by Nicolas Rinaldi
January 06, 2017

Below are the key takeaways from the week in electric vehicles, solar, grid edge, and other energy news.

Electric Vehicle News

The type of battery cells (21 millimeters in diameter and 70 mm in length) that Tesla and Panasonic announced they are now manufacturing at Tesla's Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada. Katie Fehrenbacher reported on the announcement this week from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Panasonic presented. (story)

378 Miles
The range of Faraday Future's FF 91, an all-electric vehicle the company debuted this week at CES in Las Vegas. That's more than enough range to get you from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, San Diego or Phoenix, but not quite enough to get to Sparks. (story)

The years that bookend the so-called "millennial" generation, a generation often derided by those who came before -- and much coveted by those pushing products. This week, Fiat Chrysler uncovered its plan to attract millennials with the unveiling of the Portal, an electric, connected minivan at CES. (story)

$140 Million
The Series E investment round for electric bus maker Proterra. The company will use the money to help scale production to capture a greater share of the U.S. bus market. (story)

Solar News

$357 Million
The value of Sungevity's proposed reverse merger deal with Easterly Acquisition Corp. The deal fell through this week, which leaves Eric Wesoff wondering how long it will be before Sungevity's bank account bottoms out. (story)

$40 Million
The investment in concentrating PV startup Semprius since the company's founding. This week, Eric Wesoff looks at the market pressures facing Semprius and asks if time is running out for one of the last remaining CPV players. (story)

7 Trends in PV O&M and Asset Management
From energy trading to cybersecurity, GTM Research looks at the global trends in the management of operational utility-scale PV assets. (story)

2 Industry Associations
This week, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Energy Finance Association announced the two organizations are merging. (story)

Grid Edge News

$35 Million
The amount that renewables IPP Ormat paid to acquire Viridity Energy. The valuation is underwhelming for Viridity, a startup focused on aggregating distributed energy resources into virtual power plants. (story)

1 Laptop
A laptop belonging to Vermont utility Burlington Electric set off an international incident after reports were released indicating that Russian hackers compromised the laptop to hack into the state's power grid. While the reports turned out to be exaggerated, Jeff St. John looks at some of the real cybersecurity threats facing the U.S. power grid. (story)

$10 Million
The value of a new investment in Blue Pillar, a building-to-grid energy startup, to help the company expand its capabilities to integrate PV, batteries, fuel cells and other distributed energy resources into its existing platform. (story)

40 Companies
The number of behind-the-meter storage companies featured in a new infographic from GTM Research that details how these leading players are addressing the market with products and offerings. (story)

Other Energy News

The price of Soraa's new smart LED light bulb that will be available in the U.S. in the spring of 2017. (story)

200 Bills
The number of legislative bills prefiled or introduced in 22 U.S. states that are poised to affect clean energy policy in 2017, according to EQ Research. We take a look at the potential impact of this legislation. (story)