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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 ,,; Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Convalt Energy ,  Solar,  

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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Hawaiian Electric ,  

  • 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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RER Energy Group ,  Commuity Solar,  

    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,; Contec, Inc., Jack McBride, CEO, Matt Schiering, 864.641.5137,,; Southern Current, 843-277-2090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Current,  Solar,  

    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,; Santee Cooper, Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Santee Cooper ,  Energy Management,  Smart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    SunPower Shuttering Hillsboro, Oregon Plant (Ind. Report)
    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Port of Tyne,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Green Building Registry, RESNET Partner on HERS Data (Ind. Report)
    Earth Advantage
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Earth Advantage®, Inc. and RESNET are reporting a partnership to help deliver green and energy-efficient home data through the Green Building Registry® (GBR). Historically, important information on a home such as energy ratings, third-party building certifications or renewable power production estimates (solar panels) has not been included in For Sale listings. Thousands of dollars of value could be lost because trustworthy data was not available for a listing agent and potential buyers to react to at the time of sale. That lack of data has also prevented appraisers and lending institutions from accounting for those market reactions, according to the release.

    Since 2017, GBR has provided green home data to the public and real estate multiple listing services. The DaaS (Data as a Service) platform provides verified data directly from sources such as U.S. DOE, ENERGY STAR Home Energy Scores, US Green Building Council LEED for Homes, National Green Building Services (NGBS), solar data, and other third-party verification programs. Nationwide values for the HERS Index, a scoring system for home energy performance administered by RESNET will now be included in GBR for the entire U.S..

    The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills, according to RESNET's website. (Source: Green Building Registry, PR, Website, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Green Building Registry, Meg Garabrant , 503.310.9138 x62,,; Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET, Steve Baden, Exec. Dr.,; Earth Advantage, David Heslam, Exec. Dir.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Earth Advantage,  Green Building Registry,  Energy Efficiency,  

    18-Mile Solar Paneled Road Surface Unveiled in Ga. (Ind. Report)
    French National Solar Energy Institute
    Date: 2020-12-14
    In Gwinette County, Georgia, the city of Peachtree Corners -- "the nation's first smart city environment powered by real-world infrastructure and next-generation connectivity" -- reports the installation of a new solar roadway system that generates more than 1,300 kWh per year of energy for a solar-powered EV charging station located at city hall. The 18-mile installation is the first road surface-powered solar panels to be activated in a U.S. city.

    The Wattway solar roadway panels, manufactured by French highways engineer and transportation innovator Colas Group in partnership with the French National Solar Energy Institute, were engineered to be more durable and efficient for a 21 pct performance increase over previously deployed panels. (Source: City of Peachtree Corners, AllOnGeorgia. 13 Dec., 2020) Contact: Colas Group,; French National Solar Energy Institute,; Peachtree Corners,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Roadway Solar,  

    ReneSola Offloads Polish Solar Park Portfolio (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-12-09
    Solar products developer ReneSola Ltd is reporting the sale of 16 Polish ground-mounted solar projects equipped with bifacial solar panels with a combined capacity of 16 MW to Lithuanian-based Modus Asset Management.

    All of the projects have been awarded a 15-year contract-for-difference support mechanism in Poland. (Source: ReneSola, NTT, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: ReneSola Ltd, Sky Wang, CEO, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155,,; Modus Asset Management, +370 5 235 6080,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola,  Solar,  

    Israeli Solar PV Pioneer IPO Raises $82.5Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Ecoppia Scientific
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Herzelily, Israel-based Ecoppia Scientific, a pioneer and world leader in robotic solutions for photovoltaic solar, reports its recently launched IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) raised $82.5 million from leading institutional investors with a company valuation of $300 million.

