Solar power Stories October 21

Clean energy employment reached 12 million globally in 2020, up from 11.5 million in 2019, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the eighth edition of “Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021.”

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Solar power Stories October 19

Twenty-two students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands built a solar camper van and drove it 2,000 km (1,242 miles) across Europe using only sun power.

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Sushil Reddy is no stranger to long-distance electric bicycles rides, having broken the Guinness World Record back in 2016 with a 7,424 km (4,613 mile) ride across India. Since then he’s set his sights on solar power, performing several more long-distance solar-powered electric bike rides. Now he’s halfway through a 10,460 km (6,500 mile) ride around the US on a custom-built solar-powered electric bike as part of the SunPedal Ride project.

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Solar power Stories October 18

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US has enough usable rooftop space to deploy solar that would match current generation levels.
  • Renewables will make up most global generation increases to 2050, but will coal still hang around?
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories October 14

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Bighorn Solar is now powering a Colorado steel mill almost entirely with solar.
  • sonnen and Rocky Mountain Power pioneer a new battery storage and solar program.
  • Shell’s solar platform Silicon Ranch acquires Clearloop.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Jackery’s new Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station debuted earlier this year as a giant, high-capacity, and high-power backup battery that does so much more than just providing emergency power. I’ve been testing one out along with Jackery’s solar panels to see just how useful they are for everyday life tasks.

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Solar power Stories October 12

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Hexicon’s tilted towers floating wind power platform earns a European patent.
  • The Solar Energy Industries Association launches a new diversity certification program.
  • The Argonne National Laboratory is offering a free 15-minute webinar about threats to rare earth minerals.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 30

There’s a tariff battle under way within the US solar industry. On one side are project builders that rely on imported materials, and on the other side are domestic manufacturers.

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Solar power Stories September 27

A 10.5 gigawatt (GW) solar and wind farm will be built in Morocco’s Guelmim-Oued Noun region, and it will supply the UK with clean energy via subsea cables. The twin 1.8 GW high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea cables will be the world’s longest.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A Democratic senator says the US dependency on China for solar must be cut.
  • An old warehouse in Brooklyn gets a second life as an indoor soccer venue and a community solar host.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 23

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A big clean energy project will go forward in Minnesota without impacting an ancient site.
  • Ørsted completes a 227 MW solar farm in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for Facebook.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 22

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Two huge infrastructure plans will power New York City with wind, solar, and hydropower.
  • China pledges to end funding for overseas coal plants.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 14

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • If just six countries took action now, it would eliminate 82% of the remaining coal pipeline.
  • Solar is growing, but prices increased for the first time in seven years due to supply chain constraints.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 8

While we at Electrek often tend to focus on electric vehicles taking over roads, it’s important to remember that our inevitable abandonment of fossil fuels stems to all modes of transportation, whether it’s by land, air, or even the sea. I recently had the opportunity to set sail on Sunwater Marine’s Ramblin’ Rose, a 40-foot sailing yacht powered by solar panels and electric propulsion. It’s one of the only vessels of its kind on the West Coast.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A technique used to improve wind farms’ performance makes them quieter, too.
  • The leading source of energy in Brazil in 2020 is hydropower, but solar is the rising star.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 3

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Shell’s ubitricity will install 50,000 on-street EV chargers in the UK.
  • Two New York State villages have launched an opt-out community choice solar program.
  • EV charging company Wallbox launches an “ultrafast public charger.”
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 2

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US saw a record-breaking solar panel shipment boom in 2020.
  • US onshore wind energy saw record growth in 2020 – more than any other energy source.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories September 1

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Scientists in Australia claim they’ve developed “true” bifacial solar cells.
  • A Tennessee utility-scale solar farm will be the first in the US to be financed by corporate carbon offsets.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 31

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Hurricane Ida will affect the price of gas for ICE-car drivers across the US.
  • Were widespread power outages from Hurricane Ida avoidable?
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 27

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Maryland is funding 36 public fast chargers and 145 workplace charging ports.
  • The Inc. 5000 2021 list is out, and solar has a solid foothold in the Top 20.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 20

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Swedish venture HYBRIT ships its first batch of steel made with green hydrogen instead of coal.
  • Korean researchers say they can recycle solar panels into high-performance solar cells.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 19

While legislators battle over federal infrastructure bills, some US states are out of the gate when it comes to adopting clean energy.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Four in five US homeowners with solar and storage feel prepared to weather a power outage.
  • Average construction costs for US wind farms dropped by 27% from 2013 to 2019.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 18

