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In case you missed it: Five big solar stories in the news this week

pv magazine USA spotlights news of the past week including market trends, project updates, policy changes and more.

Spontaneous glass breakage on solar panels on the rise

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory noted an increase in spontaneous glass breakage in solar panels. The PV Module Index from the Renewable Energy Test Center investigates this and other glass-related trends in solar manufacturing.

GCL says perovskite solar module passes silicon degradation tests

At Intersolar Europe, the Chinese manufacturer said the perovskite-silicon tandem module would cost 50% of a crystalline silicon module that costs $0.15 per W, meaning $0.075 per W.

Sunrise brief: Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Also on the rise: Arizona’s largest energy storage project closes $513 million in financing. Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar. And more.

Longi launches ultra-black HPBC solar modules for residential applications

The Chinese manufacturer said its new Hi-MO X6 Artist series has an efficiency of up to 22.3% and a power output ranging from 420 W to 430 W. The smaller version is currently priced at CNY 298 ($41.7)/m2 and the largest model is sold at CNY 268/m2.

Sunrise brief: Titan Solar latest in residential solar business closures

Also on the rise: Reshore solar manufacturing but don’t stall construction with tariffs, suggests union official. Princeton NuEnergy scores $30 million in funding for lithium battery recycling. And more.

Longi claims 34.6% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) confirmed Longi’s achievement of a world record-breaking efficiency rating of 34.6% for a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell.

Reshore solar manufacturing but don’t stall construction with tariffs, suggests union official

A leader of a union whose members work in construction and maintenance said the union supported a moratorium on tariffs on certain imported solar panels, as domestic panel output increases, to preserve opportunities in solar construction and installation.

Sunrise brief: Solar visionaries to bring 5 GW module and 5 GW cell manufacturing to Tennessee

Also on the rise: NY invests $5 million in long-duration energy storage. Solar-powered bus depot features green hydrogen production. And more.

Solar visionaries form ReCreate, bringing 5 GW solar module and cell manufacturing to Tennessee

Dean Solon and Hamlet Tunyan, two solar industry leaders, have partnered on a new venture that will bring 5 GW of solar cells and 5 GW of solar modules to U.S. and EU markets.

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