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Solar PV capacity expansion continued to accelerate in the United States, the European Union and Latin America in 2020.

Solar PV capacity in the United States increased 45% in 2020 to reach 19 GW, breaking the 15 GW record of 2015. The main impetus for this acceleration was the planned phaseout of the production tax credit, although in the end the incentive was extended for another year and will continue to propel capacity deployment. Higher corporate demand through power purchase agreements, driven by declining costs and continued growth in residential and commercial markets, will also help increase PV deployment.

Developers in the United States rushed to complete their projects before the expiration of the production tax credit, which led to a record onshore wind deployment of almost 17 GW, nearly twice as much as in 2019. Although the tax credit scheme was extended for another year in December 2020, it is expected that capacity addition growth will be slower in upcoming years, as the number of projects eligible for full tax credits will be limited.


According to the report, the global smart transportation market was valued at US$ 47.91 Bn in 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 21.3% during the forecast period. Smart transportation integrates different technological features and applications for providing real-time information to improve, innovate and manage transportation systems. These technological features are adopted in all the transportation services including roadways, railways, airways, and maritime to improve performance in the transportation systems.

December 16, 2021

GRID Alternatives installing 200 kW of solar in California tribal communities

A donation from a regional foundation will result in 200 kW of solar installed in tribal communities in San Diego County and Bishop, California. The Sempra Foundation has donated more than $350,000 to GRID AlternativesTribal Solar Accelerator Fund, which will result in arrays installed at single-family homes and apartment buildings in four reservations.


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Grid Alternatives Expands Work in Tribal Communities, Advancing Energy Sovereignty with Renewable Energy.

With Bezos Earth Fund, the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

will scale up work with tribal communities

GRID Alternatives, a national leader in providing access to clean, affordable renewable energy, received a $12 million multi-year grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to grow the scope and scale of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund. The Fund is a tribal-led program that partners with tribal communities across the United States to develop their renewable energy capacity and expand solar job opportunities.


Sunverge energy storage project to be first participant in PJM’s residential VPP market

Sunverge, the provider of an industry-leading distributed energy resource (DER) control, orchestration and aggregation platform, and Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company serving customers in Delaware and Maryland, announced it has entered into an agreement with PJM Interconnection to explore how the Elk Neck Battery Storage Pilot Program will participate in the region’s wholesale market for ancillary services


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Maryland Battery Storage Program Looking to Expand

A battery energy storage project in Maryland is set to launch early in 2022, and the companies involved are exploring how the program can be a part of the region’s ancillary services.

The Elk Neck Battery Storage Pilot Program is a virtual power plant with a planned capacity of .55 megawatts and 2.2 megawatt hours. It is being built by distributed energy resource (DER) company Sunverge and distributed by Delmarva Power, which serves areas of Delaware and Maryland.


Clean Energy and Software Partnership to Ease Fleet Electrification Implementation

A new partnership between Catalyze and Microgrid Labs will combine clean energy transition and software to help simplify fleet electrification services to business and communities across the United States.

The two say that the deal will help streamline the complexities of having an electric fleet as there are often significant technical situations and electrification processes spread across consultants and software and equipment providers. The partnership comes as the electric vehicle market soars and electric fleets grow.


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Biden-Harris Administration Outlines Action Plan to Build Out EV Charging Infrastructure

The Biden-Harris administration published a fact sheet on its electric vehicle charging action plan. It outlines steps federal agencies are taking to support the development and deployment of EV chargers in American communities across the country.

Last month, Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law. Among its provisions is the establishment of a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, envisioned as a collaboration between the two agencies to “collect input and guidance from industry leaders, manufacturers, workers, and other stakeholders that will ensure the national network provides convenient charging for all.” Projects include increasing public confidence in electric vehicles by building out a convenient, reliable, affordable public charging network and bringing EV charging to rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach communities.


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What is the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation? US Government's New Electric Vehicles Division

The Biden-Harris-Administration released an Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan to outline the steps

federal agencies are taking to support developing and deploying chargers in American communities across

the country.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have joined forces to establish a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to focus on deploying electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

The three departments will work together to collect input and guidance from industry leaders, manufacturers, workers and stakeholders to ensure that this national network will provide convenient charging for all.


Cost of Batteries, Increased Incentives

Drive Electric Bus Market

Falling costs of batteries and increasing government regulations and incentives will boost the electric bus market in coming years, according to a new report.

