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In case you missed it: Five big solar stories in the news this week

pv magazine USA spotlights news of the past week including market trends, project updates, policy changes and more.
Manufacturing

Spontaneous glass breakage on solar panels on the rise

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory noted an increase in spontaneous glass breakage in solar panels. The PV Module Index from the Renewable Energy Test Center investigates this and other glass-related trends in solar manufacturing.
Sustainability

Data-driven electricity demand to double from 2022 levels by 2026

The world’s reliance on the internet, the shift to cloud computing, and the emergence of AI all fuel demand for more and more data centers. The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that by 2026, data centers will consume more than 800 TWh annuall...
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Markets & Policy

A look at the prevailing wage and apprenticeship final rule

Taxpayers seeking to claim the highest available investment and/or production tax credits for renewable energy projects must comply with the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.
Manufacturing

GCL says perovskite solar module passes silicon degradation tests

At Intersolar Europe, the Chinese manufacturer said the perovskite-silicon tandem module would cost 50% of a crystalline silicon module that costs $0.15 per W, meaning $0.075 per W.
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Markets & Policy

Utility-scale solar development: Good planning makes good neighbors

A recent study by Berkeley Lab, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University found that sharing plans for large-scale solar projects with local residents improves the perception of such sites.
Opinion & analysis

Polysilicon prices stable, market concerns persist over worst-case scenario

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.
Markets & Policy

New York policy authorizes $814.6 million to fund energy storage

The new order puts the state on track to install 6 GW of energy storage by 2030.

Press Releases

Kicking Off Another Summer of Record-Breaking Temperatures with the Warming Stripes

With the world heading into what is likely to be another summer of record-breaking heat, many people and organizations are working together around the world to use the solar solstice as a reminder of rapidly rising temperatures. In what is now known as Show Your Stripes Day, there will be collective action by diverse and individual groups […]

Honeywell Helps Buildings Solve for Energy Waste and Protect Critical Assets

Honeywell’s new Connected Power solution allows buildings to control energy usage at the plug level

Connecticut Green Bank’s flagship financing programs now include resilience improvements for homes and commercial properties

Smart-E and C-PACE expand beyond energy efficiency and renewable energy to new climate adaptation and resilience measures, taking green bank model into environmental infrastructure

PanelClaw becomes the first global supplier of solar panel mounting systems for the C&I rooftop market

CPX is rebranded as PanelClaw Europe, creating a true, global supplier of rooftop racking products and services focused on commercial and industrial PV projects

Installations

Sunrise brief: Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Also on the rise: Arizona’s largest energy storage project closes $513 million in financing. Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar. And more.

Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Ojjo makes a unique truss system that reportedly uses half the steel of a conventional foundation and a design that minimizes grading requirements.

Arizona’s largest energy storage project closes $513 million in financing

The 1,200 MWh Papago Storage project will dispatch enough power to serve 244,000 homes for four hours a day with the e-Storage SolBank high-cycle lithium-ferro-phosphate battery energy storage solution.

U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%

Wood Mackenzie reported large growth in Q1 year-over-year for grid-scale storage and residential storage, while commercial and industrial storage slowed.

Commercial real estate to host VPP-connected flywheels and batteries

U.S.-based technology provider Torus has agreed to supply nearly 26 MWh of energy storage for Gardner Group’s commercial real estate portfolio. The project will integrate battery and flywheel energy storage systems (BESS, FESS) with Torus’ proprietary energy management platform.

Global PV installations may hit 660 GW in 2024, says Bernreuter Research

Bernreuter Research says low module prices will drive demand in the second half of this year. The researchers note the shipment targets of the world’s six largest solar module suppliers, who are aiming for an annual growth rate of 40% on average.

Manufacturing

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Longi launches ultra-black HPBC solar modules for residential applications

The Chinese manufacturer said its new Hi-MO X6 Artist series has an efficiency of up to 22.3% and a power output ranging from 420 W to 430 W. The smaller version is currently priced at CNY 298 ($41.7)/m2 and the largest model is sold at CNY 268/m2.

Sunrise brief: Final guidance released on IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements

Also on the rise: U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%. Planted Solar reports doubled energy per acre with terrain-following array. And more.

Nextracker expands U.S. manufacturing with Unimacts

Owned by Unimacts and located near Las Vegas, this factory will produce steel components exclusively for Nextracker, bringing the tracker specialist’s annual domestic solar tracker capacity to over 30 GW.

BASF, NGK launch sodium-sulfur battery with less than 1% degradation rate

A set of technological improvements incorporated into the new product NAS MODEL L24 allows for lower maintenance costs compared to the earlier sodium sulfur battery type developed by the two manufacturers.

Sunrise brief: Titan Solar latest in residential solar business closures

Also on the rise: Reshore solar manufacturing but don’t stall construction with tariffs, suggests union official. Princeton NuEnergy scores $30 million in funding for lithium battery recycling. And more.

Princeton NuEnergy scores $30 million in funding for lithium battery recycling

The low-temperature plasma-assisted separation process, developed at Princeton University and now trademarked as LPAS, produces battery-grade cathode and anode materials suitable for direct reintroduction into cell manufacturing.

Markets & Policy

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People on the move: Amp Energy, Deriva Energy, Atwell LLC, and more

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

Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar

The Chinese back contact module maker said its new products rely on the company’s all-back-contact (ABC) cell technology and feature a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per C.

Final guidance released on IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements

According to the Treasury Department, developers of clean energy projects may be able to claim an increased credit equal to five times the base incentive.

Solar startup claims doubled energy per acre with terrain-following array

California startup Planted Solar uses construction robots and high-density arrays to deliver what the company says are higher energy outputs and lower balance of system costs.

NREL guide for anyone seeking more solar and storage in utility resource plans

A guide to utility resource plans aims to help state regulators and others engage effectively with utilities in reviewing the plans, which have often been challenged for limiting solar and storage in projections of new generating capacity needed.

A look at what caused U.S. solar stock slump in April

Financial and regulatory uncertainty plus rising module prices are affecting project timelines in the United States and domestic companies must contend with a gray market at home and aggressive pricing abroad. Jesse Pichel, of Roth Capital Partners, explores the key trends in a tough month for U.S. solar stocks.

Technology

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Scientists develop silver-free PEDOT:PSS adhesive for shingled solar cells

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a new silver-free adhesive for shingled solar cells. The novel adhesive is based the PEDOT:PSS polymer and can reportedly reduce silver consumption to approximately 6.3 mg/W.

Longi claims 34.6% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) confirmed Longi’s achievement of a world record-breaking efficiency rating of 34.6% for a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell.

Long-duration stability of perovskite solar cells

US scientists have analyzed the impact of “seasoning” a formamidinium lead iodide solution with two-dimensional (2D) perovskites. They have found that the template improved the efficiency and durability of their solar cells.

Swift Solar closes $27 million in funding, plans perovskite solar factory

Swift Solar, a specialist in perovskite tandem photovoltaics, plans to build a factory in the U.S. in the next two to three years to manufacture thin-film solar.

Sunrise brief: Utility-scale solar far less costly than the cheapest fossil fuel source

Also on the rise: Five Puerto Rico reservoirs could host 596 MW of floating solar. Weather-related damage to solar assets exceed modeling expectations by 300%. And more.

Five Puerto Rico reservoirs could host 596 MW of floating solar

Potential sites for solar in Puerto Rico include reservoirs, brownfields, closed landfills, fossil generating plants after closure, and transmission rights of way, determined analysis by the National Renewable Energy Lab.