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Ampt lawsuit asks that SolarEdge remove inverters and controllers from market

Ampt posits that all of SolarEdge’s technology is in violation of patents controlled by the Colorado company, and that they should be required to immediately cease all sales.
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Solar tracker designed for solar installations of under 20 MW

FTC Solar and AUI Partners introduce new single-axis tracker solution for distributed generation market.
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North Carolinians would save $18 billion through 2050 with high-renewables carbon plan

An independent carbon plan for North Carolina would add storage instead of gas through 2030, and add 21 GW more solar and 22 GW more battery storage by 2050 than Duke Energy's plan proposes.
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What ultra-powerful string inverters mean for utility-scale and EPCs

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New off-grid launch: DC/AC inverters and high-end DC charging system

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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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US Senate passes Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: An industry reacts

Solar industry leaders weigh in on Senate passage of the IRA, the bill that carries $370 billion in energy security and climate spending.
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SEIA and environmental groups comment on proposed changes to Community Reinvestment Act

In May federal banking regulators proposed sweeping changes, which include shoring up the underserved against climate disasters, but SEIA and environmental groups asked them to go further in financing renewables to benefit LMI communities.
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Sunrise brief: Energy storage software provider posts 246% revenue growth 

Also on the rise: Do we have enough engineers to conduct interconnection studies? Green car dealership goes green. And more.
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University of Rochester partners with Amp Energy on community solar

The University subscribed to six solar facilities and 1 billion kWh over the next 25 years.
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Energy storage software provider posts 246% revenue growth

Stem, provider of AI-backed energy storage software, posted record growth in Q2 2022.

Press Releases

Mountain Housing Opportunities and the Asheville Housing Authority Energize Four New Solar Arrays at Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights

Two of Asheville’s affordable housing organizations partnered with Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light to power four apartment buildings with renewable energy. The new solar electric systems will generate 243,372kWh of renewable energy, offsetting over 172 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Hendricks Power, Solential Energy Set to Announce a New 7 MW AC Solar Array

Hendricks Power, a rural electric membership cooperative (coop), announces plans to develop the largest solar array by an Indiana electric coop. At 7MW AC, this is the largest utility-grade solar project by solar developer Solential Energy.

Neighborhood Sun Releases 2021 Impact Report Demonstrating Massive Growth and Extended Reach Benefitting More Communities Across the U.S.

Neighborhood Sun, a community solar company making affordable solar accessible to all through its advanced community solar software platform, Sun Engine™, recently published its 2021 Impact Report, highlighting a year of massive growth and positive environmental impact for the company.  

BSLBATT Further Home Battery Solutions

China Leading Lithium Battery Manufacturer BSLBATT Launches a Residential 20 kWh Off Grid Solar Battery Solution.

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Sunrise brief: Solar supply chain issues–from duties to tariffs to COVID-19 and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Also on the rise: Advanced conductors could enable 27GW more renewable power per year. Solar-powered data server network developed to frame the internet as a natural resource. Stanford flips the switch on new solar array, powering campus with 100% renewables. Project between Maui Electric and Paeahu Solar moves forward. Global tracker provider FTC Solar posts 130% growth in 2021. Newer and larger solar plants perform better, while older plants pick up steam with repowering.

Making sense of solar supply chain issues

From duties to tariffs to COVID-19 and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a look at the supply chain issues threatening the solar module supply market.

U.S. residential solar trends, 2021

In 2021, residential solar reached several milestones and extreme weather raised customer interest in home energy storage systems.

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.

Expanding community solar can bring jobs and economic benefits to hard-hit communities

Community solar offers a unique opportunity for recovery in a Covid-racked economy, but needs to go beyond the contained role it has traditionally held in the American energy landscape.

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Green car dealership powered by green energy

TC Chevy in Ashland, Oregon is installing pole-mounted solar on trackers manufactured locally by Stracker Solar.

Sunrise brief: Solar deployment to increase fivefold under Inflation Reduction Act

Also on the rise: DOE offers $26 million to demonstrate that grid can run on clean energy. World’s largest underground hydrogen storage project. And more.

Remote Yukon gold mine encampment now powered by solar, batteries

The 27 kW solar array and 121 kWh battery bank were delivered via helicopter to the mine.

DOE offers $26 million to demonstrate that grid can run on clean energy

The Demonstration Program intends to fund up to 10 projects that show how large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage can support the power grid by automatically adjusting to changing demand and disruptions.

