Solar

A person observes a display of a residential solar plus storage system.

Exclusive: Solrite and sonnen roll out PPAs for solar plus storage

The pair are betting that a novel financing model could revive rooftop solar despite California’s net metering changes.

Sunnova tags Lumin smart panels in latest demand response partnership

The team-up illustrates an increasing trend towards integration versus competition in the smart home market.

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Jan 30, 2024
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Here’s what is holding back solar and wind developers

According to a new report, community opposition is among the chief causes of utility-scale project cancellations.

The Latitude

Faster, cheaper, better: tech innovations in renewables

How robots, automation, and data are improving the performance of wind and solar.

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Jan 26, 2024
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Solar manufacturers are gearing up to take advantage of the new tax credit transfer market

First Solar was the first U.S. solar manufacturer to make a credit transfer sale public — but more are on the horizon.

Solar employees work on a a panel installation

With workers hard to find, the solar industry tries new recruiting tactics

The industry needs a lot of new skilled workers, but they're hard to find: "We are all facing the same problem."

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Maeve Allsup
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Jan 23, 2024
Worker processes aluminum frames

Aluminum solar frames are a house of cards

Switching to steel would mitigate many of the risks that currently plague the solar industry.

Rooftop solar installers

With $335 million raise, ArcTern Ventures targets mobility, home electrification

The VC firm says there’s “no doubt on solar,” but anticipates an industry-wide focus on near-term bets.

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Maeve Allsup
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Jan 22, 2024
Several houses with solar panels in the woods

Scale acquired 500 megawatts of community solar

The expansion of an earlier deal with Gutami Solar reflects the fact that community solar is increasingly a priority for the company.

Perovskite cells

Perovskite solar got a $6 million boost

As the sector picks up some speed, Tandem PV’s most recent round of funding will support the development of the company’s first manufacturing plant.

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Maeve Allsup
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Jan 16, 2024
Two workers manufacturing solar PV panels

Microsoft’s unusual solar market strategy

With its recent Qcells deal, the company is wading into the mire of panel procurement to help ensure a stable supply chain.

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Maeve Allsup
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Jan 11, 2024
The Carbon Copy podcast

The terawatt era of PV: ‘Solar will be the gas of today’

On The Carbon Copy podcast: What does it look like for the global market to install a gigawatt every day?

Workers use a solar cleaning robot to wash solar panels in Huntington Beach, CA

‘Better, faster, cheaper, safer’? The renewables industry looks to new tech to drive efficiency

Developers are experimenting with automation and software to streamline their work.

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Solar

What’s going on with Heliogen?

The company is hoping artificial intelligence can redeem solar thermal in U.S. markets.

Workers install solar panels on a roof

In a first, First Solar cashes out 45X credits

With the $700 million sale of domestic manufacturing credits, the solar panel maker is doubling down on liquidity moving into 2024.

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Dec 27, 2023