SolarEdge founder passes – As you may have heard and as we are heartbroken to share, SolarEdge has released news of the passing of Guy Sella, co-chairman and founder of the company. The company’s statement follows: “It is with a very heavy and sad heart that we notify of the passing of our dear friend and inspiration, Guy Sella. All of us who had the privilege to work with Guy and be witness to his unwavering drive and infinite levels of energy and passion for what he did know what a huge loss this is, not only to SolarEdge. Guy has left an incredible legacy and his spirit will live on forever in SolarEdge. The entire SolarEdge family mourns his loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Guy’s family.” We at pv magazine would like to echo our sympathies to friends and family of Guy and offer them strength is this trying and painful time.
California legislature passes bill exempting wildfire victims from solar mandate – Now headed to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsome, AB 178 would allow victims of wildfires who lost homes within a specific time period to forego the state’s upcoming residential solar mandate. The bill is actually small in scope, stating that victims who lost houses before January 1, 2020 and who did not have solar systems on those houses will not be required to rebuild their house and add a solar system. Those who lost houses with solar systems aren’t required to replace those systems, but there’s no incentive for them not to, as the cost is covered. Source: California State Legislature
Two Creeks breaks ground – Wisconsin is starting in on the biggest solar project in state history! The two Creeks solar project has officially broken ground, and when completed will have a capacity of 150 MW, more than double the amount of PV capacity that has been installed in the Badger State to date. Source: Green Bay Press Gazette
Hogweed batteries – “Hogweed, which has grown over vast territories of Russia, can be useful as a material for batteries. Scientists from NUST MISIS have investigated the possibilities of fibrous substances in the plant stems. They have turned them into electrodes – elements of devices capable of storing energy. It was experimentally proven that the treated dangerous plant can successfully replace traditional sources of energy without compromising the quality of the batteries.” Source: The National University of Science and Technology MISiS