The community solar program in California is off to a slow start. The program has significant potential to expand the state's solar market, but virtually no developers have shown up to participate.

The reasons for this slow start were discussed at a solar developer’s forum held by the state’s major utilities and policymakers on April 5, 2017. In this article, we take a look at the issues raised and the need for program reform.

The 101 on community solar in California

California’s community solar program is formally known as the Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) program. The ECR program is part of the larger Green

Inside GE and SoCal Edison’s First-of-a-Kind Hybrid Peaker Plant With Batteries and Gas Turbines

Southern California Edison and General Electric have taken a grid edge concept -- integrating natural gas-fired turbines and batteries -- and turned it into two working models. 

Last month, SCE started operations at the second of two of its new hybrid electric gas turbine (EGT) units -- GE’s term for its combination of turbines, batteries and power controls installed at the two sites. Each peaker plant is in the 50-megawatt range, and is outfitted with a set of batteries capable of providing 10 megawatts and 4 megawatt-hours of power. 

The projects were rushed into operations to help SCE manage the closure of the

Will Suniva’s Bankruptcy Spark Another Solar Trade Dispute?

Georgia-based solar manufacturer Suniva filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, after a multi-year struggle to keep pace with steep price declines in the global solar industry.

The bankruptcy could mark the beginning of another trade dispute between America and Asia -- and quite possibly the rest of the world. It could also be the first real test for the Trump administration on trade. 

Suniva, which produces high-efficiency solar cells and modules in Georgia and Michigan, blamed China for "flooding the U.S. market" with solar equipment below cost, according to documents submitted to a Delaware bankruptcy court.

Suniva lost more than $50 million since 2015. At

Dong Energy Will Build Two Offshore Wind Farms in Europe Without Direct Subsidies

New York Times: Germany Strikes Offshore Wind Deals, Subsidy Not Included

European governments have spent large sums of money in recent years subsidizing giant offshore wind projects in hopes of creating a clean source of energy that could eventually pay for itself. Now that moment may be here -- and a lot sooner than expected.

On Thursday, the Danish company Dong Energy, the largest offshore wind developer, won the right to build two large wind projects in the German North Sea with no government subsidies -- a highly symbolic first for the industry.

The company will receive the revenues from the electricity generated by

If you're obsessed with the grid edge like we are, you don't want to miss the Grid Edge World Forum -- our three-day extravaganza devoted to understanding the historic changes on the electric grid.

And if you're obsessed with saving money, then you don't want to miss this week's pricing deadline. The forum is fast approaching and wave one pricing is about to expire.

Next week, ticket prices will jump up $100 starting Tuesday, April 25. You can purchase your tickets for the discounted rate here.

So what exactly are you waiting for? Come join our audience of

Dong Energy Will Build 2 Offshore Wind Farms in Europe Without Direct Subsidies

New York Times: Germany Strikes Offshore Wind Deals, Subsidy Not Included

European governments have spent large sums of money in recent years subsidizing giant offshore wind projects in hopes of creating a clean source of energy that could eventually pay for itself. Now that moment may be here -- and a lot sooner than expected.

On Thursday, the Danish company Dong Energy, the largest offshore wind developer, won the right to build two large wind projects in the German North Sea with no government subsidies -- a highly symbolic first for the industry.

The company will receive the revenues from the electricity generated by

Salesforce Goes Net Zero Decades Early, Strives for 100% Renewable Energy

In 2015, Salesforce made a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its global footprint by 2050. Last week, the software company hit that target 33 years early.

What’s more, Salesforce can now boast a “carbon neutral cloud.” This takes the pledge a step further, going beyond the emissions directly linked to the company’s operations and energy use, to the emissions embedded in manufacturing servers, operating data centers and accessing the Salesforce’s platform through customers’ personal devices.

“Our customers can now rest assured that when they use Salesforce they are carbon neutral as well,” said Patrick Flynn, senior director of sustainability at Salesforce, in an interview.

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In addition to its Solar Roof, the company plans to offer low-profile PV panels that are mounted much like standard arrays
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Tesla will be rolling not one but two new varieties of photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) panels sometime this year, according to a number of published reports. Details remain skimpy.

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