- “Solar PV Panels Were 12 Times More Expensive In 2010, 459 Times More Expensive In 1977” • The website PVInsights says the average price for a polycrystalline solar PV module last week was $0.167/watt. That means the price of about $2/watt in 2010 was close to 12 times as high as it is today. And the price in 1977 was $76.67/watt, 459 times as high. [CleanTechnica]
- “California Sets New Record For Land Torched By Wildfires, As 224 People Escape By Air From A ‘Hellish’ Inferno” • This has become the worst year in history for California’s wildfires, in terms of the amount of land scorched, and it’s only September. More than 2,094,955 acres have burned across the state this year, CAL FIRE Captain Richard Cordova said. [CNN]
- “Off-Grid Power Takes Off In Africa” • With its lower costs and improved reliability, Africa’s leaders are learning to love off-grid renewable energy. What used to be seen as an adjunct to large-scale thermal and hydro-based national grid supply is now being recognised as a major weapon in the drive to provide electricity access to all Africans. [African Business Magazine]
- “ESB Puts “Coal Exit Strategy” At Center Of Energy Market Shakeup” • The Energy Security board is calling for feedback what is likely to be the biggest shake up of electricity markets in decades, including asking regulators to actively prepare for the phase out ageing coal and gas generators and establishing two-way electricity markets. [RenewEconomy]
- “Elon Musk Visits With Herbert Diess, Drives An ID.3 During Visit To Germany” • Elon Musk went to Germany to inspect construction of Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory, where he praised the team building the factory for their work. Then he flew to the the Braunschweig to meet with Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess for a two-hour chat. [CleanTechnica]
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