Manufacturing

Do these solar cells make me look fat?

NREL researchers explore power-to-weight ratios in thin film solar pv products, looking at premium price ($1.25-$100/W) gigawatt scale niches not directly competing with crystalline silicon solar modules.

pvMB 1/18/19: Tesla cuts 7% of workforce, a win for interconnection in Arizona, 57 MW plant in South Carolina goes online and more!

In today’s issue of the pv magazine USA morning brief, we also cover the commissioning of Wisconsin’s largest solar roof, Bloomberg’s Climate Finance council members, Maryland EVs, and the untimely end of three community solar gardens in Illinois.

World’s largest roofing company launches residential solar arm

Standard Industries has announced the launch of GAF Energy, a subsidiary which will interface with local roofing contractors to sell its DecoTech Solar roof system.

Powerhouse approved for California

The California Energy Commission has given its stamp of approval for Real Good Solar’s Powerhouse PH-055 and PH-060 solar roof product.

Bifacial gets the big money

LONGi bifacial solar modules were included as part of a fully-financed 224 MWdc solar project in Georgia, with NEXTracker suggesting it’s a first for the technology in the United States on a large-scale financed project, with 750 MW already following in their book of business.

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pvMB: REC sells 200 MW in December, $300 billion for EVs, solar worker death

Today’s pv magazine USA morning brief also features RGS Energy’s first solar shingle install, four New York municipalities teaming up for 100% renewables, new Vote Solar staff, and more!

pvMB: sPower’s 500 problems, local politics support solar, $5b more for batteries in Georgia, more!

In today’s pv magazine morning brief Brookfield Renewables announces its dividend at just above a quarter a share, the first community (sorta) solar project in Wyoming is complete, Duke Energy’s next round of solar rebates is already largely sold out, and more!

Tesla begins construction of Shanghai gigafactory

The EV and battery maker wants to start production of its Model 3 for the Chinese market by the end of the year. Next year, according to high-profile CEO Elon Musk, mass production of electric cars will start there, and this is expected to include their batteries as well.

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pvMB: new Tesla & NextEra board members, 98% electricity from solar & more!

In the first edition of pv magazine USA’s morning brief, we bring you announcements of new faces on the boards of Tesla and NextEra Energy Partners, an analysis of the technical potential of floating solar, new price information and more.

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First Powerhouse purchase order

RGS Energy has announced it’s first purchase order for its Powerhouse 3.0 solar roof shingle kit, which follows an announcement of the onset of assembly of solar components and wire harnesses on December 11.