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Rhode Island aims for 100% renewables by 2030

By Kelsey Misbrener The rapidly growing group of states looking to thwart climate change by adopting 100% renewable energy policies has a new member. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order today establishing the goal of meeting all of the state’s electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030. The state’s Office of Energy…

Sunmodo solar racking added to Sunnova’s approved vendor list

By Billy Ludt SunModo, a solar racking manufacturer, announced Sunnova Energy International Inc., a U.S. residential solar and storage service provider, has added SunModo to Sunnova’s exclusive Approved Vendor List. Through this new partnership, Sunnova’s network of local installers can now offer its residential customers across the United States SunModo’s solar mounting and racking systems….

Mass-produced bifacial solar modules from Jinko reach 22.49% efficiency

By Kelly Pickerel JinkoSolar announced that the maximum conversion efficiency of its bifacial solar modules reached 22.49%, breaking the previous bifacial module world record and setting a new industry standard for efficiency of mass produced solar cells. These results were verified during testing conducted by TÜV Rheinland. Individual bifacial cells from LONGi have reached 24.06%…

The Center for Biological Diversity sues Trump administration for suppressing clean energy grid study results

By Kelsey Misbrener The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release documents about a $1.5 million study that examined how grid improvements can bolster renewable energy access. Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., challenges the Department of Energy’s suppression of information about the Interconnections Seam…

What is a solar tracker and how does it work?

By Billy Ludt Manufacturers are constantly making incremental improvements to their solar panels to create a higher energy yield per unit than previous and competing models. Another proven way to increase system output is by using trackers, which, unlike fixed-tilt ground-mount systems, make solar panels follow the sun’s path throughout the day. There are two…

Everybody Solar donates solar array to Boise Bicycle Project

By Kelsey Misbrener On January 31, Boise Bicycle Project (BBP) will celebrate the recent installation of a 5.6-kW roof provided by nonprofit Everybody Solar, in partnership with Clenara and Empowered Solar. The new solar panels — donated by Clenara and installed by Empowered Solar — will save BBP an average of $1,100 annually. With significantly…

U.S. and China sign Phase 1 trade agreement

By Kelsey Misbrener China and the United States have signed a Phase 1 trade deal that signals a rollback in the back-and-forth tariffs between the countries, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Solar inverters are part of the $200 billion of Chinese imported goods tariffed at 10% that started in September 2018. Trump threatened…

Duke Energy Renewables acquires 9 under-construction Georgia solar projects

By Billy Ludt Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has completed the acquisition of the final project in a portfolio developed with Inman Solar, totaling 20 MWac. The projects are in construction or have begun commercial operations across central Georgia under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). These projects bring Duke Energy…

Visa reaches 100% renewable energy goal

By Kelsey Misbrener Visa announced the company has met its goal to use 100% renewable electricity by 2020, furthering the company’s commitment to lead responsibly and sustainably across the company’s global operations, including 131 offices in 76 countries and four global processing centers. Since setting the 100% renewable goal in 2018, Visa achieved quick action…

Humless introduces its own 5-kWh LFP battery

By Kelly Pickerel Energy storage player Humless has now entered the direct battery supply route with a 5-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery. The Humless 5-kWh battery will be unveiled this week at the Solar, Storage, and Smart Energy Expo in San Francisco. “We’ve worked hard to perfect this energy storage product,” said Glenn Jakins, CEO for…

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