Lancaster (California) Is “Solar Power Capital Of The Universe”

Lancaster, California, produces more solar power per capita than any other city in the state. Devastated by the recession of 2009, when unemployment rose to 17%, the city has made its commitment to solar the basis of its economic rebirth. Today it is home to the BYD truck and bus …

EXPLAINED: Tesla’s Patent for Making Solar Shingles Stick Together

How SolarCity’s concept of overlapping solar cells connected by a conductive paste might help Tesla hit its cost and performance targets. One of the biggest questions facing Tesla’s new Solar Roof product is how it will overcome the technical and cost-effectiveness challenges that have prevented other building-integrated photovoltaic contenders from …

Google Creates “Dandelion” To Promote Geothermal Energy

Google has set up an independent business outside the Alphabet umbrella called Dandelion. The new company was created to promote new geothermal system technology. Dandelion will attempt to do for residential heating and cooling what SolarCity has done for rooftop solar. “For the past few years, my team and I …

Sunrun Expands Into Seven New States, Nearly Doubles Market Reach

Sunrun, one of the United States’ leading residential solar developers, announced this week that it has recently completed expanding into seven new US state markets, nearly doubling its market reach in just under four months. The California-based company bills itself as the largest dedicated residential solar, storage, and energy services …

Germany’s MEP Werke to Add EVs to Solar Leasing Business

MEP Werke, the German clean energy company that allows customers to rent their rooftop solar panels in exchange for a monthly fee, has revealed plans to add electric vehicle leasing to its offering in a bid to boost the business case for domestic solar installations. The firm, which launched its …

Tesla Powers Up Pioneering Hawaii Solar Storage Project

Tesla has reportedly completed its first major solar storage project since its $2bn acquisition of SolarCity, underlining the electric vehicle giant’s plans to become a major player in the wider clean tech sector. The company said it has brought online the Kapaia solar and storage project in Hawaii, combining a …

Tesla Tells Investors A Plan for Four More Gigafactories Will Be Released

Tesla expects demand for electric vehicle batteries will be strong enough to add four more Gigafactories beyond its current Nevada plant. In a note to investors Wednesday with its quarterly financial report, the company said it will lay out those plans by the end of the year. As for “Gigactory …