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Interest in solar apprenticeship expands in response to IRA

Apprenticeship programs across the country, such as Rethink Electrical Advanced Program in Illinois, are seeing record numbers of students who are learning the ins and outs of solar installation.
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Duke deploys solar plus battery storage microgrid in Appalachia

The solar plus lithium-ion battery microgrid provides power to the Appalachian town during a black start, which during a power outage allows for a full repowering without the use of the local grid.
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Three-party joint venture formed for 250 MW of New York community solar

The trio expects to construct, own and operate one of the largest community solar portfolios in the state by 2025.
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The latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field at Xi’an, China are out.

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Enphase demonstrates bidirectional EV charger

The bidirectional EV charger enables vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-grid applications, and integrates into Enphase home energy systems.
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Utility delays stalling out rooftop solar projects for six months or more

Colorado residents and solar installers have accused utility Xcel Energy for having "no urgency" in installing meters and approving interconnection.
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EV batteries alone could satisfy short-term grid storage demand

Low participation rates for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) tech of just 12% to 43% are needed to provide short-term grid storage demand throughout the world by as early as 2030, according to a group of Dutch and U.S. researchers.
Manufacturing

13 European PV equipment makers pitch their machines to U.S. PV manufacturers

A $1 to $1.5 billion U.S. market opportunity awaits PV equipment manufacturers through 2030, said a McKinsey consultant, at a Washington D.C. event that brought together potential equipment buyers and sellers.
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SunPower solar to top three multi-family buildings in California

About 2,200 to 2,300 SunPower panels will be deployed on new apartment building residences built by Metonic and HomeFed across California.

Press Releases

Solar PV Generators Market | Industrial to be Largest Revenue-Generating Application Segment – Market.us

The solar PV generators market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period (2022-2032), driven mainly by increased demand for renewable energy sources and supportive government policies. The rising focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has made solar photovoltaic (PV) an attractive option for both residential and commercial customers.

Green Lantern Solar Growth Spurred on by 2022 Success

With an eye on the future, Green Lantern Solar, a leading renewable energy development and finance company focusing on commercial solar and energy storage systems, is parlaying its 2022 accomplishments to catalyze significant growth in 2023. By adding talent and adjusting its project development strategy, Green Lantern Solar is focused on expanding aggressively by project, location and personnel in the new year.

Baltimore Aircoil Company Announces Release of its First Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report

Increased commitment and transparency amidst efficiency innovation makes BAC leader in field

2022 PV Module Price Index by EnergyBin reveals opportunities for PV module repair and resale

Today EnergyBin announced the release of their second annual (2022) PV Module Price Index for the Secondary Solar Market report. The PV module price index tracks wholesale pricing and supply of crystalline-silicon modules that have fallen out of traditional distribution channels, and as a result are listed for resale on the EnergyBin exchange.

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Solar and storage prices soared as a result of market disruptions, NREL reports

The Covid-19 pandemic, tariffs, the Uyghur Forced Labor Act all created such significant market disruptions between Q1 2021 and Q1 2022 that NREL researchers looked at both short-term distortions and long-term trends in its most recent annual cost benchmark report.

Due to forced labor concerns, U.S. ports have blocked over 1,000 shipments of solar components

Panel shipments collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars are blocked from entering the U.S. market as they have failed scrutiny under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, said Reuters.

What kind of salary and benefits can I expect in the solar industry?

The RO Energy Solar Salary Guide sheds light on compensation in solar careers.

Price pressures may delay 15% of utility-scale solar projects this year, Roth Capital warns

Shaving off 15% would trim new capacity additions by more than 2.3 GW this year alone, based on Energy Information Administration forecasts. Higher prices throughout the solar supply chain are being blamed.

New York State adopts rules to streamline large renewable energy project reviews

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “cutting red tape” will help the state meets its sustainability goals and recover economically from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bifacial solar added at two bioscience facilities

The 572 kW systems feature Prism Solar bifacial panels and are installed at a bioscience company’s facilities, which produce Covid-19 test kits.

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Sunrise brief: Five community solar projects coming to disadvantaged communities in California

Also on the rise: 50 states of solar incentives--Indiana. Solar may cover the world’s electricity demand with 0.3% of its land area. And more.

50 states of solar incentives: Indiana

The Hoosier State has a prohibitive residential PV market with net metering recently phased out, while its utility market enjoys 878.8 MW of new projects.

