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Articles by Stephen Lacey

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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.

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It was $40b cheaper to install solar in 2013 than in 2012

It was $40b cheaper to install solar in 2013 than in 2012

Global climate finance levels are dropping—largely because the cost of solar has fallen so quickly.

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Solar project costs down to 6.5c/kWh in Georgia, US

Solar project costs down to 6.5c/kWh in Georgia, US

The average utility-scale solar bid for power-purchase agreements for a solr project in the US state of Georgia averaged at 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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Another giga factory underway as SolarCity chooses NY for $5bn solar plant

Another giga factory underway as SolarCity chooses NY for $5bn solar plant

SolarCity strikes a deal with New York for solar manufacturing plant. The projected economic boost is good news today. Will it continue into the future?

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New solar capacity beats natural gas in US in first half of 2014

New solar capacity beats natural gas in US in first half of 2014

But EIA data is leaving out a critical piece of solar: distributed generation.