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Solar storage technology is having its time in the sun

The new mass battery storage for electricity from a solar field is located in a former airplane hangar at the airfield in Neuhardenberg, Germany, 05 July 2016.
A battery storage facility for electricity generated from a solar field in Neuhardenberg, Germany. Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Hawaiian Electric Company just submitted to state regulators seven massive new solar-plus-storage contracts. If built, these would add more than 260 megawatts of solar and, more significantly, over 1,000 megawatt-hours of storage to the Hawaiian grid — more than the total cumulative amount of energy storage deployed across the U.S. between 2013 and 2017.

Why it matters: Solar plus storage is having a breakout moment. The technology allows the power generated by intermittent renewables to be better matched to times when the grid needs it most, which is critical for clean energy growth to continue. It also means that renewables may come to compete more directly with natural gas in some markets, rather than requiring more gas to balance their intermittency, as has been the case so far.

Puerto Rico demands clarity from Trump on whether he'll redirect emergency funding for wall

Ricardo Rossello in TV interview.
Ricardo Rossello. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Friday asked President Trump to clarify reports that he could declare a national emergency and redirect funds from natural disaster aid for Puerto Rico, California, and Texas in order to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

What he's saying: "No wall should be funded on the pain and suffering of US citizens who have endured tragedy and loss through a natural disaster ... Since the reports are coming from unidentified sources, [Trump] should explicitly state what his intent is."

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