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  • Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation
    on 21st March 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah.&nbs […]

  • IREC Revamps Solar Review And Inspection Guidelines
    by Betsy Lillian on 21st March 2018 at 4:01 pm

    The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has released newly updated guidelines to help local jurisdictions improve the solar plan review and field inspection process. The checklists – which can be tailored for local and state code requirements while meeting national best practices – can be used by plan reviewers, inspectors and installers, says IREC. IREC’s expanded […] The post IREC Revamps Solar Review And Inspection Guidelines appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • The Future of Solar Energy According to Tesla
    by SolarFeeds Guest on 21st March 2018 at 3:15 am

    The game-changer for clean energy (also known as Tesla – Elon Musk’s Company) is making waves in the industry of solar energy ever since they decided to make it their business. In true Elon Musk fashion, he decided to get Tesla involved in the niche of solar energy in 2016 when he let the world... […]

  • How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel- or Gas-Fired Generators are Bringing Firm Power to the Most Remote Locations on Earth
    on 20th March 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond.&nbs […]

  • Arkansas Electric Cooperative Signs Solar PPA With RES
    by Betsy Lillian on 20th March 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) of Little Rock has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) to purchase up to 100 MW AC of energy that will be produced by an 800-acre solar farm near Crossett, Ark., in 2021. RES developed Crossett Solar and will also construct the […] The post Arkansas Electric Cooperative Signs Solar PPA With RES appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Eight Solar And Storage Trends To Keep An Eye On
    by Betsy Lillian on 20th March 2018 at 2:54 pm

    With the global solar industry expected to reach 100 GW this year, following nearly 20% year-over-year growth in annual installations in 2017, IHS Markit has identified eight solar and energy storage market trends to watch. “Solar Energy and Storage Trends,” a new white paper from IHS Markit, identifies the following significant trends with the most […] The post Eight Solar And Storage Trends To Keep An Eye On appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Simulation-Based Solar Training Program Launches
    by Betsy Lillian on 20th March 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Interplay Learning, an Austin, Texas-based software company, has launched a new solar training program powered by virtual reality (VR) and online simulation-based learning. Developed in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the program interconnects online 3D and VR simulations, video training, procedure guides, and in-the-field apps to rapidly advance technical skills for EPCs, […] The post Simulation-Based Solar Training Program Launches appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • UH Maui College To Be 100% Powered By Solar-Plus-Storage
    by Betsy Lillian on 19th March 2018 at 8:21 pm

    The University of Hawaii (UH) has announced that its Maui College campus will soon generate 100% of its energy from on-site solar photovoltaic systems coupled with battery storage. The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also allow four UH community college campuses on Oahu to significantly reduce […] The post UH Maui College To Be 100% Powered By Solar-Plus-Storage appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • CT Governor’s Legislation: Detrimental Or Helpful To Solar?
    by Betsy Lillian on 19th March 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Editor’s note: This article was updated on March 20 to include testimonies on S.B.9. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, D-Conn., and Rob Klee, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), are advocating for the passage of the Malloy administration’s environmental protection and resiliency bill, as well as the governor’s energy bill, both of which […] The post CT Governor’s Legislation: Detrimental Or Helpful To Solar? appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Five-State Survey Shows Majority Support For 100% Renewables
    by Betsy Lillian on 19th March 2018 at 4:11 pm

    In new state polling conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQR), Americans from five states across the country express strong support for generating 100% of electricity using renewable energy, reports the Sierra Club. The poll, released today by the Sierra Club, surveyed voters in five states: Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania. According to the […] The post Five-State Survey Shows Majority Support For 100% Renewables appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Solar IPP Navisun Scoops Up Massachusetts Project
    by Betsy Lillian on 19th March 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Navisun LLC, a solar independent power producer (IPP), has acquired OSG Solar I LLC, a 2.746 MW DC solar project located in Orange, Mass. Ares Capital Corp. provided financing, which will be used for Navisun develop, construct, acquire, own and operate solar projects in the U.S. “Receiving financing from Ares Capital was a significant milestone for […] The post Solar IPP Navisun Scoops Up Massachusetts Project appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • New Solar Finance Options Will Target 10 GW for African Sahel
    on 19th March 2018 at 3:20 pm

    A partnership between the African Development Bank and International Solar Alliance will create finance instruments for solar deployments in Africa’s Sahel region. […]

  • NEXTracker Delivers Solar Trackers At Massive Scale
    by Betsy Lillian on 19th March 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Fremont, Calif.-based NEXTracker, a Flex company, has delivered 754 MW of solar trackers to the Villanueva solar project in Torreón, Mexico. Enel Green Power selected NEXTracker to supply and install the trackers and piers. As the mounting solution provider on the project, NEXTracker, in turn, subcontracted with Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) to capitalize on Swinerton’s experience […] The post NEXTracker Delivers Solar Trackers At Massive Scale appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Clean Energy Issues Highlight “New Hampshire Energy Week”
    on 16th March 2018 at 4:43 pm

    At a breakfast during “NH Energy Week,” Governor Sununu said that its time to take the politics out of energy. His office is set to release a long-term energy plan in the next few weeks that lays out the direction that the state should be going regarding energy. “What we do today should be different than what we did five years ago,” he said, adding that the “old school” way of pitting renewables against cost-savings is no longer valid. &nbs […]

  • The Global Leader in Pay-As-You-Go Solar Is Downsizing
    on 16th March 2018 at 4:05 pm

    M-Kopa, the Kenyan pay-per-use solar power provider, is downsizing in a bid to improve its competitiveness, ensure long-term sustainability, and increase return for investors. The Nairobi-headquartered company said it laid off more than 150 of its over 1,000 staff members as part of a company-wide restructuring that took place at the end of 2017. […]

  • Natcore Streamlines Process For High-Efficiency, Silver-Less Solar Cells
    by Betsy Lillian on 16th March 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Natcore Technology Inc., a company focused on significantly lowering the costs and improving the power output of solar cells, says it has dramatically streamlined the fabrication method for its Natcore Foil Cell, allowing for even lower-cost production methods. The use of laser processing to create Natcore’s all-back-contact cell structure has been eliminated and replaced by […] The post Natcore Streamlines Process For High-Efficiency, Silver-Less Solar Cells appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • New Board Chairman At American Council on Renewable Energy
    by Betsy Lillian on 15th March 2018 at 7:44 pm

    The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has announced that David Giordano, managing director at BlackRock Alternative Investments, will become chair of the organization’s board of directors at its June board meeting. Giordano succeeds Dan Reicher, executive director of Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, who has served for more than a […] The post New Board Chairman At American Council on Renewable Energy appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Solar Carport To Power Country Club In California Desert
    by Betsy Lillian on 15th March 2018 at 7:11 pm

    K2 Clean Energy Capital LLC, a developer of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, has closed PACE and prepaid power purchase agreement (PPA) financing for a 450 kW, $1.4 million solar PV carport project at the Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The solar system will offset over 70% of Sunrise’s power usage, says […] The post Solar Carport To Power Country Club In California Desert appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • World's Energy Giants Flock to Latin American Renewables Market
    on 15th March 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Latin America’s booming clean energy market is attracting the world’s energy giants, which are driving down prices and squeezing out the little guys. &nbs […]

  • Norway’s Statoil Embraces Broader Energy Future with New Name
    on 15th March 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil yesterday said that it plans to change its name to Equinor to reflect its evolution into a “broad energy company” that will include renewables. […]

