As distributed energy resources (DERs) including solar PV and batteries begin to proliferate throughout the world, the services they could provide if coupled with the right technology go beyond simple energy generation and storage. Utilities are waking…
Late last week the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs that it hopes will lead to a more stable grid while also giving customers options to go solar. In addition, the HPUC clarified terms of existing programs.
Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.
There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong.
A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce.
Today’s topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.
President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.