Tesla now claims ‘lowest price for home solar’ – but process is ‘full of pitfalls’

Tesla has decimated its solar business from installation peaks of years past and its market share lead has long been surrendered to Sunrun and others. In December, it claimed it would install 1,000 building-integrated solar roofs per week – a figure it has not come close to achieving in six months. Is this any way to run a solar business?

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Volkswagen invests up to US$200 million in solid-state battery builder QuantumScape

This investment comes on top of US$100 million invested in 2018. Venture capital and corporate funding of new energy technologies continues despite – or perhaps because of – the pandemic.

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US added 3.6 GW of solar in Q1

Utility-scale solar strength will cover for residential and rooftop PV weakness in 2020, according to SEIA and WoodMac.

Panasonic, Span team up for home battery backup and energy management

Span’s ambition is to “transform the electrical panel into an intelligent gateway” and expand the adoption of solar and electric vehicles, as well as storage systems like Panasonic’s residential battery.

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Hawaiian utility allocates 460 MW of PV and 3 GWh of storage in renewable energy procurement

Winners of the island state’s largest ever renewable energy procurement include AES, Hanwha, Engie, EDF, Longroad.

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US renewable energy surpasses coal for the first time in more than a century

The coal era could be said to be officially over in the United States.

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Solar arrays on wave energy generators, along with wind turbines

German startup Sinn Power has combined wave, wind and solar power to create what it claims is the world’s “first floating ocean hybrid platform.”

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Investors bet $27.5 million that Nanotech Energy’s graphene battery breakthrough is the real thing

The startup claims to be “the world’s top supplier of graphene” and plans to release a non-flammable, environmentally friendly lithium battery that can charge “18 times faster than anything that is currently available on the market” — within the next year.

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SunPower sells off its O&M business, gets regulatory approval for Maxeon spinoff

SunPower has had to make fundamental changes to continue to be relevant in a solar industry very different from that of its roots. The company aims to become an energy service provider and is leaving low-cost manufacturing to its Chinese partner.

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Form Energy claims aqueous air battery provides 150 hours of storage

The holy grail of energy storage has always been low-cost and long-duration. Form Energy intends on deploying a 1 MW/150 MWh system with a Minnesota utility before 2023, an unprecedented energy storage duration if successful.

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