Renewable Energy Update – November 2015 #4

Government Report Cites Solar Industry Supports More Jobs Than Coal Industry

Silver Lake nearly quadruples initial investment in SolarCity.

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BOSTON, Mass (September 30, 2015) According to GTM Research’s U.S. PV Leaderboard, Q3 2015, SolarCity installed 34 percent of all U.S. residential solar in the first half of 2015. Vivint ranked second, installing 12 percent, and Sunrun, NRG Home Solar and Sungevity rounded out the top five. FIGURE: Top U.S. Residential Solar Installers, H1 2015… Keep reading →

Renewable Energy Update – September 2015

SEHNDE, GERMANY - MARCH 10:  Steam rises from cooling towers at the coal-fired Kraftwerk Mehrum power plant at Haemelerwald on March 10, 2015 near Sehnde, Germany. Energy production from conventional-based resources is becoming less profitable as renewable energy production has expanded and matured in Germany in the last decade. RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, today warned of pending job cuts due to financial losses derived from its conventional energy production. The Kraftwerk Mehrum plant is majority-owned by Stadtwerke Hannover AG.  (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

The U.S. energy storage market had its best quarter in two and a half years.

Casio Introduces World's Smallest Fuel Cell

Tesla’s $3,500 wholesale battery price versus Sonnenbatterie’s all-inclusive system for $10,000  When it comes to opening the market for battery-backed solar homes, hitting the right price point will be critical. But getting the right combination of services will be equally important. Tesla set the bar for low-price home energy storage in May, when it announced… Keep reading →

Houston Scenics

How ERCOT’s idea for aggregating solar, storage and other DERs could unlock the state’s grid-edge potential  Texas, despite being one of the country’s largest and sunniest energy markets, has not seen a lot of growth of distributed solar power. Beyond low energy prices, one big reason is that the Texas deregulated energy market, which covers… Keep reading →

Plug-In 2008 Conference And Expo Highlights Latest Hybrid Electric Car

The state’s solar future can’t rely on a flawed modeling platform, say those who’ve tried to use it.  California’s attempt to rework its solar regulations could be stymied by a flawed and ineffective software planning tool meant to model the cost-effectiveness of proposed policies to replace the state’s current net metering regime. That’s the stunning… Keep reading →

SolarCity says this unique flat-roof system, called ZS Peak, is one of the factors that will drive an increase in its commercial solar business. Photo from SolarCity.

When SolarCity management had its most recent earnings call, in February, there was a lot of disappointment about deployments in the commercial sector. The company built just 28 megawatts in the final quarter of 2014, less than it had in the same quarter in 2013. On an annual basis, commercial went from 75 out of… Keep reading →

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An Arizona solar installer is glad that “a utility in our state is saying, ‘We see a place for solar.’”  Arizona utility APS just proposed that its regulator increase the grid access charge for solar “from 70 cents per kilowatt — or approximately $5 per month — to $3 per kilowatt, or roughly $21 per… Keep reading →

DIRECTV CBC Solar Groundbreaking Event With Solar City

  US solar giant SolarCity today announced the launch of a microgrid product with built in energy storage capability. SolarCity is going after the commercial market, targeting municipalities, which is a segment the company views as underserved. Extreme weather events have been increasingly disruptive for municipalities in recent years. See Hurricane Sandy as an example.… Keep reading →

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Some utilities have belatedly decided to enter solar leasing business. Too little, too late?  Some utilities have decided that fighting solar is futile. Instead, they will join their enemies, assisting more customers to install solar panels on the roof – if that is what they want – or make their homes and businesses more energy… Keep reading →

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