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Sunrise brief: Federal Solar for All program faces vendor and compliance challenges

Also on the rise: Massachusetts passes pro-solar and energy storage reforms, DOE’s Liftoff Plan: Three actions utilities can implement, and more.
Markets & Policy

Massachusetts passes pro-solar and energy storage reforms

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill to put time limits on solar permit processing, streamlined appeals processes, energy storage procurement goals, and more.
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$7 billion federal ‘Solar for All’ program faces vendor and compliance challenges

A group of panelists at the RE+ conference in Philadelphia, panelists provided updates on the EPA-administered Solar for All Program, which extends solar access to low income households.
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Canadian government extends heat pump grant scheme

The provincial government of Prince Edward Island, Canada, has signed an agreement with the Canadian federal government to implement the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability (OHPA) program. The scheme offers grants to low- and medium-income households to insta...
Hydrogen

The Hydrogen Stream: Europe could miss 2030 hydrogen targets

The European Court of Auditors says the European Union will likely fail to achieve its 2030 renewable hydrogen goals, while the US Department of Energy and Arches have agreed to build a $12.6 billion hydrogen hub in California.
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Markets & Policy

DOE offers conditional loan guarantee for 200 MW solar, 285 MW storage in Puerto Rico

Two solar-plus-storage projects in Puerto Rico eligible for a loan guarantee would double the territory’s utility-scale solar capacity.
Markets & Policy

DOE’s Liftoff Plan: Three actions utilities can implement

While it may take more time for solar energy to become an integral part of power generation across the U.S., utility companies can prepare now to capitalize on the opportunities ahead as the DOE initiative moves to transform the grid for generations to c...
Installations

Sunrise brief: Tesla lands 15.3 GWh Megapack supply contract

Also on the rise: 690 MW solar-plus-storage project in U.S. now operational in Nevada. First Solar probes potential infringement of TOPCon patents. And more.

Press Releases

OCI Solar Power Rebrands to OCI Energy

Embracing Broader Vision for Sustainable Energy Solutions

COSSA Announces 2024 Solar and Storage Champions

Winners to be Recognized at the Annual Topgolf Networking Event and COSSA’s 35-Year Anniversary Celebration

DOE Selects Two Winners in Prize to Train Workers for Skilled Jobs in Solar Manufacturing Workforce 

Prize will help train manufacturing workers for a surge of new facilities

Catalyze and Cushman & Wakefield Collaborate to Provide Renewable Energy Solutions for C&I Real Estate

The two companies will leverage each other’s expertise to identify C&I assets that can most benefit from solar and storage deployment

Installations

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In case you missed it: Five big solar stories in the news this week

pv magazine USA spotlights news of the past week including market trends, project updates, policy changes and more.

More than half of California solar customers to include battery storage

Falling battery costs, shifting regulations and interest in energy independence are driving increased battery attachment rates on residential solar projects in California.

690 MW solar-plus-storage project in U.S. now operational in Nevada

Gemini is located thirty minutes outside of Las Vegas and with its 1.8 million solar panels, will power about 10% of Nevada’s peak power demand.

Sunrise brief: First Solar commissions 1.3 million square-foot R&D facility

Also on the rise: North American solar power purchase agreements rise 3% in Q2 Intersect Power closes $837 million in financing for three Tesla battery systems in Texas. And more.

Intersect Power closes $837 million in financing for three battery systems in Texas

Each project comprises 86 Tesla Megapacks and will provide a capacity of 320 MWh of battery storage with a two-hour duration.

Generac awarded up to $200 million from DOE for solar and storage in Puerto Rico

The funds seek to build energy resilience in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes and other extreme weather frequently leave residents without power.

Manufacturing

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First Solar commissions 1.3 million square-foot R&D facility

The Jim Nolan Center for Solar Innovation in Lake Township, Ohio includes a high-tech pilot manufacturing line allowing for the production of full-sized prototypes of thin film and tandem PV modules.

Sunrise brief: Solar nears 9% of U.S. total electric generation capacity

Also on the rise: Aurora adds automated permitting to its toolbox with acquisition of Lyra. Solar electricity “a good idea” for 83% of poll respondents. And more.

Sunrise brief: Protecting smart inverters from cyberattack

Also on the rise: Texas solar shines through Tropical Storm Beryl. Generac and Enphase release new EV chargers. And more.

Volytica, Sinovoltaics launch new analysis service for 100% battery pack review at factory

The newly launched BESSential analysis goes deeper than traditional Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), which is performed at the container level. The service evaluates each battery energy storage system pack down to the cell level and detects and corrects thermal, electrical, and capacity imbalance issues.

SolarEdge aims to qualify for U.S. domestic content incentive

The company has brought over 1,500 new jobs to the U.S. through contract manufacturing facilities.

In case you missed it: Five big solar news stories this week

pv magazine USA spotlights news of the past week including market trends, project updates, policy changes and more.

Markets & Policy

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Residential solar company SunPower stock crashes 70%

The company's share price fell below $1 as it announced it is halting some operations and ending its lease and power purchase agreement offerings, among other actions.

First Solar probes potential infringement of TOPCon patents

First Solar says it is evaluating potential infringement of its patents for its tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) tech, secured through the acquisition of TetraSun in 2013. The US thin-film solar module manufacturer has not named the companies involved or given a timeline for the investigation.

Tesla lands 15.3 GWh Megapack supply contract

Tesla has received a giant order from U.S. developer Intersect Power, equating to around 165% of the total battery energy storage systems it deployed in Q2 2024, which saw the highest quarterly deployment in the company’s history to date.

North American solar power purchase agreements rise 3% in Q2

LevelTen Energy released its quarterly PPA Price Index Report, showing an increase in prices following a modest drop in Q1.

Solar corporate funding drops to $16.6 billion in H1

High interest rates, an uncertain rate trajectory and timeline, increasing trade barriers, supply chain challenges, concerns about the presidential election’s impact on the sector, and constantly evolving trade policies have created a climate of uncertainty.

Sunrise brief: U.S. residential solar down 20% in 2024

Also on the rise: $1B in financing for 400 MW/1600 MWh solar-plus-storage project. Peak Energy secures $55 million Series A funding to manufacture sodium-ion batteries. And more.

Technology

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Peak Energy secures $55 million Series A funding to manufacture sodium-ion batteries

The company plans to deliver its first systems in 2025 and open a full-scale production facility in 2027.

Grid operator PJM to start talks on regional transmission

The nation’s largest grid operator told renewables trade groups that it will launch a transmission planning process ordered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Elastocalorics could replace heat pumps, air conditioning systems

Elastocalorics have the potential to replace current air conditioning and heating systems, offering significant energy savings when paired with technologies such as photovoltaics.

All indoor PV technologies at a glance

A review of indoor PV cell technologies by an international research team delves into recent progress, characterization, and design strategies used to develop highly efficient cells. The study presents 250 commercial and laboratory devices, as well as applications and performance reporting.

Sunrise brief: IRENA calls 16.4% annual renewable growth to hit COP28 targets

Also on the rise: Fracsun introduces AI-powered solar soling loss simulator tool, GoodWe unveils double-glass TOPCon bifacial solar modules, and more.

Sunrise brief: Amazon hits 100% renewable energy goal

Also on the rise: Solar panel cleaning with electromagnetic waves, Anker launches all-in-one home storage solution, and more.

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