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« Reply #1300 on: May 31, 2016, 01:29:17 PM »
U.S.:  Great Plains Energy Inc. to buy Westar Energy Inc., the biggest utility in Kansas, for $8.6 Billion
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The transaction comes amid a boom in utility mergers and acquisitions as customers using more energy-efficient appliances and resources such as rooftop solar flatten electricity demand. There were more than $52 billion worth of utility deals pending or completed across the U.S. last year, the most since 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-31/great-plains-agrees-to-buy-utility-westar-for-8-6-billion
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« Reply #1301 on: May 31, 2016, 07:52:19 PM »
Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes increase to state's renewable energy standard
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Hogan had been expected to sign the bill, and a recent poll found more than 70% of the state's voters across both parties supported the increased standard.
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"This legislation is a tax increase that will be levied upon every single electricity ratepayer in Maryland and, for that reason alone, I cannot allow it to become law," Hogan wrote. He said the measure would raise taxes between $49 million and $196 million by 2020.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/maryland-gov-hogan-vetoes-increase-to-states-renewable-energy-standard/420034/
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« Reply #1302 on: May 31, 2016, 09:11:30 PM »
A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems
http://www.wired.com/2016/05/huge-solar-plant-caught-fire-thats-least-problems/
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Update: On Wednesday, May 25, Ivanpah’s operator, NRG energy, confirmed the fire was indeed caused by mirrors that did not track the sun properly, which focused sunlight onto the wrong part of the tower. NRG spokesperson David Knox estimates the plant would be back online within three weeks.


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« Reply #1303 on: June 01, 2016, 12:54:28 PM »
A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems
http://www.wired.com/2016/05/huge-solar-plant-caught-fire-thats-least-problems/
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Update: On Wednesday, May 25, Ivanpah’s operator, NRG energy, confirmed the fire was indeed caused by mirrors that did not track the sun properly, which focused sunlight onto the wrong part of the tower. NRG spokesperson David Knox estimates the plant would be back online within three weeks.

Oops....  :o

I see Ivanpah as an example of how it used to be so difficult to add a significant amount of solar power with storage, that a project like this would even be contemplated.  In the intervening years, the improvements in solar panels and batteries have created a much preferable path forward.

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« Reply #1304 on: June 03, 2016, 09:52:22 PM »
Former Energy CEO David Crane Envisions a Future without Fossils
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There’s also a role for stoking competition within industries. Crane recalled when the Philadelphia Eagles committed to install solar panels on their football stadium. Not two months later, the owner of the New York Giants approached Crane, who was still with NRG. “He said, ‘David, I’ve spent my whole life in football, and all I know is I want to beat the Philadelphia Eagles,’” Crane said. “’I want to beat them on the field and I want to beat them off the field. Can you get solar panels on our field before them?’”
http://www.wri.org/blog/2016/06/former-energy-ceo-david-crane-envisions-future-without-fossils
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« Reply #1305 on: June 04, 2016, 04:12:00 AM »
New York Has a Plan to Make Long Island Offshore Wind Cheaper
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This is New York telling the country that offshore wind is going to happen, ” Kempton said in an interview. “No other state has done this before.”

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to auction off the lease for the site by the end of the year. The area, about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of the city of Long Beach, is large enough to accommodate turbines capable of generating 900 megawatts, rivaling a nuclear power plant.

The first wind farm in U.S. waters, a 30-megawatt project off Rhode Island, is being built by Deepwater Wind LLC and scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-03/new-york-has-a-plan-to-make-long-island-offshore-wind-cheaper
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« Reply #1306 on: June 04, 2016, 03:50:51 PM »
Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free
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Chile’s solar industry has expanded so quickly that it’s giving electricity away for free.

Spot prices reached zero in parts of the country on 113 days through April, a number that’s on track to beat last year’s total of 192 days, according to Chile’s central grid operator. While that may be good for consumers, it’s bad news for companies that own power plants struggling to generate revenue and developers seeking financing for new facilities.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-01/chile-has-so-much-solar-energy-it-s-giving-it-away-for-free
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« Reply #1307 on: June 05, 2016, 01:18:21 AM »
U.S.:  Fannie Mae mortgages can now incorporate the HomeStyle Energy Program to finance solar energy installation when purchasing a new home, or refinancing a current home.

Fannie Mae & Solar: HomeStyle Energy Program Explained
http://news.energysage.com/fannie-mae-solar-homestyle-energy-program-explained/
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« Reply #1308 on: June 07, 2016, 12:12:05 PM »
Energy firms urge EU to back offshore wind
Companies say offshore wind will generate electricity as cheaply as fossil fuels within a decade if properly supported
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/06/renewable-energy-firms-urge-eu-back-offshore-wind
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« Reply #1309 on: June 07, 2016, 03:33:28 PM »
Zambia plans to have sub-Saharan Africa’s cheapest electricity using solar power
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Disappointed by hydroelectric power reduced by drought, Zambia is turning to the sun. The landlocked country plans to build two solar projects that will charge the lowest tariffs in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Zambian Industrial Development Corporation.

