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California’s solar market is now a battery market

A look at the interconnection queue of California’s grid operator shows that the state’s market has already shifted to batteries—sometimes with solar, and sometimes without.


Solar Tsunami: 2022

In 2019 the interconnection queue in the US was 139GWac and we were really excited about that much solar, but today it’s 639GWac — a 3X increase. Now that’s a solar tsunami.


PV module shipments spiked in September

The latest information from the U.S. Department of Energy shows module shipments rising above 1.5 GW in September. While imports were down slightly from an August high, they were joined by a higher level of exports and modules shipped within the United States.


Hanwha Q Cells loses first round of patent infringement suit

U.S. trade authorities plan to issue an initial determination finding non-infringement on the company’s patents by JinkoSolar, LONGi and REC Group, which could prevent Hanwha from shutting their PERC-based products out of the U.S. market. Hanwha intends to appeal.

More customers, at a higher price

Sunrun’s Q3 results see the company continuing on its path of growth and higher sales and marketing costs, which hit 81c per watt. How long can this go on for?


SunPower splits in two

The company’s transformation from a manufacturer to the 2nd-largest residential solar company in the United States is complete with it spinning off of its high-efficiency cell and module production into a new company, in partnership with Chinese wafer maker TZS.

California CCAs seek distributed energy storage to keep the lights on

Three Bay Area CCAs and a municipal utility are seeking a total of 33 MW of batteries and/or solar and batteries at residential and commercial sites. This is not only to fulfill state requirements, but to provide power during outages.

Solar (and efficiency) are driving down peak demand in New England

The impacts of solar on New England’s grid are transforming the needs of the system, and this is new ground for the region.

SoftBank expands U.S. holdings with massive solar buy

SB Energy has bought 1.7 GW of solar projects under development in California and Texas from fast-growing developer Intersect Power.


Sunnova is moving in on third-party solar

The residential solar financier’s second quarter as a public company saw improved financial metrics, growth, and greater market share.

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