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California now has 1 million solar roofs. Are 1 million batteries next?

by Sammy Roth, LA Times For Clovis Unified School District outside Fresno, the economics of solar power have been too good to pass up. And for the solar industry, the district’s investments in sun-generated electricity have helped fuel a milestone 14 years in the making. Clovis Unified has installed solar systems covering parking lots and […]

The synergy between electric vehicles and renewables plus storage is emerging

by Jeff McMahon, Forbes If energy and transportation planners stop seeing their sectors as separate markets for batteries—a World Resources Institute researcher argued last week—there will be more than enough energy storage to go around. “An electric vehicle, because of the battery, is really both a mobility asset and an energy asset,” said Camron Gorguinpour, […]

Game-changing: Homeowners can now pay for rooftop solar on their mortgages

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg There’s a new way for homeowners to pay for rooftop solar panels. It’s called a mortgage. Loanpal, led by two former SolarCity Corp. executives, provides loans for rooftop solar panels, then offers to bundle them into conventional 30-year mortgages. It allows customers to spread payments out over decades and, the company […]

Solar and wind power are outgrowing subsidies

by Mark Chediak and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts. Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts they once needed are disappearing. On sun-drenched fields across Spain and Italy, developers are building solar farms […]

Los Angeles OKs a deal for record-cheap solar power and battery storage

by Sammy Roth, LA Times For a long time, there were two big knocks against solar power: It’s expensive, and it can’t keep the lights on after sundown. A contract approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shows how much that reality has changed. Under the 25-year deal with developer 8minute […]

Labor to link 4,000 solar schools in 364MW national virtual power plant

by Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off The Grid Federal Labor has unveiled plans to create a virtual power plant of solar schools across Australia, through $1 billion government loans scheme that would help schools to invest in rooftop panels and/or battery storage. The Solar Schools program, announced on Tuesday, would allocate up to $1 billion […]

‘Historic breakthrough’: Norway’s giant oil fund dives into renewables

by Damian Carrington, Grist Norway’s $1 trillion oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects. The decision follows Saudi Arabia’s oil fund selling off its last oil and gas assets. Other national funds built up from oil profits are also thought to be […]

Oil-soaked Texas turns to solar for economic reasons

by Brian Eckhouse and Chris Martin, Bloomberg Texas, home to the world’s largest oil reserve and America’s biggest source of coal-fired power, is on the verge of a clean-energy boom. Wind already supplies about 15 percent of Texas’s electricity, and now developers are about to quadruple the state’s solar capacity, adding enough panels by 2022 […]

The race to build the world’s largest solar-storage plant is on

by Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg Last year, a company won a contract to build a 65-megawatt solar and battery farm in Arizona. A month later, the Saudis came out with a $200 billion plan to build the world’s biggest battery-backed solar farm by 2030. Then a firm proposed a nearly 500-megawatt solar-storage site in Texas’s […]

Florida utility plans world’s largest battery combined with solar

by Tom Kenning, Energy Storage Major US utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is planning to build the world’s largest battery energy storage system adjacent to an existing solar power plant, with plans to roll out multiple other storage systems across the state. With the key proposed battery standing at 409MW capacity, the Florida […]