SOLAR: American solar panel maker First Solar announces it will build its fifth U.S. manufacturing plant in southern Louisiana — a $1.1 billion project that’s set to be the state’s largest ever capital investment. (Utility Dive)

• A nonprofit helped build a solar farm along a thin, 18-mile stretch of Georgia highway and hopes it inspires similar projects. (Ledger Enquirer)
• A nonprofit looks to help residents of a Florida county lower solar panel costs through a group buying program. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A South Carolina chemical maker will buy 85 MW of power from NextEra’s planned north Texas solar farm. (Post and Courier)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy files an updated resource plan for the Carolinas that calls for replacing coal plants with a mix of gas, renewables, battery storage and small nuclear reactors, disappointing clean energy advocates with its continued fossil fuel reliance. (WFAE)

• John Deere plans to build a battery plant and North American headquarters near Kernersville, North Carolina, to produce lithium-ion battery systems for off-road vehicles. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Texas and Tennessee are among 30 states levying a registration fee on electric vehicles to offset gas tax losses, establishing another barrier to EV adoption. (E&E News)
• An auto parts supplier announces a $114 million investment to expand its Alabama facility to produce electric vehicle parts. (Associated Press)
• Tennessee offers incentives to EV suppliers, including $13 million companies associated with Ford’s forthcoming electric truck factory. (Center Square)
• Miami-Dade County, Florida schools add 20 electric buses to their fleet. (NBC 6)

• Georgia leads the country on electric vehicle and clean energy investments despite climate denial from its governor and Republican leaders. (Fast Company)
• Republican-led states like Oklahoma and Texas are dominating clean energy deployment, but the GOP still looks to preserve fossil fuels as part of its 2024 campaign strategy. (Business Insider)

GRID: Louisiana’s public service commissioner asks electric utilities to stop shutting off customers’ service as the state remains under a state of emergency for extreme heat. (Louisiana Illuminator)

WIND: A Virginia state senator looks to lease a vacant lot he owns to Dominion Energy to store components for its $10 billion offshore wind farm. (Virginian-Pilot)

COAL: Madisonville, Kentucky, residents question Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ plans to replace four retiring coal plants with natural gas. (14 News)

• University of Miami scientists embark to study whether climate change is slowing the Gulf Stream, which could potentially raise sea levels in South Florida. (Tampa Bay)
• Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear doesn’t make climate change an issue as he and other leaders break ground on new flood protection infrastructure in Louisville. (Louisville Public Media)

EFFICIENCY: A Galveston, Texas-area nonprofit partners with CenterPoint Energy to offer free energy efficiency upgrades to some residents amid an ongoing heat wave. (Fox 26 Houston) 

COMMENTARY: A venture capitalist urges Alabama’s congressional delegation to reform the federal permitting system to advance clean energy in the state. (Alabama Media Group)

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