Solar power development comes as Lake Kariba, the main source of Zambia’s electricity, is at a just 12% of its capacity. The world’s largest man-made lake lies on the Zambezi River between the Zambian and Zimbabwean border and produces 600MW and 750MW for the two countries, respectively.

The two solar projects will provide electricity priced at 6.02c/kWh and 7.84c/kWh, respectively. Those prices will remain fixed for 25 years, the corporation said in a statement. Zambians using over 300kWh in their homes pay about 51c/kWh on the current energy tariffs with a standard 31c/kWh for commercial use.
http://qz.com/700187/with-hydropower-running-dry-zambia-turns-to-the-sun/
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« Reply #1310 on: June 07, 2016, 09:33:41 PM »
The UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal in May 2016, the first-ever calendar month to pass the milestone, Carbon Brief analysis shows.
http://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-solar-beats-coal-over-a-whole-month-in-uk-for-first-time
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« Reply #1311 on: June 07, 2016, 09:47:08 PM »
German ‘Energiewende’: Many targets out of sight
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Many of the environmental-performance targets of the German ‘Energiewende’ are in fact falling behind the time scale that is actually required – some of them are significantly behind schedule. Progress is largely achieved where major subsidies are provided via some form of support programme. Where there is no such support, or subsidies and incentives are small, or too small, targets are starting to be missed. One criticism is that no quantifiable targets have been drawn up in the areas of economics/efficiency and security of supply.

If the current status of the ‘Energiewende’ had to be described in one sentence, it might be that Germany has probably taken on too much in too short a time. We believe there are four main limiting factors: cost, physical limits, the available time budget and political feasibility
http://www.dbresearch.com/MAIL/DBR_INTERNET_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000406742.pdf
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« Reply #1312 on: June 08, 2016, 01:40:06 AM »
Lake Erie is the Saudi Arabia of wind, and today’s award should be a gusher for northern Ohio.”

Cleveland Soon to Be Home to First in U.S. Offshore Wind Farm in Fresh Water
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According to Cleveland.com, “LEEDCo’s decision to adopt the European-designed ‘Mono Bucket’ foundation, which eliminates pile driving in the bedrock below the lake bed, may have been crucial to the DOE’s decision to fully fund the project.”

A DOE analysis stated that the “innovative Mono Bucket foundation will reduce installation time, costs, and environmental impacts compared to traditional foundations that require pile driving. The Mono Bucket not only is a solution for the Great Lakes, but also has broader national applicability for offshore wind installations off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.”
http://ecowatch.com/2016/06/06/cleveland-offshore-wind-lake-erie/
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« Reply #1313 on: June 08, 2016, 06:18:37 AM »
Fannie, I luv you.

https://www.fanniemae.com/content/fact_sheet/homestyle-energy-product-matrix.pdf

low interest rate. solar/energy efficiency investment upto 15% of total property value. secured. conforming. poolable into large numbers for goldman to play with. refi or purchase.

nice. so you got a 100K US$ appraisal, you can finance 15K in solar at low,low interest rates. Takes away the financing market from players like solar city, but lets them sell more panels.

What's not to like.

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« Reply #1314 on: June 08, 2016, 09:14:49 PM »
Renewables are the best way to save summertime Arctic Sea Ice. Problem is our transition must be accelerated...
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« Reply #1315 on: June 09, 2016, 08:28:36 PM »
SolarCity customers produced 10 GWh of solar electricity Tuesday
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Tuesday, SolarCity produced greater than 10GWh of solar electricity via its customer base. This doubles the 5GWh peak in 2015 and more than triples the 3GWh in 2014. SolarCity has over 280,000 customers and greater than 2.16GW installed as of the end of the first quarter – that volume is expected to grow 218MW in the second quarter and to be greater than 3GW before the end of 2016. The summer day peaks around June 20 – meaning we’ll probably see more records broken.

At an average price of $.13/kWh (p6), SolarCity is earning $1.3M a day right now – and will probably make a similar or larger amount of money for the next 22 days (11 days before and after the longest day of the summer). The first quarter saw $67M in earnings – about $750,000/day.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/09/solarcity-customers-produced-10-gwh-of-solar-electricity-yesterday/
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« Reply #1316 on: June 10, 2016, 01:16:54 AM »
Solar Makes Up Most of New U.S. Power Capacity for First Time
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The U.S. solar industry had a record first quarter, accounting for the majority of new power generation for the first time.

