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REC Silicon to shut down polysilicon business in Montana

REC Advanced Silicon Material LLC is shutting down one of its two polysilicon production facilities in the United States. It says the decision is primarily due to regional structural imbalances in supply and demand for electricity.

Solar season slows, wind power rises

From January through October 2023, solar photovoltaics contributed 5.78% to U.S. electricity, with just over 6% coming from the source in October alone.

Sunrise brief: CubicPV announces $1 billion long-term silicon supply agreement 

Also on the rise: 38% solar growth pushing wind-solar dynamic duo past coal in 2024. Next generation winning legal battles against fossil fuel policy. And more.

Next generation winning legal battles against fossil fuel policy

A recent landmark decision in Montana is considered a game changer, marking a turning point in efforts to save the planet from the devastating effects of fossil fuel use.

The quiet shift from central to string inverters in utility-scale solar  

Central inverters still dominate the U.S. utility solar market but string inverters are beginning to get more traction in 10+ MW projects.  


Sunrise brief: U.S. warehouses can host enough solar to power nearly 20 million homes 

Also on the rise: Puerto Rico moves into seventh place for residential solar per capita. Invested in our planet: Financing the clean energy transition. And more.

Montana city flips switch on 545 kW municipal solar facility

At a “flip the switch” event held in Missoula this week, officials christened a 545 kW municipal solar project, which Ameresco will maintain under a 25-year solar energy agreement which had zero upfront cost to the municipality, the companies said.

50 states of solar incentives: Montana 

Montana, dubbed the Big Sky Country state, ranks 30th in the country based on its abundant hydro and wind resources, but is ranked 44th based on solar energy output.

Court rules that inverter sizing guides grid connection

U.S. Court of Appeals rules that an 80 MWac/160 MWdc solar farm, with 50 MW of battery, meets Qualifying Facility status – 80 MWac or less – under PURPA.

HVDC transmission line to connect three ISO regions

The 385-mile North Plains Connector project to be built by 2029 will ease power transmission congestion and allow clean energy onto the grid.


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