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Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S.  [...]
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Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project
Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland. [...]
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UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park
Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs
Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out. [...]
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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’
President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S. [...]
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Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells
Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale. [...]
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Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business." [...]
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Solar Powered Houses of This Year’s DOE Solar Decathlon
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Solar Grabs Half of Global Renewables Investment in 2017, Reaching $161 Billion
In its recently released annual figures, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that solar lead the way in global renewable energy investments. [...]
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New Pathway Emerges to Unleash Solar in Nonprofit Sector
The solar industry and the approximately 1.5 million U.S. nonprofit organizations have been hindered in their efforts to work together, but a new pathway has emerged that will make the process of going solar for tax-exempt entities affordable and user friendly. [...]
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CT Green Bank Expands Authorized Solar Software Provider List
Palo Alto-based software provider Aurora Solar said this week that Connecticut Green Bank authorized Aurora's remote shading simulation software as an acceptable replacement for the onsite solar project inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with system installations. [...]
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SolarReserve Granted Approval for 150-MW Solar Thermal Project
SolarReserve’s 150-MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions!
Today’s topics include predictions about what will happen with the U.S. solar trade case – will there be tariffs? If there are tariffs, how will they affect the solar market? Caution: distributors and system integrators. We’ll also look at supply chain issues for solar and batteries.  [...]
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US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020
Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017. [...]
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Paving the Way for a Non-Electric Battery to Store Solar Energy
AMHERST, Mass. - Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity-addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power. [...]
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Listen Up: A Journey from Solar Thermal to Integrated Battery Storage
Please join us on this week’s Energy Show for Jeff Brown's candid insights into the factors that are reducing the benefits of rooftop solar — which then are leading to the next phase (spoiler alert: energy storage) of the rooftop solar industry. [...]
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Higher Education and Solar Energy: A Partnership Whose Time Has Come
Whether public or private, institutions of higher education have developed with a mission to serve society and the greater good. Our youth attend colleges and universities to learn, grow and develop as they prepare for adulthood, facing the world’s challenges and opportunities. The college experience is immersive, with learning and growth occurring both in and out of the classroom. [...]
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Industry, Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Anti-PACE Legislation
A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down. [...]
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Workshops Aim to Train Architects, Engineers on Solar Basics
While training opportunities abound for installers, a series of workshops in three southern U.S. cities aims to bring architects and other design professionals up to speed on solar. [...]
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Tariff Decision Looms Large for Sale of SolarWorld
SolarWorld Americas Inc., one of two U.S. solar manufacturers asking President Donald Trump for tariffs on imported panels, says the move could revive a struggling industry. It may also boost the company’s value ahead of a potential sale. [...]
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Listen Up: The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage Systems
There is no doubt in my mind that energy storage systems will be as ubiquitous as solar — in all market segments. Utility companies are installing these systems to balance their intermittent demand and generation of electricity.  [...]
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Finance Institutions Are Making a Massive Investment in Solar
The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently put its stamp on a series of financing deals that will boost solar development in India and Peru, and support new solar technology advancements. [...]
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Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar
It has been a long, long, long road for the global photovoltaic industry and its participants from its early days with few manufacturers and support primarily limited to oil companies looking for a feel-good business unit to what seemed like its overnight success in the mid-2000s. In 1977 the industry had 1.74 MWp of capacity to produce PV cells. At the end of 2017 the industry had 98 GWp of capacity to manufacture PV cells. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.   [...]
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