President Trump touted the idea of building a solar border wall between the U.S. and Mexico for the first time in public on Wednesday night, speaking at a campaign-style rally in Iowa. “I'm thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border — lots of sun, lot's of heat. We're thinking about building… Continue reading Trump Confirms He Wants a Solar Border Wall: ‘We’re Working It Out’
The municipal utility in Austin, Texas is trying to figure out how much money can be saved when solar and storage talk to each other. Austin Energy will install its first large-scale batteries this year to join a growing fleet of solar generation, both central and distributed. With funding from the Department of Energy, the… Continue reading Austin Energy Seeks to Boost Value With a United Fleet of Solar and Storage
Are oil companies about to become the biggest players in renewable electricity? What are some of the most novel approaches to using distributed energy assets for grid reliability? Are Amazon, Apple and Google finally preparing to dominate in home energy services? Those are some of the big questions we'll be asking — and hopefully answering… Continue reading A Sneak Peak of The Energy Gang’s Live Podcast in San Jose
The idea that cities are leading on climate change is applauded over and over and over. There’s just one problem. It's not actually happening. Retrofit programs for buildings and homes aren't delivering results. Power distribution remains rooted in century-old thinking and technology. And those cities that are on track to go “100 percent renewable”? Not even close. With the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris… Continue reading No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading
The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward… Continue reading BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource
Monday was analyst day at Enphase. The microinverter and energy storage firm is making good progress in product development, cost reduction, and opex reduction. And company executives say they see a path toward sustainable profitability. The big question is if Enphase has enough time (or in this case money in the bank) to get to… Continue reading New Microinverters and Metrics From Enphase in Its Race Against Time
Residential solar has seen brighter days. As detailed in the most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight report, national residential PV installations fell both year-over-year (17 percent) and quarter-over-quarter (11 percent) for the first time since GTM Research began tracking the market on a quarterly basis in 2010. That’s a big deal. When one takes a closer… Continue reading Is California’s Weak Q1 a Sign of Residential Solar’s Future?