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Articles by Stephen Lacey

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City of Austin gets 1.2GW of solar bids at less than 4c/kWh

City of Austin gets 1.2GW of solar bids at less than 4c/kWh

A lot more cheap solar is coming for Austin, Texas, with the city’s utility getting more than 1,200MW of solar bids at less than 4c/kWh (the cheapest ever).

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Wind and solar will soon become ‘least-cost option almost universally’

Wind and solar will soon become ‘least-cost option almost universally’

The average cost of developing wind projects will fall by 32% and the cost of solar PV projects will fall by 48% by 2040.

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UBS analysts: solar will become the ‘default technology of the future’

UBS analysts: solar will become the ‘default technology of the future’

Within a decade, solar PV could account for 10 percent of electricity supply globally, beating out coal and nuclear as “default” power generation technologies.

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SunPower broadens its commercial reach by offering battery services from Stem

SunPower broadens its commercial reach by offering battery services from Stem

Add another storage partnership to the list as Sunpower and Stem team up.

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PV, batteries and the smart home: Is the solar industry getting ahead of itself?

PV, batteries and the smart home: Is the solar industry getting ahead of itself?

Leading solar companies are moving beyond PV and into battery storage and home energy management. Is the mass market ready?

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As California loses hydro resources to drought, large-scale solar fills in

As California loses hydro resources to drought, large-scale solar fills in

New solar generation made up for four-fifths of California’s lost hydro production in 2014.

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SunEdison CEO talks acquisitions, storage and emerging markets

SunEdison CEO talks acquisitions, storage and emerging markets

The head of the world’s biggest renewable energy developer points to much more activity in battery storage and international markets.

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UK distribution utility makes the business case for battery storage

UK distribution utility makes the business case for battery storage

UK Power Networks reveals the cost of its pilot storage project designed to offset traditional grid hardening.

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Concern about grid defection are overblown, say Moody’s

Concern about grid defection are overblown, say Moody’s

Moody’s downplays threats of grid defection, but their analysis is based on assumption potential defectors will not change the way they consume electricity.

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The top cleantech buzzwords and phrases from 2014

The top cleantech buzzwords and phrases from 2014

None of these will get you points in Scrabble. But they’ll make you sound smarter in conversations about energy.

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Tony Abbott named as one of 5 biggest "clean energy turkeys" of 2014

Tony Abbott named as one of 5 biggest “clean energy turkeys” of 2014

Who’s the biggest turkey of the year? The Top 5 includes Tony Abbott, 60 Minutes, critics of clean energy finance, and utilities resisting the inevitable.