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Making the case for concentrated solar power

Dismissed by many in the solar industry as an overly-complex, outdated technology, concentrated solar power (CSP) is set for a comeback thanks to a scaled-down, modular approach.


Arizona approves ‘discriminatory’ charge for rooftop solar customers

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved a request from utility APS to raise rates and add a punitive charge to rooftop solar customers.


Weekend Read: Energy sovereignty

Native American lands boast serious PV potential in the United States but getting projects off the ground hasn‘t always been easy. Different tribes are willing to take power generation into their own hands and the landscape could be shifting, thanks to funding from the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and other programs.


Test success for robot inspector

Large-scale PV installations are accelerating while labor shortages prompt the industry to explore alternative strategies for delivering and operating solar plants. Utility-scale solar construction company McCarthy Building Companies, and robotics company OnSight Technology, recently teamed up to test a robotic tool to inspect field components.


Photovoltaics for marine wildlife telemetry devices

A US research team has tested mini solar modules in marine data collection devices, using animal hosts for water column profile measurements. The findings suggest that submarine PV can effectively operate in these applications at depths of up to 22 meters.


US tribal community to cut water losses with solar canopy

The Gila River Indian Community says it has broken ground on a solar array that will cover an irrigation canal south of Phoenix, Arizona.


Weekend Read: The fruitful search for other thin films

First Solar and its cadmium telluride (CdTe) technology dominate thin-film solar in the mainstream market. Valerie Thompson looks at the US-based business and the future of thin-film PV technology.

American Battery Factory breaks ground on US gigafactory

American Battery Factory has started building a $1.2 billion gigafactory in the US state of Arizona. It is set to generate approximately 1,000 job opportunities in the Tucson region.

Arizona approves cut to compensation rates for rooftop PV

The authorities in Arizona have upheld the precedent of capping the reduction at 10% for compensation rates for rooftop PV, following a proposal for a 37% cut. However, there is a possibility of new risks emerging, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission.


The Hydrogen Stream: Egypt to host 3.6 GW of electrolyzers at Suez Canal

Globeleq has revealed plans to build a green hydrogen facility in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and Air Liquide has agreed to run a hydrogen production unit for TotalEnergies in France. Doosan Fuel Cell, meanwhile, has said it will export 105 MW of hydrogen fuel cells to China by 2026.


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