular off-grid solar solution called Solego to harness and distribute energy from solar panels. The modular systems with 80Wh or 160Wh battery capacity can be stacked on top of each other and provide flexibility to power individual households, small businesses and entire communities.

    Since 2010, Canadian Solar has developed, built and connected over 5.7 GWp in over 20 countries across the world. Currently, the Company has over 500 MWp of projects in operation, over 5 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 11 GWp of projects in pipeline (mid- to early- stage). (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, Website, Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; SolarWorx, Felix Boldt, CEO, www.solarworx.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar news,  Solar news,  


    Solar EV Startup Touts $48Mn Funding Round (Ind. Report)
    Lightyear
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Netherlands, solar electric vehicle startup Lightyear is reporting it largest funding roud to date -- $48 million led by Zero Point Holding B.V. -- which will be used to support their growth and path towards the first customer deliveries of the company's first electric vehicle called the Lightyear One by the end of this year.

    Lightyear One uses 5 square meters of integrated solar cells in the vehicles roof and hood and an efficient powertrain, high yield solar roof and an optimized thermal management system. for electric vehicles. The cells function independently, meaning they produce a higher yield compared to conventional solar cells, according to Lightyear. The Lightyear One can drive up to 55km (34 miles) per day on solar power alone.

    Lightyear teamed up with Silicon Valley-based company SunPower Corporation, integrating the company's Maxeon solar cells onto conductive back sheet technology developed by Dutch life sciences company DSM. SunPower is an energy company that designs and manufactures crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panels based technology invented at Stanford University in California. (Source: Lightyear, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Lightyear, Lex Hoefsloot, CEO, www.lightyear.one

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    Leeds Announces £100Mn Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l. Report)
    City of Leeds
    Date: 2021-03-05
    In the UK, the City of Leeds -- pop. 780,000 -- City Council has announced plans to invest £100 million in residential energy efficiency upgrades and innovations over the next five years. The council has also partnered with University of Leeds to identify the best way to target these improvements and to maximise the benefits for residents and the environment.

    To that end, the Council will invest in new ground and air source heat pumps, district heating networks, external wall insulation and solar panels, with the investment funded primarily through housing revenues.

    The Council is committed to reduce the city's direct emissions to net-zero by 2030. Roughly 25 pct of the city's carbon emissions come from the energy used to heat homes, according to the Council release. (Source: Leeds City Council, PR, Construction News, Mar., 2021) Contact: Leeds City Council, Debra Coupar, +44 0 113 868 9747, www.leeds.gov.uk

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    BlocPower Raises $63Mn to "Green" Old Buildings (Ind. Report)
    BlocPower
    Date: 2021-02-26
    In NYC, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based company BlocPower is working to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by "greening" older buildings which, according to BlocPower, produce more greenhouse gases than the entire U.S. transportation sector.

    BlocPower utilizes its proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and monitoring urban clean energy projects and building owners and tenants saving 20-40 pct per year on their energy bills. The company's machine learning tech platform works by determining which retrofits will produce the most energy savings in a building while remotely monitoring energy consumption. Common retrofits include solar panels and cold-climate electric heat pumps which BlocPower offers to multifamily building owners for no money down.

    To date, BlocPower has "green" upgraded more than 1,000 buildings in New York City, including over 200 in Brownsville, and is now working in 23 other cities, according to the company.

    BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital, one of Uber's first investors, Andressen Horowitz, early investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and Lyft, the former Chairman of Google, and American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. (Source: BlocPower, Websitem BKReader, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BlocPower, Donnel Baird, CEO, (718) 924-2873, support@blocpower.io, www.blocpower.io

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    Convalt Energy Plans Watertown, NY Solar Panel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Convalt Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    In the Empire State, the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency (JCIDA) is reporting New York City-based Convalt Energy plans to construct a solar panel manufacturing facility in the agency's proposed business park in the town of Hounsfield.

