by Nicolas Rinaldi
August 26, 2016

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

Solar News

1,670 Solar Customers
The number of customers enrolled in Arizona utility APS' Solar Partner Program (SPP), which launched in 2014. This week, Julia Pyper dives into a report from APS and EPRI to uncover initial results from the program. (story)

1,662 Solar Customers
The number surveyed by NREL for a new report that seeks to understand how to keep solar customers happy. This week, authors of the NREL report detail six ways solar companies can better serve customers and increase referrals. (story)

1.8 Gigawatts
The community solar capacity currently in the interconnection queue across New York state. (story)

Grid Edge News

$10.1 Billion
The size of the global AMI analytics solutions market through 2021, according to a new report from GTM Research. Jeff St. John explains why the market is poised for explosive growth and where the next hot markets will be. (story)

1 Megahertz
The relatively narrow electromagnetic frequency in the Federal Communications Commission's A-Block spectrum that U.S. utilities are looking to tap into in order to link and communicate among grid-edge assets. (story)

$35 Million
The amount that smart thermostat manufacturer ecobee raised in its Series B funding. Amazon's Alexa Fund lead the investment round. (story)

$43.5 Billion
The value of corporate mergers and buyouts of global renewable and regulated utility assets in Q2 2016, according to a new report from Ernst & Young. (story)

180,500 Electric Vehicles
The number of electric vehicles sold globally in the first four months of 2016. (story)

Energy Storage News

2 Megawatts/1 Megawatt-Hour
The storage capacity of Alevo's sulfur-based inorganic lithium-ion electrolyte battery. Alevo is moving closer to its first commercial deployment in Delaware, where it will be used to sell ancillary services into the PJM regulation market. (story)

California will require 11 times the currently mandated capacity of energy storage on the grid by 2030 if the state were to reach 50 percent PV penetration by 2030, according to a new report from NREL. (story)

Other Energy

$0.02 per Kilowatt-Hour
The average price for wind power in the U.S. in 2015. This week on the Interchange podcast, Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann talk with Ryan Wiser of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab about the latest trends in wind. (story)

Also this week, we look at 7 charts from a recent Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report that illustrate explosive growth in the U.S. wind market. (story)

69 Percent
The forecasted LED market share in the U.S. by 2020, according to Goldman Sachs. The growth of LED sales in the U.S. is staggering, considering that it represented just 1% of the market in 2010. (story)

6,000 Gigawatt-Hours
The generation from coal power in Colorado that can be replaced by 2 gigawatts of wind without increasing costs to ratepayers, according to Ron Lehr, former chairman and commissioner of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. (story)

6 Months
Month-over-month, U.S. renewable energy production in 2016 has beat production from the first 6 months in 2015 for the first time, even in the face of declining hydropower generation due to Western drought conditions. (story)