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Elon Musk’s master plan promises solar for all

Tesla CEO writes second installment of decade-old master plan, promising solar panels on every house and a battery in every garage.

SunEdison prepares to sell TerraForm Global

The bankrupt renewable energy developer appears to be fishing for bidders for TerraForm Global, as many investors seem to prefer buying pieces instead of the whole SunEdison empire.

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IHS forecasts 2.7 GW of new PV in Latin America in 2016

IHS highlights the relevance which public auctions have acquired for the growth of solar PV in Latin America. Argentina is among the new PV markets in the region, where a new renewable energy auction was recently launched with a quota of 300 MW of solar.

Vivint moves into PACE with Renovate America partnership

One of the largest U.S. residential solar installers has partnered with a provider of PACE financing in California, with an aim to take the program to other states.

California Solar CitiSuns Unite Consumer Cause

A new grass-roots solar consumer organization has formed in California recently to champion the rights of homeowners with solar, and facilitate the adoption of solar by those seeking solar.

Mercom: Battery storage, smart grid VC investments double in Q2 2016

While there has been a downturn in solar funding, battery and smart grid investments had a very strong quarter.

Obama Administration to unlock PACE as part of 1 GW program for low- and mid-income solar

The Federal Housing Authority and Veterans Administration are issuing guidance for the residential clean energy financing programs, in an effort to lift roadblocks to PACE nationwide.

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Deutsche Bank: U.S. utility-scale solar costs to fall below $1 per watt

The bank says that lower-than-expected U.S. demand coupled with significant new module supply is leading to greatly reduced costs and prices in the U.S. market.

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InterSolar North America Wraps with Volume Growth

The famed InterSolar North America solar trade show here in San Francisco wrapped up late last week with an increase in several indicator categories, most important among which was the 10 percent rise in exhibitor space by 550 companies, indicative of the strong manufacturer outlook for near term growth.

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Hawaiian Electric Companies to go it alone

The utility says that it is financially well-positioned as an independent company and reaffirms its commitment to the state’s 100% by 2045 clean energy mandate.

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