The 1,665 megawatts of solar power that came online in the first three months of the year represented 64 percent of new capacity, and wind provided 33 percent, analysts at GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association said in a statement Thursday.

The U.S. solar industry will add 14.5 gigawatts this year, mainly with large utility-scale power plants, almost double the 7.5 gigawatts installed last year. Residential rooftops reached 1 million homes this year and will add another 1 million within two years, said Tom Kimbis, interim director of the Washington-based trade group.

“The solar industry is growing at warp speed, driven by the fact that solar is one of the lowest-cost options for electricity,” Kimbis said in the statement.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-09/solar-makes-up-most-of-new-u-s-power-capacity-for-first-time
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« Reply #1317 on: June 10, 2016, 01:37:46 AM »
U.S. Senators introduce bill to promote offshore wind power
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Today Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (WIND) Act, which would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind through the year 2025. ...
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The current wind investment tax credit was extended last year through 2019.  However, because offshore wind projects have longer lead times, very few projects will benefit from the incentive.

According to the Department of Energy, the potential offshore wind capacity off the U.S. coast and the Great Lakes is four times all existing U.S. generating capacity. The nation's first offshore wind project is scheduled to be completed later this year off the Rhode Island coast. By contrast, there are 2,300 turbines off the coasts of 11 European nations.
http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/us-senators-introduce-bill-promote-offshore-wind-power
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« Reply #1318 on: June 11, 2016, 12:42:57 AM »
Apple wants to sell you green power to go with that iPhone
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Apple floated a $1.5 billion green bond in Feb. 2016 to finance a raft of new environmental projects, including a massive expansion of its renewable energy assets. The company aims to run on 100% renewable energy in the coming years, and it has embarked on a spending spree to make that happen, by building its own crop of renewable power plants and purchasing clean power from others. That’s likely just a taste of what’s to come. The company says (pdf) it will help install new plants generating 4 gigawatts of new clean energy worldwide by 2020.
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In January, the company reported (pdf) that 93% of the electricity consumed in its facilities worldwide came from a renewable power source. It has achieved 100% renewable energy in 23 countries including China and the United States, as well as its data centers.
http://qz.com/704277/apple-wants-to-sell-you-green-power-to-go-with-that-iphone/
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« Reply #1319 on: June 11, 2016, 09:51:59 PM »
Some Las Vegas casinos want out of Nevada's NV Energy monopoly.  And a vote next November could deregulate the state’s energy market.
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When Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought Nevada’s main utility, NV Energy, three years ago, it inherited a lucrative customer base: the neon-lit, air-conditioned casino-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Now they’re in the midst of a costly split. Lured by the prospect of cheaper, cleaner energy elsewhere, two of the Strip’s biggest power users, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts, told regulators in May they’re willing to pay millions in fees to ditch NV Energy’s services.
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Like MGM and Wynn, casino operator Las Vegas Sands secured regulatory approval last year to leave NV Energy, but says it intends to stay—for now. Regulators determined Sands would have to pay $23.9 million to leave NV Energy, a sum the company indicated it thought was too high. Instead, Sands, controlled by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, is backing a November ballot measure that would amend the Nevada constitution to deregulate the state’s energy market, doing away with NV Energy’s monopoly.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-10/buffett-s-power-play-pits-las-vegas-casinos-against-energy-unit
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« Reply #1320 on: June 13, 2016, 03:12:29 PM »
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« Reply #1321 on: June 13, 2016, 03:17:49 PM »
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts
Change in government’s energy policy blamed for job losses just as solar power eclipses coal in electricity generation
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/10/uk-solar-power-industry-job-losses-government-subsidy-cuts-energy-policy
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« Reply #1322 on: June 13, 2016, 09:29:32 PM »
Solar panels more efficient on water in Japan
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Developers first placed solar panels on water years ago to address land-based space constraints. Now, they’re finding floating plants may be more efficient.

In a year-long study in Hyogo prefecture north of Osaka, solar panels installed on a reservoir generated 14 percent more power than those set up on the rooftop of an office building, according to the local authorities who conducted the review.

“Water keeps panels cool,” said Hajime Mori, the head of operations in Japan for Ciel et Terre International SAS, a French company involved in many floating-solar projects around the world. That cooling effect allows the units to work more efficiently than modules on traditional mounts, which tend to heat up in the sun.
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In China, the developer Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd. has completed a 20-megawatt solar farm in Huainan City about 300 miles northwest of Shanghai the Anhui Province. That project, which Xinyi calls the world’s largest floating PV plant, is located on a body of water created from subsided land over a coal mine.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-06/more-spark-from-the-sun-spurs-floating-solar-plants-across-japan
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« Reply #1323 on: June 19, 2016, 05:42:32 AM »
Solar panels more efficient on water in Japan
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Developers first placed solar panels on water years ago to address land-based space constraints. Now, they’re finding floating plants may be more efficient.

