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CEO: US Solar Trade Case is a Job Killer
There’s another solar trade war brewing and if the US solar manufacturing companies that have brought it to the forefront are successful, it’s estimated that up to $.78 per watt could be added to solar panel costs in the United States. For background, earlier this spring, bankrupt Georgia-based manufacturer Suniva filed a complaint about its inability to compete with cheap solar imports from Asia. In May, SolarWorld became a co-petitioner. The U.S. International Trade Commission should rule [...]
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Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US
In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal. [...]
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CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV
Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback.  [...]
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Black Hills Energy 2017 Eligible Energy Resource RFP
On June 23, 2017, Black Hills will issue a request for proposal for up to 60 megawatts of eligible energy resources in Phase II of its 2016 Electric Resource Plan (2016 ERP). Black Hills is conducting this competitive bid to determine if it can acquire eligible energy resources that will save customers money and renewable energy credits for compliance with Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard.  The solicitation will be completed on-line at bheerrfp.accionpower.com. Black Hills will host a web [...]
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GRID Alternatives – SolarCorps Construction Fellow *Nationwide and Denver Positions*
Post Date: June 22, 2017 Job Title: SolarCorps Fellowship Program Construction Fellow Location:  Denver, CO and Nationwide Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid*protected email*(No Calls Please) About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program: GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for thirteen months. Fellows will ga [...]
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GRID Alternatives–SolarCorps Outreach Fellow *Denver and Nationwide Positions*
Post Date: June 22, 2017 Job Title: SolarCorps Outreach Fellow Location:  Denver, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid*protected email*(No Calls Please) About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program: GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for thirteen months. Fellows will gain valuable experience in the solar an [...]
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Panel Makers Surge After Trump Proposes Solar on Border Wall
Shares of solar manufacturers rose sharply Thursday after President Donald Trump told supporters that mounting solar PV panels atop his proposed Mexican border wall would allow the project to pay for itself. [...]
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Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge
Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low. [...]
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Trade Case Threatens Thousands of Solar Jobs 
  A solar trade case pending before the International Trade Commission poses significant risks to the entire U.S. solar industry, believes the Solar Energy Industries Association. A petition was filed by Suniva, a Chinese-owned solar company that has filed for bankruptcy,and supported by SolarWorld, a German-owned solar company. They  are requesting that the federal government impose tariffs on imported solar cells and establish minimum prices on imported solar panels. SEIA estimates that [...]
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GRID Alternatives–SolarCorps Workforce and Volunteer Fellow *Denver and Nationwide Positions*
Post Date: June 22, 2017 Job Title: SolarCorps Fellowship Program Volunteer Fellow Location:  Denver, CO and Nationwide Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid*protected email*(No Calls Please) About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program: GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for thirteen months. Fellows will gain [...]
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LivSolar– Residential and Commercial Sales Rep
Post Date: June 22, 2017 Job Title: Residential and Commercial Sales Rep Location:  Denver, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit resume to *protected email*  (No Calls Please) Liv Solar sells, designs, and installs residential and commercial solar systems across Colorado. We are looking for an experienced Solar Sales Rep in metro Denver and surrounding areas including Fort Collins. We will respond to all inquiries after July 4, 2017. The post LivSolar– Residential a [...]
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Researchers Win DOE Grant for Solar Communications Security System
A three-year study to develop a generic cybersecurity system for monitoring communications between distributed resource energy generators — including solar — and the grid is being developed by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under a $900,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.   [...]
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Letter from the Editor: Innovation in Renewables
I’ve been thinking a lot about innovation this month. I wrote about how wind construction companies are innovating to lower costs in our cover story and talked about that in my video above. But I’m also thinking about BIG innovation — the world-changing kind. In April, I attended the Powering Progress Together (PPT) forum, hosted by Shell and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Visionaries from both organizations presented their views of the future of energy. Cho Khong, Chief Political Ana [...]
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First Glance — Here Are the Proposed Houses for Solar Decathlon 2017
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Notes from the Solar Underground: At the Intersection of Innovation, Technology and Market, the Market Decides
Whether the market makes a flawed decision or not, the market is always the decider, and whether its decisions are based on price, personal beliefs, wanting to be part of the newest trend or fad or technology direction or for any number of other reasons, the market is the ultimate judge of whether a product or technology will meet success or fade away. [...]
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Boulder County Launches EnergySmart IQ
Boulder County’s EnergySmart service just released the EnergySmart IQ (Income Qualified) Solar PV Rebate to help Boulder County residents afford the solar array they have always wanted. Eligible Boulder County residents can now apply for and receive $1/watt up to $3,000 to aid them in purchasing or leasing rooftop solar. Boulder County works to make solar PV accessible to all and understands that for many county homeowners the cost of a system is a bit too much of a hurdle. Please use this re [...]
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Solar Decathlon Teams Enter Construction Phase; Readying for October Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 is coming to Denver in October, and teams are building their entries to be ready for the competition. [...]
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Listen Up: The Solar Coaster
Energy and environmental trends are our friends when it comes to the long-term future of the solar industry. For more about the next dip on the Solar Coaster, Listen Up to the Energy Show on Renewable Energy World. [...]
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CO Businesses Vow to Reach Paris Climate Goals Despite Trump
DENVER – Colorado companies including Western Union, New Belgium Brewing and several ski resorts have joined hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors and chief executives, all promising to make good on the nation’s commitment to reach climate goals set in Paris. A letter – including signatures from such high-profile brands as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nestle, Target and Wrangler – was released Monday. Rebecca Cantwell, director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Associatio [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, Paris Agreement, Climate Change
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. [...]
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Technical Masking in Solar PV — What Is Really Behind the Curtain?
One of the most vexing issues in the PV industry today is that of technical masking. Masking is all about accurately identifying technical issues, finding what is behind the curtain, the unseen, what is real but not being measured, and what is taking place that is not being accounted for. [...]
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Trina IBC Solar Cell Record 'Significant'
The recent announcement by Trina Solar that it had reached a new solar conversion efficiency record of 24.13 percent in a Changzhou, China laboratory for an interdigitated back contact (IBC) mono-crystalline silicon cell, is a “significant achievement,” according to a U.S. laboratory analyst. “The efficiency is significant given the size of the cell at six inches,” says Abasifreke Ebong, a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of North Car [...]
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GRID Alternatives – SolarCorps Fellowship Program Assistant Fellow
Post Date: June 2, 2017 Job Title:  SolarCorps Fellowship Program Assistant Fellow Location:  Denver, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid*protected email*(No Calls Please) About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program: GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for thirteen months. Fellows will gain valuable exper [...]
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GRID Alternatives – SolarCorps Fellowship Program Warehouse Assistant Fellow
  Post Date: June 2, 2017 Job Title: SolarCorps Fellowship Program Warehouse Assistant Fellow Location:  Denver, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid*protected email*(No Calls Please) About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program: GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for thirteen months. Fellows will gain [...]
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