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Panels in early sunshine

What's on the other side of that installation? (Courtesy National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Wary on Credit Risk, Solar Developers Look for New Kinds of Contract Partners

As more corporate leaders try to scrub carbon from their brands, more credit risk is flowing into power purchase agreements. In these deals, which involve an "offtaker" contracting to buy power from a solar developer, some developers are looking beyond traditional corporate partners. New partners can include participants in community...
The golden age of wireless?

Beam announced its deal with the City of San Diego in October 2020. 

Building Profits in Charging: A Naming Rights Model

Carbon emissions from transportation must nearly vanish in coming years for the world to add less than two degrees of temperature above preindustrial levels. So ways to charge up cars on clean electric supply must proliferate. Beam, a San Diego vendor, claims to sell the world's fastest charge and promises...
David Crane

Speak softly and carry a big SPAC. 

ExSPACly So: Reflections on an Interview with Climate Pioneer David Crane

No, it has nothing to do with GameStop. A SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company, allows legitimate up-and-comers whose profits lie in the future to tap cash for building climate solutions now. David Crane, a veteran of climate-transition management, explains SPACs' potential to steer capital to a necessarily risky group...
Enough for everyone

Now that we needn't think of solar as an "alternative" source, we also can find alternatives to a system in which way more of solar goes to affluent whites.

Demanding Upstanding Solar Supply: Two Pioneers Chart Paths to Energy Justice

Look behind the dominant curve, on which solar power becomes cheaper to supply while corporate commitments, voters' priorities and scientific data goose demand for solar. You'll see that too many people find themselves locked out of the solar market or barred from influencing its direction. Two speakers challenged Yale audiences...
How SunZia closes in on California

Drawing a line in the sand, SunZia worked for 14 years on its transmission progress. 

A Seriously Long-Term Investment: Inside SunZia's Transmission Adventure

When planning to decarbonize the grid, many analysts see transmission lines as analogous to "political will." It's necessary and it's rarely possible to summon it from scratch. In the Southwest, though, a private enterprise has pushed forward on work to deliver renewable power from a windy swath of New Mexico...