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Vineyards in Spain are piloting a test of solar panels with an advanced “smart” tracking system get more bang for the agrivoltaics buck.

For those of you new to the topic, agrivoltaics takes advantage of the shady microclimate created by solar panels, to maintain the ground below for agricultural use. Initial projects mainly involved growing pollinator habitats and grasslands for grazing livestock.

More recently, the field has branched out into food crops, fruit trees and related endeavors, such as growing grapes for wine.

Iberdrola is not the first to mix solar panels with vineyards, but it could be the first company in Spain to deploy remote sensors to track the impact of the solar panels on growing conditions within the array. At least, that’s what Iberdrola says.

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Source: Clean Technica

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A project launched this month as Australia’s “first large-scale solar garden” could be one of many to pop up around the country in the next five years.

A five-hectare paddock on a farm in Grong Grong, an hour west of Wagga Wagga, has been earmarked as the site for a 1.5MW “solar garden” that includes “plots” that can be purchased by residents throughout New South Wales.

It’s a concept similar to community gardening, where people who don’t have a back yard can still garden by buying or renting a plot in a communal area.

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Source: COSMOS

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Blythe Solar Power Project will add 387 MW of battery storage to grid that will power nearly approximately 145,500 homes

The Department of the Interior today announced that the Blythe Solar Power Project – a four-unit, 485-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic facility and 387 MW battery energy storage system in Riverside County, California – is now fully operational. The project, which will produce enough energy to power nearly approximately 145,500 homes, represents another major step forward in the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to lower costs for families and create a clean energy, carbon-free future.

“Bringing another solar project to full operation on our public lands will accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy economy by unlocking renewable resources, creating jobs, lowering costs, and boosting local economies,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The Interior Department will continue to advance the sustainable development of clean energy in order to help meet the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035.”

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Source: BLM

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Hybrid technology designs produced record-low floating solar prices on hydroelectric dams in Portugal, providing learnings to Spain.

Portugal’s first commercial floating solar auction resulted in a record negative price that signals bright prospects for water-based projects across Europe. Floating solar activity is growing as land becomes more scarce and Europe’s decision to hike renewable energy targets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has spurred governments to unlock new project opportunities.

EDPR bid a negative price of 4.13 euros/MWh ($4.50/MWh) for 70 MW of floating solar power at its giant Alqueva hydroelectric dam combined with 14 MW of additional solar capacity and 70 MW of wind.

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Source: Reuters

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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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Covering canals with solar panels would reduce evaporation, avoid using other land for solar farms and reduce aquatic weed and algae growth

California is about to launch an experiment to cover aqueducts with solar panels, a plan that if scaled up might save billions of gallons of otherwise evaporated water while powering millions of homes.

Project Nexus in the Turlock Irrigation District launches in mid-October amid Western North America’s worst drought in 1,200 years and as human-influenced climate change exacerbates the dry spell.

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Source: Reuters

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Porsche plans to build a solar power microgrid at its US headquarters in Atlanta, reducing its annual carbon emissions by 3.2 million pounds

Apparently, solar power is hot right now.

Porsche said Monday that it plans to build and operate a solar power microgrid at its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, reducing its annual carbon emissions by 3.2 million pounds. The news came days after Ford announced what it called the largest-ever renewable energy purchase from a utility in the U.S., to power its electricity supply in Michigan with renewable energy.

The installation of Porsche’s microgrid, an on-site electrical network that harnesses power from solar panels, will begin in September and conclude in 2023. The renewable energy project is part of a $50 million development at the Porsche Experience Center campus in Atlanta.

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Source: Tech Crunch

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Hydrogen could be produced for as little as AUD 2.85/kg, supporting Frontier Energy’s plans to make green hydrogen from a 500 MW solar project

Frontier Energy said that results from a pre-feasibility study (PFS) into its proposed Bristol Springs Solar project in Western Australia show that it has the potential to be an early mover, low-cost green hydrogen producer.

The PFS, conducted by Perth-based Xodus Group, is based on the development of a large-scale green hydrogen production facility at Bristol Springs, with power sourced from the company’s planned first stage 114 MWdc solar farm. The solar would power a 36.6 MW alkaline electrolyzer, producing an estimated 4.4 million kilograms of green hydrogen per year.

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Source: PV Magazine

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The proposed solar PV project will be integrated with 150 MW of battery storage capacity. The complex is due to be fully commissioned in 2024.

Renewable energy giant EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) today said it has clinched a deal to sell the output of a 200-MW solar park it plans to build in the US state of California.

The company, which is the renewables arm of Portuguese utility EDP (ELI:EDP), will sell the electricity under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The name of the power off-taker was not disclosed in the press statement.

The proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) project, the name of which was not specified, will be integrated with 150 MW of battery storage capacity. The complex is due to be fully commissioned in 2024.

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Source: Renewables Now

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The BLM is moving forward with renewable development, including issuing final construction approval for the Oberon solar project.

The Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with renewable development in the desert this month, including issuing final construction approval for the Oberon solar project on about 2,600 acres near Interstate 10 in eastern Riverside County, and greenlighting a major transmission line from western Arizona to Blythe, California to help carry more power.

Both actions are part of a push by the Biden Administration to significantly ramp up renewables development in the southwest.

The BLM Palm Springs office on July 13 announced it had authorized a subsidiary of Intersect Power to build the 500 megawatt Oberon renewable energy project, enough to power approximately 146,000 homes and 200 megawatts of battery storage.

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Source: Desert Sun

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