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Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico
Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.    [...]
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World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering
In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars. [...]
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How To Shine In The Solar Village
At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website. [...]
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Solar Decathlon Features Hurricane-proof House
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon officially kicked off today with a ceremony featuring recently appointed DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette. [...]
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Solar PV Was Fastest Growing Energy Source in the World in 2016
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years. [...]
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Saudi Arabia Gets Cheapest Bids for Solar Power in Auction
Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels. [...]
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Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico
Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure.   [...]
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Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts
Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday.  [...]
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Solar Development in the US and China in the Shadow of Suniva’s Section 201 Trade Case
As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China. [...]
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This Pathway is the Best Opportunity for Corporate Utility-scale Solar PV Procurement
Corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV is on the rise, but there’s opportunity for corporations to leverage recent market developments and deploy even more. [...]
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O3 Energy Seeks Solar Projects to Finance; Launches Channel Partners Program
On Tuesday, September 26, Dallas-based energy solutions provider O3 energy announced the launch of its new O3 Channel Partners, which opens up financing to qualified solar projects in North America. The company has historically acted as a late stage developer offering Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for commercial and industrial clients scattered across the country. The channel partner program provides development and construction partners with the opportunity to obtain the resources and f [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case Injuries
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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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