World’s largest underground hydrogen storage project

Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development are set to begin construction on a 300 GWh underground storage facility in Utah. It will consist of two caverns with capacities of 150 GWh, to store hydrogen generated by an adjacent 840 MW hydrogen-capable gas turbine combined cycle power plant.

Sunrise brief: Battery storage operation under net billing provides virtually no grid value, says Berkeley Lab study

Also on the rise: US added 15 GW generating capacity, 4.2 GW solar in first half 2022. Pairing agrivoltaics and pollinator habitat with community solar in New York. And more.

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High-performance aqueous calcium-ion battery

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the United States have developed a special class of materials for bulky calcium ions, providing pathways for their facile insertion into battery electrodes.

GameChange Solar to add 6 GW to its US manufacturing capacity

The solar tracker manufacturer will begin operating a new manufacturing line somewhere in the Midwest in February 2023.

Sunrise brief: Global energy storage deployment may reach 500 GW by 2031

Also on the rise: Bill Gates-backed fund invests in automated utility-scale solar installation platform. It’s time to fix our nation’s broken interconnection process. And more.

DOE launches $20 million consortium to advance US-made cadmium telluride solar cells

The Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium will work toward making continued cost and efficiency improvements that will make CdTe more competitive on the global market.

Sunrise brief: Bloomberg analyst forecasts a 30% increase in global PV deployment this year, and double-digit growth through 2025.

Also on the rise: US 2021 solar panel shipments total $9.8 billion at $0.34/W. Nearly all smart inverter manufacturers will be delivering smart inverters within a year. And more.

Enphase announces five million microinverters shipped from Salcomp factory in India

Since 2020, Salcomp has manufactured Enphase Microinverters and other components in a factory in India for the North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific markets.

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Do we have enough engineers to conduct interconnection studies?

As two regional grid operators have flagged a shortage of qualified engineers to conduct interconnection studies, pv magazine usa spoke with Kalyan Chilukuri, a vice president with Electric Power Engineers, about industry staffing challenges and measures that might help.

Princeton: Solar deployment to increase fivefold under Inflation Reduction Act

US utility-scale solar may deploy at five times the 2020 rate of 10 GW, reaching 49 GW annually by 2024, said Princeton in an analysis of the potential impact of the bill.

Community solar market forecast to grow 7 GW by 2027

State-level policy has fueled the growth, and pending legislation for community solar programs in five states could add another 1.2 GW, according to Wood Mackenzie

Sungage Financial and Bodhi partner to help solar installers scale up

The solar financing provider and customer experience platform designer announce a new strategic alliance.

Pairing agrivoltaics and pollinator habitat with community solar in New York

Renewable Properties unveils a 16-project, 70 MW portfolio that considers land use, habitat and community needs in its design.

Battery storage operation under net billing provides “virtually no grid value”: Berkeley Lab study

Net billing for rooftop solar, which incentivizes the use of battery storage to maximize solar self-consumption, is inefficient, researchers found, whereas incentivizing battery owners to discharge power during peak hours would provide greater value.

Technology

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It’s time to fix our nation’s broken interconnection process

The good news is that we know what to do. Interconnection has been studied extensively by numerous industry groups and research organizations, which have arrived at some essential guiding principles for reform.

Sunrise brief: National Solar Jobs Census finds that solar jobs increased 9% nationwide in 2021

Also on the rise: New home battery can provide backup power as well as smart time of use charging/discharging. Connecticut to allow distributed resources to compete with distribution grid upgrades. And more.

Perovskite solar cell defect characterization during manufacture for improved stability

A novel electrochemical robotic arm is under development at the University of Arizona to identify perovskite defects during manufacturing rather than after to improve durability.

Connecticut to allow distributed resources to compete with distribution grid upgrades

Connecticut would join five other states in enabling distributed storage, solar and other non-wires alternatives to compete with traditional distribution system capacity upgrades, under a program being finalized by Connecticut regulators.

Solar jobs increased 9% nationwide in 2021

According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020, employment in the solar industry looked favorable in 2021 compared to fossil fuel industries, but solar employers have some work to do on increasing diversity.

Sunrise brief: Sanyo settles solar delamination lawsuit, lawyers win big

Also on the rise: Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling. California governor sets goal of 3 million climate-ready homes, 6 million heat pumps by 2030. And more.

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