Energy storage projects reach ‘investment-grade’ with esVolta’s $140 million debt facility

It’s not the next lithium-ion battery breakthrough that’s going to accelerate the energy storage industry. It’s not the next inflated promise from a flow battery startup, compressed-air scheme, solid-state battery research project or energy storage dream funded by Bill Gates.

Panasonic: ‘Eventually solar-plus-storage will be like air conditioning or HVAC’ but for now it’s an ’emotional sale’

“Brand is powerful — after a house and a car, a PV/storage system worth tens of thousands of dollars is one of the larger purchases a family will make.”

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Morning brief: Oil billionaire pursuing perovskites, energy storage market to grow to $546 billion

Also in the morning brief: Arizona mandatory solar panel recycling bill, Sumitomo invests $46 million in long-term energy storage from Highview Power, and more.

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‘Tesla and Panasonic are scrapping their partnership’ in solar cell production at the Buffalo factory

Elon Musk has spoken of the “exponential” ramp-up of its solar glass tile at the Buffalo factory. Panasonic’s tiles never made the cut for that product

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Oil giant Total increases stake in solar efficiency leader SunPower

Total will be acquiring 676,000 shares worth about $31 million, according to SEC filings. 

Energy storage roundup: Kore’s 110 kw-hr rack, KiloVault’s 7.5 kW-hr wall-mount, NeoVolta’s 24 kw-hr battery system

Falling battery costs, shifting utility strategies and new PUC policies are drawing fresh entrants and incumbents into an invigorated energy storage sector.

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Morning Brief: How clean is energy storage? New York clean energy and California solar mandate under attack

Also in today’s brief: New Hampshire solar wildlife access, Iowa solar compromises

California Solar Mandate weakened by Commission’s new definition of community solar

Does the update to California’s solar mandate undermine residential solar and storage, as advocates claim? Or does the new definition of “community solar” provide more choice to builders and low-income homeowners? The answer might be “yes” to both questions.

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First Solar announces surprise Q4 loss, considers sale of its development business

“First Solar, at its core, is a technology and module manufacturing company,” said Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar. “Given the significant evolution of developing utility-scale PV projects in the United States, we believe now is an appropriate time to evaluate our options with respect to our U.S. project development business line.”

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Solar electronics leaders Enphase and SolarEdge post strong Q4 and massive 2019

The leaders in solar module-level power electronics are profitable and making enormous jumps in revenue. All signs point to a strong 2020 for residential solar — which could keep the momentum going.

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