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The US power landscape is about to be shaken up to the tune of 4.5GW worth of new solar energy generation & storage projects over the next 5yrs

The solar revolution has stalled out in some parts of the US, much to the delight of fossil energy stakeholders. However, anything can happen at any time, and it just has. The US power landscape is about to be shaken up to the tune of 4.5 gigawatts’ worth of new solar energy generation and storage projects over the next five years, and three of the most asleep-at-the-solar-wheel states in the nation stand stand to get jarred awake by the sudden influx of investments in clean power.

3 US States In Need Of A Solar Energy Makeover

The leading energy firms Entergy and NextEra Energy Resources announced the new 4.5-gigawatt collaboration last week, to cover solar energy and storage projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, where Entergy is the electricity provider for a total of 3 million customers.

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Source: Clean Technica

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Swift Solar is betting on cells that use perovskite, a material that can improve efficiency — but also has yet to be proven at scale.

Startup Swift Solar Inc. wants to build a US factory for manufacturing its futuristic panels in the next two to three years amid government plans to bolster the sector against China’s dominance.

The California-based company aims to produce cells with a material known as perovskite, which can allow panels to capture energy from the sun’s rays more efficiently. Durability, though, remains an issue.

Swift plans to open its first plant with the initial capacity to produce 100 megawatts annually of technology that pairs perovskite with traditional silicon photovoltaic cells. For comparison, the average Chinese plant churns out about 10,000 megawatts per year while US projects tend to be in the 1,000 to 3,000 megawatt range, according to BloombergNEF solar analyst Jenny Chase.

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Source: Bloomberg

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A record-setting 11GW of new solar module manufacturing capacity came online in the USduring Q1 2024, the largest quarter of solar manufacturing growth in American history.

A record-setting 11 gigawatts (GW) of new solar module manufacturing capacity came online in the United States during Q1 2024, the largest quarter of solar manufacturing growth in American history.

According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2024 report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie, total U.S. solar module manufacturing capacity now exceeds 26 GW annually.

In addition, the industry also installed an impressive 11.8 GW of new solar capacity, bringing total capacity to 200 GW in the United States. The report also contains new data from 2023, showing that the United States added over 40 GW of new solar capacity last year. Wood Mackenzie now projects that the U.S. solar industry will install another 40 GW in 2024.

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Source: Clean Technica

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In March alone, solar accounted for 99.7% of capacity added, marking the seventh month in a row in which it provided more new US electrical generating capacity than any other energy source.

In its latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through March 31, 2024), FERC says 52 “units” of solar provided 2,833 MW of new domestic generating capacity in March or 99.72% of the total. The balance consisted of 3 MW each of new biomass and oil capacity plus 1 MW each of new hydropower and natural gas capacity.

For the first quarter of this year, solar accounted for 86.79% (or 6,497-MW) of new generating capacity brought online while wind contributed another 12.40% (928-MW). Natural gas trailed with only 49 MW (0.65%) accompanied by 5 MW of oil, 3 MW of biomass, 3 MW of “other,” and 1 MW of hydropower.

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Source: Solar Power World

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The US has officially exceeded 5M solar installations, marking another milestone just 8yrs after the nation reached 1M installations in 2016.

The United States has officially exceeded 5 million solar installations, marking another milestone just eight years after the nation reached one million installations in 2016 — a milestone that took 40 years to achieve following the first grid-connected solar installation in 1973.

According to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie today, over half of all U.S. solar installations have come online since the start of 2020 and over 25% have come online since the Inflation Reduction Act became law just 20 months ago. These systems are installed on homes, businesses and in large ground-mounted arrays across the country.

“Solar is scaling by the millions because it consistently delivers on its promise to lower electricity costs, boost community resilience and create economic opportunities,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Today 7% of homes in America have solar, and this number will grow to over 15% of U.S. homes by 2030. Solar is quickly becoming the dominant source of electricity on the grid, allowing communities to breathe cleaner air and lead healthier lives.”

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Source: Solar Power World

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Highland Materials president Richard Rast told PV Tech Premium that there is an “opportunity for innovation” in the US manufacturing sector.

New entrants into the US polysilicon manufacturing space could be a “game changer” for the US solar sector, Solar Media head of research Finlay Colville told PV Tech Premium this week.

Colville spoke to PV Tech Premium about Highland Materials’ receipt of US$256 million in tax credits to build a polysilicon manufacturing facility in Tennessee, with Highland Materials president Richard Rast noting that there is an “opportunity for innovation” in the US manufacturing sector.

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Source: PV Tech

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After decades of mostly manufacturing in Asia, Canadian Solar is pivoting back to the US as it sees a real chance for solar industry revival.

Whenever you see a solar panel, most parts of it probably come from China. The US invented the technology and once dominated its production, but over the past two decades, government subsidies and low costs in China have led most of the solar manufacturing supply chain to be concentrated there. The country will soon be responsible for over 80% of solar manufacturing capacity around the world.

But the US government is trying to change that. Through high tariffs on imports and hefty domestic tax credits, it is trying to make the cost of manufacturing solar panels in the US competitive enough for companies to want to come back and set up factories. The International Energy Agency has forecast that by 2027, solar-generated energy will be the largest source of power capacity in the world, exceeding both natural gas and coal—making it a market that already attracts over $300 billion in investment every year.

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Source: MIT Technology Review

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The US is rapidly adding batteries to store energy at large scale. Increasingly, these are getting paired with solar and wind projects.

In the Arizona desert, a Danish company is building a massive solar farm that includes batteries that charge when the sun is shining and supply energy back to the electric grid when it’s not.

Combining batteries with green energy is a fast-growing climate solution.

“Solar farms only produce when the sun shines, and the turbines only produce when the wind blows,” said Ørsted CEO Mads Nipper. “For us to maximize the availability of the green power, 24-7, we have to store some of it too.”

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Source: The Washington Post

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The SEIA published data last week breaking down the installations in these top 5 states, which it said were OH, CO, FL, CA and TX.

The top five US states for solar installation added over 18GW of new PV generation capacity in 2023 between them, in a year which saw solar account for 53% of all US electricity capacity additions.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) published data last week breaking down the installations in these top 5 states, which it said were Ohio, Colorado, Florida, California and Texas (in ascending order). The SEIA said: “While federal clean energy policies [namely the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)] played a major role in driving this growth, the work happening at the state level is the untold story of America’s favourite energy source in 2023.”

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Source: PV Tech

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US farmers are turning to solar power as a buffer against volatile crop prices, and Biden's clean-energy tax incentives are set to boost the trend.

For Stuart Woolf, who grows wine grapes, almonds and other specialty crops in California, solar power is a necessary compromise as farming gets more challenging.

Woolf, who has 1,200 acres of panels on his farm in the state’s Central Valley, says individual growers like him are turning to solar to survive. He began leasing land to solar developers about a decade ago, an arrangement that provides him with a much-needed new profit stream.

“We would prefer not to have any solar, but if we don’t have it, we won’t have the ability to keep this farm going,” he said.

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Source: Bloomberg

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