Michigan

Hemlock Semiconductor becomes vertically integrated polysilicon maker

The U.S. polysilicon manufacturer has acquired DuPont’s trichlorosilane business, in a move that will help it cut production costs and control supply.

Morning Brief: Utilities across the US battle equitable net metering and value-of-solar

Also in the brief: Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly want the General Assembly to pass legislation authorizing local community solar projects.

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Morning Brief: Utilities battle net metering in Michigan, Indiana and California, gas industry battles electrification everywhere

Also in the brief: The never-ending net-metering battle. Maine gets a 25-MW solar plant.

SEIA finds rooftop solar is worth 24¢/kWh in Michigan

The value of rooftop solar is well above the net metering compensation paid to customers with rooftop solar, the solar association found.

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Advocates seek solar on all new houses in ten states

“The most efficient time to install solar panels is when the builders are on the roof in the first place,” said Bronte Payne with Environment America.

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Morning Brief: 184 GW of renewables were installed globally in 2019, Alabama Power to add gas units

Also in the brief: Geronimo Energy has started construction activities for two Michigan solar projects, a New Hampshire Senator is asking the Defense Department’s progress toward meeting its renewable energy goals, Nelnet launches a renewables spinoff and more.

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Morning Brief: the North Carolina solar industry has weathered Covid well, Vistra announces battery expansion

Also in the brief: Consumers Energy is providing 100,000 Google Nest thermostats to Michigan households, Tesla has quietly made Model 3 ready for bidirectional charging, SolSmart adds new partners.

Pollinator-friendly solar: a feel-good way to make projects cleaner and greener  

Opposition to solar project siting can be turned into broad support by designing projects with “pollinator-friendly” landscaping — a trend gaining momentum across the country.

Morning Brief: What does the pandemic mean for the energy transition?

Also in the brief: Michigan solar installers say their future depends on lifting the energy cap. Plus, chickens.

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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