Solar plants cheaper than natural gas ‘just about everywhere’ by 2023

by Karl-erik Stromsta, Greentech Media Solar will soon be able to out-compete gas-fired plants around the world on a levelized cost basis*. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier to make a living in the solar business. “By 2023, we think solar’s going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world,” Tom […]

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 […]

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 […]

New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

APS, first solar partner on Arizona’s largest battery storage project

by First Solar Two homegrown leaders in renewable energy, Arizona Public Service and First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR), are bringing a first-of-its-kind 50-megawatt (MW) solar-fueled battery to the desert to provide clean power to Arizonans on hot summer days. This project will make Arizona home to one of the largest battery storage systems in the country. […]

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 […]

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 […]