    Ecoppia's proprietary, remotely controlled cloud-based, water-free, autonomous robotic systems remove dust from solar panels on a daily basis to help solar arrays maintain peak performance at minimal costs, according toi the company release. (Source: Ecoppia, PR, Trade Arabia, Dec., 2020) Contact: Ecoppia, Jean Scemama, CEO, +972.9.8917000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecoppia Scientific,  Solar,  

    NAIT Innovation Centre Earns CaGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Edmonton, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is reporting its Productivity and Innovation Centre has achieved LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

    The building's LEED qualifying features include: green cleaning supplies and housekeeping program; low emissions paint, surfaces and floor coverings; low-flow plumbing fixture that deliver 30 pct reduction in water consumption; 90 pct of construction waste recycled; solar panel arrays; 40 pct reduction in energy costs, and others. (Source: NAIT, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: NAIT, 780.471.6248,,; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    DEWA Touts Dubai Solar Park's Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-11-30
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting the 950 MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will have the largest energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours.

    The concentrated solar cower (CSP) park features the world's tallest solar power tower and molten salt receiver (MSR) at 262.44 meters, the lowest levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of $7.3 cents per kWh for the 700MW CSP and $2.4 cents per kWh for the 250MW photovoltaic solar panels.

    The park incorporates three hybrid technologies to produce clean energy -- 600MW from a parabolic basin complex (three units of 200MW each), 100MW from a solar power tower (based on Molten Salt technology), and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels. The facility will supply sufficient power for 320,000 residences and help cut 1.6 million tpy of carbon emissions when fully operational in Q3, 2121. (Source: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, PR, Trade Arabia, 29 Nov., 2020) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  DEWA,  CSP.Energy Storage,  

    HARC Earns Zero-Energy Certification (Ind. Report)
    Houston Advanced Research Center,International Living Future Institute,
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Lone Star State, the Woodlands-based not-for-profit Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports recept of Zero-Energy status from the Seattle-headquartered International Living Future Institute, making it the first commercial building in Texas to accomplish the feat.

    Today, 100 pct of HARC's energy is sourced from on-site renewable energy, made possible by a $136,000 Green Mountain Energy Sun Club grant that supported the purchase and installation of additional solar panels, associated inverters and hardware on the roof of HARC's LEED® Platinum building.

    The HARC building and campus grounds is 50 pct more energy efficient when compared to LEED® base targets and employs several sustainable features in its design. The building footprint and impervious paving are minimized, bioswales are designed to retain and filter water on-site to reduce the impact to nearby waterways, and the site’s biodiversity is preserved by protecting and restoring native vegetation. The building is also oriented to maximize the daylight reaching the building's interior spaces and rooftop solar installation. Other sustainable strategies include an added high-performance building envelope and rain screen that performs 2.5 times better than a typical enclosure and low-flow fixtures to conserve water while mechanical systems utilize a geothermal heat exchange system for optimal energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort. (Source: Houston Advanced Research Center, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Green Mountain Sun Club , Diana Maddock,, 713-703-4989; International Living Future Institute, 206 223 2028,; Houston Advanced Research Center, Kacey Wilkins, , 281-364-6092,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Houston Advanced Research Center,  International Living Future Institute,  ,  

    UCSD Renewable Energy Testbed Funded (Ind. Report)
    University of California San Diego
    Date: 2020-11-04
    The University of California San Diego (UCSD) reports it will receive $39 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for construction of a test-bed to allow universities, utilities and industry to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid and "to validate future technologies for autonomous energy grids in real-world scenarios."

    The DERConnect tes-tbed will include more than 2,500 distributed energy resources on the UCSD campus' microgrid, including an energy storage facility, fuel cells and solar panels, a dozen classroom and office buildings and 300 charging stations for electric vehicles.

    The goal is to begin testing equipment in 2022, and to make the testbed available to outside research teams and industry by 2025. (Source: UCSD, PR, Times of San Diego, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: UCSD, Prof. Jan Kleissl, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (858) 534-8087,,; National Science Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California San Diego,  Renewable Energy,  National Science Foundation,  Energy Storage,  

    Alliant Energy Touts Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Madison, Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy is touting its "Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa" plan to to increase the use of renewable resources, battery energy storage, build out the state's connected energy network and discontinue coal-fired power generation in Lansing by the end of 2022 while transitioning their Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021.

