The average electric vehicle is now as clean as a conventional car that gets 80 miles per gallon, and produces far less emissions than any gasoline-only car available, according to a recent Union of Concerned Scientists analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data.

For comparison, many hybrids get around 40 miles per gallon

Plug-in cars aren't always the most environmentally friendly vehicle choice, depending on the location. EVs getting cleaner stems in part from efficiency gains, but mostly from a nationwide electricity mix increasingly infused with renewable power. 

“An important difference between EVs and conventional cars is that EVs can get cleaner,”

There are reports of cars being delivered with technical glitches.

Tesla is a truly audacious enterprise. The company is attempting to simultaneously scale in solar and storage, semis and sedans.

But, of late, Tesla’s lofty aspirations have been threatened by down-to-earth realities: executive turnover and the difficulties of producing a flawless vehicle for the masses.

Last week, Bloomberg’s veteran Tesla-watcher Dana Hull published a survey of recent departures among senior management. In February, sales chief Jon McNeill left Tesla to become Lyft’s COO. Chief accounting officer Eric Branderiz recently left the company for personal reasons. And Susan Repo, Tesla’s corporate treasurer and vice president of finance, left to become CFO of another company.

This little market ain't so little anymore.

Houston-based rooftop solar financier Sunnova has entered the solar-plus-storage market.

The company launched its SunSafe offering in the California market as a 25-year lease deal, with a full warranty and performance guarantee. That gives it a longer product life than products currently on the market.

Customers are free to pay down their contract earlier if they wish, said CEO John Berger. The key value is that Sunnova will maintain the system's operational capabilities for the full 25 years.

"Service is really big part of who we are," he said. "Why would you only want service or coverage for 15 years or 10 years when

Solar industry stakeholders filed applications with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week seeking exclusions from the Trump administration’s 30 percent tariff on imported solar products.

Requests were due Friday night and a total of 55 comments were ultimately received, according to the USTR docket.

California-based Solaria Corporation, Korea's Hanwha Q Cells and EU ProSun, a group representing 80 percent of European solar cell and module production, were among those to submit requests. Inverter manufacturers Enphase and SolarEdge also filed comments seeking exemptions for their integrated solar module products.

To mark International Women’s Day held earlier this month, we start the jobs column with women making moves in clean energy and at the grid edge.

If you haven’t already, we also welcome you to take a quick survey for GTM Research’s newly formed group for women working in the grid edge sector, so that women making executive moves in the industry will someday be the norm rather than the exception.

First up, Ameren has recruited Bhavani Amirthalingam for the newly created role of chief digital information officer. She was previously at Schneider Electric and also CIO at

Report tracks a sharp increase in commercial buildings with verified net-zero performance

Although the numbers are still very small, proven net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. performance in commercial buildings is rising at a statistically rapid pace, a report from the New Buildings Institute says.

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Don't miss out on GTM's 11th annual Solar Summit

We’re very excited to welcome The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation to our 2018 Solar Summit lineup on May 1-2 in San Diego.

GTM’s Senior Editor Julia Pyper will sit down with Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the foundation, for her live video series on clean energy news and issues, from a bipartisan perspective.

Named by The Guardian as No. 1 in their “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet,” Terry joined the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation in 2016 with an impressive background.

Terry has deep international expertise in business, agriculture, education, public policy and the environment. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him

The age of storage serving peak power has only just begun, so the size of that market is very much up for debate.

California has already halted a new gas plant in favor of energy storage in its place. Elsewhere, regulators called on PG&E to acquire storage instead of paying to maintain two existing gas peaker plants. An Arizona utility recently procured a solar and battery project specifically to serve capacity for system peak hours.

These are early signs of a dramatic shift in how the grid gets electricity when demand is highest. “The amount of press written

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