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Sunrise brief: Sunrun signs on to recycle solar panels with Solarcycle

Also on the rise: Utility TVA targets 10 GW of solar by 2035, currently owns 1 MW in operation. Maxeon unveils whole home energy management system SunPower One. Washington DC outpacing its own solar goals, for now. AES to supply Microsoft with 110 MW of solar, 220 MWh of storage. Self-healing perovskite solar PV cells can withstand fierce cosmic radiation. Porsche AG leads $400 million series C funding of US high-performance battery cell fabrication.

D.C. is outpacing its own solar goals, for now

The District’s 2021 RPS Compliance Report shows a significant expansion of RPS-certified solar facilities, with capacity additions outpacing program mandates.

22 Senators call on Biden to end anti-circumvention investigation

The bipartisan group is led by Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who was influential in last year’s dismissal of a similar antidumping investigation request. Secretary Raimondo offers the DOC’s perspective.


Sunrise brief: BorgWarner wins $4 million prize to design American-made EV fast charger

Also on the rise: EDPR and Meta sign PPA for 156MW of solar from Cattlemen Solar Park in central Texas. Castillo Engineering selected to provide electrical design for New York community solar portfolio. NYSERDA launches energy advisory website for low-to moderate income households. Bluetti launches 350W foldable solar module. Green hydrogen electrolyzer provider closes $45 million Series B. Gallaudet University to install 2.5MW microgrid.

Washington DC University to install 2.5MW microgrid

Gallaudet University, Scale Microgrid Solutions, and Urban Ingenuity collaborate on solar-plus-storage microgrid to power the university and surrounding homes through community solar plan.

What we have here is a failure to communicate solar generation data

Washington DC Attorney General Racine has filed a complaint against utility PEPCO for general incompetence in managing the community solar program, with a focus on additional hardware requirements and a failure to properly measure and compensate solar electricity generation.


Sol Systems announces first recipients of Community Impact Agreement with Microsoft

Through a unique power purchase and community impact agreement with Microsoft, Sol Systems announced a total investment of over $1 million in 2022 in five initial partner organizations focused on workforce development, energy access, or community resiliency. The company said it plans to invest at least $50 million in underserved communities in the US.

With Build Back Better in the freezer, solar may struggle to heat up this year

Brandon Conard, managing partner at SolRiver Capital, offered pv magazine some thoughts on the halting of Build Back Better, and what may be ahead for the solar industry.


U.S. House unanimously passes forced labor bill for Xinjiang region

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would ban all imports from the Chinese region, unless the U.S. government determines the products were not made with forced labor. The region supplies 50% of the world’s polysilicon, an essential material in solar PV.

Domestic manufacture of solar modules, trackers, inverters incentivized in Build Back Better

In a draft of the Build Back Better infrastructure plan released by the Senate Finance Committee, domestic manufacturing of solar PV and balance-of-system components would qualify for incentives.


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