Solar Stories Today

In this week’s top stories: The latest Model 3 configurations and sightings, Chevy Bolt vs Tesla Model S, Tesla’s solar roof tile sales, Daimler‘s new EV battery factory, and more.

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Solar Stories Yesterday

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Tesla solar shingles sold out ‘well into 2018’ – Mr. Musk need only sell enough solar shingles to sell out his factories. As the gentlemen has delivered multiple world-class vehicles, rocket ships that land and a thing or two else – the general public trusts that he will deliver on his solar shingles. And not only does Musk deliver, but others follow and compete – Forward Labs says its solar roof costs 33% less than Tesla’s. As of right now, I’ve got no choice but to believe.

Nevada Assembly clear bill boosting renewables mandate to 80% by 2040 – Assembly Bill 206 would push Nevada to reach 80% renewable energy by 2040, with an interim goal of 50% by 2030. The current RPS mandates the Nevada power mix must have 25% renewable energy by 2025. Of course – like in all US politics, there are people who refuse to admit who they are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars against this bill.

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Solar Stories May 25

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The Pope gave Donald Trump a 192-page letter he wrote on climate change – encyclical (a papal letter), titled Laudato Si or “Praised Be,” essentially tied protection of the planet made by God to Catholics’ faith in God – The church has come around to a heliocentric reality, climate change and the big bang – I think we’ve got a chance with Danny boy and the Paris Agreement. Bigger broader questions remain as to what going on in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Abu Dhabi closes $872 million financing for 1.17GW of solar – $650 million in debt with the remaining $222 million raised in equity; 25 year loan; Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) holds 60 percent of the company while Marubeni and JinkoSolar each hold 20 percent – Interesting data. 74¢/W to install – panels used to cost that much about two years ago. The price that JinkoSolar is selling panels into this project at probably don’t exist on the open market. The project will generate, roughly, 2 billion kWh/year – at 2.42¢/kWh – that’s around $50M/year in revenue. It’ll take 16 years to pay off $872M – which is around a 7% return on investment per the documents submitted to the power company.

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9to5toys 

Solar Stories May 24

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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 305Wp and efficiencies of up to 18.6 % – 18.6% is a nice number. It’s a rooftop solar panel focused on residential. The black on black meets the aesthetic needs of many people. Anyone know what the price is? I think its time for the EnergySage people to update their most efficiency panel charts.

An ‘Awesome’ View at America’s First Offshore Wind Farm – Definitely an awesome view. These wind towers are so big. I’m headed to Block Island sometime this summer to enjoy a drink and check out these turbines.

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Solar Stories May 22

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Here’s what we know so far about Rick Perry’s fake power grid study – and it isn’t good – High level – study is too short, supposed grid reliability issues are non-existent, being led by fossil-fuel lobbyist, National Security language is red herring, already proposed 70% cuts to renewable programs, and of course the outspoken support for coal. #rickperryisfake

The World’s Largest Wind Turbines Have Started Generating Power in England – The video is enough. Short article that really just shows off some imagery and connects to other websites. The visuals of these huge systems are always so compelling. Living near Rhode Island, I get to see wind turbines on a regular basis – but until you stand next to one do you realize how large they are.

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Solar Stories May 19

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The Green Big Bang – “Will the 21st century be the last one for fossil fuels?” – Big business has a big reason to ask that question. Document is full of data. Check out the GIF at bottom of brief showing wind/solar growth. Another graphic – global battery manufacturing capacity by 2020 is expected to be 173GWh worth, with Tesla being the second largest at 35GWh worth. Later on, sobriety – coal took about 60 years to reach 50% as it took over from wood in the 1800s. There is a dearth of green alternatives to the fossil fuels used to make steel, cement or plastics, he adds. And replacing a global fossil fuel energy system that took an estimated $25tn to create over the 20th century with today’s crop of renewables is a job that will occupy us “for generations”. These fossil fueled businesses grew our population from one to greater than seven billion as the industrial revolution spread to almost all reaches of the planet. History will look at these quaint times with nostalgia.

California’s 2017 energy mix showing significant clean uptick relative due to hydroelectric and solar growth – And more importantly, natural gas way down. For most days so far in 2017, the share of CAISO’s electric power generated from natural gas has been near or below previous five-year (2012–16) minimums. These numbers of course don’t consider the 4GW’ish worth of residential/commercial behind the meter solar – that would up the solar number 30-50%.

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9to5mac 

Solar Stories May 18

Since Tesla started producing home battery packs and selling them through SolarCity in 2014, several other automakers, including Nissan and BMW, started also leveraging their electric vehicle battery pack technology for residential energy storage.

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Iowa senator slams energy chief for grid study undermining wind energy – Iowa’s Republican senator on Wednesday raised concerns that U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has commissioned a “hastily developed” study of the reliability of the electric grid that appears “geared to undermine” the wind energy industry – Grassley said the results were pre-determined and would show that intermittent energy sources like wind make the grid unstable. We know the coal industry is going to use ‘instability’ as its tool to leverage a requirement of having large volumes of coal able to run immediately in times of risk. This has been expressed in public by the Pruitt at the EPA.

Coal plants failed in Queensland heatwave on day of record demand – A new report from the AER looks at the soaring electricity prices on February 12, 2017, when high temperatures across the state caused record demand despite the day being a Sunday, when most business and much manufacturing was closed. The principal reason, the AER notes, was the sudden withdrawal of more than 790MW of coal and gas capacity – all due to technical faults related to the heat – If the world is getting warmer, and thermal plants – coal/nuclear/gas – are going to have greater problems shedding heat, we truly depend on them? expand full story

Solar Stories May 17

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Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership – Apple’s new building – header photo – is absolutely stunning. The structure will be 100% renewable powered – 4MW of biogas fuel cells plus 16MW of solar power on top. And images – like the above by Dan Winters – will help power the imagination of architectural engineers integrating renewables into structures.

Rooftop solar saved NSW consumers nearly $1 billion in heatwave – New South Wales, Australia – When temperatures broke 45°C during a three-day period in February of this year, solar power produced 17GWh. This production – while only 2% of total electricity – was produced during peak demand times, and it managed to lower pricing 60% – $from 1920/MWh to $780/MWh – saving consumers $888 million. Approximately $600 million of it was saved in one day. In many places, this money would have been earned by gas peaker plants. Often times, event likes these – where prices can sometimes increases by hundreds of a percent – were where the whole years profits would come from. Game changing.

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Solar Stories May 16

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China and India overtake US as best renewable investment destinations – The basis of the USA falling from the top spot are political changes put forth by the Trump Administration. Investment funds don’t like their cash sitting around – and if the USA is going to slow its movement, there are plenty of places for it to flow globally. On the other hand – politics aside – China and India should be leading the world. It’s good to see them take their proper places.

Speaking of hundreds of billions of dollars – Solar to attract more investment than coal, gas and nuclear combined this year – Game, Set, Match, folks. Plus another $100B+ for wind. In Europe, renewable technologies will attract 73.4% of power generation investment this year. By 2020, say the analysts, non-hydro renewable energies will account for 65% of all power generation investment, led by the strong backing for solar found in India, China and other emerging economies and markets. India alone will see clean energy investment grow by 24% per year until 2020, the report finds. We will still need fossils and nuclear for a while – but change is coming hard.

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