In a year-long study in Hyogo prefecture north of Osaka, solar panels installed on a reservoir generated 14 percent more power than those set up on the rooftop of an office building, according to the local authorities who conducted the review.

“Water keeps panels cool,” said Hajime Mori, the head of operations in Japan for Ciel et Terre International SAS, a French company involved in many floating-solar projects around the world. That cooling effect allows the units to work more efficiently than modules on traditional mounts, which tend to heat up in the sun.
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In China, the developer Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd. has completed a 20-megawatt solar farm in Huainan City about 300 miles northwest of Shanghai the Anhui Province. That project, which Xinyi calls the world’s largest floating PV plant, is located on a body of water created from subsided land over a coal mine.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-06/more-spark-from-the-sun-spurs-floating-solar-plants-across-japan
To cool the panels if one installs them in an air-tight shallow box to move air for that and use the heat a thermal-mass to supply space-heating [and cooling to collect at night].

One company has panels that use a thermal-fluid pricey yet feeds a heat-pump so an integrated system my idea works for any new install and uses standard 3-1/4x10 ducting.

The point is direct-thermal collection & storage are missing from architecture, the Hogan is 10-times more thermally efficient than a modern home similar for the Great Prairie sod house.

If you add a layer of soil-contact foam it isolates the dirt contained as thermal-mass instead of slowly conducting heat all the time. Insulating from the outside is 3-4 times less heat-loss than a standard wood frame construction from greatly reducing conduction.

This is the heat-transfer model run 6.67-hrs standard wall above additional 1-1/2" insulation board under the siding with furring strips to let condensation drip away on top of the sheathing, white 20C/68F, blue 0C/32F, this cuts losses to 1/3 original.

Think what that does to heating & AC grid loads no longer needing to supply that energy when scaled up.

-tom

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« Reply #1324 on: June 20, 2016, 01:16:15 PM »
"So Watts carried out what he described as an “aerial survey” but what others might call “looking at maps on Google” to look on the roofs of famous climate scientists to see if they had solar panels."

Denialist Blogger Anthony Watts Posts Error Strewn “Aerial Survey” of Climate Scientists’ Homes
http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/06/19/climate-science-denialist-blogger-anthony-watts-publishes-aerial-survey-scientists-homes-and-gets-almost-everything wrong.

A new low from creepy sleazy Anthony Watts, stalking climate scientists and reading their emails
http://blog.hotwhopper.com/2016/06/a-new-low-from-creepy-sleazy-anthony.html
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« Reply #1325 on: June 22, 2016, 12:50:26 PM »
Solar panel recycling will be a $15 billion business in 30 years, says new study
http://electrek.co/2016/06/21/solar-panels-recycling-value/
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« Reply #1326 on: June 22, 2016, 02:21:30 PM »
Tesla Makes an Offer to Acquire SolarCity
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We would be the world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers. This would start with the car that you drive and the energy that you use to charge it, and would extend to how everything else in your home or business is powered. With your Model S, Model X, or Model 3, your solar panel system, and your Powerwall all in place, you would be able to deploy and consume energy in the most efficient and sustainable way possible, lowering your costs and minimizing your dependence on fossil fuels and the grid.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/21/breaking-tesla-makes-an-offer-to-acquire-solarcity/


Edit:  apparently, a Musk Industries is not a new idea....

Elon Musk has been thinking about consolidating his companies for a while, SpaceX could be next
http://electrek.co/2016/06/22/elon-musk-thinking-parent-company-spacex-tesla-solarcity/
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« Reply #1327 on: June 22, 2016, 05:36:38 PM »
Elon Musk sees Tesla (TSLA) become a trillion dollar market cap company with the SolarCity (SCTY) merger
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During a conference call discussing the rationale surrounding Tesla’s (TSLA) offer to acquire SolarCity (SCTY) this morning, Elon Musk made a bold claim, something not unusual for the billionaire entrepreneur, he said that he sees potential for Tesla to become a trillion-dollar market cap company – which would be a first.
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It’s not the first time that Musk suggested that Tesla could become the most valuable company in the world. Apple is currently the biggest public company by market cap with $525 billion and last year, Tesla’s CEO said that the automaker could surpass Apple’s market cap sometime in the next decade.
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Tesla’s CEO added that merging the company will enable a better distribution of those products and make it easier for customers to purchase new electric vehicles powered by solar energy. He also expects the merger to cut the sales costs of both companies by 30 to 40 percent, especially through reducing the number of visits that sales people and installers need to make to a house in order to sell and install a new solar array and battery pack.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/22/tesla-tsla-trillion-market-cap-elon-musk-solarcity-scty/


