The main output from Elon Musk's solar roof, so far, has been news articles, rather than, say, electricity.

GTM reporters and a slew of guest contributors have investigated the price, technology and necessity of Tesla's proposed integrated solar roof. Some have suggested it could change the way homes are built and powered. Others have claimed that it's just a cynical marketing ploy to take the heat off of SolarCity and give Wall Street a product it might understand.

But another possible result of Tesla's marketing campaign is that it activates entrepreneurs to

Sunrun Denies Allegations That It Delayed Cancelling Contracts to Inflate Solar Booking Numbers

A series of reports from the Wall Street Journal are raising questions about Sunrun's handling of solar contract cancellations. Sunrun is pushing back against the accusations.

On Monday, the Journal reported that two former employees admitted to delaying the cancellation of hundreds of rooftop solar contracts in Hawaii over a five-month period in 2015. The story suggested that sales managers were purposefully inflating their customer numbers in the months leading up to Sunrun's IPO in August of 2015.

"Around the time of the IPO, Sunrun’s cancellation data influenced at least two of the company’s key financial

PJM’s Latest Capacity Auction: A Tough Market for Nuclear and Demand Response

PJM, the entity responsible for transmission grids from the mid-Atlantic coast to the shores of Lake Michigan, just closed its first auction for grid resources under its new capacity performance regime. The results are bad for both demand response and some nuclear power plants. 

PJM announced Tuesday that its Base Residual Auction for capacity for the 2020-2021 period cleared a price of $76.53 per megawatt-day, well below the prices of $80 to $100 from last year’s auction. Capacity prices were higher in more congested or heavily populated parts of PJM’s territory. But with the exception of its Eastern Maryland region, they were lower than

Sunrun Denies Allegations That It Delayed Canceling Contracts to Inflate Solar Booking Numbers

A series of reports from the The Wall Street Journal is raising questions about Sunrun's handling of solar contract cancellations. Sunrun is pushing back against the accusations.

On Monday, the Journal reported that two former employees admitted to delaying the cancellation of hundreds of rooftop solar contracts in Hawaii over a five-month period in 2015. The story suggested that sales managers were purposefully inflating their customer numbers in the months leading up to Sunrun's IPO in August 2015.

"Around the time of the IPO, Sunrun’s cancellation data influenced at least two of the company’s key financial metrics: its number

President Macron’s Pick for Energy Minister Will Be Good for Renewables, bad for Nuclear

In the wake of presidential elections, France’s growing renewables industry could benefit from the appointment of an environmental activist to head energy policy.

Emmanuel Macron, who enjoyed a landslide victory in France’s May 7 elections, has appointed nature documentary maker Nicolas Hulot as Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition, in charge of the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs. 

Hulot, a former press photographer who rose to fame on the back of environmental documentaries such as Ushuaïa, le magazine de l'Extrême, has been critical of France’s dependence on nuclear energy. 

News of his appointment resulted in a seven-point drop in share price

The Bonneville Power Administration is taking its first step into “non-wires alternatives” for power grid investments -- not necessarily by choice, but certainly with a lot of preparation in advance. 

Last week, the federal agency that manages the Columbia River hydropower complex and power grid across the Pacific Northwest announced it has given up its nearly decade-long effort to build a new transmission line along the I-5 corridor. The project, which faced public opposition from the start, has also ballooned in cost from an initial estimate of $346 million to more than $1 billion. 

Instead, BPA will turn to non-wires alternatives -- demand-side resources like

Increasingly, investors who manage solar assets are taking on wind assets.

The level of overlap between the two sectors varies by market. According to GTM Research and SoliChamba's new report on solar asset management, there are numerous countries where top PV investors are also investing in wind. They include: Canada (85 percent); France (80 percent); and India (76 percent). Remarkably, all markets exceed 50 percent, except Chile.

FIGURE: Percentage of top PV investors active in wind, by key country

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Source: Solar PV Asset Management 2017-2022

Overlap between the two industries also varies by portfolio size. The figure below shows

The Trump administration presented a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 today, which includes $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in an attempt to balance the budget by 2027. In addition to deep cuts for health care, student loans and food stamps, the White House has proposed to slash budgets for climate and clean energy programs -- despite the bipartisan support many of these initiatives enjoy. 

If approved, the Environmental Protection Agency would see the steepest cuts of any agency, with a 31.4 percent budget trim that would shutter 50 agency programs and do away with 3,200 of the agency’s

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