Solar News

IRENA members commit to advance the global hydropower fleet
Posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Members of the International Renewable Energy Agency and private sector representatives are joining forces to modernize and refurbish the existing hydropower fleet around the globe. This is one of the results of the third meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower organized by IRENA, which aims to expand collaboration and action between the agency’s global […] ...read more

US DOE announces $12 Million for enhanced geothermal technology improvement
Posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced up to $12 million for technologies that can make geothermal systems more efficient for clean, renewable energy production. The funding is designed to help scientists and engineers unlock the full potential of enhanced geothermal power to help tackle the climate crisis and achieve the Biden Administration’s […] ...read more

Solar industry employment dropped 6.7% in 2020, new report shows
Posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2021

The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. On the flip side, total solar installed […] ...read more

Enel’s portfolio of renewable projects under construction tops 2 GW
Posted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Enel Green Power North America currently has over 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction ...read more

New tool empowers utilities to reduce emissions in investment planning
Posted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

By Erin Murphy and Christie Hicks, EDF As the United States moves toward decarbonization, cities and states must use all means available to reduce climate pollution, and natural gas utilities should be at the forefront of this rapid energy transition. Gas utilities are the subject of increasing scrutiny because plans to expand and fortify their infrastructure could lock […] ...read more

AES pooling clean energy resources to power Google data centers
Posted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Virginia-based AES Corp. will supply nearly carbon-free electricity to power Google’s data centers in the state. The power generator announced it will become sole supplier of the tech giant’s data-center needs for clean energy. Under the agreement AES will start supply later this year. See our interview with AES Chief Operating Officer Bernerd Da Santos […] ...read more

We need more grid engineers to implement Biden’s plan (Part 2 of 2)
Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Hiring engineers via the H1B immigration process would make implementing Biden’s infrastructure plan more efficient. In part 1, we focused on the need for transmission planning engineers. In part 2, the focus is on the need for additional market systems and distribution planning engineers. Engineers should have the flexibility to move within an organization Engineers […] ...read more

Mitsubishi, Powin to provide battery storage retrofits to California solar projects
Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

The two-site utility-scale battery project is designed to enhance California’s grid reliability with additional and flexible resource capacity paired with renewable energies. ...read more

Massive solar + storage project receives federal approval to be built on US public lands
Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

The approval gives developer Sonoran West a green light to go forward with the construction of the Crimson Solar Project, a 350-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility with a 350-MW energy storage system. ...read more

Repowered 160-kW Valatie Falls Hydro plant now operating
Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

On April 26, the 160-kW Valatie Falls Hydro plant in New York began generating power for the first time since June 2018. Valatie Falls will provide direct energy to the Village of Valatie, as well as charge the electric vehicles of local business PlugIn Stations Online. Built along the shores of Kinderhook Creek in Valatie, […] ...read more