by Nicolas Rinaldi
February 03, 2017

Below are the key takeaways from the week in solar, grid edge, storage and energy and politics news.

Solar News

6 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour
The estimated bill credit that solar customers in Maine will receive by the end of the decade in a new buy-all, sell-all rate structure set to begin on January 1, 2018. The new structure will require solar customers to sell 100 percent of the energy they produce to their utility on one rate, and then buy back 100 percent of the energy they need on another, higher rate. (story)

212 Solar Policy Actions
The number of policy actions taken by U.S. states in 2016, according to NC Clean Energy Technology Center. That represents 37 more actions taken than in 2015. (story)

20%-30% Price Decline
The decline in PV panel prices globally over the past six months. This week on The Interchange, Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann sit down with GTM Research analyst Jade Jones to examine the upstream PV markets. (story)

$250 Million
The one-time investment in Beamreach (formerly Solexel), a panel supplier with a low-weight module and thin-silicon aspirations. This week, the company went under. (story)

Grid Edge News

DistribuTech 2017
Jeff St. John and Julian Spector report back on the wheeling and dealing at this week's DistribuTech trade show and conference in San Diego. (stories)

200,000 Customer Load Profiles
The number of customers in California analyzed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to determine the state's potential to shape, shift, shimmy, or shed load along the grid. Jeff St. John leads us through the report's semantics and findings on demand response in California. (story)

Energy Storage News

70 Megawatts
The cumulative storage capacity brought on-line by Tesla, Greensmith and AES to cover projected energy shortages as a result of the Aliso Canyon gas leak in Southern California. (story)

The estimated annual growth rate to 2025 for energy storage in developing markets, according to a new report from the World Bank Group. (story)

$160 per Kilowatt-Hour DC
The price of Eos' proprietary zinc hybrid cathode battery. Eos is partnering with Siemens to deploy their batteries, add power conversion for DC systems, and borrow from Siemens' project development expertise. (story)

10 Megawatts
The capacity of India's first grid-scale storage project commissioned last month by Tata Power Delhi Distribution. (story)

20" x 10"
The dimensions of JLM Energy's Phazr battery that clips directly onto the back of a solar module, creating an integrated solar-plus-storage product. (story)

Energy & Politics News

100 Days
Julia Pyper's keeping a digest of America’s radical energy policy shift during Trump’s first 100 days. (story)