    A key part of the Clean Energy Blueprint, which aligns with changing consumer preferences for more renewable energy, includes adding up to 400 MW of solar by 2023. When the 400 MW of solar is combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind and the power generated by the company's existing solar farms in Dubuque, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, as well as other renewable sources, nearly 50 pct of Alliant Energy's Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.

    As we previously reported, Alliant Energy's 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

    Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Clean Energy Renewable Energy,  

    New Solar Panel Design Ups Efficiency 125 pct (New Prod & Tech)
    University of York
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In the UK, a study led by researchers from the University of York in partnership with NOVA University of Lisbon reports designing solar panels in checkerboard lines improves diffraction to increase light absorption by 125 pct and lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels.

    Solar-grade silicon -- used to create solar cells -- is energy intensive to produce, so creating slimmer cells and changing the surface design would make them cheaper and more environmentally friendly, the study notes. The study suggests the design principle could impact not only the solar cell or LED sector but also applications such as acoustic noise shields, wind break panels, anti-skid surfaces, biosensing applications and atomic cooling. (Source: University of York, The Week, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: University of York, Dr Christian Schuster, Department of Physics, +44 (0) 1904 320 000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of York ,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  

    Energy Select New Md. C-PACE Registered Contractor (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE,Energy Select LLC
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Leonardtown-based, Energy Select LLC, is now the only Maryland C-PACE registered contractor in Southern Maryland. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) focuses on making commercial buildings more energy-efficient. This, in turn, allows county governments to create jobs, retain businesses, and help the local economy.

    Government C-PACE policies are structured in such a way as to consider commercial and non-profit energy projects to be just as beneficial to the public as other vital infrastructure. C-PACE allows counties to access funding from private capital. This upfront financing enables commercial property owners to make any necessary energy efficiencies. The improvements are repaid via surcharges on property taxes.

    Energy Select provides numerous clean energy solutions that qualify for the C-PACE initiative -- Solar Energy Equipment and High-Efficiency Lighting and Building Systems. The company also provided solar panel installation, energy audits, lighting retrofits, and other money-saving services for both residential and commercial customers. partner with local contractors to provide solutions such as Building Shell or Envelope Improvements. (Source: Energy Select LLC, PR, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Energy Select, Steven Tripp, Marketing, (301) 475-6727,, : C-PACE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Select ,  C-PACE,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Alliant Unveils Iowa Solar + Storage Garden (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2020-10-23
    In the Hawkeye State, Alliant Energy reports its more than 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and can the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

    Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, KWBG, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  Solar + Storage,  Alliant Energy,  

    NATO Must Combat Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    Date: 2020-09-28
    "I (NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg) have been passionate about climate change all of my life. Now, as NATO Secretary General, it is my responsibility to address the threat climate change poses to our shared security.

    "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened.

    "Climate change threatens our security. So NATO must do more to fully understand and integrate climate change into all aspects of our work, from our military planning to how we exercise and train our armed forces. Climate change also makes it harder for NATO troops to keep people safe. Our soldiers work in some of the most difficult environments on earth. For example, NATO's training mission in Iraq where, this summer, temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees. It is essential that we adapt to this new reality. That means better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure. And it means explicitly including climate change in NATO's work to improve the resilience of Allies and partners, something that we have been doing for decades in areas like infrastructure.

    "NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks. We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

    "Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure.

    "As many countries increasingly plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, NATO can also do more to help our armed forces contribute to this goal. It is time for NATO to raise its ambition and help drive down emissions. A first step could be to help our members measure their military emissions. The next step could be to agree voluntary cuts in their carbon emissions.

    "Climate change is making the world more dangerous. NATO's task is to preserve peace and keep us safe. So to fulfill our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change for our security today and for the security of future generations." (Source: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO NEWS, Die Welt, 27 Sept., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  NATO news,  

    PowerCell, Soltech Ink Solar Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    PowerCell Sweden
    Date: 2020-09-09
    PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a Nordic cooperation agreement with Soltech Group -- Sweden's largest solar energy specialist -- regarding joint development of stationary energy solutions based on the two companies' products within fuel cells and solar energy. By using excess energy from solar panels to produce hydrogen, solar energy can be stored and converted back to electricity in a fuel cell when needed.

