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California is now a batteries-included rooftop solar market

About 60% of customers have included battery energy storage with their rooftop solar installation, up from roughly 10% prior. However, a “sustained downturn” is expected for the market.

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SunPower now offers Tesla Powerwall 3 to residential solar customers

SunPower Financial reported it has expanded its suite of solar financing options to include loan and lease financing through Mosaic for Tesla battery installations.

Bladeless wind energy innovation aims to compete with rooftop solar

A compact, “motionless” wind turbine with a magnetic generator designed for large commercial rooftops provides 5 kW of capacity per unit. Aeromine Technologies secured Series A funding for scaling its innovative design.

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Quantifying losses from harmonics in solar facilities

Gamesa Electric has released a white paper on losses due to harmonics in PV plants, including an independent study that compares the performance of ultra-low total harmonic distortion inverters.

Research shows repaired PV modules can perform with acceptable losses

A research group has demonstrated the technical feasibility of using repaired solar modules with satisfying results. It also warned, however, that there is an urgent need to define a protocol for evaluating the features of a “viable” repaired panel.

Colorado modernizes community solar program

Governor Polis signed into law bipartisan legislation that launches a new dispatchable distributed generation program and leverages Solar for All funding to upgrade its grid, lower energy bills for all and promote energy equity.

PERC solar products hard to sell due to falling TOPCon module prices

Prices for tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar panels continue to fall. pvXchange.com founder Martin Schachinger explains how this will affect the sale of PV modules based on passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) cells.

Sunrise brief: Renewables must triple by 2030 to hit net-zero by 2050

Also on the rise: EV manufacturer Rivian invests in solar energy. Market impacts from the recent flurry of solar policy actions. And more.

EV manufacturer Rivian invests in solar energy

Rivian will subscribe to community solar and purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs).

Acciona completes Texas-size solar project near Houston

The 458 MW Red-Tailed Hawk solar plant is the company’s largest solar plant to date.

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