The pieces of a renewable-forward future are falling into place. Wind, solar, and storage are accelerating. Plummeting costs and greater security in investment mean countries are increasingly looking to renewable technologies as a safe bet. And prices for offshore wind and battery storage are dropping faster than expected.

One hitch, though: That renewable future still won’t mean the globe reaches its climate goals.

New reports from Moody’s Investors Service and energy consulting firm DNV GL outline the unstoppable momentum behind renewables. But even what DNV GL calls a “critical watershed” in the electricity industry doesn’t appear to move the needle fast enough

Low UK Offshore Wind Prices Rattle Incumbents: ‘People Are Trying to Put Their Jaws Back in Place’

Solar loan provider Mosaic reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs in which the bank will buy $300 million in loans over time.

This deal will clear up space on Mosaic's balance sheet to finance more loans, and signals a prestigious bank's willingness to buy and own solar loans for itself. 

Mosaic this week also finalized a partnership with Wave Solar to give Mosaic's dealer partners a pre-negotiated discount on the lead-generation platform. That service tracks and analyzes interactions with customers, potentially giving long-tail installers more resources to pursue their sales.

Banks have the lowest cost of funds, making them an ideal partner for loan sales,

In a Season of Storms, DOE Invests $50M in High-Tech Resiliency R&D

Distributed energy and grid intelligence won’t be able to stop a hurricane, or prevent hackers from trying to disrupt the grid. But they could play a role in keeping the grid running amidst storms or cyberattacks, or helping it recover after an outage.

On Tuesday, the Department of Energy announced $50 million in funding for projects aimed at making that vision a reality -- though not specifically as part of recovery efforts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

At the center of the funding is $33 million for seven projects from the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.

General Electric’s latest turbine release reaffirms the wind industry’s leading trend: the bigger the turbine, the better.

On Tuesday the company unveiled its 4.8-megawatt turbine, with a rotor diameter of 158 meters, the length of a Boeing-747. The turbine will be among the largest on the market, but likely not for long.

“This is a much larger turbine than what’s typically out there,” said Aaron Barr, a senior consultant with MAKE Consulting. “This new class of 4-megawatt turbines has really just hit the market over the last year-and-a-half and they’re so new that very few of them have been prototyped to date, but every turbine

Low UK Offshore Wind Prices Rattle Incumbents: ‘People Are Trying to Put Their Jaws Back in Place’

Are $50 demand charges for rooftop solar owners an unfair monopoly practice, or simply the utility’s way of recovering costs? 

This may be the big-picture question in the two-year legal battle between Arizona utility Salt River Project and Tesla solar subsidiary SolarCity. But it’s not the question the utility is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide.  

Instead, Salt River Project's petition for a writ of certiorari filed on Thursday is asking the high court to review a narrower question -- whether, as a state-regulated entity, it’s immune from antitrust lawsuits in the first place. SRP says yes, SolarCity says no, and

Inverters are critical to energy storage operation. As the “brains” of a storage project, inverters manage, optimize and ultimately drive project performance and returns. Yet the landscape for energy storage inverters remains nascent and fragmented, full of new products with varying applications and functionality.

In a new report, The Energy Storage Inverter Landscape, we highlight the biggest challenges for storage inverter manufacturers, identify characteristics of successful vendors, and note key trends in the growing market.

Here are five of the key trends shaping the energy storage inverter market.

Market fragmentation

The vendor landscape will remain extremely fragmented in the coming years. Most inverter manufacturers

Low UK Offshore Wind Prices Rattle Incumbents: ‘People Are Trying to Put Their Jaws Back in Place’

Solar loan provider Mosaic reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs in which the bank will buy $300 million in loans over time.

This deal will clear up space on Mosaic's balance sheet to finance more loans, and signals a prestigious bank's willingness to buy and own solar loans for itself. 

Mosaic this week also finalized a partnership with Wave Solar to give Mosaic's dealer partners a pre-negotiated discount on the lead generation platform. That service tracks and analyzes interactions with customers, potentially giving long-tail installers more resources to pursue their sales.

Banks have the lowest cost of funds, making them an ideal partner for loan

DOE Officially Marks SunShot’s $1 per Watt Goal for Utility-Scale Solar

U.K. nuclear and gas generators have been put on alert after offshore wind showed it could beat them on price this week.

“Today’s results mean that both onshore and offshore wind are cheaper than gas and nuclear,” said Hugh McNeal, chief executive of the U.K. renewable energy trade association RenewableUK, following the outcome of competitive auctions, which yielded record-low prices.

Two offshore wind projects, Hornsea 2 and Moray, emerged with a price of just £57.50 (USD $76.34) per megawatt-hour, while a third, Triton Knoll, came in at £74.75 ($99.22).

The prices, down by as much as 51 percent compared to the average in the

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