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More Tesla solar roof tile installations in the wild, a photo gallery update

We discover two more Tesla solar roof tile installations this week and update a few more. That leaves 998 more roofs to document this week, given Elon Musk’s claim of 1,000 roofs per week by the end of 2019.

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SunCast Episode 222: demand-response microgrids with AJ Perkins of DR Microgrid

In this episode of SunCast, Nico sits down with AJ Perkins of DR Microgrid to focus on implications around the rise of resiliency and battery storage and solar plus storage.

Hardware Brief: Solar mandate in real life, two types of weird new racking, 50/150 cell 500 watt module, more!

Module pricing is flat this week as the Chinese New Year approaches, Acme Express won $1 million to design new C&I racking, Unirac is testing a new connection technique, and Trina is deploying the largest and newest solar cell type. USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com gets your gear in here!

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APS to go to 100% clean energy by 2050

APS, Arizona’s largest utility, has released its first-ever decarbonization goal: 100% clean energy by 2050, with a 65% by 2030 landmark. The decision is being lauded as a big step forward for a utility that just a few short years ago opposed an Arizona RPS increase.

Patterns are emerging in community solar subscriptions: how does your offer compare?

David Ganske, founder of DG+Design finds that when it comes to community solar, buyers are more educated than ever before and won’t settle for unreasonable terms, especially when the status quo of staying with their existing utility provider is so easy.

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Qatar’s 800 MW tender draws world record solar power price of $0.01567/kWh

The winning consortium was formed by French oil giant Total and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp.

Morning Brief: City Electric Supply enters residential solar, Spruce Finance acquires 31 MW residential portfolio

Today in the morning brief, Mosaic passes $3 billion in funding, Sunfolding is a 2020 global greentech company, environmental advocates applaud APS’ carbon-free commitment, and more.

The Hawaii Solarcoaster got back on track in 2019 after two lackluster years

Solar industry veteran Marco Mangelsdorf of ProVision Solar, headquarted in Hilo, Hawaii, compiles the solar permit data for the last few years and finds some cause for hope in Hawaii’s volatile solar market. Marco has the numbers.

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Southeast US adds 427 MW of distributed solar in 2019, as advocates press for more

Florida led the region for small-scale installations, while Maryland kept the lead on a per-capita basis. Solar advocates look to improve opportunities for distributed solar throughout the region in 2020.

All-inorganic perovskite solar cell hits 16.1% efficiency

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong have developed an all-inorganic perovskite cell with an electron-pair donor which offers a pair of non-bonding electrons. The cell was developed by applying that ‘Lewis base’ small molecule to passivate the inorganic perovskite film.

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