Arizona

Salt River Project joins big boys of battery storage

The Salt River Project has announced a 250 MW, 1,000 MWh battery project in Little Rainbow Valley, Arizona. The installation will be the largest in the state and among the largest in the United States.

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First Solar is sold out through mid-2021

The thin film PV maker has reported solid third-quarter results after the opening of its massive, 1.3 GW factory in Ohio.

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Australian agrivoltaics start-up aiming for eventual 1 GW of solar capacity

With sun the common component of solar energy production and agriculture, a new company in northern New South Wales is set to combine the benefits of sowing PV and forage crops in the same soil.

Food crops do better in the shade of solar panels

Another study has highlighted the advantages of combining solar with agriculture. According to the paper, growing chiltepin pepper, jalapeno and cherry tomato in dryland areas of the U.S. under the shade of PV modules is not only possible, but can lead to a better harvest.

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Amtech nears final solar exit with SoLayTec sale

The Arizona-based equipment maker is sticking to its guns by withdrawing from the PV market after sales wobbled in China last year. With most of the big players having rediscovered their thirst for expansion, however, it appears a curious strategy.

NantEnergy acquires Sharp’s US energy systems & services

Zinc battery specialist NantEnergy has acquired the U.S. energy systems and services business from Japanese electronics giant Sharp. The acquisition, according to NantEnergy, will provide the company with an important foothold in the U.S. market and allow it to provide “energy as a service” business models, using its Zinc-air battery, in multiple markets.

PV leading the charge to low-emission future says IEA

With 34 of the 38 key technologies needed to hit the Paris Agreement’s best-case scenario falling short, PV and electric vehicles are keeping hopes alive

US regulators open markets to energy storage

As the conclusion of a 15-month rule-making, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will require grid operators to value the contributions of energy storage, and begins a process to look at how aggregated distributed energy resources can compete in wholesale markets.

APS, First Solar to install Arizona’s largest battery system

The Arizona-based module manufacturer will install a 50 MW battery system charged by a 65 MW solar farm under a 15-year power contract with the U.S. state’s largest utility.

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First Solar nails $63 million loan from Mizuho Bank

The U.S. based module supplier has secured a JPY 7 billion ($63.4 million) syndicated development loan facility for undisclosed utility-scale solar projects in Japan.

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