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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.

Tesla approves purchase contract for European Gigafactory, just outside of Berlin

Tesla, California’s pioneering EV builder, will acquire a 700-acre site near Berlin for its first large-scale EV factory. The purchase price has not been finalized. Some local folk are protesting the approval process.

Morning Brief: Virginia fills third-party pilot, S.C. House calls for Santee Cooper to go clean

Hello one and all and welcome to the first morning brief of your work week. Today we have BoxPower delivering microgrids to earthquake-affected communities in Puerto Rico, and Sullivan Power winning an award for its UC Irvine installation.

First Solar nears final environmental approval for 450 MW Mojave Desert solar power plant

The BLM has given the Desert Quartzite solar power plant a preliminary Record of Decision, which opens the site for a 60-day final review, after which the project will have full approval to move forward with construction.

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Dan Shugar, NEXTracker CEO, on solar trackers in wind and the terror of torsional galloping

In the final part of our interview, Dan Shugar, goes into detail about a subject NEXTracker has studied in depth — static and dynamic evaluation of wind impacts on single-axis trackers. We include video of trackers (and a bridge) caught galloping in the wind.

Dan Shugar, NEXTracker CEO, riffs on tracker innovation, bifacial panels and getting acquired by Flex

While trackers for solar panels might seem a bit mundane, once you stumble into CEO Dan Shugar’s reality distortion field, trackers become kind of sexy.

Morning Brief: Titan 1 breaks ground, Blackstone refinances Altus for $850 million

Welcome to another morning brief. Today we’ve got Goldman Sachs financing $200 million in Loanpal loans, Swiss RE and kWh analytics collaborating to accelerate solar adoption, Voltus’ 50 MW demand response award, SERES transitioning its battery division into a subsidiary and more!

A desert solar farm can actually improve desert tortoise habitat

With tortoise-sized openings at the bottom of the fence, and improved growth of plants vital to tortoise survival, a solar farm in Nevada can provide better habitat than the surrounding desert. First Solar found similar habitat gains in California.

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Photo gallery of Tesla solarglass roof tile installations: Will 2020 be the year of the solar roof?

Tesla shipped a record number of electric vehicles in the most recent quarter and started production at its new China factory. However, 2019 was not “the year of the solar roof,” despite Elon Musk’s aspirations. Your humble narrator tracked down some solar roof installations to witness Tesla’s solar glass in the wild. We’ve got pictures.

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Hardware Brief: King Window Cleaning in SoCal, REC 25 times three, Jinko in space, more!

Please companies, get your services known, your gear covered – send press releases and datasheets to USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com. What’s on the docket today? Module pricing is going down, higher efficiency products more so – enough that you ought call you supplier, Quasar bidirectionally connects your home directly to the DC side of your cars energy storage and SolRates is refining their offerings.

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