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PV Intel announces Solar Development Training consulting service

With the U.S. projected to double the amount of PV available by the end of 2025, opportunities abound for solar developers. PV Intel experts offer the fundamentals of solar project development.
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Managing uncertainty in the solar module supply

PVEL and PI Berlin, both members of the Kiwa Group, outline the steps that companies can take to ensure that the modules they are deploying in their projects meet quality standards for the U.S. market.
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Commerce Department AD/CVD ruling calls for continued tariffs on solar imports

The ruling is a mistake that the solar industry will have to deal with for the next several years, according to a solar trade group CEO.
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CEP Renewables and CS Energy construct largest North American landfill solar project at 25.6 MW

The large brownfield solar project will provide Mount Olive, New Jersey with close to $2.3 million in past tax revenues, while creating a future revenue-generating renewable energy asset.
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Ideematec trackers chosen for 7 GW portfolio in Texas

Solar Proponent and Ideematec are working together with an EPC contractor to finalize the delivery schedules for the first Texas project of approximately 650 MW.
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ReneSola posts 86% increased Q3 revenue, reflecting near-term addition of European IPP assets

Despite higher earnings in Q3, the company lowered its Q4 22 guidance to $44 million to $49 million, compared to the consensus of $73 million, reflecting recent acquisitions of European assets taken on its balance sheet.
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Artificial intelligence helps solar to shine

Renewable energy sources such as solar are complex and unreliable due to constantly changing weather conditions, but artificial intelligence can be a force for good, helping remove obstacles and unleash the true power of solar.   
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Heat pumps competitive with gas boilers in some markets, says IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says unsubsidized heat pumps are already competitive with gas boilers in mature markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, and China. It says global sales will soar to record levels by 2030.

Press Releases

VSUN SOLAR embraces environmental transparency by disclosing through CDP

VSUN SOLAR is proud to be the first company in Vietnam to disclose environmental transparency to stakeholders through CDP platform in 2022.

REC Americas Names Citadel Roofing & Solar Installer of the Year for the Pacific Northwest

Citadel Roofing & Solar was chosen from more than 200 California solar installers as Installer of the Year for the Pacific Northwest region by solar panel manufacturer REC Americas LLC.

Upstart Power Announces $17M Series C Financing Round and New Strategic Partnership

Upstart Power Announces $17M Series C Financing Round with New Strategic Partnership, lead by ITOCHU. New funds will be used to accelerate ongoing global commercialization of Upgen™ platform of next generation on – demand backup and grid augmenting solid oxide fuel cell generators.

On.Energy on Pace to Become the Largest Energy Storage Developer for Airports in the Americas

Leading Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) provider adds 39 MWh of on-site battery storage, reducing annual carbon emissions by 46,000 kg and lowering utility bills by more than 25%

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Solar and storage prices soared as a result of market disruptions, NREL reports

The Covid-19 pandemic, tariffs, the Uyghur Forced Labor Act all created such significant market disruptions between Q1 2021 and Q1 2022 that NREL researchers looked at both short-term distortions and long-term trends in its most recent annual cost benchmark report.

Due to forced labor concerns, U.S. ports have blocked over 1,000 shipments of solar components

Panel shipments collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars are blocked from entering the U.S. market as they have failed scrutiny under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, said Reuters.

What kind of salary and benefits can I expect in the solar industry?

The RO Energy Solar Salary Guide sheds light on compensation in solar careers.

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.

Duke Energy to halt electric shutoffs in extreme heat, hurricane conditions

The agreement follows negotiations with Vote Solar, the CLEO Institute, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, as more than 20,000 Duke Energy Florida customers are reported to behind on their electric bills.

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California 100 MW solar facility now generating power for community-owned electricity providers

The Rabbitbrush Solar Facility includes a 20 MW, 50 MWh battery energy storage system.

Battery manufacturer to install massive 3.8 MW solar system at Pennsylvania HQ

The behind-the-meter project is set to be one of the largest C&I solar projects installed to date.

Why the solar industry has a trust problem (and how to fix it)

By aligning industry measurement practices, we can create more trust among everyone involved in the solar installation journey.

Sunrise brief: One of the largest solar-plus-storage facilities in Texas achieves operation

Also on the rise: Powin partners with SMA America for 2 GW supply agreement. Corporate solar doubles since 2019, displacing 20.4 million tons of carbon annually. And more.

Powin partners with SMA America for 2 GW supply agreement

Powin is expected to install battery systems over the next few years with SMA’s power inverters and other solutions.

