Companies Collaborate on Launching Four Maine Solar Projects

Jared Schoch

Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC and TurningPoint Energy are working on four community solar projects in Maine, totaling 25.5 MW DC of solar capacity. The projects, located in Somerset, Kennebec, Androscoggin and Knox Counties, are in the late stages of development with construction started in Q2 2021. When fully operational the projects are expected to generate approximately 25 million kWhs annually, contributing to Maine’s goals of providing economic growth, workforce opportunities, and 80 percent clean energy by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.

These projects are developed by TurningPoint Energy as part of Maine’s Net Energy Billing program. Nautilus is the long-term owner of the projects and responsible for overseeing construction, maintaining its long-term performance, and acquiring and managing customer subscriptions. Any residential Central Maine Power utility customer is eligible to join one of the projects through Nautilus with no upfront cost, no long-term commitment and no cancellation fees.

This is the second transaction between Nautilus Solar and TurningPoint Energy demonstrating the strong partnership between the two organizations. TPE expanded its business operations to Maine in an announcement last year.

“This is TurningPoint Energy’s first demonstration of coming through on our commitment to invest in Maine’s community solar market we made in 2019 and we’re thankful to continue to work in strategic partnership with Nautilus Solar to make good on this commitment,” says Jared Schoch, president of TurningPoint Energy.

Source: https://solarindustrymag.com/companies-collaborate-on-launching-four-maine-solar-projects

Nautilus Solar, TurningPoint Energy join forces on four community solar projects in Maine

Nautilus Solar Energy and TurningPoint Energy announced a partnership working on four community solar projects in Maine totaling 25.5 MWDC of solar capacity. The projects, located in Somerset, Kennebec, Androscoggin and Knox Counties, were in late stages of development, and construction began in Q2 2021. Once completed, the community solar projects will provide a clean energy option to 5,750 households in Maine within the Central Maine Power electric utility territory.

These projects are developed by TurningPoint Energy as part of Maine’s Net Energy Billing program, which was amended in June 2019 by Governor Mills to provide renewable energy benefits, energy efficiency and reduced costs for its residential customers. Nautilus is the long-term owner of the projects and responsible for overseeing construction, maintaining its long-term performance and acquiring and managing customer subscriptions. Any residential Central Maine Power utility customer is eligible to join one of the projects through Nautilus with no upfront cost, no long-term commitment and no cancellation fees.

“These projects symbolize Nautilus’s commitment to making clean energy simple and accessible to all Mainers,” said Nautilus Solar co-CEO Jim Rice.

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Source: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/07/nautilus-solar-turningpoint-energy-four-community-solar-projects-in-maine/

Shell to become clean energy provider with acquisition of Inspire

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Source: https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/solar/shell-to-become-clean-energy-provider-with-acquisition-of-inspire/

Alencon to bring suite of DC:DC conversion products to SPI 2021

Alencon’s lineup of DC:DC converters includes the galvanically isolated SPOT and BOSS and the non-isolated CUBE.

Alencon Systems will demonstrate an extensive lineup of high-power, high-voltage DC:DC conversion equipment at SPI 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 21-23 in Booth #5413.

The Alencon products on display at the show will include the latest version of Alencon’s galvanically isolated DC:DC converters, the SPOT and BOSS Version 7 series, along with the company’s soon-to-be-released CUBE, slated for official release in 2022. In addition, Alencon will be displaying its full range of accessories including the GARD for string-level arc and ground-fault detection and ACE control system along with a variety of deployment form factors, including its stackable, paralleled solutions.

“Alencon aims to be the market-leading provider of high-power, high-voltage DC:DC conversion solutions for applications including the combination of solar + storage, solar optimization, microgrids, EV charging and fuel cell applications,” said Hanan Fishman, Alencon Systems president.

Alencon’s newest product at the show is the CUBE, the compact universal boost/buck converter. Unlike the SPOT and BOSS, the CUBE offers a non-isolated buck boost topology. The CUBE is unique in that it leverages Alencon’s unique high frequency switching technology to achieve a power density ten times greater than the other, non-isolated DC:DC converters available on the market today.

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Source: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/07/alencon-to-bring-suite-of-dc-dc-conversion-products-to-spi-2021/

Are we entering a new era for utility-scale solar?

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Solar asset management software provider Power Factors acquired by Vista Equity Partners

Solar asset management software provider Power Factors has announced a definitive agreement to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners. Vista’s involvement will continue to fuel product innovation and enable Power Factors to serve a wider range of renewable energy customers as renewable energy generation is rapidly adopted on a global scale.

Power Factors provides owners and operators of renewable energy assets with mission critical enterprise software for asset performance management, commercial asset management, workflow management and analytics. Power Factors’ flagship software platforms — Drive, Greenbyte and 3megawatt’s BluePoint — help customers manage complex portfolios of renewable energy assets, optimize revenue and energy output, and reduce manual service and monitoring costs.

Vista’s backing will enable Power Factors to build on significant commercial momentum following its acquisitions of Greenbyte AB and 3megawatt GmBH earlier this year.

