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 global advanced energy economy is larger than the fashion and apparel industry, according to a new report by the Advanced Energy Economy. The report defines “advanced energy” broadly, but clean technologies including solar led the largest market category – electricity generation. [Greentech Media/Katherine Tweed]

-Whole Foods has announced plans to install solar on many of their 400+ stores across the nation. SolarCity, which can deliver solar energy at a discount to current electricity rates, will play a key role – enabling the supermarket chain to lower its energy costs and reduce power price volatility. [Fortune/Katie Fehrenbacher]

-What’s the right price for energy? In a fresh attempt to answer that question, Ian Parry, a leading economist with deep expertise on the topic, has worked with other researchers to quantify the hidden costs of energy in 156 countries. [The Energy Institute at Haas/Lucas Davis]

-In 2015, the U.S. energy storage market had its “best quarter and best year of all time,” according to a new report by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. Projections in the report envision that by 2020 the energy storage market will grow to $2.5 billion and amount to 1.7 gigawatts of capacity. [Utility Dive/Peter Maloney]

-The U.S. Department of Defense has not hesitated to acknowledge the threat to global and national security posed by climate change. But now—for the first time—the Department has added climate change to its official glossary. [Mother Jones/Bryan Schatz]

-Oregon will become the first state to end coal use through legislative action under a bill that will also double the state’s renewable energy target to 50 percent. [Greentech Media/Julia Pyper]

-It could be a whole new spin on renewable energy: A French start-up is hoping to replace standard electric lighting in Paris, on a very small scale to start, with bioluminescent lighting generated by bacteria that glow. Keeping the bacteria alive for more than a few days is among researchers’ challenges. [Mother Nature Network/Bryan Nelson]

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