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Spacing between PV cells effectively cools panels down, study finds

In a typical PV plant, where modules operate nearly 25°C above the ambient temperature, energy loss can reach 12%.

Solar windows cut emissions and energy use by 40% in glass skyscrapers

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory modeled the benefits of PV in highly glazed skyscrapers.

Sunrise brief: It’s time to combat utility opposition to solar

Also on the rise: U.S. Army builds further resilience with flow battery pilot project at Fort Carson. Cooling down solar modules by increasing space between panel rows. And more.

Sunrise brief: Georgia Power proposes to apply $200 rooftop solar interconnection fee to its customers

Also on the rise: Distributed resources to earn compensation from Texas grid operator ERCOT. Vertical solar on high-rise building to produce 58 MWh annually. And more.

Colorado utility agrees to low-income solar program in nearly $100 million settlement

In a settlement agreement with the Environmental Justice Coalition, Xcel Energy agreed to boost equitable access to rooftop solar, community solar, and battery storage. It will set aside $33 million for environmental justice communities and $53 million for community solar.

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Emerging market distributed renewable energy platform raises $5 million

Odyssey Energy Solutions is an investment and asset management platform for distributed solar projects in Africa and Asia.

Agrivoltaics: Co-locating solar and agriculture yields mutual benefits

National labs and universities are exploring the synergies of co-locating solar with cattle or sheep, crops, pollinator-friendly native plants, soil rehabilitation and other ecosystem services.

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Perovskite solar cell achieves 24% efficiency, retains 87% of output after 100 days

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory made a breakthrough in high efficiency and stability for perovskite solar cells.

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SolarEdge investigated for alleged patent violation

The U.S. International Trade Commission launched the investigation following a lawsuit from power electronics competitor Ampt.

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Liquid metal long-duration storage to be demonstrated at solar test site

Colorado utility Xcel Energy will test the use of Ambri’s energy storage technology at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center.

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