California

California’s lucrative energy storage SGIP incentive is new and improved — here’s a guide

California’s new SGIP renewables incentive handbook is a complex read. The good analysts at Energy Toolbase have distilled the regulatory product down to its essence — so solar and storage developers can understand the outlines of this new incentive structure.

It’s a good idea to charge an EV with solar when we’re socially distanced

Is there any good reason for putting solar on a Tesla Cybertruck? or is it just virtue signaling? On the other hand, how far are you driving tomorrow? Do you have range anxiety or just general anxiety?

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Morning Brief: New Mexico utility breaks up with coal, Tesla adds commercial storage ordering

Also in the brief: CALSSA organizes mask and PPE donations, National Grid is postponing projects in Rhode Island, Envision Solar has officially launched the upgraded generation of EV ARC solar EV chargers and more!

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Solaria files suit against Canadian Solar for patent infringement on PV cell ‘shingling’ technology

Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “When foreign companies such as Canadian Solar ignore American patents and violate our core IP, we will take action to enforce and protect the technology that took so much effort and investment to develop.”

Morning brief: Tesla’s massive battery system bid, no Covid-19 effect visible yet for module imports

Also in the brief: kWh Analytics’ insurance policy on solar production and revenues, Solar FlexRack has reached 200 solar tracker installations, the Wallingford Renewable Energy solar project has been sold and more.

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Getting California’s microgrids interconnected is even more important now

The hope is that microgrids will enable increased resiliency to cope with not only more wildfires but other crises too – such as pandemics.

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SunPower reduces management salaries, freezes hiring and withdraws 2020 financial guidance

SunPower CEO: “We remain on track to complete our planned company split into two independently focused pure-play solar companies by the end of the second quarter.”

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How to get a job building utility-scale solar

As more utility-scale solar installations are announced in more states, solar contractors are hiring people who are new to the industry, and offering on-the-job training and long-term employment.

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Can a transparent solar window harvest enough power to be practical?

Can an organic solar cell material finally be commercialized? Last year, Ubiquitous Energy claimed a world record for efficiency of a “transparent solar cell” with a “certified” 9.8% efficiency.

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Panasonic suspending work at Tesla Nevada factory as California and New York gigafactories shut down

Tesla’s Nevada operation is still open for business. The EV and battery maker assures the market that its cash position is strong enough to weather an “extended period of uncertainty.”

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