After numerous attempts, a desperate plea from the governor, and some pot-sweeteners to industry, legislators in California finally passed an extension of cap-and-trade to 2030.

It’s a big deal. California is the world’s seventh-largest economy. With Governor Brown vowing to fill in the climate-diplomacy vacuum left by Donald Trump, it would have been a huge setback to let cap-and-trade languish. We'll look at the significance.

Then, can geothermal heating and cooling follow the path of solar? Dandelion, a new startup spun off from Google X, is betting on it.

We'll end with a look at the wave of executive departures from SolarCity's team in the aftermath of the Tesla acquisition.

This podcast is sponsored by Mission Solar Energy, a solar module manufacturer based in San Antonio, Texas. Visit Mission Solar at the upcoming Solar Power International conference at Booth 3975. You can find out more about Mission’s American-made, high-power modules at

Recommended reading:

  • GTM: California's Extension of Cap-and-Trade Provides More Certainty to Cleantech
  • BlogX: Introducing Dandelion
  • GTM: SolarCity Co-Founder Peter Rive Is Leaving Tesla
  • Bloomberg: At Tesla, Departures Mount at a Critical Time