Five community solar projects coming to disadvantaged communities in California

The five projects, to be built by Renewable Properties, will fulfill the remaining capacity of PG&E’s Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff program.

Sunrise brief: EDF installed 1 GW of solar, wind and storage in 2022

Also on the rise: In 2022 pv magazine USA website traffic up 83%, reflecting dynamic solar industry. GM announces $650 million production plan with Lithium Americas. And more.

EDF installed 1 GW of solar, wind and storage in 2022

Through its PowerFlex affiliate, EDF deployed 76.7 MW of solar and 9.4 MWh of storage projects.

Sunrise brief: Post-IRA opportunities and risk in utility-scale solar

Also on the rise: Facebook (Meta) total solar procurement closes in on 4 GW. New solar projects are more economical than operating existing coal plants. And more.

Manufacturing

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DC:DC hybrid solar to EV optimizer distributor raises $7 million in funding

Enteligent’s time-of-generation EV charging technology allows real-time charging from solar, resulting in what the company says is up to 25% in energy savings, versus traditional DC to AC configurations.

GM announces $650 million production plan with Lithium Americas

The two will set up a mining operation at the largest known lithium source in the United States. The deal marks the largest investment by an automaker in raw materials for batteries.

LG Energy Solution sees record profit in Q4

One of the leading global battery manufacturers, LG Energy Solution, announced an increase of 43% in revenue and nearly 60% in operating profit as it seeks to expand in North America.

Bipartisan group files to repeal solar tariff moratorium

The tariff reaches as high as 250% of the cost of solar components shipped from four Southeast Asian countries responsible for 80% of the supply of solar in the US.

Sunrise brief: Minnesota voting on 100% clean electricity, 10% solar by 2030

Also on the rise: Retired coal sites to host multi-day iron-air batteries. Wyoming 900 MW pumped storage project moves toward licensing. And more.

Cabot to invest in component for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries

The company plans to invest approximately $200 million in U.S. conductive carbon additives over the next five years, with plans to add 15,000 metric tons of capacity in Texas to meet needs of electric vehicle lithium-ion battery applications.

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Sunrun partners with startup to manage virtual power plants

The rooftop solar and battery energy storage provider selected Lunar Energy as VPP manager across the United States. The startup will also be launching its own battery in the coming months.

Global energy industry is at an inflection point, said utility representative

Edison Electric Institute Chair Warner Baxter offers his perspective on the interconnected crises facing the energy industry during an unprecedented time.

Solar may cover the world’s electricity demand with 0.3% of its land area

An international research group claims that raw materials and land availability do not present a real barrier for a global energy system with solar at its center. They said that forecasts for PV growth should not have their axis on utility-scale power plants and instead consider vertical PV, agrivoltaics, and floating PV as the source of future big market volumes.

Two groups challenge grid operator rules that restrict renewable energy

Earthjustice filed a complaint with FERC on behalf of SEIA that challenges a MISO rule that prohibits renewable energy resources from providing ancillary services.

People on the Move: NextEra, Avangrid, Cypress Creek, David Energy and more  

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

Community solar up, net metering down in 2023

This year five states will introduce community solar programs, while net metering continues to be challenged, and flexible financing may offer a competitive edge, said Wood Mackenzie.

Technology

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HVDC transmission line to connect three ISO regions

The 385-mile North Plains Connector project to be built by 2029 will ease power transmission congestion and allow clean energy onto the grid.

Building new solar projects is less expensive than operating existing coal plants

Energy Innovation Policy & Technology released a report that finds the economics of replacing coal with renewables could fund a massive battery storage buildout, adding reliability to the benefit of reduced emissions.

RMI says utilities should model and plan for distributed solar adoption

Some utilities are using models to project the adoption of distributed solar and storage, and counting distributed resources in their planning process. Others should do the same, says the nonprofit RMI.

Sunrise brief: If approved, Ohio solar plant could be largest in nation

Also on the rise: Bipartisan group files to repeal solar tariff moratorium. Town recoups $2.3 million in back taxes with solar on a landfill. And more.

Thin, lightweight coating protects perovskite solar in space

An ultrathin coating protects a perovskite solar cell from the harmful effects of space and hardens it against environmental factors on Earth, according to a study by researchers at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Scientists assess lifetime for perovskite PV to become competitive on rooftops

Researchers say that lightweight, high-performance perovskite solar modules could soon become competitive with crystalline PV modules in the residential segment, as such products will likely have lower manufacturing and balance-of-system costs in the future.

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