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Solar installations will account for “almost all growth” in U.S. power generation in 2024-2025, increasing solar’s share of power production from 4% in 2023 to 5.6% this year and 7% in 2025, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said last month.
Utility-scale solar installations are rising on the back of tax credits in the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act and growing demand for clean power. Supply chain disruptions and volatile costs dented installations in 2022 but these challenges have moderated, developers told Reuters Events.
Strong growth is expected in markets with mature regulated structures, state renewable targets and competitive solar and wind fundamentals, such as Texas’ ERCOT, California’s CAISO and the large eastern PJM network, Woody Rubin, Chief Development Officer at utility and operator AES, said.

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Source: Reuters

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Updated roadmap for solar development will help meet President Biden’s goals for net-zero electric grid by 2035.

The Department of the Interior today announced an updated roadmap for solar energy development across the West, designed to expand solar energy production in more Western states and make renewable energy siting and permitting on America’s public lands more efficient. The Bureau of Land Management also announced the next steps on several renewable projects in Arizona, California and Nevada, representing more than 1,700 megawatts of potential solar generation and 1,300 megawatts of potential battery storage capacity.

Together, these milestones represent continued momentum from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda – a key pillar of Bidenomics – which is working to accelerate the clean energy and transmission buildout to lower consumers’ energy costs, prevent power outages in the face of extreme weather, create good-paying union jobs, tackle the climate crisis, advance the priorities of clean air and environmental justice for all, and achieve the President’s goal of a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2035. During the Biden-Harris administration, the BLM has approved 47 clean energy projects and permitted 11,236 megawatts of wind, solar and geothermal energy on public lands – enough to power more than 3.5 million homes.

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Source: US Department of the Interior

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Clean energy is often now the least expensive. The IEA projected that more than 440GW of renewable energy would be added in 2023.

Led by new solar power, the world added renewable energy at breakneck speed in 2023, a trend that if amplified will help Earth turn away from fossil fuels and prevent severe warming and its effects.

Clean energy is often now the least expensive, explaining some of the growth. Nations also adopted policies that support renewables, some citing energy security concerns, according to the International Energy Agency. These factors countered high interest rates and persistent challenges in getting materials and components in many places.

The IEA projected that more than 440 gigawatts of renewable energy would be added in 2023, more than the entire installed power capacity of Germany and Spain together.

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Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

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The BLM is seeking public comment on new project in eastern Riverside County that could generate and store up to 117MW of pv solar energy.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on new solar energy work in eastern Riverside County. If approved, the Sapphire Project could generate and store up to 117 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy and deliver renewable electricity to the statewide transmission grid.

The project would include approximately 41 acres of public lands for access roads, facilities, and lines to transmit the power. The planned solar panel arrays, battery energy storage, and related facilities would sit on about 1,082 acres of adjoining private land.

“Clean energy remains a BLM top priority,” said California Desert District Manager Shelly Lynch.  “BLM-managed public lands offer a tremendous opportunity to advance solar technology, and we value public input in the process.”

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Source: BLM.gov

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The report found that solar power capacity increased nearly 50% in the last two years and electric car sales increased by 240%.

The window to limit human-caused warming to a globally agreed goal is narrowing but still open because of the huge growth of solar energy and electric vehicles sales worldwide, a report said Tuesday.

For the last two years, the rate of the build up of solar energy and electric vehicle sales were in line with achieving emissions reductions targets that will help cap warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said.

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Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

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The IRA's Solar for All program aims to provide distributed solar energy to disadvantaged, low-income and tribal communities in the US.

In rural communities in California, access to renewable energy options such as solar and wind power is often limited. While larger cities are focusing on large-scale renewable energy projects, rural areas have few opportunities and resources to develop their own clean energy solutions. This makes them dependent on energy sources based on fossil fuels, whose reliability and safety are questionable.

However, there is hope on the horizon. The Inflation Reduction Act offers rural communities the opportunity to access financing for renewable energy projects through the Solar for All program. This program, administered by the EPA, aims to provide distributed solar energy to disadvantaged, low-income and tribal communities in the United States. With a budget of $7 billion, Solar for All focuses on community and rooftop solar projects that benefit local residents.

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Source: Nation World

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Renewable energy development is transforming the US countryside. It could be a chance to restore the iconic prairies.

A THIRD of North America was once an ocean of grass stretching from what is now central Canada to Mexico. Today, almost all of that original habitat, called prairie, is gone, ploughed for agriculture, paved over for cities and roads, or taken over by encroaching trees and shrubs. Most native prairie remnants are unmarked and hidden to the untrained eye – at least until the spring bloom reveals what grows there.

So, it was a surprise for Danish energy company Ørsted to learn that the field in which it planned to build a giant solar facility was among the largest areas of intact prairie left in Texas. It was also a “wake-up call” for conservationists, says Kirsti Harms at the Native Prairies Association of Texas. “Suddenly there are thousands of acres going into these solar projects.” Unlikely as it seems, this could be good for both clean energy and biodiversity.

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Source: New Scientist

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On August 21, the City of Santa Barbara began construction on a 425 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system and BESS at the Granada Garage.

On August 21, the City of Santa Barbara began construction on a 425 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system and battery energy storage system (BESS) at the Granada Garage. This project will generate, store, and supply electricity to the Granada Garage, Granada Offices, and the 911 Call Center while also reducing electricity costs at the Central Library across the street.

The project will produce approximately 700,000 kWh per year of clean renewable electricity, equivalent to powering over 150 Santa Barbara homes. In addition to increasing local renewable electricity capacity, project benefits include improved regional air quality and energy reliability, and supporting the local green energy industry.

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Source: Independent

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Wind and solar power are breaking records, and renewables are now expected to overtake coal by 2025 as the world’s largest source of electricity.

Delivery vans in Pittsburgh. Buses in Milwaukee. Cranes loading freight at the Port of Los Angeles. Every municipal building in Houston. All are powered by electricity derived from the sun, wind or other sources of clean energy.

Across the country, a profound shift is taking place that is nearly invisible to most Americans. The nation that burned coal, oil and gas for more than a century to become the richest economy on the planet, as well as historically the most polluting, is rapidly shifting away from fossil fuels.

A similar energy transition is already well underway in Europe and elsewhere. But the United States is catching up, and globally, change is happening at a pace that is surprising even the experts who track it closely.

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Source: The New York Times

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MCE continues to expand its local renewable energy portfolio with two new solar projects in Contra Costa and Napa counties.

MCE, a not-for-profit renewable electricity provider in northern California, continues to expand its local renewable energy portfolio with two new solar projects in Contra Costa and Napa counties.

The 1 MW Byron Hot Springs Solar project in unincorporated Contra Costa County has a 20-year term with Renewable Properties, a commercial solar energy developer. Located on top of a storage facility, Napa Self Storage 2 will supply 0.65 MW of solar power over its 20-year term with Shorebreak Energy Developers.

“Projects like these are helping us secure a carbon-free future,” says Shanelle Scales-Preston, chair of MCE’s board of directors. “All renewable projects – including roof-top, community solar and utility-scale projects – are necessary. We need all of the above to meet our growing needs.”

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Source: Solar Industry

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