    In a first collaborative project, the companies will conduct a feasibility study regarding a stationary power solution that will secure power supply for Amokabel AB in Alstermo, Smaland. (Source: PowerCell Sweden AB, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PowerCell Sweden AB, Andreas Boden, +46 (0) 31 720 36 20,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PowerCell Sweden,  Soltech Group,  Solar,  Energy Storage ,  

    Saffron Offers Retro-Fit Energy Efficiency Mortgage (Ind. Report)
    Saffron Building Society
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the UK, the Sussex-based Saffron Building Society reports the launch of a retro-fit mortgage which offers a reduced rate if the borrower improves their EPC -- building energy efficiency -- rating after six months.

    The mortgage is aimed at people planning to move to an older or period property and need to remortgage or upgrade on their existing home. The "green"mortgage offers the borrower a rate relief for the remainder of the fixed rate period, when the works undertaken on the property produce a one-step rise in the EPC rating -- as long as this is above an E.

    Saffron's retro-fit, energy efficiency mortgage comes in the month the government is launching its Green Homes Initiative which offers up to £5,000 for cavity wall insulation, window and door glazing, solar panel installations and other energy efficiency improvements and upgrades to existing buildings. (Source: Saffron Building Society, Mortgage Finance Gazette, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Saffron Building Society, Laura Bright, +44 0 1799 522211,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saffron Building Society,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Mortgage,  

    California Carbon-Neutral by 2045? (SCE Whitepaper Attached)
    California,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In the Golden State, according to a plan developed by utility Southern California Edison (SCE), if California is to meet it goal of becoming carbon neutral within 25 years the state's electric power grid will need to deliver 100 pct clean power to consumers through the addition of more wind, solar, and energy storage capacity.

    SCE also foresees half of the state's households having solar panels and vehicles and buildings running primarily on electricity. The utility estimates that 75 pct of cars , space and water heating need to be electric by 2045.

    Download the SCE PATHWAY 2045 -- Update to the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway whitepaper HERE. (Source: SCE, Yale Climate Connections, Aug., 2020) Contact: SCE, Ignacio Fernandez, Climate Policy Aadvisor, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison ,  SCE,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  

    Ottawa, Iqaluit Partner on Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-21
    In Iqaluit, the Nunavut Minister of Northern Affairs and the Canadian federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change have announced an investment to support the South Baffin Energy Management Project. The project will help improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy in 45 buildings owned by the Government of Nunavut in the six communities that make up the South Baffin region.

    The South Baffin Energy Management Project will receive $18.3 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and $8.6 million from the Nunavut Department of Community and Government Services. Over the project's lifetime it is projected to cut 24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades will include: solar panel installations; LED lighting; mechanical and control-system upgrades; building-envelope improvements; measures, such as air sealing; low-flow water-saving fixtures, and others. (Source: CNW Group. 20 Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    World's Solar, Wind Generated Power Stands at 10 pct (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-17
    According to London, UK-headquartered independent climate and "coal to clean energy" think tank EMBER's recently released Global Electricity Review 2020, power generation from wind turbines and solar panels generated 10 pct of the world's electricity in the first half of this year as coal-powered generation declined to the lowest half-year level since at least 1990.

    During the same period, coal-fired generation dropped by 8.3 pct but still accounted for 33 pct of global production -- too high to meet global climate change targets of keeping global temperatures from increasing by more than 2.7 F which, the report claims, needs coal power generation to fall by 13 pct per year for a decade, according to the report.

    The EMBER -- fka "Sandbag" -- report collected data from 48 countries which make up 83 pct of global electricity production. Download the Global Electricity Review 2020 report HERE. (Source: Ember, Aug., 2020) Contact: Ember, (+44) 020 8144 8663,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Coal,  

    Biden Camaign Supports Renewables (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2020-08-03
    The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released his climate change and clean energy position with the following the following specifics:

    Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

    Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

    Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    Biden Takes a Stand on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released the following position on clean energy and climate change:

  • Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035.

  • Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

  • Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

  • Fossil fuel subsidies will be repealed.

  • California's primacy in Clean Air Act regulation of cars and trucks will be recognized and protected.

  • Oil and gas methane pollution will be reduced by the application of "robust" federal standards and targeted support for repairing and replacing aging distribution systems.

  • By 2030, all new buildings will achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Within five years, the Democrats will "incentivize" tens of billions of dollars in private-sector investments to retrofit the energy efficiency of four million buildings.

  • The country's entire fleet of school buses will transition to zero-emission buses to reduce harmful air pollution within five years.

  • The US will rejoin the the Paris Climate Agreement. A new Executive Order should be issued on climate and environmental Justice. There will be a strong emphasis on building environmental justice governmental institutions and practices. An environmental justice fund will be created to make "historic investments" in low-income communities, and remediating Superfund and other contaminated sites will address other issues afflicting these communities. Democrats will employ screening and mapping tools to ensure racial and socio-economic equity in federal climate, energy and infrastructure programs.

  • Fossil fuel companies will be held accountable for cleaning up abandoned mine lands ,oil and gas wells and industrial facilities so they can be safely "repurposed," especially in the coal country.

  • Innovative technologies will be advanced that create cost-effective pathways for industries to decarbonize, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and "advanced nuclear" that eliminates risks associated with conventional nuclear technology.

  • America's natural carbon sinks on public lands will be increased by ensuring 30 percent of our lands and waters are conserved by 2030.

  • A new "climate test" will be applied to ensure that all major domestic and international infrastructure projects that require federal approval will avoid or minimize climate impacts, including impacts from export terminals.

  • The Federal Government should be reorganized by transforming the CEQ into a Council on Climate Change; establish a new office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Justice; create an Office of Climate Mobilization in the White House; establish a White House Council on frontline Environmental Justice where community and national leaders would inform the design and execution of climate change laws, policies and programs.

    Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

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  • CleanSpark Reports Southern Cal. Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract a contract to provide controls and storage for a commercial microgrid located in Southern California. This microgrid project is designed to provide economic optimization and cost avoidance, as well as energy resiliency for the facility. CleanSpark's patented mPulse controls platform will manage a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) paired with photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.

    CleanSpark offers software and intelligent controls for microgrid and distributed energy resource management systems and innovative strategy and design services. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: CleanSpark Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, Investor Relations, (801)-244-4405,,

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    Trina Solar Launches New 600 Watt Solar Panels (Int'l. Report)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of two 600 Watt Vertex series solar panels -- a further increase in power from the 500W+ modules the firm launched earlier in the year.

    "By virtue of low-voltage and high-module string power output, the new Vertex series unlocks huge potential for further reducing balance-of-system costs. The modules will help reduce the levelized cost of energy across various applications and maximize customer value," said Zhang Yingbin, head of product strategy and value management at Trina Solar.

    The company notes it expects to begin mass production of its 550 Watt series later this year, according to the release. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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    Switch Plans Nevada Solar Battery Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Las Vegas-based data-center operator Switch is planning to construct three solar and battery storage developments in Clark and Storey counties, Nevada. Energy will be collected through thousands of solar panels and then stored in Tesla Megapacks made at the Tesla factory in Storey County. (Source: Switch, KNPR, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Switch, 877-360-6271,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  

    Duke Renewables Completes Kroger Calif. Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-15
    REC Solar, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Renewables, is reporting completion of a 1 MW rooftop solar installation for the Cincinnati-based grocery chain Kroger Co. The installation is at a 300,000-square-foot bakery facility serving two Kroger subsidiaries in California. The installation includes nearly 3,000 solar panels and can produce more than 2 GWh per year of power -- sufficient to power 240 homes.

    The city of La Habra, California, supported the project. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PR, Charlotte Business Journal, 14 July, 2020) Contact: REC Solar,; Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200,,

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    DC Affordable Community Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Washington, DC, City View, a three-story, 58-unit affordable community in the Anacostia neighborhood has received U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification.

