Arkansas Experiencing Big Increase In Solar Energy Projects

Ualrpublicradio | July 24, 2019

A new Arkansas law taking effect is allowing local governments, agencies and schools to partner with third-party companies to building solar projects. Arkansas Business reporter Kyle Massey writes in this week’s issue about what’s coming together to make this possible. Rick Vance is regional director for Entegrity Energy Partners LLC of Little Rock, one of several Arkansas solar providers riding the wave as local governments, agencies and schools plunge into a new solar mainstream. With utility savings from solar arrays and energy performance contracting, non-taxed entities are “making improvements, doing deferred maintenance and even using some for big capital projects,” Vance said. “Solar is now the cheapest way to buy electricity. “A combination of the new law [Act 464 of 2019], tax advantages and other factors mean this is the best time” to act, he said, “with no upfront capital costs and guaranteed savings. Why would you not do this?” Vendors like Scenic Hill Solar and Seal Solar of North Little Rock and Today’s Power Inc. of Little Rock are all building multiple government and school arrays this year. “Interest in solar by governmental and educational entities has really escalated,” said Michael Henderson, president of Today’s Power. He said changes in law and tax incentives add up to a good bottom line.

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Global warming has influenced the earth due to the emission of burring gas, and other fossil fuels in order to produce energy. The emission could affect our health, water, weather, animals, and as well as our plants and forests. Most of power generation plants in the world use burning fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas, or coals, and this result in many productions of negative emissions such as dioxide carbon. So, this output of emission affects the earth’s atmosphere.

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Duke Energy | November 18, 2022

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The utility is also migrating information technology (IT) and grid analytics workloads to AWS. Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities. This includes investing $145 billion over the next decade in capital projects, the majority of which will go toward modernizing the nation's largest electric grid. These investments will improve the grid's reliability and resiliency, connect a growing number of renewables and prepare the grid for rapid electric vehicle adoption – all while keeping affordability for customers at the forefront. "Our digital evolution is foundational to our clean energy transition, For example, to accurately simulate future energy needs and plan investments for the grid, we need to run hundreds of millions of power flow calculations – a process that would take weeks using traditional IT hardware. By using cloud technologies that AWS is developing for Duke Energy, we aim to run those same simulations in 15 minutes or less." -Bonnie Titone, senior vice president and chief information officer at Duke Energy. These simulations – and other analytics made possible by Duke Energy's Intelligent Grid Services applications on AWS – deliver insights that will help the utility continue its data-driven grid investment plans. The industry-leading applications can forecast where needs will be greatest and estimate the amount of load the distribution system can accommodate without impacting power quality or reliability. These applications can also make recommendations on the most cost-effective grid solutions needed to meet the evolving needs of customers, whether that customer is an individual who wants to put solar panels on their home or a commercial customer that wants to electrify its fleet of vehicles. And by running the applications on AWS, Duke Energy is able to get these actionable insights from millions of gigabytes of data at unprecedented scale and speed. Faster, more accurate insights mean Duke Energy is better equipped to build the grid of the future – a smart grid that can withstand extreme weather, handle the growing needs of electric vehicles, and support green technologies, such as rooftop solar and battery energy storage. "Duke Energy and AWS share similar commitments to a smarter and cleaner energy future with net-zero carbon emissions,These Intelligent Grid Services leverage the proven scalability and reliability of the world's leading cloud and will help Duke Energy meet energy demands while maximizing the use of clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power, to serve their customers." -Sarah Cooper, general manager of AWS Industry Products. Customers are at the center of everything Duke Energy does," said Harry Sideris, executive vice president of customer experience, solutions and services at Duke Energy. "Through this partnership with AWS, we'll be able to make better decisions at the micro and macro levels to meet the evolving needs of our customers and communities as we build a smarter, cleaner energy future together. Duke Energy Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America's largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people. 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Strata Clean Energy Acquires Crossover Energy Partners

Strata Clean Energy | November 16, 2022

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Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. | October 18, 2022

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