Technical reviews of solar+storage news

Community solar in Pennsylvania offering $4.2 million in land lease payments a year

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 19, 2020

CommercialSolarGuy is a solar power developer who builds solar projects. We have a land specialist – Jason Kline – who knows the Pennsylvania market especially well, even developing his own solar power project in Wolf Township. An analysis by the College of Agricultural Studies at Penn State University has found that there’s over 1 gigawatt…

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Solar is King, vertical solar racking, solar+storage replacing coal directly, Tesla Model Y, more – Podcast #15

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 16, 2020

The Clean Power Hour – a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. To the news: The much revered International Energy Agency (IEA) put out some pretty spicy words in its most recent World Energy Outlook. These words included, ‘solar is becoming the king of electricity’, solar…

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Two companies with nearly 100 GW of wind, solar and storage in the pipeline

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 12, 2020

Two solar power development companies ought always have some of your energy attention – 8minute Solar Energy and NextEra. For NextEra, we’d want to look more specifically at their Energy Partners subsidiary. NextEra is one of the world’s most valuable energy companies. Recent headlines had the total value of their stock above Exxon’s. And much…

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World’s largest solar plant, $1 trillion in green bonds, vertical solar, solar+pears – plus more – Podcast #14

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 9, 2020

The Clean Power Hour – a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. Recently asked if a @Tesla would exit passing lane on cruise control if someone came up behind, answer was 'no'. Well, two days ago, they added a…

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Tesla battery day, transmission, Array Solar, Maine has cheap solar, China going emissions free, +++- New roundup podcast #13

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 6, 2020

The Clean Power Hour is a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. Here’s a summary of the topics covered and a link to the podcast below. The topics covered in Episode #13 are: Tesla’s battery day. Here’s the slide…

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If you build transmission, the solar plus storage will comission

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | October 5, 2020

NV Energy, an electric utility in Nevada, is seeking to build three solar plus energy storage power plants. The solar power plants, in total, are 478 MWac/~600 MWdc – with the energy storage being 338 MW/1.35 GWh. Roughly speaking, a 600 MWdc solar plant will cost about $540 million to build at around or under…

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“Waze” for the power grid could help unlock 500 GW of renewables projects

By William Driscoll | September 28, 2020

via SaveTheClimate U.S. utilities could use three technologies to increase the utilization of transmission lines, enabling 500 GW of renewables projects to win interconnection approval, say industry experts Jigar Shah and Rob Gramlich, in an op-ed published by Utility Dive. These three transmission technologies – advanced power flow control, dynamic line ratings, and advanced topology – have…

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Hands on with a solar power operating and maintenance financial and labor model

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | September 16, 2020

Recently, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a research paper modeling operations and maintenance costs at solar power plants. Embedded in the PDF presentation of that research paper is the spreadsheet model developed on the back of the equations created in the operations and maintenance (O&M) modeling. These equations, and the assumptions that built…

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How much money can I make from solar power – and why Gulf region solar might stay the world’s cheapest

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | September 2, 2020

Riddle me this – if India is the cheapest place to install solar panels globally, why is it that they aren’t at the tippy top of our Top ten list of lowest solar power prices in the world – but instead an honorable mention? Well, it’s complicated how these ‘lowest prices’ come to be. The…

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The new gold dust – trading negatively priced solar electricity for near-eternal power grid connection revenue

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 27, 2020

It seems the world has seen a new record low solar+storage electricity price bid at 1.316¢/kWh, noted by Jenny Chase of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and confirmed by pv magazine. This price happens to be lower than the current lowest solar alone price in the world. I think (if I heard Pedro Amaral Jorge right)…

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