Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Solar developer 8minutenergy found a buyer for one of the largest solar farms to be built in the U.S. this year.

The top-10 utility-scale developer sold equity for the 328 megawatt-DC third phase of the Mount Signal solar plant to private asset manager Capital Dynamics. The deal will allow construction to commence on this section of the broader 800-megawatt development in Calexico, California, near the border with Mexico.

The project itself spans the recent history of the utility-scale solar industry.

8minutenergy started developing Mount Signal, in the Imperial Valley, back in 2009. The first stage, with 260 megawatts-DC, came online in 2013. The company

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Two of the biggest names in energy storage development have decided to join forces.

AES, a leader in megawatt-hours deployed, will launch a new company along with global energy systems provider Siemens. The jointly owned venture, dubbed Fluence, will scale up commercial and grid-scale storage deliveries worldwide.

The unprecedented move marks a preemptive consolidation of power in a young industry -- and a new competitior for emerging market leader Tesla. 

AES started deploying large, utility-scale storage a decade ago, making it a seasoned veteran in the new and emerging advanced energy storage world.

The major independent power producer deployed its own projects in PJM’s

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Royal Dutch Shell is accelerating its move into alternative energy, with plans to spend up to $1 billion per year on its New Energies division by 2020, CEO Ben van Beurden said at conference in Istanbul on Monday.

“In some parts of the world we are beginning to see battery electric cars starting to gain consumer acceptance,” van Beurden said in a speech to the World Petroleum Congress, Bloomberg reported. He added that solar and wind costs are declining rapidly and seeing greater adoption as a result.

“All of this is good news for the world and must accelerate,” he said. 

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Worries grow that the appointment of a former utility lobbyist to an Energy Department role might sway federal policy on residential PV installations
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The number of rooftop 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.) installations has increased dramatically in recent years, but growth is slowing under the weight of market saturation in places like California, financial problems on the part of several solar panel makers, and well-organized lobbying campaigns by the nation's investor-owned utilities, The New York Times reports.

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When it comes to trying out new thing, many utilities are notoriously slow-moving and risk averse, and many of their pilot projects can be ineffective as a result. So how do you change an industry that moves slowly but is nonetheless undergoing a major energy and digital transformation?

According to the researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute, there are a variety of strategies -- from better utility and stakeholder collaboration to a focus on new technology that can scale -- that could help with the problem. RMI recently published a report that digs into a handful of possible solutions that utilities, regulators, tech companies, customers and environmentalists

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Utility-scale solar projects in North America are different from those built elsewhere in the world. Solar project costs drive procurement and design decisions no matter the location. But in the U.S., upfront cost is king.

“The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms in North America tend to have a capex-oriented perspective while most everyone else in the deal has a long-run perspective,” said Bates Marshall, vice president and general manager of Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV solution for North America.

The strong focus that North American EPCs have on capital expenditure is the result of two central factors: risk and time. “Because of the [Investment Tax Credit],

AES and Siemens Partner to Create New Energy Storage Powerhouse

On Friday, just as President Trump was sitting down to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country’s hacking of U.S. elections systems, news broke that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security identified a Russian attempt to penetrate the computer networks of more than a dozen U.S. power plants. 

The only good news so far, according to reports from The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Bloomberg, among others, is that it appears the hackers haven’t breached the IT-OT wall. 

“There is no indication of a threat to public safety, as any potential impact

Sunrun has assumed ownership of some or all of bankrupt Sungevity's solar financing agreements, according to an email obtained by GTM. 

You'll recall Sungevity as the richly funded startup that promised an "awesome" solar sales experience, but ended up declaring bankruptcy in March of this year.

Here's an excerpt from the email.

As you may have heard, your original solar service provider, Sungevity, has filed for bankruptcy and will no longer be servicing your solar electric system.

No need to worry, the agreement you originally signed with Sungevity has been transferred to Sunrun. Now, Sunrun will be your solar service provider and will

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