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Managing uncertainty in the solar module supply

PVEL and PI Berlin, both members of the Kiwa Group, outline the steps that companies can take to ensure that the modules they are deploying in their projects meet quality standards for the U.S. market.

Artificial intelligence helps solar to shine

Renewable energy sources such as solar are complex and unreliable due to constantly changing weather conditions, but artificial intelligence can be a force for good, helping remove obstacles and unleash the true power of solar.   

Sunrise brief: California rulemaking to cut solar net metering payments by 75%

Also on the rise: Guidance for solar tax credit prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. Battery manufacturer to install massive 3.8 MW rooftop solar system at Pennsylvania HQ. And more.

Why the solar industry has a trust problem (and how to fix it)

By aligning industry measurement practices, we can create more trust among everyone involved in the solar installation journey.


PV as energy infrastructure – technology renaissance or marketing hype?

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has, in effect, launched PV and energy storage professionals into the Energy Infrastructure business. The question becomes, “What is PV and energy storage as Infrastructure and what does it mean to all energy stakeholders, not just the energy private sector?”

Ford adds 4 MW Convergent energy storage system to Ontario engine assembly operations

AI-powered energy storage system helps Ford reduce energy costs while improving long-term sustainability on Ontario grid.

Assessing capabilities of residential solar + storage systems amidst long-duration outages

With stories about outages during extreme weather events driving adoption of residential behind-the-meter (BTM) solar + storage, a recent Berkeley Lab report offers an expansive analysis of the performance capabilities of these systems when they are most vital.

As China expands energy storage manufacturing, the U.S. can step up to compete

By investing in factories to build zinc-ion batteries for energy storage, the U.S. can rapidly establish a complete energy storage supply chain.


It’s time to combat utility opposition to solar

As part of Aurora Solar’s Empower 2022 online solar summit, Bernadette Del Chiaro, from the California Solar & Storage Association, will moderate a talk about electric utilities and how they have abused their monopoly position to discriminate against solar in the U.S. Here, she gives pv magazine a taste of the presentation.


Using AI to optimize and unlock the value of co-located solar and energy storage

When combined with on-site generation assets, battery storage systems can be used to ride out the worst of the price volatility – discharging during high prices and absorbing excess energy from generation.


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