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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.

Hot solar panels? Water and a wipe may help

Scientists in Russia have developed an active cooling technique that spreads water on both sides of the solar module and uses a cotton wick mesh to absorb and spread it.

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Sunrise brief: Moss Landing batteries overheat, forcing the newly opened facility offline

Also on the rise: Canadian Solar signs O&M deal for two California solar and energy storage projects, studies uncover serious security threats tied to common EV chargers, and a new study outlines how 18GW of solar can power the Carolinas by 2030.

Canadian Solar signs O&M deals for solar and storage projects

The two California projects were developed by Recurrent Energy and are owned by Goldman Sachs Asset Management Renewable Power.

Solar 101: Tips for keeping your rooftop solar system humming over the long term

Solar O&M comes down to mechanical rooftop connections, electrical solar panel connections, panel and connection temperatures, and inverters. Here are four possible plans of attack.

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By addressing heat, this serial inventor just may change the entire solar value chain

Kent Kernahan set out to take the heat out of solar cells. He and his partners may end up bringing solar manufacturing jobs to disadvantaged communities and making low-cost rooftop solar widely available.

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Solar PV fires: Cost estimates and the road to better data

The solar industry’s struggle with fire safety is ongoing. Dr. John R. Balfour and Lawrence Shaw have developed a means to begin to estimate the future costs and impacts from reported PV system-sourced fires.

How do we prevent solar fires if we don’t know anything about them?

Nobody wants their system to catch fire, yet fire data is historically underreported, making the discovery of causes and development of mitigation plans nearly impossible.

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