Michael Kanellos for Forbes: The Department of Energy doled out $18 million in grants this week as part of an effort to drive down the cost of solar plus storage down to less than 14 cents a kilowatt hour. The DOE, under its SunShot program, has long had a goal of driving down the cost of solar alone to 6 cents per kWh by 2020. So far, the program has hit its milestones. Grants recipients include Austin Energy, Carnegie Mellon University, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Aquion Energy, among others. The DOE regularly gives out grants, but the latest program is somewhat interesting because: First, that’s a really low price for storage. Utility-scale solar, generally cheaper than residential solar, without storage delivered power for 14 cents a kilowatt hour in 2014. The cost of batteries, however, has been declining rapidly. Ten years ago, batteries progressed slowly compared to other electronic devices: Tesla Motors TSLA +0.50% co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel was famous for noting that the performance of batteries doubled every decade, versus the roughly two year cycle for semiconductor. Cont'd...
Following is a statement from Dan Whitten, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on federal judges' rejection of efforts to block states from developing plans under EPA's carbon rule for existing power plants.
Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous decision by the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to add solar energy to their policy portfolio and change their name to the "Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition":
STA data shows market rising
SoloPower Systems ultra-light eight and flexible modules installed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The renamed "Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition" will now work to advance solar as well as wind energy
Ontario manufacturer SEI provides high-yielding panels for 150 kW system which adds solar energy to farm's portfolio of crops; system installed by SEI sister company Strathcona Solar
Company's intelligent storage selected by Hawaiian Electric for SunShot Initiative project
The latest in control technology, sustainable natural resources and alternative energy methods, combine to deliver a smart building, which makes for a comfortable environment for the occupants while saving our over-taxed energy grid.
Sollega supplied their FastRack 510 ballasted mounting system for the installation of a 645 kW rooftop solar array at San Juan, Puerto Rico Caribbean VA Hospital.
Sighten just added two VPs and a director to its team.
HiQ Solar, a US-based innovator in PV inverters, has selected Flex to manufacture its TrueString™ inverter family. The TrueString inverter is increasingly popular in commercial 3-phase PV installations, and was recognized last year with an Intersolar PV award for innovation.
Flurry of recent onshore wind deals highlight continued global expansion of GE Renewable Energy Contracts include more than 20 wind farms across seven different countries Orders signal strong adoption of GE's Digital Wind Farm technology, available on new 2 and 3 MW wind turbine platforms
Second DOE award to help bring solar energy and batteries to Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood
Company's fourth floating solar project, world's largest, will be built on Japan's Yamakura Dam reservoir
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