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Storage paired with solar shows steady growth, Berkeley Lab says

The report pegged the cost of adding storage to PV on the order of $700-1,300/kWh of storage capacity and the present-value benefit to the host customer of roughly $500-1,000/kWh.

Sunrise brief: The path steepens to 80% renewables by 2030

Also on the rise: Sandia develops a grid-scale battery storage technology, NREL researchers write code to make legacy inverters smarter, and take a moment to admire these solar panels.

Sandia researchers develop new grid-scale energy storage battery

The battery operates at 230 degrees Fahrenheit, opening what researchers said could be “a whole cascading cost savings” including everything from less expensive materials to less insulation.

FirstEnergy acknowledges wire fraud conspiracy, agrees to pay $230 million penalty

In court filings, the Ohio utility admitted it conspired with public officials to pay millions of dollars for legislation favorable to its nuclear power plants.

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Sunrise brief: Making the case for installing solar on 30 million homes

Also on the rise: A solar-friendly infrastructure bill is facing early tests in Congress, the NAACP develops solar power principles to address inequity, and more energy storage enters service in California.

Sunnova launches green financing framework and prices its latest securitization

The securitization was backed by more than 6,400 solar rooftop systems and represented the best price to date for a portfolio of solar and energy storage loan assets.

Here’s how a solar-friendly infrastructure bill may get through Congress

In the thread-the-needle world of the evenly divided Senate, success or failure may hinge on the actions of two senators and one gatekeeper whose name you may have never heard.

Intersect Power names equipment suppliers and EPC for California and Texas solar projects

The 415 MW Radian project in Texas and the 313 MW Athos III project in California are expected to begin construction later this year, and will enter service in 2022.

People on the Move: Electriq Power, OneD Battery Sciences, Common Energy, GridPoint, and more

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.

Calpine and GE bring an energy storage project online in southern California

The project contains a 20MW/80MWh standalone battery energy storage system, and has a 20-year Resource Adequacy Power Purchase Agreement.