  • Efficiency Startup Gets Funding to Cut Energy Use by Buildings
    on 14th March 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Carbon Lighthouse, a San Francisco-based energy-efficiency company, raised $27 million to expand its engineering and marketing efforts. GRC SinoGreen Fund led the oversubscribed funding round and JCI Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and EBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Ulupono Initiative also participated, according to Carbon Lighthouse Chief Executive Officer Brenden Millstein. Other investors included Ekistic Ventures, Tom Steyer’s Radicle Impact Partners, former General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Steve Girsky and Tesla Inc. Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey B Straubel. […]

  • Egypt Brings Online First Plant in 1.8-GW Solar Park
    on 14th March 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Egypt inaugurated the first solar power plant at a remote desert complex where the government plans to generate as much as 1.8 GW from the sun, cutting the most populous Arab nation’s reliance on dirty and expensive fossil fuels. […]

  • A Global Game Changer for Energy Efficiency Investments
    on 14th March 2018 at 1:23 pm

    A new underwriting and risk assessment standard could help scale up this $1 trillion global market. […]

  • Solar PV in China Looks Promising for 2018
    on 13th March 2018 at 4:26 pm

    China's solar PV market experienced rapid growth during the first three quarters of 2017, adding 43 GW in new PV installations, according to data released by the National Energy Administration of China.&nbs […]

  • Jordan Selects Finalists to Bid for 300 MW of Solar, Wind Power
    on 12th March 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Jordan selected 45 companies including France’s Total SA and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power as finalists to bid for six solar and wind energy power plants with total capacity of 300 megawatts of power. […]

  • China’s Solar PV Module Exports Reached 37.9 GW in 2017
    on 12th March 2018 at 1:34 pm

    In 2017, newly installed PV capacity worldwide reached 102 GW, soaring 37 percent from a year earlier, while cumulative installed PV capacity surged 33.7 percent to 405 GW, according to statistics from the China Photovoltaic Industry Association.&nbs […]

  • French President Macron Makes 1 Billion-Euro Commitment to Solar Deployment
    on 12th March 2018 at 11:55 am

    In this minicast, France and India host the founding summit of the International Solar Alliance, and French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s total commitment to solar deployment through 2022 will reach 1 billion euros. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Steel Tariffs, Manufacturing and Why You Should Participate in Conferences
    on 12th March 2018 at 10:00 am

    Today’s topics include U.S. President Trump’s official proclamation that he is imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum and how they will affect all facets of the energy industry, including solar companies. We also touch on the now-becoming-more official JinkoSolar manufacturing plant. There is still no official announcement that they are building something that will manufacture solar modules in the U.S. however JinkoSolar is named in legislation recently filed in the state of Florida that seeks approval for city and state tax incentives. Lastly, we’ll touch on POWER-GEN 2018 and why you should get involved right now. […]

  • POWER-GEN Needs You: Submit an Abstract Today
    on 9th March 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Have a listen to this one-minute video that explains all of the new tracks and session types we’ve added to POWER-GEN 2018 and then submit an abstract to speak at the show today. Time is running out – the final deadline is March 16, 2018. &nbs […]

  • Sunrun Seeks $500 Million for Rooftop Solar Growth
    on 9th March 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company, is seeking about $500 million to fund more rooftop-power systems, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. […]

  • Can This Airport Help Pave the Way for Microgrid Success in California?
    on 9th March 2018 at 12:55 pm

    California is hoping that lessons learned from a new microgrid project at Humboldt County’s regional airport will help create a road map for microgrid integration in the state. […]

  • Opening the Electricity Market to Competition a Win for Renewables, and Ratepayers
    on 8th March 2018 at 3:43 pm

    The price of electricity has been regulated for so long that price regulation is widely considered proper and necessary. The reality is that rate regulation was needed only to enable utilities to raise investment capital for building large central power plants and transmission lines.&nbs […]

  • International Solar Alliance Organizing $1Trillion in Funding for Solar Projects
    on 8th March 2018 at 3:24 pm

    A global coalition aimed at supporting the use of solar power is expected to announce a slew of projects worth about $700 million during its inaugural conference this weekend in New Delhi, according to government officials familiar with the matter. The International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015, plans to unveil 20 projects in as many countries during the event on March 11, said the officials, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public yet. The event will be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the countries behind the ISA’s creation, as well as four prime ministers, 19 presidents and 17 ministers, the people said. The ISA aims to organize $1 trillion in low-cost financing for solar energy projects by 2030 in sunlight-rich but power-poor countries located around the equator. At least 26 nations, including Australia, Bangladesh and Peru, have ratified its framework agreement, according to the event’s website. Nine multilateral development banks, including the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, will also attend the conference and are in talks to support the ISA, the people said. The coalition seeks to support programs including solar power for agriculture use, affordable financing, mini grids, rooftop installations and electric vehicle and storage initiatives, according to a statement from the Indian government in December when the ISA became a treaty-based, inter-governmental organization. Lead image: Solar on Ascension Island. Credit: Pixabay.&nbs […]

  • India Has a New Secret Weapon for its 100-GW Solar Goal
    on 8th March 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Rakshith Kunder is adding more solar panels to the roofs of his warehouses. He isn’t seeking to save the planet, it’s pure economics. […]

  • Could Solar Cells Produce Energy from the Rain?
    on 8th March 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Researchers from across several organizations have come together to find a simple way for solar plants to harness the power of both the sun and rain. […]

  • Australians Put About 1 GW of Solar on Their Roofs Last Year
    on 7th March 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Australian homeowners and businesses installed 1.1 GW of solar PV last year, mostly for rooftop solar, according to the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data released yesterday. […]

  • Wind and Solar Industries Weigh in on Proposed Steel Tariffs
    on 7th March 2018 at 3:43 pm

    About a week ago, U.S. President Trump released news that he was planning to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum under a rarely used trade law called Section 232, which allows a U.S. President to impose tariffs on imported goods that threaten national security. &nbs […]

  • Utilities Plot Their Digital Future
    on 6th March 2018 at 5:06 pm

    In December, 20 months into the top job at Germany’s Innogy AG, Peter Terium unveiled a 3 billion-euro plan to transform the utility into a provider of electric car technology, digital networks, and offshore wind farms. His goal, he said, was to become “a trailblazer of change. We do not wait to see what happens. We set trends.” Terium didn’t need to wait long to see what happened. A week later, he was out of a job.&nbs […]

  • Utility-Scale Microgrid Cluster Approved for Chicago
    on 5th March 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by Exelon Corp. subsidiary Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) to build one of the first utility-scale microgrid clusters in the U.S. in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. […]

  • Tax Reform in Iowa Puts Solar Tax Credit in Jeopardy
    on 5th March 2018 at 2:06 pm

    A tax credit that’s helped motivate many fiscally conscious Iowa farmers to install solar panels would see an early demise under a sweeping tax reform bill that cleared a major legislative hurdle last week. […]

  • Solar, Hydro Part of New Private Equity Spending Plan for Africa
    on 5th March 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Denham Capital Management LP, a London-based private equity firm, plans to channel at least $250 million into energy projects in Africa. […]

  • 4 Ways Big Cities Can Achieve 70 Percent Renewables by 2030
    on 5th March 2018 at 12:57 pm

    In this minicast, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group recommends 4 ways cities can navigate the path to a highly electrified, renewables-powered future. […]

  • Why High-Efficiency Solar is Perfect for New England
    on 2nd March 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Steve Rorem lives in Gardner, Massachusetts and heats his house with a heat pump. While a very efficient technology, heat pumps are electricity hogs. That’s why when Rorem started investigating solar and learned how much savings he could realize on his high electric bill, the decision to go solar was an easy one to make. &nbs […]

  • Coal Stacks Felled to Make Way for Solar in Ontario
    on 2nd March 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Ontario Power Generation (OPG) this week said it demolished the smoke stacks of the former coal-fired generating station in Nanticoke, Ontario, to make way for the Nanticoke solar project. &nbs […]

