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ITC says that Section 201 tariffs should be extended

The issue now moves to President Joe Biden who will decide whether or not to extend the tariffs beyond their February 2022 expiration.
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People on the Move: Delta Solar, Convergent Energy, Volt Energy Utility, and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.
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Sunrise brief: Investors are targeting renewables–and hydrogen–like never before

Also on the rise: Solar capacity additions are recovering from a subdued 2020, utilities ask for 50 MW of solar in West Virginia, and Broad Reach gets a $400 million equity commitment.



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The latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field at Xi’an, China are out.

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Energy storage firm Broad Reach gets a $400 million equity infusion

The funding commitment comes as Apollo takes a 50% stake in the company from venture capital firm EnCap Energy.
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Utilities seek OK from West Virginia regulators for five solar projects

A 2020 bill authorizes electric utilities to own and operate up to 200 MW of renewable energy facilities.

Solar capacity additions show a recovery from a subdued 2020

The FERC’s latest data release shows solar led new generating capacity with 8,410 MW added through the first three quarters of 2021.
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CSI Solar to cooperate with CATL on battery energy storage

CSI's parent Canadian Solar said it has a global battery storage pipeline of 21 GWh, including 2.9 GWh under construction.
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Utilities and financial investors are investing in renewables, especially hydrogen, like never before

A new Ernst & Young power and utilities overview report shows that utilities and other deep-pocketed investors are putting financial support behind their environmental, social and governance initiatives.

Press Releases

JinkoSolar’s Bifacial Modules Help build the first Solar-powered Oil Fields for CNPC

Shanghai, November 22, 2021, JinkoSolar Holding Co. , Ltd, (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today has announced its collaboration with CNPC through a landmark deal delivering its high efficiency Tiger Neo bifacial modules for a 200 MW solar farm.

Sungrow Floating PV, World’s First Gigawatt Level Floating Photovoltaic System Supplier Partners with US Floating Solar

Sungrow Floating PV, the World’s First Gigawatt Level Floating PV System Supplier, has partnered with US Floating Solar, LLC as its North American Agent for its industry leading floating solar products.

DEPCOM’s 3R Business Expands, Helping to Restore Power Fast After Natural Disasters

EPC/O&M leader expands restoration and repowering services to minimize losses, boost performance of utility PV assets

Gibraltar Merges Four Solar Brands Into One — Introducing The New Terrasmart

Category leaders join to create stronger returns, meaningful value for solar C&I and utility customers


Better pay, more flexibility! Survey details trends on solar sector pay and benefits

The survey from RO found a widening pay gap between men and women who work in the same role and offer the same industry experience.

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.

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.


Sunrise brief: Florida bill targets solar net metering

Also on the rise: Ohio regulators OK another 600 MW of solar, and a megawatt-scale bifacial solar project enters service near the Arctic Circle.

Megawatt-scale, bifacial solar project enters service in Yukon, Canada

The Solvest-developed 1.76 MW project will sell power as an IPP for the next 25 years.

Ohio regulators approve another 600 MW of solar

The projects include the 275 MW Cadence Solar Energy project, one of the largest projects to be approved for construction in the Buckeye State.

Sunrise brief: First Solar notches its biggest win via multi-gigawatt orders

Also on the rise: Consumers Energy will add 400 MW of solar, an agrivoltaics clearinghouse launches to help drive the movement, and John Weaver lays out the case for continued California net metering.

Consumers Energy to add 400 MW of solar

Under the agreements, the utility would own and operate one facility, and buy power from the other two.

First Solar signs multi-year deals for 5.4 GW of modules

Lightsource bp and bp placed orders for around 4.4 GWdc of modules, with options for an additional 1 GWdc.



American Battery approved to build battery recycling facility in Nevada

The facility will include a battery recycling building, an office building with laboratories, and a finished goods warehouse.

Novel solar cell architecture to reduce silver costs, improve voltage

Developed by a U.S.-based start-up, the new manufacturing process is claimed to reduce silver consumption and improve solar module performance by up to 3 W. It consists of connecting sub-cells in series within a single cell in order to increase the device voltage and without requiring cells to be physically broken and rewired.

Demand for battery recycling is growing, but capacity and innovation lag

A report by Lux Research forecasts growing demand for lithium-ion battery recycling capacity, along with a need for innovation to meet that demand.

Solar anti-dumping group said it is weighing options, may refile petitions seeking tariffs

A-SMACC urged Commerce Department officials to consider launching their own circumvention actions and trade cases on behalf of the U.S. solar industry.

Reuse or replace? IEA PVPS analysis considers all options for underperfoming PV modules

In a new report, experts from the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA-PVPS) have assessed the economical and environmental benefits of repairing and reusing or replacing solar modules that are not complying with a 30-year expected lifetime.

Sunrise brief: Feds turn away solar anti-dumping petitioners

Also on the rise: Ponzi scheme gets a DC Solar owner 30 years, import restrictions that jolted the solar industry may be easing, and Competitive Power Ventures buys a solar portfolio.

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Florida bill would cut solar net metering compensation

The bill would shift compensation rates to the utility's avoided cost of generation, and open the door for a host of fixed charges aimed at solar.

Startup Sunday: Haliburton backs flywheel energy storage

Also starting up: Haliburton funds a company capturing and using waste heat from solar panels, and nonprofit Native Renewables connects Navajo and Hopi families with solar power.

White Pine Renewables to develop Michigan’s first floating solar project

Once completed, 1 MW project will sell power to the township via a power purchase agreement.

Here’s why you need to support California net metering

John Fitzgerald Weaver argues that we need net metering to fully recognize the value of solar power on our homes and businesses.

Agrivoltaics clearinghouse launches to share info on matching solar with farming

The National Center for Appropriate Technology launched the clearinghouse to connect farmers and solar developers with agrivoltaics information.

Sunrise brief: Battery recycling is hot, but lightbulb moments lag

Also on the rise: SunPower will market a VPP offering for energy storage customers, and mPrest CEO Andy Bennett talks with pv magazine about the potential for DER under Build Back Better.



Hydrostor plans 400 MW / 3200 MWh compressed air energy storage

The plant would be able to deliver 400 MW of electricity for 8 hours, and would be comparable in size to some of California’s largest fossil fuel power plants. 

Center notches 29.80% efficiency for perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell

The solar cell is based on a nanotextured front side and a back side with a dielectric reflector.

A promising new design for shingled solar modules

Research finds that the energy yield of a novel approach could almost double that of standard shingled cell interconnection under random shading conditions.

Landfills could host more than 60 GW of solar, RMI says

Landfill sited solar capacity would nearly double Biden administration goals to grow community solar while increasing total U.S. solar power capacity by about 58%.

Solar could account for 20% of all U.S. generation by 2050, EIA says

The forecast include electricity generated from both utility-scale and small-scale solar facilities in the electric power, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Sunrise brief: Global energy storage market set to hit 1 TWh by 2030, BNEF says

Also on the rise: Rooftop solar fires are a real and growing risk, A-SMACC says it could refile anti-dumping tariff petitions, and five New England colleges now are powered by solar under a novel PPA arrangement.

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