New York Power Authority plans to enable 325 MW of distributed and customer-sited solar by 2025 The utility is also updating transmission lines to accommodate more renewables.

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Board of Trustees yesterday approved a new strategic plan, VISION2030, which provides a roadmap for transforming the state’s energy infrastructure to a clean, reliable, resilient and affordable system over the next decade. VISION2030 highlights NYPA’s commitment to partnering with statewide customers to ensure a cost-effective transition to clean energy… […]

1.1-GW solar + 2,165-MWh storage project in California begins construction

Renewables developer and operator Terra-Gen has hired Mortenson to construct the Edwards & Sanborn solar and energy storage project located in Kern County, California. The project consists of 1,118 MW of solar and 2,165 MWh of energy storage. It is currently the largest single solar + storage project to reach this milestone. “Selecting the right… […]

Massachusetts State Auditor says tax laws for solar operators are outdated

A report issued by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump points out that the Commonwealth’s payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program for state-owned lands (SOL) is underfunded and disproportionately disadvantages smaller, rural communities in favor of larger, wealthier communities. Additionally, the report finds that state laws governing taxes paid to cities and towns by… […]

Amazon Becomes Largest Corporate Purachaser of Renewables

Amazon has invested in 26 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects totaling 3.4 GW of electricity production capacity, bringing its total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity –  the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year. These new projects will make […]

SCE: California Grid Needs to Adapt to Realize Clean Energy Future

Fundamental changes in how the electric power grid is planned, designed, built and operated are necessary to meet future challenges. These challenges are created by changes in electricity use and in the sources of energy connected to the grid, including greatly expanded use of electric vehicles (EVs) and growth in large-scale solar power and energy […]

SEIA asks solar companies to sign pledge against forced labor in supply chain

Today on International Human Rights Day, the solar industry is launching a proactive campaign to ensure the solar supply chain does not include abhorrent forced labor practices. The effort, led by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), features a pledge that companies can sign to oppose forced labor and raise awareness on this important issue.… […]

US Solar developing solar + storage project supporting Minnesota utility

US Solar and Minnesota Power have entered into a power purchase agreement for a solar + storage project in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This project is the result of a collaboration between US Solar, Minnesota Power, Grand Rapids Public Utilities, the Itasca Clean Energy Team and Grand Rapids. “This project is an impressive feat of collaboration,”… […]

New Energy Equity completes 1.3-MW Minnesota community solar project

New Energy Equity celebrated the completion of a 1.376-MW community solar garden located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The company provided the upfront development financing and oversaw the installation of the solar array, letting the city pay no upfront costs on the project. New Energy Equity will continue to work with nearby city Minnetonka, Cargill Incorporated… […]

Amazon is now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy

Amazon announced 26 new utility-scale solar and wind energy projects totaling 3.4 GW of electricity production capacity, bringing its total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity — the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year. Amazon has now invested in 6.5 GW… […]