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New solar installations to hit 413 GW this year, says BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF says historically low module prices will drive the global solar industry to record installations in 2023.

Berkeley Lab updates US solar project database

The US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has location-verified all solar projects above 1 MW in the United States and has organized them into a user-friendly map.

Solar-plus-storage outperforms diesel in US military survival analysis

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has determined that Antora Energy’s solar-plus-storage system meets the US military’s stringent standards, as it significantly outperforms emergency diesel generators in survivability probabilities.

NREL forecasts rising US utility-scale solar costs, falling residential prices

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has updated its annual cost modeling tool in light of the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). It has identified higher labor costs for utility-scale solar projects and falling hardware costs due to new manufacturing tax credits.

Suniva plans 3.5 GW US solar cell factory

Six years after petitioning the US government for tariffs to make its products more competitive, US.-based Suniva has revealed plans to launch 1 GW of cell manufacturing capacity by spring 2024, followed by an additional 2.5 GW expansion.

Fluke unveils high wattage, current-specific solar module I-V curve tracing hardware

Fluke aims to take the PVA-1500HE it acquired from Solmetric to the global market. It claims the new hardware will fill a gap in the worldwide market with a U.S.-preferred tool.

A terawatt of solar module capacity expected within 16 months

Clean Energy Associates projects that major Chinese manufacturers will achieve a global solar module manufacturing capacity of 1 terawatt by the end of 2024. Furthermore, this capacity is projected to hit that same mark within China’s borders by 2025.


California utility pays $175,000 settlement for false ‘renewable’ advertising

The Southern California Gas Company has agreed to a settlement of $175,000, without admitting fault, to cease claims that their gas is ‘renewable’. The company will also update its website to clarify that only 5% of its gas comes from renewable sources.


The economics of solar grazing

Researchers at the University of Illinois have conducted a survey, combined with prior research, outlining solar grazers’ investments and earnings. The report also delves into complex grazing business plans on large utility-scale solar facilities.


NextEra reveals 250 GW pipeline of renewables, storage projects

NextEra, the leading clean energy developer in the United States, has deployed nearly 1.9 GW (AC) of solar, wind and storage over the past quarter, expanding its project backlog to nearly 20 GW. It has also secured interconnection queue positions for 145 GW of its projects.