Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales
Effective on Thursday, price quotes for potential solar customers will be between $3,000 and $5,000 lower, representing savings of about 15 to 25 percent.
World's First Energy Storage Fund to List in London
Jeremy Hodges & Anna Hirtenstein for Bloomberg Markets: The London-based private-equity firm is seeking to raise 100 million pounds from the initial public offering expected later this month on the London Stock Exchange. The fund will invest in large-scale batteries.
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.
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.
Tesla Fulfilled Its 100-Day Australia Battery Bet. What's That Mean for the Industry?
Julian Spector for GTM: "The world's largest gridscale battery - the Hornsdale Power Reserve battery - charged for the first time at 8.36am and reached 31 MW in 2 mins," tweeted Audrey Zibelman, the leader of Australia's energy market operator, on Friday.
Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar
BBC: Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology.
Tesla Faces Stiff Competition In Energy Storage War
Irina Slav for OilPrice.com: Siemens and AES launched a joint venture that focuses exclusively on battery storage systems.
Tesla's Solar Roof Is Finally Ready For You to Buy
Tom Randall for Bloomberg: Elon Musk says orders will begin today. Pricing details have yet to be revealed.
Tesla Just Unveiled Its Newest Solar Panels
Futurism: Tesla just updated their website to include images of their new low-profile solar panels. The panels integrate seamlessly with the Tesla Powerwall and can be ordered this month for production in the summer.
Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops
James Vincent for The Verge: Tesla completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity this week, and, to celebrate, the company has announced a major solar energy project: wiring up the whole island of Ta’u in American Samoa. Previously, the island ran on diesel generators, but over the past year Tesla has installed a microgrid of solar energy panels and batteries that will supply "nearly 100 percent" of power needs for Ta’u’s 600 residents. The project seems intended to show off the potential benefits of the SolarCity acquisition, with Ta’u’s microgrid comprised of 5,328 solar panels from SolarCity and Tesla, along with 60 Tesla Powerpacks batteries for storage. But buying SolarCity remains a risky move for Tesla, with the purchase including billions of dollars of debt for a company that's far from profitable (SolarCity spends $6 for every $1 it makes in sales). Nevertheless, Tesla CEO Elon Musk describes the acquisition as "blindingly obvious" — a necessary step in his so-called "Master Plan" to integrate clean energy generation and storage. Cont'd...
BREAKING: Tesla, SolarCity merger approved with 85% shareholder support
Utility Dive: More than 85% of Tesla's unaffiliated shareholders voted in favor of the $2.6 billion deal with SolarCity, which will allow the companies to move forward with an integrated solar roof and battery storage offering. Cont'd...
Elon Musk wants to sell you a better-looking solar roof amid slowing growth for panels
Ivan Penn and Russ Mitchell for The LA Times: Like some kind of 21st century Willy Wonka, audacious entrepreneur Elon Muskchose a prime spot on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour to unveil his latest attempt to energize an industry — roofs that generate solar power but look like no other. Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, showcased a line of high-design solar roof tiles that would replace clunky solar panels and tie into an upgraded version of the Tesla wall-mounted battery for those times when the sun doesn’t shine. The glass solar shingles resemble French slate, Tuscan barrel tile or more conventional roofing materials with a textured or smooth surface. “The key is to make solar look good,” Musk said during the product introduction staged on the old set of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” series, where he had re-roofed four of the Wisteria Lane houses. “If this is done right, all roofs will have solar.” Cont'd..
Sprig Electric Pioneers a One, Two Solar Punch in Silicon Valley to Dramatically Reduce Energy Costs
Sprig Electric is now among the first electrical contractors in the nation to pair Teslas Powerpack battery with a 350 kW commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system to optimize energy savings.
Is Home Energy Storage Coming to your House?
Home energy storage helps whichever energy source is the cheapest, and helps the grid stay stable and available to us all.
Tesla's JB Straubel To Keynote Intersolar North America
Opening Ceremony and Conference Sessions Will Preview the Future of the North American Solar Market
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