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pv magazine interview: ‘In the next year, some of these guys are going to be bankrupt’

At Intersolar in Munich, pv magazine spoke with Jenny Chase, solar analyst at BloombergNEF, about the incredibly low polysilicon prices, massive overcapacity, and increasing consolidation. According to Chase, this year there will be enough polysilicon capacity to produce 1.1 TW of solar modules, but global module demand is expected to reach around 585 GW. “That is a pretty huge delta,” she said, noting that the solar industry should also prepare for a series of “negative feedback mechanisms,” such as negative prices and excess of solar power.
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Top solar panel brands in reliability, quality, and performance

Solar modules are evaluated in the Renewable Energy Test Center annual PV Module Index.
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Siting solar projects for best environmental results

A new white paper from Clearloop identifies key U.S. regions for best carbon displacement impact of new clean energy projects.
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More solar installations coming to U.S. military bases

In a partnership with Duke Energy valued at an estimated $248 million, the U.S. Department of Defense will be the exclusive purchaser of all output generated by two new solar facilities, which will serve five military bases.
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Summit Ridge to procure 800 MW of Qcells solar panels

The recent agreement brings the total to 2 GW of solar modules that the community solar specialist will purchase from Qcells, mostly manufactured in its facility in Georgia.
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New platform vets residential solar salespeople

An industry plagued by deceptive practices is now verifying salespeople via a platform called Recheck.
Opinion & analysis

Low prices for TOPCon solar panels put pressure on PERC

In May 2024, high-efficiency panels, predominantly glass-glass modules equipped with tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) cells began to converge on price with mainstream offerings, writes Martin Schachinger, of pvXchange. Production volumes for thes...
Technology

Maine may design a distribution system operator to advance distributed energy resources

Maine has hired a consulting firm to evaluate whether forming a distribution system operator could speed deployment of distributed energy resources and support other state goals. Consultants are reviewing how the approach is used in five other countries.

Press Releases

Arizona State University Joins Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative as University Partner

DOE Welcomes the Global Futures Laboratory at ASU to Help Increase the Participation, Leadership, and Success of Women in Clean Energy Fields

Kicking Off Another Summer of Record-Breaking Temperatures with the Warming Stripes

With the world heading into what is likely to be another summer of record-breaking heat, many people and organizations are working together around the world to use the solar solstice as a reminder of rapidly rising temperatures. In what is now known as Show Your Stripes Day, there will be collective action by diverse and individual groups […]

Honeywell Helps Buildings Solve for Energy Waste and Protect Critical Assets

Honeywell’s new Connected Power solution allows buildings to control energy usage at the plug level

Connecticut Green Bank’s flagship financing programs now include resilience improvements for homes and commercial properties

Smart-E and C-PACE expand beyond energy efficiency and renewable energy to new climate adaptation and resilience measures, taking green bank model into environmental infrastructure

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Sunrise brief: New York policy authorizes $814.6 million to fund energy storage

Also on the rise: A look at the prevailing wage and apprenticeship final rule. Spontaneous glass breakage on solar panels on the rise. And more.

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.

Sunrise brief: Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Also on the rise: Arizona’s largest energy storage project closes $513 million in financing. Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar. And more.

Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Ojjo makes a unique truss system that reportedly uses half the steel of a conventional foundation and a design that minimizes grading requirements.

Arizona’s largest energy storage project closes $513 million in financing

The 1,200 MWh Papago Storage project will dispatch enough power to serve 244,000 homes for four hours a day with the e-Storage SolBank high-cycle lithium-ferro-phosphate battery energy storage solution.

U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%

Wood Mackenzie reported large growth in Q1 year-over-year for grid-scale storage and residential storage, while commercial and industrial storage slowed.

Manufacturing

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Spontaneous glass breakage on solar panels on the rise

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory noted an increase in spontaneous glass breakage in solar panels. The PV Module Index from the Renewable Energy Test Center investigates this and other glass-related trends in solar manufacturing.

GCL says perovskite solar module passes silicon degradation tests

At Intersolar Europe, the Chinese manufacturer said the perovskite-silicon tandem module would cost 50% of a crystalline silicon module that costs $0.15 per W, meaning $0.075 per W.

Longi launches ultra-black HPBC solar modules for residential applications

The Chinese manufacturer said its new Hi-MO X6 Artist series has an efficiency of up to 22.3% and a power output ranging from 420 W to 430 W. The smaller version is currently priced at CNY 298 ($41.7)/m2 and the largest model is sold at CNY 268/m2.

Sunrise brief: Final guidance released on IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements

Also on the rise: U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%. Planted Solar reports doubled energy per acre with terrain-following array. And more.

Nextracker expands U.S. manufacturing with Unimacts

Owned by Unimacts and located near Las Vegas, this factory will produce steel components exclusively for Nextracker, bringing the tracker specialist’s annual domestic solar tracker capacity to over 30 GW.

BASF, NGK launch sodium-sulfur battery with less than 1% degradation rate

A set of technological improvements incorporated into the new product NAS MODEL L24 allows for lower maintenance costs compared to the earlier sodium sulfur battery type developed by the two manufacturers.

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A look at the prevailing wage and apprenticeship final rule

Taxpayers seeking to claim the highest available investment and/or production tax credits for renewable energy projects must comply with the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.

Utility-scale solar development: Good planning makes good neighbors

A recent study by Berkeley Lab, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University found that sharing plans for large-scale solar projects with local residents improves the perception of such sites.

New York policy authorizes $814.6 million to fund energy storage

The new order puts the state on track to install 6 GW of energy storage by 2030.

People on the move: Amp Energy, Deriva Energy, Atwell LLC, and more

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

Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar

The Chinese back contact module maker said its new products rely on the company’s all-back-contact (ABC) cell technology and feature a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per C.

Final guidance released on IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements

According to the Treasury Department, developers of clean energy projects may be able to claim an increased credit equal to five times the base incentive.

Technology

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Scientists develop silver-free PEDOT:PSS adhesive for shingled solar cells

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a new silver-free adhesive for shingled solar cells. The novel adhesive is based the PEDOT:PSS polymer and can reportedly reduce silver consumption to approximately 6.3 mg/W.

Solar startup claims doubled energy per acre with terrain-following array

California startup Planted Solar uses construction robots and high-density arrays to deliver what the company says are higher energy outputs and lower balance of system costs.

Princeton NuEnergy scores $30 million in funding for lithium battery recycling

The low-temperature plasma-assisted separation process, developed at Princeton University and now trademarked as LPAS, produces battery-grade cathode and anode materials suitable for direct reintroduction into cell manufacturing.

Longi claims 34.6% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) confirmed Longi’s achievement of a world record-breaking efficiency rating of 34.6% for a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell.

Long-duration stability of perovskite solar cells

US scientists have analyzed the impact of “seasoning” a formamidinium lead iodide solution with two-dimensional (2D) perovskites. They have found that the template improved the efficiency and durability of their solar cells.

Swift Solar closes $27 million in funding, plans perovskite solar factory

Swift Solar, a specialist in perovskite tandem photovoltaics, plans to build a factory in the U.S. in the next two to three years to manufacture thin-film solar.

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