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J.P. Morgan commits $680 million tax equity financing for solar and storage

The funds support project developer Ørsted’s portfolio in Texas and Arizona.
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“Green zealots” scare Florida administration from 100% renewable goal

In a significant policy reversal, Florida has scrapped its renewable energy targets for 2050, imposed a complete ban on offshore wind projects, and eased regulations for gas pipeline expansions.
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When is the next Aurora due and what’s the impact on solar generation?

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, explains that the solar cycle does tend to increase the earth’s average annual extra-terrestrial irradiance, but only by a very small amount. It also explains that, while the annual cycle ...
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The Hydrogen Stream: Nikola to sell 100 fuel-cell hydrogen trucks to Port of LA

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Solar industry panel cautions about 2025 Texas Legislature

According to BloombergNEF’s just released 1H 2024 US Clean Energy Market Outlook, Texas promises to top the charts in terms of solar, wind and battery storage deployments in the period from 2024 to 2035. But it’s position as the number one U.S. state...
Technology

Perovskites move into production

Perovskites remain a great hope for the future of the solar industry, once the possibilities of tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) and heterojunction PV have been exhausted. A look at the latest perovskite research shows that industry optimism is b...
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Solar peaks at 123% of grid, supplies 31% of California’s April electricity

The Golden State set multiple clean energy records in April, with solar power increasingly dominating the grid, supported by robust energy storage solutions.

Press Releases

Green Lantern Solar Completes Sale of Eight Community Solar Projects in Vermont to  Sea Oak Capital, LLC

Energy offtakers include retailers, family farms, resorts, campgrounds  and a country club.

Jay County Planning Commision Unanimously Approves Hodson Energy Solar Project

Hodson Energy, a leading solar developer backed by Great Bay Renewables, is pleased to announce the approval of the Economic Development Plan for a 39-megawatt (MW) solar project in Jay County, Indiana. The project was unanimously approved by Jay County’s Planning Commission on May 9, 2024.

Vroom Solar receives AFWERX grant

Vroom Solar, Inc. announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR contract focused on Smart Solar Management to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF).

Photon Vault proposes 24/7 renewable PPA

Energy Storage technology company Photon Vault Inc. has offered a round-the-clock solar+storage PPA in California.

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California is now a batteries-included rooftop solar market

About 60% of customers have included battery energy storage with their rooftop solar installation, up from roughly 10% prior. However, a “sustained downturn” is expected for the market.

Sunrise brief: Renewables must triple by 2030 to hit net-zero by 2050

Also on the rise: EV manufacturer Rivian invests in solar energy. Market impacts from the recent flurry of solar policy actions. And more.

EV manufacturer Rivian invests in solar energy

Rivian will subscribe to community solar and purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs).

Acciona completes Texas-size solar project near Houston

The 458 MW Red-Tailed Hawk solar plant is the company’s largest solar plant to date.

Enel, Energy Vault build 18 MW/36 MWh of U.S. gravity storage

Energy Vault and Enel have revealed plans to build 18 MW/36 MWh of gravity storage in the United States. They say that the project will be the first large-scale gravity energy storage in a Western country.

Cleanleaf Energy O&M portfolio grows to 1.8 GW

Cleanleaf, spun out of Borrego in 2022, signed agreements with Heelstone Renewable Energy to provide O&M services to five solar projects in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Manufacturing

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Silfab receives funds to develop U.S.-made back-contact N-type solar cells

Silfab Solar is one of seven awardees of DOE funding for projects that will use dual-use PV technologies to electrify buildings, decarbonize the transportation sector and reduce land-use conflicts.

The U.S. multi-pronged approach to onshoring solar manufacturing

The U.S. aims for a domestic solar supply chain, but the industry’s capacity to serve the early stages in solar manufacturing are minimal. Will its recent industrial policy efforts make a difference?

No ceiling on U.S. glass opportunity

With PV module capacity ramping up, glass suppliers have been investing in new solar glass production capacity. As in India and China, new facilities are popping up in North America, with unique twists to ensure competitiveness, such as using recycled material.

Sunrise brief: Bifacial solar module tariffs reinstated

Also on the rise: More bark than bite–U.S. solar tariffs and the shadow of larger trade measures. Solidion seeks to provide sodium-based electrolytes as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries. And more.

Solidion seeks to provide sodium-based electrolytes as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries

The company says the technology’s better cycle times and potential lower costs would benefit grid storage and EV sectors.

Bifacial solar module tariffs reinstated

The Office of the President has turned its focus to solar panels, announcing the removal of the bifacial solar panel Section 301 tariff exclusion and addressing issues of stockpiling during trade cases, alongside promoting the nation’s manufacturing base.

Markets & Policy

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What tax credit transfer buyers need to know about IRA compliance

The key to ensuring expected financial returns from the IRA comes down to a single word: compliance, and tax credit compliance is fraught with risk and complex to manage.

Sunrise brief: Rooftop bladeless wind energy innovation secures $9 million in funding

Also on the rise: A faltering SunPower now offers Tesla Powerwall 3 to residential solar customers. California is now a batteries-included rooftop solar market. And more.

SunPower now offers Tesla Powerwall 3 to residential solar customers

SunPower Financial reported it has expanded its suite of solar financing options to include loan and lease financing through Mosaic for Tesla battery installations.

Colorado modernizes community solar program

Governor Polis signed into law bipartisan legislation that launches a new dispatchable distributed generation program and leverages Solar for All funding to upgrade its grid, lower energy bills for all and promote energy equity.

PERC solar products hard to sell due to falling TOPCon module prices

Prices for tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar panels continue to fall. pvXchange.com founder Martin Schachinger explains how this will affect the sale of PV modules based on passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) cells.

Market impacts from the recent flurry of solar policy actions

The U.S. had an extremely busy week of policy changes, including AD/CVD, domestic content, bifacial panel exemptions, and changes to 301 tariffs.

Technology

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Bladeless wind energy innovation aims to compete with rooftop solar

A compact, “motionless” wind turbine with a magnetic generator designed for large commercial rooftops provides 5 kW of capacity per unit. Aeromine Technologies secured Series A funding for scaling its innovative design.

Quantifying losses from harmonics in solar facilities

Gamesa Electric has released a white paper on losses due to harmonics in PV plants, including an independent study that compares the performance of ultra-low total harmonic distortion inverters.

Research shows repaired PV modules can perform with acceptable losses

A research group has demonstrated the technical feasibility of using repaired solar modules with satisfying results. It also warned, however, that there is an urgent need to define a protocol for evaluating the features of a “viable” repaired panel.

Renewables must triple by 2030 to hit net-zero by 2050, says BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF says in a new report that solar and wind must drive most emissions cuts before 2030 to stay on track for net-zero by 2050. Its net-zero scenario targets a combined solar and wind capacity of 31 TW by 2050.

NREL-led consortium releases PV reliability forecasting tools

The Durable Module Materials consortium (DuraMAT) announced in its latest annual report the availability of new PV forecasting tools, and new research results towards the goal of more reliable PV modules.

Strong state solar policies boost adoption of distributed energy

Of the 29 GW of solar installed in the U.S. in 2023, 31% was distributed solar, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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