    The $12 million project's LEED qualifying sustainable features include: a rooftop solar panel array. Energy Star rated windows; individual energy efficient HVAC and hot water heater units; low-consumption plumbing fixtures and appliances; and others. (Source: USGBC, Multi Housing News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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    JinkoSolar to Supply Modules for Chilean PV Park Expansion (Int'l)
    Date: 2020-07-06
    China's JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it will supply 315,900 bifacial modules totaling 126 MW for the expansion of a 2016-vintage, 160 MW solar PV park in Chile.

    The existing PV plant presently incorporates 668,160 JinkoSolar panels generating 400 GWh per year. With the expansion the plant will have a total of 984,060 JinkoSolar PV panels -- both monofacial and bifacial modules generating 789 GWh per year. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, 6 July, 2020) Contact: JinkoSolar,

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    Energy Efficiency Factored into UK Mortgage Affordability (Int'l.)
    Monmouthshire Building Society
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In the UK, Newport-based Monmouthshire Building Society is touting the VALUER Project, a collection of industry partners led by Monmouthshire Building Society, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Rightmove and zero carbon homebuilder and sustainable energy service provider Sero.

    The VALUER Project aims to launch the first mortgages and additional borrowing in the UK that recognizes home energy efficiency in their mortgage affordability calculations. The scheme's new green mortgages and additional borrowing products will be available to new build low energy homes using solar panels, energy storage and smart energy systems as well as existing homes looking to make retrofit energy improvements.

    Under the scheme, new home purchasers will be offered pilot mortgage products that include assessments of energy efficiency and other new considerations. (Source: Monmouthshire Building Society, 30 June, 2020) Contact: Monmouthshire Building Society,

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    Lisbon City Hall Retrofit Cuts Energy Use 36 pct (Int'l. Report)
    City of Lisbon,Sharing Cities
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Porutgal, the city of Lisbon is reporting energy consumption at Lisbon's 1880 vintage City Hall has been reduced by 36 pct through what has been hailed as the "first deep energy-efficiency retrofit for a heritage building in Portugal."

    Measures to reduce energy usage included replacing the building's HVAC system, switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels and a Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) to monitor the loads from the PVs, HVAC, water heaters and other equipment.

    Developed by Sharing Cities, the SEMS advanced modular system centralises information and control of local energy systems and devices, and optimises the energy network.

    Lisbon originally planned a full energy retrofit of the building in 2016 under the EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities programme. (Source: City of Lisbon, Cities Today, 23 June, 2020) Contact: EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities,

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    Silfab Solar to Manufacture Morgan Solar Panels (Ind. Report)
    Morgan Solar,Silfab Solar
    Date: 2020-06-19
    Toronto, Ontario-based Morgan Solar is reporting the sale of 13.6 MW of its innovative bifacial solar panels with SimbaX technology to Enbridge for installation at the 13-MW Alberta Solar One Inc. project in Burdett, Alberta. The panels will be manufactured by Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered Silfab Solar under an exclusive license agreement.

    Alberta Solar One Inc., a joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Morgan Solar, is expected to be completed by 2021 and will be the first major deployment of Morgan Solar's SimbaX concentrated-PV technology which , according to the company, can be integrated into any standard silicon PV panel assembly and boosts PV module performance. (Source: Morgan Solar, PR, June, 2020) (Contact: Morgan Solar, Mike Andrade, CEO, (416) 203-1655,; Silfab Solar, Paolo Maccario, CEO, (905) 255-2501,

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    New Jersey’s community solar
    Solar Landscape
    Date: 2020-06-19
    The New Jersey BPU has awarded 20.358 MW, or more than 26% of first-round capacity, to solar contractor Solar Landscape as part of the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program. It’s a joint effort: All those solar panels will sit on 1 million square feet of roof space on buildings on four industrial sites in the Garden State. The sites are located in Perth Amboy (pictured above), Peterboro, and Woodridge, and are owned by Duke Realty, the largest domestic-only real estate investment trust in the US. Solar Landscape says that 51% of the electricity the project generates will be sold to low- and moderate-income households. It will deliver more than 250 million kWh of green electricity over 20 years. (Source: Solar Landscape,NJBPU, June, 2020) Contact: Solar Landscape, .Shaun Keegan, CEO, NJBPU,

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    HECO Seeking Renewable Energy Projects Locations (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Company
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) has issued a request for information (RFI) from land and building owners on the islands of O'ahu, Hawai'i Maui, and Moloka'i with sites that could be available for future HECO renewable energy projects.

