This is your SolarWakeup for July 6th, 2015
Today’s top story is about a man that lived off-grid using nothing but solar energy for nearly 118 hours. Not that impressive except for the fact that he flew an airplane from Japan to Hawaii for over 4400 miles. The irony comes that while Hawaii is a solar leader and looking to get to 100% renewables, HECO filed to revamp the net metering rules on the day that the plane lands showing what the future could look like. Old versus new, the status quo is changing.
1 New York Times:
Solar Plane Lands in Hawaii After Record-Breaking Flight
2 Utility Dive:
HECO files with regulators to cut solar net metering rates in half
There's a lot more solar power in the US than we thought
Third-ranked Advanced Energy’s exit leaves 17% share to fight over in US inverter market
5 Clean Technica:
Could Third-Party Ownership of Solar Be Taking Root In The Southeast?
Spain's solar tax 'almost complete'
7 Renewable Energy World:
California Power Bill Overhaul Threatens Home Solar Growth
8 Renew Economy:
Solar revolution can’t be stopped, but it can be slowed
Talking about jobs isn’t the only way to lure voters into the climate movement
Have a great day!
This is your SolarWakeup for July 2nd, 2015
You’ve probably already heard all about it. Austin Energy went out for large scale solar and presented the results at an oversight hearing late last week. It’s worth a listen because it represents an interesting milestone in solar as some of the bids came in under $0.04/kWh. Many questions to be asked about the bids but Austin Energy calls them credible. Here is my fundamental takeaway. If $0.04/kWh works in Texas, where else does solar work or more importantly where doesn’t it? As you see utilities get more involved in solar, you can see why. The ‘solar is too expensive’ talking point is fading, quickly. Here is the presentation, around the 5 minute mark
1 Austin Energy:
City Council Committee Meeting
If you can’t beat them… US utility launches residential solar service
3 Business Journals:
Hawaii solar-energy industry leaders question HECO's cost-shift plan
4 Solar Server:
ENGIE acquires majority stake in Solairedirect, becomes French leader in PV industry
5 Renew Economy:
South Australia pushes battery storage in government buildings
Sunrun to raise USD111 million in first residential securitization
China’s Climate Goal Calls for Aggressive Push on Solar, Wind
Solar power still needs to get much cheaper. Are perovskites the answer?
9 Energy Collective:
Winners and Losers from Flattening Tiered Electricity Prices
Have a great day!