- The Hawaiian island of Kauai is now home to the largest integrated solar and battery facility in the world. The 52-MWh Tesla Powerpack plus SolarCity solar farm is the first utility scale solar-plus-battery storage system of its kind. It will bring Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s renewable energy generation to more than 40%. [Thegardenisland.com]
- After a series of blackouts in South Australia, Elon Musk said Tesla can help solve the state’s power crisis within 100 days. Asked on Twitter how serious he was about the offer, Mr Musk responded, “Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” [BBC News]
- EPA chief Scott Pruitt has said he “would not agree” carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. He told CNBC that measuring human impact on the climate was “very challenging” and there was “tremendous disagreement” about the issue, contradicting his own agency’s findings on greenhouse gas emissions. [BBC News]
- Vermont state regulators have proposed new sound limits for wind turbines. Some renewable energy proponents say they would effectively ban most new wind turbines and may preventing the state from reaching its renewable energy goals. The rules say turbines could produce no more than 35 decibels at night, measured outside nearby homes. [vtdigger.org]
- According to new figures published today by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the US solar market installed a total of 14,762 MW of solar PV in 2016, nearly doubling the 7,501 MW installed in 2015. This set the stage for what analysts expect could be a tripling over the next five years. [CleanTechnica]
- The US will meet its climate agreement goals, UN special envoy for climate change Michael Bloomberg said in Paris. President Trump’s team is reportedly divided over whether the US should withdraw from the Paris climate accord, negotiated under Barack Obama. Bloomberg said he hopes Trump will be a leader on the issue. [Rappler]
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