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Canadian Solar Inc announced on Tuesday that the huge Crimson energy storage system, started operations in California.

Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ) announced on Tuesday that the huge Crimson energy storage system, partly owned by its subsidiary Recurrent Energy LLC, started operations in California.

The 350-MW/1,400-MWh complex is touted as the largest battery storage project in the world to reach operation in a single phase. It is also the second largest energy storage system currently operating, according to the Canadian renewables group.

Recurrent Energy holds a 20% stake in Crimson after the sale of 80% to independent portfolio management firm Axium Infrastructure about a year ago.

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Source: Renewables Now

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One of the biggest advances we can expect to see over the next decades is how we store and use power from solar cells and other renewables.

You wouldn’t recognise the precursor to the modern solar panel if you saw it, and who knows what they’ll look like in the future?

The precursor to the first solar panel wasn’t really a panel, and it didn’t even use the sun’s light. But the physical processes first observed by French scientist Antoine César Becquerel, in his laboratory in 1839 and then in bars of selenium by Willoughby Smith when checking telegraph cables to be submerged under the Atlantic Ocean, are essentially the same as what happens in solar cells everywhere today.

In a nutshell: light shines onto a semiconductor material, which then produces an electric current – no moving parts, no steam, no turbines.

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Source: COSMOS

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Electricity-generating rooftop solar cells not only save on planet-warming carbon emissions, they also save a significant amount of water

Electricity-generating rooftop solar cells not only save on planet-warming carbon emissions, they also save a significant amount of water, say a pair of Duke University researchers who have done the math.

A given household may save an average 16,200 gallons of water per year by installing rooftop solar, they found. In some states, like California, this saving can increase to 53,000 gallons, which is equivalent to 60 percent of the average household water use in the U.S.

You won’t see the savings on your home water bill, but they’re still important.

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Source: Duke Today

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The proliferation of solar requires PV projects to adapt to their grid surroundings, be it energy storage, other renewables or green hydrogen

On a sunny Sunday afternoon this May, California reached a major milestone on its path towards a carbon-free free power grid, as the state produced enough renewable electricity to meet more than 100% of demand for the first time.

Renewables generation exceeded demand for about 112 intermittent minutes and reached a new high of 103.45% for 1 – 2 minutes on 8 May, according to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages the flow of electricity for about 80% of the state.

The landmark followed a host of renewables records being broken in California throughout spring. Ashutosh Bhagwat, chair of the CAISO board of governors, said in April: “These moments help crystallise the vision of the modern, efficient and sustainable grid of the future.”

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Source: PV Tech

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Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy purchased 2,000 acres in WV that will provide solar energy, creating as many as 1,000 jobs.

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B +1.5% Energy purchased 2,000 acres in West Virginia, where the company will provide solar energy to an aerospace enterprise, creating as many as 1,000 jobs. The $500 million project is a potential magnet for similar businesses and helps to diversify the state’s economy and energy base.

Despite the optimism, economic expansion remains an uphill battle. West Virginia’s Public Service Commission is under the thumb of coal companies that still have political muscle. Examples abound, underscoring that point. The state’s citizens are paying more for electricity as a result, while their communities may forego growth.

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Source: Forbes

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Nearly 1TW of under-development solar and wind generation globally could be constructed in the next three years if permitting is accelerated

Nearly 1TW of under-development solar and wind generation globally could be constructed in the next three years if permitting is accelerated through open call procedures and a series of fast-track measures.

That is according to the Global Solar Council (GSC) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), which have called for robust investment signals and faster permitting to speed up renewables deployment to tackle the energy and climate crises.

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Source: PV Tech

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EDF Renewables' Palen Solar site is fully operational consisting of 4 projects totaling 620 MWDC of solar and 200 MWh of energy storage.

EDF Renewables North America‘s Palen Solar site is fully operational and delivering decarbonized energy to the grid. The site consists of four projects totaling 620 MWDC of solar and 200 MWh of energy storage.

The projects, using single-axis tracking technology, are located adjacent to each other on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, managed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development.

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Source: Solar Power World

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Massachusetts’ Republican governor Charlie Baker has signed a significant climate bill that will bolster the growth of renewables project

Massachusetts’ Republican governor Charlie Baker has signed a significant climate bill that will bolster the growth of renewables project in the state and put limits of fossil fuel use.

Signed on Thursday, the bill was first approved by the state legislature on 31 July before being signed by the governor. It comes just before the US House of Representatives is expected to pass the US’ landmark climate package – the Inflation Reduction Act – with major implications for the energy industry in the US.

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Source: PV Tech

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Spain is betting that greater solar generation will ease its dependence on volatile commodity markets while helping to clean up energy mix

Iberdrola SA turned on Europe’s largest solar plant in western Spain as the country drives up output of renewable energy to cut reliance on fossil fuels.

Spanish power is trading almost three times higher than the five-year seasonal average as Russian gas cuts push up fuel costs. As one of Europe’s sunniest nations, Spain is betting that greater solar generation will ease its dependence on volatile commodity markets while helping to clean up the energy mix.

The plant in the Extremadura region, comprising about 1.5 million solar panels, will produce enough electricity to supply more than 334,000 homes, Iberdrola said in a statement. It’s already connected to the grid and will gradually ramp up production until it’s fully operational within the next four weeks.

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Source: Bloomberg

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For the full year, EIA expects 44.4 GW of new utility-scale generating capacity to come online, led by solar’s 17.8 GW

While solar leads the projected utility-scale additions for 2022 at 17.8 GW, that number is down 3.7 GW since the beginning of the year due to supply chain disruptions and other challenges.

Developers and project planners expect to add 29.4 GW of new generating capacity in the U.S. in the second half of 2022, nearly double the 15.1 GW added in the first half of the year, the Energy Information Administration reported last week.

About half of the planned capacity in the second half is solar, with 13.6 GW of additions expected, followed by wind, with 6 GW of additions expected.

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Source: Energy Storage News

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