Stay current: the week’s best solar links


We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current

-The Hawaiian island of Kaua’i moves one step closer to realizing the promise of pairing solar power with energy storage.  A proposed utility-scale project will feed solar-generated electricity into the grid during times of peak demand—even hours after the sun goes down. [Fortune/Katie Fehrenbacher]

-A bipartisan group of 17 U.S. governors pledges to work together to boost the use of renewable energy, encourage clean transportation options, and modernize the electric grid. The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future envisions a strategy to grow the economy while protecting natural resources. [Associated Press/Don Thompson]

-Formula E is billed as the world’s first fully-electric-car racing series. A new video provides an inside look at how these fast, gas-free speedsters get up and go. [The Verge/Sean O’Kane]

-Pakistan continues to suffer an energy crisis, but its parliament has become the first in the world to be powered entirely by the sun, with an array on the parliament house in Islamabad. [PV Magazine]

-Distributed energy technologies, from solar rooftops to smart thermostats, can offer utilities greater reliability, decreased costs, and a host of other benefits. Find out more about why the future looks promising for utilities in a “distributed” world. [GreenTech Media/Glen Mannering, David Groarke and Michael Zhan]

-Yoga has been an integral part of India’s culture for millennia. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the ancient practice is part of a new solar technology training program run by the Delhi government. [The Hindu/Sweta Goswami]

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