Category: Solar

Solar power in trucking’s forecast as fleets find energy, cost savings

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Marten Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Rush Enterprises are just a few industry players betting on the power of the sun.

Solar could be 40% of US generation by 2035, but it needs more investment, White House report finds

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Solar power could represent 40% of U.S. electrical generation and could sustain as many as 1.5 million jobs by 2035, according to a report on the Biden administration’s solar policies released by the White House on Tuesday.

To decarbonize the U.S. grid by 2035, the nation must deploy solar at three to four times the current rate, according to the report. The extension of investment and production tax credits by Congress could increase the rate of deployment, as could new incentives for storage and transmission projects, the report says.

Solar industry groups praised the report for highlighting the industry’s growth and potential, and expressed optimism that it signals potential reforms to tax policy and other potential incentives.

Illinois solar companies say they are ‘held hostage’ by Statehouse gridlock

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

The end of state incentives means rooftop solar installers are living through a summer of misery.

Sheep help restore native prairie habitat on Waseca solar farm

Read the full story from CBS Minnesota.

Nestled in this quiet patch that used to be low-yield farmland in Waseca, there’s a clash of old and new. Arlo Hark’s flock of sheep is hard at work in the new solar garden. They’re grazing — essentially mowing the lawn and churning the land — to help restore a native prairie habitat underneath the panels.

A different kind of solar technology is poised to go big

Read the full story at Grist.

Silicon is facing bottlenecks and trade sanctions. Is this cadmium telluride’s moment?

U.S. seeks to speed rooftop solar growth with instant permits

Read the full story from Reuters.

The Biden administration on Thursday will roll out a tool that enables instant local permitting of rooftop solar installations, addressing a major source of industry delays and possibly lowering costs for homeowners, the Energy Department said.

The Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) platform, developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will be an optional portal for local governments to process permit applications automatically.

Carbon neutrality and solar’s role in ASEAN nations

Read the full story in pv magazine.

The Paris Agreement has been signed by all ASEAN nations and almost all members have declared a carbon emissions reduction target. The diversity in ASEAN’s readiness for energy transition is reflected in the wide-ranging nationally determined contribution targets set for reducing greenhouse gases. An immediate quick win for the renewable energy transition is the harnessing of solar power from an abundance of resources in the region.

Erthos eliminates trackers in utility-scale solar, mounts PV panels on the ground

Read the full story at Canary Media.

If solar panels were free, how would you build the ideal utility-scale solar plant? This startup’s answer: “You’d put them on the ground.”

New process to recycle silicon, silver and glass from end-of-life PV panels

Read the full story from pv magazine.

A €4.8 million (AU$7.5 million) EU-funded research project is aiming to develop a process that allows recovering all components of a photovoltaic module.

Lithium-ion battery soaks up the sun for recharge

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Hooking up solar panels to batteries is the norm for storing extra energy produced when the sun is shining. To streamline this process, researchers now report a lithium-ion battery that can be directly charged in sunlight, with no solar cells needed (Nano Lett. 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c00298).

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