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Battery-integrated EV charger can provide site backup power, grid services

By Kelly Pickerel Battery-integrated EV charging station provider FreeWire Technologies has unveiled the Boost Power Pro product within the company’s Pro Series line of chargers. All FreeWire chargers use built-in energy storage to allow charger owners to participate in bidirectional power sharing, blackout charging and site backup power. The Pro Series offers the following features:…

Climate First Bank reduces solar loan rates

By Kelly Pickerel Climate First Bank has updated the interest rates on its 30-year Residential Solar Loan product to 7.83% and a 7.99% APR*. It is the first time the financial institution has decreased its solar loan rates and extended the loan term. Additionally, clients who enroll in auto-pay will receive a 0.25% discount for…

Chiko USA receives UL 3741 approval for residential solar racking

By Billy Ludt Solar racking solutions provider Chiko USA has received UL 3741 approval for both pitched and flat roof rail-based solar mounted systems, an industry first for the residential market. Based in Arizona, Chiko USA supplies solar mounting options including carports, pitched roofs, metal roofs and ground-mount solutions. Chiko USA’s products passed a series…

Clearway Energy builds 1.1-million panel solar project in Texas

By Billy Ludt Clearway Energy Group completed its 452-MW Texas Solar Nova complex in Kent County, Texas. The project, built in two phases, will generate enough electricity to power over 190,000 homes each year and generate approximately $5.4 million in property taxes and wages to be paid in the first year. “We are incredibly grateful…

Enel completes 297-MW Texas solar + storage project

By Billy Ludt Enel North America started of operations of its 297-MW Fence Post solar + storage project in Texas in December. The project is supported by a 12-year, 22-MW virtual power purchase agreement with all-terrain vehicle manufacturer Polaris, matching approximately 40% of the company’s U.S. electrical use. “Polaris shares Enel’s mission to bring more…

Verogy to develop 3 solar landfill projects in Connecticut

By Kelly Pickerel Verogy has received permits from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to convert former landfills in Deep River, Middletown, and Montville into sites that will host solar energy projects. The three projects will collectively generate 2.15-MW. “Verogy is grateful to Connecticut DEEP’s staff for their thoughtful review of our…

Shoals to move eBOS manufacturing operations to new massive factory just across the street

By Kelly Pickerel Shoals Technologies will invest $80 million to relocate and expand its existing manufacturing and distribution operations in Tennessee. The company makes electrical balance of system products for the solar and energy storage markets, including combiner boxes, cabling, connectors and wire harnesses. Shoals will relocate its manufacturing operations to a new 638,000-ft2 plant…

Lightsource bp developing 288-MW Texas solar portfolio

By Billy Ludt Lightsource bp is currently developing a 288-MWDC solar portfolio of two utility-scale projects in Texas. Construction on Starr Solar project (163 MW) in Starr County and Second Division Solar (125 MW) in Brazoria County, is being financially supported by a recent $348 million investment. The projects, expected to come online in 2024,…

Lumin tests new energy load management solution in certain markets

By Billy Ludt Lumin, an energy management solutions provider, is pre-releasing its newest residential load control platform, Lumin Edge. This product merges Lumin’s intelligent load management software with a modular design, providing the system with new functionality. The Lumin Edge pre-release program focuses on grid services such as high-resolution, behind-the-meter analytics and advanced demand-side management…

FranklinWH now an approved vendor on Solar Insure list

By Kelly Pickerel FranklinWH Energy Storage is now included as a trusted vendor under warranty company Solar Insure. “Being part of Solar Insure’s trusted list of vendors is the latest milestone on our road to rapid growth and success in the market,” said Vincent Ambrose, Chief Customer Officer at FranklinWH. “We are excited for this…

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