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Icephobic surfaces for ice, snow sheeding in utility scale solar

Developed by U.S. researchers, the proposed coating solution is claimed to effectively melt ice and snow with temperatures of up to -35 degrees Celsius. It was fabricated by using medium-chain triglyceride oil to plasticize two common industrial polymer polyvinyl chlorides and tested at a pilot facility in Alaska.
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KKR enters solar with launch of Stellar Renewable Power

The company will focus on sourcing, developing, and operating utility-scale solar plants and storage facilities through greenfield development and acquisitions of early-stage assets from other developers.
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National Grid Renewables closes financing for 200 MW solar project

Once completed, the 200 MW Prairie Wolf Solar Project will be the largest of its kind in Illinois, and will bring the state near 900 MW of installed solar capacity.
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bp acquires EV fleet charging provider AMPLY Power

With the rapid growth in public and electrical use of electric vehicles, bp enters fleet charging services in its acquisition of AMPLY Power.
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SunPower launches solar finance institution

SunPower’s move to bring financing in-house marks a significant pivot for the installer.
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Mercedes Benz contracts for 80 MW of Alabama Power solar

The automaker and power company received approval today for a proposed 80 MW solar project south of Montgomery, Alabama.
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Sunrise brief: Building solar to last saves billions

Also on the rise: Community solar donated to low-income families, Maine ski area hosts community solar, UL fire safety certification means microgrid platform can be offered to utilities, SolarAPP+ pilots energy storage and building-integrated PV permitti...
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DERMS technology allows grid connection even when grid is at full capacity

Strata Grid DERMS technology allows large-scale producers of renewable energy resources to connect to the electric power grid while removing the risk of costly upgrades.

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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

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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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SolarAPP+ expands into energy storage permitting

Adoption of SolarAPP+ by local jurisdictions can speed deployment of solar and energy storage systems through faster permitting. The program is exploring energy storage and buildings-integrated photovoltaics permitting.

Nexamp to develop community solar on Maine ski resort

The 7.5 MW project is set to begin construction in early 2022 and is on track to begin delivering energy by the start of the 2022-23 ski season.

Namaste Solar to donate community solar subscriptions to 176 low-income families

16 corporate sponsors and 60 individual donors helped to raise roughly $43,900 to ease the energy burden of 176 low-income families in Colorado, which can be up to 20% of their monthly income.

Microgrid energy storage and control platform receives UL fire safety certification  

With the certification secured, Emera Technologies can now offer its microgrid platform to utilities.

 

EVLO launches 1 MWh storage system

The 1 MWh system is set to make its debut suppling power to Haute-Mauricie during transmission line upgrades.

Residential solar paired with heat pumps outperforms propane in cold, isolated climates

A U.S.-Swedish research group has investigated the complex economic relationship between PV and heat pumps in cold climates under four different levels of electrification. It found that, compared to propane, solar heat pumps can reduce reduce costs by up to 20% and carbon emissions by 30%.

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Sunrise brief: SEC investigating Tesla over alleged solar system fire negligence

Also on the rise: Clean energy bonds issued in California, EV charging stations with integrated advertising space, DART mission uses solar power to redirect Earthbound asteroids, and the Bezos Earth Fund supports tribal-led program.

Canadian manufacturer launches 800 W tandem-module solar PV

The solar panel is manufactured by Mitrex, producer of building integrated photovoltaics.

Centipede battery energy storage launched by Powin

The battery features a modular design with pre-integrated segments that contain batteries, thermal management, and safety systems.

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.

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People on the Move: Li-Cycle, Leap, Elevation, and more

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

Building solar as long-term resilient infrastructure could save billions

Reliability engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory call for improved quality, standards, and testing.

Bezos Earth Fund commits grant to Tribal Solar Accelerator

A $12 million multi-year grant will help GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund scale-up and provide workforce training programs.

SEC investigating Tesla over alleged solar system fire negligence

The lawsuit stems from a 2019 whistleblower complaint alleging that the company failed to properly notify its shareholders, customers and the public of fire risks associated with solar panel system defects over the course of several years.

California Community Choice Financing Authority issues first municipal clean energy bonds

Standard practice for municipal utilities to reduce cost of natural gas is now applied to the purchase of clean electricity.

U.S.-based EV charger maker enters European market

Volta designs chargers with integrated advertising space and targets high-visibility commercial spaces.

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NASA to test solar-powered propulsion for asteroid defense

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will employ roll-out solar arrays and an electric propulsion system to redirect Earthbound asteroids.

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.

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.

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.

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

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