Power shut-offs affecting millions in California, enacted by utilities Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison to prevent wildfires and their spreading, are a “draconian” measure and don’t address the real problems, SimpliPhi Power CEO Catherine Von Burg has said.
The Utah-headquartered firm posts Q3 2019 installs of 65MW and hits cumulative 1.228GW as operational losses jump US$7.9m to US$13.8m year on year.
Retail giant and Silicon Valley firm say they have ‘resolved the issues’ raised by the former, which had linked rooftop blazes to Tesla’s alleged ‘negligence’ with PV installs.
Japanese firm says divestment was ‘strategic asset recycling’ and that ‘strengthening of the financial base continues to be one of [Mitsui & Co’s] key initiatives’.
The projects, which will be operated by First Solar’s operations and maintenance arm once commissioned next year, are contracted to provide power to Facebook’s data centres via a PPA with PacifiCorp.
The Spanish company expects that 1.2GW – or 40% of the total capacity purchased from the American IPP – to be live by 2023.
The deal, which Dominion says is largest ever brokered by a US state government, comprises four different solar projects set to come online before 2023, as well as one wind project.
While an investigation into a recent fire incident at one of its energy storage facilities remains ongoing, representatives of utility Arizona Public Service (APS) will appear onstage with technology provider Fluence to discuss fire safety at an upcoming event in California.
The New York City firm, which specialises in funding solar and anaerobic digesters in the US, said it will use the funding from Newlight Partners, a Soros Fund spin-off, to support projects’ pre-construction phase.
The news comes weeks after the technology giant announced a raft of 1.6GW of undisclosed global renewable energy deals, including 720MW of US solar.