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SunCast Episode 203: SPI’2019 marketing trends 2020

This episode of SunCast is a flashback to SPI 2019: a sit-down with Deborah Knuckey from Kiterocket, Mike Casey from Tigercomm, Keith Zakheim from Antenna Group, and Lauren Glickman from RenewComm with a hard focus on marketing.

Alta Devices hopes outside investors will revive the Hanergy-owned thin-film GaAs solar firm

Alta’s COO: “An agreement has been reached between Alta Devices and Hanergy to allow Alta to bring in outside investors to breathe new life into the company, and to get the thin film GaAs technology leader back on track.”

MIT sees wind+solar going big, dreams of nuclear, forgets batteries exist

Researchers see wind and solar headed to over 40% of US electricity generation, even without major national policy. However, analysts project that beyond 40%, the intermittent nature of these sources will drive costs higher without nuclear power than with it.

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Renewable tax incentives tagged as a winnable platform, new poll finds

As a campaign platform, extending renewable energy tax incentives is a vote winner in battleground Congressional districts, regardless of party affiliation, according to a new Global Strategy Group poll.

NV Energy has more solar coming than 37 states have installed

Nevada regulators have approved the utility’s latest integrated resource plan, which includes a gargantuan trio of solar projects and accompanying storage set to come to Clark County.

Solar potential in most of the U.S. is greater than it appears

In this op-ed, journalist William Driscoll notes that land across the U.S. generally has at least 70% of the solar potential of land in the desert Southwest, according to data from a federal map. Yet that map needs a different color scheme to better reflect the data, he says.

The wide market of solar panels, Deep sea pumped storage: pvMB 12/9/19

Hello wonderful people, happy Monday and welcome to the pvMB!

BlackRock aims a $2.5 billion fund at commercial and industrial solar, wind, and battery storage

The good news is that the world’s largest fund manager, BlackRock, just closed $1 billion of a record $2.5 billion fund dedicated to solar, wind, and energy storage projects. The bad news is that the $2.5 billion fund is a tiny fraction of BlackRock’s $6.96 trillion balance sheet and small change compared to BlackRock’s $17.5 billion investment in coal.

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Solar tariff talks on the menu – bifacial exemption extended and ITC argued

Federal regulators upheld the bifacial solar module import tariff as a public good, and potential protector of irreparable harm against solar developers. Concurrently, the trade courts reviewed the solar module import tariff as a whole, with some groups stating module manufacturing showed success, while solar cell manufacturing hasn’t been helped.

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Hardware brief: Solar panel walking shoes, poly modules dying?, Trina poly bifacial breaks record, more!

You’re busy, so we keep it simple – only the hardware here folks! Los Angeles simplified its installation requirements, solar+storage install in Vermont, solar walking shoes that spread the force to 1/10th allowable weight, Trina setting bifacial poly records, and polysilicon pricing at the floor!

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