The top 10 articles.

This was an extraordinary year for clean energy, in general, and for the solar industry in particular. I mean, we have everything from Canadian politics, big Tesla news, California making waves with its solar mandate and virtual power plant announcements.

It would have been challenging for us to select which articles to add to the “most popular list” but fortunately enough, our popular article tracking software did the job for us.

So here we go:

10. Effects of underwhelming investments in renewables by Trudeau’s Liberals
The lack of direct investments in renewables from the Liberals has allowed for a substantial cool-off in private investments—this has set in motion a chain of events with dire consequences on the market.

09. People say Tesla is going bankrupt. That’s fake news—and I’ll explain why
We all know TSLA is the most shorted stock—that is just business. But what I don’t understand is why so many people like to “hate” the company; or spread “fake news” that Tesla is going bankrupt.

08. Electric vehicle owners may soon get a full charge in the time it takes to grab coffee
Researchers demonstrated they can charge an electric vehicle in ten minutes for a 200 to 300-mile range. They had previously developed their battery to charge at 50 degrees F in 15 minutes. “Fast charging is the key to enabling the widespread introduction of electric vehicles,” the researchers say.

07. Tesla unveils version 3 of the solar roof tiles—says its cheaper and easier to install
Tesla says new solar roof tiles cost less than a new roof with solar panels, aims for install at the rate of 1K per week.

06. The Benefits of floating solar panels
Floating solar panels are bound to pique the interest of anyone concerned about renewable energy.

05. Weed company in Alberta unveils Canada’s largest rooftop solar installation
The 1,830-kilowatt solar array—made up of 4,574 panels—will offset more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

04. U.S. renewable energy generating capacity to grow by 47 gigawatts—FERC data
No new coal capacity; net reduction in fossil fuels; significant decline for nuclear power. Plus net new wind and solar capacity more than double that of natural gas.

03. Tesla slashes solar panel pricing by more than 38 percent in an attempt to revive sales
In a bid to regain its status, which it lost last year as the #1 rooftop solar company in the U.S., Tesla is cutting prices of its solar panels by as much as 38 percent below the national average.

02. The saga of the White House solar panels—A solar story
Did you know that solar panels were once installed on the White House roof? Then they were removed. Then put back again?

Notable Mention: Don’t blame solar power for high hydro costs in Ontario
The attack on solar energy impacting high hydro costs or Ontario’s electricity costs has been relentless by some media outlets. But do they have a point?

01. How Los Angeles could create the largest “virtual power plant” in the U.S.
By linking homes equipped with solar panels and batteries together, into one system, Los Angeles could create the largest “virtual power plant” with the capability of retiring coal-fired plants.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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