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These Water-Stressed Countries Have the Most Solar and Wind Potential
Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems. [...]
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Blockchain May Soon Be Helping Puerto Rico Keep the Lights on
Solar panels. Batteries. Emergency fossil fuel-fired generators. They’ve all been deployed across Puerto Rico to help get the lights back on in the months following devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. [...]
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Storage, Wind, Solar Companies Are Recruiting Coal Miners for Their Work Ethics and High-Tech Skills
When a California battery company officially moved its headquarters and manufacturing to Kentucky coal country last week, generous state tax subsidies certainly played a role — but so did something often lost in the debate about coal. [...]
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Taxes, Trump and Tariffs: 7 Takeaways From the Midwest Solar Expo
The Trump administration’s tariffs have loomed over the U.S. solar industry all year, and they were a reoccurring topic at this week’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minneapolis. [...]
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City of Pueblo RFQ for Municipalization Consulting Services
Bid Title: 18-052 RFQ Electric Utility Purchase Feasibility Consulting Services Category: Current Projects Status: Open Description: The City of Pueblo (City) seeks to hire an experienced consultant to help the city develop and execute a communication plan to support the effort of evaluations alternatives to an investor owned utility provider. This effort will involve thoughtful collaboration with the City Council, administrative staff, key community stakeholders, and the public. All [...]
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Solar PV Provider Now Selling Batteries To Homeowners in the UK and Ireland
Hanwha Q CELLS announced plans to enter the solar rooftop market in the UK and Ireland with two new products: the 330-Wp Q.PEAK DUO-G5 module with half-cut cells, round wires and six bus-bars, which came out earlier this year and the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1, a 4.6 kW/3.6kWh storage solution for residential customers. [...]
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Solar Energy International — Americorps VISTA Opening
Job Title: Americorps VISTA Opening – Full Time Location:  Denver, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Job Description The VISTA will work in collaboration with another VISTA to introduce local energy as an economic opportunity for Delta County, and share lessons learned across the state of Colorado. Specifically, the VISTA will continue building the Solar in Schools High School Technical Training Program. In 2015, the program was launched in two local high schoo [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: SolarWorld, Sunpower, DERs and Utilities
Today’s topics include the news that Sunpower is going to buy SolarWorld and how that will affect Sunpower’s influence in the global solar industry. Hint: it has to do with the solar tariffs. We’ll also delve into the “utility of the future” and discuss some interesting news about a new law in Hawaii that will force utilities to completely change their business models going forward.   [...]
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20 Years of Solar PV — Changes, Challenges and Growth
Industries are made up of things that can be categorized and counted. However, there are many things to count and many ways to count things.  [...]
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Post Date: May 3, 2018 Job Title:Residential/Commercial PV Solar Installer – Full Time Location:  Denver, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Job Description BriteStreet is GROWING! We are currently hiring Residential/Commercial photovoltaic (PV) installers. The ideal candidate will work cooperatively with other team members to install residential and commercial PV solar systems Your Job: • Configure, install, inspect, and maintain solar PV systems for custome [...]
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Water-Based Battery Offers New Option for Utility-Scale Solar, Wind
Stanford University researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high. [...]
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Britestreet — Lead Solar Installer
Post Date: May 1, 2018 Job Title: Lead Solar Installer Location:  Denver, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Job Description BriteStreet is GROWING! We are currently hiring a Lead Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installer whose duties would include leading solar installs, grid interconnection and service upgrades. You must be a mechanically minded individual to work in the field installing residential and light commercial grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems. As the Lead [...]
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Inside Renewable Energy: Training and Recovery in Puerto Rico — Delivering Real Resilience with Solar Plus Storage
In this episode, representatives of Blue Planet Energy discuss their work in Puerto Rico helping communities deliver on the value of energy storage and solar power through training and education. [...]
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Fort Collins Solar Purchase Program Update
The 2017/2018 SP3 project awards currently total 800 kW-DC at weighted average price ~12.7¢/kWh. As of April 19, funding remains available for PPAs for approximately 1 megawatt of additional capacity. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis until all funds are committed. SP3 offers business and solar teams the opportunity to install a solar PV system and receive payment under a fixed-price (non-escalating), 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The program featur [...]
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Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as Confidence Rises
Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business. [...]
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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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