Sonnen Expands US Presence With Battery Manufacturing Hub in Atlanta

The German home battery startup Sonnen is expanding its U.S. footprint with a significant investment in a new North American Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sonnen announced today that the InnovationHub will bring all of the company’s U.S. product development and manufacturing capabilities under one roof, allowing for new product innovation and the ability to rapidly scale up production capacity.

“Sonnen U.S. has experienced exponential sales growth over the past year, making the Sonnen InnovationHub a smart investment to capitalize upon the immense potential of the North American energy storage market,” said Christoph Ostermann, Sonnen Group CEO, in a statement. Bringing the company’s U.S. manufacturing and

Regulators Blame South Australia’s Rolling Blackout on Both Thermal and Wind Generation

Guardian: South Australian Blackout Blamed on Thermal and Wind Generator Failures, Plus High Demand

A blackout in South Australia that has intensified a political brawl over energy policy was caused by three factors: demand for power was higher than forecast, wind generation was lower than forecast and several thermal generators were unable to step into the breach, according to the energy market operator.

As the partisan conflict about energy continued in Canberra on Wednesday, the Australian Energy Market Operator issued a report detailing the sequence that led to the blackout in South Australia last week -- the third such outage in recent months.

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It was a decent Valentine's Day for lovers of SolarEdge photovoltaic panel optimizers.

The firm announced its financial results yesterday afternoon for the quarter ended December 31 and although SolarEdge reported top and bottom line below street expectations, the solar electronics firm managed to post a strong gross margin of 33 percent. Last quarter, GTM Research analyst Scott Moskowitz noted SolarEdge "overachieved on margin," hitting 32.6 percent versus a guidance of 30 percent to 32 percent.

A research note from Oppenheimer explains that "the big test for [SolarEdge] will begin later in CY17 as the impact of China-based competition is clearer and

In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,625 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016.

This represents a 95 percent increase over the previous record of 7,493 megawatts installed in 2015. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) previewed this data in advance of their upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight report, set to be released on March 9.

FIGURE: U.S. Solar PV Installations, 2010 - 2016

Source: GTM Research / SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight Report

For the first time ever, U.S.

Silver Spring Networks co-founder and EVP of global development, Eric Dresselhuys, is leaving after almost 15 years with the firm. Silver Spring has moved from advanced metering infrastructure to adding distributed intelligence and “internet of things” capabilities to its networks. Silver Spring went public in 2013 after raising more than $300 million from Foundation Capital, KPCB, Northgate Capital Partners, Google, EMC and Hitachi. Dresselhuys has not revealed his next move.

Electric bus builder Proterra named Matt Horton as chief commercial officer. Prior to joining Proterra, Matt was the CEO of Propel Fuels. Proterra has sold more than 380 vehicles to 36

Hawaii will move ahead with a first-of-its-kind community renewables program designed to incentivize dispatchable power at times of peak grid demand.

The island state leads the nation in rooftop solar per capita, but many who live there cannot participate in that market. For renters, apartment-dwellers and residents who don’t have a high enough credit score or enough sun to install their own solar modules, the legislature passed a law mandating the utilities create community renewables programs. The utilities then had to figure out how to add these projects to a grid that already faces saturation by solar overgeneration in the middle of the day, with nowhere to export

Wholesale Market Changes Will Reflect the ‘Unique Abilities’ of Energy Storage, Says FERC’s LaFleur

In recent months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken several steps toward fully incorporating energy storage in U.S. wholesale energy markets -- which, if successful, could be a major boon for the energy storage industry.

These actions reflect the fact there’s an exponential amount of energy storage slated to come online, and its “unique abilities to help in different ways,” said Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, speaking this week at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meeting.

“Sometimes it [benefits] transmission, sometimes it’s generation, sometimes it can help with ancillary services, and we’re proposing to require changes in the wholesale

Two years ago on Valentine’s Day, my colleague MJ Shiao wrote about his newfound affection for the U.S. carport solar market. Fast forward to Valentine’s Day 2017, and I find myself facing a similar dilemma about you, community solar.

I wonder whether it’s finally time to fall in love you, and your promise to scale on par with other segments of U.S. solar.

Let’s start with your past, community solar.

I want to believe that you have changed for the better and matured. Remember 2015? I do. Mired in regulatory delay, Minnesota and Massachusetts struggled to deliver on the promise

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