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Odessa Disturbance highlights troubling gaps in solar reliability

A root cause report on a West Texas power disturbance found that, in many cases, the solar industry "is not proactively identifying abnormal performance issues" related to inverter-based resources.
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Oregon regulators ease community solar guidelines

Community solar development is set to accelerate as the program full capacity allotment is now available. Low-income customers have had their discount doubled.
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Long-duration flow battery tech wins DOE funding

Four energy storage companies were awarded $18 million as part of the Energy Department's Long Duration Storage Shot.
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Sunrise brief: Solar manufacturer expands to the U.S.

Also on the rise: Texas is urged once again to winterize its energy infrastructure, and work starts on an 80 MW BTM solar array.
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Work starts on 80 MW behind-the-meter solar project

The array will supply energy to a steel mill in Texas and is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2023.
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Canadian solar manufacturer expands to New York

Ubiquity Solar plans annual production capacity of 350 MW of utility-grade PV cells and 1.5 MW of advanced space-grade PV cells for aerospace customers.
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Report calls on Texas…again…to winterize its energy infrastructure

The FERC/NERC assessment pointed to freezing of generator components and fuel issues as the top two major causes of generator outages, derates, or failures to start during the February 2021 winter storm.
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Tigo launches residential inverter and energy storage products

The inverters are available in 7.6 kW and 11.4 kW configurations, and feature up to 200% DC oversizing,  and 50V starting voltage.

Press Releases

Matthew Gurch Joins Stoel Rives as Corporate Practice Partner and Member of Energy Group

Stoel Rives LLP announced today that Matthew J. B.

CEP Renewables Develops the Largest Landfill Solar Project in North America

Solar developer, CEP Renewables, helps restore a scenic northwest New Jersey community transitioning a Superfund landfill site to a clean power generation plant that delivers a revenue stream, and helps to create a cleaner and safer environment for the families that live there.

TerraSol Energies Enlists ESS, Inc. to Provide Energy Storage Applications for Sycamore International Project

CHADDS FORD, PENNSYLVANIA – TerraSol Energies Inc. has selected ESS Inc.

Carbon Black in Lead-Acid Battery Market worth US$591.4 Million by 2027 says Allied Market Research

Carbon black in lead-acid battery industry growth is fuelled by cost-efficient energy storage solution and recyclability associated with lead-acid batteries over lithium-ion batteries.

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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.

Energy jobs were lost in 2020, but they’re coming back

Roughly 840,000 jobs were lost across the energy sector in 2020, and solar was hit especially hard. A rebound is underway, according to a new report from the Energy Department.

ACORE insight: The federal agenda for energy and climate

As part of ACORE’s Finance Forums, experts on federal energy policy outlined what policies are needed to help drive the Biden Administration’s clean energy and climate change policies.

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Sunrise brief: Fusion Renewables taps iSun to develop 448 MW of solar

Also on the rise: Catalyze makes its third acquisition of 2021, Salt River Project adds more solar capacity with latest PPA, and Generac unveils a microinverter as it edges into solar and energy storage.

Catalyze acquires Sol Alliance in its latest move to expand nationally

The deal brings Colorado-based Catalyze a project development pipeline of more than 80 MW and adds to two earlier deals for solar and storage companies.

Clean Energy Group awards $1 million for solar + storage in underserved communities

The funds have led to the completion of 30 solar + storage projects in low-income communities, with 63 more on the way.

SRP signs PPA for 440+ MW of solar capacity

Clēnera will build and operate CO Bar Solar, which could enter service in Arizona in 2024.

iSun wins contract to develop 448 MW of solar

The company was selected by Fusion Renewable to develop three solar projects.

Sunrise brief: Making the numbers work for a solar panel recycling industry

Also on the rise: SEIA warns that tariffs could put 18 GW of projects at risk, our ‘how long does it last?’ series takes a look at residential storage batteries, and toy wagon maker Radio Flyer goes solar.

Manufacturing

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KORE and ZEV to develop technology to electrify the transportation sector

The KORE and ZEV teams plan to focus on thermal management, safety, and module and pack configurability towards higher energy and power densities.

Recycling solar panels: Making the numbers work

NREL researchers said a profitable and sustainable solar panel recycling industry could establish itself by 2032. Here’s how the numbers work.

Crossroads Solar: Panels made by former prison inmates

The Indiana-based manufacturer hires formerly incarcerated people who are reintegrating into the workforce at its solar module plant.

JinkoSolar reports results from a ‘very challenging’ Q2

The module manufacturer reported a gross profit of $210.5 million, up 0.1% from the first quarter but down 10.2% from the second quarter of 2020.

Silfab secures investment to expand its U.S. solar module production

The investment is expected to provide growth capital for increased domestic production and sourcing, and to enable new generations of modules.

FTC touts tracker capable of withstanding 120 MPH winds

The Voyager+ can withstand category 3 hurricane winds and also tackles the challenges of low wind speeds that have historically been an issue for 2P trackers.

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Watch: Roll-forming solar racking system for ballasted membrane roofs

The novel system secures panels on ballasted roofs and is intended not to compromise the roof's structural integrity.

Generac unveils microinverter as it expands into solar and energy storage

The new single-module and two-module microinverters are part of Generac’s entry into solar and storage.

People on the Move: RES, Loop Energy, Community Energy, and more

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

SEIA warns that tariffs could jeopardize one-third of solar projects by 2023

Anti-dumping tariffs would jeopardize 18 GW of solar projects by 2023, the SEIA said in a letter to the Commerce Department.

EPA Superfund solar project built on the site of a former paper mill

The second of a three-phase construction led by CEP Renewables is complete, bringing the total capacity to 16 MW of a 24 MW planned project.

Lithium-ion recycler and manufacturer secures $70 million investment

Funds are expected to support commercialization of company’s closed loop battery material production.

Technology

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Startup Sunday: Alkaline battery tech eyed for large-scale storage

Also starting up: Battery maker EnerVenue raises $100 million, and Glydways has raised $40 million to advance solar-powered EVs for Silicon Valley.

Tracking the Sun report offers insight into distributed solar trends

The annual report found that residential system sizes continued to grow even as installed prices declined at a slower pace. Battery attachment rates are growing, but remained below 10% in 2020.

Solar Futures Study offers a roadmap for solar to decarbonize the grid

The NREL-led study said that by 2035 the U.S. would need to quadruple its yearly solar capacity additions and provide 40% of the electricity on the grid,  on the order of 1,000 GW.

Labs to explore solar, wind, and storage synergies at FlexPower facility

The hybrid facility will test solar and wind energy working in tandem, as well as various energy storage and control technologies.

Study outlines how 18 GW of solar can be deployed in the Carolinas by 2030

Tripling the amount of solar to be added in the Carolinas compared to Duke Energy’s plans would yield cost savings, a Brattle Group study found.

Sunrise brief: Revised rules could make it easier to use public lands for solar

Also on the rise: LG will supply RWE with 200 MW of storage, SB Energy signs a PPA for a Texas solar project, and Invenergy lines up financing for a 200 MW Michigan solar project.

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