The U.S. utility-scale solar segment is still feeling the impact of Section 201 tariffs nearly a year after the Trump administration announced them, according to a Thursday report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Quarterly utility-scale installations hit a three-year low in Q3, according to analysts, dropping below 1 gigawatt for the first time since 2015. Though the impact of tariffs has been limited compared to the industry’s worst fears, the contraction indicates developers are still dealing with the uncertainty that preceded the tariff announcement. In total 678 megawatts of utility-scale solar came online in Q3. 

Enbala, the Vancouver, Canada-based startup with software that runs virtual power plants (VPPs) across North America, has landed a contract to manage the world’s biggest aggregation of household solar and behind-the-meter batteries with Australian utility AGL. 

On Monday, Enbala announced it will provide the “cloud-based control and optimization platform” for AGL’s VPP project in South Australia. In terms of its goals, it’s the world’s biggest single VPP, aimed at managing up to 5 megawatts and 12 megawatt-hours of flexibility from up to 1,000 residential behind-the-meter energy storage systems. 

AGL’s virtual power plant project, launched with great fanfare in 2016, got off to

Australia, already a world leader in battery storage, is eying at least 363 gigawatt-hours of new pumped hydro capacity, a review of current projects shows.

The figure is based on a survey of nine major projects and does not include schemes where the energy storage capacity has yet to be specified, including a 235-megawatt extension to Australia’s Shoalhaven pumped hydro facility and around 2.5 gigawatts of power in Tasmania. 

Together, the nine projects could add more than 4 gigawatts of power to the Australian grid, although in practice it is unlikely all of them will be developed because of distribution network constraints. 

Most of the

Australia, already a world leader in battery storage, is eyeing at least 363 gigawatt-hours of new pumped hydro capacity, a review of current projects shows.

The figure is based on a survey of nine major projects and does not include schemes where the energy storage capacity has yet to be specified, including a 235-megawatt extension to Australia’s Shoalhaven pumped hydro facility and around 2.5 gigawatts of power in Tasmania. 

Together, the nine projects could add more than 4 gigawatts of power to the Australian grid, although in practice it is unlikely all of them will be developed because of distribution network constraints. 

Most of the

The U.S. utility-scale solar segment is still feeling the impact of Section 201 tariffs nearly a year after the Trump administration announced them, according to a Thursday report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Quarterly utility-scale installations hit a three-year low in Q3, according to analysts, dropping below 1 gigawatt for the first time since 2015. Though the impact of tariffs has been measured compared to the industry’s worst fears, the contraction indicates developers are still dealing with the uncertainty that preceded the tariff announcement. In total 678 megawatts of utility-scale solar came online in Q3. 

But analysts

Tesla stock is up more than 30 percent in the past three months, one of the strongest performers in the Nasdaq 100 during a less-than-buoyant period. 

Before we get into the bulls versus bears debate, let’s start with Elon Musk’s 60 Minutes interview.

14 min​utes of Tesla​ CEO Elon Musk

Couldn’t Tesla's PR department steer Musk away from this awkward, SEC-baiting meetup with Lesley Stahl? The interview is here.   

Musk emphasizes that he does not respect the SEC, that he’s going to be less than accurate about model delivery dates, and no one is currently reviewing his outgoing tweets for securities compliance, despite his settlement with

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