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State solar news: Net metering attacked in Vermont and Utah, Maine goes big in PV

In Vermont and Utah, net metering is under attack -- in danger of being significantly devalued or eliminated. In Arizona, the state's rooftop solar export rates have been saved for at least another year. Outside of policy, Maine has announced the winners of the state's largest-ever renewable solicitation.
Markets & Policy

Is BlackRock just ‘tinkering at the edges’ of its commitment to sustainability? 

New report calls out BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, Vanguard and other investment managers for slow-walking on commitments to hold corporate boards accountable for real progress on climate goals and the transition to clean energy.
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Solar installation spotlight: balancing modernity and heritage at the Boulder Jewish Community Center

Sustainability, lower operating costs and return on investment all became paramount issues for the development of this system that will serve the Colorado nonprofit and surrounding Jewish community.
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EagleView promises to cut a week off of residential PV project time through aerial imagery

Aerial imagery company, EagleView, is looking to leverage years of experience working in the insurance industry and for municipal governments into becoming the 'gold standard' for solar aerial imaging.
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Morning Brief: Palladium Energy forms JV to develop 500MW of big solar projects, California orders phase out of gas vehicles

Also in the brief: Solar dominates Maine’s largest renewables procurement on record.
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Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ puts clean energy’s ESG paradox centerstage, underscores need for better data

Major global brands can’t stake their future on a business supply chain that is not sustainable.
Manufacturing

Array Technologies IPO to raise $100 million: 6 takeaways from the S-1

Profitable solar tracker company Array Technologies is going public the old-fashioned way and eschewing the SPAC method being employed by other renewable companies such as QuantumScape and ChargePoint. Did we mention the company was profitable?
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Morning Brief: Trump admin disappears NREL ‘seams’ study and a 250-ton Chinese transformer

Also in the brief: China claims world’s largest solar 'rooftop' at 200 MW. And Midwest energy companies pledge to build nation's largest interstate electric vehicle charging network.
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PV Hardware moves its North American headquarters to California

With over a GW deployed nationwide, the company opens its new Demo Tracker Training Facility and Safe Harbor storage location on the West Coast. • With this move to California, PV Hardware takes the natural step to maintain its steady growth in the country

Palmer Redesigns Website for Leading California Solar Company

Citadel Roofing & Solar's new website is optimized for lead generation and capture, SEO and consumer education.

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

Covid-19

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WoodMac responds: investment in residential solar still strong, asset performance is healthy

Wood Mackenzie has responded to a criticized report, clarifying that Covid-19 impacts on residential solar finance are much less significant than initially expected -- and that faster-than-expected recovery for investments in the industry have kept investor confidence high.

MiaSole, dormant thin-film solar company, received more than $5 million in PPP loans

Why is an essentially bankrupt Chinese solar company that had already furloughed most of its staff receiving $5 to $10 million from the U.S. treasury?

Power and utility deal activity is down significantly to start 2020, but renewables show strength

A new report released by Ernst & Young shows that power and utility deals in the Americas saw huge drops in volume and value due to the Covid-19 pandemic, though commitment to renewable investment remains strong.

Mosaic launches new solar finance offering with no payments for the first year

Outside of a 12-month promotional period where customers don’t have to make payments on the system, Mosaic’s newest offering, PowerSwitch Zero, also includes a contactless sales tool and and installer partnership product.

A virtual trade show in your home starring residential storage vendors

The U.S. solar and storage industry is figuring out how to exchange information without exchanging Covid-19.

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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Nextracker CEO Dan Shugar makes the case for big solar on public lands before congress

Contending with congress, video zombie noises and chemistry with Ranking Member Paul Gosar, Nextracker CEO Dan Shugar testified, "The rules are broken -- it takes far too long to get solar projects approved -- over three years."

Two key community solar advancements made in New York

As the state looks to achieve its its 70% by 2030 renewable electricity goal, community solar is taking center stage, with the announcement of New York’s first community solar-plus-storage project and a municipal opt-out community solar pilot.

Morning Brief: Wyoming coal, Texas sun, Dems’ clean energy package, EV batteries made from deep-sea rocks

Even four years of the most pro-coal president in recent memory has done little to change coal’s misfortunes.

Cleantech investing: Carbon tracking and sequestration startup wave, SPACs for late-stage energy transition capital

Carbon monitoring, accounting and sequestration startups are in vogue — as is raising late-stage capital via a SPAC. Plus $30M for small-scale utility and community solar.

In which states does solar matter most?

Not all solar projects are created equal — a new report from Clearloop, Downstream Strategies and WattTime outlines the areas in the country where development would make the biggest difference in reducing emissions and cleaning the grid.

