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Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy
A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada. [...]
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Campaign Launches To Tell Clean Energy Jobs Story: Site Visits, Turbine Climbs, Videos on Deck
On Wednesday July 12 in San Francisco, U.S. clean energy organizations including American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and NEXTracker gathered to launch Renewable Energy Jobs Communications Campaign. This campaign steering committee, working in partnership with The Solar Foundation, Advanced Energy Economy and VoteSolar, will organize a series of approximately two dozen events over 18 months in targeted locations across [...]
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Live Free or Die State Celebrates Energy Independence by Removing Net-metering Cap
In late June, solar energy stakeholders in New Hampshire rejoiced when the public utilities commission (PUC) released new order effectively removing the solar net-metering cap in the state.   The new order allows all customers with systems of <100kW to receive a monthly excess export bill credit up to 100 percent of the energy and transmission costs and 25 percent of the distribution services. Customers will still be required to pay non-bypassable charges such as the system benefits char [...]
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Solar Paint Offers Endless Energy from Water Vapor
Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen — the cleanest source of energy. [...]
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Solar Energy International–Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Post Date: June 28, 2017 Job Title: Director of Curriculum and Instruction Location:  Remote Position Target Hire Date: Applications due July 21, 2017, with a start date of approximately early September To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references letter in one combined PDF to *protected email* Vision of Curriculum and Instruction Department SEI’s mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communi [...]
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CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV
Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback.  [...]
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Black Hills Energy 2017 Eligible Energy Resource RFP
On June 23, 2017, Black Hills will issue a request for proposal for up to 60 megawatts of eligible energy resources in Phase II of its 2016 Electric Resource Plan (2016 ERP). Black Hills is conducting this competitive bid to determine if it can acquire eligible energy resources that will save customers money and renewable energy credits for compliance with Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard.  The solicitation will be completed on-line at bheerrfp.accionpower.com. Black Hills will host a web [...]
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Judge Recommends Decoupling for Xcel Energy
An  Administrative Law Judge recommended  granting  Xcel’s  request for Revenue Decoupling for residential customers, meaning cost recovery will no longer be based on how much electricity is sold.  COSEIA hopes this decision will be good news for solar development by removing a disincentive Xcel has cited to expand solar. The commission refused Xcel’s request for a weather adjustment, which was a victory for solar advocates. The recommended decision did not grant decoupling for [...]
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Solar Industry Letter on the Colorado Energy Office
Today, members of the solar industry sent a letter sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper expressing our disappointment that the legislature failed to secure funding for the Colorado Energy Office.  The Colorado Energy Office plays and important role in the state’s energy ecosystem. The office is an important convener and serves as a mediator of different view points. Its programs serve as important incubators to encourage nascent technologies and new business models. It is our hope that [...]
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Interconnection Issues Could Block Future Energy Storage Progress in US, Report Says
Without proper planning now, it is likely that interconnection issues could emerge as a “significant blockade” to the success of energy storage programs in the U.S., much like the industry has seen with newly launched solar programs, according to a report released this week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). [...]
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What Are the Top 10 States for Clean Energy Jobs?
The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency.  [...]
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A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals
The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity - making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring electric utilities to build battery facilities in the future. [...]
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Stanford Engineers Create a Low-cost Battery for Storing Renewable Energy
A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.   [...]
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OneRoof Energy Winds Down its Operations
OneRoof Energy, Inc, a residential solar services provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group today announced that it is currently in default under its head office lease for failure to pay rent. [...]
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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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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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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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Renewable Energy in US Gained 24 Percent Through First Nine Months of 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) on Nov. 29 released electric generation statistics through the end of September 2016. Generation from geothermal, solar, and wind energy increased by 24 percent compared with the first nine months of 2015. Non-hydro renewable energy, including biomass, has made up 8.5 percent of U.S. electric generation thus far in 2016. [...]
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These Policy Solutions Can Help Unleash The Full Potential of Renewable Energy
New installed renewable energy capacity surpassed coal for the first time last year, the International Energy Agency reported recently. It means that we added more wind and solar to our global energy system than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power combined — a trend that is expected to continue over the next five years. [...]
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Tucson Electric Breaks Ground on 10-MW/2.5-MWh LiB-Solar Energy Storage Facility
E.ON North America on Oct. 31 announced it had broken ground and begun construction of Iron Horse, a 10-MW/2.5-MWh energy storage facility being built for Tucson Electric Power. [...]
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Cheap Ice Energy Storage for Solar Homes
By the summer of 2017, solar homeowners could store surplus daytime solar in an ice-based energy storage unit with a 20-year life, for less than half the cost of a battery storing the same solar kilowatt-hours, according to Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins. [...]
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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – October 2016
The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features KarmSolar, SolarAfrica, Singita, Tesla, Sungrow, Aquion Energy, Blue Sky Utility, Bpi, Luxor Solar, Juhayna, and Alpha Omega Winery. [...]
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Trump’s Win ‘A Disaster’ for Plunging Renewable Energy Sector
Donald Trump’s surprise election victory turned into a bad day for clean energy investors. U.S. solar panel-maker SunPower Corp. had its worst decline in three months on Wednesday, dropping 14 percent to the lowest since the beginning of 2013.  [...]
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