Solar and wind power will drive the value of energy storage, remaking the power grid

A much heralded report shows solar and wind will lower wholesale prices, but it also shows a coming evolution in the pricing profile of the grid. These shifts in timing, shape, regularity and length will drive energy storage demand.

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Massachusetts marches on the capital for solar power

Over 100 solar workers visited the Massachusetts State House and held over 60 meetings with legislators and staff pushing positive political action on solar-related issues.

Vivint Solar to use LG’s RESU residential energy storage system

The nation’s third-largest residential solar company is rolling out the batteries first in California, with plans to offer them nationwide by the end of 2018.

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Huawei and Locus to monitor residential solar power from Amazon’s cloud

The three companies are coming together to monitor Huawei’s competitor to SolarEdge and Enphase: the FusionHome Smart Energy Solution.

Tesla Powerwall adds time-based control

A software update for the Powerwall 2 home energy storage system adds controls to allow owners to take advantage of time of use electricity rates in California and other states

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Warren Buffett utility says no new gas

Pacificorp, a Berkshire Hathaway electricity utility serving six Western states, said it has no plans to build new gas or coal in the coming decades, but instead plans to add 2.7 GW of wind and 1.8 GW of solar.

Republicans request utility-scale solar panel tariff exemption

A group of eight Republican senators has sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and other federal agencies calling for utility-scale solar panels to be exempt from the Section 201 tariffs.

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California residential solar power headed toward $1/W and 2.5¢/kWh

ASU energy security researcher Dr. Wesley Herche and pv magazine author John Weaver describe the new math involved with requiring solar power to be installed at the time of construction for newly built homes.

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Solar power popularity still strong, but not driving votes

A national survey of registered voters, Climate Change in the American Mind, found that most accept the reality of Climate Change and that funding renewable energy was a good policy.

Sunrun deployments down 7%, but revenue up 36%

The company reiterated full-year guidance of 15% growth in deployments – and cash generation at even higher rates.

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