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Day & Night Solar (DNS), a turnkey solar solutions provider located in Collinsville, Ill., recently worked with Young Electric and IBEW Local 6 to install a 145.6 kW solar canopy in San Francisco. The roof array – which is located at Young Electric’s San Francisco headquarters – is the first of its kind in the city. The canopy provides a high clearance, at eight feet, to allow access to the rooftop. It houses a solar array with 270 panels. All work meets fire codes, and the free-flowing open plan will allow first responders space to safely maneuver on the roof. “We’ve been wanting to add solar for years, but space limitations made it not worthwhile for our business,” explains Wayne Huie, president and CEO of Young Electric. “Day & Night Solar worked closely with us to overcome this challenge and design the system to meet…

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ComEd and Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) have opened the 2.5 MW Speedway Solar project, located 10 miles south of Joliet, Ill. The installation – the 75th community solar development in ComEd’s service territory – will provide more than 350 ComEd customers with access to solar energy and savings on their energy bills. “The completion of 75 community solar developments in our service territory is a major milestone on our path to a clean energy future,” says Scott Vogt, vice president of strategy and energy policy at ComEd. “Our collaboration with Summit Ridge Energy is expanding customer access to clean and affordable renewable energy and contributing to the goal of reducing carbon emissions in our communities.” The Speedway Solar project includes more than 2,300 solar panels and occupies 31 acres on West Sharp Road in Elwood, Ill., about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. “We credit ComEd for helping to accelerate the…

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Mark Casper Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. says it intends to power all of the company’s current U.S. sites with 100% renewable electricity by 2026, starting with a new 20-year virtual power purchasing agreement with EDF Renewables for the full output of the 200 MW Millers Branch Solar project. This Texas-based project complements Thermo Fisher’s previously announced agreement with Enel North America for the Seven Cowboy wind project. Together, the two projects will provide enough renewable power to match all of Thermo Fisher’s current U.S. electricity needs. The Millers Branch Solar project is expected to be operational by December 2025. Thermo Fisher was supported by Sustainability Roundtable Inc.’s Net Zero Consortium for Buyers, a platform designed to help corporate buyers with global decarbonization strategies and favorable renewable energy transactions. “Transitioning away from fossil fuels and adopting renewable energy accelerates our progress toward net-zero carbon emissions by…

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Bob Yeager Emerson says it is combining its power-sector expertise and renewable energy capabilities into its Ovation Green portfolio to help power generation companies meet the needs of customers navigating the transition to green energy generation and storage. By uniting the recently acquired Mita-Teknik software and technology with its own Ovation automation platform, renewable energy knowledge base, cybersecurity solutions and remote management capabilities, Emerson has created an extension of its power-based control architecture. The resulting portfolio focuses on the emerging clean energy market to provide simplified renewables automation to help power producers build and scale sustainable operations. “Countries around the globe are focused on transitioning to a clean energy economy in the coming decades, and while green energy is a simple concept everyone understands, the road to implementation is not always clear,” says Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water solutions. “With the Ovation Green portfolio, our software, support…

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Remi Eriksen DNV has acquired global solar irradiance data and forecasting provider Solcast, further expanding its offering to solar energy customers with digital and data-driven services that help maximize the value of solar power plants. Solcast, based in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas, develops the data and tools needed to plan, construct, operate and manage photovoltaic systems. Solar forecasting enables solar power producers to deliver reliable and resilient electricity to grids across fast-growing markets. The integration of solar forecasting with energy storage brings a unique opportunity allowing customers to plan and later dispatch energy on demand to get the most value out of each solar power plant. Moreover, real-time access to high-quality, accurate short-term forecasts enables customers to easily evaluate power plant operations, evaluate losses and improve plant performance, leading to improved plant and portfolio management. Solcast uses the latest in global weather satellite imagery,…

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul The Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) has voiced its concerns about a measure in New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2024 Executive Budget proposal that would give new authority to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to own, develop, finance and operate renewable energy facilities. “We fully acknowledge that renewable energy projects are not being deployed fast enough,” says Anne Reynolds, executive director of ACE NY. “It makes complete sense that NYPA should be involved in helping break down barriers to renewable energy development, but we do not agree with this approach.” Developing renewable energy projects in New York is difficult, costly, financially risky and time-consuming, the organization says. ACE NY believes that a combination of private enterprise, in close collaboration with government agencies like NYPA and NYSERDA, and community and environmental advocacy groups, is the most cost-effective, efficient way to get responsibly…

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Maggie McKenna Westbridge Renewable Energy Corp. has added the 295 MWp solar PV / 100 MW/200 MWh Red Willow Project, located in Stettler County No. 6 in central Alberta, Canada, to the company’s portfolio. The project is in Stage 2 of the Alberta Electric System Operator interconnection process. Westbridge recently submitted environmental and wildlife field studies to Alberta Environment and Parks, in a request for a referral letter, which will be then submitted to the Alberta Utility Commission as part of Red Willow’s application for power plant approval.    “The Red Willow Project has secured site control in the form of a long-term solar lease with private landowners,” explains Maggie McKenna, Westbridge’s director and chief operating officer. “We look forward to kicking off engagement with stakeholders and the local community.” Westbridge’s current portfolio includes projects in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. …

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Zvi Alon Tigo Energy Inc. says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied a SunSpec Alliance challenge to the validity of Tigo’s U.S. Patent No. 8,933,321 in its entirety, as well as denied the organization’s challenge to the validity of claims 14-16 of Tigo U.S. Patent No. 10,256,770. The Tigo patent claims upheld by the USPTO are relevant to the SunSpec Alliance Rapid Shutdown Specification. Rapid shutdown is a safety function for photovoltaic systems on buildings, designed to reduce the risk of electrical shock to emergency responders, and is mandated by building codes and regulatory bodies in the U.S. and in a rapidly growing number of countries around the world. In its two inter partes review filings from February 2022, SunSpec Alliance challenged 11 claims in Tigo’s ’321 and ’770 patents, attempting to show those claims as being invalid based on prior art. In its ruling, the USPTO…

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Ross Sanner Vermont-based Bullrock Renewables has formed a joint venture with Missouri-based NXTGenREA and New York-based Delaware River Solar to construct, own and operate 250 MW of solar projects throughout New York state by 2025. Bullrock CEO Ross Sanner says the partnership is part of an aggressive growth strategy at the company, which builds, owns and operates solar energy projects throughout the United States. The company says it takes a vertically integrated approach to solar, which allows for faster, more efficient engineering, construction, funding and utilization of tax equity. The three companies have successfully delivered more than $1.5 billion of solar assets since 2012, making the group one of the largest private entities in the space. The 250 MW of projects include 120 MW that will be completed by the end of 2024 and 130 MW that will be operational by March 2025. The partners…

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Ryan Lloyd DSD Renewables has acquired an 11.8 MW community solar-plus-storage project from New Leaf Energy in Dartmouth, Mass. The project will be part of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program – a long-term solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development across the state – and qualifies for Massachusetts’ Low Income Community Shared Solar program, providing electricity bill credits to low-income subscribers as well as local businesses. Offtake for the project will be made up of 50% low-to-moderate income (LMI) customers that will receive a monthly savings on their electricity bill, with the remainder going to a corporate offtakers in the Dartmouth area. “This project represents the continued growth and success of our work in this region,” says Ryan Lloyd, DSD’s director of acquisition. “We’re proud to deliver yet another project backed by Massachusetts’ solar programs that will deliver a positive impact to the local community.” The site…

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