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CT Green Bank Expands Authorized Solar Software Provider List
Palo Alto-based software provider Aurora Solar said this week that Connecticut Green Bank authorized Aurora's remote shading simulation software as an acceptable replacement for the onsite solar project inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with system installations. [...]
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SolarReserve Granted Approval for 150-MW Solar Thermal Project
SolarReserve’s 150-MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions!
Today’s topics include predictions about what will happen with the U.S. solar trade case – will there be tariffs? If there are tariffs, how will they affect the solar market? Caution: distributors and system integrators. We’ll also look at supply chain issues for solar and batteries.  [...]
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Sunsense Solar – PV Solar Installer
Post Date: January 4, 2018 Job Title: PV Solar Installer Location:  Carbondale, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Summary The overall goal of the PV Installer is to achieve completion of projects with the highest level of safety, quality and efficiency as an integral member of the installation team. Qualifications: Previous solar installation experience a plus. Entry-Level NABCEP certification, general construction experience, OSHA 10/30 are preferred Must have [...]
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US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020
Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017. [...]
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Paving the Way for a Non-Electric Battery to Store Solar Energy
AMHERST, Mass. - Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity-addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power. [...]
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Higher Education and Solar Energy: A Partnership Whose Time Has Come
Whether public or private, institutions of higher education have developed with a mission to serve society and the greater good. Our youth attend colleges and universities to learn, grow and develop as they prepare for adulthood, facing the world’s challenges and opportunities. The college experience is immersive, with learning and growth occurring both in and out of the classroom. [...]
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Listen Up: A Journey from Solar Thermal to Integrated Battery Storage
Please join us on this week’s Energy Show for Jeff Brown's candid insights into the factors that are reducing the benefits of rooftop solar — which then are leading to the next phase (spoiler alert: energy storage) of the rooftop solar industry. [...]
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Industry, Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Anti-PACE Legislation
A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down. [...]
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Workshops Aim to Train Architects, Engineers on Solar Basics
While training opportunities abound for installers, a series of workshops in three southern U.S. cities aims to bring architects and other design professionals up to speed on solar. [...]
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Tariff Decision Looms Large for Sale of SolarWorld
SolarWorld Americas Inc., one of two U.S. solar manufacturers asking President Donald Trump for tariffs on imported panels, says the move could revive a struggling industry. It may also boost the company’s value ahead of a potential sale. [...]
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Listen Up: The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage Systems
There is no doubt in my mind that energy storage systems will be as ubiquitous as solar — in all market segments. Utility companies are installing these systems to balance their intermittent demand and generation of electricity.  [...]
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Finance Institutions Are Making a Massive Investment in Solar
The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently put its stamp on a series of financing deals that will boost solar development in India and Peru, and support new solar technology advancements. [...]
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Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar
It has been a long, long, long road for the global photovoltaic industry and its participants from its early days with few manufacturers and support primarily limited to oil companies looking for a feel-good business unit to what seemed like its overnight success in the mid-2000s. In 1977 the industry had 1.74 MWp of capacity to produce PV cells. At the end of 2017 the industry had 98 GWp of capacity to manufacture PV cells. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.   [...]
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Can Utility-Scale Solar PV Help with Grid Reliability?
As soon as solar started being introduced to the grid, operators and engineers raised concerns about solar resources causing instability. Is it possible, however, for utility-scale solar PV plants to provide grid reliability services? Mahesh Morjaria, vice president of PV systems for First Solar, says yes.   [...]
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The Solar Trade Case: It's Gonna Be President Trump's Decision!
Not much new surfaced at today's public hearing on the Section 201 trade case. Rather it was a reaffirmation by both sides of what they had previously stated in the two public hearings at the International Trade Commission.  The hearings started off with Governor McMaster of South Carolina and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico testifying against the imposition of any tariffs. There were no elected officials testifying on behalf of Suniva/Solar World.  [...]
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Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.
So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustai [...]
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Clean Energy Leaders Fear Brutal Impact on Renewable Growth As US Tax Reform Takes Shape
In the early morning hours of Dec 2, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate passed their version of a tax reform bill. Unlike the version of the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate bill makes no changes to the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC), on which wind and solar energy developers rely to help finance projects. However, the bill makes changes to the way corporations can use tax equity, in a provision called BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax), [...]
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Will Solar Panels Clean Themselves in the Future?
The accumulation of dirt on solar panels has been proven to reduce their efficiency significantly, placing a heavy burden on owners to keep the panels clean in order to ensure project viability. U.K.-based Opus Materials Technologies says it has received funding that will help it validate a new coating that will allow solar panels to clean themselves. [...]
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Why the Bifurcation of an Industry’s Supply and Demand is Bad for Everyone
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.  In the solar industry, strong markets are alike in that they have incentives, subsidies and/or mandates to drive growth and adoption but also a fair amount of political and economic risk and every weak or collapsing market is alike in that it no longer has incentives, subsidies and/or mandates to drive it and its political and/or economic risk has become a reality. A weak market [...]
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Spread Solar for the Holidays: Four Gift Giving Ideas for 2017
It’s that time of year again: holidays! Until 2018 begins, we try to set aside some extra time for family, eat delicious meals together, exchange gifts and generally close out the year with good wishes and good intentions for the next year. While Renewable Energy World is a business-to-business publication for the global renewable energy industry, we occasionally get press releases and notifications about interesting inventions that are designed for the general public. And as the holidays appr [...]
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The Big Embrace: Electric Utilities Accept Wind and Solar as Reliable Sources, Plan for the Long Haul
Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay. [...]
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Solar Companies Scramble to Find a Critical Raw Material
Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories. [...]
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