US solar capacity grew 400+% in the past four years. Rooftop solar installations have zoomed and with evolving home energy storage, some (includng utilities themselves) wonder if utilities will become obsolete; others counter that utilies can reposition themselves as energy traders and backup.
Credit Dennis Schroeder/NREL
And the US solar residential gold rush continues: SunPower reported another strong quarter and teamed with Google to bring $250 million into financing residential solar, as it expanded its market in Japan and China. Sun Power and Sungevity raised $42 and $70 million respetively, the latter announcing it can now deliver instant price quotes (no visits necessary).
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Sounds good, but more financing tools are needed to open more solar panel projects to investment.
California has passed the 100,000 solar roof mark, pushing the utility PG&E to call for a sustainable solar policy that will continue solar’s phenomenal growth. A Happy60th Birthday to the Modern Solar Cell – you’ve come a long way, baby…
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