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Solar PPA prices may continue to increase until new supply chains emerge

PPA prices have been rising steadily since the end of last year and, according to solar developers, interconnection delays, permitting challenges, and supply chain constraints are likely to keep them high.
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Mindful action is needed to increase Hispanic inclusion in solar energy

We need multiple strategies to ensure Hispanic and other minority communities benefit from and are involved in shaping how energy is built and used.
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Sunrise brief: LMI solar adoption could benefit from more targeted marketing

Also on the rise: REV Renewables gains a South Korean investor, Distributed Solar buys a community solar portfolio, and researchers investigate LID triggers in solar cells.
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REV Renewables gains backing from South Korean conglomerate

The deal will include a $300 million to $400 million investment to support REV’s portfolio of renewable power and energy storage projects.
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Heliogen CSP advances to equipment procurement stage for 5 MW project

Heliogen’s technology is a modular concentrated solar energy system that will use computer vision software to align mirrors to reflect sunlight to a single target on the top of a solar tower.
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Distributed Solar acquires 41 MW community solar portfolio

Six of the projects are set to be constructed in New York, while another three will be in Maryland.
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Targeted marketing, more supportive policies could boost low-income solar adoption

A new study finds that solar installers submit fewer quotes to low-income households, creating a supply-side barrier to solar adoption.
Technology

Researchers probe light-induced degradation that impacts silicon solar cells

Light-induced degradation (LID) shaves the efficiency of silicon solar cells by about 2%, which adds up to a significant drop in power output over the lifespan of the technology deployed in the field.

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: Customer-sourced power makes it into a utility’s resource plan

Also on the rise: SolRiver Capital buys an Oregon solar development portfolio, Swell Energy expands its distributed power plant model, and a shift in focus is coming to a DOE loan program.

Distributed energy wins a spot in PGE’s resource plan

The Oregon utility said that as much as 25% of peak demand power in 2030 could come from customer-owned solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles.

Swell Energy targets California county for its latest distributed power plant venture

Swell will use its Distributed Power Plant model to establish up to 45 MWh of behind-the-meter solar powered energy storage for Redwood Coast Energy Authority.

SolRiver Capital acquires solar projects in Oregon

The utility-scale and community solar projects, developed by Sulus Solar, are expected to have a combined 38 MW of capacity.

Sunrise brief: Koch JV expands its move into battery energy storage

Also on the rise: SEG Solar expands its module production in Cambodia, Kentucky’s solar pipeline looks impressive, and Summit Ridge starts work on a community solar portfolio.

Koch forms JV to explore building a U.S. battery gigafactory

The 50:50 joint venture with Norway-based FREYR could result in factories with an initial production capacity of 50 GWh per year by 2030.

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SEG Solar expands its Cambodia-based module production

The California-based company said its expects that production in Cambodia will result in savings of 1 to 2 cents per watt at the system level.

Solar group names its members to Commerce, asks for public confidentiality

In a filing with the Department of Commerce, the group argued again that identifying its members publicly could expose them to retribution from Beijing.

Sunrise brief: DOE aims to expand community solar by 700% in four years

Also on the rise: Under new ownership, a Norwegian module maker could add 1 GW of U.S. capacity; Sunrun add $1 billion to a finance facility; and a natural gas-friendly renewable energy bill passes in North Carolina.

Reliance Industries acquires REC Group, plans 1 GW U.S. module facility

The move comes as Reliance pushes forward with its $10 billion plan to expand in the renewable energy industry.

Iron flow battery tech shows promise for mid-duration energy storage

The ESS battery systems have a prescribed design life of 25 years, but the battery modules, electrolyte, plumbing, and other components may well last for decades longer with proper maintenance.

Maxeon to set up 2.6 GW module hub in Mexico for U.S. market

Output will be shipped to the U.S. and the company is considering a U.S.-based manufacturing presence.

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Alencon awarded patent for bi-directional storage optimizer

The patent pertains to its Bi-Directional Optimizer for Storage Systems, which was part of a 2020 study with Duke Energy about retrofitting standalone solar plants with storage.

A shift in focus is coming for a DOE loan program

The proposed fy 2022 budget begins a process of ensuring that federal funding no longer directly subsidizes fossil fuels.

Summit Ridge begins work on 44 MW Maine community solar portfolio

The projects, which are expected to be completed in 2022 and 2023, will serve local school districts, municipalities, hospitals, and businesses

What energy storage can learn from solar’s import woes

If a Customs enforcement action were to take place, importers would need to prove that no forced labor was used at any stage of production, including all the way back to the mine.

People on the Move: Altus Power, Sunlight, Palmetto, and more

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

Spotlight on the Southeast: Equity drives a clean energy future

Leaders from across the solar industry came together at Solar & Energy Storage Southeast 2021 in Atlanta to discuss efforts to diversify the workforce and break down traditional barriers.

Technology

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EIA global forecast sees a resurgence of coal for electric power

Solar and wind will grow, but coal will again be cost competitive, reversing what EIA said was a trend observed over recent decades.

PVEL adds hail test to its module certification program

The hail stress sequence aims to address concerns from insurers and asset owners about the ability of PV modules to withstand severe hail impacts.

Solar deployed on rooftops could match annual U.S. electricity generation

Researchers conducted a global assessment of rooftop solar PV potential using high-resolution imagery, big data, and machine learning.

California can cut power costs almost 20% by moving its RPS to 2040

Accelerated and unprecedented additions of renewable generation and energy storage will be needed, but the cost of making the shift is far lower than the status quo, a report argues.

Computer model uses AI to detect faults in residential solar

SunDown detects and classifies per-panel faults without the need for additional sensors and was developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts.

Sandia offers public access to CSP archives

Six decades of global concentrated solar power documentation make up the bulk of Sandia National Laboratories’ archive.