Illinois Commerce Commission vote reinstates full retail net-metering for Ameren customers

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) voted 4-1 on Wednesday to reject Ameren Illinois’ proposed calculation of the number of solar net-metering customers in its territory, resulting in the reopening of full retail net metering in its service territory. The decision will allow new solar customers to participate in the widely used solar compensation mechanism that… […]

New York Taps Storage to Integrate Renewables into Grid

New York has unveiled a new energy storage project that uses an innovation in lithium-ion battery technology. The potential success of this project will demonstrate the safety and use of commercial energy storage systems that could enable more integration of renewable energy resources into the grid.  Located at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in […]

An insane amount of energy storage was deployed in the United States in Q3 2020

According to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ”US Energy Storage Monitor” report, 476 MW of storage were deployed in Q3 2020. This is an increase of 240% over the previous high, set last quarter. As noted in the research, the new record for storage is not an anomaly but rather a sign of things to come as front-of-the-meter (FTM) storage… […]

U.S. Deploys Record Amount of Energy Storage in Q3

Approximately 476  MW of energy storage were  deployed this year – an increase of  240% over the previous high set last quarter, according to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) recently released U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. As noted in the research, the new record  for storage  is  not an anomaly but […]

Advocacy groups release best practices for siting solar near Virginia’s many historic landscapes

A new report by a trio of preservation advocacy groups offers best practices for the expansion of utility-scale solar energy so the growth of this important 21st century infrastructure will not encroach on Virginia’s many historic landscapes and resources. In “Siting Solar in Virginia: Protecting Virginia’s Historic Landscapes While Meeting State’s Clean Energy Goals,” the… […]

Notice of termination inspection on solar projects: What “NOT” to do

By Ben Izard, Corporate Business Development, NaturChem The solar industry has seen exponential growth in recent years. This growth is being accelerated by a shift in culture which prioritizes renewable energy as well as state laws that incentivize the industry. The United States is forecasted to install nearly 100 GW of solar between 2021 and… […]

Phoenix Contact releases DC/DC converter for 1,500-V solar projects

Phoenix Contact released a new TRIO DC/DC converter that connects directly to solar arrays. It converts high-voltage DC from PV strings to 24 VDC, eliminating the costs and hassle of trenching to supply AC power for monitoring, weather stations and other array applications. TRIO DC/DC converter has a wide DC voltage input range and is… […]

Investment firm acquires 12-project East Coast solar portfolio from Agilitas Energy

Agilitas Energy, a Northeast renewable energy developer and owner-operator, closed on the sale of a 16.8 MWdc solar PV portfolio to CarVal Investors. The portfolio is made up of 12 solar projects varying from landfill, ground-mount and rooftop, located in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The majority of the projects were developed, engineered constructed… […]

Capital Dynamics Completes Financing on Nevada Solar Project

Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, says its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business has achieved financial close on the 383 MW DC Eagle Shadow Mountain solar photovoltaic project, located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Nevada. This transaction builds on the initial collaboration with 8minute Solar Energy, which continues to oversee […]