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    1. Puerto Rico Could Show the Future of Solar and Energy Storage

      Puerto Rico Could Show the Future of Solar and Energy Storage

      lon Musk has gotten a lot of attention for his proposed efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico's electric grid, which could prove how cheap and valuable solar and energy storage could be in the decades ahead. Musk's plan isn't public yet, but it would likely mean bringing Powerpacks to the island to help deal with outages that still affect 90% of consumers. And this may be an instance where Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) could build a solution faster than most utilities. But Tesla isn't the only company eyeing solutions in Puerto Rico. Sonnen has said it will build microgrids on the island as well. This is potentially the first big test for solar plus storage as a fast solution to island infrastructure challenges. 

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    2. Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

      Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

      Hawaii has long been the U.S. leader in solar energy deployment, despite the fact that the state's renewable energy efforts rarely get national attention. Solar energy, in particular, makes sense in Hawaii because of the state's abundant sunshine and high electricity prices (otherwise utilities burn imported fossil fuels). Even energy storage is an area where Hawaii is charging ahead of most other states. But being a leader isn't enough. We now know that Hawaii will be the first state to take a real crack at being powered 100% renewable energy, something regulators have been pushing for some time. And utility Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) is finally on board with the plan. 

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      Mentions: CA France HI
    3. Microgrids May Finally Have Their Day in the Sun

      Microgrids May Finally Have Their Day in the Sun

      Slowly but surely, the renewable energy industry is finding ways to compete with fossil fuels and traditional utilities to serve customers in a cost effective way. One concept driven by renewables, energy storage, and smarter devices is microgrids, which have long been a dream of the advanced energy industry. And they have finally become a viable option for the energy industry, opening up a new growth opportunity. 

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    4. It’s Energy Storage's Time to Shine

      It’s Energy Storage's Time to Shine

      Power storage has been a major topic of discussion within energy industry circles, particularly in connection with renewable energy, as technological advances appear poised to bring with them a new level of innovation. Affordable storage would allow for more renewable power sources on the grid, create a path for customers to leave the grid, and even allow for new innovations around dynamic loads in energy.  

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    5. A Trillion Dollar Renewable Energy Market Might Have Just Opened Up in North America

      A Trillion Dollar Renewable Energy Market Might Have Just Opened Up in North America

      Leaders of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico agreed this week to increase their renewable energy consumption in an effort to get half of North America's energy from renewable sources by 2025. It's a lofty goal, despite assertions that 37% of the region's energy already comes from renewables. But it highlights just how much of a coordinated effort the countries are taking. And it may open a trillion dollar energy market for renewable energy companies. 

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      Mentions: CA NV U.S.
    6. Will SolarCity Become an Energy Storage Power Player?

      Will SolarCity Become an Energy Storage Power Player?

      SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) are natural partners, especially because Elon Musk happens to be the biggest shareholder of both companies. But there's also another natural tie between the companies: SolarCity's effort to democratize energy production has a growing need for Tesla Motors' ability to store energy. And it was recently uncovered by GTM Research that SolarCity has grand plans for Tesla Motors batteries in 2016.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    7. Lockheed Martin Throws Its Hat in the Energy Storage Ring

      Lockheed Martin Throws Its Hat in the Energy Storage Ring

      Energy storage has finally captured the imagination of the energy industry. It could be the industry's next growth segment and make a grid with more variable renewable energy operate efficiently. GTM Research recently concluded that U.S. energy storage grew 243% in 2015 to 112 MW, more than doubling the amount of storage installed. By 2020, they predict the market will be 1.7 GW annually. And now there may be a new entrant into the market.

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      Mentions: Asia U.S. Lockheed
    8. Opinion: A123 Has a Short Circuit

      Opinion: A123 Has a Short Circuit
      It's going to be another disappointing quarter for A123. It revised revenue guidance for the full year to $165 million to $180 million from a previous guidance of $210 million to $225 million. This is a trend for A123, which continues to come up with excuses. The bottom line is that the bet the company made on batteries was probably too big and too early.
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