Sources: TenKsolar Winding Down Operations After a Series of Field Failures

TenKsolar, an American builder of integrated high-efficiency solar panels, is winding down its operations, according to sources close to the firm.

Few solar hardware startups survive to adulthood in this ruthlessly competitive market. The demise of many PV firms can be blamed on greed, sloth, pride or any of the other deadly startup sins. But in tenKsolar's case, it appears that rampant inverter failures (from other vendors' equipment) are the cause of this company's imminent end.

The firm was founded in 2008 as a builder of integrated PV panels with intra-module power conditioning in tandem with a reflector. The company started shipping in 2010 with

Itron to Acquire Comverge for $100M, Diving Into the Demand Response Business

Smart metering giant Itron announced Monday that it will acquire demand response provider Comverge for about $100 million. It’s a move that puts Itron into a totally new business.

The company is betting that networking smarts can revitalize Comverge -- a somewhat battered contender in the U.S. demand response industry. 

Itron signed a definitive agreement to acquire Comverge through the purchase of its parent company, Peak Holding Corp., which is the latest in a long string of owners. Comverge was one of two big companies to IPO early last decade (EnerNOC being the other) as the automated demand response market soared.

But Comverge,

In a seminal scene from the acclaimed Batman movie The Dark Knight, District Attorney Harvey Dent tells his dinner companions: “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

The phrase foreshadowed Dent and Batman’s character arcs in the movie: Dent would become a villain, while Batman would assume responsibility for his crimes (becoming a villain in public perception) so Dent could die a hero.   

“Die a hero or become the villain” describes the arc of many technologies, depending whether they fail -- allowing proponents to imagine rosy alternate futures -- or flourish, improving the human

Still Reeling From Fukushima Fallout, TEPCO Seeks Better Fortunes in Grid Edge Innovation

When the nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi melted down in 2011, they set into motion unforeseen events around the world.

Locally, the radiation forced evacuation of some 154,000 residents of the surrounding countryside. Internationally, the disaster became a rallying cry for anti-nuclear advocates, bolstering efforts to decommission reactors from Germany to California

In the electricity business, this disaster nearly bankrupted the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the Fukushima facility. TEPCO serves some 29 million customers in Tokyo and surrounding areas, making it the country's largest utility and one of the largest in the world.

The government stepped in to

How Do You Bring the Smart City to Life?

The term "smart city" means different things to different people.

At a basic level, a smart city is one that leverages sensors and data analytics to enable better outcomes for citizens and the environment -- whether that’s easier parking or better air quality. Making a city intelligent has real-world implications for the health, sustainability and prosperity of communities.

“It’s really about how not only do we have a city of interconnected things, but it’s what they are able to do when leveraged together to create new insights or solve new problems in new ways," explains Sharelynn Moore, the vice president of global marketing at Itron. 

Laying

There are more ways to generate value from demand response than ever before, but so far that hasn't translated into massive payouts. Demand response technologies and programs have evolved to the point where value can be captured at the customer, distribution and wholesale level, but a significant gap exists between the amount of available flexible capacity and profitability margins.

According to GTM Research’s new report The U.S. Utility Demand Response Landscape: Programs, Case Studies and Economics, utilities have experienced low to no load growth in recent years, which has resulted in fewer opportunities for demand response programs.

The report surveys 66 commercial and industrial

EPA Cuts Scientists From Scientific Review Board, Considers Adding Members of Regulated Industries

The New York Times: EPA Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate, as part of the wide net it plans to cast. “The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact

The latest U.S. Residential Solar Update from GTM Research goes into stark detail about the changes afoot in this maturing and volatile market.

Not too long ago, a stand-alone SolarCity was growing 50 percent each year with a goal of 1 million solar rooftop customers by July 4, 2018. Residential solar players like Sungevity, NRG Home Solar and Spruce Finance were growing strong -- driven by the California Solar Initiative, the Investment Tax Credit and falling solar costs. Small vendors were being squeezed by the big guys. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) dominated over solar loans.

Well, it's 2017. Trump is

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