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Sunrise brief: PepsiCo doubles goals to address ‘severe’ climate change impacts

Also on the rise: A coalition of 600 groups urges President-elect Biden to halt utility service shutoffs due to the pandemic, Harrison Street expands its solar owneship portfolio, and a Florida real estate developer eases its way into the solar sector.

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Average PPA prices rose in 2020, analysis says

For the first time since LevelTen Energy began tracking the market, solar PPA offer prices rose in 2020, with Q4 2020 prices 11.5% higher than a year earlier.

Water use in the West can hurt…or help…the energy sector, report says

The researchers said this is one of the first studies to show that water sector adaptation can have as large an impact on the electricity sector as the direct effect of climate change itself.

NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers go solar at training facility

The project means the pro hockey team will now “train and compete in facilities completely powered by renewable electricity.”

Mercury Marine powers its sustainability goals with solar PV at world HQ

“We are committed to our focus on sustainable business practices,” said the president of the engine maker.

Current GHG levels may keep the planet locked on 2C warming, study says

The results suggest that we have most likely already emitted enough carbon dioxide to exceed 2°C, one researcher said. The study team was made up of scientists from the U.S. and China.

Solar needs aluminum, but the metal has a carbon problem

Few doubt that aluminum frames will be a part of the solar module for some time to come. And with PV manufacturing continuing to scale, the carbon footprint of this versatile metal may prove a sustainability challenge.

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The first phase of Li-Cycle’s lithium-ion battery recycling hub is complete

The company’s second ‘Spoke’ facility has been completed in Rochester New York and is set to feed 5,000 tons of spent lithium-ion batteries per year to the company’s nearby processing facility, set to open in 2022.

Solar panel recycling in the US — a looming issue that could harm industry growth and reputation

The solar industry cannot claim to be a clean energy source if it leaves a trail of hazardous waste.

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New process to recover PET and EVA from recycled solar panels

Researchers in China are proposing a new technique to recover polyethylene glycol terephthalate (PET) and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) in solar panels at the end of their lifecycle. The two materials represent around 15% of the total material in a wasted solar cell, with a share of 10% for EVA and 5% for PET, respectively.

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