  • Microsoft Taps Singapore Rooftops to Power Datacenters with Solar
    on 1st March 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. today said it will buy the output of a 60-MWp portfolio of rooftop solar installations in Singapore to power its datacenters. […]

  • Another US Solar Company Seeks Exemption From Trump's Tariff
    on 1st March 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Enphase Energy Inc. doesn’t make solar panels, but it’s still seeking an exemption from tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump. […]

  • Why a Misuse of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 Could Lead to Higher Costs for US Solar Projects
    on 27th February 2018 at 7:34 pm

    In April 2017, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, began an investigation into steel and aluminum imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion act of 1962. Ross made a variety of tariff recommendations to Mr. Trump including 24 percent tariffs on steel imports from all countries, 53 percent tariffs on steel imports from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam or cuts in imports of 37 percent from all countries. […]

  • The Energy Efficiency Olympics – Who’s Taking Home Gold, Silver and Bronze?
    on 26th February 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Consumers who monitor energy use quantitatively and seek out new approaches and solutions can reduce energy spend reliably. And with the data generated by smart meters, many utilities today are using advanced customer intelligence to help their customers become smarter and more energy efficient. This got us thinking – if energy efficiency were an Olympic sport, which buildings would end up on the podium? &nbs […]

  • Solar-plus-Storage Helps Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices
    on 26th February 2018 at 4:55 pm

    A new solar-plus-storage project in Kauai, Hawaii, will provide power at 11 cents per kWh and help the island’s utility avoid the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually. […]

  • How Mastercard Is Powering Solar Payments in Africa
    on 26th February 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Mastercard continues to expand its digital payments capabilities far beyond the credit card. At Mobile World Congress, the company announced that its Masterpass Quick Response (QR) technology will underpin pay-as-you-go plans for solar panels in East Africa. The credit card processing and payments giant is partnering with Kenyan solar energy company M-KOPA, which supplies power to 3 million people. […]

  • Billions Still Being Funneled into Carbon-Based Energy, Climate-Denier Policies
    on 26th February 2018 at 1:13 pm

    In this minicast, new reports show that the world’s biggest banks are still investing billions in fossil-fuel technologies and U.S. energy firms are aggressively funding climate-denier policy. […]

  • Are There New Tariff Shocks Coming Soon for Solar?
    on 23rd February 2018 at 8:04 pm

    As the solar industry works to adjust to solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells, the industry must now consider other possible new tariffs that could affect solar’s supply side. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of Blockchain: Where Cryptotech Fits for Renewables Today and into the Future
    on 23rd February 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Businesses are asking how much attention they should be paying to blockchain now and what the opportunities are for this crypto-technology in the future. In this podcast episode, Dan Wellers, Global Lead for Digital Futures for SAP, ventures into the coming possibilities of blockchain for renewables and the entire energy value chain. […]

  • Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace Community Solar
    on 22nd February 2018 at 2:22 pm

    The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop or roll out offerings. […]

  • Sonnen Turns to South Australia for Solar Storage Manufacturing
    on 22nd February 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Leading global battery and solar energy company Sonnen will move its Australian headquarters from Sydney to Adelaide where it will also establish a manufacturing hub. […]

  • 24 UK Solar Plants Fetch $267 Million in Asset Sale
    on 22nd February 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Canadian Solar Inc. today said that it has sold a 142-MWp solar portfolio in the U.K. to London-based asset manager Greencoat Capital LLP in an asset sale worth about US$267.7 million. […]

  • Europe Can Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030, IRENA Says
    on 21st February 2018 at 5:34 pm

    The European Union can boost the share of renewables to 34 percent of its energy mix by 2030, triggering hundreds of billions euros in investment and accelerating reduction of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. […]

  • How to Make Corporate Sustainability a Priority
    on 20th February 2018 at 7:33 pm

    The attitude towards corporate sustainability is shifting. What once started as “greenwashing” annual reports, is increasingly framing and shaping operating models, business processes, and even core products — sometimes driving the enterprise to new markets with unexplored opportunities. […]

  • Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid for Solar-plus-Storage
    on 19th February 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Classrooms at the SU Matrullas school in Orocovis are now entirely powered by solar panels and battery storage systems supplied by Sonnen GmbH and local developer Pura Energia.&nbs […]

  • Patagonia Takes Corporate Giving to the Next Level for Climate Action
    on 19th February 2018 at 1:27 pm

    In this minicast, Patagonia launches an online platform in support of local action on climate change and visits one of the greenest U.S. cities to help introduce the new platform, called Action Works. […]

  • Solar Powered Cold Storage Could Provide Relief During Humanitarian and Natural Disasters
    on 16th February 2018 at 8:18 pm

    A 50-year old company has a solution to provide clean drinking water and power for regions that were hard-hit by the hurricanes last fall. Aldelano Solar Cold Chain solutions is providing off-grid refrigeration, water generation and power generation equipment to Antiqua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands. &nbs […]

  • Europe Goes Big on Solar; 8.6 GW Installed in 2017
    on 16th February 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Early estimates from SolarPower Europe show that Europe installed about 8.6 GW of solar power systems in 2017, a 28 percent increase over systems installed in 2016. […]

  • Southeast Asia’s Coming Solar Boom
    on 16th February 2018 at 3:34 pm

    2018 should be the year that Southeast Asian solar hits its stride. That was the clear headline from the 35th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Ministers on Energy Meeting: “ASEAN calls for energy investment.” At the opening of the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) towards the end of last year, Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi called on energy investors and policy officials to find new ways to meet the region’s monstrous energy needs. &nbs […]

  • Opportunities Grow for Renewables in 2018, From Pricing to Packaging
    on 15th February 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Renewable energy market momentum will continue into 2018, even if the policy needle continues to flutter in the months ahead. As utilities and clean energy firms will tell you, the world doesn’t wait for policy certainty. Consider this: emissions from power plants in 2017 are on track to be less than those from transportation for the first time in 40 years. Opportunities abound. […]

  • 2018 Renewable Outlook Stable: Renewables Can Now Self-Sustain
    on 15th February 2018 at 9:16 pm

    With renewable energy undoubtedly entrenching itself as a global industry over the last decade, what will the next 10 years bring? The short answer is “more growth” and notably, “self-sustaining growth.” As the market evolves, growth will this time be supported by advancements in battery storage technology. While developing markets will see demand for power continue to grow, the same trend will likely flatten out for developed markets, though the expected roll-out of electric vehicles could add to demand. […]

  • FERC Removes Energy Market Barriers for Energy Storage; Will Study Aggregated DERs Next
    on 15th February 2018 at 5:08 pm

    On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the governing body that oversees the electric power grid in the U.S., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new rule that would remove the market barriers that now prevent energy storage from participating in the wholesale energy markets, aka, the bulk power grid. &nbs […]

  • Unpacking the Value Stack: The 2018 Challenge Facing the Energy Storage Industry
    on 13th February 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Even though energy storage was one of the hottest topics in 2017, the industry has a long way to go before utilities recognize (and compensate) storage assets for all of the benefits they can offer.&nbs […]

  • Legal Pushback Takes Shape on Trump’s Solar Tariffs
    on 13th February 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Countries and entities negatively affected by solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells are beginning to seek redress — with the latest action taking the form of a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade. […]

  • How One Florida Utility Will Use Storage to Capture 'Lost' Solar
    on 13th February 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Florida Power & Light last week said that it has installed a battery system at its Citrus Solar Energy Center that will allow the utility to get more energy from solar panels at the project. […]

  • Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas
    on 13th February 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. […]

  • Connecting to the Cloud Will Revolutionize Off-Grid Solar
    on 12th February 2018 at 7:19 pm

