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US Congress passes landmark Inflation Reduction Act

Passage of the act sets US solar industry on a new trajectory—increases Made in the USA manufacturing, boosts solar and battery recycling, incentives electric vehicles, and more

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Sunrise brief: About 20% of utility-scale solar capacity was delayed in the first half of 2022

Also on the rise: Ford Motors commits to largest purchase of solar energy from a utility. Michigan pledges to cover over 1200 public buildings with solar. And more.

DTE Energy to add 650 MW of solar energy for Ford Motors

In what is touted as the largest renewable energy purchase from a utility in US history, the added solar will mean that by 2025, every Ford vehicle manufactured in Michigan will be assembled with the equivalent of 100% carbon-free energy.

Sunrise brief: Designing for 100% renewables with real-time retail pricing could yield benefits of 9% or more 

Also on the rise: Catalyzing solar in the US: a manufacturer’s perspective. FranklinWH announces additional financing for its home energy storage solution. And more.

Catalyzing solar in the US: a manufacturer’s perspective

The Inflation Reduction Act, if signed into law, will provide important incentives that we expect will catalyze significant investment in US solar manufacturing, facilitate the creation of a stable domestic solar supply chain, and allow the US to aggressively pursue the decarbonization of its economy with less reliance on imported solar products.

Ampt lawsuit asks that SolarEdge remove inverters and controllers from market

Ampt posits that all of SolarEdge’s technology is in violation of patents controlled by the Colorado company, and that they should be required to immediately cease all sales.

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High-performance aqueous calcium-ion battery

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the United States have developed a special class of materials for bulky calcium ions, providing pathways for their facile insertion into battery electrodes.

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Sunrise brief: Solar deployment to increase fivefold under Inflation Reduction Act

Also on the rise: DOE offers $26 million to demonstrate that grid can run on clean energy. World’s largest underground hydrogen storage project. And more.

GameChange Solar to add 6 GW to its US manufacturing capacity

The solar tracker manufacturer will begin operating a new manufacturing line somewhere in the Midwest in February 2023.

Sunrise brief: Global energy storage deployment may reach 500 GW by 2031

Also on the rise: Bill Gates-backed fund invests in automated utility-scale solar installation platform. It’s time to fix our nation’s broken interconnection process. And more.

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