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Universal Solar to open 600 MW solar module factory in Panama

The US module provider said the panels produced at the facility will be 100% compliant with the US Commerce Department’s Withhold and Release Order on Hoshine silicon.

LG Energy Solution plans to boost revenue through joint ventures, batteries, smart manufacturing

In the Q2 earnings call, LG reported a drop in revenue from Q2 2021 but aims to achieve double-digit profit margin in five years.

Sunrise brief: National Solar Jobs Census finds that solar jobs increased 9% nationwide in 2021

Also on the rise: New home battery can provide backup power as well as smart time of use charging/discharging. Connecticut to allow distributed resources to compete with distribution grid upgrades. And more.

GM and LG receive $2.5 billion DOE loan to build three battery manufacturing plants

Battery manufacturing facilities will be built in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan to produce EV batteries under the Ultium Cell name.

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Vehicle-integrated photovoltaics for low-speed electric vehicles

Canadian startup Capsolar claims its flexible solar modules can be adapted to any type of low-speed electric vehicle with no extra modification and custom work. The panels have an efficiency of 21.3% and rely on 24%-efficient solar cells provided by US manufacturer SunPower.

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Sunrise brief: Sanyo settles solar delamination lawsuit, lawyers win big

Also on the rise: Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling. California governor sets goal of 3 million climate-ready homes, 6 million heat pumps by 2030. And more.

Sanyo settles solar delamination lawsuit, lawyers win big

A series of mid-2000s solar panels manufactured by Sanyo and sold via Panasonic had consistent front side lamination issues. While the settlement concluded that module buyers would receive prorated refunds, the lawfirm received over $1.7 million.

First Solar receives order from Akuo for 500 MW of advanced thin film modules

The multi-year agreement would see deliveries from 2024 to 2026 for US and international utility-scale solar projects.

Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling

German company Flaxres has developed an industrial process to recycle PV modules, and has begun operating a pilot facility at its new site where 10 tons of solar modules can be recycled daily. Flaxres plans to make equipment based on this facility available to international customers.

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Sunrise brief: Qcells to secure solar glass from Canada for its US manufacturing operation

Also on the rise: Georgia Power expands plans to 9 GW of renewable energy by 2035. The problematic side of renewable energy credits. And more.

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