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New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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San Francisco Voters go for Solar Power

LCG, Nov. 8, 2001--San Francisco voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed using the sun to generate electricity for their fog-shrouded city.

When the votes from all precincts had been counted yesterday, a solar power measure had won with 73 percent of the vote. The initiative will allow the city to issue $100 million in revenue bonds to pay for solar power systems.

Among the backers of the proposition was the anti-nuke activist group Greenpeace. "We think it's historic," said Danny Kennedy, who coordinated the group's campaign in California. He said the nation has "turned the corner and become a leader in the solar race because of this choice by San Francisco citizens."

Supporters of the measure say that within a year San Francisco could have 20 megawatts of solar capacity on the roofs of public building and schools. Another 30 megawatts could be produced by wind turbines scattered around the Bay Area.

While solar arrays produce some electricity even when the sun's rays weakly penetrate a thick layer of fog, wind turbines produce no electricity at all unless the wind is blowing just right. San Francisco can probably count on about 16 megawatts from all those photovoltaic cells and wind turbines.

The city of San Francisco represents a standard load of about 1,000 megawatts. On Tuesday, voters also approved a ballot measure to form a municipal utility and get a divorce from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

It will take a lot of solar power to keep the lights lit.

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