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California energy-storage bill passes committee

Senate Bill 700, if passed, would require the state’s utilities to create rebate programs for customers that install energy-storage systems to accelerate their proliferation.

The age of plenty on steroids (direct from New York)

Despite the climate-denying Trump Administration, Michael Liebreich gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future in his address to the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

IEA: Global installed PV capacity exceeds 300 GW

The world’s cumulative PV capacity had surpassed 303 GW at the of 2016, according to a report from IEA PVPS. Globally, solar power is now able to cover approximately 1.8% of power demand.

The inmates have taken over the asylum: BNEF The Future of Energy Summit kicks off in New York

An interview with professional climate denier Myron Ebell, along with Kevin de León and Debbie Dooley shaking hands were among the top moments from the opening of the 2017 BNEF Future of Energy summit.

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Some resources on grid integration of renewables for Rick Perry

The new U.S. secretary of energy wants to know if wind and solar are undermining stability of the U.S. grid, and conflates baseload power with reliability. We’d like to help him with his homework.

Breaking new ground

Central America’s solar boom: Central American nations have emerged from obscurity to a leading role in the deployment and integration of large amounts of renewable energy. But the Energy Transition in this region is just beginning.

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SDG&E signs contracts for 83.5 MW more battery storage

The Southern California utility is going for more lithium-ion batteries, including the world’s largest battery system, to accommodate its leading portion of renewable energy.

Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

Report: Middle-income homeowners make up 70% of solar customers (with 3 critical charts)

In the four states that make up 65% of residential solar installations, most households have incomes between $45,000 and $150,000, new research from GTM Research and PowerScout reveals.

Renewable effects on environment garner more than $1 million in grants in California

The California Energy Commission provided grants last week for further study on the rearing methods of Mojave Desert tortoises and various grid-scale battery storage technologies as part of an effort to proliferate utility-scale solar projects in the state.

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