Big Photo voltaic Energy Increase, Tariffs on Chinese language Electrical Automobiles — Prime Cleantech Tales

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I’ve been touring for summer time trip with the household and skipped per week or two, however right here’s one other roundup of some prime CleanTechnica articles from the previous two weeks. Take pleasure in! And tell us if there are any favorites I missed right here.

The European Union (EU) introduced tariffs on Chinese language electrical automobiles. This isn’t the tip of the story, however it’s an enormous marker and units a value, in the meanwhile, on importing completely different electrical automobiles into the EU that had been produced in China. (I additionally ranted about a number of issues typically missed or assumed on this dialogue, mentioned BYD sponsoring Euro 2024, and my favourite of all, jumped off of a reader remark to spotlight probably massive advantages of the tariffs.)

By the way, talking of Chinese language EVs, we even have a evaluation of the BYD SEALION 06 from Australia and a evaluation of the BYD Tang EV from Russia!

Leaping over to the US, the Tesla Mannequin Y was named the “most American automobile” for the third yr in a row by the American-Made Index, and Tesla had three different automobiles within the prime 10! Nevertheless, the largest shocker for me was the Volkswagen ID.4 getting third place!

Jennifer Sensiba additionally had some fascinating articles on her journey towing 4,000 miles with a Chevy Bolt EUV, together with hitting her stride for some time when EV charging stations had been unfold out completely for her and spending one evening as a local weather disaster refugee.

Leaping to the subject of photo voltaic, there was the California Public Utility Fee’s resolution to throw a wrench in neighborhood solar energy within the state, one thing fairly controversial in a number of methods, as you may see from the feedback below the article along with the article itself.

Demonstrating that solar energy and wind energy are surely now successful extra broadly in the US, 99% of latest energy capability in the US is coming from renewables year-to-date (nearly all of it from photo voltaic, an enormous chunk from wind, after which additionally a bit of bit from hydropower and biomass). Additionally, solar energy handed 100% of California electrical energy demand for a time period earlier this month.

In the meantime, the US vitality storage market grew a whopping 84% within the 1st quarter.

And on the windy facet of issues, two large offshore wind energy hubs are deliberate for NYC.

Extra broadly, wanting throughout the globe, Bernreuter Analysis forecasts that 600–660 gigawatts (GW) of photo voltaic PV energy capability can be put in worldwide in 2024. As one reader identified, that is like including 120 new 1-gigawatt nuclear energy crops — or truly even higher.

On the flip facet of the clear electrical energy transition, the US EIA reported that coal’s capability issue has dropped from 55% to lower than 35% within the PJM area up to now decade.

Concerning EVs once more, the US Treasury introduced that buyers have saved greater than $1 billion in upfront prices from US EV subsidies.

By way of EV gross sales, there’s the same old stream of nice EV gross sales experiences from Maximilian Holland and Jose Pontes. On prime of these experiences, David Waterworth highlights that electrical automobiles have reached 20% of automobile gross sales within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). I additionally revealed my enormous report on tendencies within the US auto trade in Q1 of the previous 5 years, and shared a enjoyable chart exhibiting that a number of main automakers are literally seeing their EV gross sales increase regardless of downturns within the general auto trade and Tesla gross sales shrinking.

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Certain to spice up EV gross sales within the US, or a minimum of Tesla gross sales, the Tesla Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary is now eligible for the complete $7,500 US EV tax credit score.

EVs are nice. Teslas are nice. However the boys at Xcelerate Auto have recognized 5 lies EV fans inform their associates. It’s a superb learn.

Tesla held its annual shareholder assembly. Carolyn Fortuna and I famous some highlights.

And after we discuss Tesla now, we’ve to speak robotaxis. We had three articles simply yesterday diving into completely different parts of Tesla’s focused robotaxi revolution, and one final week concerning one thing Elon Musk mentioned throughout the annual Tesla shareholder assembly. See:

One residence builder is blowing up the warmth pump water heater market within the USA. “Clayton, a number one single-family residence builder, lately made massive environmental information by deciding to transform practically all the 42,000 fashionable manufactured properties it builds yearly to be licensed ENERGY STAR and Zero Vitality Prepared Properties (ZEHR). […] Clayton’s change to ZERH additionally means practically all of its properties now include a warmth pump water heater (HPWH), which seemingly represents the only largest procurement of HPWHs within the historical past of the expertise.”

Tina Casey highlighted Kernza and photo voltaic PV teaming up for an agrivoltaics enhance to some rural areas within the US. In the same vein, Carolyn famous the useful mixture of sheep and photo voltaic.

Tina additionally highlighted a push for extra floating photo voltaic PV at hydropower crops. One other match made in heaven?

Michael Barnard, in the meantime, is delving deeper into every little thing concrete and cement than most of us ever dreamed of studying. Dive in as effectively, however don’t get caught.

VinFast has expanded into the Philippines, additional demonstrating its purpose to turn out to be a world electrical automobile chief.

As predicted, SolarAPP+ has dramatically reduce rooftop photo voltaic allowing prices and timing within the locations the place it’s getting used.

Getting again to EVs, a report out of Norway reveals that petrol gross sales have dropped 8% within the nation yr over yr! That’s what about 90% EV market share of latest automobile gross sales does for you.

And now for the not-so-fun information: a brand new evaluation finds that international heating is trying to have a 6-times-greater financial impression than beforehand estimated.

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