Solar has been on an amazing growth trajectory. As we approach the milestone of 2 million homes with solar power, we need something more beautiful to reach the mass market. Enter the Tesla solar roof.

Tesla’s solar roof has redefined the popular conception of what residential solar can be. In an industry that has done very little product-level innovation, Tesla’s new product is a radical reimagining that has left consumers in awe.

Industry wonks have tried to make sense of Tesla’s solar roof by digging into the numbers and converting dollars per watt to dollars per square foot. But in the mind of

Pointing out the chronic underprediction of clean energy growth rates has become a sport in analyst circles.

The International Energy Agency and Energy Information Agency take most of the heat from critics. Throughout the last decade, the two influential organizations have faced growing criticism for their conservative projections on wind and solar growth. 

Skip Laitner, a renowned energy efficiency expert, is the latest to weigh in. Turns out, efficiency is also wildly underestimated.

After reviewing dozens of scenarios for growth in global primary energy consumption and comparing them to actual consumption, Laitner found a widening gap between past assumptions and current reality. 

Solar and wind are outpacing coal and natural gas in terms of job creation, both in the United States and around the world.

In a report released Tuesday, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reported that employment in the renewable energy sector, including solar, wind, biofuels, hydropower and other carbon-free resources, rose to 9.8 million people in 2016, a 1.1 percent increase from the previous year. 

Excluding large hydropower, the green power sector employed 8.3 million people in 2016, featuring a growth rate of 2.8 percent, according to IRENA's annual jobs review. That’s the lowest growth rate the organization has tracked since 2012,

A Sneak Peek at Uber’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

Autonomous, shared and electric vehicles are expected to dominate the roads in the coming decades. Some projections show these vehicles becoming the primary mode of passenger transportation by 2031.

Realizing the autonomous, shared and electric mobility trifecta is within sight. But it begs the question: how, exactly, will we get there?

That’s what I’ll be discussing with Adam Gromis, Uber's public policy manager for sustainability and environmental impact, at GTM’s upcoming Grid Edge World Forum conference and expo on June 28 in San Jose.

Uber is pushing ahead with its self-driving vehicle research in the U.S., despite

French energy giant Engie is adding the European operations of bankrupt solar installer Sungevity to its growing portfolio of distributed energy offerings, according to reports.

GTM covered and broke the news of Sungevity's recent descent into layoffs, obfuscation, bankruptcy and eventual sale to private equity firm Northern Pacific Group for $50 million.

The U.S.-based part of the company was rechristened as Solar Spectrum. The last vestige of the firm, its Netherlands-based European arm, was acquired by Engie for an undisclosed amount. (One would assume it was a relative bargain for the acquirer.)

The wind-down of the U.S. business involved several

Another week brings more moves and shifts at the upper levels of the renewable energy industry.

Tesla has hired Gaby Toledano, previously an executive at video game giant Electronic Arts, to replace Arnnon Geshuri, VP of human resources. Toledano joins Tesla as "chief people officer," leading HR and facilities and reporting to Elon Musk. Prior to EA, Toledano led HR at Siebel Systems. According to Tesla's blog, Geshuri "helped transition Tesla from a small car company that many doubted would ever succeed, to an integrated sustainable energy company with more than 30,000 employees around the globe."

One of the challenges

Trump Economic Adviser: Wind and Solar Can Make America a ‘Manufacturing Powerhouse’

Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, thinks natural gas, wind and solar are the future of energy in America.

But he's getting attacked for doubting the future of coal.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One last week, Cohn expressed skepticism about reviving the beleaguered coal industry. 

"Coal doesn't even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock. Natural gas, [of] which we have become an abundant producer [and] which we're going to become a major exporter of, is such a cleaner fuel," he said, according to press pool reports.

"If you think about how much solar

Global Clean Energy Funding: The Good News and the Bad News

Investor appetite for cleantech remains strong following the Paris climate agreement. But experts at the World Bank's Innovate4Climate conference in Barcelona, Spain said that funding levels are still not high enough to reach global emissions targets.

“I think that since COP21 there has been a visible increase in the interest and appetite in investing in this sector, from more general investors,” said Jonathan Taylor, vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

“You see an increasing number of investors using ESG [environmental, social and governance] metrics as part of their investment decisions. COP21 is making us think: ‘These guys really mean it.’ And I haven’t seen this

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