Batteries make up 40% of the cost of electric buses, according to the report by ReportLinker, and the average cost of lithium-ion battery packs for large orders has fallen from about $600 a kilowatt hour in 2015 to $150 a kilowatt hour in 2020. That has helped spur the sales of more than 82,000 electric buses last year, and the report says there will be a CAGR of 14.9% through 2026.


December 2, 2021

CEC Approves $1.4 Billion Plan for Zero-Emission Transportation Infrastructure and Manufacturing

Plan aims to close infrastructure gap and direct 50 percent of funds

to priority communities.

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission (CEC) today approved a three-year $1.4 billion plan to help California achieve its 2025 electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals.


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California OKs $1.4 bln plan for car chargers,

hydrogen refueling

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a three-year $1.4 billion plan to help California achieve its electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals.


Solar and green groups buy into Duke’s net-metering plan in North Carolina

The state’s dominant utility has proposed time-varying solar rates and smart-thermostat incentives, and solar advocates are on board.

Duke Energy customers in North Carolina are poised to get a revamped net-metering regime for new home solar systems — one that would closely tie the value of rooftop solar power to how much households can shift their energy generation and consumption to times that are most opportune for the grid.


Amazon announces 8 new U.S. solar projects

Amazon has announced 18 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects across the U.S., Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K., totaling 5.6 GW of procured capacity to date in 2021. Amazon now has 274 renewable energy projects globally and is on a path to power 100% of its business operations with renewable energy by 2025 — five years earlier than its original 2030 commitment.


More Exelon utilities to integrate Palmetto’s

solar calculator

By integrating Palmetto’s Mapdwell Solar API, Exelon will provide its 10 million utility customers — spread over Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. — with online access to property-level solar photovoltaic potential data and analysis. By securely leveraging customers’ energy consumption profiles to provide personalized recommendations and accelerate solar adoption, the Mapdwell-powered solar calculator enables Exelon customers to learn about the feasibility, and potential cost-savings associated with pursuing solar at their address. The solar calculator provides personalized information for each of Exelon’s residential customers, estimating the number of solar panels required due to unique characteristics of the customer’s property, estimated return on investment given the customer’s historical energy usage, and potential green-house gas reductions.


Buyer interest in EVs grows as automakers introduce more appealing models

Electric vehicles are in the spotlight following Biden's visit to a Detroit factory and the debut of new models at the LA Auto Show. But cost and charging concerns remain.

From Michigan to California, electric vehicles (EVs) took center stage. Along with growing momentum for electric vehicles, as some experts say EV sales may be nearing a tipping point due to rising consumer interest and an influx of new models from mainstream and startup auto manufacturers.


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All-electric Ford F-150 Lightning sparks interest as electric vehicles make waves

Pickup truck aficionados and first-timers alike are anticipating new electric releases from Ford, Tesla, Rivian and Chevrolet.


'A long way to go': How ConEd, Xcel and 4 other utilities are helping cities meet big EV goals

From New York City to Los Angeles, cities and utilities face cost, land and grid challenges in their efforts to electrify transportation systems.

Electric vehicles (EVs) could finish 2021 as 5% of new car sales in the U.S., according to market observers, and are expected to make up a growing share in the years to come. Driven by city and state electrification goals, and now supported by federal infrastructure dollars, the years ahead will be a critical time for utilities working to drive beneficial electrification.


Researchers use AI to optimize several

flow battery properties simultaneously

Scientists seek stable, high-energy batteries designed for the electric grid.

Bringing new sources of renewable energy like wind and solar power onto the electric grid will require specially designed large batteries that can charge when the sun is shining and give energy at night. One type of battery is especially promising for this purpose: the flow battery. Flow batteries contain two tanks of electrically active chemicals that exchange charge and can have large volumes that hold a lot of energy.


Big Batteries on Wheels Can Deliver Zero-Emissions Rail While Securing the Grid

Berkeley Lab study shows how battery-electric trains can deliver environmental justice, cost-savings, and resilience to the U.S.

Trains have been on the sidelines of electrification efforts for a long time in the U.S. because they account for only 2% of transportation sector emissions, but diesel freight trains emit 35 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and produce air pollution that leads to $6.5 billion in health costs, resulting in an estimated 1,000 premature deaths each year. What’s more, these deaths and adverse health impacts disproportionately affect disadvantaged and low-income communities, which are more likely to be located near freight rail yards and railways.


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