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US Congress passes landmark Inflation Reduction Act

Passage of the act sets US solar industry on a new trajectory—increases Made in the USA manufacturing, boosts solar and battery recycling, incentives electric vehicles, and more

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Designing for 100% renewables with real-time retail pricing could yield benefits of 9% or more

Including real-time pricing of retail electricity in the design of a high-renewables system would “markedly” lower the system’s cost, researchers found, in an analysis for the island of Oahu, Hawaii. For continent-scale systems as well, they said the resulting demand-side flexibility is likely substantial.

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Study finds 100% renewables would pay off within 6 years

New research from Stanford University researcher Mark Jacobson outlines how 145 countries could meet 100% of their business-as-usual energy needs with wind, water, solar and energy storage.

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Four steps to creating a sustainable distributed generation strategy

According to Tom Hunt, CEO of Pivot Energy, renewable energy capacity at the distribution level can meet needs without the long lead time required for larger, utility-scale resources, and he shows us how to solve major system barriers to expanding renewable energy on the grid.

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Sunrise brief: Energy storage software provider posts 246% revenue growth 

Also on the rise: Do we have enough engineers to conduct interconnection studies? Green car dealership goes green. And more.

Do we have enough engineers to conduct interconnection studies?

As two regional grid operators have flagged a shortage of qualified engineers to conduct interconnection studies, pv magazine usa spoke with Kalyan Chilukuri, a vice president with Electric Power Engineers, about industry staffing challenges and measures that might help.

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High-performance aqueous calcium-ion battery

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the United States have developed a special class of materials for bulky calcium ions, providing pathways for their facile insertion into battery electrodes.

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DOE offers $26 million to demonstrate that grid can run on clean energy

The Demonstration Program intends to fund up to 10 projects that show how large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage can support the power grid by automatically adjusting to changing demand and disruptions.

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Community solar market forecast to grow 7 GW by 2027

State-level policy has fueled the growth, and pending legislation for community solar programs in five states could add another 1.2 GW, according to Wood Mackenzie

It’s time to fix our nation’s broken interconnection process

The good news is that we know what to do. Interconnection has been studied extensively by numerous industry groups and research organizations, which have arrived at some essential guiding principles for reform.

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