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Solar generated 5.5% of U.S. electricity in 2023, a 17.5% increase

Solar generation grew by 17.5% compared to 2022, albeit at a lower rate, adding just over 33 TWh of generation compared to the 40 TWh added in 2022.

Calculating potential impact of EPA’s $7 billion Solar for All program

Solar for All can jumpstart the solar market and expand the benefits of solar far beyond the initial five years of the program. Clean Energy States Alliance notes that after the award decisions are announced, additional states will be evaluating strategies and more households will benefit from this funding over time.

MIT research provides roadmap to perovskite passivation

In previous work, research teams developed methods for passivation, but there wasn’t clear understanding of how the process works. The new MIT study provides details on how to passivate the material’s surface so that the perovskite no longer degrades so rapidly or loses efficiency.

U.S. solar up 52% in 2023 as nation deploys 35.3 GW of capacity

Bloomberg NEF says U.S. clean energy generation grew by 0.9%, with wind and hydro generation falling and solar generation growing 15.4%.

NREL finds 100% renewable scenario improves LA air quality and health

NREL modeled that LA and surround counties could save over $4 billion from improved health outcomes. The most significant reductions in emissions resulted from electrification and infrastructural changes to the non-power sector, such as transportation and buildings.

Beaming radio frequency solar power from space

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology successfully beamed solar power from space to Earth in July. The experimental microwave-beaming satellite was tested for eight months, uncovering existing strengths and weaknesses that will guide future developments of space solar power.

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U.S. residential solar prices drop, strong interest in storage

The 18th edition of the EnergySage Marketplace Report finds the residential solar segment in the U.S. is rocked by persistent inflation, the California NEM 3.0 and rising loan fees. Yet prices have fallen and consumer interest in storage is strong.

Take the Solar + Farms survey

The Solar and Storage Industries Institute developed the survey in partnership with the National Farmers Union, the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, and the Solar Energy Industries Association, to examine sentiments surrounding the development of agrivoltaic projects from various perspectives.

Sunrise brief: Debunking solar myths–solar is unreliable

Also on the rise: Rooftop solar has technical potential to meet 45% of U.S. electricity demand. Raising consumer confidence critical to energy transition. And more.

Raising consumer confidence critical to energy transition, finds EY report

Energy providers, government and the broader energy ecosystem must raise up the access, appeal and affordability of clean energy to help speed the transition to clean energy.