Panel beaters: Australia utilities branch out as customers shift to solar

Sonali Paul for Reuters: One of Australia's leading power suppliers, AGL Energy (AGL.AX), has offered cheap batteries to 1,000 homes with solar panels as part of what it describes as the world's biggest "virtual power plant" in Adelaide, South Australia, a state plagued by blackouts over the past year.

Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy Announce America's Largest Wind Farm

-Renewable giga-project Wind Catcher Energy Connection to link more than 1.1 million South Central U.S. customers with cost-saving wind energy harvested from Oklahoma. -The 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher facility will be world's second-largest wind farm, once operational in 2020.

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst, Norway: The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines.

Snapping the Sun: 5 Tips for Capturing Compelling Solar Power Photos

Department of Energy: This week, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative launched its "Hit Me with Your SunShot" photo contest. It encourages photographers, both professional and amateur, to submit their shots of solar energy.

AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power

Phys.org: Solar cells can generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but current, complex fabrication costs make the technology expensive.

Intersolar and ees North America Highlight Policy and Technology Updates

Events attracted high-quality attendees and served as a sounding board for recent industry triumphs and upcoming challenges

Solar Plants Aim to Keep Lights on at Night

Anna Hirtenstein and Mathew Carr for Bloomberg: Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East

New Tool Predicts the Cost Effectiveness of Electric Energy and Storage

Dom Galeon for Futurism: "An informed understanding of the potential future costs of electricity storage technologies is essential to quantify their uptake as well as the uptake of low-carbon technologies reliant on storage," the researchers wrote.

Solar Power Gets $46 Million Boost From U.S. Energy Department

Chris Martin for Bloomberg: The U.S. Energy Department awarded $46.2 million in research grants to improve solar energy technologies and reduce costs to 3 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030.

Intersolar and ees North America See Strong Opening in San Francisco

Industry leaders take the stage at the premier solar and energy storage event; hundreds of exhibitors show off emerging technologies in buzzing exhibition hall

The World's First Power Plant To Combine Hydro And Solar Opens In Portugal

Alexander C. Kaufman for Huffington Post: The first-of-its-kind project could be a model for states like Washington and Oregon, and countries like Brazil, that depend heavily on hydroelectricity.

More Than a View: Windows Double as Solar Panels

Tereza Pultarova, Live Science Contributor: The windows have solar cells installed in the edges at a specific angle that allows the incoming solar light to be efficiently transformed into electricity.

Floating Wind Plan Could Finally Crack California's Offshore Market

James Temple for MIT Technology Review: Falling prices, improving technology, and smart public policies are changing the calculations.

Pollution might be blocking 25% of potential solar power, study finds

Nick Lavars for New Atlas: "I thought the dirt had to affect their efficiencies, but there weren't any studies out there estimating the losses. So we put together a comprehensive model to do just that."

This Paint May Pick Up Where Solar Panels Leave Off

Katherine Lin for NBC News MACH: A team of researchers in Australia have created an experimental paint that attracts water molecules from the air and chops them up to produce hydrogen.

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