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Lithium-ion battery fire danger causes recall of 433,000 solar LED umbrellas

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada issued a joint recall for patio umbrellas due to fires caused by the lithium-ion batteries. overheating

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RETC releases 2022 Module Index Report

In addition to outlining the performances of leading solar modules in a range of tests designed to replicate the stresses modules experience in the field, the 2022 PV Module Index report also looks forward at emerging trends in the industry and upcoming technical standard changes.

North Carolina court bars HOAs from banning rooftop solar

The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled to protect homeowners’ right to install rooftop solar, reversing an earlier Court of Appeals decision.

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50 states of solar incentives: New Jersey

The pv magazine tour of solar incentives takes us to New Jersey, a historically healthy and active solar market, with a popular community solar program and a focus on electrifying the transportation sector.

Solar Landscape brings 1.3 MW of solar to Asbury Park School District

The electricity generated will be provided back to the school district at no cost, while Solar Landscape will collaborate with the Board of Education to provide renewable energy instruction to Asbury Park students.

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Maryland passes a pair of community solar bills

HB 1039 and HB 440 create tax incentives for the development of agrivoltaic community solar projects which serve low- and moderate-income customers on rooftops, brownfields, landfills, and clean fills, as well as increasing maximum project capacity to 5 MW.

New York Senate passes Build Public Renewables Act

The bill would authorize the New York Power Authority to build, own, and operate renewable energy projects to provide renewable energy to all state-owned properties by 2030 and municipal-owned properties by 2035, while also calling on the authority to phase out its fossil fuel power plants by 2030 and provide and deliver only renewable energy to customers.

Nautilus acquires 26 MW of Maine community solar

The projects, split across two portfolios, were acquired from BNRG Maine and bring the company’s capacity of acquired and developed community solar projects within the state to more than 92 MW.

Six members of Congress sign letter urging DOC to continue solar anti-circumvention investigation

The letter urges President Biden to protect US manufacturing from unfair foreign influence, insinuates a concerted political and lobbyist effort to undermine the investigation, draws on fears over national cybersecurity, and claims current module import shortfalls are an attempt to apply political pressure via a stagnating market.

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Duke Energy, North Carolina solar installers compromise on net metering

After intervention by some of the state’s largest rooftop solar installers, the new compromise includes a delay of time-of-use rates for net metering customers until at least 2026 and a ‘Proposed Bridge Rate’ for new net metering customers.

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