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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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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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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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These 3 maps show the absurd growth potential of rooftop solar in America
Solar power in America is on a roll. Over the last decade, the cost of solar installations in the U.S. has fallen by more than 70 percent, and every year has had more solar installed than the last.Since 2010, the nation’s solar power capacity has grown fifteen-fold. And employment in the U.S. solar industry recently surpassed 200,000 people – that’s more than the oil and gas extraction industry, and three times more than the coal-mining industry.It’s really just the beginning though. To [...]
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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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COSEIA Development Director
Post Date: December 10, 2016 Location: Denver, Colorado Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: Rebecca Cantwell The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA)  is seeking to fill the key senior-level position of Development Director. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of generating revenue from a variety of events, a passion for solar energy, and the ability to multi-task on a small but nimble and highly productive team. [...]
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As Colorado Looks To Renewables, Industries Like Health Care Want To Go Green Too
Health giant Kaiser Permanente is investing heavily in renewables and other green measures, like energy efficiency and waterwise landscapes. Many Colorado-based companies are following suit. [...]
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Will Trump Push Colorado’s ‘Solarcoaster’ Into A Valley Or Help It Climb Higher?
Trump has called global warming a hoax and he criticized wind and solar power as "so expensive." That leaves hope for renewables resting on state policies. [...]
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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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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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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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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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Solar PV FAQs – Community Solar Program
Your Solar Installation:   About Solar Energy:   Connecting to the Grid: Financing & Incentives:           [...]
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PVCalc – The Return (ROI) Calculator for PV solar energy investments | PVCalc.org
PVCalc allows you to calculate the ROI of PV solar energy projects - viewed as financial investments. The results are presented graphically, divided into four sub-categories: Results, effect of leverage, effect of irradiation and panel price, effect of inflation. [...]
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Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof: Prices Dropping, Solar Hopping – The Equation
1. Costs for installed solar systems have continued to drop. Prices for rooftop solar fell yet again in the first half of 2014. We’ve already reported on the impressive recent-year drops in solar costs. For their latest report, GTM-SEIA calculated that, just between the first quarter of 2014 and the second, average residential solar prices dropped another 2.4 percent. LBNL found that in the first half of 2014 the larger state markets had smaller solar systems drop an average of 4 percent. [...]
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Solar calculator solar panels calculator solar energy payback calculator
America's leading solar calculator shows solar panel system costs based on updated industry average installed solar panels prices what size system you need your returns your payback time and energy bill savings solar energy rebates and solar power incentives. [...]
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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 ROI — Best States For Solar ROI
As many people have pointed out, solar panels aren't like household appliances, they are more like financial investments. So, the key point many people wan [...]
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The Typical Solar Panel Payback Period | Solar Power Now
Homeowners looking into solar power often want to know what the solar panel payback period is. Discover why this question does not have a set answer. [...]
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