sPower secures 100 MW solar power PPA with California aggregator
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sPower secures 100 MW solar power PPA with California aggregator

Community choice aggregator CleanPowerSF has signed a 22-year PPA with sPower for a 100 MW project in Lancaster, California. The project is expected to be online in 2019. June 11, 2018John Weaver Expressway Solar, an sPower projectsPower has been making headlines for all the right reasons: $421 million raised off of a solar portfolio, and gigawatt-plus equipment deals with single axis tracking and solar module manufacturers.And the company, which claims the mantle of the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States, just got another 100 MW, 22-year PPA too sell more electricity from solar.sPower is building the…
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Lowest public solar power contract in the United States: 2.49¢/kWh
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Lowest public solar power contract in the United States: 2.49¢/kWh

Arizona’s largest power user has approved a 20-year power contract with a 30 MW solar project at 2.49¢/kWh, the lowest confirmed price for a public solar power contract to date. The deal also involves shutting down a coal plant. June 11, 2018John WeaverArizona is hot for the sun – this is without any doubts. They’ve built beauty in the desert, residential customers are powering up, the solar advocates are taking the seats of power, regulators are fighting back and the grid is evolving – even while the governor fights the inevitable, utilities settle Supreme Court bound lawsuits, the politicians quibble…
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Japan building solar (freaking) parking lots
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Japan building solar (freaking) parking lots

Way back in the day, the argument was that the global energy industry was too large for a simple technology as the 'solar panel' to scale and feed it. What's that tiny little thing go to do when consider New York City's power needs? Cute stuff. Today, we debate how to deal with too much solar generated electricity. A lot more recently, the exact same argument was made of energy storage. We don't have enough lithium! Energy density too low! Fires! And Lions! And Tigers! And Bears! Except today - we debate 80% soar+wind and 12 hours of storage. Now,…
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Australia is so cool – HVDC undersea power lines might be coming

The island of Tasmania did an analysis and determined they could offer up to 5GW of pumped hydro storage, and that it could then deliver that electricity to the Australia mainland via undersea powerlines. The losses are now, and the electricity is available on demand and CO2 free. The undersea cables though are the most important piece of this to me as it will help the industry develop, giving us the potential for much longer undersea links. The US connected itself to Europe in the 1800s for the telegraph. And we've got a whole planet covered with undersea network cables.…
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$17 billion a year to bail out the nukes
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$17 billion a year to bail out the nukes

Trump wants to bail out nukes and coal plants because some old guy from Ohio is going bankrupt. $17 billion a year. This doesn't build anything new. This doesn't advance our actions. This simply takes your money and gives it to a dying industry. The whole of the solar power industry was $20-30 billion in 2017 in the USA. The incentives given to the industry - mostly in the form of a tax credit - are one offs that lead to projects being built that last for decades. This incentive will be given to the nukes every single year to…
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Former coal plant make wind turbine foundations
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Former coal plant make wind turbine foundations

We're going to see a bunch of announcements on various manufacturing sites connected with offshore wind turbine manufacturing along the costs. A local electrician that I share a beer with at the pub has been talking to me about becoming an offshore turbine technician. That's about as cool as it gets it my book. Get out there people - be the change. (more…)
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5GW solar park approved – globe installed 5.3 GW in 2005
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5GW solar park approved – globe installed 5.3 GW in 2005

This park is going to be a television show. It will employ 20,000 people. In 25 years, it'll produce roughly 164 billion kWhrs. It's equal to the amount of solar power deployed in all of 2005. It's power output is equivalent to a 1GW nuclear plant. Everything about this project is big. And the most important aspect is that it makes sense financially - without any incentives - because developers are bidding their 20 year contracts at under 4¢/kWh. No incentives! (more…)
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