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Articles by Stephen Lacey

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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.

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US city passes law making solar 'default’ generation resource

US city passes law making solar ‘default’ generation resource

Austin Energy’s recent 5-cent solar contract was a big deal. Now it makes solar “default” generation to hedge against rising fossil fuel costs.

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Can new small wind companies duplicate success of solar industry?

Can new small wind companies duplicate success of solar industry?

While solar has exploded in the U.S., small wind has struggled to grow. Two startups are hoping to change that.

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Why utilities should give up operational control of distribution grid

Why utilities should give up operational control of distribution grid

Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough?

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Morgan Stanley: fixed charges on solar may cause ‘tipping point’ for grid defection

Morgan Stanley: fixed charges on solar may cause ‘tipping point’ for grid defection

Could adding fixed grid charges to the bills of solar customers encourage more people to ditch their utility?

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Utility industry wants to promote EVs to ‘remain viable’

Utility industry wants to promote EVs to ‘remain viable’

Facing flat or declining electricity sales, electric vehicles are a path to growth for power companies.

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Arizona public service enters the rooftop solar business

Arizona public service enters the rooftop solar business

After a long fight with the solar industry, APS now wants to get into the solar business itself. Industry reactions are mixed.

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Here’s what utilities really think about microgrids

Here’s what utilities really think about microgrids

If utilities can fully or partially own microgrids, they might be more interested in seeing the market succeed.