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Why California’s Rooftop Mandate Isn’t Good Enough for Some Solar Enthusiasts
You might expect the debate over California's new rooftop solar mandate to pit two well-defined camps against each other. But there are more than two sides. [...]
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Home Finance Options are Adapting to Meet California’s Solar Landscape
As California continues to push aggressive policies for the advancement of solar deployment in the state, options for homebuyers to finance solar also are growing to meet their needs. [...]
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Inside Renewable Energy: Taking a Stake in Energy Storage — What to Expect from Today’s Business Strategies
In this episode, Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners puts the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings. [...]
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Solar PV Manufacturer Completes 1-MW Microgrid in India
Solar PV manufacturer Central Electronics Ltd. in Uttar Pradesh, India, has commissioned India’s first 1-MW microgrid featuring a CPS-1000 inverter from Burlington, Vt.-based Dynapower. [...]
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To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms
A recent report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), established by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials confirms that the energy sector as a whole grew 2 percent last year, which is .3 percent more than the national job growth percentage of 1.7 percent. [...]
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Women Volunteers Install Solar Panels for Family in San Diego
A group of all-women volunteers showed up at the home of a City Heights (San Diego) family to install solar panels for free. And it couldn't have come at a better time for the family. KUSI's Elizabeth Alvarez explains why this was a win/win for both the volunteers and the homeowner. [...]
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Illinois Strikes Path To Midwest Solar Leadership
Two years ago, Illinois legislators passed the Future Energy Jobs Act in an effort to transition the state from its fossil-fueled industrial past into a future where solar and wind created jobs, cleaned the environment and saved electric ratepayers money. [...]
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China’s Solar PV Market to Usher in First Negative Growth in New Installed Capacity
It has almost become a foregone conclusion that China’s solar PV market will see its first year of negative growth in new installed capacity in 2018.  [...]
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GOP Senators Want to Exempt Giant Solar Farm Panels From Tariffs
Republican senators from five states with big solar farms are asking the Trump administration to exempt the workhorse of industrial solar panels from tariffs imposed earlier this year. [...]
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California Says New Residential Buildings Must Have Solar
Energy efficiency building standards officially adopted by California yesterday will require new homes in the state to have solar PV systems starting in 2020. [...]
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These Water-Stressed Countries Have the Most Solar and Wind Potential
Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems. [...]
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Blockchain May Soon Be Helping Puerto Rico Keep the Lights on
Solar panels. Batteries. Emergency fossil fuel-fired generators. They’ve all been deployed across Puerto Rico to help get the lights back on in the months following devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. [...]
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Storage, Wind, Solar Companies Are Recruiting Coal Miners for Their Work Ethics and High-Tech Skills
When a California battery company officially moved its headquarters and manufacturing to Kentucky coal country last week, generous state tax subsidies certainly played a role — but so did something often lost in the debate about coal. [...]
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Taxes, Trump and Tariffs: 7 Takeaways From the Midwest Solar Expo
The Trump administration’s tariffs have loomed over the U.S. solar industry all year, and they were a reoccurring topic at this week’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minneapolis. [...]
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Solar PV Provider Now Selling Batteries To Homeowners in the UK and Ireland
Hanwha Q CELLS announced plans to enter the solar rooftop market in the UK and Ireland with two new products: the 330-Wp Q.PEAK DUO-G5 module with half-cut cells, round wires and six bus-bars, which came out earlier this year and the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1, a 4.6 kW/3.6kWh storage solution for residential customers. [...]
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20 Years of Solar PV — Changes, Challenges and Growth
Industries are made up of things that can be categorized and counted. However, there are many things to count and many ways to count things.  [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: SolarWorld, Sunpower, DERs and Utilities
Today’s topics include the news that Sunpower is going to buy SolarWorld and how that will affect Sunpower’s influence in the global solar industry. Hint: it has to do with the solar tariffs. We’ll also delve into the “utility of the future” and discuss some interesting news about a new law in Hawaii that will force utilities to completely change their business models going forward.   [...]
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Water-Based Battery Offers New Option for Utility-Scale Solar, Wind
Stanford University researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high. [...]
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Inside Renewable Energy: Training and Recovery in Puerto Rico — Delivering Real Resilience with Solar Plus Storage
In this episode, representatives of Blue Planet Energy discuss their work in Puerto Rico helping communities deliver on the value of energy storage and solar power through training and education. [...]
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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement. [...]
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Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as Confidence Rises
Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists in the World?
Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.   [...]
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$24M Dedicated to Reducing Cost of Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology
The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030. [...]
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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility
If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it. [...]
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