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Using rocks as heat batteries for renewable energy storage

Sandia National Laboratories and CSolPower are researching the use of landscaping gravel as a thermal energy storage medium.

Maxeon to acquire shingled cell solar patents from Complete Solaria

In addition to the solar panel patent portfolio, Maxeon will gain complete Solaria’s dealer channel operations and contracts.

Sunrise brief: California electricity pricing exploded in the last three years, far outpacing inflation

Also on the rise: Funding for second-life EV battery materials manufacturer reaches $4 billion. Model procedures for fixing distributed solar and storage interconnection. And more.

New Mexico solar project sites 200 MW on former coal plant

Origis Energy commenced construction on the project, which is expected to reach commercial operations in 2024.

Sunrise brief: Arizona approves cut to solar compensation rates 

Also on the rise: “Make it burn” and other lithium-ion first responder guidance. Coalition urges Biden Administration to scrap hydrogen hub plans. And more.

GridLab 100% clean reliable grid study uses scrubbed data from utility PNM

New Mexico utility PNM has three possible pathways—all relying on a high percentage of wind and solar generation—to reach 100% clean electricity while maintaining reliable service, found a study by the non-profit consultancy GridLab and a team of experts.

Maxeon Solar to build 3 GW cell and module plant in Albuquerque

The company will invest $1 billion in the TOPCon manufacturing facility, creating up to 1,800 highly skilled jobs.

New guidelines for inter-row spacing of PV power plants

A Canadian research group has applied new guidelines for ground coverage ratios to 31 locations in Mexico, the United States and Canada. It found the new formulae show that the factors affecting inter-row energy yield loss are highly dependent on latitude.

Sunrise brief: First Solar sues Toledo Solar for false and deceptive practices 

Also on the rise: Toyota to procure 100 MW of solar from reclaimed Kentucky coal mine site. Strata Clean Energy enters into 1 GWh battery storage tolling agreement with Arizona Public Service. And more.

50 states of solar incentives: New Mexico

Currently ranked 20th in the country for installed solar, the outlook for solar in the state is bright, with SEIA projecting that nearly 4 GW will be added in the next five years, popping the state up to the 12th spot.

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