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Autonomous laser system clears birds from solar installations

The Bird Control Group’s autonomous laser system reduces bird populations from inhabiting specific areas by more than 70%. In many cases, bird activity was reduced by more than 99%.

Strata Clean Energy Inland Empire Energy Storage project awarded PG&E agreement

California Public Utilities Commission approves 6,396MWh of new and incremental utility-scale battery energy storage systems.

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Sunrise brief: Thanks to the proposal to reduce compensation for excess solar generation, most Florida solar shoppers lose interest

Also on the rise: Convalt Energy steers arounds obstacles on its way to solar manufacturing in New York. NABCEP and EnergySage release survey for solar installers. Recycled silicon used in PERC solar cells. Michigan DTE seeks 500MW of renewables. Grazing sheep under solar increases carbon sequestration. Robot dog monitors PV plant. Greenback acquires several installations in Massachusetts.

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Robot dog for PV plant monitoring

A robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics monitors a solar park by walking between the panel rows following a programmed route. It uses its built-in thermal vision system to generate thermographic reports on the status of the different PV plant components.

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Sunrise brief: Palmetto captures PV potential of roughly 75% of U.S. rooftops

Also on the rise: Aerial inspection and site data service provider, Heliolytics, acquired by NovaSource. Solar panel recycling firm teams up with Solaris. Investment gets Texas PV developer IndustrialSun ready for launch. Community solar moves forward in Illinois. International team of researchers develop solar-powered hydrogen energy platform.

Sunrise brief: The most-read pv magazine USA articles of 2021

Also on the rise: Enel project joins portfolio of energy + storage installations in Texas. ESS microgrid to provide critical backup to fire-prone region of California. AES acquires Community Energy Solar, bringing U.S. pipeline to more than 40 GW.

Enphase acquires 365 Pronto, O&M platform

The acquisition gives Enphase installers access to a labor pool that can perform service calls, beneficial at a time of severe labor shortages within the industry.

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Building solar as long-term resilient infrastructure could save billions

Reliability engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory call for improved quality, standards, and testing.

Sunrise brief: Module maker taps Georgia for new manufacturing plant

Also on the rise: Using AI to detect faults in residential solar systems, Georgia Power gets an OK for a BESS, and China’s power woes are affecting U.S. solar markets.

NREL and Sandia want to hear from you on solar+storage O&M issues

The laboratories are reaching out to industry to better understand how solar+storage technologies were selected, what O&M activities are being conducted, what data is being collected, and what ongoing challenges and needs exist in this space.

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