California’s goal to increase the use of energy storage to complement solar energy generation will open up a new battle ground between utilities and renewable energy proponents. That tension is ... more 
California’s goal to increase the use of energy storage to complement solar energy generation will open up a new battle ground between utilities and renewable energy proponents. That tension is already present even though the state is just gearing up to be what its policy makers hope will be a testing ground and booming market for innovative storage technologies. Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, spoke at a panel discussion hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. When he talked about how long it took a local utility to approve the grid connection of battery systems his company had installed, Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors responded, “The average wait is eight months? That’s crazy.” less 
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