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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.

Technology toolkit: Solar siting, permitting and land use

pv magazine USA connected with the founders of Transect and Paces AI, both of which provide tools to enable automated permitting, due diligence and siting solutions for the community solar and distributed generation project development market, as well as utility and grid stakeholders.

Court rules that inverter sizing guides grid connection

U.S. Court of Appeals rules that an 80 MWac/160 MWdc solar farm, with 50 MW of battery, meets Qualifying Facility status – 80 MWac or less – under PURPA.

U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board rules in favor of Q Cells in patent dispute with REC

The Board issued a favorable decision for Hanwha Q Cells over REC Solar’s patent claims. The court has ruled that the contested claims of REC’s U.S. patent were not patentable. The decision is similar to those in courts in China and Europe, according to Q Cells.

The clock is ticking on the IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements

Developers and contractors should create and implement compliance programs to ensure appropriate record-keeping to substantiate their payment of prevailing wages and use of appropriate apprenticeship programs.


Commerce pushes preliminary solar antidumping tariff decision to December 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Commerce has delayed its ruling on the anticircumvention/antidumping case levied against four Southeast Asian countries alleged of harboring tariff-dodging solar goods.

Due to forced labor concerns, U.S. ports have blocked over 1,000 shipments of solar components

Panel shipments collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars are blocked from entering the U.S. market as they have failed scrutiny under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, said Reuters.


Sunrise brief: First Solar to expand U.S. solar manufacturing by 4.4 GW

Also on the rise: Polysilicon price relief in 2023 as industry scales to 500 GW capacity. SolarEdge investigated for alleged patent violation. And more.

SolarEdge investigated for alleged patent violation

The U.S. International Trade Commission launched the investigation following a lawsuit from power electronics competitor Ampt.


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