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At least $25.7B in new US clean-energy factories are in the works. Most of these projects and jobs are in traditionally conservative states.

At least $25.7 billion in new U.S. clean-energy factories are in the works, thanks in part to the generous subsidies in President Joe Biden’s landmark climate law. Most of these projects — and the jobs that come with them — are in traditionally conservative states.

In Dalton, Georgia, green energy hasn’t been a priority. Its congressional representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has said that “Earth warming and carbon is actually healthy for us.”

But a new solar-panel factory is changing minds in the city of 34,000. Indeed, the presence of new jobs is transforming solar power into a tangible community benefit.

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Source: The Seattle Times

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San Joaquin Valley may become home to vast solar arrays turning fallowed farmland into a source of clean energy while sustaining local jobs.

The San Joaquin Valley may soon become home to vast solar arrays turning fallowed farmland into a source of clean energy while sustaining local jobs. But it won’t be easy pulling it off in a way that’s equitable to local communities.

That much was clear during an online panel the Public Policy Institute of California hosted earlier this month titled “Solar Development in the San Joaquin Valley.” It took participants through layers of complications that remain to be addressed if the valley is to meet its potential as a major component of California’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2045.

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Source: Yahoo

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Avantus partnered with wildlife services to protect desert lands by retiring grazing rights on more than 215,000 acres.

Avantus, formerly 8minute Energy, partnered with wildlife services to protect desert lands by retiring grazing rights on more than 215,000 acres.

The company is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the Onyx Conservation project. Onyx will conserve and permanently dedicate the area in Kern County to wildlife forage.

As one of the largest mitigation projects in the nation, Onyx will permanently protect a swath of Mojave Desert seven times larger than San Francisco. This will protect and enhance desert wildlife and plants, including the western Joshua Tree.

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Source: PV Magazine

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As the cheapest clean energy technology, solar energy will be deployed at a massive scale to help the world meet its climate & energy goals.

Solar infrastructure brings about important opportunities for ecology and regeneration — this was the headline of the session, “How to reconcile Economy and Ecology?”, co-organized by the Global Solar Council and SolarPower Europe at the Wind and Solar Pavilion, in the Blue zone of COP27 on November 9.

As the cheapest clean energy technology, solar energy will be deployed at a massive scale to help the world meet its climate and energy goals. Such deployment of solar infrastructure requires space and land, creating both challenges and opportunities.

So far, climate change mitigation and adaptation focused on carbon neutrality and sustainable finance-developed carbon markets. But to tackle the challenges of soil degradation and biodiversity loss, finance and business models will have to evolve.

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Source: IMPAKTER

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The IRA created a massive opportunity for clean energy. EDF President Krupp argues that businesses need to take advantage of this moment.

The government may have created the internet, but the private sector drove the information revolution. A similar opportunity now exists for companies to lead the transition to a cleaner economy. New funding and incentives—through the Inflation Reduction Act, bipartisan infrastructure law, and CHIPS law—will give smart businesses the chance to compete for a share in this multitrillion-dollar market.

American companies have a choice: lead the net-zero transition, or let their competitors capture its opportunities. Businesses and investors who fail to seize the moment may find themselves becoming cautionary tales. As former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, no one wants to be “the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged.”

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Source: Fast Company

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The US and UAE announced the signing of a strategic partnership that will see $100B mobilized to develop 100 gigawatts of clean energy by 2035

The United States and United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced the signing of a strategic partnership that will see $100 billion mobilized to develop 100 gigawatts of clean energy by 2035.

The deal, signed during the Adipec energy conference in Abu Dhabi, is entitled the “Partnership for Accelerating Clean Energy” (PACE) and encompasses four main pillars: the development of clean energy innovation and supply chains, managing carbon and methane emissions, nuclear energy, and industrial and transport decarbonization.

“The cooperation comes within the framework of the close friendship between the UAE and the United States of America” and “affirms the commitment of both sides to work to enhance energy security and advance progress in climate action,” according to a UAE government statement published by state news agency WAM.

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Source: CNBC

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Disadvantaged communities are bearing the brunt of clean energy supply chain blockages. Many believe that IRA will help alleviate supply chain constraints.

Disadvantaged communities in many parts of the U.S. are bearing the brunt of clean energy supply chain blockages that range from materials to labor, according to environmental justice advocates and utility officials.

In marginalized communities, it is “substituting one kind of delay for another,” said Shelley Robbins, project director for the Clean Energy Group, based in Vermont. “If you can’t get something, the price goes up.”

Historically, renewable energy and electrification projects in underserved communities have been “way too expensive,” she said in a recent phone interview.

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Source: Utility Dive

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A new Credit Suisse report suggests that from 2025 - 2032, the US could see solar & wind power purchase agreements signed for under $0.01/kWh

The US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) could become a transformative document, enabling a grand experiment in energy generation at a national level, according to a new report by Credit Suisse. It believes that the United States has an opportunity to become a global leader in clean energy, much like it is already in the fossil industry.

Among the many ideas discussed in the document is a striking prediction – there may be solar power projects whose levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) drops below a penny per kilowatt hour, bottoming around $0.004/kWh ($4/MWh) in 2029. We could see these prices as soon as 2025, and they could persist beyond 2030.

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Source: PV Magazine

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Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format.

Communities around the U.S. are taking the lead to build clean energy projects designed to benefit their own residents, as we’ve been reporting this week in our series Power by the People: Clean Energy from the Grassroots. But some kinds of community-led clean-energy efforts can only succeed if the right policies are in place, and policies vary widely from state to state. So which states are most effectively supporting communities in their quest for clean energy? California and Massachusetts top the list, according to a scorecard from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, while Kentucky and Louisiana are at the bottom.

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Source: Canary Media

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The San Vicente reservoir in San Diego County stores water from as far away as the Colorado River. Pumping water into a smaller reservoir in the surrounding mountains could store excess solar power until it's needed, when the sun sets.

The San Diego County Water Authority has an unusual plan to use the city’s scenic San Vicente Reservoir to store solar power so it’s available after sunset. The project, and others like it, could help unlock America’s clean energy future.

Perhaps a decade from now, if all goes smoothly, large underground pipes will connect this lake to a new reservoir, a much smaller one, built in a nearby canyon about 1100 feet higher in elevation. When the sun is high in the sky, California’s abundant solar power will pump water into that upper reservoir.

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Source: NPR

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