Residential PV

Morning Brief: Solar roadway in Georgia, Oakland bans natural gas in new buildings, DC gets solar to the people

Also in the brief: Ohio bill would ban new large solar and wind projects for up to three years

The roadmap to the lowest cost grid is paved with distributed solar and storage

We wanted to know what the grid would look like, and cost, if we stopped ignoring the benefits of DERs and optimized the integration of these resources through a better modeling process. We found that when you use better planning models and scale both local solar and storage, as well as utility-scale solar and wind, you maximize cost savings and unlock the path to the lowest cost grid.

Solar panel recycling in the US — a looming issue that could harm industry growth and reputation

The solar industry cannot claim to be a clean energy source if it leaves a trail of hazardous waste.

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Sungevity, once a residential solar installer of note, is auctioning its assets

The now former company has laid off its remaining staff, locked its offices and left dozens of customers, sub-contractors and former employees asking what comes next.

Aurora Solar raises $50M for remote photovoltaic sales and design

This substantial investment signals software’s critical role in driving the mainstream adoption of solar.

Morning Brief: Ambri deploying its calcium-antimony battery? China could install 75 GW of solar next year

Also: Despite a rosy forecast, creating energy storage projects with competitive economics has been an elusive endeavor. Plus, rate design innovations are boosting the energy transition and Plug Power raises $1 billion for U.S. green hydrogen infrastructure build-out.

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Morning Brief: Consumers Energy expands its net metering cap, Nautilus closes a financing commitment

Also in the brief: A New Mexico regulator has recommended denial of El Paso Electric’s planned expansion of the Newman Generating Station, Gemserv has launched a digital platform aimed at helping businesses transition to electric vehicles and more.

pv magazine video: How quality can lower solar risk and insurance rates

This year’s pv magazine Quality Roundtable USA looked at extreme weather, and how resiliency can be built through modern O&M. Representatives from DuPont, Stäubli, Nextracker and RETC took to the virtual stage to discuss weather-related damages, and how to harness quality materials and workmanship to industry’s advantage, particularly when it comes to insurers. Ariel Re and NovaSource, meanwhile, looked at issues like risk management insurance solutions and asset stabilization. Case studies and presentations on the field performance of PV modules, and extreme hail and fire, were also included.

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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SEIA has a solar industry wish list for the incoming Biden administration

A change is coming in 2021 U.S. clean energy policy — SEIA has a wish list for the new administration ranging from tariffs to public lands to the investment tax credit.

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