Former US Chief Sustainability Officer: The Military Is Leading the March Toward Energy Independence

The U.S. is at a transformative moment in electricity. And the military is helping us move toward a new era of independence. The U.S. electrical grid was ranked by the National Academy of Engineering as the greatest achievement of the 20th Century, and it was this vast infrastructure that helped to power our economy, enhance our communities… Continue reading Former US Chief Sustainability Officer: The Military Is Leading the March Toward Energy Independence

Retailer Direct Energy Pulls Out of the Residential Solar Installation Business

Electricity retailer Direct Energy started winding down its residential solar installation business last week. Direct Energy Solar will continue to operate its commercial business, and plans to maintain its existing fleet of rooftop installations. The pivot away from residential affects approximately 330 employees, making up a considerable portion of the overall solar unit. Those employees… Continue reading Retailer Direct Energy Pulls Out of the Residential Solar Installation Business

Defining the True Market Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Management Software

The term “distributed energy resource management system,” or DERMS, is used to describe a wide array of software platforms serving a number of functions, from controlling and aggregating fleets of behind-the-meter energy assets, to enabling utilities to integrate these distributed energy resources (DERs) into their grids.  But according to GTM Research’s newly released North American… Continue reading Defining the True Market Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Management Software

Sunrun’s Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

A decade may not seem like a remarkably long time to have been in business, but it certainly is in the world of rooftop solar. In an industry known for its ups and downs, residential solar installer Sunrun hit the commendable milestone last week of 10 years in operation. Executive Chairman and co-founder Ed Fenster… Continue reading Sunrun’s Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP’s 4-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

Signing the cheapest PPA is like conquering the Iron Throne: Before you have time to enjoy the accomplishment, someone's on their way to take it from you. In May, NextEra Energy Resources secured a 4.5 cent per kilowatt-hour solar-plus-storage PPA with Tucson Electric Power. That's low for just solar, but the 100 megawatts of generation… Continue reading Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP’s 4-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

Hawaii Utility’s 100% Renewable Energy Plan Gets the Green Light

Hawaiian Electric Companies, tasked with powering multiple island grids with 100-percent green energy by 2045, has finally secured regulator approval for a plan to get there — as long as it includes customers and third parties in the mix.  On Friday, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved (PDF) the utility’s Power Supply Improvement Plan, or… Continue reading Hawaii Utility’s 100% Renewable Energy Plan Gets the Green Light

SolarCity Co-Founder and CTO Peter Rive Is Leaving Tesla

Peter Rive, the co-founder and chief technology officer of SolarCity, is leaving the company in the wake of Tesla's acquisition. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed Rive's departure.  “We can confirm that Pete Rive will be leaving the company to explore new opportunities,” according to the spokesperson. “As co-founder and CTO of SolarCity, Pete has played an… Continue reading SolarCity Co-Founder and CTO Peter Rive Is Leaving Tesla