DOE launches “Hit me with your SunShot” photo contest

The contest is offering up to $2,500 in prizes, and pv magazine is hoping that DOE will license the winners under public domain.

U.S. Senate sub-committee FY 2018 budget proposal increases energy research spending

The Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water development slammed what it called an “unrealistic” budget from President Trump, and proposed additional funding for agencies Trump planned to gut or eliminate.

Disruption circa 2017: An interview with Tony Seba

In this interview from the Intersolar North America 2017 trade show, pv magazine talks with visionary author Tony Seba about developments in the solar, battery and electric vehicle markets, and how the predictions that he made in his 2014 book Clean Disruption look three years later.

Direct Energy quits residential solar

The company’s move is part of a trend of power companies getting out of the residential solar installation business.

NYSERDA offers toolkit for navigating payments to local governments

The toolkit is designed to help local municipalities understand and negotiate payment-in-lieu-of taxes agreements with solar developers.

NCCETC: Net metering slowly shifting to value of solar

This quarter’s report on policies and rate design that affect distributed solar showed many of the same themes as previous reports, but also a glacial shift in approach.

San Diego is looking for 500 MW of pumped hydro to integrate renewables

San Diego is looking beyond batteries for solutions to match supply and demand of electricity as solar penetrations increase.

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Peter Rive to leave Tesla

The SolarCity co-founder has left to “explore other opportunities” two months after his brother and fellow SolarCity Co-Founder Lyndon Rive announced his departure.

SunPower to build a 10 MW PV plant in… Oklahoma?

This will be the first plant of its size in the state, which has had a negligible solar market to date.

California’s energy transition needs more than cap and trade

The state’s landmark program, which includes carbon price high enough to affect the electric power sector, has been extended. However, California may have bigger challenges when it comes to transforming its energy system.

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