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Talking up a rapid renewables transition will get us there faster

Two potentially “self-fulfilling” energy transition narratives are in competition, says a World Economic Forum report. Only one, the “rapid narrative,” would help us limit global warming to the Paris Agreement goal of “well below two degrees Celsius.”

Hundreds demand action on climate in Rhode Island

Sunrise Rhode Island, students and concerned citizens joined global protests under the Climate Strike movement.

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Google buys power from another 1.6 GW of renewables

The new deals worth $2 billion in new investments were made by the Internet giant in in the U.S., Chile and Europe.

Suncast episode 182, “Know before you go” featuring pv magazine’s Christian Roselund

Learn what to expect at Solar Power International 2019, including advice from industry vets to optimize your experience, and even how introverts can get the most out of the moments!

Small solar is bigger, cheaper and more efficient in the USA

LBNL’s annual Tracking the Sun report, comparing 2017 to 2018, saw module efficiency rise almost 10%, system prices decrease 5-7%, median system size increases, and significant variability in all of those data points across the 1.6 million systems surveyed.

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First Solar exits the EPC business

Citing the wild success of its Series 6 module, First Solar has announced that it is closing its engineering, procurement and construction business in the United States in order to concentrate on scaling, developing, and selling modules.

FERC moves to gut PURPA

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a proposal to allow states to remove the long-term price certainty in PURPA, and shrink the size of facilities that automatically quality for contracts from 20 MW to 1 MW.

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Hardware: Q Cell and Solaria all black, Sunfolding’s summer body, NY sheep services, more!

Hardware, get your fresh hardware! SunPower is releasing energy storage, solar module pricing looks flat, and make sure to shake pv magazine hands as we walk the floor at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City next week!

The Open PV Project goes offline

The U.S. Department of Energy has shut down the site for its Open PV Project, which supplied cost and installation data. Is this the winding down of a project whose time had come, or part of a more disturbing trend?

Amazon pledges zero emissions by 2040

Amazon unveiled a gauntlet of new climate initiatives today, including 80% renewables by 2024, zero emissions by 2040, a fleet of 100,000 electric vans and a $100 million investment in reforestation measures.

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