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North Carolina’s solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018
Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, according to the latest government data – firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation. [...]
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Unintended fallout of Trump steel duty: solar manufacturers buying abroad
The Trump administration imposed a tariff on steel imports last year to get companies to buy more American metal. In some ways, the duty has the U.S. solar business doing the exact opposite. [...]
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Bringing reliable power to the people of Supai through solar PV and a microgrid
Reaching the remote Havasupai community of Supai, Arizona is not a journey for the faint of heart. Surrounded entirely by the Grand Canyon, this remote Native American reservation is either an eight-mile hike or mule trek from the closest road, or a helicopter ride to the bottom. [...]
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Utility-linked group seeks to dismantle net metering in Michigan
Nonprofit advocacy groups linked to DTE Energy are waging a public campaign to significantly reduce the amount customers are paid for their solar power, in line with the utility’s request before Michigan regulators. [...]
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Solar hybrid microgrid electrifies Tanzania villages
A solar-hybrid mini-grid project is underway in Tanzania. [...]
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U.S. solar market tops 10 GW in 2018, again
For the third year in a row, the U.S. solar industry installed double-digit gigawatts (GW) of solar PV capacity, with 10.6 GW coming online in 2018, according to the latest statistics from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). [...]
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Solar and wind take the lead in FERC first infrastructure report of 2019
According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), new solar and wind generating capacity has taken the lead over natural gas and all other energy sources for the first month of 2019. [...]
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SunPower releases most efficient residential solar panel on the market
Today SunPower is launching its next generation solar panel called A-series, which boasts 400 or 415 watts, in the United States. A new 400-watt product, Maxeon 3, is available in Europe and Australia. [...]
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Storage system built at world’s biggest solar park
An energy storage system has been installed at the largest single-site solar park in the world. [...]
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Wind-solar pairing cuts equipment costs while ramping up output
A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look for new ways to bolster projects. [...]
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Hanwha Q CELLs files patent infringement case against JinkoSolar, LONGi, and REC Group
On March 4, Hanwha Q CELLS filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group. The company also filed related patent infringement complaints with the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against the same companies. In Germany, Hanwha Q CELLS filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf against JinkoSolar and REC Group. [...]
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Thailand planning massive floating solar power plants on hydropower dam reservoirs
Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy. [...]
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China to sustain solar growth with new plan, Jinko says
China’s plans to loosen its solar subsidy policy will keep growth of the world’s largest market intact, according to the head of JinkoSolar Holding Co., which is increasing production capacity by as much as 20 percent this year. [...]
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FPL announces plans to build four new solar power plants in 2019
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) this week announced plans to build four new solar power plants this year that are expected to begin powering customers in early 2020: [...]
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First Chinese-owned solar PV manufacturing plant opens in the US
This week JinkoSolar held an opening ceremony at its new manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility made headlines when it was announced due to the fact that the Chinese company decided to set up manufacturing in the U.S. in response to solar tariffs that are put on solar cells and modules imported from China. To date, Jinko is the only Chinese-owned solar manufacturer to set up a facility in the U.S. [...]
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Top solar EPCs ranked by Wiki-Solar puts First Solar on top
The list of the world’s top solar EPC contractors was released in late February by Wiki-Solar.org. The list ranks the solar developers by number of projects and total installed capacity and reflects about the 30 percent of the market. Wiki-Solar.org says the list shows how the less volatile markets have favored domestic power plant builders. In particular, contractors from India and the US are rising up the ranking. Europeans have, with a few notable exceptions, found it harder to hold their p [...]
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UK local authority to produce all electricity from solar
Two large-scale solar farms are set to make Warrington Borough Council the first local authority in the UK to produce all its own electricity from clean energy. [...]
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Floating solar photovoltaic plant to be installed at Kruonis pumped-storage plant in Lithuania
The Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LSBA) has granted €235,000 (US$267,500) to support development of an experimental floating solar photovoltaic power plant at the existing 900-MW Kruonis pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in Lithuania. [...]
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Despite criticism, solar roads remain part of Georgia sustainable highway lab
While solar roads have been criticized as impractical and inefficient, a Georgia foundation says they will continue to be part of its research lab for greener highways. [...]
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Crowdfunding Renewable Energy November Update: Solar and Wind Powered Campsites & Building Green Energy Agriculture in Africa
As the Internet serves to democratize the world and enable strangers to share everything from their spare bedrooms to their personal cars through apps and websites, the trend has made its way to renewable energy startups. Specifically, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow innovators to break outside of the traditional model of seeking out venture capital or applying for government grants. Instead, these ambitious renewable energy projects are increasingly gathering needed s [...]
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Georgia will be home to largest solar PV project in the US to use bifacial modules and tracking
This week LONGi announced that it would be supplying modules to what it says is the largest “bifacial+tracker” power generation project in the United States. The 224-MW project will be built in Mitchell County, Georgia and is expected to be complete this year. [...]
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Direct Energy signs PPA for 75-MW solar array in California
California-based solar developer Sunpin Solar said that Direct Energy Business, a subsidiary of Centrica PLC, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the full output of the recently completed 96.75-MW DC / 74.8-MW AC ColGreen North Shore Power Plant. [...]
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China's Solar Bailout Won't Counter Global Glut: Credit Suisse
China’s proposal to increase its solar energy target to as much as 270 gigawatts by 2020 won’t be enough to erase the worldwide panel glut that’s crippling prices, according to analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. [...]
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Top 7 Ways To Make Sure Your Business Saves Money with Solar (Hint: Act Now)
The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is one of the most lucrative ways to reduce the investment costs of your solar installation, but in order to maximize this incentive, it’s important to include solar power in your 2019 planning. Follow this guide to ensure your business is able to take advantage of the ITC before it starts to ramp down. [...]
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