    The company plans to invest $650 million in the venture over 10 years. In year one, Convalt plans to build a 20,000-square-feet facility which would be expanded to roughly 500,000 square feet by the fifth year. The company hopes to break ground in Q4 this year, or early 2022.

    Convalt Energy is developing renewable projects in the western and central African countries of Chad, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, a 300-mw solar renewable project in Myanmar, and owns a waste-to-renewable-energy plant in India. The company also runs wind and hydro power plants in other countries, according to its website. (Source: Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Convalt Energy , Hari Achuthan, CEO, 212.683.0400 , info@convalt.com, www.convalt.com; Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, www.jcida.com/Jefferson-County-IDA.aspx

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    HECO's Renewable Energy Portfolio Beats State Mandate (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric, HECO
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Driven by higher solar energy and wind production and lower consumer demand, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) achieved a 34.5 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2020.

    The 34.5 pct is the consolidated RPS for Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui County, up from 28.4 pct in 2019. Hawaiian Electric exceeded the state requirement to reach 30 pct by 2020 and has more than tripled the amount of renewable energy on its electric grids in 10 years, up from just under 10 pct in 2010. Even if electricity use had been the same as in 2019, Hawaiian Electric would have still reached a renewable portfolio standard of 32 pct.

    HECO's 2020 RPS highlights include:

  • Maui County reached 50.8 pct RPS, hitting the 50 pct mark for the first time. With a mix of solar, wind and biofuels, Maui County's RPS represents a nearly 25 pct increase from 40.8 pct RPS in 2019.

  • Oahu recorded a 30.5 pct RPS, exceeding 30 pct for the first time and up 5 percentage points from 25.2 pct in 2019.

  • Hawaii Island hit 43.4 pct, compared to 34.7 pct in 2019.

  • Total electricity generated by renewable energy resources increased 13 pct over 2019.

    Some of the factors that drove the year-over-year increase include:

  • A full year of production from West Loch Solar and Clearway Energy grid-scale solar facilities;

  • Increased production from private rooftop solar, with nearly 6,000 new systems coming online in 2020. There are 87,848 systems and 3.7 million solar panels, including rooftop and grid-scale facilities, producing electricity on the five island grids;

  • Higher wind production and lower electricity use due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The next RPS milestone required by state law is to reach 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Scott Seu, Pres., CEO, Shannon Tangonan, 808.351.4978 shannon.putnam@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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  • Louisville Housing Prioritizes Energy Efficiency (Funding)

    Date: 2021-02-17
    In Kentucky, the city of Louisville Metro Office of Housing is dedicating nearly $3.4 million in allocated federal dollars to fund new affordable housing developments with priority given to energy efficiency.

    The funding is available through the Office of Housing's annual HOME program that offers housing choices to a range of home purchasers and renters by creating diverse "quality of place" neighborhoods supported by public facilities and other amenities.

    There is no maximum request amount for HOME funds. The Office of Housing also has an additional $80,000 for energy efficiency investments such as tankless water heaters, solar panels or other upgrades.

    2021 HOME NOFA program details HERE. (Source: City of Louisville Office of Housing, PR, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: City of Louisville Office of Housing, (502) 574-5850, www.louisvilleky.gov/government/housing

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    Saranac Lake Community Solar Now Online (Ind. Report)
    RER Energy Group
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Reading, Pennsylvania-headquartered solar energy specialist RER Energy Group is reporting the official commissioning and startup of the Saranac Lake N.Y Community Solar farm -- the first community solar project of its size in the Adirondacks.

    RER Energy was the site manager and installer of the 25 rows of solar panels on the 10 acre installation which is expected to generate more than 2.4 million kWh of energy per year. (Source: RER Energy Group, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: RER Energy Group, Jim Kurtz, Pres., 610-332-7232, www.rerenergygroup.com

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    Southern Current To Complete Contec Solar Installation (Ind Report)
    Contec Inc.,Southern Current
    Date: 2021-02-05
    In South Carolina, global cleaning and decontamination supplies manufacturer Contec Inc. is reporting Pisgah Energy and solar developer and EPC provider Southern Current will design, develop and install a roof and ground mounted solar project at Contec's plant in Spartanburg. The two systems, totaling 625.5 kWdc, serve as on-site electric power generation for Contec, expanding their efforts to manufacture their goods with renewable energy.

