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Trina Solar Slips as Vote on $1.1 Billion Buyout Offer Nears
Trina Solar Ltd. fell the most in more than 10 months as shareholders prepare to vote on a $1.1 billion deal to take the company private. [...]
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Solar Labeling: 2017 Changes
When solar labeling first surfaced around 1980, there were no set standards. Over time, the National Electrical Code (NEC) included solar systems and labeling in its standard, which started with the 1984 edition, with the most current revision being the 2017 edition. [...]
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These Policy Solutions Can Help Unleash The Full Potential of Renewable Energy
New installed renewable energy capacity surpassed coal for the first time last year, the International Energy Agency reported recently. It means that we added more wind and solar to our global energy system than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power combined — a trend that is expected to continue over the next five years. [...]
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First Solar Plans Restructuring, Cuts Manufacturing Line and Announces Layoffs
When solar analysts talk about the solar coaster, they aren’t kidding. News on November 16 that U.S. thin-film solar module manufacturer First Solar was planning to lay off a significant portion of its workforce, cancel its series 5 module production line and restructure the company hit the industry hard, especially since the news came just one week after the U.S. presidential election in which Trump was elected. But it’s important to remember that while the news did coincide with the news t [...]
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Bright Spots in Solar in the Election’s Aftermath – The Equation
Sure, the outcome of the election has raised questions about how the President-elect and his team will impact the country’s transition to a cleaner, healthier, and safer electricity system. But regardless of how the politics du jour feel about renewables, the science has not changed: generating electricity from renewables like wind and solar does not cause pollution that harms our health or our planet. Relying more on renewable energy and less on polluting fossil fuels will clean our air, prot [...]
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Solar Power on the Rise: Rooftop Solar, Large-Scale PV, CSP, and the Solar Revolution – The Equation
Shining. Soaring. Skyrocketing. Solar is so exciting, we’re running out of adjectives. The what, the why, and the where-to of America’s solar power revolution are the subjects of a new UCS report and infographic. It’s a story worth celebrating. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: First Solar, Tesla/SolarCity, Residential Market
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the First Solar announcement that it is restructuring, laying off its workforce and canceling its Series 5 module; the finalization of the Tesla buyout of SolarCity and the residential solar market in Japan. Check it out. [...]
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Tucson Electric Breaks Ground on 10-MW/2.5-MWh LiB-Solar Energy Storage Facility
E.ON North America on Oct. 31 announced it had broken ground and begun construction of Iron Horse, a 10-MW/2.5-MWh energy storage facility being built for Tucson Electric Power. [...]
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Community Solar on the Rise — Tips for Utilities Developing Programs
Utilities across the country are embracing community solar, viewing it as an opportunity to retain customers and compete against the burgeoning self-generation rooftop solar PV market by providing a utility-operated 100 percent solar option. [...]
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Solar Power: Following the first round-the-world solar flight, the Solar Impulse Foundation launches the “World Alliance For Clean Technologies”
The Solar Impulse Foundation launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies during COP22, as a legacy to the first ever solar flight around the world. [...]
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Zero-net, Low-income Homes Offer Glimpse of Grid Transformation
The zero-net modular homes in Waltham, Vermont — boxy units with almost flat roofs — look nothing like the sleek Hollywood homes with solar tile roofs and Powerwall storage units that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled Oct. 28. And they’ve gotten considerably less press. [...]
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Cheap Ice Energy Storage for Solar Homes
By the summer of 2017, solar homeowners could store surplus daytime solar in an ice-based energy storage unit with a 20-year life, for less than half the cost of a battery storing the same solar kilowatt-hours, according to Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins. [...]
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Tesla Seals $2 Billion SolarCity Deal
Tesla Motors Inc. and SolarCity Corp. shareholders approved the electric-car maker’s purchase of the solar installer in a deal that’s poised to test Elon Musk’s vision for a viable one-stop shop for clean energy consumers. [...]
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What We Can Do
The sun was shining the morning Donald Trump became president-elect. I checked. Solar continues to be the most cost-effective way of generating electricity, so there is no doubt in my mind that our industry will continue to thrive. [...]
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New Solar, Wind Competitive Leasing Program to Start for US Public Lands
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Nov. 10 said that the Bureau of Land Management has finalized a rule that creates a new competitive leasing process and incentives for solar and wind energy development on public lands. [...]
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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – October 2016
The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features KarmSolar, SolarAfrica, Singita, Tesla, Sungrow, Aquion Energy, Blue Sky Utility, Bpi, Luxor Solar, Juhayna, and Alpha Omega Winery. [...]
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Trump’s Win ‘A Disaster’ for Plunging Renewable Energy Sector
Donald Trump’s surprise election victory turned into a bad day for clean energy investors. U.S. solar panel-maker SunPower Corp. had its worst decline in three months on Wednesday, dropping 14 percent to the lowest since the beginning of 2013.  [...]
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Success Story—Drones Help Solar Site Design Take Flight
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy sees the potential of drones in advancing the solar industry. [...]
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Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot
Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes these occur when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. [...]
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Net-metering Is Dead — Long Live Net-metering!
Residential solar has demonstrated unprecedented growth over the past several years, driven in part by falling equipment prices, rising customer awareness, and supportive public policy. One of those key policies has been net-metering, which provides customers in more than 40 states credit for any excess solar generation not consumed at the customer’s home. [...]
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Millions of Dollars Spent on One War Over Rooftop Solar
There’s a war brewing over the future of rooftop solar, and Arizona is at ground zero. Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which owns the state’s largest utility, last week said it has formed a third-party group to support candidates for an elected state board that regulates their industry. [...]
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8 Benefits of Distributed Solar that Prove it’s Worth More than Dollars and Cents
In October, Environment America Research & Policy Center showcased Shining Rewards, a new review of 16 value-of-solar studies from around the country. The report shows what we already know intuitively: Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to people, the environment, the economy, and the electric grid. [...]
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The Summer of Sun: Mid-Year 2016 Solar Insights
According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), solar energy made up nearly 1.5 percent of total generation in the U.S. between the months of June 2016 through August 2016. That’s up from just over 1 percent during the same period in 2015. Total generation from solar energy during these three months is up over 38 percent year over year. [...]
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