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Saying Goodbye to Brayton Point

May 7, 2019 1:35:14 PM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in News, Energy, Massachusetts, Decarbonize, Power Generation, Fossil Fuels, Coal, SouthCoast MA, Fall River, MA, Wind Energy

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On a brisk Saturday morning, residents from across Southeastern Massachusetts came together along the shoreline of the Mt. Hope Bay to watch the demolition of the two Brayton Point cooling towers.

 

 

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Happy Earth Day from Our President Andrew Breiter-Wu

Apr 22, 2019 8:19:17 AM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Renewable Energy, Community, About Us, Solar Industry, Business, Tesla, SolarCity, Earth Day, Andrew Breiter-Wu

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Can solar help the legal marijuana growing industry?

Apr 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World posted in Solar Energy, Agriculture, Commercial Solar Finance, Businesses, Energy Storage, Solar Industry, Time-of-Use, Demand Management, Finance, Cannabis

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Pairing solar with the energy-hungry marijuana growing market seems like a no brainer. Indoor grow houses require an incredible amount of electricity to power artificial lighting, fans, dehumidifiers, water pumps and many more elements at all hours. As more states legalize recreational marijuana, the electric grid is bound to suffer from this increased 24/7 demand. Surely solar can help even things out?

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Hawaii’s new reality of solar plus storage: under 10 cents

Apr 11, 2019 9:55:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Utilities, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Hawaii, Tesla, SolarCity, Solar Cost & Prices, PPA

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Hawaii regulators have approved six of eight proposed large solar plus storage projects, with all coming at or under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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NREL Details Great Potential for Floating PV Systems

Apr 8, 2019 9:17:00 AM / by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) posted in Solar Energy, Land Lease, United States, Floating PV, Floating Solar, NREL

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made U.S. reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation’s annual electricity production. Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, reveal for the first time the potential for floating PV to produce electricity in the United States.

 

While the United States was the first to demonstrate floating PV panels—with the first installation occurring 10 years ago on pontoons on an irrigation pond in Napa Valley, California—the idea has not received widespread national acceptance. The U.S. focus has primarily been on installing large-scale, ground-mounted solar panels, and only had seven floating PV sites as of December 2017. Floating PV sites are being deployed more overseas, however, with more than 100 sites as of the end of last year. Japan, for example, is home to 56 of the 70 largest floating PV installations.

 

 Floating PV being installed in Walden, Colorado. (Photo by Dennnis Schroeder/NREL)

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Maryland Senate passes solar-powered renewable energy mandate

Apr 2, 2019 9:55:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Policy, Maryland

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The 50% by 2030 mandate would include a provision that utilities source at least 14.5% of their power from solar, the highest portion of any policy to date. But to do that it has to get through both the Maryland House and Governor Hogan.

 

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Rooftop solar and batteries makes their mark at #BNEFSummit Future of Energy

Mar 31, 2019 11:10:02 PM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Residential Solar, Commercial Solar, United States, Energy Storage, New York, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Installations, SunRun, Puerto Rico, Duke Energy, Distributed Storage, Rooftop Solar, Microgrids

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Sunrun made a splash at the BNEF Summit in New York City at a time when utilities are increasingly struggling to adapt to new realities. But distributed energy resources have a long way to go to play a major role, and we will still need additional energy sources in future power systems.

 Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich. Image: Bloomberg
 

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Canndescent Completes the World’s First Commercial Scale Solar Project in Cannabis

Mar 28, 2019 9:18:00 AM / by New Cannabis Ventures Newswire posted in News, Solar Development, Property Owners, Commercial Solar, California, Cannabis

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Company creates a more sustainable growing model it calls greendoor™, uniting renewable, solar energy with the water-efficiency of indoor growing

 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cementing its role as an industry trailblazer, Canndescent™ has completed the cannabis industry’s first, commercial-scale solar project, powering its indoor production facility in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Delivering onsite, renewable energy, the 282.6 kilowatt system uses 734 solar modules on seven different carport structures to energize the company’s historic cannabis production facility, which also earned attention in 2016 as California’s first municipally permitted operation. The state-of-the-art, clean energy system offsets as much carbon annually as a 430-acre forest and reduces annual atmospheric carbon emissions by 365 metric tons (per NREL and EPA estimates).

 

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How Massachusetts’s Commercial and Industrial Facilities can Monetize the New Solar and Storage Incentives

Mar 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Commercial Solar, Businesses, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Boston, Time-of-Use

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Congratulations Jean Family!

Mar 22, 2019 9:26:49 AM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Community, Solar Access to All, Residential Solar, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Boston, Case Study

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We just started and completed the Jean Family's solar installation for their home in Everett, Massachusetts last week

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