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Jennifer Granholm confirmed as Energy Secretary

The solar industry has already begun to celebrate the confirmation of a secretary self-proclaimed to be obsessed with creating good-paying clean energy jobs.
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NREL looks at barriers to lithium-ion battery recycling and sees opportunities

The analysts assessed the current state of reuse and recycling of large-format lithium-ion batteries used in EVs and battery energy storage and found there is plenty of room for improvement.
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Floating PV comes to Universal Orlando Resort

Installed by D3 Energy, the 250 kW system is one of only a few floating PV systems in the country.
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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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Gulf Power breaks ground on two large solar projects and one massive battery system

As the FPL subsidiary continues its parent's solar push, 150 MW of solar and 409 MW of storage are set to come to the Sunshine State.
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Vermont utility building microgrid to provide backup power for town

GMP said Panton is the perfect place for this project because it leverages the utility's existing 4.9 MW solar facility with utility-scale batteries already up and running in the town.
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Solar by the numbers: EIA data shed light on 2020 performance

The Energy Department's chief data collector released full-year stats on power generation. Of course, solar grew! Here are the numbers to brag about during your next Zoom call.
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NYC installing solar at nearly 50 public schools, other facilities

The 22 MW of solar projects are expected to include some energy storage systems and help New York City and the state meet sustainability goals.
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Sunrise brief: Xcel Colorado aims to add 5.6 GW of renewables and storage capacity

Also on the rise: Altus Power plans more community solar on O'ahu, Wells Fargo passes $10 billion in tax equity investment for renewables, and Enphase Energy plans to issue $1 billion in senior notes.

Press Releases

Pisgah Energy and Southern Current Complete Solar Installation at Contec, Inc. Headquarters in Spartanburg, SC

Contec recently partnered with Pisgah Energy and Southern Current to design, develop and install a roof and ground mounted solar project at their headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The two systems, totaling 625.

The German Solar Landscape 2021

Solytic has created a thorough landscape including the most impactful and promising players along the value chain of solar PV in Germany. The 157 selected companies represent the tip of the iceberg of an industry that is trying to save melting icebergs.

Building a white label monitoring portal for Steca by KATEK in 3 months

One of the advanced enablers of hybrid-powered homes is the family-owned business called KATEK from Bavaria, Germany. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) acquired Steca in 2019, which produces performance electronics for several generations and has yet not missed adjusting to the needs of new customers.

Panasonic announces 2020 customer appreciation award winners

The awards program recognizes high-performing installers for solar panel installation and exemplary customer service.

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U.S. renewables persevered, set records in a pandemic year

Solar and wind power installations hit all-time highs and became a larger part of the country's energy mix in 2020, according to a new report.

Solaredge records pandemic progress despite tough final quarter

Full-year revenues nudged up despite tough comparisons with the end of 2019 for the final quarter of last year. The inverter maker expects to log revenues of $385-405 million in the current three-month window.

Sunrise brief: Following Covid-19, energy consumption will take years to recover, EIA says

Also on the rise: TVA allows local power companies to charge new fees to solar customers, Southwest Power Pool launches an imbalance market, and J.D. Power rates EV charging satisfaction.

Hawaiian Electric takes an ‘install first, approve later’ approach to residential solar

The utility has launched a new program, Quick Connect, aimed at accelerating the process for turning on new residential solar systems.

Sunrise brief: PepsiCo doubles goals to address ‘severe’ climate change impacts

Also on the rise: A coalition of 600 groups urges President-elect Biden to halt utility service shutoffs due to the pandemic, Harrison Street expands its solar owneship portfolio, and a Florida real estate developer eases its way into the solar sector.

Average PPA prices rose in 2020, analysis says

For the first time since LevelTen Energy began tracking the market, solar PPA offer prices rose in 2020, with Q4 2020 prices 11.5% higher than a year earlier.

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Dominion plans to ditch all South Carolina coal by 2030

After having its initially proposed integrated resource plan shot down by regulators, the utility has done a heel-turn and plans to replace the coal with 2 GW of solar, up to 900 MW of battery storage, and 1 GW of natural gas by 2048.

Two ways to improve low-income community solar programs

Vote Solar’s Access & Equity Advisory Committee has released a policy brief outlining key initiatives for more successful solar expansion programs.

Crossed wires at a utility jolt Maine’s solar developers

Miscommunication at Central Maine Power led to some solar developers receiving letters saying that interconnection fees would jump by as much as 5x. The utility blamed growing pains.

