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Solar developer Nexamp has raised an impressive $520 million to build community solar projects across the US.

In a major win for affordable clean energy access, solar developer Nexamp has raised an impressive $520 million to build community solar projects across the United States.

This funding is “one of the largest capital raises to date for this growing sector,” according to Canary Media.

Community solar allows renters, small businesses, and other organizations to benefit from solar energy even if they can’t install panels on their own property. Participants pay a monthly fee to subscribe to a local solar farm and then receive credits on their utility bills for the clean power generated. Those credits are typically larger than the subscription fee — meaning savings for subscribers.

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Source: The Cool Down

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Thanks to funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and IRA, DOE has made available more than $861M to CA’s state and local governments to invest in energy efficiency & grid resilience.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visits California

  • On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will travel to San Jose for an announcement on DOE’s first-of-its-kind Renew America’s Nonprofits program, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. On Thursday, October 26, 2023, Secretary Granholm will tour SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park and attend a “first light” celebration of the lab’s upgraded Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s most powerful X-ray laser.

Strengthening California’s Economy

ENERGY JOBS

  • In 2022, there were already 911,345 California workers employed in the energy sector.
  • Across the state, more than 76% of the electric power generation workforce was in wind, solar, and hydroelectric, and more than 294,000 workers were employed in energy efficiency.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act is expanding these opportunities, bringing an estimated $21.2 billion of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to California between now and 2030.

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Source: Department of Energy

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According to the latest “U.S. Energy Storage Monitor” report, the US energy storage market added 5,597MWh in Q2 2023, a new quarterly record.

The U.S. energy storage market added 5,597 MWh in Q2 2023, a new quarterly record. This is according to the latest “U.S. Energy Storage Monitor” report from Wood Mackenzie and the American Clean Power Association.

The grid-scale segment led the way in Q2 with a record-breaking 5,109 MWh in Q2, beating the previous record in Q4 2021 by 5%. The grid-scale segment also achieved 172% growth quarter-over-quarter. California dominated activity, with 738 MW and a 49% share of installed capacity.

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Source: Solar Power World

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Solar and wind power hit a new record this year, generating more U.S. power than coal for the first five months of the year.

Solar and wind power hit a new record this year, generating more U.S. power than coal for the first five months of the year, according to preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration.

It’s the first time on record that wind and solar have out-produced coal for five months, according to industry publication, E&E News, which first calculated the figures.

Official EIA data, which is released with a lag, shows wind and solar energy out-producing coal for January, February and March, while real-time figures “indicate that same trend continued in April and May,” EIA spokesperson Chris Higginbotham said in an email.

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Source: CBS News

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NJR Clean Energy Ventures owns and operates the floating solar farm, which covers 17 acres of the Canoe Brook reservoir in Short Hills, NJ.

New Jersey is host to an 8.9 megawatt (MW) floating solar farm – the largest floating solar array in North America.

NJR Clean Energy Ventures owns and operates the floating solar farm, which covers 17 acres of the Canoe Brook reservoir in Short Hills, New Jersey. NJR CEV and New Jersey American Water held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project yesterday.

The floating solar farm consists of 16,510 solar panels, and the clean power they generate is enough to power 1,400 homes annually. It will provide around 95% of the power needs for New Jersey American Water’s Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant.

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Source: electrek

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Floating solar panel systems not just provide clean power and leave no land footprint, but also conserve water by preventing evaporation.

When Joe Seaman-Graves, the city planner for the working class town of Cohoes, New York, Googled the term “floating solar,” he didn’t even know it was a thing.

What he did know is that his tiny town needed an affordable way to get electricity and had no extra land. But looking at a map, one feature stood out.

“We have this 14-acre water reservoir,” he said.

Seaman-Graves soon found the reservoir could hold enough solar panels to power all the municipal buildings and streetlights, saving the city more than $500,000 each year. He had stumbled upon a form of clean energy that is steeply ramping up.

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Source: AP News

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An analysis by independent climate think tank Ember found that 12% of the world’s power came from solar and wind in 2022.

Record growth in wind and solar last year pushed worldwide electricity generation to its cleanest-ever level, a report found, reflecting a renewable energy boom that researchers say could herald the “beginning of the end of the fossil age.”

The analysis published Wednesday by independent climate think tank Ember found that 12% of the world’s power came from solar and wind in 2022, up from 10% of global electricity generation in 2021.

Solar was the fastest-growing source of electricity for the 18th consecutive year, the report said, rising by 24% year-on-year and adding enough power to meet the annual electricity demand of South Africa.

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Source: CNBC

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With Patagonia on board, NEXT Energy Technologies has a high-profile showcase for its new see-through solar windows.

Word has slipped out that Patagonia is demonstrating a new, fully transparent solar window. That’s a neat trick, considering that it’s impossible to see through a normal solar panel. The manufacturer behind the new solar technology was a mystery because the scoop was hidden behind a paywall when first reported by The Wall Street Journal on December 27. Nevertheless, CleanTechnica sniffed it out, and it’s…not who we thought it was!

Turning glass into an invisible solar energy harvester really is a game-changer. Solarized glass transforms windows, doors, and glass-walled buildings into renewable energy power stations, while enabling interior spaces to continue taking advantage of daylight.

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Source: Clean Technica

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The US IRA stands to make solar energy a more viable option for renters and to people whose homes are not suitable for rooftop arrays.

Over the past decade, a boom in renewable energy made rooftop solar increasingly practical for US homeowners — but it largely left out the 44 million households that rent, and those unable to afford to go green. The Inflation Reduction Act is now poised to change that dynamic, expanding access to low-cost, carbon-free solar energy by providing generous incentives for what’s known as community solar.

Developers of these smaller-scale projects install solar panels on vacant land in or near communities, or on the rooftops of commercial buildings. Renters, apartment dwellers and people whose homes are not suitable for rooftop arrays can then subscribe to a community “solar garden,” paying a monthly fee based on their electricity consumption. In exchange, they receive a discount on their utility bills for the clean power they’re helping supply to the grid.

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Source: Bloomberg

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