    By connecting off-grid solar-powered systems to the cloud, a city or utility official can monitor, control and manage street lights, telecom systems, security cameras, and other critical infrastructure from a smartphone — anywhere, anytime.&nbs […]

  • Modernizing Rooftop Solar with Tandem Solar Panels
    on 12th February 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Did you know there are alternatives to standard silicon solar panels? Or that someday soon, you might be able install a solar panel that is 50 percent more efficient than the average silicon PV solar panel? […]

  • Environment Not a Winner in Trump’s New Infrastructure Plan
    on 12th February 2018 at 4:50 pm

    A new infrastructure rebuilding plan released this morning by the Trump Administration puts current environmental safeguards in serious jeopardy, but it is not entirely without inroads for support of clean energy. […]

  • Robust Market Conditions Support 10-MW Solar Asset Sale in US
    on 12th February 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. has purchased six operational solar facilities in California and Colorado with a total generating capacity of 10 MW. […]

  • How Important Is City Leadership to the Paris Agreement?
    on 12th February 2018 at 1:09 pm

    In this minicast, local and regional governments call for global conversation on urban planning for climate change, and the European Commission releases the biggest database on cities ever published. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: The Trump Effect on Manufacturing, Jobs, Solar R&D
    on 12th February 2018 at 11:00 am

    Today’s topics include how the Trump administration is affecting solar manufacturing in the United States – Will the 30 percent solar tariffs drive it up? We’ll also look at the recently released solar jobs census, which shows a drop in solar employment numbers for the first time in seven years. Is Trump to blame? Lastly, we’ll look at the proposed budget for the U.S. government. &nbs […]

  • Why America’s Tech Talent Should Reconsider Africa
    on 9th February 2018 at 7:19 pm

    With aspects of the Silicon Valley model coming under question, where can the next generation of young, aspiring and talented data scientists, coders and entrepreneurs look to? […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: Inspiring Future Engineers – One Solar Car at a Time
    on 9th February 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Motivating young people to take an interest in renewable energy and engineering is critical to our sustainable, long-term energy future. In this episode, hear how one program provides that inspiration with remote controlled solar cars, with guests Noah Davis, executive director of Solar Rollers, and Jayvin Krzych, a Solar Rollers alumn and engineering student. […]

  • Section 201 Solar Trade Case Killed Jobs Before It Was Even Implemented
    on 9th February 2018 at 4:33 pm

    According to job numbers released this week by The Solar Foundation (TSF), the solar industry employed just about 4 percent less people in 2017 than it did in 2016. The Solar Jobs Census found that 250,271 Americans work in solar as of 2017, representing a 3.8 percent decline, or about 9,800 fewer jobs, since 2016. This is the first year that jobs have decreased since the Solar Jobs Census was first released in 2010.  &nbs […]

  • Creating and Maintaining a Microgrid: Tools to Get You from Concept to Reality to O&M
    on 8th February 2018 at 9:22 pm

    If the energy industry learned anything in 2017, it was that energy systems are highly vulnerable to damage from hurricanes, wild fires and other natural disasters and work should be done to make the world’s electric grids much more resilient.&nbs […]

  • Digitalization Is Revolutionizing the Renewable Energy Sector
    on 8th February 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Renewable energy capacity increases faster than any other technology, as clean energy has never seen such high demand. A decline in investment is not due to a lack of interest, but more significantly, a considerable drop in the costs of green energy technology.&nbs […]

  • World's Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries
    on 8th February 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock. […]

  • Solar PV Market Outlook 2018: Cheaper and Bigger — Continuing to Break Records
    on 7th February 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Top industry experts say that in 2018, high efficiency mono c-Si modules and high-voltage inverters will take more market share, and distributed generation will start to pick up. […]

  • When We Talk about the Future of Renewables, We’re Only Right About Half the Time
    on 7th February 2018 at 6:37 pm

    When I started at Renewable Energy World in the fall of 2007 as a part-time news editor, the year 2020 seemed eons away. At that time, it was easy to write about how much of a particular region’s electricity would be supplied by renewable energy by 2020, because even though the numbers were very small in 2008, with 2020 so far away, predictions seemed easily plausible. […]

  • New Horizons for Renewable Energies in Morocco and Africa
    on 7th February 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Morocco adopted a new energy strategy in 2009 to reduce its dependence on energy from abroad, in addition to the limitation of its greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to the preservation of the environment. […]

  • Rhode Island Prepares for 400-MW Clean Energy Tender; Offshore Wind Welcome
    on 6th February 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo yesterday directed Rhode Island's utilities to issue a procurement for up to 400 MW of clean energy, including offshore and onshore wind, solar and hydro resources. […]

  • Blockchain Energy Venture Gains Utility Partners, Financing
    on 5th February 2018 at 6:34 pm

    A joint venture started by the Rocky Mountain Institute and an Austrian company exploring the potential of blockchain on energy transactions has attracted a new round of partners and financing in the past six months. […]

  • Solar-plus-Storage Goes Community-Scale in Massachusetts
    on 5th February 2018 at 4:26 pm

    A small Massachusetts town already well-known for its solar-plus-storage microgrid, now will get a boost from the installation of a community solar-plus-storage project. […]

  • Tesla Tapped by Australia for Solar-plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant Plan
    on 5th February 2018 at 2:49 pm

    South Australia plans to roll out solar panels and Tesla Inc. batteries to at least 50,000 homes to form what its government says will be the world’s largest virtual power plant. […]

  • Could ‘No Paris, No Trade’ Be the New Global Position on Climate?
    on 5th February 2018 at 1:35 pm

    In this minicast, countries talk Paris Agreement compliance as a cornerstone for trade agreements, and coal’s downtrend makes a visible symbol for addressing climate change. […]

  • Wind, Solar, Biomass Overtake Coal Power in EU for First Time
    on 2nd February 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Power generated by wind, solar and biomass in the European Union overtook coal for the first time in 2017, a report by Germany’s climate lobbyist Agora Energiewende and U.K. think tank Sandbag showed. […]

  • Tesla Expands Solar Product Sales at Home Depot
    on 2nd February 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Tesla Inc. is planning a major expansion of its solar division at Home Depot Inc., embarking on a critical test of the mainstream appeal of its renewable energy products. […]

  • Is There a More Efficient Way to Generate Clean Energy with Concentrating Solar Power?
    on 1st February 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Ali Mani, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, is doing computer simulations to test what could be a more efficient way to use concentrated sunlight as a heat source.&nbs […]

  • White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut to Clean Energy Research
    on 1st February 2018 at 3:08 pm

    The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts in the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. […]

  • Enel Plans Solar, Wind Power Sales to Miner of Cryptocurrency
    on 1st February 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Enel SpA, Europe’s largest utility, is in talks to sell power from wind, solar and other renewable energy plants to the Swiss cryptocurrency company Envion AG, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. […]

  • Maximizing Profit with Software that Optimizes the Stacked Values of Distributed Energy Resources
    on 31st January 2018 at 5:52 pm

    The tools that utilities are using to try to understand the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as batteries and solar PV along their grids was a hot topic in all five sessions in the Energy Storage Track at DistrbuTECH 2018.&nbs […]

  • Trump Mum on Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change
    on 31st January 2018 at 12:36 pm

    In what should have been a surprise to no one, U.S. President Trump, in his State of the Union speech, made no mention of climate change, advanced energy, clean energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency. He mentioned energy in only two sentences during his 80-minute speech, recapping what he views as his accomplishments over the year in office. “We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” he said. […]

  • Solar Tariffs Could Be Driving Up Solar Manufacturing in the United States
    on 30th January 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Yesterday JinkoSolar announced that it had signed an agreement to supply 1.75 GW of high efficiency modules to a U.S. counterparty. The announcement also stated that the company’s board of directors had authorized JinkoSolar to finalize planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S.&nbs […]

