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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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GRID Alternatives – SolarCorps Fellowship Program Construction Fellow
Post Date: June 2, 2017 Job Title: SolarCorps Fellowship Program Warehouse Construction 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 val [...]
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GRID Alternatives – Solar Installation Supervisor
Post Date: June 2, 2017 Job Title: Solar Installation Supervisor 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) Description: GRID Alternatives Colorado is seeking a full-time, experienced Solar Installation Supervisor to oversee all aspects of PV installations for low-income families in Colorado. This position will be responsible for leading commercial scale proj [...]
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US Residential Solar Market Slides for the First Time in 16 Years
The U.S. residential solar market is projected to contract in 2017 after at least 16 straight years of growth, reflecting a shift in sales strategies by some major installers and increasing pressure from utilities to adjust incentives. [...]
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Shaw Solar– Residential and Commercial Sales Associate
Post Date: June 1, 2017 Job Title: Residential and Commercial Sales Associate Location:  Durango, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to *protected email* (No Calls Please) Come live and work in beautiful Durango, Colorado!  We are looking for a bright, energetic and highly experienced solar advocate to join our sales team.  This is not an entry-level position.  Responsibilities would include anything and everything required to promote the [...]
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Smart Solar Ensures Services at Remote Communities across the World
The Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged as one of the hottest topics, covering home security systems to refrigerators that tell you when to buy milk. The technology, which extends connectivity and computing capability to devices that are not normally considered computers and allows these devices to generate and exchange data with minimal human intervention, is now integrated into off-grid solar, creating “smart” solar. [...]
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Neoen Picks Schneider Electric To Support 750 MW of Solar on Three Continents
French IPP Neoen, and energy management company Schneider Electric last week signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGen multi-year framework agreement that covers solar assets on three continents.  The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1500V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers, and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.   [...]
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SolarWorld Joins Case Seeking U.S. Duties on Cheap Solar Imports
SolarWorld AG’s U.S. unit joined a trade case asking the federal government to impose duties on low-cost imports that have fueled a nationwide boom in solar installations. The company, which filed a separate trade complaint that led to U.S. tariffs on Chinese panels in 2012, become a co-petitioner Thursday in Suniva Inc.’s case before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Suniva, a bankrupt Georgia manufacturer, initiated the complaint in April, saying it’s impossible to [...]
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UK Breaks Solar Record; Generates 24 Percent of Power from Solar
On Friday, May 26, on what was expected to be one of the hottest days of the year, solar panels in the UK generated a record amount of power, enough to meet almost 25 percent of demand. This is according to data compiled by National Grid Plc and Sheffield University. At noon London-time, 8.75 GW of power was being generated by the solar PV, breaking a previous record of 8.49 GW, overtaking nuclear power in the country.   [...]
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Real World Solar Projects for Hardworking Students
What is the best design for a livable home powered entirely by the sun that can be transported anywhere in the world and assembled in just a few days? Solar Decathlon competitions worldwide have netted 274 different-yet-correct answers to this question since it was first posed in 2002. [...]
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Grid Parity? The Real Story Behind the Concept and Why It Relates to Diesel Generators
There’s been a decade of talk about if solar (or wind) has reached grid parity. And now, with the increased use of batteries and storage, the question becomes more relevant, as renewables can supply electricity beyond the generation time.  [...]
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Judge Recommends Decoupling for Xcel Energy
An  Administrative Law Judge recommended  granting  Xcel’s  request for Revenue Decoupling for residential customers, meaning cost recovery will no longer be based on how much electricity is sold.  COSEIA hopes this decision will be good news for solar development by removing a disincentive Xcel has cited to expand solar. The commission refused Xcel’s request for a weather adjustment, which was a victory for solar advocates. The recommended decision did not grant decoupling for [...]
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Listen Up: Commercial PACE Financing — With Brandon Deno
PACE financing, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, started out about 10 years ago as a financing mechanism for residential solar. Basically, the cost of the solar system is repaid over a 5- to 20-year timeframe as a part of the building’s property taxes.  [...]
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Stranded Utility Renewables — A Competitive Challenge for Early Adopters
Figures for the deployment of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the U.S. over the past decade are truly breathtaking. Installed utility-scale wind power capacity in the U.S. has increased nearly sevenfold since 2007, reaching a cumulative level of more than 80,000 MW in 2016. Deployment of utility-scale solar has been even more impressive, reaching a cumulative level of more than 10,000 MW in 2016 from less than 160 MW in 2007. [...]
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Solar Industry Letter on the Colorado Energy Office
Today, members of the solar industry sent a letter sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper expressing our disappointment that the legislature failed to secure funding for the Colorado Energy Office.  The Colorado Energy Office plays and important role in the state’s energy ecosystem. The office is an important convener and serves as a mediator of different view points. Its programs serve as important incubators to encourage nascent technologies and new business models. It is our hope that [...]
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Tesla’s Solar Roof Is Finally Available to Buy
Tesla is opening up its online store for its solar roof tiles Wednesday, Elon Musk said in a message on Twitter. More details—presumably including pricing—will be disclosed shortly. [...]
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Solar Module Maker SolarWorld Files for Insolvency
Amidst harsh price wars in the solar module maker space, Germany-based SolarWorld AG said in a statement that the company is bankrupt. The company statement said that “ongoing price erosion” and mounting debts have resulted in a negative prognosis for the company and that the board members will immediately file for insolvency. It is unclear what will happen to the company’s affiliates, including the US-based operation based in Oregon.  [...]
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Listen Up: How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels
When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is “how often do I need to clean my solar panels.” We’ll answer that question on this week’s show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is “how do I read my electric bill,” but that’s a topic for another show). [...]
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Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power
The push to save U.S. nuclear plants for the sake of fighting climate change is threatening support for the bread and butter of clean power: wind and solar. [...]
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Solar Jobs: State of the States
With a variety of different careers to choose from in the solar industry, it should come as no surprise that there are now more than 260,000 people working in it. [...]
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PUC Says Climate Change Impacts Need to be Considered in Resource Planning
The Public Utilities Commission written order approving Xcel Energy’s Electric Resource Plan, issued April 28,  contains important precedents that acknowledge the real costs of climate change in Colorado.  The long-range planning document  will  guide Xcel in making future resource decisions. COSEIA believes it is very significant that the PUC majority agreed with us, and others, that Xcel must model the “social costs’’ of carbon when planning on what future energy resources to acqui [...]
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East Boulder County Community Solar RFP
Post Date: May 3, 2017 Opportunity Title: Request for Proposal for Contracted Rooftop PV Services We are community members of East Boulder County who are passionate about solar!  We want solar installed on our roofs and we want to encourage our neighbors to do the same. So, we formed a little committee and have already seen outstanding interest. Our goal is to hire a solar installer.   We will then work with the installer to promote and encourage others to join us through neighborhood meeti [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Unprofitability, Failure and Economically Challenged Business Models
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 explore the fallacy of unbridled optimism in the solar industry and why these past two weeks have been fraught with company failures. Check it out! [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: US Solar’s Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
There is nothing new about protectionism just as there is nothing new about aggressive pricing for market share, dumping of overproduction at low prices and the cascade of unintended consequences of government intervention on markets. [...]
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