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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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Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient
In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon.  [...]
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There Are No Glass Ceilings In This Solar Village
Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: The Danger of Conjecture
As with advice, conjecture is easy to give as typically the conjecturers, as with advice givers, have little at stake and sometimes much to gain. First and foremost, conjecturers gain attention, second but not necessarily second-most, if the eventual outcome falls anywhere in the vicinity of the initial conjecture, the giver gains credibility.  [...]
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AES, AimCo Complete $853 Million Deal for Solar Company SPower
AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Co. completed the $853 million joint acquisition of sPower from Fir Tree Partners Inc., in one of the largest clean-energy deals to date. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters
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 an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out! [...]
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Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy
A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada. [...]
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Blockchain Investment Fund Begins Initial Coin Offering for New PV Plants
Energy-focused blockchain investment fund Solar DAO yesterday started the preliminary initial coin offering (ICO) for its two-stage crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the construction of new solar PV plants.   [...]
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Energy Bill Could See North Carolina Join National Fight Over Net Metering
Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment. [...]
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Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar
A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. [...]
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5 Reasons Why Drones Are Going to Work for Solar Asset Managers
With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit. [...]
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The Future of Solar Debated at Intersolar in Light of Trade Petition
Intersolar and ees North America 2017 concluded its 10th annual event in San Francisco last week. The event organizer said attendees and exhibitors were optimistic, as they engaged in meaningful conversations about the best approaches for sustained market success, despite a year of industry consolidation and trade policy uncertainty. [...]
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Next Level Design — New-School Solar Software Providers Take on the Incumbents
The market for solar PV design software has opened up significantly in the past five years. New offerings have taken off in that time, and they range from fully integrated systems offering one-stop functionality, to niche services that are hyper-focused on one segment of the design process.   [...]
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Campaign Launches To Tell Clean Energy Jobs Story: Site Visits, Turbine Climbs, Videos on Deck
On Wednesday July 12 in San Francisco, U.S. clean energy organizations including American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and NEXTracker gathered to launch Renewable Energy Jobs Communications Campaign. This campaign steering committee, working in partnership with The Solar Foundation, Advanced Energy Economy and VoteSolar, will organize a series of approximately two dozen events over 18 months in targeted locations across [...]
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Want Distributed Solar in Urban Areas? BIPV Takes the Lead
The stars are aligned for a breakthrough of small-scale solar energy in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet's source of energy generation and save the environment. [...]
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