  • Trust, Facebook, Renewables and Republicans: Recapping the 2017 Energy Report
    on 30th January 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Fake news, politics and social media impact more than elections. There is no question that the credibility of American institutions and news sources has suffered in the past year, from the combined influence of continued vilification of the media, retracted news stories and the ever-growing use of social media platforms. But by how much?&nbs […]

  • New Jersey Rejoins “RGGI,” the U.S. Northeast Carbon Cap and Trade Program
    on 29th January 2018 at 6:38 pm

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his state is rejoining the multi-state, bipartisan effort to reduce carbon pollution, known as the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI). RGGI launched in 2007 as a partnership of ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Gov. Christie pulled New Jersey out of the multi-state partnership nearly seven years ago. […]

  • Trump’s Solar Tariffs Will Have a Minimal Effect on Residential Solar Panel Costs In 2018
    on 29th January 2018 at 6:29 pm

    The rationale for imposing tariffs is complete bunk. Most, if not all, of government support for the solar industry in China has now been withdrawn. President Trump is pretending to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, though in reality the decision will cost nearly 23,0000 U.S. jobs in the downstream segments of the industry, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). […]

  • Can Mirrors Boost Solar Panel Output — and Help Overcome Trump’s Tariffs?
    on 29th January 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Falling costs for solar power have led to an explosive growth in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar use over the past decade. The levelized cost of solar electricity using imported solar panels — that is, the solar electricity cost measured over the life of the panels – has dropped in cost so much that it is lower than electricity from competing sources like coal in most of America. […]

  • Duke Energy Aiding Solar Expansion in North Carolina
    on 29th January 2018 at 5:19 pm

    So far in January, Duke Energy filed three renewable energy programs with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to expand renewable energy options for its 3.2 million customers in the state. The Solar Rebate, N.C. Shared Solar and Green Source Advantage programs are part of a portfolio of customer offerings the company is proposing as part of the Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – sometimes referred to as HB 589.&nbs […]

  • New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance
    on 29th January 2018 at 5:13 pm

    While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ­­- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells. […]

  • France Ready to Shutter All Coal Power Stations by 2021
    on 29th January 2018 at 4:28 pm

    France takes a hard stance on coal; Trump talks renegotiation, again; and portal opens for the UNFCCC’s international conversation on climate change. […]

  • Test to Begin for Peer-to-Peer Renewable Energy Transaction Payments
    on 26th January 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Blockchain web services provider BlockCypher said it will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a demonstration project for renewable energy peer-to-peer payments using the open-source cryptocurrency Dash. […]

  • Putting the ‘Farm’ Back in Solar Farms
    on 25th January 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Minnesota will be included in a study to help federal researchers test the potential of pollinator-friendly habitat and fruit and vegetable crops around solar arrays. […]

  • If You Want to Advance in the Energy Industry, Don't Be Afraid to Wave Your Flag
    on 25th January 2018 at 2:27 pm

    On Wednesday, January 24 during a DistribuTECH networking breakfast, panelists — 3 women from the energy industry — described how they had overcome challenges and made sure that their careers advanced in the directions that they wanted to go. […]

  • BP Weighs Bid for $1.8BN Italian Solar Company
    on 24th January 2018 at 3:46 pm

    BP Plc is considering a bid for one of Italy’s largest collection of solar assets, according to people familiar with the matter. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs
    on 23rd January 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out. […]

  • Microgrid on California Tribal Reservation Among Projects of the Year Winners at DistribuTECH
    on 23rd January 2018 at 6:52 pm

    A microgrid at Blue Lake Rancheria, a tribal reservation in northern California, was the winner of the Distributed Energy Resource Integration 2018 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Project of the Year in San Antonio, Texas, today. […]

  • UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park
    on 23rd January 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island. […]

  • SEPA, Collaborators Tackle DERMS Standards Prior to DistribuTECH
    on 23rd January 2018 at 2:23 pm

    The march to develop industry-agreed standards for Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) took a major leap forward Monday as utilities and vendors connected in the effort and offered thoughts on the best path ahead […]

  • New Offering Will Help Utilities Better Manage DERs on Their Power Systems
    on 23rd January 2018 at 1:00 pm

    At DistribuTECH 2018, Bentley Systems and Siemens are presenting their new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as part of the partnership, which the entities announced last year. The newly released applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s OpenUtilities network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and distributed energy resource (DER) decision support capabilities enabled by Siemens’ PSS SINCAL, according to the companies. […]

  • The Trump Decision on US Tariffs and the Trolley Problem
    on 23rd January 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Much government and bureaucratic decision making is made in a vacuum, that is, the effect of the decision on the decision maker is small or nonexistent. In terms of the final tariff decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made recommendations based on biased arguments. […]

  • Report: Companies Need to Think Beyond Renewable Energy
    on 23rd January 2018 at 9:00 am

    On the first day of DTECH, Schneider Electric released the findings of a new report that shows that while 85 percent of major corporations are thinking about reducing energy use through energy efficiency programs and more than 50 percent plan to implement renewable energy in the near future, the vast majority of the companies surveyed were not considering how to actively participate in the incredible disruption that the energy industry is undergoing, such as microgrids, energy storage, and demand response strategies. According to the report, just 30 percent have implemented or are actively planning to use energy storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, or some mix of the technologies and only 23 percent have demand response strategies or plan to in the near term. Schneider views this as a problem because it says that companies need to understand now how to be active participants the way that energy is consumed and generated on their premises. &nbs […]

  • Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’
    on 22nd January 2018 at 11:02 pm

    President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections?
    on 22nd January 2018 at 9:07 pm

    In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change. […]

  • There Is Not Enough Transmission to Meet US Corporate’s Renewable Energy Demands
    on 22nd January 2018 at 8:11 pm

    According to a report released on January 16 by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF), U.S. corporations have committed to signing deals result in 60 GW of renewable energy capacity being added to the grid in coming years. However, transmission planners are not accounting for this large uptick of potential near-term procurement. &nbs […]

  • Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project
    on 22nd January 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland. […]

  • Landis+Gyr Provides Tech for Conway Corp’s Smart City Initiative
    on 22nd January 2018 at 5:34 pm

    The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the futur […]

  • Texas Cities, Businesses, and Schools Know the Economic Upside of Clean Energy
    on 22nd January 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Recently, the message on Texas clean energy has been getting clearer — the market is driving the clean energy economy forward. And some of those spreading the message are making it loud and clear. […]

  • San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar, Storage in Africa
    on 22nd January 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA. […]

  • A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio
    on 19th January 2018 at 8:40 pm

    On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid.&nbs […]

  • Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells
    on 19th January 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale. […]

  • Shell Buys Output of England’s Largest Solar Plant
    on 19th January 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Shell Global unit Shell Energy Europe has agreed to buy the power from the largest solar power plant in England. […]

  • Massive Urban Growth Will Challenge Smart City Design
    on 19th January 2018 at 2:58 pm

    The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week presented with some dizzying facts and figures that highlighted the challenge facing those who plan and build the smart cities of today and the future. […]

  • Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon
    on 18th January 2018 at 2:51 pm

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business." […]

  • Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company
    on 18th January 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S.&nbs […]

  • ACWA Power Adopts Blockchain Currency SolarCoin
    on 18th January 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Saudi Arabian energy company ACWA Power has started to use a blockchain currency. ACWA is utilizing SolarCoin, a crypto-currency that is rewarded to generators of solar power.&nbs […]

  • As Trump Tries to Bring Back Coal, EU Leaders Up Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Targets
    on 17th January 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted yesterday to approve and adopt a sweeping set of measures that will ensure the growth of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and advanced biofuels in the region. […]

