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Bifacial solar modules shine in snowy environments

Researchers at Western University in Canada found that by using bifacial solar modules instead of monofacial, snow losses could be cut from double digits to just 2% on an annual basis.

Sunrise brief: Members of House of Representatives join growing opposition to solar anti-circumvention investigation

Also on the rise: Electrify America EV charging network now 100% powered by renewable energy. Trina launches grid-scale storage solution. Energy sector should be better prepared for cyber attacks. Common Energy’s invests $16.5 million on vision for the future of community solar. And more.

Perovskite solar cell technology on the road to commercialization

Efforts are underway to overcome technical barriers and other challenges in commercializing perovskite technology for the solar energy sector.

Energy sector should be better prepared for cyber attacks, said DNV

A report released by DNV finds that operational technologies are not as robust in defending cyber attacks as they should be.

Sunrise brief: Sandia turns to solar to power the Moon

Also on the rise: LG new battery storage solution. New Belgium brewing beer with the sun. What you need to know about solar and affordable housing. Is solar worth it–compared to paying the utility? Part II of an American at Intersolar. And more.

Solar that works in the shade

Conditions that are 10% shaded can render a typical solar panel useless, but Optivolt said its technology can deliver up to 25 times more power in the shade than conventional panels.

Sandia turns to solar to power the Moon

Researchers from Sandia National Labs are partnering with NASA and the University of Puerto Rico to design microgrid controls for powering habitation and mining operations at NASA’s planned Artemis lunar base.

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Legal petition calls for an FTC investigation into electric utility abuses

Denying customers access to renewable energy, bribery, and fake dark-money campaigns are just a few of the purported abuses that more than 230 groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

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Sunrise brief: PV Reliability Scorecard results in record number of Top Performers in every test

Also on the rise: An American at Intersolar. Why a long-term maintenance plan is essential. Solar that works in the shade. Scout Clean Energy buys nearly 400 MW of First Solar modules. Pine Gate purchases 2.4 GWh of EnerVenue batteries. And more.

‘Pulsed Joule heating’ tech to remove snow, frost, ice from solar modules

University of Illinois scientists have developed a way to remove snow and ice from solar panels at a much faster rate than conventional approaches. It is based on a glass coating on a film with high optical transparency and superhydrophobicity.