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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vertical bifacial solar seeking greenhouse albedo, deployment space

A Colorado farmer has installed vertical bifacial solar, leveraging greenhouse albedo to increase output. The installation demonstrates promising generation during winter months, while maximizing limited land space.

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Replacing coal plant with largest energy storage project in Indiana

AES Indiana filed for a 200 MW/800 MWh battery project, which is slated to be the largest in the US state of Indiana. It will be located at the site of a partially decommissioned multi-unit coal plant that is now transitioning to gas.

Former US coal plant to host 100-hour iron-air battery

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved Form Energy’s 10 MW/1 GWh iron-air long-duration storage facility for Xcel Energy.

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Solar generated 7% of US electricity in April

Solar electricity was up 16% from 2022, a relatively modest increase due to lower deployed solar capacity in 2022 than in 2021. For the year, solar has covered 5% of all electricity so far, with emission-free sources greater than 43%

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