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IHI fills battery needs, LA Mayor officially approves LA Eland project: pvMB 9/23/19

Hello everybody, what's up? Today we're coming at you live from Salt Lake City for Solar Power International 2019! We'll also be looking at a Duke Nuke commitment, Rhode Island's first community solar project and more!
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Talking up a rapid renewables transition will get us there faster

Two potentially “self-fulfilling” energy transition narratives are in competition, says a World Economic Forum report. Only one, the “rapid narrative,” would help us limit global warming to the Paris Agreement goal of “well below two degrees C...
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Hundreds demand action on climate in Rhode Island

Sunrise Rhode Island, students and concerned citizens joined global protests under the Climate Strike movement.
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FERC moves to gut PURPA

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a proposal to allow states to remove the long-term price certainty in PURPA, and shrink the size of facilities that automatically quality for contracts from 20 MW to 1 MW.
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Google buys power from another 1.6 GW of renewables

The new deals worth $2 billion in new investments were made by the Internet giant in in the U.S., Chile and Europe.
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Suncast episode 182, “Know before you go” featuring pv magazine’s Christian Roselund

Learn what to expect at Solar Power International 2019, including advice from industry vets to optimize your experience, and even how introverts can get the most out of the moments!
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First Solar exits the EPC business

Citing the wild success of its Series 6 module, First Solar has announced that it is closing its engineering, procurement and construction business in the United States in order to concentrate on scaling, developing, and selling modules.
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Small solar is bigger, cheaper and more efficient in the USA

LBNL's annual Tracking the Sun report, comparing 2017 to 2018, saw module efficiency rise almost 10%, system prices decrease 5-7%, median system size increases, and significant variability in all of those data points across the 1.6 million systems survey...
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Energy Toolbase Ranks No. 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Energy Toolbase was recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, ranking number 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List.

Standard Solar Releases eBook Offering Critical Insight On Executing Successful Community Solar Projects

Nationally known community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new eBook Community Solar: What You Need to Know. This free, comprehensive guide to community solar, the fastest-growing segment of the burgeoning U.

NEWLY FORMED STRATEGIC SOLAR SOURCING EQUIPS SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES TO COMPETE IN SOLAR

A group of seasoned wind and solar industry executives today launched a new company, Strategic Solar Sourcing, that is the first to offer small and medium-sized solar businesses supply chain management outsourcing services and products previously available only to large organizations, including low-cost equipment pricing on modules, inverters and racking with resulting significant bottom-line improvements.

Mona Dajani Named Co-Leader of Pillsbury’s Energy and Infrastructure Projects Practice

Pillsbury has appointed New York Project Finance partner Mona Dajani as co-leader of the firm’s preeminent Energy and Infrastructure Projects team. Dajani, one of the foremost energy and infrastructure lawyers in the world, joins partner Robert James in leading the practice.

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Residential solar is getting cheaper – except for third-party

EnergySage has found that the average price for PV systems quoted through its site has fallen under $3 per watt, echoing findings by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. However, prices are increasing for the big third-party solar companies.

San Diego demands clean community energy

The San Diego City Council has voted 7-2 to bring community choice aggregation to the city, becoming the 26th local government in California known to pv magazine to do so.

Solar power installation techniques – don’t do this! (w/pictures)

Solar installation inspection results of 100 sites in Rhode Island found 50% of large-scale projects had issues, while 83% of small projects had them – with 30% and 26% of those systems having “critical” issues, respectively.

Nexamp announces 6 storage projects, Solar FlexRack closes on half a GW in 2019: pvMB 9/19/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the last MB of the week. Today we’ve got our sights set on the 100 international CEOs who signed a Climate Action support statement, Solar Frontier Americas acquiring a 50.5 MW project, Constellation signing 175 MW of purchase agreements and more!

Two high is too high

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Matt Schneider, chief product officer at Sunfolding, explains how bifacial modules in a two-portrait (2P) configuration must be installed at impractical heights to avoid irradiance mismatch on the back-side

Gov. Northam orders 100% carbon-free electricity in Virginia by 2050

The executive order calls for 100% of Virginia’s electric system to be emissions-free by 2050, with 3 GW of solar (and maybe wind?) to be under development by 2022

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Hardware: Q Cell and Solaria all black, Sunfolding’s summer body, NY sheep services, more!

