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Sunrise brief: ACORE report finds room for improvement in how renewables are valued

Also on the rise: NextEra Energy sells a 50% stake in a renewables portfolio for almost $850 million, and a discovery may lead to a big jump in perovskite solar cell efficiency.
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Sunverge and LG partner on residential virtual power plant project

The project is expected to evaluate time of use and real-time pricing signals, load shaping and shifting, and event-based demand response.
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NextEra Energy sells a stake in a renewable energy portfolio for $849 million

The deal includes long-term O&M agreements for the solar, storage, and wind assets.
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S-5! launches PVKONCEAL

The PVKONCEAL module skirt protects all of a module's electrical components while maintaining sleek aesthetics for the lifetime of the installation.
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Renewables deserve better approaches to resource adequacy: ACORE

A new report finds room for improvement in regional approaches to setting the capacity value of renewables and storage.
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iSun invests in Encore Renewable Energy

The solar developer said the investment will increase iSun's involvement brownfield redevelopment, dual-use projects, and emergent storage technologies.
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Your next package delivery could be solar powered

There is still much to debate over the benefits of moving a vehicle via solar, but the market has been getting creative and is evolving quickly.
Technology

Discovery boosts perovskite solar cell efficiency by up to 18%

Researchers said they achieved a new benchmark for 2D perovskite efficiency by discovering an effect whereby sunlight causes the material to contract, enabling greater efficiency.

Press Releases

JinkoSolar’s Bifacial Modules Help build the first Solar-powered Oil Fields for CNPC

Shanghai, November 22, 2021, JinkoSolar Holding Co. , Ltd, (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today has announced its collaboration with CNPC through a landmark deal delivering its high efficiency Tiger Neo bifacial modules for a 200 MW solar farm.

Sungrow Floating PV, World’s First Gigawatt Level Floating Photovoltaic System Supplier Partners with US Floating Solar

Sungrow Floating PV, the World’s First Gigawatt Level Floating PV System Supplier, has partnered with US Floating Solar, LLC as its North American Agent for its industry leading floating solar products.

DEPCOM’s 3R Business Expands, Helping to Restore Power Fast After Natural Disasters

EPC/O&M leader expands restoration and repowering services to minimize losses, boost performance of utility PV assets

Gibraltar Merges Four Solar Brands Into One — Introducing The New Terrasmart

Category leaders join to create stronger returns, meaningful value for solar C&I and utility customers

Covid-19

Better pay, more flexibility! Survey details trends on solar sector pay and benefits

The survey from RO found a widening pay gap between men and women who work in the same role and offer the same industry experience.

Solar employed 231,000 in the U.S. in 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and higher productivity rates cut U.S. solar jobs by about 6.7% in 2020.

Letter signed by 750 companies calls on Congress for long-term solar policy certainty

The companies, led by SEIA, lay out six policy actions deemed necessary to grow the industry to the size needed to fight climate change and realize clean energy goals.

U.S. solar panel shipments rose 33% in 2020

Solar PV module shipments reached a record high in 2020, growing 33% year over year.

Illinois Q2 residential solar installations are down nearly 90% compared to 2020

Just 313 small rooftop solar projects were completed statewide in Q2 2021, compared to 2,908 a year earlier, as the state remains in a perilous solar incentive limbo.

Auxin and Suniva ask the ITC to extend Trump-era import tariffs

The two companies led the initial effort to impose tariffs and now claim they have been unable to complete plans to adjust to import competition given the pandemic, alleged “predatory” pricing, and other factors.

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Next-generation solar technologies will drive a lower LCOE

FTC Solar's Chief Technology Officer outlines how large-format, high-wattage modules and autonomous systems can drive down the levelized cost of energy of utility-scale solar power.

CIT Group arranges finance for Texas solar project

The 260 MWdc Brazoria West Solar Project is under construction, with commercial operation planned for 2022.

Sunrise brief: Investors are targeting renewables–and hydrogen–like never before

Also on the rise: Solar capacity additions are recovering from a subdued 2020, utilities ask for 50 MW of solar in West Virginia, and Broad Reach gets a $400 million equity commitment.

