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Ascent Solar increases CIGS thin-film solar cell efficiency to 15.2%

The significant increase over previous efficiencies achieved is attributed to replacing cadmium sulfide in manufacturing process with a new material.

Sunrise brief: Arizona to vote on 37% slash to solar net metering

Also on the rise: Microsoft invests in 6.6 MW solar facility in Mississippi. Texas to activate its first virtual power plants. And more.

SolarEdge joins Xcel Energy’s virtual power plant incentive program in Colorado

The Renewable Battery Connect initiative will call on home battery owners to discharge power to the grid when electricity demand is especially high, and provide them with financial incentives in return.

Radiation-hardened solar blankets to power orbital logistics vehicle

Solestial’s ultra-thin solar cells will power in-space delivery vehicles for Atomos Space.

Vertical bifacial solar seeking greenhouse albedo and deployment space

A Colorado farmer installed vertical bifacial solar, leveraging greenhouse albedo to increase output. The installation demonstrates promising generation during winter months, while maximizing limited land space.

Sunrise brief: Meyer Burger to bring 2 GW of solar cell manufacturing to Colorado

Also on the rise: How will the latest change to net metering impact solar adoption in California? Solar contractor tool helps quote roofing and solar in one. And more.

2 GW Meyer Burger solar cell factory in Colorado, hints of more coming

The Swiss-German solar machine and module manufacturer has announced it will redirect solar cell manufacturing machines planned for Germany to Colorado in order to get the factory up by the end of 2024, which would make all of their Arizona solar modules qualify for the IRA”s “domestic content”.

Sunrise brief: Solar jobs grow 3.5% in 2022, workforce challenges remain

Also on the rise: Autonomous robots for solar installation gain traction. First utility deployment of new liquid metal battery system. And more.

First utility deployment of new liquid metal battery system

Ambri advances collaboration with Xcel Energy for a long-duration energy storage project.


Grassland agrivoltaics show minimal difference in forage yield to traditional growth

A Colorado State University study found that despite a 38% reduction in light availability, a C3 semi-arid grassland only reduced aboveground productivity and photosynthesis by 6%, pointing to the feasibility of grassland agrivoltaics.


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