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Energy Jobs: First Solar has 2 CTOs, Tesla loses ultracap boss, CAISO’s new CEO, MJ at NRTC, plus Prologis, Ecoplexus

Executive, career and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy VC -- plus some select job openings.
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Neighborhood solar equity: community solar project splits benefits three ways

A 497-kW project on five roofs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. uses SREC sales to provide $1.50 in community benefits for every dollar of power generated. Call it community solar-plus.
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SolarEdge violated Huawei inverter patent, rules Chinese court

Huawei said the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court in China has ruled in its favor in a patent dispute with its Israeli rival.
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The U.S. solar and storage industry is figuring out how to exchange information without exchanging Covid-19.
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Texas approves 12 GW of solar projects in seven months, yet 9 GW of battery projects languish

The Texas grid operator has more than tripled its pace of completing utility-scale solar interconnection studies since 2019. Yet the battery backlog continues to grow.
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Morning Brief: Mississippi approves two 78.5-MW PV projects, U of I solar construction starts

Also in the brief: Peabody to write down value of largest U.S. coal mine by $1.42 billion, First Solar joins RE100
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First Solar posts a strong Q2, global operations to be 100% renewably powered by 2028

Another stalwart of the solar industry was able to take the necessary precautions in order to maintain some sense of normalcy during the pandemic, leading to a quarter of increased sales, net cash and a positive outlook to finish off the year.
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First Solar sells off its O&M business to NovaSource

Deeming that "the strategic thesis behind O&M has changed," First Solar has sold off its O&M business to the same private equity firm that SunPower did earlier this year.
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Citadel Roofing & Solar Opens Fresno Office to Serve Central Valley Homeowners & Builders

New Office Opened to Meet Regional Demand for Solar & Energy Storage Products

PowerOptions Expands Partnership with Solect Energy Through Large-Scale Solar and Storage Program

Massachusetts solar developer now serving schools, government entities and nonprofits of all sizes

Citadel Roofing & Solar Introduces Home Generator Products

Products protect homeowners with emergency power during outages

Boviet Solar Panels Rated a Top Performer in 2020 PVEL Scorecard

Quality of Boviet solar modules confirmed with repeat performance in PID category

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SunPower survived shutdowns for a strong Q2

While supply chain and manufacturing disruptions will lead to shipping decreases in Q3, the measures that SunPower took prior to Covid's disruption allowed for a strong quarter, with the company experiencing increases in installations and demand.

SolarEdge stock jumps on Q2 revenue beat and solid earnings — despite Covid-19

SolarEdge was able to keep its streak of profitable quarters going — in what was expected to be a hard-hit quarter for solar. The company sees “signs of recovery in the U.S.”

Jigar Shah on the solar industry: ‘We embrace innovation because it is in our blood’

“We are being looked at by everyone from prominent political campaigns to elected officials in our towns and counties to provide the economic development needed for the nation’s recovery from Covid.”

Jigar Shah: Pandemic reveals solar as ‘one of the largest, most trusted industries in the country’

“It’s critical for us to recognize that we are being looked to by everyone from prominent political campaigns to elected officials in your town to provide the necessary economic development to get us out of Covid,” he said.

Renewables have outpaced nuclear and coal to start 2020

In the latest edition of Electric Power Monthly, EIA data shows that renewable resources have generated more electricity through May 31st than both coal and nuclear power.

Tesla EVs show profit while solar business hits new lows in revenue and deployment

It was a series of firsts, including a profitable full year and Megapack turning a profit that factored into CEO Elon Musk explaining that he has “never been more optimistic or excited about the future of Tesla.” Austin is confirmed as the site of the next Gigafactory.

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Residential solar customers don’t want the cheapest system in a $20K investment – they want the best one

Customers are willing to pay a premium for a brand name with a strong warranty.

Morning Brief: 400 MW coming to Texas, SunSpec launches online class with UC San Diego

Also in the brief: Evergy launches a ‘Sustainability Transformation Plan,’ SOMAH celebrates its first birthday and more.

Tesla may become power provider in Germany

The high-profile electric car maker is conducting a survey of German customers to gauge their interest in a Tesla electricity tariff.

SolarAPP residential solar permitting app to launch this fall

The web-based app is designed to automate local government processing of solar permit applications, and has earned praise from local government officials in California who have tested it.

Palmetto lands $29 million for residential solar sales software and home energy spend

Evergy Ventures, Arctern Ventures, Shell Ventures, Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau, Box Group, and Falkon Ventures invested in the software and fulfillment platform that helps salespeople sell solar.

