Utility-Scale articles

Power storage group Alevo plan 1bn US battery plant

The Philip Morris plant in Concord, North Carolina used to manufacture a billion cigarettes a year. But Americans are smoking less, and in the tobacco giant shuttered the factory’s doors years ago and announced plans to sell the 2,100 acre, the 3.5 million square foot facility. In a sure sign that the U.S. economy is

Solar Landfills: One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2 MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition(some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s

Boulder: Creating It’s Own Utility?

In an effort to create its own renewably-powered utility, Boulder, Colo., is reaching out to the solar industry to explore how the city will transition from its current electric supply from Xcel Energy to renewables. Boulder’s efforts to create its own utility have drawn national attention from utilities and the renewables industries. At the heart

Should Utility Companies Fear Micro-Generation?

Utility companies, that’s who. David Roberts over at Grist has just posted a fantastic series stemming from a report by the Edison Electronic Institute’s that outlines how the success of small-scale renewables could make utility companies, as we know them, obsolete. Roberts doesn’t skimp on details about how utilities operate or why the Edison Institute’s

Utility Scale Solar Comes to Michigan

DTE Energy is building it’s first utility-scale photovoltaic plant in Huron County, Michigan. The 485 kilowatt array, being built on leased land from Wil-Le farms, is slated for completion by Thanksgiving. The project’s a far cry from the utility-scale projects going up in the U.S. Southwest, which are 100’s of megawatts in size, but it

RGS Energy Goes Utility Scale Solar in Vermont

Two utility-scale projects in Vermont announced this week will mark RGS Energy’s growth into a different market. RGS Energy, the commercial arm of Real Goods Solar, announced that it is partnering with Gestamp Solar to build a 2.3-megawatt solar installation in Pownal and 2.5-megawatt array in Williamstown, Vermont. Gestamp will own and operate the solar

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