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Obviously, there are reasons that we’re still talking about Marcus Aurelius 2000 years after his death–and here’s one of them.

He seems to have possessed an ability to think rationally and without prejudice.  He would have made a very bad acolyte of modern-day right-wing “news,” which depends so heavily on its viewers’ unflagging loyalty to certain tenets, e.g., that progressives are always bad or wrong.

A Lesson from Marcus Aurelius

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BayWa r.e., Ampt, Fraunhofer ICT Deploy Energy Storage Combination System 

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BayWa r.e. and Ampt have deployed a combination of wind and solar generation together with battery storage within the microgrid at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) campus in Pfinztal, Germany.

BayWa r.e. installed three rooftop arrays and one ground-mounted system with a total capacity of 690 kWp to expand onsite energy utilization. The systems are connected to the power grid without their own inverters, but instead through an existing 2 MW wind turbine. A 10 MWh flow BESS is part of the system as well.

Leveraging Ampt String Optimizers, each of the different technologies was integrated through a shared DC bus, says the company, adding that this way, generation variability across the PV systems can be managed and the different systems united at a high and fixed voltage.

Ampt String Optimizers are DC/DC converters that perform maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and recover energy losses due to voltage and technology differences, according to BayWa r.e. Through individual string MPPT, Ampt optimizers mitigate the energy losses caused by shade from surrounding buildings on the Fraunhofer ICT campus. The optimizers are programmable and provide string-level data, enhancing visibility of the system functions as well as operation and maintenance capabilities.

“We are delighted to bring this milestone project to life. Ampt’s technology simplified a technically very complex project,” says BayWa r.e.’s Andrea Grotzke. “The way we have added solar to the existing wind energy and battery storage system is unique, and in successfully completing this project we were able to further improve our own expertise and capabilities. We are pleased with the result of this innovative power solution symbiosis and our ability to meet our customer’s individual requirements.”

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ENGIE Completes $1B Tax Equity Financing for U.S. Renewables 

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ENGIE North America has completed more than $1 billion of tax equity financing to fund a portfolio of recently commissioned renewable projects in the U.S. through separate agreements with J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas. 

The portfolio consists of six projects across ERCOT, MISO and SPP, including 950 MW of solar and 353 MW of wind capacity. The aggregate 1.3 GW of these projects represents one of the largest tax equity financing arrangements for the company so far.

“We are delighted that ENGIE is once again able to collaborate with some of the world’s leading financial institutions to accelerate the energy transition towards a net zero future,” says ENGIE North America’s Dave Carroll. “This transaction reflects our proven and recognized track record in developing, building and operating renewables assets, both in North America and globally.”

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Anza Launches Platform Comparison Features For Solar Module Buyers 

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Anza has introduced capabilities on its platform that the company says gives buyers the ability to organize and rank the varied aspects of equipment required to select the ideal modules for a given project.

The platform’s offering is aimed at developers, IPPs and EPCs with what the companies claims is a more granular set of insights into products and suppliers to help meet project goals.

“We find ourselves at a pivotal moment as solar industry growth, project deployments and technology improvements are all accelerating,” says Mike Hall, CEO of Anza.

“Procurement professionals have to navigate a vast field of module options, and without access to real-time data to evaluate risk and other key factors, they are left having to make critical multi-million dollar decisions with limited information. This is compounded by increasingly prevalent trade and import risks, which can derail project schedules and negatively impact the bottom line. With Anza, buyers have the data and tools needed to confidently and comprehensively navigate these risks and gain valuable insights into suppliers’ products, supply chains and more.”

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