Solar

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week proposed to modernize its regulations governing small power producers and cogenerators under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to better address consumer concerns and market changes in the energy landscape in recent decades. Congress enacted PURPA to address the national energy crisis by encouraging...
Solar

There were early days in solar when news of secured financing for a commercial project yielded an exuberant round of high-fives in the office, and maybe you’d quit early for a round of beers.  In 2008, PPA’s opened-up possibilities, and multiple variances on leases showed promise in what was still a slower-paced market with higher...
Solar

One of the first large-scale systems of combined solar arrays and on-site battery storage in the mid-South, a joint project between the City of Fayetteville, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and Today’s Power, Inc., was officially linked to the nation’s power grid this week. The project is made up of five systems, three solar farms and two battery storage...
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The TVA wants public help in deciding whether it’s no or no-go on harnessing the sun at Yum Yum. The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public input on an environmental assessment for the Yum Yum solar project. Invenergy and NextEra Energy Resources are TVA’s partners in developing the 147-MW, 2,649-acre solar photovoltaic site at the town of...
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Constellation this week announced that it has signed an agreement with three major commercial customers to power their operations with renewable energy. At 175 megawatts, this project is the largest of its kind for Constellation, an Exelon company. Major commitments from Johns Hopkins University; McCormick & Company, and the TJX Companies resulted in Constellation’s agreement to...
Solar

Yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Forty-Three, which establishes ambitious statewide goals and targets for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth’s commitments to reduce its environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia. The Executive Order lays out Virginia’s objectives for statewide energy...
Project Development

DTE Energy announced this week that it is issuing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for additional solar and wind projects in Michigan. DTE will use these resources to help achieve compliance with Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, source its voluntary renewable energy programs and deliver on its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2040.  Through the RFP, the company...
Community Solar

Yesterday, Hawaiian Electric Company said it had approved the first community solar project in the state. The Mililani Tech Solar I, is a 270-kilowatt facility that will be comprised of 864 solar panels located in the Mililani Tech Park area. “This first-ever community solar project in Hawaiʻi is a welcome beginning, but only the beginning...