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Indiana regulators slash net metering rate, advise solar owners to buy batteries

A new ruling in Indiana could extend payback periods to as long as 25 years and effectively dry up new business in the southwestern part of the US state, according to one installer.

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Masdar reaches first close on 1.6 GW solar, wind portfolio in US

Abu Dhabi-based Masdar says that the United States offers “considerable scope for further growth.”

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CC&L Infrastructure buys 563 MW EDPR portfolio in US for $684 million

The renewable energy division of the Portuguese power company has concluded a $684 million deal with Canadian investment group Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure for a wind and solar portfolio in the United States.

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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.

First Solar signs PPA with Dow Inc

Dow Inc. is set to buy 75% of the annual generation from First Solar’s upcoming 200 MW Horizon Solar project in Frio County, Texas, under a 15-year power contract.

Zinc-air battery aims for extremely low $45/kWh cost

New York state has chosen Zinc8’s zinc-air battery to demonstrate the technology’s viability over a three-year period in a 100 kW/1 MWh storage system.

US solar market slumps during second quarter

The impact of Section 201 tariffs is cited in a 9% year-over-year fall in installation volume during Q2. However, Wood Mackenzie and SEIA also show massive utility-scale procurement, which is expected to lead to a boom in the second half of the year.

The weekend read: Tracker market is adapting to bifacial module technology

Solar tracker makers are bringing specially designed models to the market in order to embrace the coming wave of bifacial panels. While bifacial panels may capture up to 10% more light than monofacial panels, single-axis trackers typically add 25% to that bifacial gain, resulting in a roughly estimated 12.5% gain from the two technologies combined, compared with fixed installs using monofacial panels.

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Enphase share sale raises $20 million

The California-headquartered microinverter specialist announces private equity offering of 9,523,809 shares that have been sold to Chilean entrepreneur Isidoro Quiroga.

Comtec cancels wafer supply agreement with Mission Solar

The Chinese solar company has terminated the agreement to supply wafers to the U.S. producer after repeated failures by Mission Solar to purchase the required quantities of wafers outlined in the contract.

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