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • If Congress provides tax credits for the solar industry, it could grow rapidly by 2035.
  • First Solar breaks ground on a $680 million, 3.3 GW solar factory in Ohio.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 17

STRÖMMA is a locality in Stockholm County, Sweden. And it’s also the name Swedish furniture and home goods giant IKEA has given to its new clean energy retail service from next month in its home country.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Linden Hawk Rise 4.5 MW community solar project in New Jersey nears completion.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, launches an Electrified Dealer Program to help car dealers sell EVs.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 16

The Florida Power and Light (FPL) Company’s Manatee Energy Storage Center, the world’s largest solar-powered battery system capable of powering Walt Disney World for around seven hours, is now 75% complete.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Three standout solar, storage, and financing trends emerged between July 2020 and June 2021.
  • India reaches a milestone of 100 gigawatts of clean energy.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 13

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A Florida solar boot camp provides guaranteed jobs for young adults.
  • The Swiss government says it can reach net zero by 2050 – with fossil fuels.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 12

The California Energy Commission’s five-member panel voted unanimously yesterday to require solar panels and battery storage in new commercial buildings and certain multifamily residences beginning January 1, 2023.

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Solar power Stories August 11

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Microsoft signs a power purchase agreement with Ørsted to buy solar energy in Texas.
  • Canadian solar panel maker Heliene opens a second US manufacturing site, in Florida.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 10

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Ørsted says Block Island is offline for summer maintenance, and rumors are flying.
  • Tampa just committed to 100% clean energy by 2035, but there’s a hitch.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 9

Florida utility Tampa Electric Co. has announced it will retire three coal units and double its solar output within two years. That’s good news, but in an interview published last week, its CEO doesn’t mention the fact that the vast majority of its power comes from natural gas or whether it plans to transition away from the methane-producing fossil fuel.

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The world’s largest-ever report about climate change was published today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group of nearly 200 leading climate scientists that looked at more than 14,000 scientific papers. It’s pretty grim – but far from hopeless. There are things we all can and must all do. As US Senator Ed Markey says, “We can’t agonize – we must organize.”

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Solar power Stories August 4

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Drinks giant Diageo has submitted a planning application for an onsite, 4 MW solar farm in Scotland.
  • The Kitty Hawk offshore wind project off North Carolina moves another step forward.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories August 3

Mikie Sherill (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) today introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives that amends the solar investment tax credit (ITC) to include integrated solar roofs. It would allow for expensing roof repairs and replacement necessary for solar installation.

Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) also introduced companion legislation in the Senate today.  

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Solar power Stories August 2

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority implodes its oldest coal-fired power plant.
  • The UK’s Ministry of Justice installs £1.1 million of roof-mounted solar on courts and prisons.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 28

Solar manufacturer Maxeon Solar Technologies, a spin-off from US-based SunPower Corporation that’s controlled by French energy giant TotalEnergies, is getting EU funds to manufacture its stick-on Maxeon Air solar panels.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • In 2020, clean energy sources generated 21% of all US electricity.
  • A judge rules that the largest known lithium resource in the US can be excavated.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 27

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • In 2020, due to the pandemic, US energy emissions fell to the lowest level since 1983. 
  • Belfast, Maine, sees 7 megawatts of community solar launch for Central Maine Power customers.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 26

The Battle Born Solar Project in Nevada – what would have been the largest solar farm in the US – is now canceled because nearby residents said it would be an eyesore.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Vattenfall gets the green light to run a Dutch pilot combining solar panels and strip farming.
  • The UK currently has around 25,000 EV chargers, and will need 10 times that by 2030.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 23

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Here are 3 ways clean energy is boosting grid resilience right now in the face of extreme weather.
  • Massachusetts announces $1.6 million in grants to support offshore wind workforce training.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 22

Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap will spend more than $2 billion to build the world’s largest floating solar farm and energy storage system on Indonesia’s Batam Island, which is across the Singapore Strait from Singapore.

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Solar power Stories July 21

Japan aims to increase its clean energy use to nearly 40% by 2030, according to a new Basic Energy Plan draft released by the Japanese government today. The country also plans to reduce its use of fossil fuels.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • 68% of Americans support a spend of $20-$25 billion to adopt electric school buses. Let’s adopt more.
  • New York State announces $52 million for community solar projects for underserved communities.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 20

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Walmart’s maritime shipping caused more pollution in 2019 than a coal-fired plant emits annually.
  • A solar company sues the Department of the Interior over offshore wind farm approval.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Solar power Stories July 19

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US produced more petroleum and natural gas than any other country in 2020.
  • Average US solar construction costs continued to fall in 2019.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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