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Solar developers pledge $6B for made-in-America panels

By David Laconangelo Photo: Tony Dejak , AP

Several large U.S. solar developers have announced a new coalition that will buy up to $6 billion in made-in-America panels, in a move that could more than double the country’s panel-manufacturing capacity.
The new US Solar Buyer Consortium said yesterday it had opened a request for proposals from U.S. manufacturers who could supply up to 7 gigawatts of solar panels per year, starting in 2024.

06/22/22
                                                               

A land rush for renewable energy is transforming the Eastern Plains

By Mark Jaffe Photo: Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun via Report for America

A race to meet state climate goals — and to get expiring federal tax credits along the way — has led to a flurry of wind and solar activity.

06/19/22
                                                               

50 states of solar incentives: New Jersey

By Tim Sylvia

One of the country’s most historically healthy and active solar markets, New Jersey has perennially been a top-10 state in terms of installed capacity and projects in construction. The state’s new incentive program, passed in July 2021, is set to bring nearly 3.8 GW of new solar capacity to the state by 2026, but concerns over interconnection delays have some advocates questioning how much of that solar will actually get built.

06/15/22
                                                               

Biden to pause new solar tariffs as White House encourages adoption

By Ana Swanson, David Gelles and Jim Tankersley Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The Commerce Department had been considering whether to impose the tariffs as part of a trade case against Chinese companies.

06/06/22
                                                               

Biden to invoke Defense Production Act for clean energy

By Ben Geman and Andrew Freedman Photo: Justin Merriman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden will shield solar project developers from the costs of potential trade penalties and offer new federal support for domestic panel manufacturing, the White House said Monday.

06/06/22
                                                               

FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Bold Executive Action to Spur Domestic Clean Energy Manufacturing

Today’s clean energy technologies are a critical part of the arsenal we must harness to lower energy costs for families, reduce risks to our power grid, and tackle the urgent crisis of a changing climate. From day one, President Biden has mobilized investment in these critical technologies. Thanks to his clean energy and climate agenda, last year marked the largest deployment of solar, wind, and batteries in United States history, and our nation is now a magnet for investment in clean energy manufacturing.

06/06/22
                                                               

Three common myths about solar energy, demystified

By Daisy Simmons Photo: Werner Slocum , Nrel

Solar energy could play a big role in reducing carbon pollution from the U.S. electricity grid over the next few decades. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy and the affiliated National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar could in some scenarios potentially deliver on 40% or more of the nation’s electricity demand – a shift that would achieve significant cuts in carbon emissions to help turn the tide on climate change.

06/02/22
                                                               

Why Tiny Solar Projects Play an Outsized Role in Powering Puerto Rico

By Jim Wyss Photo: Xavier Garcia , Bloomberg

That’s only about 2.5% of the island’s overall power generation. But collectively, the rooftops might be considered Puerto Rico’s largest clean power plant, dwarfing the 101-megawatt Santa Isabel wind farm, the island’s largest renewable generator.

05/31/22
                                                               

U.S. approves major transmission line from Wyoming to Utah

By Nichola Groom Photo : Stephen Lam , Reuters

The Biden administration on Thursday gave final approval to a 416-mile electric transmission line that will help connect more wind and solar energy to the Western U.S. grid.

05/27/22
                                                               

Auxin Solar tariff case: Follow Canary’s coverage

By Eric Wesoff

The fate of the entire U.S. solar industry could hinge on the whims of one small company in California. If the tariffs being demanded by San Jose–based panel manufacturer Auxin Solar are enacted, it could bring the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar solar sector to a screeching halt.

05/26/22