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Corporate takeover: the end of independence?

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By Andy Colthorpe, Solar Media

The growth potential of energy storage has drawn interest from some of the biggest names in the power business and beyond. With the trend set to continue, Andy Colthorpe explores how three of the recent targets are faring under new ownership.

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