  • Egypt Readies for 2 GW of Solar PV Capacity
    on 17th January 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Ugo Salerno, CEO of RINA Consulting explained in an interview that to date Egypt gets only 1 percent of its energy from renewables. With Salerno’s company’s help, however, Egypt will soon be the home of one of the largest solar PV projects in the world.&nbs […]

  • Google Wins Zayed Future Energy Prize
    on 17th January 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Google this week won the Zayed Future Energy Prize for Best Corporation. The award is a public endorsement of the giant corporation’s work in renewables and clean energy — the company has been carbon neutral since 2007. […]

  • Solar Grabs Half of Global Renewables Investment in 2017, Reaching $161 Billion
    on 16th January 2018 at 5:01 pm

    In its recently released annual figures, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that solar lead the way in global renewable energy investments. […]

  • New Commission to Tackle Energy Transformation Geopolitics
    on 16th January 2018 at 1:27 pm

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this week launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. […]

  • Surging Power Bills Spark Rush for Household Solar in Australia
    on 15th January 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Australia, one of the world’s biggest users of rooftop solar panels, likely added the most new capacity on record last year as electricity users sought to ease escalating power bills. &nbs […]

  • Renewables in Middle East to Triple, but Gas Will Still Dominate, Says Siemens
    on 15th January 2018 at 3:54 pm

    The share of renewables in the Middle East energy mix is forecast to triple over the next 17 years — but natural gas will remain the dominant power source in the region. That’s one of the key findings of a new report published this week by Siemens. […]

  • Subscription Energy Fit for the 21st Century
    on 15th January 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Today, subscriptions are available to just about anything: TV streaming services, at-home meal kits, clothing and more. Now we’re welcoming energy to the subscription economy. […]

  • California Regulators Direct PG&E to Prioritize Storage for Peak Demand
    on 12th January 2018 at 3:52 pm

    The California Public Utilities Commission approved an order Thursday that will require PG&E Corp., the state’s biggest utility, to change the way it supplies power when demand peaks. Instead of relying on electricity from three gas-fired plants run by Calpine Corp., PG&E will have to use batteries or other non-fossil fuel resources to keep the lights on in the most-populated U.S. state. […]

  • Fluence Moves to Support ‘Significant Capital’ Needs of Energy Storage
    on 12th January 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Fluence Energy, the energy storage joint venture launched last year by Siemens and AES, said it will begin offering leasing and project finance options for energy storage projects. […]

  • Taking on Storage Part Two: Risks and How to Mitigate Them
    on 12th January 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Part one of this article identified changes in the energy storage market that are driving deployment and improving the economics of storage technologies. Market stakeholders face many risks, from regulation to litigation, but there are mechanisms available to mitigate them. […]

  • CT Green Bank Expands Authorized Solar Software Provider List
    on 12th January 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Palo Alto-based software provider Aurora Solar said this week that Connecticut Green Bank authorized Aurora's remote shading simulation software as an acceptable replacement for the onsite solar project inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with system installations. […]

  • New Pathway Emerges to Unleash Solar in Nonprofit Sector
    on 11th January 2018 at 7:24 pm

    The solar industry and the approximately 1.5 million U.S. nonprofit organizations have been hindered in their efforts to work together, but a new pathway has emerged that will make the process of going solar for tax-exempt entities affordable and user friendly. […]

  • How Solar Power Is Helping Redefine This Alberta First Nation
    on 11th January 2018 at 4:01 pm

    In 2015, seven young people died in Beaver Lake Cree Nation — a tiny community in northeast Alberta with an on-reserve population of only 345 people. […]

  • Taking on Storage Part One: Understanding the Drivers
    on 11th January 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Deployment of energy storage, especially batteries, will increase substantially in the next few years. Three underlying trends in the energy markets will drive the growth. They are favorable federal and state regulations on energy storage, falling costs for batteries due to advances in technologies, and an improved ability by energy storage owners to tap into multiple revenue streams. […]

  • SolarReserve Granted Approval for 150-MW Solar Thermal Project
    on 10th January 2018 at 5:07 pm

    SolarReserve’s 150-MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year. […]

  • India Proposes 70 Percent Duty on China, Malaysia Solar Imports
    on 10th January 2018 at 4:38 pm

    India, the largest importer of Chinese solar equipment, proposed a 70 percent safeguard duty on cells and modules shipped from China and Malaysia, citing “threat of serious injury” to the domestic industry. […]

  • Tesla's New York Gigafactory Kicks Off Solar Roof Production
    on 9th January 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. […]

  • Federal Regulators Shut Down Perry’s Proposed Rule for Grid Resilience
    on 9th January 2018 at 1:57 pm

    In an order issued late yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that Secretary Rick Perry’s Sep. 29 notice of proposed rulemaking on grid resilience does not meet the statutory requirements of the Federal Power Act. […]

  • Rooftop Solar PV Market in Thailand 'Largely Untapped'
    on 8th January 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Rooftop solar in Thailand faces several challenges that have left the industry “largely untapped,” according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). […]

  • Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps
    on 8th January 2018 at 4:19 pm

    When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives. New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently over the past four decades, even as the planet as a whole has warmed. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions!
    on 8th January 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Today’s topics include predictions about what will happen with the U.S. solar trade case – will there be tariffs? If there are tariffs, how will they affect the solar market? Caution: distributors and system integrators. We’ll also look at supply chain issues for solar and batteries.&nbs […]

  • Brazil Vows to End Amazonian Mega-Dam Construction; Moves Toward Wind and Solar Energy
    on 5th January 2018 at 9:56 pm

    After years of criticism, the government of Brazil announced in January that it will end the era of building big hydropower dams in the Amazon. In an article in the O Globo newspaper, Paulo Pedrosa, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the government has no prejudice against big hydro but that the costs and risks now outweigh the benefits.&nbs […]

  • US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020
    on 5th January 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017. […]

  • This Is What Microgrids for Resilience in Emergencies Look Like
    on 5th January 2018 at 5:18 pm

    A new group of microgrids has been proposed to help support Connecticut’s critical facilities in the event of an emergency. The proposals are part of the latest round of applications that were due Jan. 1 for funding under the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) microgrid program. &nbs […]

  • Puerto Rico Report 'Build Back Better' Falls Short on Microgrids
    on 5th January 2018 at 2:38 pm

    In December 2017, a steering committee constituted in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico wrote a report, "Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico," for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico, and William Long, Administrator of the U.S. […]

  • 3 Decentralizing Trends: Empowering State Capitals, Consumers and the Capital Markets
    on 4th January 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Even as uncertainties loom, the outlook for clean energy technologies and business models is bright. We can pin this optimism in the concrete: Three decentralizing trends are empowering state capitals, consumers, and the capital markets to lead the way on climate action — and, in turn, those trends are favorably transforming the opportunity landscape for clean energy technologies and business models. […]

  • New Bill Targets Solar, Storage for Disaster Resilience in Florida
    on 4th January 2018 at 4:47 pm

    A bill filed this week in the Florida state legislature aims to establish a pilot program to demonstrate the benefits of solar and energy storage during natural disasters or state emergencies. […]

  • Risky Tariff Proposed for India’s Solar Panels Imports
    on 4th January 2018 at 2:40 pm

    India, the largest buyer of solar equipment from neighboring China, is considering a 7.5 percent tax on imported solar panels, according to government officials with knowledge of the situation. […]

  • Of Venomous Toads and Precious Jewels — Farewell 2017!
    on 3rd January 2018 at 8:19 pm

    When Shakespeare’s Duke in As You Like It is deposed and forced into exile by his wicked brother, losing everything and living rough in the woods, he fears all is lost. But he soon sees unexpected blessings. So too do we in the year now ending. […]