“We are excited to partner with Vista during a period of unprecedented growth in the global renewables market, which has fueled the continued expansion of our business,” said Gary Meyers, CEO of Power Factors. “Our software helps customers accelerate the global clean energy transition by lowering the levelized cost of renewable energy. Partnering with Vista will provide the resources and enterprise software expertise necessary to scale our business and help our customers as they grow their portfolios and meaningfully advance the global adoption of renewables.”

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Source: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/07/power-factors-acquired-by-vista-energy-partners/

Investment trends in grid-scale battery storage

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Standard Solar acquires 35 MW solar portfolio in Maine

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July 27, 2021
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Five net energy billing (NEB) projects will now make solar energy accessible to homes, businesses and communities throughout the Mid-Coast and Down East regions in Maine. Standard Solar has acquired 35 MW of NEB solar projects in Maine. The company is funding the projects and will be the long-term owner and operator. Construction on all five projects is expected to begin over the next 12 months.

Maine’s NEB program allows customers to benefit from clean energy savings by offsetting their electricity bills from renewable energy projects like community solar.

“These projects will save Maine residents and businesses millions off their electricity bills, help boost Maine’s economy through job creation and bring reliable, affordable electricity to residents, businesses and towns,” said Harry Benson, Director of Business Development for Standard Solar. “We’re proud to play an integral part in growing the state’s clean energy transition and the state’s economy.”

The five ground-mount projects will generate revenue through taxes and local economic development for the state and local governments. Combined, they will produce 50 MWh of electricity, an annual reduction in CO2 emissions equivalent to 39,165 pounds of coal burned and 4,310,301 smartphones charged.

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Source: https://solarbuildermag.com/projects/standard-solar-acquires-35-mw-solar-portfolio-in-maine/

Surrey researchers working to find suitable solvents for perovskite inks


Perovskite solar cells have gained attention in recent years because of their ability to deliver high photovoltaic performance under a low-cost and low-temperature solution-based fabrication processing, which allows materials to be dissolved in suitable solvents to produce inks.



Perovskites are a family of materials with a specific three-dimensional lattice crystal structure named after a naturally occurring mineral. Despite the remarkable growth in the power conversion efficiency of the perovskite solar cells during the last decade, several challenges remain in place – such as the producibility of high-quality, scalable perovskite thin film preparation.



In a paper published in the journal Small, researchers from Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) reveal their progress in solvent engineering to help achieve the highest quality for perovskite light-absorbing layers.



The review paper focuses on the essential characteristics of the developed solvent systems and the engineering methods for perovskite thin film preparation, thereby paving the way for future evolutions in how the solar-cell devices and their inks are produced.



The researchers argue that achieving efficiency as high as 25 per cent for perovskite solar cells requires precise control of the device architecture, perovskite composition, solvent system, additive and fabrication technique.



Dr Ehsan Rezaee, postdoctoral research fellow at the ATI at the University of Surrey, said: “The emergence of perovskite solar cells as the highly efficient new generation of solar harvesting technology is incredibly exciting. However, while their flexibility, lightweight nature and semitransparency are all pluses, there are fundamental challenges to address if they are ever to be commercially viable.



“High-throughput and large-scale industrial manufacturing of perovskite thin films depends on the successful development of both fabrication techniques and suitable inks. We hope our roadmap sets the course for these promising materials to reach their full potential.”



Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI at the University of Surrey, said: “Our organisation has always believed in the potential of solar panels to be a critical part of the energy mix that finally allows us all to move away from dangerous outdated energy sources. However, we must do more to improve the power conversion efficiency of these promising devices, and we hope this significant paper helps pave the way for those advancements.”



Research Report: “Solvent Engineering as a Vehicle for High Quality Thin Films of Perovskites and Their Device Fabrication”


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Ingeteam’s hybrid inverter now compatible with BYD high-voltage batteries

Ingeteam and BYD have tested and certified in their respective R&D laboratories the compatibility of the Battery-Box Premium HVS and HVM high-voltage batteries from BYD with the hybrid inverter (photovoltaic + batteries) from Ingeteam INGECON SUN STORAGE 1Play M TL.

Ingeteam’s hybrid inverter, in combination with BYD batteries, enables operation in isolated mode, back-up mode (UPS) and self-consumption mode.

BYD’s high-voltage lithium ferrophosphate (LFP) batteries, with capacities ranging from 5.1 kWh to 22.1 kWh (depending on the model), are designed for residential and commercial use. The BYD battery models compatible with Ingeteam’s hybrid inverter are: HVS (5.1, 7.7 and 10.2) and HVM (8.3, 11.0, 13.8, 16.6, 19.3 and 22.1).

The Ingeteam inverter includes two PV inputs, each of which has its own maximum solar power point (MPPT) monitoring system, allowing it to manage up to 11.5 kW of solar panel power that can be installed on a roof with two orientations.

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Source: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/07/ingeteams-hybrid-inverter-now-compatible-with-byd-high-voltage-batteries/