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. […]

A centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign.

The below article outlines many of the challenges and opportunities of transforming the current power grid to one that works for the mass deployment of renewables. The Center for Climate Protection’s Solar Sonoma County is working on this issue through our “Solar Plus” vision – a combination of solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, and all-electric […]

Defend the right to solar power against monopoly utility interests

by Dave Rosenfeld, Solar Rights Alliance Sometime next year, California will behold its one millionth solar installation — wow! Millions of Californians are now benefitting from the savings, freedom and independence of solar energy. California families on tight budgets and retirees on fixed incomes who depend on solar to shield them from skyrocketing electricity costs […]

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold

by Tux Turkel, Press Herald Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic […]

Ballot initiative flops mask strong election for clean energy

by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Dive Brief: Tuesday’s elections delivered mixed results for clean energy on the state level, with wins for renewable power supporters in key governors races tempered by the failure of high-profile ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington. In Arizona, voters resoundingly rejected a 50% renewable energy mandate opposed by utilities with […]

SVCE signs major contracts for California’s largest solar-plus-storage projects

by Silicon Valley Clean Energy Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) signed two long-term agreements for the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage projects to be built in California. The two projects will provide 153 megawatts (MW) of solar and 47 MW of storage and will be developed by EDF Renewables North America and Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC. […]

California’s new solar regulations imperil future investments in small projects

By Will Carruthers, freelance writer Although California has a reputation for leading the country toward a greener future by supporting clean technologies, particularly solar photovoltaics, the state’s investor owned utilities have held the state back from a complete transformation with a truly modern energy production and distribution system. California’s solar industry was born in 2006 […]