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The Trump administration released its official ruling regarding the Suniva Section 201 case, and stated that they agree that the nation’s solar industry has taken damage as a result of global solar actions.

The administration has chosen to impose a 30% tax on all imported solar cells and solar panels, decreasing 5% a year for four years. The first 2.5GW of solar cells imported will not be taxed, to protect the domestic solar panel industry.

The taxes are far below what Suniva and SolarWorld requested.

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Earlier today in Culver City, California, a Tesla Model S rear-ended a fire truck at a reported speed of 65 mph while the vehicle was on Autopilot, according to the driver. expand full story

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The Tesla Semi reservation tally keeps growing months after the electric truck’s unveiling last year.

Now, Des Moines-based Ruan Transportation Management Systems adds 5 Tesla Semi trucks to the tally. expand full story

Billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance is looking to bring electric car manufacturing to Australia through the recently shuttered GM-Holden factory in Elizabeth, South Australia. expand full story

Green Deals: Sengled 2-pack A19 Smart LED Light Bulbs $32 (Reg. $50), more

Amazon offers the Sengled A19 Smart 2-pack LED Light Bulb Kit for $31.78 shipped when promo code 40EPA19J is applied during checkout. Originally $60, but usually going for around $50, today’s offer is the best we’ve seen. Features include smart controls with Alexa/Google Assistant compatibility, temperature adjustment from 2700K to 6500K, and a 20-year lifespan. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Tesla’s stock started the year rallying over 14 percent in just a few weeks and now the automaker’s detractors on Wall Street are feeling the pain with reportedly over $1 billion in losses already. expand full story

Tesla’s energy storage products are doing well in Oceania. After several major projects underway in Australia, Tesla now wins another contract for a Powerpack project in New Zealand. expand full story

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Bifacial technology was likely reason world’s lowest ever solar bid was rejected – !! – One Chinese PV manufacturer told PV Tech that it was aware that the exact make-up of the bid’s proposed system was P-type bifacial modules and single axis tracking. A requirement of the tender is that proven technology be used. The Masdar bid was around 25% lower on an LCOE basis. About the same improvement as can be achieved by using bifacial technology paired with trackers. My heart is broken. A big part of the logic I put forward with the Saudi bid was based on the possibilities put forth by new technology, and it was exactly the newness of the technology that has slain the lowest price solar power on the planet. Nonetheless – I am hopeful having learned about this data because it shows us a path forward that is repeatable outside of the Middle East as this technology matures. And that 10%+10%=25% rule of thumb is sweet knowledge.

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Polestar, Volvo’s performance brand recently relaunched as an all-electric brand, was off to a somewhat awkward but interesting start last year when it unveiled its first vehicle; the Polestar 1.

The car turned out to be a highly expensive plug-in hybrid, which the automaker quickly made sound outdated by announcing that they would bring an all-electric “Tesla Model 3 competitor” to production a year later.

In a new interview, the automaker’s CEO elaborates on those plans. expand full story

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure can be complicated for new EV owners due to the many different charging standards and connectors.

But as the technology matures, the space is becoming easier to navigate.

Most third-party networks are adopting the CCS standard and combining it with CHAdeMO at their stations (for now), but a company is now going a step further and is even adding Tesla’s connector for DC fast-charging.

Update: After publication, Tesla sent us a statement disaproving of the project. See statement in full below.  expand full story

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