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Shifting state policies reshape distributed solar in the U.S.

Major residential solar markets policy changes essentially necessitate battery energy storage attachment, while other policies are launching community solar markets.

Sunrise brief: Global carbon emissions-free electricity reaches 38%

Also on the rise: Solar is reliably and predictably supporting the Texas grid, carbon electrode pervoskites are advancing, and more.

Solar industry should focus on virtual power plants, says DOE’s Jigar Shah

With the days of solar net metering “numbered” and more utilities looking to deploy virtual power plants that compensate owners of distributed storage, industry veteran Jigar Shah sees virtual power plants as a route to industry success.

Sunrise brief: U.S. energy storage deployments to exceed 10 GW this year

Also on the rise: Nextracker opens steel manufacturing facility in Las Vegas. Briggs & Stratton launches new lithium iron phosphate battery packages. And more.

Nextracker opens steel manufacturing facility in Las Vegas

The facility will produce steel for Nextracker’s solar mounts and tracking systems. Nextracker and Unimacts held an event to dedicate the new production line, which coincided with the RE+ 2023 conference, the largest energy trade show in the country, also in Las Vegas.

Verdagy plans first U.S. facility to manufacture large volume of advanced water electrolyzers

The facility, located in California, will have more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space and is expected to come into operation in Q1 2024.

Ohio community solar pilot would unlock 1.75 GW market

A bill proposed in Ohio promises to generate $5.6 billion in gross economic output and over $400 million in local tax revenues, said a report from Ohio University.

IRA one year later and the future of community solar

Achieving the Inflation Reduction Act’s goals and working through the clean energy transition is going to require innovative program designs and lots of them. The demand is enormous and bipartisan, coming from 45 red and blue states across the country; this diversity highlighting the importance of effective program design and selection by federal implementers.

Sunrise brief: The top 10 states for residential solar

Also on the rise: Native American group recruits solar construction firms as tribal partners. Gautam Solar introduces N-type TOPCon solar modules. And more.

DOE announces $10 million grant program for green building skills training

The Career Skills Training program will offer up to $10 million in grants, intended to address the limited qualified green building workforce across the country, and to support the implementation of national energy efficiency improvements sparked by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

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