This week’s trending solar stories—May 19th, 2017

Solar roof won’t save Tesla’s Solar Business. It’s smarter to invest in India. Former SolarCity CEO will leave Tesla. GOP senators warn Trump.


Forbes

Elon Musk’s New Solar Roof Won’t Save Tesla’s Solar Business
Step right up! Elon Musk will now take your order for a beautiful new solar-powered roof made out of glass tiles embedded with photovoltaic cells. The prettiest ones look like pieces of “French slate,” which is what Musk has on his house. If you’re a rich, green person who’s always wanted solar panels, but your homeowners’ association doesn’t like those unsightly, clunky things, then hey you’re in luck!

QZ

It’s smarter to invest in renewable energy in India than the US
India has zoomed past the US to take the second spot on a list of the world’s most attractive renewable energy markets.

In their annual ranking of the world’s top 40 markets for investing into renewable energy, consultancy firm EY named China (pdf) the world’s most attractive renewables market for 2017, followed by India. The US, which held the top rank last year fell to third, mostly due to a shift in domestic energy policy under president Donald Trump.

Venture Beat

Former SolarCity CEO will leave Tesla
SolarCity founder Lyndon Rive, who steered the dramatic growth of the biggest U.S. residential solar company before driving its sale to Tesla, is leaving the electric vehicle maker in June, he said on Monday. In an interview, the former SolarCity chief executive said he wanted to start a new company next year and spend more time with his family. Rive had been serving as head of sales and services for Tesla’s energy division since last year. Rive’s responsibilities will be distributed among Tesla leadership, Tesla said.

Think Progress

6 GOP senators warn Trump not to gut funding for science, clean energy research
The Trump administration’s attacks on federal science and energy programs are grabbing the attention of a growing number of Republicans who believe government-sponsored research and development delivers important benefits to the American people. A group of six prominent Republican senators wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to continue to invest in several Department of Energy research and development programs, including the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.



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