Last week the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that solar power was the largest source of new energy in the world, a first for the technology. At the same time solar and energy storage are proving their mettle in Puerto Rico where multiple companies are bringing energy storage systems and solar power to aid in the recovery efforts. Meanwhile General Motors announced plans to launch a slew of new electric vehicles in the next few years.
First off, IEA announced that more than 74 gigawatts (GWs) of solar power came online throughout the worldin 2016. That’s growth of 50 percent over the previous year and it’s expected to continue growing as the costs of solar energy keep coming down.
In Puerto Rico, multiple companies are pledging support to help rebuild the island and its electric infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Among them, Tesla, sonnen and Sunnova Solar are all sending energy storage systems to Puerto Rico and using solar power to help in emergency and recovery efforts.
It wasn’t all good news for solar power last week, however. Analysis from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) showed that a net-metering cap in Massachusetts is stalling 124 smaller-scale solar projects, comprising 51.2 megawatts worth a total of $78 million. The caps are keeping commercial, industrial, public and community solar projects from being completed.
GM announced that it will rapidly ramp up its stable of electric vehicles. By 2023 it will launch at least 20 new electric vehicles. The company wants to transition to zero-emissions in the coming years.Tweet