by Nicolas Rinaldi
October 28, 2016

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

Solar News

$168 Million
The amount in stock SolarCity paid to acquire solar cell manufacturer Silevo in 2014. Rumors now suggest that SolarCity will mothball Silevo in favor of incorporating Panasonic solar cells into its upcoming gigafactory in Buffalo. (story)

17 Sessions
The number of sessions GTM Squared live-streamed this week at the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 conference. As a member, you get exclusive access to the video-on-demand. (story)

14 Gigawatts DC
The forecasted solar capacity the U.S. will install in 2016, according to SVP of GTM Research, Shayle Kann. Eric Wesoff highlights that and more from Kann's keynote at U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016. (story)

The year-to-date decline in SunPower's stock price. Stephen Lacey leaves U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 this week asking, "What the hell is going on with plummeting solar stocks?" (story)

2 Types of Republicans
NARUC president Travis Kavulla identifies two types of Republican utility regulators in the U.S. today and their differing reactions to solar energy. (story)

150 Megawatts AC
The capacity of the Mesquite 3 solar project inaugurated earlier this month by the U.S. Navy. This week, Julian Spector looks at how the Navy is adopting clean energy as a means to fulfill its larger mission. (story)

20 Million Lights
The number of traditional lighting sources, primarily kerosene lanterns, that have been eliminated by solar LEDs globally, according to the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and International Finance Corporation. (story)

$29 per Megawatt
A recent bid price for solar projects in Latin America. This week, we take a look at the state of the solar market in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. (story)

Grid Edge News

50 Megawatts
The fuel cell capacity that PowerSecure has contracted to acquire from Bloom Energy. PowerSecure will offer the fuel cells to C&I customers and sell the power they generate under long-term PPAs. (story)

3,000 Homes
The number of homes in Swell Energy's 5-megawatt energy storage network for Southern California Edison. This week, Swell launched an all-in-one system with zero-down financing that will play a pivotal role in delivering on its SCE contract. (story)

70 Million
The forecasted number of smart meters that will be deployed in the U.S. by the end of 2016, according to the Edison Foundation. (story)

8 Kilowatt-Hour Battery
The capacity of the battery in the Mercedes S550e plug-in hybrid. Starting in 2018, Mercedes will offer wireless charging for the S550e. (story)

8 Minutes
The average time customers in the U.S. interact with their utility online over the course of the year as opposed to 11 minutes over the phone. (story)

$6.7 Million
The latest investment round for Verdigris that will fund the company's super-high-frequency disaggregation solution. (story)

Other Energy News

1,200 Emails
The number of times "climate change" is mentioned in the emails of John Podesta (chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign) hacked by WikiLeaks. (story)

825 Gigawatts
Forecasted renewables capacity growth globally between 2015 and 2021, according to a new report released this week by the International Energy Agency. (story)

$50 Billion
The amount of green bonds sold in the first seven months of 2016 to finance environmentally focused projects, more than the $42 billion sold in all of 2015. (story)