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Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular around the world, and for good reason. It is a clean, renewable energy source that can help to reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change. However, not everyone has access to solar power, either because they do not have the space or the resources to install solar panels on their own. That’s where community solar projects come in.
QCells and Summit Ridge
Summit Ridge Energy and Qcells have entered into a contract to provide American-made modules for community solar projects, with a total capacity of 1.2 GW. This is reportedly the biggest equipment purchase ever made in the U.S. community solar industry, and it also involves the inclusion of 20 MWh of energy storage. On April 6, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Qcells’ Dalton, Georgia manufacturing facility to commemorate the deal, which was facilitated by incentives for clean energy in the Inflation Reduction Act.
During her visit to Qcells’ manufacturing facility in Georgia, Vice President Harris acknowledged Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for their efforts in supporting the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains incentives for clean energy. Additionally, the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, which is part of a larger climate law, was also recognized for its contributions.
Summit Ridge Energy plans to utilize the solar panels to develop more than 350 solar projects in the next four years, with the first 200 MW set to be installed by the end of 2023. Majority of the panels will be manufactured in Qcells’ U.S. facilities. This agreement expands on the existing partnership between Summit Ridge and Qcells, which included the deployment of three energy storage projects in New York City that use Qcells’ Geli energy management system and have a total capacity of more than 46 MWh.
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