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Watch: Solar installation completed at Climate Pledge Arena

The 1.2 MW installation will join a host of other renewable resources in powering the stadium's 11 GW electricity load.
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Watch: Solar panels blasted with sound to better understand microcracking

Researchers at NREL and EPRI focused heavy bass sounds on solar panels to simulate the effects of wind-caused deflection.
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Enphase launches microgrid-forming microinverter line

The IQ8 solar microinverters are capable of forming a microgrid during a power outage using only sunlight, providing backup power without a battery. The systems also allow any size Enphase battery to be paired with a solar system.
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Three companies are swapping out aluminum and glass in favor of plastic to save weight and add flexibility. We look at the pros and cons.
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Sunrise brief: Hawaii’s approach to smart inverters offers a model to follow

Also on the rise: Facebook signs a PPA for 160 MW in Virginia, and the solar sector provided jobs to 231,000 in the U.S. in 2020.
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Facebook signs PPA for 160 MW of solar in Virginia

Chester Solar will be built near Richmond by co-developers D.E. Shaw and Torch Clean Energy.
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Startup Sunday: Crowdfunding for solar cell power boosting tech

Also starting up: Heliogen is building a test CSP, and EV maker Aptera rolls out the third alpha of its solar equipped vehicle.
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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.

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Matthew Gurch Joins Stoel Rives as Corporate Practice Partner and Member of Energy Group

Stoel Rives LLP announced today that Matthew J. B.

CEP Renewables Develops the Largest Landfill Solar Project in North America

Solar developer, CEP Renewables, helps restore a scenic northwest New Jersey community transitioning a Superfund landfill site to a clean power generation plant that delivers a revenue stream, and helps to create a cleaner and safer environment for the families that live there.

TerraSol Energies Enlists ESS, Inc. to Provide Energy Storage Applications for Sycamore International Project

CHADDS FORD, PENNSYLVANIA – TerraSol Energies Inc. has selected ESS Inc.

Carbon Black in Lead-Acid Battery Market worth US$591.4 Million by 2027 says Allied Market Research

Carbon black in lead-acid battery industry growth is fuelled by cost-efficient energy storage solution and recyclability associated with lead-acid batteries over lithium-ion batteries.

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Letter signed by 750 companies calls on Congress for long-term solar policy certainty

The companies, led by SEIA, lay out six policy actions deemed necessary to grow the industry to the size needed to fight climate change and realize clean energy goals.

U.S. solar panel shipments rose 33% in 2020

Solar PV module shipments reached a record high in 2020, growing 33% year over year.

Illinois Q2 residential solar installations are down nearly 90% compared to 2020

Just 313 small rooftop solar projects were completed statewide in Q2 2021, compared to 2,908 a year earlier, as the state remains in a perilous solar incentive limbo.

Auxin and Suniva ask the ITC to extend Trump-era import tariffs

The two companies led the initial effort to impose tariffs and now claim they have been unable to complete plans to adjust to import competition given the pandemic, alleged “predatory” pricing, and other factors.

Energy jobs were lost in 2020, but they’re coming back

Roughly 840,000 jobs were lost across the energy sector in 2020, and solar was hit especially hard. A rebound is underway, according to a new report from the Energy Department.

ACORE insight: The federal agenda for energy and climate

As part of ACORE’s Finance Forums, experts on federal energy policy outlined what policies are needed to help drive the Biden Administration’s clean energy and climate change policies.

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Sunrise brief: Consumers can drive decarbonization faster than utilities, study says

Also on the rise: Ohio officials approve more utility-scale solar, SCE will add 2,150 MWh of energy storage, and large format modules are headed for standardization in a move driven by a Chinese trade group.

NextEra Partners buys stake in 2,520 MW renewables portfolio

The deal includes more than 800 MW of solar and solar+storage in four states.

Ohio siting board approves 264 MW of new solar

Clearview Solar I and Ross County Solar are the state’s latest utility-scale project approvals with more expected.

SCE to add 2,150 MWh of battery energy storage

The California utility contracted Ameresco to install the battery energy storage systems that are slated to be online next August.

Policy will determine if Biden’s community solar push succeeds

Three factors will need to align if we’re going to deploy 700% more community solar in the next five years.

Early results of utility scale solar+storage revenue models

Adding batteries to solar increases revenue in different ways in different places.

Manufacturing

Big modules head for standardization

The China Photovoltaic Industry Association is expected to release a standard for 210mm modules before the end of October.

Sunrise brief: Calculating the economic lift offered by community solar

Also on the rise: Polysilicon prices are likely to stay high as a ‘crazy year’ extends into ’22, Hawaiian Electric is seeking energy and capacity, and the latest landfill-hosted solar array enters service.

Fast charging battery startup to launch research and development hub in California

StoreDot is opening the facility with the hope that the additional research and development capacity will allow the company to commercialize its battery products by 2024.

Polysilicon’s upward price ride is not over, analyst says

Polysilicon prices could top $41/kg through 2021 and stabilize in the second quarter as springtime temperatures ease power demand constraints across China.

New York to sell solar equipment it bought for Tesla, Panasonic

More than $200 million in equipment will be sold as Tesla plans to ramp up and expand operations at a Buffalo manufacturing facility.

Sunrise brief: Koch JV expands its move into battery energy storage

Also on the rise: SEG Solar expands its module production in Cambodia, Kentucky’s solar pipeline looks impressive, and Summit Ridge starts work on a community solar portfolio.

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States choosing smart inverter settings could follow Hawaii’s lead

States don’t need to reinvent the wheel when evaluating smart inverter requirements, said a Sunrun policy director, noting that delays in setting requirements could lead to “wasted infrastructure.”

FERC denies utilities’ request to leave TVA

FERC said it lacked authority to grant the request, but is now looking into allegations that TVA retaliated against the petitioners.

How varied energy storage can enable a low-cost renewable energy future

Analysis from NREL shows that high-renewable operation is possible, and less expensive, when a variety of energy storage technologies are used.

Pine Gate to bring second solar project to North Carolina county

The company said it has lined up financing and started work on the 70 MW Stanly Solar project.

Joule adds solar capacity to expand its community choice program

The New York State group announced a combined 31,000 MWh of solar through supply deals with Luminace and BQ Energy.

RFP alert: Hawaiian Electric is seeking up to 95 MW of capacity

Storage paired with solar must support the net nameplate capacity for at least four hours and support 365 full charge/discharge cycles each year.

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Calculating the value of a community solar program

Researchers teamed up to analyze the economic benefit of adding 30 5 MW community solar installations to Michigan's grid annually for six years. Their results may surprise.

Researchers probe light-induced degradation that impacts silicon solar cells

Light-induced degradation (LID) shaves the efficiency of silicon solar cells by about 2%, which adds up to a significant drop in power output over the lifespan of the technology deployed in the field.

Sunrise brief: Customer-sourced power makes it into a utility’s resource plan

Also on the rise: SolRiver Capital buys an Oregon solar development portfolio, Swell Energy expands its distributed power plant model, and a shift in focus is coming to a DOE loan program.

EIA global forecast sees a resurgence of coal for electric power

Solar and wind will grow, but coal will again be cost competitive, reversing what EIA said was a trend observed over recent decades.

Alencon awarded patent for bi-directional storage optimizer

The patent pertains to its Bi-Directional Optimizer for Storage Systems, which was part of a 2020 study with Duke Energy about retrofitting standalone solar plants with storage.

PVEL adds hail test to its module certification program

The hail stress sequence aims to address concerns from insurers and asset owners about the ability of PV modules to withstand severe hail impacts.

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