North America

Capital Dynamics grows Nevada portfolio with solar-plus-storage foray
Global asset management firm Capital Dynamics has purchased an 180MWac / 231MWdc solar project that includes a 90MWac / 360MWh energy storage facility in Boulder City, Nevada for an undisclosed sum.
Aug 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Solar, Capital Dynamics, USA, Nevada, Skylar Townsite LLC, Gigawatt 1, Rob Roy, Adam Kramer, North America
Amazon unveils seventh solar farm for Virginia
Amazon revealed plans for a 45MW / 100,000MWh solar farm in Virginia and a 23.2MW / 68,000MWh wind farm in Cork, Ireland on Thursday.
Aug 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar, USA, Virginia, Amazon, Ireland, Cork, plants, Europe, North America
Microsoft is on a solar shopping spree
The tech giant has signed a power contract for the output of First Solar’s 150 MWac Sun Streams 2 solar plant, bringing its procurement of solar to almost 500 MW – but none of its PV projects have been completed yet.
Aug 1, 2019 // Plants, Markets & Finance News, Solar, USA, Microsoft, Sun Streams2, Virginia, Apple, North America
Safari Energy Offers New Solar Financial Solution
New York City-based solar partner Safari Energy has launched a new solar financial solution.
Aug 1, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Solar, USA, New York, Solar, John Nordeman, Safari Energy, Matt Rudey, PPL Corp., North America
Groups Push For Stronger Clean Energy Rules In Arizona As APS Seeks More Solar, Wind
As clean energy stakeholders urge Arizona regulators to adopt stronger renewable energy standards, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) has announced plans to add new solar and wind resources, helping expand the company’s renewable energy portfolio to about 2.5 GW by 2021, which would be enough to power more than half a million Arizona homes.
Aug 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Solar, USA, Arizona, APS, ACC, Art Terrazas, Carol Davis, Bret Fanshaw, North America
ENGIE Storage to deploy solar-plus-storage portfolio in Massachusetts
ENGIE Storage will supply and operate a 19 MW / 38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and be active in ISO-New England wholesale markets.
Jul 31, 2019 // Storage, Solar, USA, storage, Massachusetts, Engie, gridsynergy, solar plus storage, North America
First Solar planning 150-MWac Arizona solar array for Microsoft data centers
First Solar announced that its Sun Streams 2 PV solar plant will power new energy-efficient data centers being built by Microsoft in Goodyear and El Mirage, Arizona. The 150-MWac facility, is being developed and constructed by First Solar in Maricopa County and will power the data centers under a 20-year agreement and will be operational in 2021.
Jul 31, 2019 // Large-Scale, USA, Arizona, First Solar, PV solar, Sun Streams, El Mirage, North America
Solar’s 20 most overlooked benefits for global sustainability
As renewable energy development is ramped up to address the climate crisis, negative side-effects should be avoided, especially when technology and resources could maximize the benefits. ‘Techno-ecological’ crossovers could ensure win-win outcomes for solar development and ecosystem and biodiversity conservation.
Jul 31, 2019 // Solar, California, USA, Solar, TESs, UC Davis, John Muir, North America
Safari Energy Offers New Solar Financial Solution
New York City-based solar partner Safari Energy has launched a new solar financial solution.
Jul 30, 2019 // Technology, USA, New York, John Nordeman, Safari Energy, PPL Corp, Triox Capital, SunEdison, North America
Arizona’s state utility to tender 400MW of wind and solar
Arizona’s largest electric utility is gearing up to tender 400MW of renewables before the summer is up.
Jul 30, 2019 // Large-Scale, USA, Arizona, APS, Arizona Public Service Company, North America
Tesla Sets Record for EV Deliveries, but Losses and Solar Shrinkage Endure
2019 is supposed to be “the year of the solar roof,” but Tesla’s solar business continues to wither.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, California, USA, TESLA, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, Motor Trend, North America
Unico Solar to develop 19 commercial-scale solar projects in Colorado
Unico Solar announced plans to develop 19 C&I solar projects across Colorado’s Front Range totaling 14.75 MW of capacity.
Jul 25, 2019 // Commercial, USA, Unico Solar, Colorado, Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act, North America
The Safety Question Persists as Energy Storage Prepares for Huge Growth
Recent battery plant blazes and a hydrogen station blast have again raised questions about the safety of energy storage technologies.
Jul 25, 2019 // Storage, Solar to Fuel, USA, storage, GTM, Arizona, David Kane, Arizona Public Service, APS, Wood Mackenzie, South Korea, Asia, hydrogen, North America, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Solar Flexrack supplying fixed-tilt mounts for 26.4-MWac Connecticut solar project
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and a photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions provider, has completed a contract to supply a 26.4 MWac solar power generation plant for Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE). SRE will serve as the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.
Jul 24, 2019 // Solar, USA, EPC, Solar FlexRack, SRE, Swinerton Renewable Energy, North America, Connecticut
Duke Energy acquires its largest solar project yet
Duke Energy Renewables is expanding its solar energy portfolio by acquiring the 200-MW Holstein solar project from 8minute Solar Energy. The project, located in Nolan County, Texas, will be the largest in Duke Energy Renewables’ fleet once complete.
Jul 24, 2019 // Plants, USA, EPC, Duke Energy Renewables, Texas, O&M, SunTrust, Hauer & Feld LLP, Akin Gump, Wingate, Blattner Energy, First Solar, Solar Energy, North America, 8minute Solar Energy