There were a couple of bits of interesting solar news this week. First was the fact that the U.S. solar market is looking like it’s in surprisingly good shape, partially because a lot of projects have been pushed forward to meet requirements for subsidies. But part of the reason is the declining cost of solar panels along with the coming introduction of peak power pricing in places like California, which could prompt businesses to go for distributed rooftop solar installations. The other bit of news I liked was that battery maker Saft now has a battery to hook into a rooftop solar system to provide energy for the times when the sun isn’t shining. Pairing energy storage with solar is a key part of being energy independent from the grid, and this is another small step toward that ideal.