Renewable energy brings California emissions below 1990 levels

The U.S. state’s latest report shows that it has beat its 2020 target for emissions reductions four years early, mostly thanks to more renewable energy.

Nearly 2/3 of Americans support a solar mandate for new homes

A new poll by Morning Consult found surprisingly strong support for a California-style mandate across the political spectrum, although Liberals were more likely to favor the measure than Conservatives.

Panasonic mulls further investment in Tesla battery gigafactory as shortages loom

The suggestion of additional investments beyond the $1.6 billion follows reports of battery cell shortages as Tesla’s Model 3 picks up production. It is unknown what impacts this will have on Tesla’s stationary storage business.

Global PV module prices collapse

The predicted fall in global PV module prices appears to have already begun, with PVInsights and EnergyTrend reporting average prices in the $0.27-$0.37/W range.

SunPower and Enphase team up with microinverter acquisition

Through the deal SunPower gets US$25 million and stock; however the bigger deal may be Enphase’s right to be the company’s exclusive residential inverter supplier.

First Solar breaks ground on 1.2 GW factory in the U.S.

The plant is the second-largest planned in the Western Hemisphere, and will triple the thin film module maker’s manufacturing capacity in the United States.

BNEF expects 34% fall in PV module prices in 2018

The analyst is expecting carnage throughout the solar value chain as the result of reduced policy support for deployment in China.

California generates more power from solar than gas in May

During May utility-scale solar provided 17% of generation on California’s grid, outpacing gas for the first time on a monthly basis.

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US: Rush to gas risks hundreds of billions in stranded assets

A new report by Rocky Mountain Institute finds that gas plants proposed across the United States over the next 15 years could be replaced by clean energy portfolios at a net savings, and that these projects are at risk of becoming stranded assets.

More U.S. jobs in solar than coal and nuclear combined

A new report from a think tank headed by former U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz reveals an additional 100,000 jobs with a part-time solar component, and hints at the political powerhouse that solar is becoming.

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