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Australia: Tesla Powerpack Trial on Transgrid Network

June 17th, 2017

Via: Electrek: Now we learn that Tesla has won the latest contract with Transgrid, the company operating the NSW transmission grid, in order to deploy Powerpack stations at several sites across New South Wales. They announced this week that the first installation will be a relatively small 250kW/500KWh Powerpack station at the City of Sydney’s […]

Spectacular Drop in Renewable Energy Costs Leads to Record Global Boost

June 13th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — From Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement: Petrofascism is alive and well in the U.S., but it’s too late to stop solar and wind. Trump’s energy policy is going up against the mathematical certainty that the costs associated with solar and wind energy […]

Chinese Style Internet Censorship… in Britain?

June 10th, 2017

Via: Independent: Theresa May has refused to rule out censoring the internet like China. The prime minister has looked to introduce sweeping and deep changes to the way the internet works, in what she claims is a necessary move to prevent terror. Those have included restricting the kinds of things people can post online and […]

Tesla’s Vice President of Solar Products: Competitors Are, “Kind of Fucked”

June 7th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — The quote in the title is referring to Tesla’s new solar roofing products, but as someone who sells more conventional solar products, the same can be said about the storage sector. I recently wrote: The storage industry needs to deal with the Tesla reality and […]

Firm Thinks Solar Will Attract More Investment Funds Than Coal, Gas and Nuclear Combined in 2017

May 16th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: PV Magazine: A new report by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan projects that in 2017 solar PV will attract more investment than coal, gas and nuclear power combined. The report, titled the Global Power Industry Outlook 2017, examines power market trends, including investment and […]

The Boring Company: Tunnel Boring Machine Assembly Underway in Los Angeles

May 12th, 2017

Even now, even as the machine is being assembled, I still keep asking myself, “Is this really going to happen?” Via: Electrek: Even though Elon Musk described his new Boring Company as “a few engineers and interns”, it seems to be moving incredibly fast. They took delivery of their first boring machine last month and […]


May 10th, 2017

The power isn’t out for us yet, but it will be. See you on the other side.

Power Outages in San Francisco, New York, and LA

April 22nd, 2017

Via: Inverse: A series of power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City on Friday left people across the country struggling to complete their morning commutes. There is currently no evidence to suggest that this is more than just a coincidence, despite worries about some sort of cyber attack. New York City […]

World’s Largest Solar+Battery Project Announced in South Australia

April 11th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Electrek: A new project put in motion in South Australia in order to help with the region’s energy problems is likely to become the largest solar plus battery project in the world. Lyon Group, an energy company backed by Mitsubishi, Blackstone and Magnetar Capital, has […]

A Simple Command Allows the CIA to Commandeer 318 Models of Cisco Switches

March 21st, 2017

Via: Ars Technica: Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix. Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed […]

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