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More Tesla solar roof tile installations in the wild, a photo gallery update

We discover two more Tesla solar roof tile installations this week and update a few more. That leaves 998 more roofs to document this week, given Elon Musk's claim of 1,000 roofs per week by the end of 2019.
Markets & Policy

DC Solar owners plead guilty to Ponzi scheme, face long prison terms

The owners of DC Solar pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in a Ponzi scheme that pulled in more than $900 million. Jeff Carpoff faces up to 30 years in jail, while Paulette Carpoff confronts up to 15 years.
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Hardware Brief: Solar mandate in real life, two types of weird new racking, 50/150 cell 500 watt module, more!

Module pricing is flat this week as the Chinese New Year approaches, Acme Express won $1 million to design new C&I racking, Unirac is testing a new connection technique, and Trina is deploying the largest and newest solar cell type. USA...
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APS to go to 100% clean energy by 2050

APS, Arizona's largest utility, has released its first-ever decarbonization goal: 100% clean energy by 2050, with a 65% by 2030 landmark. The decision is being lauded as a big step forward for a utility that just a few short years ago opposed an Arizona ...
Manufacturing

SunCast Episode 222: demand-response microgrids with AJ Perkins of DR Microgrid

In this episode of SunCast, Nico sits down with AJ Perkins of DR Microgrid to focus on implications around the rise of resiliency and battery storage and solar plus storage.
Installations

Patterns are emerging in community solar subscriptions: how does your offer compare?

David Ganske, founder of DG+Design finds that when it comes to community solar, buyers are more educated than ever before and won’t settle for unreasonable terms, especially when the status quo of staying with their existing utility provider is so ...
Cost and prices

Qatar’s 800 MW tender draws world record solar power price of $0.01567/kWh

The winning consortium was formed by French oil giant Total and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp.
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The Hawaii Solarcoaster got back on track in 2019 after two lackluster years

Solar industry veteran Marco Mangelsdorf of ProVision Solar, headquarted in Hilo, Hawaii, compiles the solar permit data for the last few years and finds some cause for hope in Hawaii's volatile solar market. Marco has the numbers.
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Press Releases

The world’s first hot-spot free module heads to USA

The world’s first Smart Hot-spot Free module at Intersolar North America, 2020 AE SOLAR – German Innovator in Solar Energy industry heads to US market and exhibits at Intersolar North America, 2020. Company’s R&D team is always focused on new innovations and emerging technologies in photovoltaic.

The Town of Simsbury Connecticut, Asante Energy and Greenskies Renewable Energy complete rooftop solar project

Announcing the completion of a 220kW solar project for the Town of Simsbury under the State of Connecticut ZREC program.

Energy Toolbase Ranks No. 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Energy Toolbase was recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, ranking number 1,011 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List.

Standard Solar Releases eBook Offering Critical Insight On Executing Successful Community Solar Projects

Nationally known community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new eBook Community Solar: What You Need to Know. This free, comprehensive guide to community solar, the fastest-growing segment of the burgeoning U.

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Florida municipal utilities should look to Florida Power & Light for guidance

Daren Goldin, CEO of Goldin Solar, describes the flaws in reasoning behind fixed-rate increase proposals and suggests that utilities instead focus on creating value for customers and exploring business models to benefit customers and their bottom lines.

The future of the solar-plus-storage industry will look like the air conditioning business

The solar industry will evolve from component brands to system brands and service, according to Barry Cinnamon in this industry perspective.

The business case for gender equality in solar

Despite the growth and success of solar generation, the industry is still operating in an antiquated way when it comes to its workforce, according to Lara Anton of Samuel Knight International. Women are still severely underrepresented in the sector, even though studies prove it’s smart business to have a diverse workplace.

Can New York build renewables fast enough to comply with renewable targets? Not without reform.

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Skylar Drennen of Energy Ventures Analysis assess the neccessary steps for New York to reach its renewable energy goals, as well as what Article 10 of laws of 2011 means for development.

MIT responds: batteries are critical to the future electric grid, but they have their limits

Recognizing their critical role in the future grid, MIT still sees limits to batteries in an intermittent renewable-dominated power sector. In this op-ed, John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, explains why.

Solar potential in most of the U.S. is greater than it appears

In this op-ed, journalist William Driscoll notes that land across the U.S. generally has at least 70% of the solar potential of land in the desert Southwest, according to data from a federal map. Yet that map needs a different color scheme to better reflect the data, he says.

Installations

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Morning Brief: City Electric Supply enters residential solar, Spruce Finance acquires 31 MW residential portfolio

Today in the morning brief, Mosaic passes $3 billion in funding, Sunfolding is a 2020 global greentech company, environmental advocates applaud APS’ carbon-free commitment, and more.

Southeast US adds 427 MW of distributed solar in 2019, as advocates press for more

Florida led the region for small-scale installations, while Maryland kept the lead on a per-capita basis. Solar advocates look to improve opportunities for distributed solar throughout the region in 2020.

2 GW pumped storage project proposed on Navajo Nation lands

FERC has accepted Daybreak Energy’s application to develop a 2,230 MW pumped-hydro energy storage station along the banks of Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border.

Morning Brief: New Georgia PSC chair, Capital Dynamics gets in on Eland

Today in the brief: solar farm expansion in Delaware, Petersen-Dean picks Enphase for inverter and battery supply, completion of the San Diego Zoo battery and more.

