Markets & Policy

Trump executive order based on energy fantasies

In his latest executive order, the president and his administration showed a brazen willingness to manipulate fossil fuel workers as they move energy policy back to the 19th century.

GTM Research notes geographical expansion of U.S. energy storage

The company reports that 21 states have at least 20 MW of energy storage projects proposed, under construction or already in place.

Port of Oakland signs sub-4 cent contract for solar power

Last week, port commissioners voted to buy $8.9 million of solar power from a Southern California solar plant, which it plans to re-sell to tenants of the port.

U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

A new interactive map from The Solar Foundation allows visitors to see the impact of the solar industry at state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district level for the United States in 2016 .

Alaska doubles solar capacity in 2016

The Land of the Midnight Sun doesn’t qualify as a state poised for explosive solar growth yet. But with a doubling of installations in one year and solar installers flourishing, it could be a state to hold in the back of your mind for the future.

Tesla to begin taking orders for Solar Roof in April

Production of the luxury BIPV product will not begin until “mid-2017”, and a waiting list has appeared on the Tesla site.

GCL Energy receives $60 million for 84 MW solar portfolio in North Carolina

With the help of CIT Group, the China-based company hopes to kickstart its U.S. solar portfolio with this first infusion of cash.

Texas utility proposes bizarre fixed charges for solar customers

Under Oncor’s proposal, its customers who have PV installed would pay a fixed charge every month based on their historical demand – unless their residential bill would be higher under standard rates.

Flow battery maker Primus Power raises $32 million

The most recent funding influx means the California battery maker has secured $114 million to date, and the company has hinted at trying to break into the Chinese market.

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Oregon solar industry calls for 10% power from solar in 10 years (With charts and graphs)

In a joint plan released by OSEIA and the Lewis and Clark School’s Green Energy Institute, the state could produce 10% of its power by 2027, as well as double its solar workforce.

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