Also in the brief: The Trump administration is burying dozens of studies detailing the promise of renewable energy, Kansas utility goes for âgrid accessâ charge, plus sonnen working with Stanford
October 30, 2020
Tesla is working with Panasonic to build new 4680 battery cell pilot production line at Giga Nevada: Panasonic announced that it is working with Tesla to build a new prototype production line to produce its 4680 battery cell at Gigafactory Nevada. In a conference call following the release of its latest earnings, Panasonicâs Chief Financial Officer Hirokazu Umeda announced that they are working with Tesla to produce its new 4680 battery cell that was announced on âBattery Dayâ last month. The executive said (via Reuters): âWe have considerable know-how for that battery. We started working on it immediately after Teslaâs Battery Day (in September) and are also preparing to set up a prototype production line in parallel,â Teslaâs 4680 battery cell features a much larger form factor and it is expected to greatly reduce the cost per kWh. Source: Electrek
Austin-based Freedom Solar, a turnkey solar energy installer in Texas and the longest-existing residential and commercial solar power provider in the state, today announced its most profitable quarter since opening in 2007. In the third quarter of 2020, residential sales exceeded $27 million, with sales in every month of the quarter higher than the month before, and $2.2 million in commercial revenue. With quarter- over-quarter and year-over-year profits consistently on the rise, Freedom has significantly enlarged its staff and is aggressively expanding its Texas operations, as well as establishing a presence in Colorado and closing deals in Idaho, West Virginia, and Michigan markets. âWe now have over 200 employees, including 60 new employees hired just over the past 60 days,â said Freedom Solar CEO Bret Biggart. Biggart said the companyâs growth is, in part, due to an increase in commercial and residential sustainability practices. Source: Freedom Solar
The Trump administration is burying dozens of studies detailing the promise of renewable energy, impeding a transition away from fossil fuels: Dan Simmons of the U.S. Department of Energy doesnât appear to fully support renewables. In fact, he has presided over his agencyâs systematic squelching of dozens of government studies detailing its promise. One pivotal research project, for example, quantifies hydropowerâs unique potential to enhance solar and wind energy, storing up power in the form of water held back behind dams for moments when the wind isnât blowing and the sun isnât shining. By the time of the Hoover Dam ceremony, Simmonsâ office at the Energy Department had been sitting on that particular study for more than a year. In all, the department has blocked reports for more than 40 clean energy studies. The department has replaced them with mere presentations, buried them in scientific journals that are not accessible to the public, or left them paralyzed within the agency. Source: Grist, in collaboration with InvestigateWest
After Kansas court rejected solar fee, utility seeks new âgrid accessâ charge: Solar advocates say Evergyâs proposed substitute is as discriminatory as one thrown out by the stateâs high court. Six months after the Kansas Supreme Court threw out an electricity fee imposed only on customers with solar panels, Kansasâ major utility is seeking permission to impose a different fee, again targeting solar customers. Clean energy activists see the âgrid access feeâ now before the Kansas Corporation Commission as discrimination in a slightly different form. The regulators will begin a public hearing on the matter on Nov. 5. âIf you have distributed generation, you pay moreâ under the proposal, said Zack Pistora, who represents the Sierra Club in Kansas. âA grid access fee is going to be discriminationâŚ plain and simple. I donât think this passes the ruling made by the Kansas Supreme Court.â Source: Energy News Network
sonnen, a provider of residential energy storage systems, is collaborating with Stanford Universityâs Sustainable Systems Lab on a research effort funded by the DOEâs ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program. sonnen provided installation and engineering assistance to properly integrate their battery solutions with the intelligent load controllers & power management algorithms developed in Stanfordâs Powernet Project. The technology will be studied in 15 solar-powered homes and a commercial agricultural facility in California. More here.
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