Utility shortcuts on residential solar applications contribute to delays, researchers find

Researchers aimed to find better screening shortcuts that could fast-track more residential solar, while meeting utility concerns. Of nine utilities surveyed, three rely on smart inverters to integrate residential solar, an approach that has expedited interconnection in Hawaii.

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Portable off-grid solar and battery kit from Canada

SEI Logistics secured nearly $40,000 in Canadian tax incentives for its portable, folding solar panels with batteries, designed to work in harsh and remote environments.

KORE Power raises capital from Siemens and Quanta for 6 GWh Arizona gigafactory

With initial output anticipated in late 2024, production at the KOREPlex gigafactory in Arizona is expected to double to 12 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells produced to meet expected market demand in energy storage and electric mobility applications.

Brick and iron heat battery for zero-carbon industrial processes

Bill Gates-backed Rondo Energy released the “brick toaster” heat battery, a unit that stores renewable energy and dispatches heat and electricity for processes in steel, cement, chemical manufacturing, and more.

Qcells, European consortium launch production line for tandem silicon-perovskite solar cells

South Korea-based Qcells and a research group led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have established a pilot manufacturing line for silicon-perovskite tandem cells in Thalheim, Germany. The project aims to speed up the technology’s mass manufacturing and market penetration.

Off-grid solar plus storage EV ARC systems to be deployed by Puerto Rico government agencies

Puerto Rico’s power grid requires more than $130 billion in repairs after recent hurricanes. Solar and storage companies have provided distributed energy solutions in the aftermath of increasing storms.

Canadian Solar ships 6 GW of solar panels in strong Q3 22, with revenue a 57% yearly increase

Subsidiary CSI Solar, which produces about 10 bifacial and mono solar module models, remains on track to list on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in early 2023.

Markets & Policy

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Sunrise brief: Rallies underway in 10 California cities to combat anti-rooftop solar policy

Also on the rise: Inside the IRA--How does prevailing wage affect my solar tax credit? Solar and storage prices soared as a result of market disruptions, NREL reports. And more.

U.S. Customs releases UFLPA detained solar panels, said ROTH note

Industry checks show that a meaningful supply of JinkoSolar modules made with Wacker polysilicon have been cleared for the U.S. market, said Philip Shen, managing director of ROTH Capital Partners.

Rallies underway in 10 California cities to combat anti-rooftop solar policy

In opposition to a 75% cut of utility payments for excess rooftop solar customer production, California residents, environmental activists, and renewable energy workers will hold rallies across the state on Thursday, December 1, calling on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep rooftop solar growing and affordable.

RFP Alert: DOE Transmission Facilitation Program seeks capacity contracts

A federal program to help deploy new or expanded transmission capacity will favor transmission projects that will deliver renewable power, because contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions is one of several evaluation criteria.

Inside the IRA: How does prevailing wage affect my solar tax credit?

The U.S. Department of Treasury has begun to release guidance on the Prevailing Wage & Apprenticeship language in the Inflation Reduction Act, which goes into effect January 23, 2023.

Sunrise brief: California rulemaking to cut solar net metering payments by 75%

Also on the rise: Guidance for solar tax credit prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. Battery manufacturer to install massive 3.8 MW rooftop solar system at Pennsylvania HQ. And more.

Technology

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DOE priorities for $3.8 billion in grants include distributed resource aggregations

Under a U.S. Department of Energy program to promote grid flexibility and resilience, distributed energy resource aggregation projects may seek to share in $1.1 billion in smart grid grants.

Spacing between PV cells effectively cools panels down, study finds

In a typical PV plant, where modules operate nearly 25°C above the ambient temperature, energy loss can reach 12%.

NPUC report ranks large U.S. utilities by decarbonization goals, renewables mix

The industry report tracks the leading utilities by fuel mix, emissions curbing, long-term decarbonization goals and clean energy investments as a share of capital expenditures.

Corporate solar doubles since 2019, displacing 20.4 million tons of carbon annually

Companies in the United States are installing solar at unprecedented rates with corporate solar now accounting for 14% of installed capacity.

Solar-to-hydrogen project to be first stop on a California-to-Texas “hydrogen highway”

A 75 MW solar-to-hydrogen facility proposed for Bakersfield, California may mark the beginning of Fusion Fuel and Electus Energy’s green hydrogen vision for the United States.

Byrd Ranch 50 MW energy storage facility begins operations in southern Texas

The 1-hour power dispatch from Byrd Ranch battery energy storage system will help manage stress and volatility on the ERCOT grid.

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