Edit:  notes from a Tesla live blog of the conference call:
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I have zero doubt about this. Arguably, we should have done it sooner. It gives us enough time to create a very compelling integrated product and bring that to significant scale next year.
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I think from a gut standpoint: what allows us to offer the most compelling product to consumers and business. A seamless integrated product is better. You don't want a heterogenous system integration problem. Interfaces break down, and people pointing fingers. One integrated system just works. We can guide the integrated product to just be better. In addition, cost savings to be had in the same store, if we can sell twice as much dollar volume. If installation crew is able to do everything in a single visit, then that's much better. Some percentage better, that's material. That's the threshold for making a decision. If you just cut the business logistics costs in half. With a seamless product, you have fewer breakdowns.
https://forums.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/tesla-motors-solarcity-conference-call-june-22-2016
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« Reply #1328 on: June 22, 2016, 08:58:28 PM »
More notes from the conference call (and a link to the audio).

The Tesla-SolarCity deal explained through some amazing quotes by Elon Musk
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Tesla’s CEO said that the company needs to integrate the required hardware for a solar installation into its home battery pack solutions in order to get the cost down by avoiding the duplication of hardware. The company would need to partner with solar installers to make that happen, but since Musk is also a shareholder of SolarCity, the US’ largest solar installer, Tesla can’t be seen as giving the company a special treatment.

“If we give a special deal to SolarCity and SolarCity is not part of Tesla… then why are we doing that?”
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Then it got even more interesting when Musk said that if he could talk more about the product side of SolarCity, it would shed more light on why it makes perfect sense for Tesla to acquire the company. He then talked a little about SolarCity becoming a large producer of solar panels through its Silveo purchase and its new 350W modules.

“So far SolarCity has not been significantly differentiated on the product side with the solar panels and cells, but they will be in the very near future.”

It sounds like Musk knows something we don’t about SolarCity’s new solar panels. He said that there are plans that have not been made public yet and therefore he can’t talk about it, but he is “very optimistic” about those plans.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/22/elon-musk-tesla-solarcity-tsla-scty-merger-amazing-quotes/
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« Reply #1329 on: June 23, 2016, 07:54:22 PM »
72% of Corporations Are Actively Procuring Clean Energy
Corporations are far more interested in buying their own renewables than they were even one year ago.
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Seventy-two percent of companies surveyed said they are actively procuring renewable energy, mainly wind and solar. For those that are buying renewables, nearly half have specific renewable energy goals, although the attractive payback was the second-biggest driver for seeking out clean energy.
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For those who can successfully navigate the waters of renewable energy procurement once, they’re likely to do it again. PwC found 85 percent of those who have purchased renewable energy plan to buy more in the next 12 to 18 months.

Along with wind and solar, corporations said they are most interested in advanced metering and energy management software, while nearly 60 percent are interested in energy storage. GTM Research estimates the market for integrated C&I energy management, from procurement to energy efficiency, will be valued at $16 billion in 2016.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/72-of-large-companies-are-actively-procuring-clean-energy
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« Reply #1330 on: June 24, 2016, 11:52:48 AM »
Tesla wants to offer the whole fossil fuel-free frittata. Forget “well to wheels.” Tesla’s talking generation to acceleration.

Tesla's done being an Automaker -- It's now an Energy Company
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“The world does not lack for automotive companies,” Musk said Tuesday. “The world lacks for sustainable energy companies.”
https://www.wired.com/2016/06/tesla-solar-city-elon-musk/
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« Reply #1331 on: June 28, 2016, 02:03:21 AM »
US, Canada and Mexico vow to get half their overall electricity with clean power by 2025
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WASHINGTON — The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge today to source half their overall electricity with clean power by 2025, according to individuals briefed on the decision.

The commitment — which will be a joint one, rather than an individual commitment by each nation — represents an aggressive target given the current reliance by the United States and Mexico on fossil fuels for much of their electricity supply. Roughly 59 percent of Canada's electricity is generated by hydropower operations, with another 16 percent coming from nuclear plants, so it has already surpassed the targeted benchmark.

President Barack Obama will travel to Ottawa today to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as part of this year's North American Leaders Summit. It is unclear how the leaders will define clean energy. Nuclear energy is carbon free and so sometimes classified as clean power, but it is not considered renewable the way solar, wind and other forms of energy are.
http://www.mrt.com/business/article_1e712258-3cb8-11e6-9daf-339cfba5ee61.html
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« Reply #1332 on: June 29, 2016, 01:29:32 PM »
HUGE bets against a clean energy future.

