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Morning Brief: Saipem and Equinor to develop floating solar off the Indian Coast, Covid-19 is taking solar sales out of the home

Also in the brief: a lawsuit filed against the Spotsylvania solar project, West Virginia’s solar future sits at the governor’s desk, 16 MW for Richmond, Indiana and more.

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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Morning Brief: 350 MW project in Texas sold, Trina begins mass production of 500 W panels

Also in the brief: financing for a massive Texas project, distributed portfolio expansion in the DMV, Duke waives fees amid COVID crisis and more.

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Forget toilet paper, Australians are panic-buying PV

Byron Bay-based solar retailer Smart Energy says it is seeing an unprecedented surge in sales and inquiries for solar and home energy storage as consumers look to shore themselves up in uncertain times.

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ACORE calls on Congress for tax credit extension amid COVID-19 uncertainty

ACORE and five other environmental and renewable energy groups have written to Congress urging for start construction and safe harbor deadline extensions, as well as tax credits for stand-alone energy storage to relieve any industry hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Analyst expects recovery for PV and storage supply chains

Analyst Wood Mackenzie expects solar demand to decline but predicts the market will recover, with the prospects for the energy transition remaining intact.

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.

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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BNEF lowers 2020 global PV outlook due to coronavirus concerns

Many solar factories in China are starting to resume production, suggesting that concerns about supplies of PV components could soon begin to ease. Nevertheless, the temporary standstill will have an impact on the global solar market, as the implementation of some projects will probably be postponed until next year.

Polysilicon giant Daqo shrugs off COVID-19 fears with positive outlook for 2020

The Chinese polysilicon giant’s net income fell nearly 23% year-on-year to $29.5 million in fiscal 2019, even though it posted a 16% year-on-year jump in revenue to $350 million. It expects its polysilicon output to soar in the year ahead, despite the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

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