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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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Solar Power Colorado 2017 to Explore Innovation in a Fast-Changing Marketplace
Denver, CO, January 04, 2017 — Solar Power Colorado 2017 is shaping up as an invaluable exploration of the growing role of solar energy in a changing political landscape. While solar energy continues its record-breaking growth nationally and in Colorado, the sector faces major uncertainties as the new political order takes shape in Washington D.C., and the conference will be one of the first major professional gatherings of the year to examine what lies ahead. With the theme: Innovation: Maki [...]
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Governor Hickenlooper Appoints New PUC Commissioners
Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced the appointment of Jeff Ackermann – executive director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) – and Wendy Moser of the telecommunications company Charter Communications to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Ackermann will serve as chairman of the PUC. Both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2017.  Learn More The post Governor Hickenlooper Appoints New PUC Commissioners appeared first [...]
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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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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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