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Hyundai Home has the goal of alleviating the perplexity of picking solar panels, battery storage, and EV charging system for home.

A sustainable future requires a multipronged approach. It’s more than just replacing a gas car with one that runs on electrons or sitting back and hoping that your local utility moves as quickly as possible to renewables.

For those with the means, solar panels paired with a home battery can add an additional layer of eco-consciousness and power stability to their lives. Yet navigating the myriad solar panel and home battery options is a daunting process fraught with confusion as more and more players enter the market and reviews of each system are nonexistent.

Enter Hyundai Home, a marketplace launched last week during the Los Angeles Auto Show with the goal of alleviating the perplexity of picking solar panels, a home battery storage solution, and an EV charging system that’s right for an individual home. Unlike offerings from Tesla and GM, Hyundai isn’t building or selling its own hardware. Instead, it partnered with established players in the industry.

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Source: The Verge

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Large car parks in France will be covered by solar panels under new legislation approved as part of Pres. Macron’s renewable energy drive.

All large car parks in France will be covered by solar panels under new legislation approved as part of president Emmanuel Macron’s renewable energy drive.

Legislation approved by the French Senate this week requires existing and new car parks with space for at least 80 vehicles to be covered by solar panels.

The owners of car parks with between 80 and 400 spaces have five years to comply with the measures, while operators of those with more than 400 will have just three years. At least half of the area of the larger sites must be covered by solar panels.

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Source: The Guardian

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The CEC issued a $31M grant to build a 60MWh long-duration energy storage system to provide backup power to the Viejas Tribe.

More than 4 GW of battery storage has been installed in the California Independent System Operator footprint, and the state projects that it would need another 48 GW of battery storage and 4 GW of long-duration storage by 2045. The project is the first to be awarded under the state’s $140 million long-duration energy storage program.

The 60 MWh system is “one of the first of its kind in the country,” according to the CEC, and will be developed by Indian Energy, a Native American-owned microgrid developer. In addition to providing the Viejas tribe with renewable backup power during outages, it will allow the tribe to reduce electricity use from the grid when the state needs more resources.

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Source: Utility Dive

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Proposal to place solar panels over the 370-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct to reduce evaporation and add capacity for renewable energy was approved

A proposal to place solar panels over the 370-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct in an attempt to reduce evaporation and add capacity for renewable energy for residents was approved by a council committee this week.

Around one-tenth of the water in the aqueduct is lost from evaporation each year due to the length of travel for water to make it through the aqueduct, according to the office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who introduced the motion.

O’Farrell is the chair of the council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and River committee.

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Source: Los Angeles Daily News

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This week, Sono Motors Sion traveled from San Francisco to San Jose to South LA, gauging interest in the concept of solar mobility.

From a distance, the Sono Motors Sion looks like a garden-variety hatchback. But get up close, and it’s clear it’s anything but. The body is carefully-crafted solar panels, and the dashboard uses living moss as an air purifier. It’s all part of the German startup’s plan to pioneer a new category of electric vehicle: The Solar EV, or SEV.

“We want to really be that holistic company who’s trying to have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible,” said Sono Motors co-founder Laurin Hahn, who prototyped an early version of the car in a garage with his childhood classmate Jona Christians 10 years ago in Munich.

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Source: Spectrum News 1

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Emerging research suggests growing tomato plants below and between solar panels could help the country’s billion-dollar-plus tomato industry, especially in places where it faces increasing stress from heat and drought.

Drought and extreme heat in California’s Central Valley in recent years has meant shortages of tomatoes, particularly “processing tomatoes” used for sauce and ketchup. And such conditions are only expected to get worse with climate change.

Researchers note that the relatively nascent field of agrovoltaics — growing crops below and between solar panels — could offer help to the country’s billion-dollar-plus tomato industry.

Shade provided by solar panels can help conserve water, create humidity, and lower temperatures that can become too much even for heat-loving tomatoes.

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Source: Energy News Network

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Mission Solar will increase capacity at its existing site situated on 86 acres and expects to reach its 1-GW goal by 2024.

Starting immediately, solar panel assembly company Mission Solar Energy will expand its manufacturing capacity in Texas to 1 GW. The company currently operates a 200-MW annual capacity plant in San Antonio at a mixed-use community located on the former Brooks Air Force Base. Mission Solar will increase capacity at its existing site situated on 86 acres and expects to reach its 1-GW goal by 2024.

“By 2035, solar installations are expected to quadruple from current levels. At present, 4% of the electricity fed to American energy grids is generated by solar. The U.S. aims to have 40% of its electricity generated by solar technology by 2035. These are exciting opportunities for us as a company. Additional motivated team members will be needed to help us build a greener future,” said Jae Yang, President and CEO of Mission Solar Energy.

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Source: Solar Power World

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French farmers are covering crops with solar panels to produce food and energy at the same time.

Agrivoltaics – the practice of using land for both solar energy and agriculture – is on the rise across France.

In the Haute-Saône region, in the northeastern part of the country, an experiment is being conducted by solar-energy company TSE.  It is hoping to find out whether solar energy can be generated without hindering large-scale cereal crops.

Previous attempts to experiment with agrivoltaics have been through smaller-scale projects. But, keen to see if it can thrive on an industrial level, 5,500 solar panels are being spread over this farm in the commune town of Amance by TSE.

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Source: euronews

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Solar power is becoming essential for healthcare “sustainability and resiliency” as climate change increasingly threatens traditional energy resources.

It is not easy to rattle Rosa Vivian Fernandez. The chief executive of a California healthcare clinic, she sees the harsh realities that the low-income, largely Hispanic community served by the clinic faces every day.

But when Fernandez traveled to Puerto Rico in 2017 to visit family, she was shocked to see how deeply Hurricane Maria had devastated the island.

“All the healthcare centers – the ones that did not get flooded or destroyed by the storm – went down,” Fernandez said. More than 5,000 people died due to the violent Atlantic storm, which caused an estimated $90bn (£80bn) in property damages, wiping out the electrical grid. “People died from the lack of services,” she added.

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Source: The Guardian

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Vattenfall in Netherlands is building a solar park where solar panels are combined with cultivation to show that farming and solar panels can go well together.

In densely populated Netherlands land use is a hot issue. The Symbizon agri-PV project in Almere just outside Amsterdam aims to find new ways to combine solar power production and agriculture.

Construction started in the summer and will be completed in the autumn. The strips between the solar panels will then be prepared for sowing and planting of various crops in the coming spring.

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Source: VATTENFALL

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