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Green Energy Stories February 1

Governor of Texas, No. 1 in US wind power + Tesla Giga, showboats over fossil fuels

Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) wants to fight Biden’s clean energy plan, despite being the No. 1 state in the US for wind power. Texas is also a rising star of solar power, not to mention the home of Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas. Yet, Abbott has issued an executive order to “protect” Texas’ energy industry from federal […]

Green Energy Stories June 16, 2016

A new bipartisan effort to introduce a 30% Tax Credit (just like Solar Power) for energy storage

On May 26, 2016 – “U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley, Calif.)  introduced H.R. 5350, the bipartisan Energy Storage for Grid Resilience and Modernization Act. Honda was joined by Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA).” The purpose of the legislation is to clarify that energy storage industry receives a 30% […]

Green Energy Stories March 17, 2016

Elon Musk and SolarCity CEO organized an event for Nevada lawmakers at Tesla’s Gigafactory to lobby for solar energy

In an effort to lobby Nevada lawmakers for the development of solar energy following the Public Utilities Commission’s decision to slash net metering, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive organized an event Wednesday night at the Gigafactory for Nevada politicians and top government officials. Tesla and SolarCity executives held presentations meant to be “forward-looking and […]

Green Energy Stories February 13, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: A path to 10TW, India manufacturing capacity, China does offshore wind, more

A path to 10TW (but actually about solar cell consistency in manufacturing) – The article is about finding a solution to the 10% or so of solar cells that go bad in the first six months of sunlight exposure – good research. What I found more interesting was their analysis on how to get to 10 […]

Green Energy Stories July 31, 2016

Will TeslaSolar continue to outsource the brain of its solar systems – the inverter – or develop in house?

Tesla had made it a goal to vertically integrate long prior to the current offer to purchase SolarCity. SolarCity took action purchasing a solar panel and solar racking company. A looming question becomes – how exactly will TeslaSolar protect itself in the solar inverter market? TeslaSolar could purchase a close technology partner like SolarEdge or design in house like it does with Tesla automobiles. With […]

Green Energy Stories July 4, 2016

SolarCity pushing industry to 40% increase in useful lifetime of solar power installations

In a new report released by SolarCity, we are seeing that solar power systems have a usable lifetime of at least 35 years – 40% longer than the market expects. The key finding of the report is that power degradation (annual efficiency loss) of solar panels supplied to SolarCity is as much as 35% lower than […]

Green Energy Stories June 22, 2016

Here’s what it’ll take for Tesla + SolarCity to be a $1Trillion energy company

Elon Musk surprised the business world with one of the most common sense moves I’ve seen in a while – an offering to merge Tesla and SolarCity into a single company. Musk, this morning on a conference call, stated that he sees these companies coming together to become worth $1 trillion. For that to be […]

The Tesla-SolarCity deal explained through some amazing quotes by Elon Musk

Since Tesla announced its offer to buy SolarCity, which is still contingent on a vote by the shareholders, Wall Street has turned on the company with analysts issuing notes claiming that there’s little to no value in the deal. Barclays analyst Brian Johnson issued a note saying that he sees “little in the way of […]

Green Energy Stories May 19, 2016

The math, and evidence all around you, that shows shared autonomous vehicles powered by solar power and batteries are inevitable

In the above image in 1900, we see that there is a single car out of many horse drawn carriages in New York City. Within thirteen years it transformed into one of many cars and one horse. Technology disruptions made this happen – and the evidence from the past several decades seems to show that battery […]

Green Energy Stories May 17, 2016

Is the SolarCity Gigafactory at risk? State funding on hold as lobbying connections investigated

Legislators for the State of New York failed to move forward on a vote to deliver $485 million in funding to build out SolarCity’s Gigafactory in Buffalo. According to BuffaloNews, even though the project has been approved by the State Legislature as part of the much-heralded Buffalo Billion program, a three-person team has decided to not […]

Green Energy Stories October 2, 2015

SolarCity’s Buffalo Gigafactory is looking close to ready [Pictures]

Recent pictures of SolarCity’s ‘Gigafactory’ show that the solar panel plant is, at least from the outside, looking close to be ready for production. The Buffalo News managed to get a bird eyes view of the plant and compared the progress with pictures from a year ago.

SolarCity will start making new 22% high efficiency solar panels this month

SolarCity announced today that it has built the most efficient rooftop solar module with 22% efficiency according to a third party tester: Renewable Energy Test Center. Until now, SunPower’s X-Series panel was considered the most efficient rooftop panel with 21.5% efficiency. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive says that the new modules will produce between 350 to 360-watt compared […]

Green Energy Stories October 18, 2015

Elon Musk’s quest to hire top talent – Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity are on a massive hiring spree

Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity – three companies influenced by Elon Musk – are currently on a massive hiring spree around the US. They already have a combined headcount of over 32,000 employees and the total is set to increase significantly in the coming months. We learned that Musk’s companies are holding joined private recruiting events, the […]

Green Energy Stories August 28, 2015

SolarCity plans on producing $0.50/Watt solar modules with at least 20% efficiency

Yesterday SolarCity released a SEC filing listing the milestones its co-founders need to achieve to vest tranches of shares of their new performance-based compensation plan. The milestones reveal some ambitious goals for the solar installer. For example, the first milestone is to achieve a cost of production of $0.50/Watt for solar modules with at least 20% […]

Green Energy Stories May 26, 2015

SolarCity’s factory takes shape and it looks a lot like Tesla’s Gigafactory [Updated]

SolarCity is currently building a solar panel factory in Buffalo. The construction site is not unlike Tesla’s Gigafactory under construction in Nevada. SolarCity’s facility, which could also be dubbed a “Gigafactory” since its planned output is also estimated in gigawatts, has a similar 2-storey steel structure as the one Tesla is building for its battery […]

Green Energy Stories May 30, 2015

Opinion: Times article on Musk’s “empire” being fueled by government subsidies is grossly one-sided [Updated]

The Times published an article over the weekend titled “Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by government subsidies”. The article is well-researched and mostly accurate, but it conveys a clear disdain for the fact that Musk’s companies are taking advantage of the government subsidies available to them. The publication compiled data from government programs and came to the […]

Green Energy Stories June 2, 2015

Complete breakdown of the $4.9 billion in government support the LA Times claims Elon Musk’s companies are receiving

The LA Times published an article over the weekend titled “Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by government subsidies”. The publication compiled data from government programs and estimated that Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX, three companies Musk is involved in, have benefited from “$4.9 billion in government support”. Saturday, I wrote an opinion piece about how I thought the […]

Green Energy Stories May 6, 2017

This week’s top stories: TSLA earnings, Tesla Model Y details, Model 3 reservations, more Gigafactories & the latest solar news

In this week’s top stories: TSLA earnings, Tesla Model Y details, Model 3 reservation data, more Gigafactories, and the latest solar and energy news. 

Green Energy Stories May 24, 2017

EGEB: Solar+storage 4.5¢/kWh, Hanwha 18.6% solar panel, nanowires, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Hanwha Q CELLS launches first p-type monocrystalline PERC modules in Europe – Q.PEAK series available in Europe, two variations: Q.PEAK-G4.1 with black frame and white back sheet  all black Q.PEAK BLK-G4.1. The Q.PEAK-G4.1 comes in power classes ranging from 295Wp to […]

Green Energy Stories June 8, 2017

EGEB: Americas biggest polluter, US 1st quarter solar power + energy storage reports, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. America’s biggest greenhouse-gas polluter, and the place that relies on it – Southern Company spent more than all but a dozen other U.S. companies on federal lobbying during the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — […]

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