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Home solar makes EVs cheaper, reduces emissions

The maintenance cost of an electric vehicle is estimated to be significantly lower than internal combustion engines, and studies show home solar furthers the cost savings and boosts carbon emission reductions.

Rivian plans second plant to produce EV trucks and batteries

The Amazon-backed automaker is exploring U.S. locations to produce its electric truck and battery cells.

Calpine and GE bring an energy storage project online in southern California

The project contains a 20MW/80MWh standalone battery energy storage system, and has a 20-year Resource Adequacy Power Purchase Agreement. 

Pumped storage project gets seed money… now the work begins

The proposed 500 MW long-duration energy storage project in San Diego County starts a multi-year process to win federal and state approval. It wouldn’t enter service before 2030.

California breaks 1 GW energy storage milestone (and looks to a ‘future’ 1.21 GW moment)

Energy storage is making its presence known on California’s electricity grid as projected shortfalls widen and deepen in the coming years. (Dr. Emmett Brown just might be impressed.)

Energy storage aggregation unlocks benefits for homeowners, grid operators, and installers

Companies like Sunrun are implementing grid services using smart batteries to unlock benefits for the residential end-user and the grid at large. Recent research from New Zealand suggests these benefits could be dramatic.

San Diego Community Power inks solar + storage deal with BayWa r.e.

The not-for-profit entered a 90 MW solar, 70 MW storage, 20-year power purchase agreement to be developed and serviced by BayWa r.e.

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Solar PV fires: Cost estimates and the road to better data

The solar industry’s struggle with fire safety is ongoing. Dr. John R. Balfour and Lawrence Shaw have developed a means to begin to estimate the future costs and impacts from reported PV system-sourced fires.

NREL and LADWP will focus on energy justice as the city pursues a carbon-free future

The effort is a follow on to the LA100 study and will bring together environmental justice and other stakeholders to identify community-driven, energy-just outcomes, particularly for people in disadvantaged communities.

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Reviewing energy storage targets as Maine becomes the ninth state to participate

‘LD 528: An act to advance energy storage in Maine’ was signed by Governor Janet Mills, with The Pine Tree State joining several others in the trend of embracing energy storage goals. How does it compare to the other eight state targets?