Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

It’s a good idea to charge an EV with solar when we’re socially distanced

Is there any good reason for putting solar on a Tesla Cybertruck? or is it just virtue signaling? On the other hand, how far are you driving tomorrow? Do you have range anxiety or just general anxiety?

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Swiss solar tiles for new and historic buildings – in photos

The product costs around $28 to $30 per square-foot although prices will vary depending on project complexity. Swiss manufacturer Freesuns says its tiles can be used on historic buildings and can cover 100% of rooftops.

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Solaria files suit against Canadian Solar for patent infringement on PV cell ‘shingling’ technology

Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “When foreign companies such as Canadian Solar ignore American patents and violate our core IP, we will take action to enforce and protect the technology that took so much effort and investment to develop.”

World’s biggest solar module factory

GCL System Integration plans to build a 60 GW solar module factory in China’s Anhui province, with a total investment of approximately $2.5 billion.

First Solar manufacturing unaffected by Covid-19 measures

The U.S. thin-film solar company says its production lines in Ohio, Malaysia and Vietnam have thus far been able to carry on operations. The company says measures have been taken to protect its workers at all of its premises.

Morning Brief: 350 MW project in Texas sold, Trina begins mass production of 500 W panels

Also in the brief: financing for a massive Texas project, distributed portfolio expansion in the DMV, Duke waives fees amid COVID crisis and more.

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Hot electrons? Surface plasmons? Thin-film solar innovation marches on

Thin-film solar startup PI Energy didn’t disclose the photovoltaic materials system it’s been commercializing, other than to say that it wasn’t CIGS, CdTe, or perovskites.

Analyst expects recovery for PV and storage supply chains

Analyst Wood Mackenzie expects solar demand to decline but predicts the market will recover, with the prospects for the energy transition remaining intact.

Tesla claims its New York factory built 4 MW of solar roof tiles last week, ‘enough for 1,000 homes’

Although every box of shingles we examined came from Changzhou, China, not the factory in New York.

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Morning Brief: Reporting from Shanghai on implications of the outbreak on the solar supply chain

Also in the brief: Enphase ships storage; homeless encampments using secondhand solar; big batteries.

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