Power Play: Tesla Nabs South Australia Contract for World’s Biggest Battery

A lot has been happening in Washington D.C. lately, and so it's easy for energy updates to get lost in the noise.

Last month, however, President Donald Trump dedicated the entire week of June 26 to the topic of energy. While the event was overshadowed by a vicious, public feud with two cable news show hosts, the president issued four tweets related to energy, and his administration hosted multiple events on the topic.

More recently, energy has arisen in the context of European geopolitics, as Trump meets with leaders at the G20 meeting that rely heavily on Russian gas. 

Here are

Solar farms planted on an abandoned nuclear plant site or powering a coal museum or atop a strip mine offer stark images of the ascendance of renewables.   

But forget metaphorical images -- utility-scale renewable electricity generation in March and April actually surpassed nuclear for the first time since July 1984. (Ronald Reagan was president, "When Doves Cry" was the number one radio hit.)

Recent months have seen record generation from wind and solar, as well as increases in hydroelectric power because of 2017's wet winter (Note that these numbers, from the Energy Information Administration, do not

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), the California startup with a fleet of behind-the-meter batteries that can shape load to help meet building and grid energy needs, has raised a $34 million Series B round from some key utilities and corporate investors trying to break into the distributed energy business. 

Monday's round was led by previous investor DBL Partners, utility-funded investment firm Energy Impact Partners (EIP), and Southern Company, a founding member of EIP, which last month announced it was partnering with AMS through its PowerSecure subsidiary. 

Other participants in the round included Macquarie Capital, the investment firm that last year pledged $200 million to

The manufacturer becomes the industry partner for a team entering next year's Solar Decathlon China

Ecocor, the Maine-based maker of high-performance structural panels, is going to China.

The company says it has signed on as the industry partner for Team MTL, a group of students from McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, that's entering the Solar Decathlon China competition next year.

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Elon Musk has a chance to make good on his promise.

Tesla won a contract Friday with the state government of South Australia to build a 100-megawatt/129-megawatt-hour Powerpack energy storage system as part of a major grid overhaul. The record-setting system will help integrate renewable generation and balance the grid during peak demand moments.

A 50-year storm in September 2016 plunged 1.7 million residents of South Australia into darkness and stoked questions about how to improve the region's electrical infrastructure. In March, Musk weighed in on Twitter with a high-stakes bet: "Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or

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Most of the discussion around high soft costs in solar is focused on the residential sector, but the situation is not much better in the commercial market. Non-hardware soft costs make up nearly 60 percent of the total price for a flat-roof commercial PV system, according to GTM Research.

Soft costs are decreasing, but slowly, and margins for commercial developers are being squeezed. Margins are expected to compress further in the coming years, while lower costs are enabling the commercial and industrial solar sector to take off. Last year was a banner year for non-residential distributed solar, according to GTM Research, with the market

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