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NEXTracker CEO challenges solar projections from Energy Information Administration

“EIA’s projections greatly underestimate the growth of solar and significantly overestimate coal’s persistence in the energy mix,” says Dan Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker.

690 MW Gemini solar project on hold over permit delay

The project, expected to be the largest in the country upon completion, has been delayed after the Bureau of Land Management missed the date to decide the project’s historical impact assessment.

Morning brief: Trump’s war on solar, Europe’s biggest green hydrogen project

Also in the brief: The $400 million, 500 MW PV project in Oman, Tampa Electric Company is looking to double its solar capacity, New York passes renewable siting legislation and more.

Morning Brief: 690 MW project delayed, NextEnergy Capital acquires 100MW

Also in the brief: 250 MW have been proposed for the New York Town of Verona, Duke wants to double up on annual solar rebate deadlines and Maryland makes interconnection easier.

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Morning brief: Tesla’s massive battery system bid, no Covid-19 effect visible yet for module imports

Also in the brief: kWh Analytics’ insurance policy on solar production and revenues, Solar FlexRack has reached 200 solar tracker installations, the Wallingford Renewable Energy solar project has been sold and more.

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Cooling down PV panels with water

France’s Sunbooster has developed a technology to cool down solar modules when the ambient temperature exceeds 25 C. The solution features a set of pipes that spread a thin film of water onto the glass surface of the panels in rooftop PV systems and ground-mounted plants. The cooling systems collect the water from rainwater tanks and then recycle, filter and store it again. The company claims the technology can facilitate an annual increase in power generation of between 8% and 12%.

What options will emerge to replace tax equity financing for solar?

With the scope of global turmoil caused by Covid-19, tax equity, the predominant vehicle for solar project financing will slow down considerably. What options will arise to replace tax equity, and how will they shape the different branches of development?

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Chinese fishery hosting 260 MW of unsubsidized solar

The solar plant was built with fixed structures on a 400-hectare water surface at a fishery in Anhui province. The project was the first unsubsidized plant approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in 2019 and is selling power at a price of $0.054 per kWh.

Job moves at Tesla, GAF Energy, Pine Gate Renewables, Yotta, stealth storage, Solar Landscape

Executive and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and venture capital.

Solar and storage would cost less than Alabama Power’s proposed 1.9 GW of gas units

An Alabama industry association and citizens’ groups say regulators should reject Alabama Power’s request to build more gas capacity.

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