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Building not your average dream home

The first in the series “Not Your Average Dream Home,” which delineates how the author chose the perfect plot of land in the U.S. that is most likely to be safe for the next few decades from the risks caused by human climate disasters.

Solar wafer prices fall for first time in three months

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

October 14 eclipse to cost U.S. states up to 17% of daily solar generation

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that North and South America are set to experience an annular eclipse on October 14, which means that some regions could lose a significant portion of their daily solar energy production. The path of the eclipse tracks across the southwestern United States, from Oregon to Texas, before continuing through Mexico, Central America and ending in Brazil, though impacts will be seen across all of the contiguous US and the top of South America.

Critical roles emerging for long-duration energy storage

As more renewable energy comes online each year, the added flexibility and resiliency that energy storage provides has never been more critical—because our grid is not as stable as it needs to be.

Solar module prices are falling, with no end in sight

Solar module prices have never fallen so sharply in such a short period of time. One reason for this is the “PV module glut” in warehouses in Europe, according to pvXchange’s Martin Schachinger.

Storm readiness: Shifting from generators to energy storage systems

Fossil fuel-powered generators are strapped with emission concerns, maintenance needs, and potential personal risk, whereas a battery-based energy storage system is safe, efficient and has a very low operating cost.


Not all ‘lithium-ion’ batteries are dangerous

As the energy storage trend unfolds, stories litter the media landscape about lithium-ion batteries catching fire, and even exploding. It’s a valid concern, and the time for consumers to understand a basic truth about lithium-ion batteries is long past due.

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.

Center for Model Policy Development brings unity to clean energy transition

The Solar and Storage Industries Institute launched the Center for Model Policy Development, a new effort to help harmonize state policymaking around barriers to clean energy deployment.

What causes batteries to degrade?

Having discussed battery chemistry in a previous article, Volytica diagnostics here examines the causes of battery degradation and how to extend device lifetimes, ahead of a pv magazine webinar tomorrow.

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