China added 12 GW of solar last month for 30 GW total in 2019

Vincent Shaw reports: An insider at the China Photovoltaic Industry Association has told pv magazine there was an end-of-year rally after less than 18 GW of new capacity was installed to the end of November.

Morning Brief: JinkoSolar appoints CTO, LS Power acquires EVgo

Today we’re serving up Bank of America’s carbon neutrality, a Kearsarge Energy and NEC Energy Solutions project in Massachusetts, Sunnova expanding to Colorado and New Hampshire, and more.

Manufacturing

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Panasonic claims 16% efficiency for lightweight perovskite solar module

The device has an area of 802cm² and thickness of 2mm. The manufacturer claims it improved module performance through an inkjet coating method and a reduction in weight by using thin glass substrates.

Dirt-eating solar panel coating wins government funding

Swift Coat has won a $1 million grant from the DOE to develop a solar glass coating that combines industry standard anti-reflective properties with photocatalytic titanium dioxide that breaks down organic materials on solar modules, potentially increasing energy generation by 3% over standard panels.

China will extend duties on US and South Korean polysilicon for another five years

The Chinese government will extend duties on U.S. and South Korean polysilicon for another five years despite committing to buy $200 billion more U.S. goods and services over the next two years in return for America halving 15% tariffs applied to $120 billion worth of Chinese products.

World record efficiency for Longi’s PERC mono, Jinko’s p-type PERC and bifacial solar panels

Solar module efficiency records continue to fall. Longi claims a 22.38% efficiency world record for a PERC mono panel, while Jinko has achieved conversion efficiencies of 21.82% and 22.49% for its p-type PERC and n-type HOT bifacial panels, respectively.

Hardware brief: Solar panel cleaning robots, Humless’ 5kWh battery, IronRidge’s minimalist racking, more!

Intersolar is in a few weeks, so get your hardware press release out to USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com. In the meantime, modules are holding under 20¢/W, and “large wafers” are coming in a year or three!

Innovation shines at pv magazine awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi

The winners of the 2019 pv magazine awards have been recognized in a ceremony alongside the World Future Energy Summit. The victors spoke of the importance of innovation in the industry.

Markets & Policy

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Tinder, except for solar and sheep

The American Solar Grazing Association is seeking to connect local, available sheep with O&M teams at solar power farms, and they're raising $4,500 to build phase I of a webpage to make it happen more efficiently.

Report: the commercial opportunity for off-grid solar power in Africa is $24 billion per year

On a continent where 600 million people have no access to electricity, “The combination of solar and fintech is driving an economic transformation.”

Tesla approves purchase contract for European Gigafactory, just outside of Berlin

Tesla, California’s pioneering EV builder, will acquire a 700-acre site near Berlin for its first large-scale EV factory. The purchase price has not been finalized. Some local folk are protesting the approval process.

Tri-State to add more than 700 MW of solar by 2024

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has revealed new aspects of its Responsible Energy Plan, including the addition of 1 GW of wind and solar by 2024 and a 90% carbon emission reduction from Colorado-based generation by 2030.

Arizona utility seeks 400 MW of solar power, 200 MW of it on Navajo tribal lands

Salt River Project has released an RFP requesting up to 400 MWac, in 100 MW or 200 MW increments, of solar power purchase agreements to be delivered before the end of 2023.

Lookout Solar: ‘We are the first in Indian country to develop a large-scale solar project’

Currently ranked next-to-last in solar installations, the 140-MW Lookout project could grow PV in South Dakota from 1 MW to 141 MW and provide employment in the country’s poorest county.

Technology

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All-inorganic perovskite solar cell hits 16.1% efficiency

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong have developed an all-inorganic perovskite cell with an electron-pair donor which offers a pair of non-bonding electrons. The cell was developed by applying that ‘Lewis base’ small molecule to passivate the inorganic perovskite film.

Morning Brief: Virginia fills third-party pilot, S.C. House calls for Santee Cooper to go clean

Hello one and all and welcome to the first morning brief of your work week. Today we have BoxPower delivering microgrids to earthquake-affected communities in Puerto Rico, and Sullivan Power winning an award for its UC Irvine installation.

Dan Shugar, NEXTracker CEO, on solar trackers in wind and the terror of torsional galloping

In the final part of our interview, Dan Shugar, goes into detail about a subject NEXTracker has studied in depth — static and dynamic evaluation of wind impacts on single-axis trackers. We include video of trackers (and a bridge) caught galloping in the wind.

Kresge Foundation backs solar+storage for buildings with low-income residents

To help safeguard residents’ health and comfort during an extended power outage, a new program will provide loan guarantees for solar+storage installations that could keep cooling systems, medical equipment and refrigerators running.

Hawaiian Electric plans for 70% renewables by late 2020s, exceeding targets

To integrate an increasing percentage of renewables, Hawaiian Electric has turned to a standard solar+storage framework, matching all new solar capacity with an equal capacity of storage with four-hour duration.

A desert solar farm can actually improve desert tortoise habitat

With tortoise-sized openings at the bottom of the fence, and improved growth of plants vital to tortoise survival, a solar farm in Nevada can provide better habitat than the surrounding desert. First Solar found similar habitat gains in California.