US solar racking industry is innovating and consolidating

With installers and developers needing to squeeze every kilowatt-hour out of every roof and project, racking and trackers are the unsung heroes that secure and tilt panels while maximizing output and protecting wiring and other gear.

Manufacturing

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Hemlock Semiconductor becomes vertically integrated polysilicon maker

The U.S. polysilicon manufacturer has acquired DuPont’s trichlorosilane business, in a move that will help it cut production costs and control supply.

North America’s first lithium-ion battery recycling hub is coming to New York

Li-Cycle, a Canadian battery recycling firm, has chosen Rochester as the home for its planned $175 million recycling facility, which promises to deliver recycled battery materials, beyond just lithium-ion, at market scale.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: 1 GW of distributed solar came online in August

More than 1 GW of subsidized small solar arrays were installed in China last month alone and manufacturer Suntech has announced the start of operations at its 500 MW Indonesian cell and module fab.

Nextracker inks 1 GW supply deal and claims up to 12% bifacial yield gain

The 1 GW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will feature NX Horizon trackers with the deal announced after the manufacturer published new bifacial yield gain claims.

Morning Brief: Duke Energy reaches deal with Sunrun, Vote Solar to modernize rooftop PV in South Carolina

Also in the brief: 67-MWdc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, is now fully operational. Plus First Solar’s secondary offering for the Waltons, and Natron gets $20 million for battery scale-up.

Tesla battery day bingo

Tesla battery day is next week. Earlier this year, Musk told analysts that what he had to say “will blow your mind. It blows my mind.” Here’s a list of battery hyperbole and terms you’re bound to hear at the event.

Markets & Policy

Cutter Rail: Clenergy’s new mounting system just made for installers

Solar industry participants have produced a new Australian-manufactured rail for PV modules that has been engineered to ensure safety and longevity, while catering to the needs of installers who work on residential and commercial rooftop projects.

SPI roundup: Financing supplies high, rates low as solar’s secondary markets ride out Covid-19 impacts

Solar financing and mergers are booming in the C&I sector, while tax equity draws new players into the market, and a 50 GW utility-scale pipeline drives innovation across the industry.

GE, Shell looking for exits as clean energy transition accelerates

The two energy giants have announced their intent to pivot away from fossil fuel generating assets and expand their renewable footprints.

Funding energy innovation should be a national priority — how about $25 billion a year?

Two new reports see federal R&D dollars for energy innovation as critical for driving the economy’s post-Covid recovery and keeping the U.S. competitive and on the leading edge of the global energy transition. 

Morning Brief: EV startup Nikola CEO out after SEC fraud claims, China mulls stronger clean energy goals

Also in the brief: Re-retiring Maui’s 72-year-old, 38-MW oil-fired plant — by adding more solar-plus-storage. Colorado Springs Utilities plans for a 175-MW solar farm to be coupled with a 25 MW battery storage system, all built and installed by Boulder-based juwi.

Energy Jobs: First Solar, Enel X, CELI, 7X Energy, National Grid, Terabase, i1 Energy, 8minute

Executive, career and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy VC.

Technology

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Plasma enables smaller, more powerful NMC-811 cathodes

Batteries could shrink even more with smaller crystals in the cathodes. Battery packs in electric vehicles and consumer goods could become smaller, while still offering high performance.

How long will the lithium supply last?

Researchers have sounded the alarm. If no serious efforts are made on second-life battery use, recycling and vehicle-to-grid applications, decarbonization efforts may hit the buffers a lot sooner than expected.

NREL projects up to 7.5 TW of global, hydro-linked floating PV potential

A study into the benefits of linking solar with hydro in a full hybrid system configuration has found global potential of 7,593 GW, for an estimated annual power generation of 10,616 TWh and a 20% reservoir coverage.

Duke Energy, developers and regulators advance solar in the Carolinas with ‘queue reform’ and cluster studies

To address developers’ frustrations with its interconnection process, Duke Energy worked with solar industry associations to map out a second proposal aimed at rationalizing its interconnection process in 2022, after the existing queue is cleared.

Sunfolding looks to disrupt the tracker industry with air pneumatics

With $32 million in series B funding and an ever-growing project pipeline, air-based tracker startup, Sunfolding, is hoping to increase its hold in the tracker market with tech that’s simple, light and can be installed on terrain previously thought untouchable.

Terabase Energy raises funding to break the $0.01/kWh utility-scale solar barrier with software

Terabase wins a $6 million Round A led by SJF Ventures, an early funder of Nextracker, for an integrated software platform to make building utility-scale solar more efficient, smarter and cheaper.

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