California

Tesla inaugurates 20 MW / 80 MWh battery system in Southern California

The system is one of three that SCE has contracted to meet peak demand needs following its Aliso Canyon leak, as a new test for the abilities of energy storage.

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Enphase to shed 18% of workforce in latest restructuring drive

SEC filing outlines proposed changes, described by company CEO Paul Nahi as “necessary to create path to sustained profitability”. Restructuring will cost estimated $2 million and follows announcement last year of staff losses.

Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

Spruce raises US$445 million investment for 2017 projects

Spruce Finance, which provides consumer financing for residential solar and energy efficiency projects, has raised a total of US$445 million dollars in tax equity and project debt transactions to support its activities in 2017.

EDF awarded PPA for 111.2 MW U.S. solar plant

The Valentine Solar Project, located in Kern County’s Mojave Desert, is expected to start selling electricity to Southern California Edison in 2019.

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Sunflare unveils sticky, flexible solar panels at CES 2017

California-based startup Sunflare has unveiled its state-of-the-art solar panels, which are flexible and can be stuck onto almost any surface, which the company believes will see them be adopted in areas where solar panels could not previously be installed.

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Over 128,000 California homes go solar in 2016

New data from state California Solar Initiative (CSI) program Go Solar California reports that over the first 10 months of 2016, a total of 128,485 Californian families went solar, according to California Citisuns, the solar consumer advocacy based in Sacramento. The total suggests a 2016 total of over 154,000 new solar homes in the state.

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