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Massachusetts expands solar net metering, bucking a national trend

Massachusetts expanded access to net metering, showing a commitment to distributed energy. The Department of Public Utilities expects to save ratepayers $10 million with the regulatory change.
Markets & Policy

Alberta lifts moratorium on renewable energy projects

The government of the Canadian province of Alberta has announced plans to ban new renewables projects on high-quality agricultural land and within a 35 km radius of areas with pristine views, following a nearly seven-month pause on approvals for such ins...
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Debunking solar myths: What about nuclear?

Part three of Dan Shugar’s series on replacing fiction with facts about solar, when the proverbial Uncle Bob comes to dinner.
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Module prices steady as market mulls price hikes

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.
Installations

Baltimore Gas and Electric installs battery storage system to manage winter peaks

The 2.5 MW/9.74 MWh Hitachi Energy facility helped the utility avoid distribution upgrade costs and also participates in the PJM Interconnection.
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Achieving compatibility between solar project developers and mineral estate holders

How to play in the sandbox: Understanding the interplay of the mineral estate and the surface estate and strategies for successful surface project development in Texas, California and elsewhere.
Installations

Sunrise brief: Solar generated 5.5% of U.S. electricity in 2023, a 17.5% increase

Also on the rise: Grid operators in California and Texas earn “B” grades, others score poorly. Calculating potential impact of EPA’s $7 billion Solar for All program. And more.
Markets & Policy

Shell to sell 25% of its U.S. solar assets, said Reuters

Reuters reported that the oil major is continuing to draw back from renewable energy investment.

Press Releases

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Virtual Peaker Advances Demand Flexibility with Enhanced DERMS Capabilities

Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company empowering modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, today introduced sophisticated, advanced grouping capabilities to unlock localized dispatch and stack DER value to enhance and streamline its end-to-end distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), Shift, at the DistribuTECH International conference, February 26–29 in Orlando, FL.

Notice of Intent: Concentrating Solar Flux to Heat and Power

On February 26, 2024, the U. S.

PV Monitoring Software Comparison 2024 with Over 10 Providers

Amperecloud, headquartered in Berlin, presents an exclusive and comprehensive overview featuring renowned software developers such as Meteocontrol, Solar-Log, and Power Factors.

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Solar generated 5.5% of U.S. electricity in 2023, a 17.5% increase

Solar generation grew by 17.5% compared to 2022, albeit at a lower rate, adding just over 33 TWh of generation compared to the 40 TWh added in 2022.

The importance of community solar in all-of-the-above renewable energy strategy

Recent studies show the many benefits of community solar, and to keep it on an upward trajectory, the Coalition for Community Solar Access encourages growth in third-party programs.

Solar at “twice the natural capacity factor of the sun”

Eland Solar 2 and Skeleton Creek are two high-capacity factor renewable power plants moving through development.

DOE announces $366 million for energy projects in rural and remote communities

The funding will support solar, energy storage and other clean energy deployment across 20 states and 30 tribal nations.

Energy Vault begins building first-of-its-kind green hydrogen storage project

The 293 MWh green hydrogen and battery storage facility is being built in utility Pacific Gas & Electric’s service territory in Northern California.

Sunrise brief: First Solar could have $5 billion impact on U.S. economy by 2026

Also on the rise: Arizona approves “discriminatory” charge on rooftop solar customers. California needs 10 GW of solar deployment in five years, 57.5 GW by 2045. And more.

Manufacturing

Sunrise brief: First Solar plans to double manufacturing capacity by 2026

Also on the rise: Solar at “twice the natural capacity factor of the sun”. The importance of community solar in all-of-the-above renewable energy strategy. And more.

First Solar plans to double manufacturing capacity by 2026

The U.S.-based solar panel manufacturer issued strong 2024 revenue expectations in its Q4 earnings report.

Sunrise brief: Massachusetts lawmakers urged to adopt “million solar roofs” equivalent

Also on the rise: DOE announces $366 million for energy projects in rural and remote communities. Anza expands back-end visibility for solar module procurement. And more.

Meyer Burger to shut down plant in Germany and pivot to the U.S.

Swiss solar panel maker Meyer Burger will seek shareholder approval for a rights issue of as much as $284 million to finance the completion of its U.S. manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Arizona.

First Solar could have $5 billion impact on U.S. economy by 2026

A study commissioned by First Solar analyzed the company’s actual and forecast U.S. spending in 2023 and 2026 when the company expects to have 14 GW of annual nameplate capacity across Alabama, Louisiana, and Ohio.

Sunrise brief: California solar and storage project secures $1.1 billion

Also on the rise: Millions in government funding to advance batteries for planes, trains, and maritime transport. WeaveGrid, Toyota join forces to optimize EV grid charging in utility territories. And more.

Markets & Policy

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Calculating potential impact of EPA’s $7 billion Solar for All program

Solar for All can jumpstart the solar market and expand the benefits of solar far beyond the initial five years of the program. Clean Energy States Alliance notes that after the award decisions are announced, additional states will be evaluating strategies and more households will benefit from this funding over time.

Off-grid solar kit for EV pickup trucks

Worksport announced a solar kit for pickup trucks that can be used a portable power source for leisure activities or as a temporary backup to recharge electronics or small appliances during power outages.

Grid operators in California and Texas earn “B” grades, others score poorly

With two million megawatts of generation and storage projects awaiting interconnection studies across the U.S., a report gives grid operators grades for their interconnection processes ranging from B to D-.

U.S. solar up 52% in 2023 as nation deploys 35.3 GW of capacity

Bloomberg NEF says U.S. clean energy generation grew by 0.9%, with wind and hydro generation falling and solar generation growing 15.4%.

Affordable Wire Management introduces two utility-scale hardware products

The company introduced an assisted tensioning kit for messenger cables and a beam rod that can attach to a variety of pile types.

People on the move: Sunnova, Soltec, REC Solar and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.

Technology

Cadmium telluride solar cell based on indium gallium oxide emitter achieves 17.2%

Developed by the University of Toledo, the cell achieved the highest efficiency ever reported for flexible cadmium telluride solar cells to date. The device reached an open-circuit voltage of 861 mV, a short-circuit density of 27.8 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 71.7%.

MIT research provides roadmap to perovskite passivation

In previous work, research teams developed methods for passivation, but there wasn’t clear understanding of how the process works. The new MIT study provides details on how to passivate the material’s surface so that the perovskite no longer degrades so rapidly or loses efficiency.

NREL finds 100% renewable scenario improves LA air quality and health

NREL modeled that LA and surround counties could save over $4 billion from improved health outcomes. The most significant reductions in emissions resulted from electrification and infrastructural changes to the non-power sector, such as transportation and buildings.

All floating PV technologies at a glance

An international research team has produced a comprehensive overview of more than 300 works of published literature on floating PV, spanning 2013 to 2022. The scientists laid out the benefits and challenges of the technology and pointed to gaps that should be filled with future studies.

Fully printable flexible perovskite solar cell achieves 17.6% efficiency

Developed by scientists in Canada, the 0.049 cm2 solar cell was built in ambient air fabricationand with a reactant known as phenyltrimethylammonium chloride (PTACl). It achieved an open-circuit voltage of 0.95 V, a short-circuit current density of 23 mA cm−2, and a fill factor of 80%.

Millions in government funding to advance batteries for planes, trains, and maritime transport

Arpa-e announced twelve research awards totaling $15 million to develop electric airplanes, electric railroads and ships servicing the continental U.S.

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