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New Utility Program Helps Customers Go Off-Grid
It seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? If utilities are in the business of selling kilowatt-hours, then why would it make sense for them to help customers produce enough of their own kilowatt-hours that they don’t need to buy them from the utility anymore? Burlington, VT-based Green Mountain Power is testing a new program that it hopes will result in dollar and carbon-emission savings for both customers and itself. It’s Off-Grid package includes an energy efficiency audit in partnership wi [...]
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Germans Get Almost One-Third of Electricity from Renewables in 2016
In another shining example of renewable energy leadership, in 2016, Germany used more renewable electricity than ever before, receiving 32 percent of the gross amount of electricity consumed in the country from sun, wind and other renewable sources. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) arrived at this figure in an initial estimate in late 2016. If the projections are correct, more than 191 bi [...]
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Accurate Solar Energy Forecasting Could Save Ratepayers Millions
A 2015 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBM found that more accurate day-ahead predictions of solar energy generation levels would save ratepayers in California $5 million in avoided costs. Solar forecasts, which integrate weather patterns and solar production estimates to help grid managers predict how much solar energy will be produced across their system on a given day, allow utilities to better allocate resources and avoid the need to ramp up reserve power plants. But gr [...]
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BLM Issues Rule Changes to Encourage Solar/Wind Development on Federal Lands
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Dec. 19 Federal Register published a notice that it is amending its regulations governing rights-of-way issued under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA). [...]
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Will Trumping Obama’s Interior Department Help Solar?
The solar industry is large enough to seek U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) regulatory relief, irrespective of any debate over climate change. The President-elect is skeptical of anthropogenic climate change. [...]
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World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind
A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. [...]
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Comparing Central Inverters and String Inverters in Utility Scale Solar Systems in North America
System designers have more options today than ever before when architecting solar systems. While this may seem like a great advantage, these options necessitate an ever growing number of decision points in the design process. [...]
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Microgrids in the New Energy World
Microgrids are not new. Hospitals, universities, government buildings and military bases have relied on backup generators and central heat and power (CHP) systems for years. But the emergence of renewable energy, especially solar PV, and a heightened need for more reliable and resilient electricity supply has in the last few years catapulted microgrids into the limelight. [...]
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Village of Minster Energy Storage Project is Renewable Project of the Year
On Tuesday during Power Generation Week, Troy Miller of S&C Electric and Don Harrod of the Village of Minster accepted the Renewable Energy Project of the Year on behalf of Half Moon Ventures, developer of the project. The Village of Minster Energy Storage Project in Minster, Ohio is a 7-MW, 3-MWh energy storage system is co-located with a 4.2-MW solar PV plant and is capable of providing multiple revenue streams (that flow to multiple parties) by integrating frequency-regulation services, t [...]
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Power Generation Week Attendees View Rooftop and Ground-Mount Solar Arrays
On Monday, attendees of Power Generation Week toured solar arrays both on the roof of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and in various locations around its campus. [...]
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US Army Releases Review Related to Streamlining of Solar Permitting
The U.S. Department of the Army announce in the Dec. 2 Federal Register that it has completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for construction, operation, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy projects on Army installations and is making the PEA and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) available for public comment. [...]
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Renewable Energy in US Gained 24 Percent Through First Nine Months of 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) on Nov. 29 released electric generation statistics through the end of September 2016. Generation from geothermal, solar, and wind energy increased by 24 percent compared with the first nine months of 2015. Non-hydro renewable energy, including biomass, has made up 8.5 percent of U.S. electric generation thus far in 2016. [...]
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Listen Up: Solar Under the Trump Administration
Our country had a surprise when Trump was elected as our next President. He takes office in fewer than two months. Compared to his predecessors, President Elect Trump has very different views about energy, manufacturing and business in general. [...]
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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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