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Ten most common rooftop solar safety risks

Clean Energy Associates found a myriad of problems at solar installations around the world, noting that because most are caused by poor installation practices, many can be identified and resolved relatively easily before they lead to fires, safety risks and potentially costly liabilities.


Shoals files patent complaint for solar connectors and wire harnesses

The company filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Hikam America and Voltage, LLC.

Sunrise brief: First Solar sues Toledo Solar for false and deceptive practices 

Also on the rise: Toyota to procure 100 MW of solar from reclaimed Kentucky coal mine site. Strata Clean Energy enters into 1 GWh battery storage tolling agreement with Arizona Public Service. And more.

First Solar files suit against Toledo Solar for false and deceptive practices

In an installation at the Governor’s mansion in Ohio, a First Solar employee noticed that solar panels in Toledo Solar boxes contained First Solar imprint.


Sunrise brief: Federal agents raid JinkoSolar factory in Florida

Also on the rise: U.S. solar installers list Qcells, Enphase as top brands. Silicon Ranch plans to appeal $135 million ruling in solar property damage case. And more.

Silicon Ranch plans to appeal ruling in 100 MW solar property damage case

U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land issued a May 5 order ruling that Nashville-based Silicon Ranch and IEA are liable for more than $135 million in damages due to sediment erosion and lack of soil control.


FEMA’s $13 billion for Puerto Rico’s grid could shift to solar if lawsuit succeeds

Rooftop solar plus storage would become the focus of FEMA’s spending to rebuild Puerto Rico’s grid, if a federal court grants the plaintiffs’ requests in a lawsuit, said their lead attorney. Equipping every home in Puerto Rico with 2.7 kW of PV and 12.6 kWh of battery backup is one option recommended by an independent study.


Early engagement avoids perils of Wyoming industrial siting

The challenges with proposed permit conditions are likely to get worse, but drawing on the lessons of the past can help new project proponents navigate the pitfalls and emerge from the permitting process positioned for success.

USDA’s $9.7 billion for rural co-ops could leverage 20 GW of clean energy

The nonprofit RMI says that $9.7 billion for rural electric cooperatives under the Inflation Reduction Act could leverage 20 GW of solar, wind and storage capacity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to begin obligating funds by September.

50 states of solar incentives: Montana 

Montana, dubbed the Big Sky Country state, ranks 30th in the country based on its abundant hydro and wind resources, but is ranked 44th based on solar energy output.

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