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Home solar makes EVs cheaper, reduces emissions

The maintenance cost of an electric vehicle is estimated to be significantly lower than internal combustion engines, and studies show home solar furthers the cost savings and boosts carbon emission reductions.
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Solar 101: How to calculate your solar system’s payback period

The simplest way to model the payback period is to divide the project’s costs by its expected annual production number. That’s a good start, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
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250 MW solar project proposed in Wyoming

The installation represents more capacity than the state has installed to date, with the project's developer hinting at more to come.
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Sunrise brief: Sunnova expands the reach of solar and distributed energy for grid support

Also on the rise: Tesla said it is working to 'dramatically' improve its solar roof installation performance, FPL's 'community solar' program hits its ceiling, and Michigan and Wisconsin look to expand their own community solar offerings.
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Tesla deployed 1.72 GWh of energy storage and 177 MW of solar energy in the first half

In its Q2 earnings statement, Tesla said it is working to improve its Solar Roof installation capabilities and aims to reduce their installation time “dramatically.”
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Sunnova and SolarEdge partner to provide grid support services in New England

The two will provide voltage support for utility National Grid in a move to show that distributed resources can unlock additional value to ratepayers.
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Two Midwest states look to expand community solar presence

Michigan and Wisconsin have both introduced community solar legislation, banking on the success that neighboring Minnesota has had with community installations.
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FPL’s ‘community solar’ program reaches its subscription limit

A year after its launch, the residential portion of SolarTogether joins commercial, industrial, and government portions in being fully subscribed, with the waiting list also at 100% capacity.

Press Releases

Hanwha Q-Cells’ US PERC Solar Cell Patent Invalidated

On June 28, 2021, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U. S.

GoodWe listed as most efficient APAC manufacturer in 2021 SPI test

The renowned University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin recently examined the most efficient home storage systems for PV systems. In this year’s PV storage test, GoodWe’s hybrid inverters and high-voltage batteries stole the spotlight once again.

U.S. Light Energy and Standard Solar Host National Grid CEO and President At Sugar Hill Community Solar Farm

Last week, on June 16, Latham, NY based community solar developer U. S.

Race car from Canada uses integrated solar panels from OPES Solutions

The Team Esteban from Polytechnique Montréal is once again relying on photovoltaic modules from OPES Solutions for its new solar vehicle for American Solar Challenge. The competition is a prestigious long-distance event for experimental solar cars.

Covid-19

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.

Price pressures may delay 15% of utility-scale solar projects this year, Roth Capital warns

Shaving off 15% would trim new capacity additions by more than 2.3 GW this year alone, based on Energy Information Administration forecasts. Higher prices throughout the solar supply chain are being blamed.

Duke Energy to halt electric shutoffs in extreme heat, hurricane conditions

The agreement follows negotiations with Vote Solar, the CLEO Institute, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, as more than 20,000 Duke Energy Florida customers are reported to behind on their electric bills.

Minnesota Power wins approval for 21 MW of solar

The new capacity additions were brought forward to help the state recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunrise brief: Michigan utilities signal support for raising a cap on rooftop solar

Also on the rise: Report sheds light on low- and moderate-income solar program performance, and renewables bucked a slump in U.S. energy production in 2020.

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UK government launches competition to spur long-duration energy storage innovation

New tech which can store power for longer than four hours can secure funds toward demonstrator project costs.

Sunrise brief: Startup raises $200 million to back its ‘breakthrough’ energy storage battery

Also on the rise: Developers scrap an 850 MW solar project after local objection, Rivian plans a second EV plant in the U.S., Ohio regulators consider another 470 MW of solar, and more.

Facing opposition, developers pull application for 850 MW solar project in the Nevada desert

Local opposition forced the action, but the same developers are moving ahead with a nearby $1 billion solar-plus-storage project.

Ohio regulators consider another 470 MW of solar

The Clearview Solar I project and the Union Solar project are both set to have hearings in mid-August, bringing the total amount of utility scale solar proposed or approved this summer alone to 1,938 MW.

Storage paired with solar shows steady growth, Berkeley Lab says

The report pegged the cost of adding storage to PV on the order of $700-1,300/kWh of storage capacity and the present-value benefit to the host customer of roughly $500-1,000/kWh.

Tesla Powerwalls in California join the movement to create virtual power plants

Made up of distributed residential energy storage, these “plants” stabilize the grid and often end the need for new fossil generation. Tesla customers in California are the latest to join the movement.

Manufacturing

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Rivian plans second plant to produce EV trucks and batteries

The Amazon-backed automaker is exploring U.S. locations to produce its electric truck and battery cells.

Sunrise brief: The path steepens to 80% renewables by 2030

Also on the rise: Sandia develops a grid-scale battery storage technology, NREL researchers write code to make legacy inverters smarter, and take a moment to admire these solar panels.

Sandia researchers develop new grid-scale energy storage battery

The battery operates at 230 degrees Fahrenheit, opening what researchers said could be “a whole cascading cost savings” including everything from less expensive materials to less insulation.

Start-up unveils 3.6 kWh portable battery for independent power supply

The system can be expanded to a capacity of up to 25 kW, and its creator is using a Kickstarter platform to raise R&D money.

Residential solar demand is ‘through the roof’

One question is whether or not manufacturers can keep up with demand, particularly inverters and semiconductors.

Longi claims 25.19% efficiency for p-type TOPCon solar cell

The achievement was confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research and is claimed as a world record for a p-type TOPCon cells.

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NREL develops interoperable SCADA protocols for PV inverters

The codes enable legacy inverters to participate in advanced distribution management.

Will renewables be able to meet Biden’s clean energy goals?

Data suggest that renewable penetration might reach only one-half of U.S. electricity supply by 2030, but the goal of 80% by 2030 remains possible.

American Clean Power Association merges with the US Energy Storage Association

The deal marks American Clean Power Association’s second major merger since founding in early 2021, and will bring in close relationships with more than 200 companies across all aspects of energy storage.

FirstEnergy acknowledges wire fraud conspiracy, agrees to pay $230 million penalty

In court filings, the Ohio utility admitted it conspired with public officials to pay millions of dollars for legislation favorable to its nuclear power plants.

Sunrise brief: Making the case for installing solar on 30 million homes

Also on the rise: A solar-friendly infrastructure bill is facing early tests in Congress, the NAACP develops solar power principles to address inequity, and more energy storage enters service in California.

Sunnova launches green financing framework and prices its latest securitization

The securitization was backed by more than 6,400 solar rooftop systems and represented the best price to date for a portfolio of solar and energy storage loan assets.

Technology

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Multi-day iron-air batteries reach commercialization… at one tenth of the cost of lithium

Boston startup Form Energy has secured $200 million Series D funding for the development of what is being called a breakthrough in energy storage.

NREL projects solar generation and costs for 10 U.S. zones

The national laboratory developed the baseline products to develop and document transparent, normalized technology cost and performance assumptions.

Sunrise brief: With residential solar demand ‘through the roof’ can supply chains keep up?

Also on the rise: An insurer warns the solar industry about wildfire risks, Hawaiian Electric’s storage incentive program goes live, and solar energy jobs were lost in the pandemic year but are coming back, DOE says.

A breakthrough for p-type heterojunction cell performance?

Researchers developed a silicon heterojunction solar cell based on p-type gallium-doped wafers that they said has an efficiency of 22.6% and improved stability.

Expanded line of commercial inverters launched by SolarEdge

Reaching up to 120kW, the three phase inverters have integrated monitoring and a modular design.

Want a better battery? Hold your breath

Recent research reveals a previously underestimated role for oxygen in limiting the performance of lithium-ion batteries.

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