Energy storage firm Broad Reach gets a $400 million equity infusion

The funding commitment comes as Apollo takes a 50% stake in the company from venture capital firm EnCap Energy.

Utilities seek OK from West Virginia regulators for five solar projects

A 2020 bill authorizes electric utilities to own and operate up to 200 MW of renewable energy facilities.

Solar capacity additions show a recovery from a subdued 2020

The FERC’s latest data release shows solar led new generating capacity with 8,410 MW added through the first three quarters of 2021.

Manufacturing

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U.S. decarbonization goals hinge on scaling up heterojunction cell tech

HJT technology could fill an innovation gap in the residential and commercial rooftop PV market, and boost U.S. solar leadership through domestic manufacturing of cells and modules.

First Solar signs multi-year deals for 5.4 GW of modules

Lightsource bp and bp placed orders for around 4.4 GWdc of modules, with options for an additional 1 GWdc.

American Battery approved to build battery recycling facility in Nevada

The facility will include a battery recycling building, an office building with laboratories, and a finished goods warehouse.

Novel solar cell architecture to reduce silver costs, improve voltage

Developed by a U.S.-based start-up, the new manufacturing process is claimed to reduce silver consumption and improve solar module performance by up to 3 W. It consists of connecting sub-cells in series within a single cell in order to increase the device voltage and without requiring cells to be physically broken and rewired.

Demand for battery recycling is growing, but capacity and innovation lag

A report by Lux Research forecasts growing demand for lithium-ion battery recycling capacity, along with a need for innovation to meet that demand.

Solar anti-dumping group said it is weighing options, may refile petitions seeking tariffs

A-SMACC urged Commerce Department officials to consider launching their own circumvention actions and trade cases on behalf of the U.S. solar industry.

Markets & Policy

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Sunrise brief: Canadian Solar funds growth plans via stock sale

Also on the rise: UK scientists probe perovskite cell structures to better understand how they work, and the International Trade Commission says that Section 201 tariffs should be extended.

Canadian Solar raises $150 million to fund possible acquisitions

The company said it will use the proceeds for its long-term strategic growth plans, including investing in its battery storage business and growing its storage pipeline.

ITC says that Section 201 tariffs should be extended

The issue now moves to President Joe Biden who will decide whether or not to extend the tariffs beyond their February 2022 expiration.

People on the Move: Delta Solar, Convergent Energy, Volt Energy Utility, and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.

CSI Solar to cooperate with CATL on battery energy storage

CSI’s parent Canadian Solar said it has a global battery storage pipeline of 21 GWh, including 2.9 GWh under construction.

Utilities and financial investors are investing in renewables, especially hydrogen, like never before

A new Ernst & Young power and utilities overview report shows that utilities and other deep-pocketed investors are putting financial support behind their environmental, social and governance initiatives.

Technology

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Color-tunable transparent silicon solar cell with 7.38% efficiency

Designed for BIPV applications by scientists in Korea, the solar cell is based on a 100μm-thick n-type silicon wafer and has a bending radius of 3-6mm.

The good, the bad and the ugly: Defects in perovskite solar cells

Scientists in the UK delved deep into the structure of a perovskite solar cell to understand the complex relationship among the materials that make up the perovskite layer

Hydrostor plans 400 MW / 3200 MWh compressed air energy storage

The plant would be able to deliver 400 MW of electricity for 8 hours, and would be comparable in size to some of California’s largest fossil fuel power plants. 

Sunrise brief: Florida bill targets solar net metering

Also on the rise: Ohio regulators OK another 600 MW of solar, and a megawatt-scale bifacial solar project enters service near the Arctic Circle.

Center notches 29.80% efficiency for perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell

The solar cell is based on a nanotextured front side and a back side with a dielectric reflector.

A promising new design for shingled solar modules

Research finds that the energy yield of a novel approach could almost double that of standard shingled cell interconnection under random shading conditions.

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