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Morning Brief: City Electric Supply enters residential solar, Spruce Finance acquires 31 MW residential portfolio

Today in the morning brief, Mosaic passes $3 billion in funding, Sunfolding is a 2020 global greentech company, environmental advocates applaud APS’ carbon-free commitment, and more.

The Hawaii Solarcoaster got back on track in 2019 after two lackluster years

Solar industry veteran Marco Mangelsdorf of ProVision Solar, headquarted in Hilo, Hawaii, compiles the solar permit data for the last few years and finds some cause for hope in Hawaii’s volatile solar market. Marco has the numbers.

Southeast US adds 427 MW of distributed solar in 2019, as advocates press for more

Florida led the region for small-scale installations, while Maryland kept the lead on a per-capita basis. Solar advocates look to improve opportunities for distributed solar throughout the region in 2020.

All-inorganic perovskite solar cell hits 16.1% efficiency

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong have developed an all-inorganic perovskite cell with an electron-pair donor which offers a pair of non-bonding electrons. The cell was developed by applying that ‘Lewis base’ small molecule to passivate the inorganic perovskite film.

2 GW pumped storage project proposed on Navajo Nation lands

FERC has accepted Daybreak Energy’s application to develop a 2,230 MW pumped-hydro energy storage station along the banks of Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border.

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Tinder, except for solar and sheep

The American Solar Grazing Association is seeking to connect local, available sheep with O&M teams at solar power farms, and they’re raising $4,500 to build phase I of a webpage to make it happen more efficiently.

Report: the commercial opportunity for off-grid solar power in Africa is $24 billion per year

On a continent where 600 million people have no access to electricity, “The combination of solar and fintech is driving an economic transformation.”

Morning Brief: New Georgia PSC chair, Capital Dynamics gets in on Eland

Today in the brief: solar farm expansion in Delaware, Petersen-Dean picks Enphase for inverter and battery supply, completion of the San Diego Zoo battery and more.

Panasonic claims 16% efficiency for lightweight perovskite solar module

The device has an area of 802cm² and thickness of 2mm. The manufacturer claims it improved module performance through an inkjet coating method and a reduction in weight by using thin glass substrates.

Dirt-eating solar panel coating wins government funding

Swift Coat has won a $1 million grant from the DOE to develop a solar glass coating that combines industry standard anti-reflective properties with photocatalytic titanium dioxide that breaks down organic materials on solar modules, potentially increasing energy generation by 3% over standard panels.