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US developer completes first phase of 3.6 MW cannabis grower’s solar farm

ESA Solar has announced the completion of the first 1.2 MW phase of a 3.6 MW ground-mounted solar project for an indoor cannabis growing operation. Cannabis production represents more than 1% of US electricity demand, presenting an opportunity for renewable energy adoption.

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Maxeon raises $199.4 million for IBC module manufacturing expansion

Maxeon Solar Technologies, the producer of the Maxeon and SunPower solar module brands, is raising capital from a $157.4 million underwriting of shares and a separate $42 million private placement with TCL Zhonghuan.

Meta to power US data center with 200 MW solar project

RPlus Energies has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with investor-owned utility Idaho Power to install the 200 MW Pleasant Valley Solar project in Ada County, Idaho.

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Canadian Solar ships 6.1 GW of modules in Q1

Canadian Solar shipped 6.1 GW of solar panels in the first three months of this year, up 68% from the first quarter of 2022.

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Solar gazebo provides up to 4.3 kW of backyard generating capacity

Arka Energy’s new outdoor gazebo provides 2.4 kW to 4.3 kW of residential solar power via monocrystalline PERC solar tiles.

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US startup releases hourly grid-monitoring distributed energy tool

Bidgely, an energy data software startup, has developed the 8760 Energy Model, a data set and report that provides utilities and industry stakeholders with behind-the-meter energy data, tracked at an hourly level throughout the year.

U.S. court orders developer to pay $135.5 million in 100 MW solar property damage case

U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land issued a May 5 order ruling that Nashville-based Silicon Ranch and IEA are liable for more than $135 million in damages due to sediment erosion and lack of soil control.

LG unveils US residential energy storage system

LG has developed a new energy storage system for the US residential market that combines two 10-hour batteries or 16-hour Prime battery modules in parallel, providing 19.2 kWh to 32 kWh of capacity and a maximum 9.6 kW output from the inverter.

First Solar revenue falls in Q1 as US facility investments take priority

First Solar has reported a decline in first-quarter revenue, citing investments in US facilities as a priority, with 25% of its full-year guidance expected in the first half.

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US government commits $250 million to domestic heat pump production

The US authorities will offer new funds under the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to build a clean energy economy, create new manufacturing jobs, and help families to save money on their energy bills.

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