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Seraphim USA says it will more than triple Mississippi manufacturing to 500 MW

The company has stopped operations, and says that it is installing tools to increase its U.S. module manufacturing to 500 MW per year, while moving to all mono, half-cut cells and five busbars.
Manufacturing

Tesla secures 210 acres in Shanghai for its first international Gigafactory

Tesla is planning accelerated development and construction of this new battery and EV plant, which will mark the company's first soirée into international production.
Markets & Policy

100 MW of desert solar moving from developer to investor

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments has acquired an under construction 100 MW solar power project being built by First Solar in Kern County, California, which will feature the large-format Series 6 module.
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Onsite of North Providence, Rhode Island’s solar powered landfill – with PHOTOS

Southern Sky Renewables has delivered a 2.6 MW-DC solar power plant atop a sealed landfill, as one of the first utility-scale solar projects in the smallest state in the union. Rhode Island public officials from Governor Gina Raimondo to the local police...
Manufacturing

The race for battery manufacturing capacity: Ultra-fast charging potential

In this op-ed StoreDot Founder and CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf discusses the current battery manufacturing landscape, the next steps the industry could take, and the potential behind new technologies.
Markets & Policy

ACORE supports claim that coal/nuke bailout is on hold

The clean energy trade organization has announced that media reports are confirmed by its own conversations, but also says that it is too early to declare victory.
Markets & Policy

Tax equity investor list: 28 partners for your solar projects

kWh Analytics has released a list of 28 tax equity investors in solar power projects, with their key project requirements.
Markets & Policy

NV Energy looking for another 350 MW of large-scale renewables

The utility is expanding upon its procurement of 1 GW of solar with an new RFP for RPS-compliant renewables, which can include projects with integrated energy storage.

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MP2 Energy, a subsidiary of Shell Energy North America, launches renewable energy stem resource for K-5 schools

Educational website will help students in Texas and beyond learn more about renewable energy.

Centrica Business Solutions helps customers optimize day-to-day performance with 100% renewable energy solutions

Powering performance: the buyers guide to solar now available.

Magenta goes greener: T-Mobile to power HQ with renewable energy by 2021; receives recognition for green leadership

The Un-carrier joins Puget Sound Energy "Green Direct" program to power its Bellevue HQ with 100% renewable energy; receives industry accolades for its clean energy programs.

Marubeni joins premier Silicon Valley cleantech innovation hub

Marubeni, a highly diversified Japanese trading company is looking to expand innovation opportunities.

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esVolta scores another win with 38.5 MWh SCE battery contract

The energy storage developer and battery IPP is on a roll, with four projects in Southern California following on a mammoth 300 MWh contract in Silicon Valley.

Duke proposes renewable purchase program for SC’s C&I sector

The program, like community solar for nonresidential customers, will allow business customers of Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress to purchase renewable energy and the RECs that come with it to reach their sustainability goals and reduce their electrical bills.

Community solar for a dime in Minnesota

Minnesota regulators have approved a 1.5¢/kWh incentive for residential customers of “solar gardens”, as they seek to boost the residential to commercial customer wattage ratio from the current 1:9.

Arizona’s largest solar project for a school district goes online

The project consists of over 73,000 photovoltaic panels across 82 Tucson Unified School
District school campuses and support facilities, and will provide the district with 47% of its electricity needs.

Peninsula Clean Energy goes big time with 200 MW-AC solar project

Clēnera broke ground on the Wright Solar Park today, the largest solar project to date to contract entirely with a Community Choice Aggregator. This comes as CCAs face new regulatory challenges.

New York to invest (another) $40 million in energy storage deployment

The investment comes as part of Governor Cuomo’s ambitious state mandate of 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025, in hopes of shifting generation to match demand.

Manufacturing

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Solar panel theoretical efficiency limit increases by 33%

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have found what they describe as conclusive evidence that perovskites feature "efficient carrier multiplication," effectively increasing the single layer efficiency limit from 33% to 44%.

SunCast with Canadian Solar CEO Dr. Shawn Qu

The latest episode of SunCast brings an interview with one of the leading solar manufacturers in the world, Canadian Solar CEO Dr. Shawn Qu.

Module prices have fallen by up to 25% so far this year

According to a Q3 report by EnergyTrend, monocrystalline module prices have fallen almost 20% this year, while those for polycrystalline modules have dropped by more than 25%. Increased consolidation among manufacturers and developers is expected to occur in China, and the global solar market, with more merger deals, plans for capacity reductions, and even factory closures.

The shift is on: CPS Energy breaks ground on its first storage + solar project in Texas

The unique project will match Texas’ largest previous battery storage project to address the difference between peak generation and peak demand.

Solar modules on the floor at Solar Power International 2018

pv magazine walked the floor at SPI 2018 seeing many well known faces, and known products, plus new names bringing new ideas.

Solar powered single-axis trackers and the algorithms that love them

SmarTrack by Array Technologies, looks to optimize solar electricity production using machine learning algorithms in complex terrains.

Markets & Policy

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Make your job count: Take the Solar Jobs Census survey

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Solar Foundation's Andrea Luecke explains why it is so important that all of us participate in the Solar Jobs Census.

Eguana Technologies appoints former Mercedes-Benz Energy executives

The Canadian battery storage company has hired Marcus Brunner and Dr. Andreas Rueckemann, both formerly of Mercedes-Benz Energy.

DOE seeks solar power situational awareness

The DOE has launched a program to find unique and innovative solutions that increase grid operators’ situational awareness of solar PV systems deployed throughout the grid at strategic locations – and that are seek to go beyond pure R&D, seeking field validation.

No taxation without solar powered representation

SEIA has released version 9.0 of its Federal Solar Tax Guide for Solar Energy, a guide to fully monetizing up to 46% of a project’s cost in the first year – before the value of electricity and state incentives are considered.

Democrats sweep AEE clean energy scorecards

Trade group Advanced Energy Economy has published a scorecard which ranks candidates in nine gubernatorial races on clean energy issues, and one of the two major parties is largely missing in action.

Hanwha continues tidy up of solar business with NASDAQ delisting

Hanwha Q Cells’ New York-listed business unit will come back under the company umbrella early next year, with a separate merger between two further units of the Korean conglomerate set to consolidate its solar expertise in house.

Technology

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#Solar100’s Lidija Sekaric: Solar’s jack of all trades

In this #Solar100 interview, Richard Matsui, Founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Lidija Sekaric, director of strategy and marketing at Siemens Distributed Energy Systems.

Spatial and temporal specificity: the new high bar for 100% renewables

Google, already 100% renewable powered via PPAs offsets of fossil fuels, is now aiming to make sure they’re clean energy powered 24/7 – even as the sun sets, and winds die down.

Scientists give solar PV a paint job

Researchers and Berkeley Lab have discovered a shade of blue – dating back to ancient Egypt – which has impressive qualities they say could reduce building energy consumption and boost solar energy output. Meanwhile, NREL has developed a perovskite cell material that could be applied to a substrate using a paintbrush.

Nevada primed for up to a gigawatt of energy storage

A report by the Brattle Group for Nevada regulators suggests that by 2030 – depending on pricing – 700 to 1,000 MW / 2.8 to 4 GWh worth of energy storage could be cost-effectively deployed statewide.

Your appliances can save the grid (and allow more solar)

A new report by Wood Mackenzie finds a surprising amount of potential demand flexibility in U.S. homes, which can make the job of integrating more solar and wind easier.

SunCast: Grid integration of high levels of renewable energy

In this special edition, SunCast host Nico Johnson talks with pv magazine Americas editor about grid integration of high levels of renewable energy, and what’s going on at SPI