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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 and CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich launched Sunrun in 2007 from an attic in San Francisco and signed the company's first customers from a booth at a county fair. Since then, Sunrun says it has built more …

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When will Tesla Model Y crossover to go into production? Poll results

The Tesla Model 3, the first mass-market electric car from the Silicon Valley carmaker, is now nominally in production. Scaling up from a trickle of hand-assembled cars to 10,000 units a month is Job One to keep Tesla afloat by letting it sell cars to hundreds of thousands of hand-raisers globally who put down a $1,000 deposit on the car. Still...

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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 …

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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 PSIP, a sprawling document that contains the recipe …

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Renewables Set to Be Cheapest Power by 2020

Sources of renewable energy such as solar power and wind are getting just as cheap or even cheaper than the traditional carbon-intensive alternatives such as coal. Morgan Stanley has released new research that suggests renewable energy will rise to be the most cost effective power source available in the world by the year 2020. This post was originally published on Australian Solar Quotes by

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How to Get Better Results From Utility Pilot Projects

When it comes to trying out new thing, many utilities are notoriously slow-moving and risk averse, and many of their pilot projects can be ineffective as a result. So how do you change an industry that moves slowly but is nonetheless undergoing a major energy and digital transformation? According to the researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute, there are a variety of strategies -- from better utility and stakeholder collaboration to a focus on new technology that can scale -- that could help with the problem. RMI …

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If 2018 Nissan Leaf has 200-mile range, what will it cost? Poll results

At the moment, the Tesla Model 3 is getting lots of media attention and electric-car buzz now that the company says its first production car has rolled out of the factory—even if features, specs, and pricing isn't yet known. Meanwhile, the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV is at roughly 9,000 cars sold in North America over the past six months...

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It’s Time To Move On From Notion Of Baseload Power, Says New South Wales Coalition

Don Harwin, the energy minister of the NSW Coalition government, has made a dramatic departure from the bulk of his state and federal colleagues by declaring that it was time to move on from the notion of “baseload” power as essential to the reliability of the future grid. It's Time To Move On …

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Electric Vehicle Charging Networks Will Be Rolled Out Across Western Australia

More than 70 electric vehicle charge points are set to be installed throughout rural and remote Western Australia, as the state's largest retailer prepares for a not-too distant future where EVs are “ubiquitous” on the nation's roads. Electric Vehicle Charging Networks Will Be …

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In A Blow To “Clean Coal,” Engie & Uniper Withdraw From Dutch Carbon Capture & Storage Project

Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath European power giants Engie and Uniper have withdrawn from a test project to capture and store carbon dioxide generated by one of several major new coal plants in the Netherlands, dealing yet another blow to the prospects of “clean coal” technology, in which the Australian government and fossil [&hellip

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Russia Named as Cyber-Intruder in Latest US Power Plant Hacks

On Friday, just as President Trump was sitting down to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country's hacking of U.S. elections systems, news broke that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security identified a Russian attempt to penetrate the computer networks of more than a dozen U.S. power plants. The only good news so far, according to reports from

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AES and Siemens Partner to Create New Energy Storage Powerhouse

Two of the biggest names in energy storage development have decided to join forces. AES, a leader in megawatt-hours deployed, will launch a new company along with global energy systems provider Siemens. The jointly owned venture, dubbed Fluence, will scale up commercial and grid-scale storage deliveries worldwide. The unprecedented move marks a preemptive consolidation of power in a young industry -- and a new competitior for emerging market leader Tesla. AES started deploying large, utility-scale …

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Tesla Model S Crushes Large Luxury Car Competition (H1 2017 US Sales)

I just wrote a piece putting Tesla's H1 2017 sales into a bit of perspective. At the end, I started getting into Tesla sales versus gas vehicle sales in the Model S and Model X classes, but then decided this topic deserved its own piece, with a focus on how sales of of the various models changed in H1 2017 versus H1