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This Old Mine Is Now British Columbia’s Largest Solar Farm
For over a century, the landscape north of Kimberley, British Columbia, was used for intensive industrial hard-rock mining — but now it’s home to the largest solar farm in all of British Columbia. Over the decades, the site of Teck’s (formerly Cominco’s) Sullivan Mine hosted a steel mill, fertilizer plant and tailings ponds, rendering the area tree-less for the foreseeable future. [...]
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A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals
The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity - making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring electric utilities to build battery facilities in the future. [...]
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Listen Up: Future Rooftop Solar Costs — Getting to $2.50/watt
The solar industry is one of our most obvious success stories. Our industry directly employs 261,000 people. We generate energy that is both clean and renewable. And we generate this energy at prices that are less than conventional utility power — as low as 6 cents per kwh.  [...]
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The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar PV Reality
Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels. It’s not as far-fetched it seems. Solar researchers and company executives think there’s a good chance the economics of the $42 billion industry will soon be disrupted by something called perovskites, a range of materials that can be used to harvest light when turned into a crystalli [...]
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Innovative Aggregation Expands Access to Large-scale Renewables
This week, the largest renewable energy project built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers reached commercial operation. The development of the 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project was driven by demand from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center, and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation.   [...]
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Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen from Biomass
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass, the U.K. university said last week. [...]
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Colorado Solar Property Tax Exemption
Property Tax Exemption Renewable energy personal property that is located on a residential classified property, owned by the residential property owner, and produces energy that is used by the residential property is exempt from Colorado property taxation. [...]
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Colorado Solar Energy Incentives | Department of Energy
Updated June 2015 2007 legislation enabled the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to establish a multi-year energy savings goal for electric utilities in the state. Reduction targets are set to 1.35% of sales in 2015 and increase to 1.68% in 2020. Utilities file their plans to work toward targets annually. The companies collectively budgeted over $110 million in 2014 to promote energy efficiency and load management in the state.   [...]
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Sunrun Sees 1,000 Orders for Solar+storage in California, Hawaii
Sunrun has received about 1,000 orders for its recently launched BrightBox solar plus energy storage solution in California and Hawaii, Sunrun co-founder and CEO Lynn Jurich said during a March 8 4Q16 company earnings call.   [...]
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Providing Value Throughout the Entire Solar PV Supply Chain
Within the past decade or two, the solar industry has experienced a great deal of evolution and expansion. In the U.S., one of the largest shakeups was in 2010 when PV panel prices dropped. The inverter market has also been subjected to changes, especially in terms of new topologies and increased functionalities. [...]
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Solar Power Colorado Off to a Strong Start
NREL Director Martin Keller kicked off the first full day at Solar Power Colorado in front of a standing room-only audience. In a provocative keynote address he presented the successful history of solar research, which has been accompanied for decades by a dizzying descent in solar costs. Combine that with the way the solar industry improves environmental conditions and creates high-quality jobs – and you have an important good-news story to tell. But, said Keller, the solar industry needs [...]
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Ritter: Solar is Mainstream
Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter opened the Solar Power Colorado conference Wednesday, March 15th with an overview of solar initiatives nationwide. While there may be policy uncertainty at the national level Ritter said, looking at solar initiatives at the state, local and corporate level is more promising. Ritter described the bipartisan support for solar energy among governors, indicating that while there are fewer of them, GOP governors in renewable energy resource-rich states are becomin [...]
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Sungevity Bankrupt; Former Workers Mull Class-Action Lawsuit
Sungevity, which last week laid off more than two-thirds of its Kansas City staff, received only a fraction of the $11.8 million in potential tax breaks that were offered to attract the company here. The solar panel marketing company opened a sales office in downtown Kansas City in early 2015. [...]
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Corporations Key Demand Drivers for Wind, Solar, Moody’s Says
Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report Friday by Moody’s Investors Service.  [...]
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Load and Location: DER and the Grid
Distributed energy resources are fast becoming cost competitive with traditionally generated electricity. According to Rocky Mountain Institute, grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will reach economic parity with grid electricity within the next 10-15 years. Despite near-term technical and financial challenges, more and more business will adopt on- and off-site generation, storage, community and wholesale projects.   [...]
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Listen Up: Protecting Solar Consumers — Interview with Tom Kimbis from SEIA
Please Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show as Tom Kimbis, the Executive Vice President of the Solar Energy Industries Association, talks about SEIA’s Consumer Protection and Ethics Committees, as well as SEIA’s “Consumer Guide to Solar Power” and Residential Disclosure Forms. [...]
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Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance
Supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power by substantially improving the efficiency of converting high temperature solar heat into electricity. Through three SunShot Initiative-funded projects and six years of steady progress, GE Global Research and Southwest Research Institute have taken major steps toward commercializing the technology.   [...]
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Negotiating Corporate PPAs in the Middle East and Africa — Part Two: Working Around Single Buyer Model Regulations, Designing Off Balance Sheet Structures and Making the Sale
A group of energy executives actively involved in solar C&I development in the Middle East and Africa talked at a Solarplaza conference... [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Utility Backlash, Blockchain, Diversity
Today’s topics include how utilities are crying foul about the price of PPAs - is this the beginning of a big backlash against solar? In addition, we'll discuss blockchain technology and diversity in the solar industry. Check it out! [...]
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Sunsense – Project Manager
Job Title: Project Manager Location: Carbondale, CO Application Deadline: March 11 To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to *protected email*Download Job Description*protected email* Sunsense has an immediate opening for a Project Manager (including Operations & Logistics) to work from our Carbondale office. This position entails full engagement with all Sunsense departments (Sales, Design, Procurement, Accounting and Service) and requires a skill set capable of growth within the com [...]
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Sunsense–Lead Solar Installer
Post Date: February 24, 2017 Job Title: Lead Solar Installer Location:  Carbondale, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to *protected email* Sunsense has an immediate opening for a Lead Solar Installer to work from our Carbondale office. You must be a mechanically minded individual to work in the field installing residential and light commercial grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems. The Lead Solar Installer will be responsible for managing and install [...]
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First Solar Posts Biggest-Ever Loss as Revenue Slides
First Solar Inc. slumped the most in three months after reporting its biggest-ever loss and cutting its earnings forecast.  [...]
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My 2017 Solar Resolution — Inspiring Dialogue with Key Solar Influencers
A funny thing happened recently: We wrote an article suggesting that a lower cost of capital, driven by increased debt in project finance transactions, would help to mitigate some of the new risk the solar industry faces in 2017. We didn’t anticipate that this would be a particularly controversial viewpoint. After all, paying a lower cost of capital is like paying off old credit card debt. Who could disagree with that? [...]
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India's New Solar Auction Lights the Way to Modi's Green Targets
Record low Indian solar tariffs tendered at a groundbreaking auction may catalyze green investments and help tip the balance of new power to renewables and away from fossil fuels.   [...]
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