Short sellers are betting more than ever against Tesla (TSLA) and SolarCity (SCTY) following the acquisition offer
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Reuters talked with Ihor Dusaniwsky, head of research at financial analytics firm S3 Partners, about short interest on Tesla’s and SolarCity’s stocks:

“There is not much stock left to borrow and what is left is going out the door at premium levels with borrow rates of 45 percent to 75 percent fee today. There is virtually no stock left to borrow in SCTY which is reflected in the 100-percent-plus borrow cost of any scraps that have been traded today.”

Dusaniwsky also added on SolarCity:

“SolarCity short sellers may not be digging into their wallets as deep as Tesla short sellers, but are still paying (collectively) over $1 million a day to keep their shorts on their books.”

The short interest on Tesla right now is worth $7.3 billion, up 16 percent in June and now close to its high of $7.4 billion in March.
 
Tesla has a long history with shorts and has often been the most shorted stock on the NASDAQ. Short squeezes, when shorts exit en masse, have also been part of Tesla’s most impressive stock price increases. In 2012, Elon Musk warned that anyone holding a stock position against the company will have a “tsunami of hurt” coming for them. During the 12 following months, Tesla’s stock price increased by 461%, a lot of which was attributed to a short squeeze after Tesla reported its first quarterly profit in Q1 2013.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/29/tesla-tsla-solarcity-scty-short-sellers-acquisition-offer/
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« Reply #1333 on: June 29, 2016, 03:09:55 PM »
"Musk, who turned 45 on Tuesday, wants to change this daunting transaction in the same way the Apple Store changed the way we buy consumer electronics."

‘Tesla Solar’ Wants to Be the Apple Store for Electricity
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Tesla Motors Inc.’s bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it’s about solving two of the biggest problems standing in the way of the next solar boom. And perhaps a good deal more.

When Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk came out last week with his $2.86 billion plan to acquire SolarCity Inc., it was almost universally derided as a risky financial move that threatens to derail the electric car maker at its most critical moment.

That’s undoubtedly true. But in the dozens of analyst notes and news stories that picked apart the deal, there’s been little attention paid to what we’ll call “Tesla Solar” and how it could transform the power sector. It’s actually a really big idea.

 Solar Problem No. 1: It’s too complicated ...
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-29/-tesla-solar-wants-to-be-the-apple-store-for-electricity
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« Reply #1334 on: June 30, 2016, 01:41:23 PM »
Sempra Energy, PG&E Lead US Utilities in Clean Energy
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Sempra Energy, which owns San Diego Gas & Electric, leads U.S. investor-owned electric utilities in renewable energy as a percentage of total sales, according to a new report from Ceres.

Utilities are investing in renewable energy to comply with mandated standards. More and more, however, the investment is a way to diversify generation portfolios as renewable energy prices have dropped, and utilities are using renewable investment as a way to meet the needs of some of their largest clients.

Ceres looked at the 30 largest investor-owned utility holding companies, which have a total of 87 electric subsidiaries that accounted for nearly 60 percent of total electric sales in the U.S. in 2014.

Unsurprisingly, the California utilities led the pack. More than one-third of Sempra Energy’s 2014 retail electric sales came from renewable energy, while Pacific Gas & Electric came in second at 25 percent, and Edison International, which owns Southern California Edison, was at 23 percent.

However, renewables energy sales in terms of megawatt-hours put PG&E in front, with nearly 20 million megawatt-hours of clean energy in 2014, followed by Xcel Energy and Edison International. Each of the three utilities had more than double Sempra Energy's total renewable megawatt-hours.

At the other end of the spectrum, American Electric Power, Con Edison and Florida Power & Light were at the bottom of the list, with less than 1 percent of retail sales coming from renewables in 2014.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Sempra-Energy-PGE-Lead-US-Utilities-in-Clean-Energy
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« Reply #1335 on: June 30, 2016, 07:45:36 PM »
District of Columbia Council unanimously approves bill for 50% renewable energy mandate
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The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved legislation (B21-650) to expand the District’s renewable energy target to 50% percent by 2032.

The bill raises the bar from the District’s existing 20%-by-2020 renewable energy standard. It would also establish a "Solar for All” program designed to cut the electric bills of 100,000 low-income households in half by 2032 through the use of conservation and clean energy resources.

The measure now moves to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who is likely to sign it. While she has not endoresed this measure specifically, Bowser has voiced support a 50% renewable energy goal set by former Mayor Vince Gray as a part of his Sustainable DC effort in 2013.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/district-of-columbia-council-unanimously-approves-bill-for-50-renewable-en/421721/
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« Reply #1336 on: June 30, 2016, 08:11:38 PM »
San Diego, California.

