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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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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.

Real estate constraints, finance are key problems for rooftop solar in Washington D.C.

A new report finds that the nation’s capital has the ability to host up to 2.5 GW of rooftop solar potential and looks at ways to reach that potential.

Natcore’s Foil Cell creeps closer to commercialization

The U.S. cell manufacturer announced a partnership with Italian manufacturer Coveme to accelerate the development and commercialization of Natcore’s latest cell innovation.

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“Skinny Budget” nukes renewable energy research

President Trump’s Department of Energy hit list includes advanced energy research, loan guarantees and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Fraunhofer ISE reclaims multicrystalline PV cell efficiency record with 21.9%

German solar research institute Fraunhofer ISE has reclaimed the multicrystalline PV cell efficiency record, achieving 21.9%. Fraunhofer researchers deployed n-type high-performance multicrystalline technology to produce the record-setting PV cell.

pv magazine Exclusive: A conversation with Charlie Gay

The man chosen to lead the SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy talked with our own Frank Andorka about the $30 million in grants SunShot awarded, future funding opportunities and why he’s more excited than ever about the future of solar energy in the United States.

Money for nothing (except ground-breaking clean-energy ideas)

With help from the  California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) initiative, the California Energy Commission is calling all enterprising clean-energy entrepreneurs to submit proposals to get a piece of $24 million to bring their ideas to fruition.

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