People in developing nations used pay-as-you-go services to purchase more than $41 million in small-scale, off-grid solar products in the latter half of 2016.

The number of PAYGO transactions, as they are known, is actually probably far higher, according to the latest semi-annual report from the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

This is the first report where GOGLA has separated out PAYGO from cash payments, which still make up the bulk of purchases. Globally, people spent about $114 million in cash on products such as solar lanterns and micro-home solar systems in the same period. Single lights with a phone charger make up about half

Industry terms of art are valuable when they allow us to communicate precisely and with brevity.

Take “advanced metering infrastructure” -- a term that has come to mean a utility metering and communications solution that can send and receive messages from the utility. This term is clearly distinct from AMR (automatic meter reading, which is a one-way communicating metering solution) and electromechanical meters. But this type of industry parlance loses its usefulness when the term’s meaning becomes amorphous.

In the utility industry, this trouble arises when industry participants falsely convince themselves that a technology, problem or solution is unique. This leads all stakeholders -- including utilities, regulators

People in developing nations used pay-as-you-go services to purchase more than $41 million in small-scale, off-grid solar products in the latter half of 2016.

The number of PAYGO transactions, as they are known, is actually probably far higher, according to the latest semi-annual report from the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

This is the first report where GOGLA has separated out PAYGO from cash payments, which still make up the bulk of purchases. Globally, consumers spent about $114 million in cash on products such as solar lanterns and residential micro-solar systems in the same period. Single lights with a phone charger make up about half of

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The University of Massachusetts at Amherst officially opened the new Design Building late last month, calling it the most advanced cross-laminated timber structure in the U.S. and the largest building of its kind in the Northeast.

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The U.S. solar market nearly doubled last year. From 30,000 feet, it's a spectacular view.

Along with soaring 95 percent, solar actually became the largest source of new generating capacity in 2016 -- beating gas and wind.

Take a look.

But come down closer to earth, and the view changes drastically.

Public companies are watching their valuations tumble, and investors are taking their money elsewhere. With residential companies restructuring and manufacturers under severe pricing pressure, it's hard to see how the trend will reverse anytime soon.

But if installation volumes are so high in the U.S. and around the world, why

Vivint Partners With Mercedes-Benz to Sell Storage Alongside Solar

For a tiny market, solar-plus-storage has driven several high-profile corporate partnerships.

On Thursday, number-three residential solar installer Vivint finalized an "exclusive strategic collaboration" with Mercedes-Benz Energy to deliver solar-plus-storage systems. This marks the first storage alliance for Vivint, and the first solar partnership for the U.S. branch of Mercedes-Benz's energy division, which packages the company's automotive batteries for stationary applications.

Residential storage remains a diminutive market in the U.S., accounting for fewer than 1,000 systems deployed last year, according to GTM Research. Despite this market's diminutive stature, the big players in the solar industry have pounced on strategic partnerships that set them up to deliver as falling battery

In April, Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a memorandum to his staff asking pointed questions about the future of the electric grid as coal is retired off the system, including:

  • “Whether wholesale energy and capacity markets are adequately compensating attributes such as on-site fuel supply and other factors that strengthen grid resilience and, if not, the extent to which this could affect grid reliability and resilience in the future; and
  • The extent to which continued regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants”

Given the

An alliance of clean energy groups has opted not to wait for the Department of Energy to finish its 60-day study on baseload energy resources before weighing in on the research, which could influence energy markets all across the country.

“We thought, 'Let’s not wait. Let’s file a -- we made up a word -- a pre-buttal,'” said Abby Ross Hopper, the CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), speaking yesterday at GTM’s Solar Summit.

“I am concerned about [the study],” she said. “I am concerned it will be a predicate for other things that could be harmful to our industry.”

Energy Secretary Rick

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