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NREL publishes U.S. large scale solar plus lithium ion storage cost study

NREL has released an report which, for the first time, highlights utility scale energy storage costs with various methods of tying it to solar power: co-located or not, and DC- vs AC-coupled.

Final hurdle cleared in California’s solar mandate for new homes

The California Building Standards Commission has approved the requirement that new homes integrate rooftop solar. This is expected to not only give a major boost to the state’s solar market, but to drive down costs.

Tesla announces Australian telecom executive to replace Musk as board chair

No, Rupert Murdoch’s son will not be running the world’s largest EV maker.

Solar and storage show steady growth as Tesla finally turns a profit

Tesla energy storage deployments grew 18% and storage deployments grew 11%, as the EV + battery + solar company achieves its a long-awaited quarterly profit on the success of its Model 3.

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway – here are the results

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.

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US: 25% tariffs on Chinese inverters to start on January 1

The final order from the U.S. Trade Representative includes an interim tariff rate of 10% set to start on September 24.

California governor signs 100% clean electricity bill

SB 100 puts California on a path to 100% zero-carbon electricity. What does that mean for the rest of the nation?

Vulnerable at-home patients to get Tesla Powerwalls

The Vermont Lower Income Trust for Electricity have provided a US$150,000 grant for 100 low-income electricity customers with significant need for reliable backup power due to health and mobility issues.

Enphase boosts confidence, touts technology during analyst day

While the microinverter maker is still the target of an aggressive short, Roth Capital Partners has reiterated its “buy” at $6.50 per share, describing the IQ8 as a “game changer”.

The figures for China’s booming PV industry will be seen with a tinge of regret

In what analysts worldwide are sure to look back on as the last golden period for global solar – at least for the immediate future – China saw more impressive figures for PV manufacturing in the first half of the year. Then the government stepped in.

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