Residential solar customers don’t want the cheapest system in a $20K investment – they want the best one

Customers are willing to pay a premium for a brand name with a strong warranty.

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Q Cells to acquire energy software startup Geli, expanding its storage capabilities to go after C&I markets

The acquisition is Q Cells’ first energy storage acquisition and marks its move into the U.S. commercial and industrial (C&I) solar-plus-storage market.

Morning Brief: 400 MW coming to Texas, SunSpec launches online class with UC San Diego

Also in the brief: Evergy launches a ‘Sustainability Transformation Plan,’ SOMAH celebrates its first birthday and more.

Morning Brief: SolAmerica and Safari Energy commission 43 MW of solar in Georgia, HVDC solicitation

Also in the brief: Connecticut’s cautious and failed first step on shared solar, and which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think.

Palmetto lands $29 million for residential solar sales software and home energy spend

Evergy Ventures, Arctern Ventures, Shell Ventures, Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau, Box Group, and Falkon Ventures invested in the software and fulfillment platform that helps salespeople sell solar.

Enphase Q2 microinverter revenue down but notes a ‘rebound in customer demand’

Coming off of a strong, profitable first quarter, Enphase is seeing the Q2 results of Covid-19 in compressed revenue and a swing to a quarterly loss. Gross margin remains strong.

A residential vanadium flow battery

Flow battery firms have typically pursued utility-scale storage projects rather than the small-scale residential applications targeted by VoltStorage.

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Morning Brief: Avoiding coal-fired carbon capture projects and the costs of small modular nuclear reactors

Also in the brief: San José Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy have launched a joint request for offers for the purchase of 1 million MWh annually of new, long-term renewable energy.

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SolarEdge stock jumps on Q2 revenue beat and solid earnings — despite Covid-19

SolarEdge was able to keep its streak of profitable quarters going — in what was expected to be a hard-hit quarter for solar. The company sees “signs of recovery in the U.S.”

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Post bankruptcy, Crescent Dunes CSP plant owner wants project back online by year’s end

This bankruptcy comes with a political edge — because the startup received $737 million in a U.S. federal loan guarantee as part of the 2009 stimulus package — during the Obama administration.

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