SDG&E becomes first California utility to hit net metering cap
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It was only a matter of time before SDG&E hit the cap after sounding the alarm a year ago that net metering applications were piling up fast.

SDG&E is the first California utility to breach the cap. While such an event typically induces panic in solar advocates (as seen in states like Nevada and Massachusetts), California regulators acted swiftly enough to ensure a plan was in place for when the cap would be hit.

Under CPUC's January decision, new net metering customers will be able to keep retail rate remuneration for energy exported to the grid after the cap is hit, but they will also pay a one-time interconnection fee between $75 and $150, a non-bypassable monthly charge ranging from $0.02/kWh to 0.03/kWh, and will be moved onto time-of-use rates.

The solar industry isn't particularly worried about the impacts of a California utility hitting its net metering cap. Bernedette Del Chiaro, executive director of California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA), doesn't anticipate any slowdowns in rooftop solar installations in SDG&E's service territory after the cap is hit, according to PV Tech.

"If anything, we anticipate a return to growth as more consumers realize that NEM 2.0 isn’t a threat to the economics of solar and that now is just as good to go solar as ever," she said.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/sdge-becomes-first-california-utility-to-hit-net-metering-cap/421819/
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« Reply #1337 on: June 30, 2016, 08:18:58 PM »
Siemens freezes new UK wind power investment following Brexit vote
German energy firm will not make fresh plans until the UK’s European relationship becomes clearer, but existing manufacturing will not be affected
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/28/siemens-freezes-new-uk-wind-power-investment-following-brexit-vote
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« Reply #1338 on: June 30, 2016, 09:43:38 PM »
Biggest solar project in Wisconsin goes online at coal-ash landfill
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The largest solar project built to date in Wisconsin is generating power, Alliant Energy Corp. said Friday.

The project, installed atop a coal-ash landfill in the Town of Beloit, was built by Hanwha Q Cells for about $5 million.
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Alliant agreed to do the project as part of its settlement of litigation with the Environmental Protection Agency concerning pollution from its coal-fired power plants.
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« Reply #1339 on: June 30, 2016, 09:55:30 PM »
SunPower once again holds the record for the world's most efficient rooftop solar module, achieving an NREL-validated 24.1 percent.
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Late last year, SolarCity made the claim that solar panels coming off of its 100-megawatt Silevo pilot production line were setting world records for solar module efficiency as "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent." A week later, Panasonic claimed the crown at 22.5 percent module efficiency.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/SunPower-Again-Holds-Record-For-Worlds-Most-Efficient-Rooftop-Solar-Panel
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« Reply #1340 on: June 30, 2016, 10:05:27 PM »
Germany's biggest utilities have been split into two companies: "RWE’s new company will only contain its green power, network and customer businesses, while EON is keeping its German nuclear operations and their cleanup liabilities with its renewables enterprise as it spins off its fossil-fuel units."

A group of analysts and investors strongly favor the green energy company.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-27/rwe-split-favored-over-eon-s-in-german-utilities-overhaul
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« Reply #1341 on: July 02, 2016, 12:25:39 AM »
Not afraid of wind's intermittent power generation:

Google Buys Clean Energy to Power European Datacenters
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Data centers require a constant and unwavering supply of power. Recently, Alphabet Inc.-owned search engine giant Google announced that it has bought 12 years worth of future power output for its datacenters in Europe from two wind power farms in Norway and Sweden, which have yet to be constructed.

Additionally, the company also mentioned in a separate statement that it has consented to purchase power from a smaller wind farm project in Sweden, which takes the total acquired output to 236 megawatts (MW).
https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/222343/google-buys-clean-energy-to-power-european-datacenters
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« Reply #1342 on: July 04, 2016, 08:06:10 PM »
Why Apple Energy Is A Wake-Up Call For Businesses
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Last week, Apple AAPL +0.35% quietly dropped a bombshell in the energy industry, launching an entirely new subsidiary called Apple Energy that will manage the complexities of its renewable energy efforts.

The only information available on Apple Energy is in the company’s filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but what can be gleaned from that illustrates a foundational shift underway in the energy world.

Essentially, Apple is seeking the ability to sell the renewable energy it generates to other businesses and consumers at retail prices. Without FERC’s approval, Apple will only be able to sell its energy to energy providers and utilities at wholesale prices. Apple Energy would more or less act as an energy provider itself, enabling the company to leverage its investments in renewable energy like wind and solar to generate new revenue from an entirely new market.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/energysource/2016/06/16/why-apple-energy-is-a-wake-up-call-for-businesses/
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« Reply #1343 on: July 04, 2016, 08:53:19 PM »
Looks like quality solar panels will work well enough and long enough to provide a good market for used equipment in years to come.

