Battery-backed solar breaks into grid long seen as off limits

by Brian Eckhouse and Chris Martin, Bloomberg Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. New England just approved 145 megawatts of solar systems to provide capacity to the local grid, according to a statement Wednesday, including some from Sunrun Inc. that are […]

Proof that decentralized energy devices can deliver reliable power to the grid

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media Sunrun will get its chance to prove that home batteries and solar panels can stack up against traditional power plants. The San Francisco-based company won a 20-megawatt bid in the forward capacity auction for ISO New England, which operates the electric grid in six Northeastern states. That auction ensures that […]

PG&E Bankruptcy – what does it mean for customers, the climate, and communities?

On Tuesday, January 29, PG&E filed for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. The broad outline of the story, as most Center for Climate Protection e-news readers are probably aware, is that as a result of utility equipment being pinpointed as a cause of many of the wildfires over the past two years, PG&Es’ liabilities […]

Texas grid operator reports fuel mix is now 30% carbon-free

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Texas may be the center of the U.S. oil and gas industry, but the latest data shows that the state’s competitive energy market is increasingly favoring clean energy over fossil fuel alternatives. New information from state grid operator ERCOT shows that carbon-free resources made up more than 30 percent […]

FPL plans to add 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030

by Marcia Heroux, Sun Sentinel Florida Power & Light Co. announced a major solar plan Wednesday, vowing to install more than 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030. The goal is to make Florida a “world leader in the production of solar energy,” the Juno Beach-based electric utility says. FPL said it has secured […]

China plans subsidy-free solar and wind projects

by Jessica Sui, Feifei Shen, Jing Yang, and Chris Martin, Bloomberg China will start building pilot wind and solar power projects that won’t receive national government payments as it pushes to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy and rein in subsidy bills. Shares of solar manufacturers surged in New York and Hong Kong. Power prices […]

Hawaiian Electric announces ‘mind-blowing’ solar-plus-storage contracts

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media This week Hawaiian Electric Company sent seven new solar-plus-storage contracts to state regulators. Six come in at record-low prices for the state, under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. The projects, which now await regulatory approval, would add 262 megawatts of solar and 1,048 megawatt-hours of storage distributed over three islands. […]

Pathways Energy helps Romanini property harvest solar energy

By Susan Bryer-Shelton, Energy Program Coordinator for the Center for Climate Protection As a solar energy advocate, I admit to experiencing a bit of an elevated heart rate whenever I have the opportunity to check out a bright and shiny new solar installation. There’s something inherently exciting to me about each and every person’s newfound […]

Australia in midst of $20 billion wind and solar investment boom

by Giles Parkinson, Renew economy The Coalition government tried to prevent it and failed, and haven’t stopped complaining about it ever since. And now we can see why: Australia is in the midst of an extraordinary investment boom in large scale wind and solar projects, and battery storage, far beyond what even the industry’s most […]

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.

By David Roberts, Vox.com From an economic perspective, the core challenge of climate change is that the standard way of doing things — the dirty, carbon-intensive way — is typically cheaper than newer, lower-carbon alternatives. Solving the problem means driving down the cost of those alternatives. Simple, right? But in practice, it’s not so simple. […]