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US Solar Decathlon expands to workforce development and mentoring high school students

Solar Decathlon Professionals and Solar Decathlon Pathways are two new programs recently announced by US Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm.
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Solar farm to power Philly government buildings gains momentum after Covid, supply chain delays

The 80 MW Adams County solar farm is anticipated to power 22% of the demand coming from Philadelphia government buildings, as a significant step towards the city’s goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
Installations

Recurrent Energy completes Mississippi’s largest solar installation under a Build Transfer Agreement

The Sunflower Solar Station is one of the first utility scale projects to be constructed in the United States using the BTA model.
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Help shape the future of O&M: A first-of-its-kind survey

Automation is increasingly being deployed in solar O&M. pv magazine is partnering with Ecoppia to understand the extent to which automation is embraced, and what the integration challenges, and potential upsides, are. Take this survey to add your input and help shape the solar project automation tools of the future.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Novel tech for extracting hydrogen gas from liquid carriers

North Carolina State University (NCSU) has developed an energy-efficient strategy for room-temperature hydrogen release from liquid hydrogen carriers, which uses less rhodium. Elsewhere in the world, Airbus launched its Zero Emission Development Centre i...
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The making of a clean energy prosumer: Part two

Economist-at-large Ahmad Faruqui shares his personal journey through solar, energy storage, and electric vehicle ownership in California.
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Sunrise brief: Six members of Congress sign letter urging DOC to continue solar anti-circumvention investigation

Also on the rise: How much will solar costs rise? The answer to where Qcells will build its manufacturing plant. Interesting gear at Intersolar. Duke and installers compromise on net metering. And more.
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Six members of Congress sign letter urging DOC to continue solar anti-circumvention investigation

The letter urges President Biden to protect US manufacturing from unfair foreign influence, insinuates a concerted political and lobbyist effort to undermine the investigation, draws on fears over national cybersecurity, and claims current module import ...
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Duke Energy, North Carolina solar installers compromise on net metering

After intervention by some of the state's largest rooftop solar installers, the new compromise includes a delay of time-of-use rates for net metering customers until at least 2026 and a 'Proposed Bridge Rate' for new net metering customers.

Press Releases

Growatt sets a new record with 19 ‘Top Brand PV Inverter’ seals awarded by EUPD Research

International market research company EUPD Research has awarded Growatt 19 ‘Top Brand PV Inverter’ seals, recognizing its preeminent brand position across global markets.

Arctech completes delivery for US Gar Creek project amid shipping tumbling

Arctech, the world’s leading tracking, racking, and BIPV solutions provider, announced it has finished the delivery of the 4. 83MW 1P SkyLine tracker for the Gar Creek project in Illinois state, USA, amid the challenge of container bottleneck, shipping rate tumbling, and the surge in raw material price.

ET Solar attended Intersolar Europe in Germany

During May 11 to 13, Intersolar Europe 2022 was held at New Munich Trade Fair Centre, ET Soar participated in this world’s leading exhibition. As the largest and most influential professional solar exhibition, it attracts thousands of world-renowned PV enterprises.

Growatt’s Infinity 1500 portable power station carries off 2022 Red Dot Design Award

Growatt, a global reputed brand in battery storage, carries off the 2022 Red Dot Product Design Award with its recently debuted portable power station–Infinity 1500. The Red Dot jury confers the Product Design Award on Growatt’s Infinity 1500 solar generator for its innovative roof-rack-style design and exceptional user-oriented features as well as remarkable advances in […]

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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.

U.S. residential solar trends, 2021

In 2021, residential solar reached several milestones and extreme weather raised customer interest in home energy storage systems.

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.

Installations

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Trackers vs. the elements, part two: working with wind

In this three-part series, pv magazine will highlight some of the major obstacles faced when developing solar installations on single-axis tracker and see the different approaches that players in the industry are taking to neutralize each issue.

Analyst predicts extent of rise in this year’s solar capital costs

Wood Mackenzie this week made a slew of predictions for the industry in 2022 and noted the effects the US’ recently announced anti-circumvention investigation is already having on utility scale plans.

Sunrise brief: What are upfront and lifetime costs of heat pumps?

Also on the rise: Borrego sells development business, including 8.4 GW solar pipeline. Trackers in uneven terrain. 50 states of solar incentives: Pennsylvania. Storage and robots at Intersolar Europe 2022.

Pivot Energy to develop 41 MW portfolio of community solar for LMI households in Colorado

The portfolio, awarded by Xcel Energy, is anticipated to provide access to affordable, clean energy to thousands of households throughout the state.

