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Listen Up: The Real Cost of Electricity

Electricity is a commodity — indistinguishable regardless of the source (all kWh are the same), available from different suppliers and easily transferable. But like many commodities, the cost of electricity varies depending on the location to which it is delivered.

Making Money with Batteries

Venture capital investments in the energy storage sector topped $175 million in the first half of 2016, according to Mercom Capital Group, whose analysis shows that lithium-ion and sodium-based batteries received the lion’s share of that money.

SunEdison is Not Solyndra: Why 2016 Looks So Different from 2011

In a move that appeared inevitable for months, commercial-scale solar pioneer SunEdison filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 21. The news grabbed clean-tech industry and general business headlines for sure, but I’ve been struck by how little splash it’s made in the broader realm of national attention, particularly politics. The contrast with the partisan uproar that immediately arose after the 2011 bankruptcy of solar startup Solyndra could not be more striking.

Turkish Solar Update

Turkey’s energy regulator granted its first ever solar license in late 2015. It is a 49-year generation license granted to Turkish developer Solentegre Enerji Yatirimlari, for an 8 MW facility to be installed in the eastern province of Elazig.

Solar Jobs Continue to Outpace US Economy

Coming on the heels of the celebration–inducing 5-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), today jobs numbers were released by nonprofit organization, The Solar Foundation (TSF).

The six annual National Solar Jobs Census shows that the U.S. solar industry today employs 208,859 people, having added 35,052 in 2015 alone. This is a 20 percent increase in job growth compared to the overall national employment growth of 1.7 percent.

“Employment in solar has grown an extraordinary 123 percent since 2010, adding approximately 115,000 well-paying jobs. Our Census findings show that one out of every 83 new jobs created in the U.S. over the last 12 months was in the solar industry – 1.2 percent of all new jobs,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of TSF in a statement.