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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.

A look at the prevailing wage and apprenticeship final rule

Taxpayers seeking to claim the highest available investment and/or production tax credits for renewable energy projects must comply with the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.

Utility-scale solar development: Good planning makes good neighbors

A recent study by Berkeley Lab, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University found that sharing plans for large-scale solar projects with local residents improves the perception of such sites.

New York policy authorizes $814.6 million to fund energy storage

The new order puts the state on track to install 6 GW of energy storage by 2030.

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.

Arizona’s largest energy storage project closes $513 million in financing

The 1,200 MWh Papago Storage project will dispatch enough power to serve 244,000 homes for four hours a day with the e-Storage SolBank high-cycle lithium-ferro-phosphate battery energy storage solution.

People on the move: Amp Energy, Deriva Energy, Atwell LLC, and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.

Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar

The Chinese back contact module maker said its new products rely on the company’s all-back-contact (ABC) cell technology and feature a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per C.

Sunrise brief: Final guidance released on IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements

Also on the rise: U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%. Planted Solar reports doubled energy per acre with terrain-following array. And more.