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Melissa Alfano Earthjustice has filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), challenging a rule that prohibits renewable energy from providing grid ancillary services. Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. (MISO) is the only FERC jurisdictional grid operator to explicitly prohibit wind, solar and battery hybrid resources from providing ancillary services. MISO serves 45 million people in 15 states and Manitoba. The amount of energy produced from wind and solar is expected to increase significantly in the MISO region in the coming years. Wind, solar, and battery hybrid resources have proven they can provide ancillary services. The temporary prohibition was instituted in 2011 by MISO and never revisited; the complaint seeks to lift this blanket prohibition. “Regional transmission authorities should not restrict the services that renewables can provide,” says Aaron Stemplewicz, Earthjustice attorney. “FERC must order MISO to reform the…

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The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) has completed its analysis of year-end 2022 data, finding that Canada’s wind and solar energy sectors grew by 10.5% last year. “Canada now has an installed capacity of more than 19 GW of utility-scale wind and solar energy, having added more than 1.8 GW of new generation capacity in 2022,” says Phil McKay, CanREA’s senior director, technical and utility affairs. Solar is growing particularly quickly: More than one quarter of all the installed capacity in Canada was added in 2022 alone. Western Canada accounted for 98% of Canada’s total growth in 2022, with Alberta adding 1,391 MW and Saskatchewan adding 387 MW of installed capacity. Quebec contributed 24 MW to the total growth for 2022, Ontario 10 MW and Nova Scotia 2 MW.   As it grows, the renewables sector is emerging as an important force for job creation, primarily in the construction of new…

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WEC Energy Group says it is acquiring an 80% ownership interest in the Samson I Solar Energy Center: a 250 MW project located about 140 miles northeast of Dallas that was developed and built by Invenergy and began operations in May 2022. Samson I is part of the five-phase Samson solar portfolio. The portfolio is being built on 18,000 acres in northeast Texas, and when completed, it is expected to total 1.3 GW. Samson I is generating energy under a long-term power purchase agreement with AT&T. It is eligible for production tax credits as outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress. WEC Energy Group’s investment is expected to total approximately $250 million for the 80% ownership interest. This project is the second solar investment announced in WEC Energy Group’s infrastructure segment. The company also has existing or planned investments in eight major wind farms. Taken together, these solar…

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Laura Pagliarulo SolaREIT, a solar real estate investment fund, says it has closed on a revolving credit facility with Atlantic Union Bank (AUB), giving the company an additional $15 million of liquidity and enabling it to aggregate land and leases under community solar projects prior to placing them into a securitization facility. “The revolving credit facility with Atlantic Union Bank compliments our securitization facility with Nuveen/TIAA CREF, further allowing us to scale nationally,” says Laura Pagliarulo, president of SolaREIT. SolaREIT provides solar developers and landowners with capital solutions, including land purchases, lease purchases and solar loans, that allow landowners to access the full value of their solar land. Source link

Lon Huber Duke Energy has proposed an expansion to its Green Source Advantage (GSA) program that would give customers the option to supplement their power usage with 100% renewable power and the ability to pair renewable projects with energy storage. Details for the GSA Choice program were outlined in a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. “Many of our large business customers seek renewable power sources and are making decarbonization a long-term part of their business plans,” says Lon Huber, Duke Energy’s senior vice president, pricing and customer solutions. “Duke Energy is proud to offer these customers a wide range of options, including the ability to increase their hourly use with carbon-free energy in one of the country’s first time-aligned clean-energy programs.” Duke Energy’s GSA program was launched in 2017 and has been used by customers such as the City of Charlotte, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke University. The changes build and expand…

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Yumin Liu, Emeren CEO Solar project developer, owner and operator ReneSola Ltd. has announced a corporate name change, to Emeren Group Ltd., along with a new branding identity encompassing a new logo, tagline and website, at emeren.com. The company says Emeren stands for “Empowering Renewables,” symbolizing its “substantial progress and continued dedication to growing solar and renewable energy development globally to deliver affordable and sustainable energy.” “We are excited to unveil our rebranding and new name, which symbolizes the remarkable transformation we have undergone over the past five years and reflects the strategies we have implemented,” says Yumin Liu, Emeren CEO. “This rebranding not only provides us with a clear direction and foundation as we aim to become the world’s premier solar project developer and operator, but also showcases our dedication to our partners, customers, and investors. It captures the essence of our future aspirations…

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Urvi Parekh Apex Clean Energy has executed an environmental attribute purchase agreement (EAPA) with Meta for the full capacity of the 195 MW Angelo Solar in Tom Green County, Texas. This agreement follows other previously announced transactions between Apex and Meta: an 80 MW EAPA with Altavista Solar; 200 MW with Aviator Wind East, part of the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the United States; 175 MW with Lincoln Land Wind; 197 MW with Jayhawk Wind; and, most recently, 225 MW with Great Pathfinder Wind. “The success of our company and our mission, to accelerate the shift to clean energy, relies on partnerships with first movers like Meta that have set ambitious standards driving the energy transition,” says Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “As we advance our sixth project alongside Meta, this portfolio, now totaling more than a gigawatt, represents a diverse set of best-in-class…

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Dr. Shawn Qu Canadian Solar Inc. says a wholly owned subsidiary of its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar Co. Ltd. has entered into a multi-year investment agreement the municipal government of Yangzhou City in Jiangsu Province, China, whereby CSI Solar plans to add vertically integrated high efficiency wafer, cell, and module capacity, as well as battery system manufacturing capacity, in Yangzhou’s clean energy manufacturing industrial park. The project plan will be carried out in three phases, with Phase I being 14 GW of wafer and cell capacity. For year-end 2023, the company anticipates totals of 20 GW of ingot, 35 GW of wafer, and 50 GW of cell and module capacity. “We are pleased to expand our manufacturing base in the latest high-efficiency solar and battery storage products to better support the strong demand needs of our customers,” says Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of…

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House Majority Leader Jamie Long, flanked by House Speaker Melissa Hortman, takes questions from the media ahead of floor debate on HF7. (Photo: Catherine Davis) After more than seven hours of debate, the Minnesota House passed HF7, as amended, by a 70-60 vote along party lines. It would require utilities doing business in the state to use entirely carbon-free sources for electricity production by 2040. And that means pushing the accelerator on the use of solar and wind energy within the state. Sponsored by House Majority Leader Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls), the bill would have Minnesota join 21 other states that have established a 100% clean energy standard or goal. “Minnesota is one of the top states in the country in seeing change to our climate,” says Long. “Some have asked us what one state alone can do. Collectively, states can make a big difference. The…

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Cutlass Solar Project Bechtel has completed the Cutlass Solar project in Fort Bend, Texas. The solar photovoltaic project added 140 MW DC to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ Houston Zone, enough to power approximately 20,000 homes with zero-carbon electricity and eliminate 300,000 metrics tons of CO2 emissions. “Bechtel is supporting America’s energy transition by providing development capital for critical projects like Cutlass, and by building our own specialty solar construction equipment fleet and developing and deploying a digital execution platform for our renewable customers,” says Kelley Brown, EPC Operations manager, North America Core Renewables, Bechtel Infrastructure. “We are committed to doing our part to help promote a decarbonized environment for future generations.” Bechtel partnered with Advanced Power in the development of Cutlass Solar through Bechtel Enterprises, the company’s project development and financing arm. “This is an important milestone in the long-standing partnership between Advanced Power and Bechtel,” states Matt…

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