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Excluding Solar PV From Czech Renewables Auctions an Expensive Mistake, Warns Solar Association
The Czech Solar Association is sounding the alarm about planned legislation that would exclude solar PV projects being entered into future Renewable Energy Auctions. The Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade has recently submitted an amendment proposal to the law which explicitly bars solar energy from future auctions. If passed in its current version (Act. No. 165/2012 Coll., on promoted energy sources) the law would lead the Czech Republic down a needlessly expensive path, warns the Solar Asso [...]
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Five Companies You’ve Definitely Heard of Join Up to Buy Solar Energy in Aggregation Deal
It’s hard to find a common thread between the business models of Gap, Bloomberg, Cox, Salesforce and Workday but today they are announcing that they all have one big thing in common: their desire to clean up their organizations’ energy supply by using renewable energy. [...]
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China Hopes to Lessen Solar, Wind Curtailment in 2019
China set three-year targets for allowing more wind and solar power onto the power grid after the rapid addition of panels and windmills forced some electricity distributors to partly block that energy from flowing into their systems. [...]
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ASU Researchers Break Solar-cell Efficiency Record at 25.4 Percent
Arizona State University researchers have set a new record for solar efficiency, 25.4 percent. Working with tandem photovoltaics, or stacking different materials in a solar cell, the ASU team has continued to improve solar efficiency and lower costs. [...]
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Solar Goals Stymied in India as Investors Shun Chance to Build
India’s effort to spur its own solar power equipment industry seems to be failing, with only one company so far bidding for the nation’s tender to set up a factory. [...]
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China Plans Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power Pilot Projects
China will start building pilot wind and solar power projects that won’t receive national government payments as it pushes to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy and rein in subsidy bills. Shares of solar manufacturers surged in New York and Hong Kong. [...]
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75-MW Duke Energy Florida Solar Farm now in Operation
Duke Energy Florida has about 300,000 solar panels in operation totaling 100 MW across its territory. [...]
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Renewables Beat Coal in Germany Power Mix for First Time
Renewable energy muscled out coal to become Germany’s biggest source of electricity for the first time last year, helped by a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures. [...]
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NV Energy Reorients Generation Mix toward Solar, Retiring Coal
The Public Utility Commission of Nevada has approved NV’s long-term IRP to double its renewable energy capacity by 2023. The utility will bring 1,001 MW of solar capacity online via six new power purchase agreements (PPAs). [...]
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Philadelphia inks 20-year Solar PPA for 70-MW Farm
Developers say the Adams Solar will be the state’s largest such farm, by far, and will sell 100 percent of its power under the long-term PPA with the Philadelphia Energy Authority. [...]
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Industry Legend, ex-Duke CEO and Solar Enthusiast Jim Rogers Dies
Rogers was chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based Duke from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. He was named to the top post following the merger with Cinergy, which he led as chairman and CEO for more than 11 years. [...]
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A Senator’s Advice on Political Strategy and Tactics for the Renewable Energy Community
On December 5, at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Federal and State Policy Summit in Washington DC, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) presented his perspective on the potential for the renewable energy community to expand its markets through climate, infrastructure, and tax credit legislation; the political obstacles; and how to overcome them. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: Is China’s Domestic Solar Industry Too Big To Fail?
Mid-2018 China’s central government threw the entire PV industry, including observers and pundits, into a panic by making drastic changes to its PV deployment that included temporarily halting utility scale deployment, lowering the FiT, shifting economic responsibility to the provinces and, in a related move, attempting (one-more-time) to control the country’s debt problem. Forecasts were lowered, and gloom descended on top of the entire solar industry. [...]
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SEIA Applauds Washington DC and New York 100 Percent Clean Energy Commitments
This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) welcomed the Washington, D.C. City Council’s passage of a landmark bill that will move the District to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2032, including specific requirements to grow solar energy. In addition, SEIA commended New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for pledging to move New York to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, which he announced in a speech on his early 2019 policy agenda. [...]
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The Saudis Just Can't Seem to Become the Saudi Arabia of Solar
Around the world, high oil prices tend to accelerate the shift to renewable energy and electric vehicles. In Saudi Arabia, they have the opposite effect. Over the past six years, the Saudis have announced investments of more than $350 billion aimed at making the sun-drenched kingdom the, well, Saudi Arabia of renewable energy. [...]
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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15 Percent Decline in Large-Scale Solar Installations in Q3 2018
On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat. [...]
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DNV GL Launches Mobile Solar PV Laboratory in India
Advisory and certification company DNV GL has launched a new mobile laboratory service for the onsite testing of PV modules in India. [...]
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South Africa's Eskom Facing `Death Spiral' Driven by Distributed Solar Energy
Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral.” [...]
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Texas Co-op Upping Solar Farm Procurement to 50-plus MW
The deal brings CoServ’s stake to 51.5 MW of the 100-MW Lapetus project. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative is the generation and transmission provider on the procurement. [...]
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Nevada National Security Site Installs Solar, Begins Era of Net-zero Energy Buildings
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) inaugurated the Mercury Solar Project late last month and moved it further down the path of sustainability, giving NNSA its first net-zero-energy building. [...]
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Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects
A Rhode Island program promoting solar development on polluted properties could help relieve tensions between the state’s fast-growing solar industry and conservationists concerned with preserving green space. [...]
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Kansas City Firm Buys Rights to 21.8 MW in North Carolina Solar Projects
The three farms, totaling 21.8 MW, are under construction and expected to reach commercial operation early next year. Once completed, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all the power generation to a utility off-taker through a 15-year fixed-price PPA. [...]
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Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest Power Source Says BloombergNEF
Unsubsidised solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan thanks to falling technology costs. [...]
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Utilities Offering Community Solar Programs Can Consult New Checklist to Ensure Success
Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country. [...]
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