Morning Brief: SolAmerica and Safari Energy commission 43 MW of solar in Georgia, HVDC solicitation

Also in the brief: Connecticut’s cautious and failed first step on shared solar, and which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think.

Manufacturing

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Q Cells to acquire energy software startup Geli, expanding its storage capabilities to go after C&I markets

The acquisition is Q Cells’ first energy storage acquisition and marks its move into the U.S. commercial and industrial (C&I) solar-plus-storage market.

Solar Inventions looks to redefine cell architecture and save silver with award-winning tech

The winners of the first American-Made Solar Prize are wasting no time bringing their revolutionary product to market, one which promises to reduce silver, increase module power and save manufacturers up to $1 million annually.

Scratching the surface of LeTID

The mechanisms behind light-elevated temperature-induced degradation are still not fully understood, but it is known to cause significant performance losses for modules in the field. Scientists in China are investigating the causes of the phenomenon, and are currently focused on the surface of the materials and the interfaces between the silicon and passivation layers.

Enphase Q2 microinverter revenue down but notes a ‘rebound in customer demand’

Coming off of a strong, profitable first quarter, Enphase is seeing the Q2 results of Covid-19 in compressed revenue and a swing to a quarterly loss. Gross margin remains strong.

A residential vanadium flow battery

Flow battery firms have typically pursued utility-scale storage projects rather than the small-scale residential applications targeted by VoltStorage.

AES invests $8.6 million in startup to develop pre-fab solar arrays

AES, one of the world’s largest power companies, has made a strategic investment in Sydney-based pre-fabricated solar array manufacturer 5B to meet the growing needs of its customers for solar.

Markets & Policy

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Solar installation spotlight: Boulder’s Calcaire House proves not all residential projects are created equal

As if a 60 kW residential system wasn't novel enough, city energy mandates, environmental extremes and specific construction needs all combined to form a unique set of circumstances for one Colorado developer to overcome.

Morning Brief: Avoiding coal-fired carbon capture projects and the costs of small modular nuclear reactors

Also in the brief: San José Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy have launched a joint request for offers for the purchase of 1 million MWh annually of new, long-term renewable energy.

Advocates challenge Florida utilities’ gas-heavy 10-year plans

“Considering how off-track current plans are from where the science tells us we need to be to address the climate crisis, these plans are not in the best interest of Floridians,” says the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Stranded gas assets could raise customer bills, the group notes.

Post bankruptcy, Crescent Dunes CSP plant owner wants project back online by year’s end

This bankruptcy comes with a political edge — because the startup received $737 million in a U.S. federal loan guarantee as part of the 2009 stimulus package — during the Obama administration.

Morning Brief: Israel has released a plan to spend $23 billion on solar by 2030, one of the largest battery projects in the world gets approval

Also in the brief: As much as $600 billion could be invested in new solar generation between 2021 and 2025 worldwide, Duke Energy is set to construct the company’s first-ever solar facility on a retired landfill site and more.

Electric co-ops lead growing wave of early coal plant retirements with ‘solar-for-coal swaps’

A new white paper from Energy Innovation found that 179 GW of U.S. coal plants were more expensive to run than solar, but only 10 GW per year were being retired. Swaps could accelerate the process.

Technology

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PG&E, Tesla begin construction on one of the world’s largest batteries

With 182.5 MW and 730 MWh of capacity and expansion capabilities that would bring it to 1.1 GWh, the Moss Landing battery energy storage system is set to be even bigger than Tesla's Hornsdale project in Australia, as big-battery development takes off worldwide.

Amber Solutions is betting big on small tech

In pursuit of “disrupting the global electrical and powered products industries” Amber Solutions has developed a solid-state AC/DC enabler, as well as an AC switch, which the company claims allows for greater reliability and control than anything like it before.

The U.S. installed more microgrids in 2019 than ever before

While then vast majority of microgrid projects are still for distributed fossil generation, the share of renewable microgrids is rising, driven by high-volume adopters, like The Red Cross.

Chips, commercial CSP and a solar river: What the DOE is doing with its solar innovation dollars

President Trump’s unflagging support for fossil fuels has not stopped the DOE from putting millions of dollars into innovative technologies that could open new paths for market growth in the U.S. solar industry.

Biden’s green energy recovery plan: what you need to know

The biggest shift from Biden’s previous plans involves the money and timeframe for spending it: $2 trillion over four years, rather than the $1.7 trillion over ten years previously proposed.

SMUD looks to go 100% emission-free 10 years ahead of schedule.

Members of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors will vote tonight on a “Climate Emergency Declaration” that could set the utility on track to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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