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Grid Parity? The Real Story Behind the Concept and Why It Relates to Diesel Generators
There’s been a decade of talk about if solar (or wind) has reached grid parity. And now, with the increased use of batteries and storage, the question becomes more relevant, as renewables can supply electricity beyond the generation time.  [...]
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Listen Up: Commercial PACE Financing — With Brandon Deno
PACE financing, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, started out about 10 years ago as a financing mechanism for residential solar. Basically, the cost of the solar system is repaid over a 5- to 20-year timeframe as a part of the building’s property taxes.  [...]
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Stranded Utility Renewables — A Competitive Challenge for Early Adopters
Figures for the deployment of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the U.S. over the past decade are truly breathtaking. Installed utility-scale wind power capacity in the U.S. has increased nearly sevenfold since 2007, reaching a cumulative level of more than 80,000 MW in 2016. Deployment of utility-scale solar has been even more impressive, reaching a cumulative level of more than 10,000 MW in 2016 from less than 160 MW in 2007. [...]
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Solar Module Maker SolarWorld Files for Insolvency
Amidst harsh price wars in the solar module maker space, Germany-based SolarWorld AG said in a statement that the company is bankrupt. The company statement said that “ongoing price erosion” and mounting debts have resulted in a negative prognosis for the company and that the board members will immediately file for insolvency. It is unclear what will happen to the company’s affiliates, including the US-based operation based in Oregon.  [...]
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Tesla’s Solar Roof Is Finally Available to Buy
Tesla is opening up its online store for its solar roof tiles Wednesday, Elon Musk said in a message on Twitter. More details—presumably including pricing—will be disclosed shortly. [...]
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Pro-Solar Bill Heads to Florida Governor’s Desk for Signature
The Florida Senate last week passed SB 90, a bill to implement the ballot initiative Amendment 4 approved by voters on the state’s August 2016 primary ballot, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. [...]
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Listen Up: How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels
When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is “how often do I need to clean my solar panels.” We’ll answer that question on this week’s show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is “how do I read my electric bill,” but that’s a topic for another show). [...]
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New Solar Plane Completes First Test Flight in Switzerland
The team behind the SolarStratos solar airplane project had a successful test flight today. [...]
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Solar Jobs: State of the States
With a variety of different careers to choose from in the solar industry, it should come as no surprise that there are now more than 260,000 people working in it. [...]
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Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power
The push to save U.S. nuclear plants for the sake of fighting climate change is threatening support for the bread and butter of clean power: wind and solar. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Unprofitability, Failure and Economically Challenged Business Models
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 explore the fallacy of unbridled optimism in the solar industry and why these past two weeks have been fraught with company failures. Check it out! [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: US Solar’s Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
There is nothing new about protectionism just as there is nothing new about aggressive pricing for market share, dumping of overproduction at low prices and the cascade of unintended consequences of government intervention on markets. [...]
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PV Plant Repowering, the Utility 50-Year Systems Model
There are two basic types of solar PV plant repowering. The first is for existing or distressed plants. The second is for extending the life of new plants at the end of their initial design life, which is projected at about 20 to 25 years. So as we concentrate on new plant repowering, what is the difference? [...]
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SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with Drones to Global Solar Market
San José-based SunPower this week said that it now is offering its Oasis power plant platform, with drones, to solar power plant developers and EPC providers through a newly formed business unit, called SunPower Solutions. [...]
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Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems track the sun through the day
The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when oriented directly at the sun, some systems use solar-tracking technology to increase electricity generation by rotating the panels along one or two axes. [...]
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London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase 1.8-GW Portfolio of US Solar Projects
London-based solar firm VivoPower International last week said that its subsidiary has signed a joint venture agreement that will give it the right to acquire solar projects in a 1.8-GW portfolio to be developed in the U.S. by Innovative Solar Systems. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: The Long Slow Death of US Solar Manufacturing
In the satiric movie Network, Howard Beale said: “Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!!” [...]
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Apple Explores Dual Land Use Solar Siting in Celebration of Earth Day
Apple is highlighting the value of dual land use solar siting in a new video it released today in celebration of Earth Day 2017. [...]
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Interconnection Issues Could Block Future Energy Storage Progress in US, Report Says
Without proper planning now, it is likely that interconnection issues could emerge as a “significant blockade” to the success of energy storage programs in the U.S., much like the industry has seen with newly launched solar programs, according to a report released this week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). [...]
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Solar Module Manufacturer Suniva Files for Bankruptcy
The Board of Directors of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (SICE) yesterday said that Atlanta-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition for relief under the U.S. bankruptcy code.   [...]
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Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community Solar Together
The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report. [...]
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India Gets Record Low Bid to Build Solar Power, Minister Says
The price of solar power in India fell to a record low of 3.15 rupees (5 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour in a competitive tender where French firm Engie SA’s local arm won rights to develop 250 MW. [...]
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What Are the Top 10 States for Clean Energy Jobs?
The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency.  [...]
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Schneider Electric Turns Boston HQ into Living Laboratory with “Islandable” Microgrid
Last week, Schneider Electric brought media, analysts and partners to its Boston One Campus (BOC), the company’s North American headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts, to unveil what it is calling its new “advanced microgrid.” With the microgrid, the BOC is able to completely detach from the grid and draw all of its power from the onsite generation, which includes about 448 kW of rooftop and carport PV and a gas generator. During the media and analyst event, Andy Haun, the CTO of the compa [...]
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