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Renewable Hungry Companies need to get on the RTO ASAP
The report by recently rebranded Wind-Solar Alliance points out that more than 100 U.S. corporate buyers —members of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance — have set a goal of purchasing 60 GW of new U.S. renewable energy capacity by 2025. So far, since 2013, the companies have procured just over 13 gigawatts of renewable power. [...]
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DNV GL in World First for Solar PV
Testing and risk management company DNV GL has issued the world’s first project certificate for photovoltaic power plants. [...]
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US Production, Consumption  of  Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018
Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [...]
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Analyst: We've Misunderstood Energy Efficiency
According to energy expert, Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy industry has vastly misunderstood the scope of the energy efficiency resource. Lovins claims that it’s design, not technology that can achieve incredibly energy efficiency gains. Using his own home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as an example, Lovins shows how simple changes in design have allowed him to grow banana crops using only natural sunlight and reduce the amount of energy he uses significantly. [...]
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US Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Dropping
According to the latest edition of Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s (LBNL’s) “Tracking the Sun” report, the median installed price for a solar PV system in the first part of 2018 was $2.2/W for a large non-residential system (up to 5 MW in capacity), representing a 5 percent decline over the previous period. [...]
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Entura appointed owner’s engineer for Kidston Stage 2 pumped hydro, solar projects
Genex Power Limited has appointed power and water consulting firm Entura to be owner’s engineer for the Kidston Stage 2 project in Australia. [...]
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Subsidy-free Solar Farms Popping Up from Britain to Italy
Next to a wheat field north of London, banks of solar panels in 35 neat rows are generating electricity without any support from the government. [...]
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Wind, Solar Provide 98 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in Jan/Feb
Wind and solar accounted for more than 98 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year. [...]
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Trump Foreign Policy Is Boosting African Solar Says Consultancy
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Unirac Acquires Residential Attachments Specialist SolarHooks
Solar PV mounting systems provider Unirac Inc. today said that it has acquired certain assets of SolarHooks, a manufacturer of residential solar roof attachments. [...]
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Colorado Regulators Green-light Xcel's Plan Boosting Renewables, Cutting Coal
A plan by Xcel Energy Colorado to boost the share of power it gets from wind and solar and retire a third of its coal generation was green-lighted Monday by state regulators. [...]
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The World’s Oldest Metal Ushers in Solar Energy Boom
When you examine the solar industry’s trajectory over the last decade, the growth is undeniable. According to a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar energy generation has grown annually by 59 percent on average during the last 10 years; generating enough electricity to power 10.1 million homes. With 1.6 million solar installations currently installed in the U.S. and 4 million expected to be installed by 2023, the nation stands to increase solar energy generati [...]
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Building on the Promise of Solar+EV Charging
A group of organizations led by the Great Plains Institute will work together to assess the potential value of treating renewable energy generation and controlled EV charging as a single linked technology that benefits utilities and consumers. [...]
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Perovskite Solar Firm Secures $11 Million Investment
U.K.-based Oxford PV last week secured a new round of funding totaling US$11 million from existing investors for its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology. [...]
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Solar Plus Multi-Storage Restores Power to Families in Puerto Rico
In an Aug. 2 Renewable Energy World article, we reported “Achieving 100 Percent Residential Renewables in Hawaii with Solar+Multi-Storage” since April 2017, 500 hours off-grid and 220 hours grid-tied, using Tabuchi Electric hybrid solar inverter with single embedded battery (10 kWh) and an ROI of three years.  [...]
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Made In Space Proposes Printing Large Solar Arrays for Small Satellites
LOGAN, Utah - Made In Space, the Silicon Valley startup focused on additive manufacturing in orbit, plans to boost the power available to small satellites with Archinaut, the company's in-space manufacturing and assembling technology. "Small satellites have solar panels that produce a kilowatt to a kilowatt and a half," said Andrew Rush, Made In Space chief executive. [...]
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EIA: Solar, Wind Investment Flourishes, but Gas-fired Biggest Bargain
New wind and solar installations accounted for nearly 9,000 and 8,000 MW of capacity two years ago, respectively, while natural gas was close behind at more than 7,900 MW. The EIA used complete data from 2016 installations and will release 2017 generator cost data next year. [...]
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Negative Electricity Pricing Abounds As Wind, Solar Flood the Grid
Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas -- and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places -- the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day. [...]
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Vivint Plans Solar Plus Storage Offering for US Customers in 2018
Vivint yesterday said it plans to offer LG Chem RESU batteries to its solar customers across the U.S. this year. The company launched the energy storage offering this week for its customers in California. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: 201 & Module Supply, Reviving Coal Jobs, and Women in Power
Today’s topics include the impact of section 201 tariffs on module supply and prices. Will they go up? We’ll also talk about developing the next generation solar workforce based on a new report about energy jobs in the U.S. [...]
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Why More Solar and Wind on the Grid Should Be Driving Today’s Investment Decisions
A new LBNL report offers concrete suggestions about what investments today will be most beneficial in tomorrow’s renewable energy future. [...]
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Clean Energy Laws Signed in New Jersey: Offshore Wind, Efficiency, Solar, Storage and Nuclear Benefit
Clean energy advocates rejoiced as legislation was passed today in New Jersey that will support the development of a massive amount of renewable energy, specifically community solar, energy storage, offshore wind and energy efficiency. The bill also props up nuclear power in the state with the establishment of zero-emission certificates. [...]
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Report: Solar Downstream Companies Grab a Large Portion of VC Funding in Q2 2018
Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q2 2018 rose 12.5 percent quarter-over-quarter to $2.8 billion from the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018, according to a report by Mercom Capital. [...]
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First Grid-Scale Energy Summit Will Highlight Storage "Beyond Batteries"
In the 2019 FY Budget, the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) included a $90M request to fund a new initiative it calls “Beyond Batteries.” The initiative is part of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative, and focuses on new approaches to energy storage, which could include hybrid technologies such as pairing hydropower with solar or wind energy in order to provide a stable, dispatchable energy supply. [...]
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