    The 1668 solar panel installation will supply power to a net-metered system to produce 944,600 kWh of power and offset Contec's electricity consumption by 53 pct. (Source: Contec, PR, Website, Feb., 2021) Contact: Pisgah Energy, Evan Becka, Pres., Rebecca Morris , 828.215.8738 rebecca.morris@pisgahenergy.com, www.pisgahenergy.com; Contec, Inc., Jack McBride, CEO, Matt Schiering, 864.641.5137, mschiering@contecinc.com, www.contecinc.com; Southern Current, 843-277-2090, www.southerncurrent.com

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    Santee Cooper Touts "Smart" Energy Program (Ind. Report)
    Santee Cooper
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Berkeley County, South Carolina state-owned public utility Santee Cooper reports the launch of EmpowerSC -- an initiative to help customers take advantage of the latest "smart energy" technology trends and innovations to better manage power consumption by providing insight, expertise, resources and rebates, that put money back in their pockets.

    EmpowerSC includes four main focuses targeting specific areas of energy savings: EmpowerHome -- Offers rebates on equipment such as HVAC and water heating systems, ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances and smart thermostats. Some of the new rebates are also available for multi-family housing. Low-interest loans for home improvements and home energy audits, or House Calls, are also available.

    EmpowerBusiness -- Resources are available to help South Carolina businesses make the best choices when it comes to powering their organizations. EmpowerBusiness also provides rebates for qualifying equipment purchased, which can lead to substantial savings.

    EmpowerSolar -- Solar Home and Solar Business can help customers add solar panels to their property and pay part of the cost with rebates and credits. For those who aren't able or don't wish to put panels on their roof, Solar Share allows them to purchase a share of locally produced "community" solar power for as little as $10 per month.

    EmpowerAuto -- With the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, EmpowerAuto provides information to help customers understand, choose and thrive with electric vehicles. Santee Cooper is offering up to $500 in rebates for a qualified, level 2 residential charging station. (Source: Santee Cooper, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: EmpowerSC, www.EmpowerSC.com; Santee Cooper, Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer, www.santeecooper.com

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    SunPower Shuttering Hillsboro, Oregon Plant (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2021-01-11
    SunPower reports it will cease production at its SunPower Manufacturing Oregon solar panel plant in Hillsboro, Oregon by March 2021 and complete the wind-down of the facility in early June. The company is looking into the possible sale of the plant, exploring a joint venture option or assessing potential partnerships.

    As previously reported, SunPower completed the spin-off of Maxeon Solar Technologies last August. The spin-off encompassed international panel manufacturing and associated sales, which is now run by Maxeon. Following the split, SunPower is focused on solar and battery storage system sales and services for customers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as developing downstream energy services products like energy management software. (Source: SunPower, PR, GreenTech, 9 Jan., 2020) Contact: SunPower, Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

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    UK Port of Tyne Fine Tunes Decarbonization Strategy (Int'l.)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In the UK, the deep-water Port of Tyne in the north-east of England reports completion of a detailed modelling exercise and long-term analysis of its electric power network as part of its decarbonisation and clean energy strategy.

    The analysis is intended to help port management understand both current and future energy requirements in line with Tyne's roadmap to net-zero emissions -- carbon neutrality by 2030 and an all-electric port by 2040.

    In reaching its goal, the Port of Tyne recently invested in a fleet of electric vehicles, LED lighting and smart energy monitoring meters in every building and asset, and is presently evaluating the potential for installing solar panels on warehouse buildings. Port of Tyne has also launched Tyne Clean Energy Park as a strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector.

    Port of Tyne is one of the UK's largest Trust Ports and is entirely self-financing with no government support. (Source: Port of Tyne, SmartCitiesWorldNews, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

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