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Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create
Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset.  [...]
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Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity
Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors. [...]
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The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices
Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up. [...]
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Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?
The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week. [...]
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All PV Predictions Were Wrong
At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region. [...]
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Solar Energy International – PV Team Curriculum Developer
Post Date: October 12, 2017 Job Title: PV Team Curriculum Developer Location:  Remote To Apply: To apply, please submit your resume, including industry-specific training, cover letter, and three references in one combined PDF to *protected email* The the application deadline is October 30th. Job Description: Successful candidates for our PV Curriculum Developer position will: combine PV technical knowledge with the ability to effectively communicate these concepts to various audiences; enthu [...]
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Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns?
There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong. A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar indust [...]
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Solar’s Remarkable Survival in the Most Extreme Weather
As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent? [...]
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Sunsense Solar – PV System Designer
Post Date: October 12, 2017 Job Title: PV Team Curriculum Developer Location:  Carbondale, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Summary Sunsense Solar is seeking a PV System Designer.  The PV System Designer is responsible for producing high quality permit, construction, and record/as-built drawings for residential and small commercial grid-tied systems, and residential PV plus battery systems, based on site visit information collected by the Sunsense Residential/S [...]
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Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. [...]
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World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering
In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico
Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.    [...]
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How To Shine In The Solar Village
At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website. [...]
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Solar PV Was Fastest Growing Energy Source in the World in 2016
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years. [...]
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Solar Decathlon Features Hurricane-proof House
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon officially kicked off today with a ceremony featuring recently appointed DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette. [...]
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​Materials from Xcel’s recent stakeholder meeting
Attached is information that Xcel Energy circulated at a recent stakeholder meeting . It  shows interesting trends in a number of solar market categories. SHG Meeting – 09.22.2017   The post ​Materials from Xcel’s recent stakeholder meeting appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]
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Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico
Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure.   [...]
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Saudi Arabia Gets Cheapest Bids for Solar Power in Auction
Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels. [...]
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China’s Solar PV Market Passes 100 GW Milestone
According to data recently released by the National Energy Administration of China, as of the end of June, the country had a PV power generation installation capacity of 102 GW. [...]
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Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts
Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday.  [...]
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SEPA Report Captures Compelling Voices of 2016 Colorado Energy Settlement
SEPA Report Captures Compelling Voices of 2016 Colorado Energy Settlement Respect, Determination and Turkey Emojis Kept 26 Intervenors Talking Click here for the full report. WASHINGTON, D.C. —   The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has announced the publication of a new report, Voices From Colorado’s Global Energy Settlement, an oral history of the groundbreaking 2016 negotiations involving 26 intervenors and three regulatory dockets. The resulting agreement between Xcel Energy an [...]
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Less Coal and More Solar Proposed in Xcel Agreement
A proposal that would lead to the closing of two Pueblo coal plants a decade earlier than planned is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, after COSEIA joined with 13 other groups and Xcel Energy asking that the plan be considered. If approved, it could lead to $2.5 billion in clean energy investments in rural Colorado and up to 700 megawatts more solar energy. COSEIA had extensive discussions with members about the proposal because the plan is to pay for the early coal plant retire [...]
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Solar Development in the US and China in the Shadow of Suniva’s Section 201 Trade Case
As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China. [...]
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COSEIA Speaks Out on Solar Trade Case
Click Here for COSEIA Executive Director Rebecca Cantwell’s Op-Ed on the Suniva Case Today’s  ruling  by the International Trade Commission threatens to put the brakes on the vibrant growth of Colorado’s solar industry, and to make it harder for Coloradans to go solar. COSEIA will continue to work hard with partners around the nation to ensure that trade protections are not imposed that will hinder our progress. The growth of our industry has been dramatic in recent years, [...]
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