  • Top Seven Clean Energy Actions in 2017 — Ringing Out the Old Year and into 2018
    on 3rd January 2018 at 8:01 pm

    2017 was a whirlwind of energy market records, policies, and reports. And here’s my list of the big seven areas of note. […]

  • US Grid Needs to Go on a Diet to Get Leaner and Greener
    on 3rd January 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Many regions of the U.S. have overbuilt and retained too many power plants, which can be detrimental to their owners, consumers, clean alternatives like wind and solar power, and flexible resources like energy storage and demand response (compensating customers for being flexible with their energy use).&nbs […]

  • Six Natural Resource Projects in Canada That Got it Right in 2017
    on 2nd January 2018 at 4:17 pm

    We’ve gathered a list of some of the projects we want to fist-bump this year. We’re not suggesting they’re perfect; any large extractive project comes with an environmental cost. But these are projects that rise above the rest in their efforts to minimize that cost. […]

  • The Year Renewables Became Mainstream in Australia
    on 2nd January 2018 at 3:45 pm

    South Australia’s lithium-ion battery grabbed the headlines in 2017, first when Elon Musk announced he’d build the world’s largest battery in 100 days or it would be free, then again when he accomplished it, and yet again when the battery reacted to power surges in record time in December. […]

  • Top 5 State Legislative Issues of 2017
    on 2nd January 2018 at 3:00 pm

    With another year behind us, it is time to take a look in the rearview mirror at the year that was for the advanced energy industry. Our annual review of the top state legislative issues tells a story of policy progress for a myriad of advanced energy technologies, along with some familiar struggles. So, without further ado, here’s our countdown of the top five legislative battles of 2017. […]

  • Paving the Way for a Non-Electric Battery to Store Solar Energy
    on 2nd January 2018 at 2:22 pm

    AMHERST, Mass. - Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity-addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy — The How and Why of Advanced Inverters and the Energy IoT
    on 29th December 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Catch up with Bruce Bailey and Ken Boyce of UL on what the market for advanced inverters looks like today, why they can support the growth of a clean and resilient grid, and what their evolution will look like over time. […]

  • Listen Up: A Journey from Solar Thermal to Integrated Battery Storage
    on 29th December 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Please join us on this week’s Energy Show for Jeff Brown's candid insights into the factors that are reducing the benefits of rooftop solar — which then are leading to the next phase (spoiler alert: energy storage) of the rooftop solar industry. […]

  • Investors Keen to Support Mongolia’s Renewable Energy Goals
    on 29th December 2017 at 3:44 pm

    The pace of Mongolian wind investment announcements is quickening. The country’s leaders are working to meet increasing demand for electricity, reduce heavy reliance on coal and improve energy security. It’s no surprise, therefore, that renewable energy solutions have become the focus of such new investments. […]

  • Higher Education and Solar Energy: A Partnership Whose Time Has Come
    on 29th December 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Whether public or private, institutions of higher education have developed with a mission to serve society and the greater good. Our youth attend colleges and universities to learn, grow and develop as they prepare for adulthood, facing the world’s challenges and opportunities. The college experience is immersive, with learning and growth occurring both in and out of the classroom. […]

  • Nissan Promotes Solar to Electric Vehicle Owners in Japan
    on 28th December 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Nissan Motor Co. in the New Year is promoting free solar panel installations for owners of the company’s new electric-powered LEAF in Japan. […]

  • Trump Administration Reverses Obama-Era Policy on Accidental Bird Deaths
    on 28th December 2017 at 3:51 pm

    The Trump administration, reversing an Obama-era policy, said it won’t prosecute oil drillers, wind-farm developers and others who accidentally kill migratory birds.&nbs […]

  • ‘Build Back Better’ in Puerto Rico — Microgrids Treated Shoddily
    on 28th December 2017 at 3:30 pm

    In December 2017, a steering committee constituted in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico wrote a report, "Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico," for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico, and William Long, Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. […]

  • Juliana v US: For Children of All Ages — Part Two
    on 28th December 2017 at 2:50 pm

    In part one of this article, I took a closer look at the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States, and identified two questions that were raised during the orals that bear further consideration. […]

  • 2018 — The Year of the Digital Grid
    on 28th December 2017 at 1:08 am

    Nothing will stand out in 2018 as more important for the long-term success of renewables than the advancement of a digital grid architecture. Visibility at the grid edge; integration of sensors and data analytics for distributed generation; smart contracts for energy management; flexible demand; intelligent control systems — these are the buzzy technologies of today that will become standard operations for utilities, system operators, and power producers to maximize the global renewable energy fleet. &nbs […]

  • Microgrid to Support US Navy’s Mission-Critical Activity in Hawaii
    on 27th December 2017 at 4:46 pm

    The U.S. Department of the Navy last week agreed to lease land on Pacific Missile Range Facility—Barking Sands (PMRF) on Kauai Island, Hawaii, for the development of a microgrid that will supply local area power and support mission-critical base activities in the event of a power outage. […]

  • Industry, Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Anti-PACE Legislation
    on 27th December 2017 at 3:55 pm

    A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down. […]

  • On China Solar: Top Three Issues Facing the World’s Largest PV Market
    on 27th December 2017 at 3:47 pm

    According to the most recent data, China produced 170,000 tons of multicrystalline silicon during the first three quarters of 2017, a year-over-year increase of 17 percent. The country produced 62 GW of silicon chips during the same period, up 44 percent; 51 GW of batteries, up 50 percent; and 53 GW of components, up 43 percent from the same period of a year earlier. China witnessed a year-over-year increase of 39 percent and 34 percent in export volume of batteries and solar components for the first 8 months of the year, respectively. However, as a result of price declines, the combined export value decreased.&nbs […]

  • Wind and Solar Curtailments Drop Almost 30 Percent in China’s Xinjiang Region
    on 27th December 2017 at 3:43 pm

    The staggeringly high curtailment rates among wind power and PV systems across Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region witnessed a 29.3 percent drop over the first 11 months of 2017, down 10 percent from the same period of a year earlier as the region worked to overcome difficulties caused by the rapid growth of renewables.&nbs […]

  • Four Renewable Energy Trends to Follow in 2018
    on 27th December 2017 at 2:47 pm

    There are important trends to keep an eye on in 2018 where sustainable energy is concerned. Here are four trends to follow in the New Year. […]

  • Juliana v US: For Children of All Ages — Part One
    on 22nd December 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Through the magic of YouTube TV, I was able to sit in on the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately from the effects of global warming. Plaintiffs are asking the court to order the federal government to do something to redress the problem, e.g., regulating carbon emissions from power plants and fossil fuel extraction on federal lands. […]

  • Listen Up: The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage Systems
    on 22nd December 2017 at 6:42 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind that energy storage systems will be as ubiquitous as solar — in all market segments. Utility companies are installing these systems to balance their intermittent demand and generation of electricity.&nbs […]

  • Tariff Decision Looms Large for Sale of SolarWorld
    on 22nd December 2017 at 5:28 pm

    SolarWorld Americas Inc., one of two U.S. solar manufacturers asking President Donald Trump for tariffs on imported panels, says the move could revive a struggling industry. It may also boost the company’s value ahead of a potential sale. […]

  • Finance Institutions Are Making a Massive Investment in Solar
    on 21st December 2017 at 6:12 pm

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently put its stamp on a series of financing deals that will boost solar development in India and Peru, and support new solar technology advancements. […]

  • Workshops Aim to Train Architects, Engineers on Solar Basics
    on 21st December 2017 at 4:30 pm

    While training opportunities abound for installers, a series of workshops in three southern U.S. cities aims to bring architects and other design professionals up to speed on solar. […]

