China is undertaking a colossal energy transformation. But it’s not just happening in the renewable energy sector. It's happening in coal.

Along with developing sprawling new wind and solar farms, China is investing heavily in the most efficient coal technologies. In fact, new plants under construction in the country are dramatically more efficient than anything operating in the U.S., according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

China is closing many of its older coal plants. At the same time, China’s operating coal plants must meet a very high efficiency standard by 2020 -- a bar that very few American coal plants can

On May 10, Tesla announced it's now taking orders for the company's highly anticipated Solar Roof systems. The Tesla website now provides more details about the cost and durability of the tiles and allows interested homeowners to place a $1,000 deposit for the system.

For those who understand solar, however, the announcement of the new solar roof has prompted more questions than answers. On Pick My Solar’s blog, we briefly discussed the economics of Tesla’s solar tiles and found them to be significantly overpriced. A number of questions have subsequently been raised that Tesla has left ambiguous or unanswered:

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Germany’s First Onshore Wind Auction Brings Low Prices for Citizen-Owned Projects

As Germany moves away from feed-in tariffs and toward competitive auctions for renewables, the country's first tenders are bringing positive results.

On Friday, the German network agency awarded contracts to 70 wind farms worth 807 megawatts under the country's first auction for onshore projects. The average bid price came in at €0.057 ($0.06) per kilowatt-hour.

"The first auction for onshore wind installations was successful. The pleasingly high level of competition made it possible to accept an average bid of 5.71 cents," said Jochen Homann, the president of Germany's federal network agency, in a statement announcing the bids.

Community projects -- wind farms owned directly

Verisk Analytics Acquires MAKE to Add Deep Wind Expertise to Wood Mackenzie and GTM

Verisk Analytics, a data analytics specialist, just acquired MAKE, a research and advisory firm focused on wind power. MAKE will become part of Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk Analytics business that provides research and advisory services to the power and natural resources sector. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The addition of wind market intelligence to the Wood Mackenzie team comes at a time when the industry is seeing a boom in offshore wind, steady growth in onshore wind, and the ability to offer some of the lowest (perhaps the lowest) levelized costs of energy in 2017.

“Wood Mackenzie is building

These are volatile, exciting and frustrating times in solar.

Shayle Kann, senior VP at GTM, kicked off last week's Solar Summit by confronting the realities of the solar industry today. But he also gave some strong reasons for hope in this maturing marketplace.

In Part 1, Kann looked back in solar history and focused on the market today. Here in Part 2, he forecasts the ways this market can, in the long-term, reach thousands of gigawatts installed and trillions of dollars invested.

But first -- a trade war?

The entire industry is very worried about Suniva's trade petition

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Online articles reignite a long-standing dispute between competing industries
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A long-running feud between the fiberglass and cellulose insulationThermal insulation made from recycled newspaper or other wastepaper; often treated with borates for fire and insect protection. industries has broken out in a new round of mudslinging, drawing a public rebuke from an agency that oversees truth and accuracy in advertising.

The latest spat started with the publication of three online articles that challenge the performance claims for cellulose while suggesting that the insulation, made mostly from newspaper, is a potential fire and safety hazard.

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