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PSH FAST, Pt 1: US DOE FAST Competition For Pumped Storage Picks 4 Winners

December 30th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

Pumped storage hydro has far more resource potential than required for a fully decarbonized grid and it's cheap per megawatt-hour (MWh) of storage. The downside is that it's slow to build, capital intensive, and heavily regulated right now in the United States. The Department of Energy FAST program aims to change that


Utilities Bid To Own Rooftop Solar Even As They Oppose It

July 15th, 2019 | by John Farrell

Four years have passed since ILSR’s initial report on utility-owned rooftop solar, and this 2019 update shows small growth but some potentially large repercussions. This update rehashes the costs and benefits, updates the progress of the four initial programs, highlights a few new programs, and discusses the wider implications


Ciel et Terre Turns To PPA For California’s Largest Floating Solar System

May 23rd, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

French floating solar specialist Ciel et Terre has begun installation of 1.78 megawatt floatovoltaic technology system at what it calls the largest floating solar system in California. To finance this project, the company has utilized a 25-year power purchase agreement for the first time, providing a lifetime savings of $4 million for the Town of Windsor


Cleantech-Focused Innovation Organizations: More Money, More Resources, Faster Time To Market

May 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Energy innovation is both time- and capital-intensive and heavily regulated. Because investors tend to be risk-averse when it comes to technological development, cleantech startups face a broad array of challenges that can impede their technology from making it to the marketplace. According to one prominent venture capitalist in the energy space, “If I have to put in $30 million to find out if the technology will work, it’s a no-go.”



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