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Solar+storage pushing aside US coal, natural gas, says IEEFA

Technology improvements and price declines have made solar and wind the lowest-cost options in most of the United States, according to the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis.

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SunPower loan program for US residential solar, storage customers

SunPower claims that the electricity savings could equal the monthly cost of its 25-year loans for residential solar systems.

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SunPower posts solid Q4 results as storage drives growth

SunPower’s distributed-generation services platform, as well as storage and digital solutions, will be key to its long-term growth, CEO Tom Werner said in an earnings call this week.

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Wells Fargo to install nearly 100 solar arrays on U.S. properties

The shift in strategy means the bank will move away from using RECs as its primary tool to meet its renewable energy goals.

Tesla sharpens focus on solar

In an earnings call this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk boldly claimed that the company will soon be “the market leader in solar.”

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Indoor farming gets greener via solar load aggregation

The economic feasibility of plant factories has been questionable because of energy costs. Now, customers of one containerized farm provider in the United States can opt for 100% clean energy with a subscription service.

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New York to host 100 MW/400 MWh battery

Under a seven-year contract with Con Edison, the utility will bid power from the battery system into New York State’s wholesale energy market.

Finance platform targets underserved small-scale solar projects

A spin-off of the Connecticut Green Bank, IPC is a not-for-profit investment fund that scales clean energy financing and channels investment capital to communities that need it most.

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World’s largest residential virtual power plant

Like Airbnb, but monetizing spare energy: “The first big step toward opening the door to a massively transactive grid.”

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Jigar Shah: Policy action and tech deployments needed for power sector innovation

“We’ve averaged 2.4 cents a kilowatt hour for the last six months for PPAs. That’s actually too low. I think we would be fine at 3.4 cents… I don’t think that solar and wind industries would skip a beat [without their tax incentives], and they have other policy mechanisms.”