A Guy Driving a Tesla Saved a Stroke Victim Stuck in a Runaway Volkswagen

Teslarati: Musk Thanks Tesla Driver for Sacrificing Model S in Order to Save Stroke Victim's Life

The 41-year-old German man who deliberately placed his Tesla Model S in front of a runaway Volkswagen Passat, after finding the driver unconscious as a result of a stroke, is being heralded as a hero. Not just by the 57-year-old life that he saved, but by Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself.

Musk took to Twitter to congratulate Manfred Kick for sacrificing his car to bring the out of control VW safely to a stop. In appreciation for the heroic act, Musk said Tesla will be expediting repairs and will

It was a decent Valentine's Day for lovers of SolarEdge photovoltaic panel optimizers.

The firm announced its financial results yesterday afternoon for the quarter ended December 31 and although SolarEdge reported top and bottom line below street expectations, the solar electronics firm managed to post a strong gross margin of 33 percent. Last quarter, GTM Research analyst Scott Moskowitz noted SolarEdge "overachieved on margin," hitting 32.6 percent versus a guidance of 30 percent to 32 percent.

A research note from Oppenheimer explains that "the big test for [SolarEdge] will begin later in CY17 as the impact of China-based competition is clearer and

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One of every 50 jobs created in the U.S. last year was in the solar industry, while installed solar capacity nearly doubled in one year
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More than 260,000 workers in the U.S. have found employment in the solar industry, with 51,000 jobs added to the workforce in 2016 alone, according to a new report from the non-profit Solar Foundation.

Among the highlights:

  • Of all the jobs created in the U.S. last year, 2% of them were in the solar industry.
  • Solar jobs have grown at a 20% or more clip every year for the past four years and have almost tripled since the first census report was completed in 2010.

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Silver Spring Networks co-founder and EVP of global development, Eric Dresselhuys, is leaving after almost 15 years with the firm. Silver Spring has moved from advanced metering infrastructure to adding distributed intelligence and “internet of things” capabilities to its networks. Silver Spring went public in 2013 after raising more than $300 million from Foundation Capital, KPCB, Northgate Capital Partners, Google, EMC and Hitachi. Dresselhuys has not revealed his next move.

Electric bus builder Proterra named Matt Horton as chief commercial officer. Prior to joining Proterra, Matt was the CEO of Propel Fuels. Proterra has sold more than 380 vehicles to 36

NRG Fully Exits the Home Solar Installation Business

NRG Energy is shedding the remains of its residential solar installation business in an attempt to find a sustainable model in the tumultuous rooftop PV market.

According to sources, employees were informed today that the solar unit, called NRG Home Solar, will be downsized once more. In May of last year, the company laid off 500 employees, pulled out of three states, moved the residential solar business back under the retail arm, and began outsourcing financing and installations to third parties.

GTM was unable to confirm the most recent number of layoffs. However, it learned that employees on the sales team received notices today.

Wholesale Market Changes Will Reflect the ‘Unique Abilities’ of Energy Storage, Says FERC’s LaFleur

In recent months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken several steps toward fully incorporating energy storage in U.S. wholesale energy markets -- which, if successful, could be a major boon for the energy storage industry.

These actions reflect the fact there’s an exponential amount of energy storage slated to come online, and its “unique abilities to help in different ways,” said Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, speaking this week at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meeting.

“Sometimes it [benefits] transmission, sometimes it’s generation, sometimes it can help with ancillary services, and we’re proposing to require changes in the wholesale

Sonnen Expands US Presence With Battery Manufacturing Hub in Atlanta

The German home battery startup Sonnen is expanding its U.S. footprint with a significant investment in a new North American Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sonnen announced today that the InnovationHub will bring all of the company’s U.S. product development and manufacturing capabilities under one roof, allowing for new product innovation and the ability to rapidly scale up production capacity.

“Sonnen U.S. has experienced exponential sales growth over the past year, making the Sonnen InnovationHub a smart investment to capitalize upon the immense potential of the North American energy storage market,” said Christoph Ostermann, Sonnen Group CEO, in a statement. Bringing the company’s U.S. manufacturing and

Regulators Blame South Australia’s Rolling Blackout on Both Thermal and Wind Generation

Guardian: South Australian Blackout Blamed on Thermal and Wind Generator Failures, Plus High Demand

A blackout in South Australia that has intensified a political brawl over energy policy was caused by three factors: demand for power was higher than forecast, wind generation was lower than forecast and several thermal generators were unable to step into the breach, according to the energy market operator.

As the partisan conflict about energy continued in Canberra on Wednesday, the Australian Energy Market Operator issued a report detailing the sequence that led to the blackout in South Australia last week -- the third such outage in recent months.

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