Puerto Rico’s solar future takes shape at children’s hospital, with Tesla batteries

by Lyndsey Gilpin, Insideclimate News Solar panels began filling a parking lot outside a children’s hospital this week as Elon Musk’s first major solar-plus-storage project in Puerto Rico took shape, demonstrating how quickly solar microgrids can be established for long-term clean, resilient power. It’s one small but telling step in a U.S. territory of 3.4 […]

Solar power crushes its own record for cheapest electricity ‘ever, anywhere, by any technology’

by Joe Romm, Think Progress Prices for new solar power projects are falling so fast that the cheapest prices from 2016 have become the ceiling price for solar today. In April 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that the record low unsubsidized solar energy price was 3.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), in a March […]

Republican mayor transforms California city into ‘the solar capital of the universe’

by Jeremy Deaton, Think Progress Some cities were hit hard by the Great Recession. Lancaster, California was positively clobbered. In the summer of 2009, the unemployment rate reached 17 percent, housing prices bottomed out, and foreclosures were rampant. Since then, the city has turned things around, thanks in part to the efforts of three-time Republican mayor […]

Suniva, SolarWorld and their opponents file new trade remedy proposals

by Julia Pyper and Julian Spector, Greentech Media The Section 201 solar trade case moved into the remedy phase this week as stakeholders filed recommendations on how to shore up the U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing business. The proposals were submitted in response to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s determination last week that imported […]

Riverside County solar project scores $131-million deal with Central Valley farm district

by Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun California Gov. Jerry Brown couldn’t get a 100 percent renewable energy mandate across the finish line in Sacramento this month, and the Trump administration is eyeing protectionist trade policies that critics say would drive up the price of solar panels. But despite those headwinds, clean energy is still a […]

US celebrates record 29% drop in utility-scale solar costs — but tariff cloud looms

by Tiny Casey, Clean Technica First, The Good News About Solar The record-breaking news for utility-scale solar was impressive considering that the cost of solar has already been declining steadily for years. To be clear, the biggest news was confined to the utility-scale sector. However, residential and commercial solar installations continued their long-term slide, racking […]

Landmark California bill for 100% clean energy unexpectedly put on hold until next year

by Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun California lawmakers will go home for the year without voting on a landmark renewable energy bill, in an unexpected setback for the state’s efforts to lead the world in fighting climate change. The bill would have required California to get 60 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like […]

Montana quadruples solar energy capacity in one year

by Erin Loranger, Independent Record The state quadrupled its solar energy production over the past year, according to an announcement by Lt. Gov Mike Cooney on Friday. Montana was producing 6.6 megawatts of installed capacity a year ago. The governor’s office released an energy plan, Montana Energy Future, with a goal to double solar capacity by […]

Duke Energy to invest $6B for solar, batteries and EVs, scrap nuclear plant plans

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Florida is set to get a lot more solar power and grid batteries — in exchange for losing a future nuclear power plant. On Tuesday, Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts […]

Presenting “State of solar energy in Sonoma County: Paths to accelerate adoption” a new Center white paper

“A confluence of technological and policy forces is dramatically transforming the way energy is generated, managed, delivered, and used.” So begins one of the recent studies commissioned by Sonoma Clean Power and produced by the Center for Climate Protection “State of Solar Energy in Sonoma County: Paths to Accelerate Adoption.” The study, lead-authored by energy […]