    HECO is seeking parcels as small as one acre and rooftops with at least 3,200 square feet of usable space for future development of grid-scale wind, solar and community solar projects. The location should be reasonably flat and sunny and can include open space of any kind, including large parking lots that could be covered with a shading roof of solar panels.

    The RFI may be viewed and responded to at Responses are requested by July 12, 2020. (Source: HECO, PR, 15 June, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP Strategic Planning and Business Development, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

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    GAF Energy Launches Integrated Solar Roof System (Ind. Report)
    GAF Energy
    Date: 2020-06-15
    In the Golden State, Campbell-based roof-integrated solar systems specialist GAF Energy is reporting the launch the of their Flex option for use with the company's redesigned Decotech 2.0 roof-integrated solar product.

    The Flex option offers a set number of system structure and wattage building-blocks that roofers can use to design optimal roof-integrated solar products designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to standard rack-mounted solar panels . The GAF system is integrated directly with the roofing system and requires no penetration of the roofing membrane. High-efficiency solar panels in the system optimize power output and provide a matching color profile to the roof to maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to reduce the risk of leaks and animal intrusion, according to the company website. (Source: GAF Energy LLC, PR, Website, New Kerala, June, 2020) Contact: GAF Energy LLC, Martin DeBono, Pres.,,

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    Alberta Abandons Provincial Energy Efficiency Agency (Ind. Report
    Date: 2020-06-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, the office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon has announced the closure of Energy Efficiency Alberta and the transfer of the 2017-vintage agency's $8-million budget into other departments or the current Emissions Reduction Alberta.

    Energy Efficiency Alberta received funding from a provincial carbon tax on gasoline and heating fuels. The agency issued initiatives and rebates on everything from solar panels to energy-efficient appliances, windows, insulation, LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads. The rebates were cancelled last fall. (Source: Office of Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon , JWN, Canadian Press, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon, 780-427-2711,

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    EPCG Announces HQ Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Montenegrin state power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) is reporting an energy efficiency upgrade project at its headquarters building in the city of Niksic.

    The first stage involves installing solar panels on the roof and the parking lot. Other measures include thermal insulation of exterior walls, thermal and hydro insulation of the roof, installation of a modern HVAC system, and LED lighting, all of which will eventually meet up to 97 pct of the building's energy needs and cut the 60-year old building's CO2 emissions by nearly 1,290 tpy, according to the EPCG release. (Source: EPCG, Balkan News, 2 June, 2020) Contact: EPCG,

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    NREL Considering Blockchain and Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Date: 2020-06-01
    The US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is exploring the possibilities of using blockchain for renewable energy. To that end, NREL will work with energy utility, Exelon, and the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) to research blockchain for community-based energy markets.

    The project will focus on enhancing coordination between utilities and consumers and finding ways to connect distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar panels to local distribution networks by using digital identity and hardware created by NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).

    NREL plans to leverage blockchain to create a scalable solution for electricity feeders, which can be customized as desired. Currently, they are running a virtual pilot that connects electric vehicles, smart appliances, batteries, and other components, to a blockchain.

    NREL is a member of Blockchain for Optimized Security and Energy Management (BLOSEM), and provides expertise on accelerating blockchain adoption in the energy sector. The BLOSEM project is led by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and is funded by the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. (Source: NREL, COINGEEK, 30 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Dane Christensen,,; Excelon,; Web Foundation,

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    Toledo Solar Panel Production Underway (Ind. Report)
    Toledo Solar
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc is reporting it has begun solar panel production at it's plant in Perrysburg, Ohio.

    Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar, Toledo Blade, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145 ,,

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    Amazon Launches Chinese Solar Energy Facility (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-05-22
    On-line retail juggernaut Amazon is reporting the opening of its first solar energy facility in China. The 100-MW solar project in Shandong is expected to generate 128,000 MWh of power annually.

    The company plans to construct similar facilities in Australia and the U.S. -- Ohio and Virginia -- as part of its Climate Pledge and commitment to be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2030.

    Amazon presently has 31 renewable energy facilities and uses power from solar panels on rooftops at 60 fulfillment centers around the world. (Source: Amazon, GeekWire, 21 May, 2020)

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    CA Home Solar Mandate Now Allows Community Projects (Ind Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has approved off-site "community solar" solar projects as an option to its recently enacted rooftop solar requirement for most new homes and low-rise apartments in California to install rooftop solar. With the approval, participating builders are now required to offer home buyers a choice between rooftop or community solar delivered via existing transmission lines.

    California's solar mandate, which went into effect on Jan. 1, this year, required most new single-family homes or low-rise apartments to install rooftop solar panels owned by the homeowner or leased from a solar company, that would sell the generated electricity back to the homeowner at a discounted rate. (Source: California Energy Commission, Builder Mag., May,2020) Contact: California Energy Commission,

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    Longi Solar launches 370W Solar Module (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered Longi Solar is reporting the virtual launch of its new higher power, higher efficiency monofacial PERC module HiMo 4 solar panel range in Australia.

    The HiMo 4 series offers a 370W panel with a 20.3 pct efficiency -- a record high in mid-range price products pitched at the residential and small commercial segment as "maximum power on limited roof space", according to Longi. A larger panel of up to 450W with 20.7 pct efficiency is aimed more at the large commercial and industrial market.

    The modules use half-cell technology to reduce power loss from resistance, lower the module operating temperature, reduce hot spot temperature by 10~20 degree C and improve the panels' overall performance in partial shade. (Source: Longi, One Step Off the Grid, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Lomgi Solar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, Ted Yang, +86-153-886-37121,

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    Cora Group Bldg Reaches ZCB-Design Certification (Ind. Report)
    Cora Group
    Date: 2020-04-29
    The Waterloo, Ontario-headquartered Cora Group reports its 104,000 evolv1 building project in Waterloo has achieved Zero Carbon Building Standard Performance certification through the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building program. The Waterloo building was previously ZCB-Design certified and is presently awaiting LEED Platinum certification.

    The building's sustainability features include: solar panels and a passive solar wall system; an open-loop geothermal system; 40,000-litre rainwater cistern and daylight harvesting; 28 electric vehicle chargers, and others. (Source: The Cora Group, DCN-JOC News Services , 28 April, 2020) Contact: Cora Group, Adrian Conrad, COO, (519) 570-2672,; Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184,,

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    BayWa's 133.6-MW N.C. Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Global renewable energy developer, service provider and distributor BayWa r.e. reports receipt of tax equity and construction financing for its Fern Solar project in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

    Construction of the Fern project is underway. When fully operational later this year the 133.6 MW solar farm will incorporate 353,276 solar panels, 42 inverters and will generate sufficient power for nearly 20,000 homes. (Source: BayWa r.e. PR, 27 April, 2020) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC , Jam Attari, CEO, Christine Owens, VP Marketing ,

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    Cambodian Solar-Biomass Hybrid Power JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Aura Green Energy, WWB Corp
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Japan's Aura Green Energy Co. is reporting a 50-50 joint venture with solar panel system provider WWB Corp. for the construction of a rice husk fueled power generation plant that incorporates solar panels near Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The biomass-solar hybrid power plant is expected to launch in 2021.

    The ¥400 million ($3.7 million) project will have a total of 1,500 kilowatts. Any surplus power is to be sold to the national grid or a local power company as an IPP. The project is partly subsidized by the Japanese government, at about ¥110 million under the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a greenhouse gas emission reduction plan to exchange reduced carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Aura Green Energy, Khmer Times, Mainichi News, 28 April, 2020) Contact: WWB Corp., +81 3 64332789,; Aura Green Energy, +81 17-752-0682,

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