Hardware, get your fresh hardware! SunPower is releasing energy storage, solar module pricing looks flat, and make sure to shake pv magazine hands as we walk the floor at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City next week!

The blackest black for more efficient solar cells

MIT scientists claim to have created a material 10 times more black than anything witnessed to date. It is said to be able to absorb more than 99.96% of incoming light and reflect 10 times less light than other superblack materials. The invention may be interesting for the development of black silicon PV technology and carbon nanotube-based solar cells.

Soltec achieves 16.2% Bifacial Gain, Ohio State makes a potassium battery breakthrough: pvMB 9/18/19

Happy Wednesday, folks and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out 7 Michigan school districts moving to electric bus fleets, Extensible Energy’s virtual battery, net metering protests in The Big Easy and more.

New technologies, new challenges: An interview with Jenya Meydbray of PVEL

In this interview, pv magazine talks with PV Evolution Labs CEO Jenya Meydbray about the new designs including heterojunction that will allow the solar industry to reach higher efficiencies, and the challenges entailed therein.

Hardware brief: Sonnen gets smarter, tariffs biting harder, Vikram Solar’s new modules, more!

Only a couple of weeks until Solar Power International when we get to see the hardware in person – but for now, you get us! Kern Solar Structures galvanizes their steel well, a delta between 275 and 310 watt modules, and Solis is launching a utility scale inverter in the USA.

In lab secrets, Tesla is talking about 20-year lithium ion batteries

Researchers have found that over three years of testing lithium ion NMC532 graphite battery cells have the potential to stay structurally sound long enough for cars to reach greater than 1 million miles, and grid connected energy storage to last more than 20 years under daily use.

Markets & Policy

Amazon pledges zero emissions by 2040

Amazon unveiled a gauntlet of new climate initiatives today, including 80% renewables by 2024, zero emissions by 2040, a fleet of 100,000 electric vans and a $100 million investment in reforestation measures.

TVA deceives the public and the press with misleading claim of solar commitment

This op-ed from Southern Alliance for Clean Energy argues that the utility does not have any intention of installing 14 gigawatts (GW) of solar over the next 20 years, and notes that the power company has only budgeted for 5.5 GW of solar during that time period.

Is there more spin than solar in Duke’s zero-carbon goal?

The power giant’s zero-carbon plan is contradicted by its rush to gas, and the numbers bear watching.

Michigan utility seeks 775 MW of wind and – maybe – solar power

DTE Energy has issued a request for proposals for 775 MW of renewable energy to be built in state, and turned on sometime between the beginning of 2021 and the end of 2023.

Electrification is an all-around winner

In this op-ed for pv magazine, John Sarter of Clean Coalition argues for a move from gas to electric services in residential buildings not only as a means to reduce emissions, but also to build resilience.

California’s new, $100 million, low-income solar program

DAC-SASH has been approved, and now GRID Alternatives will have $120 million to work with over the next decade to bring solar power and job training to disadvantaged communities across the state.

Technology

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The Open PV Project goes offline

The U.S. Department of Energy has shut down the site for its Open PV Project, which supplied cost and installation data. Is this the winding down of a project whose time had come, or part of a more disturbing trend?

Is the Trump Administration blocking the science on a renewable-powered future?

A study on reaching high levels of renewable energy has been removed from the NOAA website, and an energy writer says that the release of another study has been blocked.

MISO seeks to make solar a dispatchable, intermittent resource

MISO is seeking input as it transitions solar power to being more highly integrated into its energy forecast modeling. This is happening as the volume of solar is booming, and follows on the grid operator’s success with wind power.

How the cash flows when we electrify buses, agriculture and more

The Brattle Group has developed a Total Value Test to help determine a more accurate economic valuation of energy efficiency programs historically, including case studies of city bus electrification, indoor agriculture and water heating.

Vote Solar offers SMART improvements

Amidst the looming presence of new changes to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, Vote Solar has analyzed the history of Massachusetts solar market and policy, offering tips to help the state recover from volatility and place itself once again as a national solar leader.

#Solar100’s Julien Dumoulin-Smith: the Steve Prefontaine of energy analysts

In this #Solar100 Interview, Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Julien Dumoulin-Smith, Senior Research Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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