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Cost and prices

Average PPA prices rose in 2020, analysis says

For the first time since LevelTen Energy began tracking the market, solar PPA offer prices rose in 2020, with Q4 2020 prices 11.5% higher than a year earlier.

Manufacturers call for module size standardization

Trina Solar is spearheading an effort to standardize 210mm silicon wafers and modules, aiming to improve production efficiency, supply chain optimization and innovation.

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Indoor farming gets greener via solar load aggregation

The economic feasibility of plant factories has been questionable because of energy costs. Now, customers of one containerized farm provider can opt for 100% clean energy using a subscription service.

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You picked ’em: Our most popular articles of 2020

Five articles (well, six, since news about Tesla made it twice) that captured the imagination of our audience during 2020.

Illinois’ small-scale solar incentives are tapped out, leaving developers in the dark

The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act have been awarded. With no emergency funds or new legislation pending, thousands of jobs could be at stake.

Aggressive new fees for South Carolina solar customers draw fire

The proposed fees could end up costing the solar average homeowner more than $700 annually. Critics call the fees an attempt to take away consumer control over their power bills.

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Extreme weather is causing solar insurance premiums to explode

Catastrophic weather events in Texas and California have led to steep insurance premium cost increases, according to a new analysis by Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Large-scale PV wafers are poised to dominate the industry

Making wafers larger as a cost optimization strategy is not an entirely new idea. But it has quickly gained ground this year among all of the leading manufacturers, turning the market on its head.pv magazine takes a look at how we got to this point.

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas.

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Array Technologies posts a successful Q3, predicts a strong end to 2020

The tracker company has seen significant growth in 2020 and has performed well since going public in October. With a strong order sheet, including 1.4 GW of trackers from Lightsource BP alone, the company is showing no signs of slowing down in 2021.

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