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Satellite data guides module technology choice for different climates and regions

A team of researchers analyzed irradiance spectra using satellite data. The research aimed at determining how different module technologies like silicon, hetero-junction, perovskite and CdTe cope in different geographies and weather conditions.

A stress test for all seasons

Scientists led by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new stress testing protocol for PV modules, one designed to simultaneously expose modules to multiple stresses, as they likely would be in the field. Putting modules through this test, the researchers have already been able to reveal new information regarding backsheet degradation, and they promise new insights into other degradation mechanisms both known and unknown as well.

Tesla’s Musk: ‘Energy business will ultimately be as large as our vehicle business’

Tesla’s solar and battery businesses show signs of life in another profitable quarter for the EV manufacturer.

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CEO Interview – SPI 2020, USA. Interview with William Sheng, President of Talesun Solar

As one of the world’s top ten PV module manufacturers and an experienced EPC supplier of solar PV power stations, Talesun Solar expanded its business globally based on steady capacity growth and targeted marketing actions. Before the largest solar PV exhibition and conference of the North America, the Solar Power & Energy Storage International (SPI) 2020, PV Magazine has the opportunity to interview with Mr. William Sheng, the president of Talesun Solar, and listen to his view of the PV market, module products with different techniques, and other hot topics.

Solar PPA prices in the US rise for the second consecutive quarter

LevelTen Energy’s Q3 2020 PPA Price Index report shows that average utility-scale solar PPA prices rose again in Q3, up to $29.3/MWh. And while the ITC step-down and simple economics are to blame, LevelTen shares that the increases are no cause for alarm.

Politicians talk a green game, but do they have solar on their home rooftops?

The Solar Power Challenge website aims to identify the politicians who support solar and have the rooftop panels at home to prove it. The results will not surprise you.

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US solar racking companies are getting acquired in a consolidating market: Who’s next?

The U.S. solar racking market has quiet revenues of billions of dollars and continues to consolidate — driven by equity firms such as Esdec and Tenex. The market segment has become a small hotbed of M&A. Who’s next?

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Solar+storage replaces US coal plant

The utility plans to replace the San Juan coal-fired station’s 847 MW of capacity with 650 MW of solar generation and 300 MW/1,200 MWh of accompanying energy storage.

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Wärtsilä’s 9 MW battery storage system reduces demand peaks

An independent power producer, AEP OnSite Partners, will be the first to deploy Wärtsilä’s new storage product.

Swift Solar to push perovskite market forward

Born from an Oxford research group, the startup is looking to make its name by developing all-perovskite tandems – something no other company has done.

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