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A state-owned power company in China has announced plans to build the world’s biggest solar farm, capable of powering a small country.

A state-owned power company in China has announced plans to build the world’s biggest solar farm, capable of powering a small country.

The £8.5 billion project will be constructed in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region and will dispatch electricity to the urban cluster of Jing-Jin-Ji, consisting of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.

The 8 gigawatt facility is more than half the entire installed solar capacity in the UK, and capable of powering roughly 6 million homes.

The integrated energy project will also include 4 GW of wind power, 4 GW of coal-fired power and 200 MW of solar thermal, as well as a further 5GWh set to be added at the site in energy storage.

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Source: Independent

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is going to repurpose sites previously used in the nuclear weapons program into solar farms.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is going to repurpose sites previously used in the nuclear weapons program into solar farms.

DOE is negotiating leases with two developers for solar farms within the 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site, in Idaho Falls. The plan is to produce 400 megawatts (MW) of solar power – enough to power 70,000 homes.

These are the first projects as part of the DOE’s Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative, launched in July 2023, in which portions of federal land previously used in the US nuclear weapons program will be repurposed into clean energy sites. (Note that INL has never been part of the nuclear weapons program.)

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Source: electrek

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The world’s biggest solar plant has come online in China, capable of powering a small country with its annual capacity of more than 6B KWh.

The world’s biggest solar plant has come online in China, capable of powering a small country with its annual capacity of more than 6 billion kilowatt hours.

The facility in a desert region of the north-west province of Xinjiang covers 200,000 acres – roughly the same area as New York City.

The 5GW complex, which was connected to China’s grid on Monday, is powerful enough to meet the electricity demands of a country the size of Luxembourg or Papua New Guinea.

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Source: Independent

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Google signed corporate PPA with CEC and Shizen Energy, marking the first time the company signed such contracts on Japanese soil.

Google has entered into an arrangement with Japanese renewable energy providers who will build solar farms dedicated to providing electricity to the company’s data centers in Japan, Nikkei has learned.

Google recently signed corporate power purchase agreements with Clean Energy Connect (CEC) and Shizen Energy, marking the first time the company signed such contracts on Japanese soil.

CEC will invest 10 billion yen ($63.9 million) through 2026 to build roughly 800 solar farms that will provide about 70,000 kilowatts of capacity. CEC is a Tokyo joint venture that includes trading house Itochu and Kansai Electric Power as shareholders.

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Source: Nikkei Asia

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The Oak Run Solar Project on 6,000 acres in Madison County will be able to serve the grid with enough electricity to power 170,000 homes.

A huge solar farm that has been approved in Ohio could be the paradigm for similar ones moving forward.

The Oak Run Solar Project on 6,000 acres in Madison County will be able to serve the grid with enough electricity to power 170,000 homes.

The most impressive part about the billion-dollar effort is how developers are designing the massive system to include agriculture — a concept called agrivoltaics. It’s part of the work to maximize sun-catching, as well as to gain support from Madison’s robust farming community, according to Electrek and the project’s website.

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Source: The Cool Down

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Clean energy firm Intersect Power LLC announced that it has commissioned a 500-MW solar farm, coupled with a BESS in Riverside County, CA.

Clean energy firm Intersect Power LLC announced today that it has commissioned a 500-MW solar farm, coupled with a battery energy storage system (BESS), in Riverside County, California.

The 679-MWp power generating facility will produce enough electricity to meet the power demand of more than 207,000 homes annually. The solar plant is backed by a 250-MW/1-GWh co-located storage.

The Oberon Solar + Storage site spans roughly 2,600 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It marks the first project to be completed under BLM’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).

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Source: Renewables Now

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Amazon announced its first renewable energy project in Michigan: a new 85MW solar farm to be built in Van Buren County’s Lawrence Township.

Amazon is entering the Michigan solar farming business.

Amazon, the world-famous online retailer, has announced its first renewable energy project in Michigan: a new 85-megawatt solar farm to be built in Van Buren County’s Lawrence Township, the company said on Monday, Nov. 13.

The Southwest Michigan solar project will help power Amazon’s local operations, including Amazon fulfilment centers, sorting centers and delivery stations, while also providing new sources of clean power to local communities where the projects are located, the Seattle-based company said in a news release.

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Source: M LIVE

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Agrivoltaics could help solar companies win over opponents who want to see the land’s former use maintained.

His voice rang through the sunny morning. Terry waited. Along with his hard hat and protective sunglasses, he wore a button-down shirt, jeans and a silver belt buckle decorated with his cattle brand.

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Source: The Texas Tribune

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Scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife seek to make solar energy production and agricultural production more compatible for producers on the landscape.

Researchers are actively contributing to the growing body of research focused on agrivoltaics—an innovative technology with the potential to enhance the efficiency and resiliency of sustainable food and agricultural systems while feeding the state’s growing demand for energy.

While Texas leads the nation in energy production, thanks to its diverse reserves of fossil fuels and renewable energy resources, the state’s rapidly expanding population places an ever-growing demand on the electrical power grid. This year, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported an unofficial record demand of 85,435 megawatts during the summer heatwave.

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Source: Agri Life Today

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Agrivoltaics are still rare in CA, but experts say the shade they provide could be a game-changer in a state where many farms are struggling to plan for a future with limited groundwater.

Satellite imagery of Topaz Solar Farm, a massive solar installation inland from San Luis Obispo in Central California, depicts an oasis of blue panels surrounded by sun-scorched earth. The images do not capture, however, the thousands of sheep hard at work under the panels, eating the non-native grasses and reducing the threat of wildfire.

The operation benefits everyone involved: Sheep farmer Frankie Iturriria gets paid for his time, the collaborating rangeland researchers are breaking ground, and the landowner BHE Renewables can maintain the property with sheep, which have less impact and are more cost-effective than mowers or other livestock. But the farm is one of relatively few examples of agrivoltaics—or combined agriculture and photovoltaic array systems—on private land in California, where the technology has been surprisingly slow to gain visibility and traction.

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Source: Civil Eats

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