These 3 technologies could deliver more solar and wind to the grid

In a U.S. study of the added renewables capacity made possible by grid-enhancing technologies, Brattle Group found that both solar and wind power would benefit in Kansas and Oklahoma through 2025.

Sunrise brief: Indiana utility asks to add 400 MW of solar capacity

Also on the rise: Duke Energy starts work on a 50 MW solar array near Charlotte, a solar+storage project nears completion in Massachusetts, and AC Power targets brownfield sites for New Jersey community solar.

Solar at the speedway: NASCAR aims to make racing more eco-friendly

NASCAR raceways have become one of the sporting world’s most fervent adopters of solar energy, with one project under development that’s set to become the largest solar installation at any sporting venue across the globe.

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Trina Solar launches global energy storage unit

The Chinese PV manufacturer called storage the "only solution" that can support a major transition to renewable energy effectively.

Solar leaders urge Biden to revoke Trump tariff proclamation

A coalition of clean energy CEOs dubbed the October 2020 proclamation “ill conceived” and called for a repeal in order to restore certainty to the U.S. solar market.

Sunrise brief: Bundled rooftop solar from Sunnova wins bid to join New England bulk market

Also on the rise: Partners target battery weight in commercial EVs, Complete Solar becomes more complete, drivers can get a Slurpee and a jolt at a PG&E-backed charging location, and JinkoSolar inks a silicon supply deal.

China’s cheap electricity crowds out foreign polysilicon

Imports from South Korea and the U.S. dwindled, year-on-year, ensuring Germany’s Wacker and the Malysian unit of Korean company OCI will supply the bulk of the world’s non-Chinese solar polysilicon this year.

SolarEdge to supply electric powertrain units and batteries for Fiat EV

SolarEdge’s e-Mobility division will supply Fiat with full electrical powertrain units and batteries for the automaker’s E-Ducato light commercial vehicle. 

Sunrise brief: Novel approach boosts organic solar cell efficiency

Also on the rise: Enevate and Highview Power fuel growth plans with additional investors, and a new venture targets Li-ion battery recycling for fleet vehicles.

Markets & Policy

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California’s rate inequality is likely to worsen as energy transition advances

A new report says that the state’s investor-owned utilities charge residential electricity customers much higher prices than are paid in most of the country, impacting low- and moderate-income people the most.

Energy Transition Jobs: PG&E, Nexus Power Group, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and more

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

An energy strategy worthy of Texas

Going it alone with the ERCOT market as currently structured and regulated has been tested and found inadequate, writes a former state utility regulator. “Texas should not waste this crisis.”

RFP alert: Puerto Rico launches first of six calls for renewables and storage

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has been ordered to procure a total of 3.75 GW or renewables and 1.5 GW of energy storage.

Duke brings its Green Source Advantage program to South Carolina

The program, which allows large-scale customers to offset power purchases by securing renewable energy directly from project owners and energy suppliers, has been successful so far in North Carolina.

BloombergNEF expects up to 209 GW of new solar for this year

A new report from the U.S.-based analyst predicts that new PV additions for 2021 may range from 163 to 221 GW next year and from 179 to 240 GW in 2023. According to BloombergNEF, the current supply bottlenecks for glass and polysilicon will unlikely halt the global PV market.

Technology

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Sunrise brief: Air Force funds development of solar PV sheets for use in space

Also on the rise: Volta Energy fund nets $72.6 million for battery and storage startups, and Brooklyn libraries add rooftop solar to power safe-haven emergency services.

As Texas recovers, report warns grid operators to plan better for extreme weather

Grid planning fails to consider extreme climate scenarios that a resilient grid needs to handle, said EPRI’s president and CEO. “Traditional planning processes do not represent how resources actually perform under extreme conditions.”

3 graphs that shed light on the ERCOT power crisis

Data firm Lium concluded that ERCOT “probably needed at least another 17 GW of generation” to meet demand as cold winter weather settled in over the state.

Sunrise brief: Southeast utilities ask FERC for market changes that could help renewables

Also on the rise: ERCOT orders rolling blackouts as 30 GW of resources are forced out, PNM shareholders OK merger with Avangrid, location is key when talking about DERs, and Dominion claws back from a big ice storm.

Energy and climate legislation led a busy week in Washington, D.C.

The Biden administration and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are moving quickly to advance energy and climate initiatives. To sweeten the pot, ARPA-E is offering $100 million in funding.

Sunrise brief: Intel signs on to 138 MW Avangrid solar project

Also on the rise: ARPA-E offers $100 million in R&D funding, California hunts for generation resources for this summer, and CIT Group helps arrange financing for a handful of BESS capacity.

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