California

Renovate America launches online solar, home improvement marketplace

The financing provider is joining at least two other online solar marketplaces, in a new way to sell residential solar

Rocky Mountain Institute issues guide for greener cities

The RMI handbook provides a template to reduce and eliminate cities’ carbon footprints, including solar implementation strategies and examples.

California’s big utilities to reach 50% renewable energy in 2020

PG&E, SDG&E and SCE are expecting to meet the state’s ambitious 50% target 10 years early, with contract prices for utility-scale solar projects falling to below $30/megawatt-hour (MWh).

Vivint Solar installations flat during Q3 (w/ charts)

In line with the sluggishness of the residential solar sector Vivint’s volume deployed remains substantially lower than a year ago, as its business model shifts.

Enphase narrows Q3 loss, records revenue increase

The microinverter specialist posted losses of $7 million in the third quarter but did manage to increase its revenue sequentially by 3% to $77 million.

Renovate America sheds 100 jobs in rapid restructure

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provider insists it is financially sound and that the restructuring is designed to ensure “our operation is running as efficiently as possible”.

Berkeley scientists boost battery capacities

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made progress with cathodes made from ‘disordered’ materials, a technology which could greatly increase the storage capacity of lithium batteries.

California extends grandfathering under new TOU rates

The new rule gives some breathing room for solar customers caught up in the abrupt shift in peak times.

NextEra Energy Partners to acquire 691 MW of wind, solar assets

During the energy giant’s third-quarter earnings call, it announced a drop-down deal in which the yieldco will purchase 143 MW of solar assets from NextEra’s development subsidiary.

Avangrid begins to move into solar

The power company has mostly build wind to date, but has announced 300 MW of solar projects.