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Wyoming’s Utilities May Soon Be Banned from Buying Large-scale Renewables
This week in Wyoming, legislators introduced a new law that would keep the state’s utilities from purchasing utility-scale wind and solar power produced inside or outside of Wyoming. [...]
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Listen Up: Rooftop Solar Potential in the US
At the center of our solar system, approximately 92.96 million miles away, is a nuclear power plant capable of powering the entire globe. We know it by its most common name: our sun. [...]
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Are You Realizing the Full Value of Your Solar Initiatives?
Americans like solar. Study after study has shown that the American public supports solar and wants the country to use more of it. Corporations like solar, too. When a company signs a solar PPA, it in effect locks in lower electricity prices for a fixed timeframe, which is music to the ears of the Chief Financial Officer.  The fact that that energy is clean and renewable is music to the ears of the Chief Marketing Officer or  Chief Sustainability Officer.  All good, right? [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Off-Grid, Quality, PPA Pricing
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 include an innovative utility program in Vermont, the importance of quality in the renewable energy industry and how low PPA prices for solar projects impact the industry. Check it out. [...]
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21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since April
Since April 2016, there has been 21 MW of new solar PV community mini-grid capacity announced in emerging global markets, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). [...]
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Lessons from Negotiations with the Utility
COSEIA Executive Director Rebecca Cantwell published an Op Ed piece in Solar Industry Magazine (January 2017) describing her experiences negotiating a complex settlement agreement with Xcel Energy last year. The settlement resolved issues from Xcel’s virtual barrage of PUC filings in 2016. We republish it here for your convenience: “As executive director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, I spent much of my summer in corporate conference rooms at the headquarters [...]
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Ten Predictions For Rooftop Solar In 2017
Every year I gaze into my solar crystal ball and make ten educated guesses about the rooftop solar industry. Last year I was pretty lucky, getting 9 out of 10 right. [...]
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Xcel Electric Rates Would Stifle Solar
Increased fixed costs with lower energy prices will make renewable energy and conservation investments less attractive Denver, CO, June 2, 2016 – Members of the public will have a chance to be heard June 9 and 16  at hearings on new rates that will affect everyone who pays an electric bill to Xcel Energy. The utility’s proposal would send price signals that discourage energy conservation and rooftop solar energy. Xcel Energy has mounted a massive PR campaign to convince Coloradans t [...]
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EcoMark Solar: Sales Consultant
Post Date: January 3, 2017 Job Title: Outside Solar Sales Consultant- Front Range, CO Location: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to maggie.aey@ecomarksolar.com EcoMark Solar is a rapidly growing residential solar company based in Denver, CO. Our mission is to offer every homeowner in Colorado energy independence, financial independence, and a more environmentally responsible lifestyle through solar power. We are se [...]
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Sunsense Solar – Commercial Sales Associate
Post Date: January 5, 2017 Job Title: Commercial Sales Associate Location:  Carbondale, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to katharine@sunsensesolar.com Application Deadline: January 25, 2017 Primary responsibilities will be to support the Commercial Sales Department by implementing a targeted marketing strategy that will include customer pre-qualification, direct outreach, relationship building, event attendance and other peripheral duties pertainin [...]
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Germans Get Almost One-Third of Electricity from Renewables in 2016
In another shining example of renewable energy leadership, in 2016, Germany used more renewable electricity than ever before, receiving 32 percent of the gross amount of electricity consumed in the country from sun, wind and other renewable sources. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) arrived at this figure in an initial estimate in late 2016. If the projections are correct, more than 191 bi [...]
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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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