Panasonic suspending work at Tesla Nevada factory as California and New York gigafactories shut down

Tesla’s Nevada operation is still open for business. The EV and battery maker assures the market that its cash position is strong enough to weather an “extended period of uncertainty.”

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Hot electrons? Surface plasmons? Thin-film solar innovation marches on

Thin-film solar startup PI Energy didn’t disclose the photovoltaic materials system it’s been commercializing, other than to say that it wasn’t CIGS, CdTe, or perovskites.

Morning Brief: Rare Utah earthquake knocks out power to 55,000

Rocky Mountain Power must respond to a natural disaster while social distancing. Plus, New York is good, but NIMBY about solar.

Morning Brief: Bloom Energy shares fall drastically, 212 MW coming to Knoxville

Also in the brief: Brookfield Renewable Partners and TerraForm Power are set to become one, Diversified Communications acquires Energy Storage North America, 4.3 MW have been proposed in Ellsworth, Maine and more.

The good news: The US added 13.3 GW of solar in 2019, beating wind and gas in new capacity

You know the bad news. Here are five takeaways from the pre-COVID-19 U.S. solar industry. As for how the coronavirus will impact 2020 foreacasts, supply chains, component costs and project timelines, stay safe and stay tuned.

Avalon and redT unite in $70 million merger of vanadium redox flow battery startups

Two vanadium redox startups join to take on the $0 billion flow-battery market.

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How automation is changing the solar interconnection process in California

Want to speed up project development timelines and lower costs? Automate the process, pleads Tam Hunt, a renewable energy lawyer and policy expert.

Tesla claims its New York factory built 4 MW of solar roof tiles last week, ‘enough for 1,000 homes’

Although every box of shingles we examined came from Changzhou, China, not the factory in New York.

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Morning Brief: Reporting from Shanghai on implications of the outbreak on the solar supply chain

Also in the brief: Enphase ships storage; homeless encampments using secondhand solar; big batteries.

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Traditionally non-partisan FERC is politicized with 3-1 Republican majority

Shattering the tradition of “pairing” Democrats and Republicans on the influential Energy Commission.

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