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  • Largest US community solar panel purchase in history just happened with 1.5 GW order

    Boston-based Nexamp, the US’s largest community solar provider, has placed the largest community solar panel order in US history with solar panel maker Heliene. This massive order will provide Nexamp access to 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar panels, which will be produced at Heliene’s factory in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Over the next five years, that…

  • Despite headwinds, offshore wind will see ‘massive’ growth to 2032 – report

    In a sign of things to come, the global offshore wind industry brought 8.8 GW of clean energy online in 2022, its second-best year ever, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The GWEC, the international trade association for the wind power industry, reports that a total of 64.3 GW of global offshore wind…

  • These accordion-like folding solar roofs will power EV charging stations

    Dhp Technology makes folding solar roofs, and now they’re going to be built over 45 rest stops, where they’ll power EV charging stations. Swiss startup Dhp Technology is part of the ABCD-Horizon consortium, which includes Swiss energy company Aventron, BG Consulting Engineers, and Cargo Sous Terrain. The consortium is launching this project in the cantons…

  • In a new milestone, renewables generated 25% of US power in the first half of 2023

    Renewables provided a quarter of the US’s electrical generation during the first half of 2023 – a slight increase from 2022, according to new US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report (with data through June 30, 2023) reveals that in the first six months of this year, electrical…

  • A huge solar + storage + EV project just launched at Dulles Airport

    Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia is going to host a solar, battery storage, and EV project – the US’s largest clean energy project at an airport. The state of Virginia and Dominion Energy officials broke ground on the $200 million clean energy project yesterday. The solar farm will sit on 835 acres of Dulles…

  • The world’s largest floating offshore wind farm is officially online

    Hywind Tampen, the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, was inaugurated today by global power giant Equinor and its partners. Norway-headquartered Equinor developed and is operating Hywind Tampen, which consists of 11 8.6 megawatt (MW) turbines. It’s around 140 km (87 miles) off the Norwegian coast in a water depth of between 260 and 300 meters (853…

  • The US approves Revolution Wind, its fourth major offshore wind farm

    The US Department of the Interior (DOI) today announced its approval of Rhode Island and Connecticut’s Revolution Wind offshore wind farm. This is the DOI’s fourth approval of a US commercial-scale, offshore wind farm. Revolution Wind joins Vineyard Wind off Massachusetts, South Fork Wind off Rhode Island and New York, and Ocean Wind 1 off New Jersey. …

  • Amtrak just rolled out its first-ever electric bus

    Amtrak has replaced a diesel-powered bus on the Pacific Northwest’s Cascades route with its first electric bus. Amtrak, which partnered with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to roll out its new electric bus, will run it between Seattle and Bellingham, filling the gap between the morning and evening trains on the Cascades route. It uses buses all…

  • Here’s how much money you’ll get with the Inflation Reduction Act

    The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which is now one year old, is a “free electric bank account with your name on it.” It’s packed with rebates and tax credits that will help Americans purchase everything from EVs to electrical appliances to heat pumps. Check out this easy-to-use IRA savings calculator from Rewiring America that tells…

  • Here’s what US utilities need to do to prevent faults on the grid

    Solar energy powering grid Source: Shutterstock Department of Energy researchers have figured out a way to help keep the grid resilient as the US rapidly electrifies. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been undertaking research to better understand the effects of electrical faults in the modern US power grid. Faults…

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