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SolSmart technical assistance program targets 1,000 leading solar communities by 2027

DOE SolSmart local government program adds new platinum-level designation, establishes new priorities around support for disadvantaged communities, extends its designation criteria, and more.

Argonne and Stellantis launch EV workforce training program and competition

The Department of Energy has set a bold target to address climate change and put the U.S. on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by 2050. Key to this goal are the design and development of advanced batteries to electrify the transportation and energy sectors and a skilled workforce for positions within the electric vehicle production, EV charging and battery markets.

LG Energy Solution quadruples investment in U.S. battery manufacturing facility

The company plans to invest $5.5 billion on two manufacturing facilities in Arizona. One will be for cylindrical batteries for electric vehicles and the other for lithium iron phosphate pouch-type batteries for energy storage systems.

BIPV window coating maker seeks DOE loan guarantee

Ubiquitous Energy, the Redwood City, California-based manufacturer, is seeking to raise over $100 million in Dept. of Energy loan funding to support the development a manufacturing facility.

New tool to estimate efficiency, savings of ground-source heat pumps

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a free, web-based application that calculates the savings and energy efficiency of residential ground-source heat pumps compared to gas heating.

Sunrise brief: Qcells builds out U.S. supply chain with solar encapsulant facility in Georgia 

Also on the rise: Meta picks utilities based on solar potential at data centers. Sunnova files for $3.3 billion Department of Energy loan. And more.

Four legislative actions for an equitable energy transition

Senator Ed Markey shares his vision of permit and interconnection reform, community engagement, and environmental justice.

Qcells announces new solar encapsulant facility in Georgia

Hanwha Advanced Materials Georgia will supply EVA encapsulant film to Qcells, supporting Qcells plans to develop a fully integrated solar supply chain in the USA.

North America represents 21% of global energy storage market by 2030

The global energy storage market is growing at a strong 23% compound annual growth rate, with annual additions projected to reach 88 GW/278 GWh in 2030, or 5.3 times the expected 2022 level for new installations, according to BloombergNEF’s 1H 23 energy storage outlook.

Aurora Solar study spots trends, myths and challenges in residential solar

The study surveyed homeowners as well as solar professionals to learn what incentivized homeowners to go solar, their interest in energy storage, challenges faced by solar professionals and the myths that still hang over the solar industry.

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