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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists in the World?
Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.   [...]
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$24M Dedicated to Reducing Cost of Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology
The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030. [...]
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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility
If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it. [...]
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Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs
After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year. [...]
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Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days
Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put.  [...]
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Xcel Energy Net Metering Updates
Please see information on Xcel’s updates to their net metering program: Please see the Solar Trade Partner and Solar Customer Fact Sheet for further information: Solar Customer Info Sheet_Pricing Plans Solar Trade Partner Info Sheet_ Pricing Plans Monetization of Roll Over Credits for all Solar Customers Xcel Energy and solar stakeholders recently agreed to change the way net-metered solar customers receive bill credits for the excess electricity their solar panels generate. This ch [...]
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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential Awaits Solar Plus Storage
Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Refuting the Anti-Solar Argument that Everyone Else’s Rates Go Up When People Go Solar
Today we focus on one topic that has a lot of spokes. And it’s this: refuting the claim that when people go solar, everyone else’s bills increase. We’ll take three of the age-old arguments about how residential solar increases rates for non-solar customers and explain why those arguments do not hold water.   [...]
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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just Won’t Go Solar
A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred. [...]
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Xcel Battery Interconnection Process Presentation
Xcel recently released a presentation on battery storage to its battery sub-group meeting. The presentation can be found here: Battery Sub-Group Mtg 3.29.3018_final The post Xcel Battery Interconnection Process Presentation appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Steel Tariffs, Manufacturing and Why You Should Participate in Conferences
Today’s topics include U.S. President Trump’s official proclamation that he is imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum and how they will affect all facets of the energy industry, including solar companies. We also touch on the now-becoming-more official JinkoSolar manufacturing plant. There is still no official announcement that they are building something that will manufacture solar modules in the U.S. however JinkoSolar is named in legislation recently filed [...]
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Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation
Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah.  [...]
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College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status with Solar Plus Storage
The University of Hawai'i Maui College says it will be capable of generating 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar PV systems coupled with battery storage next year. The effort is part of a goal for the 10-campus UH system to be net-zero by 2035. [...]
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2017 Solar Census Highlights Job Growth in Colorado
The 2017 Solar Census highlighted job growth in the Colorado market, which now boasts over 6,000 solar workers. Colorado ranks 9th nationally in solar job numbers. More information on the Colorado market can be found on this fact sheet.   The post 2017 Solar Census Highlights Job Growth in Colorado appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]
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Installer: New Solar Projects May Soon Include Storage “By Default”
On Tuesday March 26, Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables announced that they commissioned 12 MWh of Lockheed Martin’s GridStar lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects. The solar-plus-storage system will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.   [...]
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Microsoft Tops US Corporate Solar Purchases with 315-MW Agreement
Microsoft Corp. yesterday said that it made the largest corporate purchase of solar in the U.S. from two projects in Virginia. According to the company, it will buy 315 MW from the Pleinmont I and II solar projects, which are part of sPower’s larger 500-MW Pleinmont project. sPower is an AES and AIMCo company.   [...]
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Perovskite Research Promises More Solar Power for Your Money
A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide 'healed' the defects and immobilised ion movement, which to date have limited the efficiency of cheap perovskite solar cells. [...]
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French President Macron Makes 1 Billion-Euro Commitment to Solar Deployment
In this minicast, France and India host the founding summit of the International Solar Alliance, and French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s total commitment to solar deployment through 2022 will reach 1 billion euros. [...]
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The Global Leader in Pay-As-You-Go Solar Is Downsizing
M-Kopa, the Kenyan pay-per-use solar power provider, is downsizing in a bid to improve its competitiveness, ensure long-term sustainability, and increase return for investors. The Nairobi-headquartered company said it laid off more than 150 of its over 1,000 staff members as part of a company-wide restructuring that took place at the end of 2017. [...]
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Sunrun Seeks $500 Million for Rooftop Solar Growth
Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company, is seeking about $500 million to fund more rooftop-power systems, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. [...]
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International Solar Alliance Organizing $1Trillion in Funding for Solar Projects
A global coalition aimed at supporting the use of solar power is expected to announce a slew of projects worth about $700 million during its inaugural conference this weekend in New Delhi, according to government officials familiar with the matter. The International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015, plans to unveil 20 projects in as many countries during the event on March 11, said the officials, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t publ [...]
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Empowered Energy Systems Commercial and Residential Sales Representative
Post Date: March 1, 2018 Job Title: Commercial and Residential Sales Representative Location:  Hotchkiss, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Job Description Empowered Energy Systems is looking for a lead sales representative for commercial and residential sales to support our company development. The ideal candidate will have solar sales and installation/technical experience, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work independently. The primary respo [...]
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Why a Misuse of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 Could Lead to Higher Costs for US Solar Projects
In April 2017, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, began an investigation into steel and aluminum imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion act of 1962. Ross made a variety of tariff recommendations to Mr. Trump including 24 percent tariffs on steel imports from all countries, 53 percent tariffs on steel imports from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam or cuts in imports of 37 percent from all countries. [...]
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