Reports of death of US nuclear and coal bailout may not be exaggerated

Rumors of a u-turn on energy policy in the White House have been substantiated by pv magazine’s enquiries, although the respite for renewables may prove temporary, thanks to another fossil fuel-friendly nomination by President Trump.

Washington DC 100% renewables bill could supercharge solar

A bill is moving through the DC council to set a more aggressive renewable energy target than any state has yet approved, and to shift the city to solar.

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Renewables make up more than 20% of generation in 10 US states, with more on the way

Recent analysis from the Department of Energy shows the Midwest and Plains States lead, but the coasts are on track to catch up thanks to mandates.

Solar funding moves from companies to projects

Mercom Capital’s latest report shows sustained low levels of funding for solar companies, but strong investment in solar projects and many acquisitions.

IEA low-balls solar growth (again)

The agency’s base case expects relatively flat growth in solar deployment over the next six years, but for solar to still dominate growth among renewable technologies. The agency’s estimates are again below those of major market analysts.

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Your appliances can save the grid (and allow more solar)

A new report by Wood Mackenzie finds a surprising amount of potential demand flexibility in U.S. homes, which can make the job of integrating more solar and wind easier.

Trump names pro-fossil ideologue to fill vacant FERC seat

Bernard McNamee has gone so far as to write an Earth Day op-ed on the benefits of fossil fuels. Coal bailout, here we come.

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SunPower makes good on its promise to manufacture in America

The high-efficiency PV maker has closed on SolarWorld’s Oregon factory, which will transition from SolarWorld products to SunPower’s P-type shingled modules.

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Elon Musk to step down as Tesla chair

Under the terms of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Musk will be ineligible to serve as chair for three years. The deal also involves a US$40 million penalty and structural changes at Tesla.

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US financial regulator sues Elon Musk

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has alleged that Musk’s tweets were false and misleading, and is pushing to have him barred from serving on the board of Tesla or any other public company.

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