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Rooftop solar and batteries makes their mark at BNEF Future of Energy

Sunrun made a splash at the BNEF Summit in New York City at a time when utilities are increasingly struggling to adapt to new realities. But distributed energy resources have a long way to go to play a major role, and we will still need additional energy sources in future power systems.

#Solar100’s Emily Rogers, Zadie Oleksiw, and Jamie Nolan: solar’s communications experts

In this special edition #Solar100, kWh Analytics’ Sarah Matsui speaks with three solar communications experts, Vote Solar’s Zadie Oleksiw, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Emily Rogers, and Nolan Strategic Communications’ Jamie Nolan.

Trade your coal for locally sourced solar power by 2025!

An analysis by Energy Innovation shows that 74% of US coal could be replaced by wind and solar power located within 35 miles of the plant, while also saving consumers money. The analysis shows that this increased to greater than 86% by 2025.

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pvMB 3/25/19: New Mexico’s clean electricity bill signed, a new solar charging pilot program in Hawaii… and more!

Hello and thank you for starting your work week with the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at the last hurdle facing South Carolina’s solar freedom bill, proposed regulations for large-scale solar in Upstate New York, GenRenew becoming a SunPower Master Dealer and expanding to Illinois and everything else you need to start your week!

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Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to… split?

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a type of electrode which is highly resistant to salt corrosion, therefore allowing them to produce hydrogen using seawater. Applied at a larger scale, this development could potentially cut the cost of power-to-gas applications by greatly increasing the amount of water available.

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Solar grew 48x over the last 11 years. What will the next 11 bring?

Whether or not solar leads the decarbonization of the world’s electricity supply depends on how long it can continue on a path of exponential growth.

A renewable energy mandate in… New Orleans?

The New Orleans City Council has opened a rulemaking to investigate a Renewable Portfolio Standard for the city. But it remains to be seen whether this is a serious move to decarbonize, or to improve optics.

pvMB 3/22/19: The largest U.S. bifacial plant breaks ground, SunPower & SEIA soft on Green New Deal, and more!

It’s Friday, so enjoy this pvMB before you check out for the weekend. In this edition the New Hampshire House has approved a 5 MW system size for net metering, an innovative green roof plus solar is coming to New York City and BP is considering power *all* U.S. operations with solar power.

Ultimate five-year plan: 24 hour solar+storage power plants, in design pipeline now

In an interview with pv magazine USA 8minutenergy President & CEO Tom Buttgenbach talked of radio telescopes and aliens, but also the USA solar market, a 14 GW solar power pipeline and energy storage being a fundamental – not an add-on – feature.

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Herding cats: Controversy over the solar siting bill in Rhode Island

The beginning of large-scale solar development has brought out the NIMBYism in the nation’s smallest state.