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Imposing Solar Tariffs May Cost US Taxpayers $1.23 Billion
Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $1.23 billion.   [...]
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Former US Defense Energy Professionals Urge ITC to Consider Energy Security in Solar Trade Case
In a letter today to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, a group of veterans and former defense energy professionals urged the ITC to consider carefully U.S. Department of Defense energy security and resiliency efforts before making a decision this week in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case. [...]
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International Trade Commission Rules on the Section 201 Solar Trade Case
On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission is set to make a decision on an important case for the solar industry. I talked with Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition about the possible outcomes of the case.  [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend
There are few original ideas for new technologies, products and/or services. Most of what is termed new is a mutation of an idea, which itself is a mutation of an idea all the way back to the original discovery or light bulb moment. Basically, there is not much that is new, or, put another way, that deserves to be called new.  [...]
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Meet the Smart Digital Energy Solution That Could Blow Up Solar Coins
The winning team of the Smart Energy Hackathon in Bangkok last week developed a new smart digital energy solution for claiming solar coins. [...]
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UK Electricity Markets Regulator Takes Big Step in Recognizing Value of Energy Storage
U.K. renewable energy company Anesco this week said that its solar+storage projects are the first sites in the U.K. to qualify for support paid to accredited renewable energy generators for electricity generation supplied to batteries. [...]
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Why Solar SCADA is Taking Center Stage in Grid Modernization
While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the "supervisory control" function is much less common today. [...]
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How to Drive Down Solar Prices in Today’s Market
With soft costs making up the highest percentage of solar costs, how can the market affect the soft cost segment? [...]
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JinkoSolar Incentivizes Customers Using Commercial PACE Financing
At Solar Power International in Las Vegas today, JinkoSolar said it will incentivize its customers who use commercial PACE financing — a program that is growing in popularity in the U.S. [...]
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Why Cities of the Global South Need Solar
In a report released yesterday, the World Resources Institute recommended solutions that urban centers of the global south can focus on to improve energy access for under-served residents. [...]
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Editor's Letter: If We Could Talk to the Batteries…
One year ago, at Solar Power International 2016, I helped Julia Hamm, CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with a keynote "skit" in which I was a reporter interviewing a homeowner about her awareness of her energy use. The year was supposed to be 2026. [...]
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How India Can Export Sunshine Around the World
Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water. Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.”  [...]
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This Is ‘Game Changing’ for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage
Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here. [...]
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Listen Up: Energy Storage is the Home Appliance of the Future
Twenty years ago, the problem with rooftop solar was that customers needed a large collection of lead acid batteries to store their daytime energy and use this energy at night. But simple net metering rules made it possible for the electric grid to function as a 100 percent efficient storage device.  [...]
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A Ribbon Cutting and a Sneak Peek — The Latest from Solar Decathlon 2017 Teams
Here are a couple of updates on teams competing in this year's Solar Decathlon in Denver in October. [...]
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NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records
Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells. [...]
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Standoff Over Rates for Utah Solar Customers Reaches Settlement; Concessions Were ‘Painful’
According to Utah Clean Energy, a settlement agreement with Rocky Mountain Power in its rate case avoids a requested $15 fixed monthly charge, a $9.02 per-kW peak demand charge and a reduced energy rate for solar customers.  [...]
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Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid
A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first. [...]
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Comcast Taps Solar for Smart Home Services
Sunrun yesterday said it has reached an agreement with Comcast for the solar and storage company to be the exclusive solar provider for Comcast Cable. [...]
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Why Energy Traders Got the Eclipse So Wrong
Grid operators and traders thought they were totally prepped for the historic U.S. solar eclipse. There was just this one thing they didn’t completely factor in: “irregular human-behavior patterns.”   [...]
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Sungevity Brand Returns Via Solar Spectrum-Horizon Merger
Solar Spectrum, a clean-energy company backed by private equity firm Northern Pacific Group, bought residential system provider Horizon Solar Power. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse
Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case. [...]
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An Eclipse Is Just What the US Power Sector’s Been Waiting For
Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments. [...]
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4 Unusual Uses of Solar PV Technology
It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity.   [...]
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