SUNNY RENAISSANCE: EUROPEAN PV MARKET GROWING

Europe in particular is witnessing a new PV boom. In 2018, experts expect deployment to exceed 10 GW for the first time in years. Last year the European solar market already recorded annual growth of 28 percent, based on deployment of 8.61 GW.

Renault is trying to create a 'smart electric island' with electric vehicles, V2G, and energy storage

Fred Lambert for Electrek: They are partnering with energy supplier Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira partner to "facilitate the energy transition" in Porto Santo island, Portugal.

Intersolar North America Connects Energy Innovators at Special Pavilions

California Pavilions, Powerhouse Pavilion Return to the Premier Solar-Plus-Storage Industry Event to Showcase Emerging Solar and Energy Storage Companies

EnergySage and NABCEP Release Findings of 2017 Solar Installer Survey; Report Shows Battery Demand is Surging, Trump's Tariff May Get Absorbed by Installers

Solar installation professionals report one in three solar shoppers are also interested in home energy storage, while two-thirds of installers plan to absorb some or all of the solar tariff's added cost

First Solar Enters Energy Storage Game

Travis Hoium for Motley Fool: Energy storage opens up some important opportunities for the solar power plants. First, it expands the market potential.

Dutch plan to build giant offshore solar power farm

Anthony Deutsch for Reuters: An offshore seaweed farm in the North Sea will be turned into a large solar power farm that aims to pipe energy to the Dutch mainland in roughly three years.

FPL unveils first solar-plus-storage system in the U.S. that can increase solar power plant output

By incorporating this new technology into the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, a solar power plant that was built in 2016, FPL expects to increase the amount of solar energy that the plant can deliver to the electric grid by more than half a million kilowatt-hours a year.

National Solar Jobs Census

The Solar Foundation: The Solar Foundation's annual National Solar Jobs Census is a comprehensive report on employment trends within the U.S. solar industry, nationwide and state by state. The latest Solar Jobs Census includes data for 2017.

Tesla and Australia will turn 50,000 homes into a virtual solar power plant

Mark Austin for DigitalTrends: Installation of the 5kW solar panels and Tesla batteries has already begun on 1,100 public housing properties, with 24,000 more to follow. After that, the program will be opened up to as many as 50,000 South Australian homes.

Wind power closes 2017 strong, lifting the American economy

The U.S. wind power industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity representing $11 billion in new private investment, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report, released today. Twenty-nine new wind farms t

Tesla to set up mini solar stores inside Home Depot

Lauren Thomas for CNBC: The expansion would help Tesla test the appeal of its renewable-energy products to a wider audience. It would help Home Depot use some of its excess floor space to sell new products and gain a competitive edge over its peers.

First Solar Is Using Robots to Better Tap the Sun

Chris Martin for Bloomberg Business Week: Even before Trump's tariffs, the U.S. panel maker underpriced Chinese rivals with a spray-on, energy-absorbing metal and largely automated factories.

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020

Akshat Rathi for Quartz: Renewable electricity is already competitive with fossil-fuel power. Better still, the report makes the extraordinary prediction: By 2020, all forms of renewable electricity will be consistently cheaper than power produced by burning fossil fuels.

Denmark Positions Itself as the Flag Bearer for Wind Power

Peter Levring for Bloomberg Technology: Denmark obtained 43.4 percent of its electricity from wind last year, beating its own record. The government's goal is to derive 50 percent of the country's entire energy consumption from renewables by 2030.

A Fully Solar-Powered Car May Be Hitting the Road by 2019

Chelsea Gohd for Futurism: Solar-powered cars have been thought of by many as an impossible pipedream. But the innovators behind Lightyear One, a fully solar-powered vehicle to be released in 2019, just won an award for their design.

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