A summer of record high temperatures, heat waves and unplanned electricity outages appears to have put a rocket under the Australian rooftop solar market in 2017, with installations at end of February nearly 50% up on the same time last year.
Elon Musk tweeted this week that SolarCity will begin taking orders for its new SolarRoof glass tiles in April. Production is expected to begin this summer.
Google’s has announced that its revolutionary Project Sunroof tool is now able to provide a reliable estimate of how much sunlight a given rooftop might receive in all 50 US states, up from 42 states nearly a year ago.
The Trump Administration gives renewable energy the stinkeye but Los Angeles Air Force Base is forging ahead with new rooftop solar arrays.
The deal, called “Sonnen flat,” offers free power to households using the company’s integrated solar and storage system, including for any electricity drawn from the grid when the sun goes down and stored energy is used up.
The Australian energy market is set for a major shake-up with the launch of a major new government-backed initiative to create an open marketplace for locally generated and stored rooftop solar power to be traded between households, businesses, communities and network utilities.
Millions of low-quality solar panels have been installed on Australian roofs in the past decade. This unfortunately occurred because our solar market was primarily comprised of residential installations, and because mums and dads lack the expertise to differentiate panel quality.
Spurred by a negative rating from Greenpeace compared to other tech companies, Amazon has begun a campaign to add rooftop solar to all 50 of its worldwide sorting, shipping and data centers by 2020.
A partnership between a Nigerian and an American company will bring solar power microgrids to 25 communities in Nigeria this year. Most have had no electricity for at least 10 years.
Lancaster, California has been a leader in renewable energy since 2011. Now the city council has voted in favor of a new policy that requires all new homes to have a rooftop solar system large enough to provide all the electricity needed to operate the home.