  • As States Update Rules for Solar, No Guarantee of Friendlier Policies
    on 21st December 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Missouri is the latest state where utility regulators are reevaluating outdated rules on customer-owned solar power and other distributed energy sources. The experience of two neighboring states shows there’s no guarantee the effort will result in policies that are more favorable for renewable power. […]

  • Solar Helps Reduce Costs for Affordable Housing in California
    on 21st December 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Affordable housing nonprofit LINC Housing yesterday said its SEED Partners unit has installed new solar PV systems at five LINC properties in California. […]

  • South Australian Government to Be Powered by Solar, Wind
    on 21st December 2017 at 3:09 pm

    New electricity retailer SIMEC ZEN Energy has won the contract to supply the South Australian Government until at least 2020. Under the contract, SIMEC ZEN Energy will supply more than 80 percent of the government’s electricity needs in 2018. This will escalate to 100 percent in 2019 when it will be backed by local renewable energy projects. […]

  • BP Re-Enters Solar Power Market With $200 Million UK Deal
    on 20th December 2017 at 3:59 pm

    After a six-year absence, BP Plc returned to the solar energy business with a $200 million investment in a British company that develops and maintains photovoltaic farms in Europe. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy — The Washington DC Outlook on Renewables in 2018
    on 19th December 2017 at 9:22 pm

    In this episode, Joel Stronberg of the JBS Group discusses the top three big events that happened in Washington D.C. that affected the renewables industry in 2017, plus what critical issues we should be watching in 2018 and the actions industry members can take next year to stay informed and involved in the evolution of renewables in the U.S. […]

  • 3 Things Companies Can Do in 2018 to Push Global Climate Action
    on 19th December 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Companies stepped up on climate change in 2017. In 2018, they need to bring countries with them. It is fantastic that there are now more than 300 companies committed to set science-based targets to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.&nbs […]

  • China's New Policy Will Move Solar Closer to Regions Where It's Needed
    on 19th December 2017 at 6:06 pm

    China’s plan to introduce a system to monitor and evaluate the solar-power market will help direct new investments to regions where fewer plants are idle, according to industry researchers. […]

  • House Bill Seeks New Energy Storage Tax Credit
    on 19th December 2017 at 5:47 pm

    U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.) and Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) last week introduced a bill that would create a new investment tax credit for energy storage. […]

  • Tax Equity Market in Potential Peril from Final Tax Reform Bill
    on 18th December 2017 at 8:25 pm

    As lawmakers prepare to vote on the final version of the much-anticipated U.S. tax reform bill that was released last week, the renewable energy industry is counting its wins, while wondering what the long-term effect of the bill on the industry will be. […]

  • Three Reasons to Remain Hopeful for More Clean Energy Investment in Cuba
    on 18th December 2017 at 4:43 pm

    2017 has been an eventful year for Cuba. Two major hurdles took place that would potentially jeopardize clean energy investment on the island. The first is Donald Trump’s reversal of Barack Obama’s historic diplomatic and commercial opening to the island. This will cut tourist revenues and scant foreign reserves further. The second is the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which destroyed northern island and many resorts. […]

  • Tesla Opens New York Store for Solar, Cars and Storage
    on 15th December 2017 at 7:00 pm

    If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof. […]

  • Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar
    on 15th December 2017 at 4:24 pm

    It has been a long, long, long road for the global photovoltaic industry and its participants from its early days with few manufacturers and support primarily limited to oil companies looking for a feel-good business unit to what seemed like its overnight success in the mid-2000s. In 1977 the industry had 1.74 MWp of capacity to produce PV cells. At the end of 2017 the industry had 98 GWp of capacity to manufacture PV cells. […]

  • Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power?
    on 15th December 2017 at 3:49 pm

    As Puerto Rico sets out to rebuild its electric system knocked out by Hurricane Maria in September, can it become a model for renewable energy? Scores of government agencies, think tanks and energy experts are mulling that question, as much of the U.S. Caribbean territory still lacks electricity. […]

  • Brazil to Dominate Latin America’s Wind Power Market in 2018
    on 15th December 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Latin American wind has grown swiftly in recent years to almost 20 GW by August 2017, with 80 percent of installed capacity in Brazil and Mexico. […]

  • What Is 'Solar-as-a-Service'?
    on 14th December 2017 at 5:12 pm

    UrbanVolt, the Dublin-headquartered energy-saving LED lighting firm whose backers include rugby star Jamie Heaslip, has announced a new solar solution. The company, which last year signed a €30 million funding deal with Swiss green energy private equity group Susi Partners, has become internationally known for its "light as a service" offering where it installs energy-efficient lighting for businesses free of charge, with an agreement to split the energy savings between both parties over a five year period. […]

  • World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice
    on 13th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

    The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas. […]

  • Israeli Solar Panel Cleaning Tech Firm Raises $13 Million
    on 13th December 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Israel-based Ecoppia yesterday said that it has raised $13 million, led by investors Swarth Group, GlenRock Israel, Gandyr Group, and Harel Group Insurance and Finance. […]

  • Brazil's Largest Wind Company Has Big Plans to Dominate Solar
    on 13th December 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Brazil’s biggest wind company has set its sights on dominating the country’s nascent solar market. CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA has 1 MW of solar power in operation now, a pilot project in Sao Paulo State, but has plans to build another 450 MW.&nbs […]

  • California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid
    on 13th December 2017 at 6:33 am

    Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets.&nbs […]

  • CHP No Longer Perceived Negatively by Utilities
    on 11th December 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Attitudes to combined heat and power technology have transformed, according to speakers at the world’s largest electric power conference. […]

  • The View from Washington On Energy Regulations
    on 11th December 2017 at 5:39 pm

    And interview with Emily Fisher, Vice President, Law, and Corporate Secretary at Edison Electric Institute about the view from Washington following a Thursday, December 7 Plenary discussion at POWER-GEN International. Fisher describes the two different avenues that President Trump is pursuing regarding regulations and the energy industry. &nbs […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
    on 11th December 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more. &nbs […]

  • GE's 12,000 Job Cuts Highlight Uneasy Shift to Renewable Energy
    on 11th December 2017 at 4:39 pm

    After spending years building up its gas-power business, General Electric Co. is trying to figure out how to keep pace in a world that’s no longer all that interested in fossil fuels. &nbs […]

  • China Three Gorges Starts World's Biggest Floating Solar Project
    on 11th December 2017 at 4:31 pm

    China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018. &nbs […]

  • Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal
    on 11th December 2017 at 4:22 pm

    The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year. Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.&rdquo […]

  • Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hawaii is famously reliant on imported fossil fuels, for both electricity and transportation. But that’s changing rapidly as the state invests heavily in renewables. Two new bills are now pending in the Hawaii legislature that would codify the 100 percent renewables goal statewide, up from the current mandate of 40 percent by 2030. HB 623 would require... […]

  • There’s A Fight Brewing Over Who Profits From Solar Power
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 7:53 pm

    In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power. APS is an unlikely solar patron: In the... […]

  • Tesla’s New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power’s Biggest Problems
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 7:22 pm

    So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This... […]

  • The Home Solar plus Energy Storage Revolution Is About to Begin
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Home solar batteries from Tesla Motors, which could upset utilities as we know them. Billion dollar solar bonds from SolarCity, backstopped by banking bigshots. Happy Earth Day! After being artificially suppressed for decades, renewable energy developments have accelerated, with excellent timing. Earth Day brought mounting news via Bloomberg that Tesla’s anticipated home solar batteries, hinted at in March... […]

  • Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This story is excerpted and adapted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. On May 8, 2013, Tesla Motors shocked just about everyone by posting its first-ever quarterly profit, reporting higher-than-expected demand for its Model S electric sedan. That moment marked the beginning... […]

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