Texas utility adds 300 MW of solar to energy mix

CPS Energy, serving San Antonio, is increasingly powering its operations with energy generated through the power of Texas sunlight.

Trackers vs. the elements, part one: tackling uneven terrain

In this three-part series, pv magazine will highlight some of the major obstacles faced when developing solar installations on single-axis tracker and see the different approaches that players in the industry are taking to neutralize each issue.

Manufacturing

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Qcells confirms location of solar panel manufacturing expansion in the US

The solar manufacturer will bring nearly 500 news jobs to Dalton, Georgia and invest $171 million on the new facility.

Nextracker, Silicon Ranch reach 1.5 GW supply agreement

The deal also includes a shared commitment by both companies to increase domestic supply and promote lower-carbon production processes.

New record for solar cell efficiency – 39.5% – built upon quantum wells

Using highly specialized materials that capture electrons in quantum wells, NREL set a new solar cell efficiency record.

Sunrise brief: Solar jobs–80,000 trained in the last three decades, and that should double in next three years

Also on the rise: Low-income rooftop solar loans in New England. Bifacial solar modules shine in the snow. No cost solar-plus-storage for residents and businesses in Washington D.C. area. And more.

Nextracker announces second dedicated steel line for tracker components

Nextracker will now have a manufacturing line dedicated to producing steel tracker components for use in utility-scale solar power plants at Atkore’ Phoenix, Arizona facility, which has been expanded and reconfigured with new capacity dedicated to Nextracker products.

Sunrise brief: Members of House of Representatives join growing opposition to solar anti-circumvention investigation

Also on the rise: Electrify America EV charging network now 100% powered by renewable energy. Trina launches grid-scale storage solution. Energy sector should be better prepared for cyber attacks. Common Energy’s invests $16.5 million on vision for the future of community solar. And more.

Markets & Policy

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An American at Intersolar: Part IV – So Much Gear

In our last article on Intersolar 2022 Munich, we present a small fraction of the countless vendors exhibiting their products on the floor.

Tesla rallies Powerwall owners to demonstrate how they can help power the Texas grid

In Texas ERCOT country where batteries cannot send power to the grid, Tesla filed a request for a rule change and has called on Powerwall owners to demonstrate capability by forming a Virtual Power Plant.

Borrego sells development business, including 8.4 GW solar pipeline

The company announced it will spin-off and sell its development arm to ECP, along with its project pipeline of 8.4 GW solar, 6.4 GW/25 GWh of energy storage.

An American at Intersolar: Part III – Storage & robots

Across from a multitude of solar panel cleaning robots, ees Europe showed off flow batteries, and hydrogen – though lithium ion vendors dominated the conference.

50 states of solar incentives: Pennsylvania

The pv magazine tour of solar incentives takes us to Pennsylvania, where natural gas plays a significant role in energy exports, and solar takes a backseat. What needs to change?

Sunrise brief: Incentives drive solar adoption among low- to middle-income residents

Also on the rise: National Grid, Convergent Energy + Power partner on solar and storage for no-wire resiliency. Bank of America banks on Electrify America EV charging. Nextracker, Silicon Ranch reach 1.5 GW supply agreement. And more.

Technology

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Sunrise brief: New record for solar cell efficiency – 39.5% – built upon quantum wells

Also on the rise: Enphase Energy microinverter receives first UL interconnection certification. Arkansas judge upholds full rate net metering. Renewable energy advocate, Glick, nominated for another FERC term. And more.

Have your say on the future of automation in solar O&M

Cost efficiency while maximizing power output is the name of the game in solar project development and asset management. And the automation of the provision of utility scale solar operations and maintenance (O&M) is fast becoming one of the most compelling opportunities. Help shape the future of automation in solar O&M by completing this first-of-its kind survey.

Bifacial solar modules shine in snowy environments

Researchers at Western University in Canada found that by using bifacial solar modules instead of monofacial, snow losses could be cut from double digits to just 2% on an annual basis.

Perovskite solar cell technology on the road to commercialization

Efforts are underway to overcome technical barriers and other challenges in commercializing perovskite technology for the solar energy sector.

Energy sector should be better prepared for cyber attacks, said DNV

A report released by DNV finds that operational technologies are not as robust in defending cyber attacks as they should be.

Sunrise brief: Sandia turns to solar to power the Moon

Also on the rise: LG new battery storage solution. New Belgium brewing beer with the sun. What you need to know about solar and affordable housing. Is solar worth it–compared to paying the utility? Part II of an American at Intersolar. And more.

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