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Brick and iron heat battery for zero-carbon industrial processes

Bill Gates-backed Rondo Energy released the “brick toaster” heat battery, a unit that stores renewable energy and dispatches heat and electricity for processes in steel, cement, chemical manufacturing, and more.

EIA study finds high solar penetration states showed resiliency to major power outages

The EIA study found that increasing solar states experienced outages of less than 102 minutes, while states with prohibitive markets for solar saw outages of more than 19 hours.

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FTC Solar reveals updated Voyager clamping system, posts Q3 results

The updated Voyager module clamp for attaching First Solar modules builds off the Slide and Glide, using a fastener to secure and ground modules to the rail.

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GameChange Solar launches mounting system for east-west oriented solar parks

GameChange Solar designed its new fixed-tilt racking system to maximize module density, with a ground coverage ratio of up to 98%. The systems costs $0.039/W in the United States and $0.029/W in other markets, for a typical 105 mph wind load.

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Sunrise brief: California requires utilities to develop and post hourly retail electric rates

Also on the rise: A globalized supply chain is key to cutting costs in solar module manufacturing. Enphase to open several U.S. manufacturing lines. And more.

Enphase to open several U.S. manufacturing lines

The solar inverter provider’s announcement was made amid a Q3 earnings call with record revenues reported.

Sunrise brief: U.S. solar electricity for $0 per kWh?

Also on the rise: A user guide to the Inflation Reduction Act. Rooftop wind energy innovation claims 50% more energy than solar at same cost. And more.

User guide to the Inflation Reduction Act

BlueGreen Alliance releases implementation guide to help workers, families and communities maximize benefits of the IRA.

Could we see U.S. solar electricity for $0 per kWh?

A Credit Suisse report suggests that from 2025 through 2032, the United States could see solar and wind PPAs regularly signed for under 1¢/kWh, due to a combination of manufacturing and project tax credits.

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Treasury seeks public input on the implementation of tax incentives in Inflation Reduction Act

With the release of the notices, Treasury has begun the process of soliciting comments from the public on key provisions. Over the coming weeks, Treasury will convene several initial stakeholder roundtables to hear directly from a wide range of voices.

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