SolarCity pushing industry to 40% increase in useful lifetime of solar power installations
http://electrek.co/2016/07/04/solarcity-increase-useful-lifetime-of-solar-power-installations/
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« Reply #1344 on: July 06, 2016, 03:48:24 PM »
Wind power plant in Atacama Desert fills Chile's clean-energy sails
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Deep in northern Chile's Atacama Desert, a remote community of 6,000 people is preparing to host the country's largest wind power plant.
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The Atacama Desert will also be home to the Copiapó solar thermal power project, which is expected to cost $2 billion and begin operating in 2019 with a capacity of 260 MW.

"Some researchers believe that around 2050 the country might be 100 percent renewable. Fossil fuels are gradually reducing their share," Vargas said.

Projections point to wind potential in Chile of 15,000 MW, equivalent to the country's entire electrical power generation capacity today, he noted.
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« Reply #1345 on: July 09, 2016, 06:49:50 PM »
Hawaii Eyes Offshore Wind to Reach its 100 Percent Clean Energy Goal
The leasing of areas around Oahu could begin next year, as the state strives to move away from fossil fuels.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07072016/hawaii-eyes-offshore-wind-reach-its-100-percent-clean-energy-goal
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THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT APPLAUDS SALT LAKE CITY’S 100-PERCENT RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY COMMITMENT
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Washington, DC –Today, The Climate Reality Project applauded Salt Lake City as it became the latest and largest winter sports community to announce a commitment to run on 100-percent renewable electricity by 2032. The Climate Reality Project’s I AM PRO SNOW 100% Committed campaign is working with resorts, businesses, and cities, including Salt Lake City, to help our winter sports and mountain communities transition to 100-percent clean, renewable electricity.

“The Climate Reality Project applauds Salt Lake City’s announcement to commit to 100-percent renewable electricity. This move clearly demonstrates that Salt Lake City understands what climate change means for its citizens and businesses,” said The Climate Reality Project’s President and CEO Ken Berlin. “Not only has declining snowfall cost the winter sports industry $1 billion and 27,000 jobs nationwide in the past decade, Utah has seen firsthand significantly fewer skiers on the mountains, resulting in millions of lost dollars and thousands of lost jobs.”
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« Reply #1347 on: July 14, 2016, 03:42:22 PM »
Wild Weather Powers South Australia’s Wind Farms to Milestone
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Wind farms supplied more than two thirds of South Australia’s electricity at the weekend, with an even bigger contribution on Monday in a sign of the state’s growing embrace of clean energy.

Wind provided 83 percent of the state’s power needs in the 24 hours to 4 p.m. on Monday when turbines helped turn the wild weather whipping the state into renewable energy, Australia’s Clean Energy Council said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

South Australia got more than 40 percent of its power needs from renewable energy last year, the council said, adding that the state’s 683 turbines have generated more than $6 billion of investment.
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« Reply #1348 on: July 14, 2016, 10:05:53 PM »
Why the US Navy's push to use biofuel isn't making a whole lot of sense
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Biofuels need to be created from something, and according to a report released last year by the nonpartisan World Resources Institute, a Washington, DC-based research group, meeting 20 percent of global energy demand using plant-based biofuels by 2050 "would require humanity to at least double the world's annual harvest of plant material in all its forms.... Therefore, the quest for bioenergy at a meaningful scale is both unrealistic and unsustainable."
https://news.vice.com/article/great-green-fleet-us-navy-use-of-biofuels
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« Reply #1349 on: July 14, 2016, 10:56:16 PM »
Petition to reverse Nevada PUC net metering decision qualifies for ballot
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The Bring Back Solar campaign to reverse the Nevada Public Utilities Commission’s (NPUC) decision to alter the rate structure of net metering in the state has been approved by the Secretary of State for the November ballot.

To be eligible for the general election ballot to be held on 8 November 2016, petitions are required to receive 55,234 valid signatures from registered Nevada voters. The petition to overturn the ruling, which tripled fixed-fees for solar users and reduced the amount of credits paid back to consumers, received overwhelming support from state locals, collecting more than 115,000 signatures.

Aaron Dougherty, a petition signer from Henderson, said in a statement: "I want to bring solar back to Nevada so that I have the freedom to choose my energy provider and power my neighbourhood with clean solar energy.  I signed the referendum petition because bringing back solar is the right thing for my community and the nation, and I think the people of Nevada should be able to vote on our energy future in November."
http://www.pv-tech.org/news/petition-to-reverse-nevada-puc-net-metering-decision-qualifies-for-ballot
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