POWER

Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer
This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years.  [...]
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Saudi Arabia Gets Cheapest Bids for Solar Power in Auction
Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels. [...]
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NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records
Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells. [...]
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An Eclipse Is Just What the US Power Sector’s Been Waiting For
Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments. [...]
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Smart and Getting Smarter: China's View of the Future of PV Power Plants
As the private sector increasingly takes on the task of installing solar PV in China, growth is happening quickly. Last year China installed more solar capacity than any other country in the world at 34 GW, beating the US's 14 GW and Europe's 6.9 GW. [...]
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BlackRock Beats $1 Billion Green Power Goal With Second Fund
BlackRock Inc. exceeded a $1 billion fundraising target for wind and solar investments for its latest global clean energy fund, underscoring investor interest in renewable energy amid policy uncertainty in key markets. [...]
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UK Breaks Solar Record; Generates 24 Percent of Power from Solar
On Friday, May 26, on what was expected to be one of the hottest days of the year, solar panels in the UK generated a record amount of power, enough to meet almost 25 percent of demand. This is according to data compiled by National Grid Plc and Sheffield University. At noon London-time, 8.75 GW of power was being generated by the solar PV, breaking a previous record of 8.49 GW, overtaking nuclear power in the country.   [...]
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Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power
The push to save U.S. nuclear plants for the sake of fighting climate change is threatening support for the bread and butter of clean power: wind and solar. [...]
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Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems track the sun through the day
The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when oriented directly at the sun, some systems use solar-tracking technology to increase electricity generation by rotating the panels along one or two axes. [...]
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India Gets Record Low Bid to Build Solar Power, Minister Says
The price of solar power in India fell to a record low of 3.15 rupees (5 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour in a competitive tender where French firm Engie SA’s local arm won rights to develop 250 MW. [...]
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Renewables Providing Most New Power, As Solar, Wind Costs Continue to Fall
Renewables were the biggest new source of electricity last year as the cost of building new wind and solar farms fell. Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.   [...]
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Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen from Biomass
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass, the U.K. university said last week. [...]
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Solar Power Colorado Off to a Strong Start
NREL Director Martin Keller kicked off the first full day at Solar Power Colorado in front of a standing room-only audience. In a provocative keynote address he presented the successful history of solar research, which has been accompanied for decades by a dizzying descent in solar costs. Combine that with the way the solar industry improves environmental conditions and creates high-quality jobs – and you have an important good-news story to tell. But, said Keller, the solar industry needs [...]
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Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance
Supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power by substantially improving the efficiency of converting high temperature solar heat into electricity. Through three SunShot Initiative-funded projects and six years of steady progress, GE Global Research and Southwest Research Institute have taken major steps toward commercializing the technology.   [...]
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Solar Power Industry Conditions ‘Remain Challenging,’ SunPower CEO Says
SunPower CEO Thomas Werner yesterday said that while long-term growth prospects for the solar power industry are compelling, the near-term conditions “remain challenging.”     [...]
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Apple Agrees to Buy Solar Power From Buffett’s Nevada Utility
Apple Inc. agreed to buy the output from a proposed 200-MW solar farm in Nevada to help power a data center in Reno. [...]
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Solar Power Colorado 2017 to Explore Innovation in a Fast-Changing Marketplace
Denver, CO, January 04, 2017 — Solar Power Colorado 2017 is shaping up as an invaluable exploration of the growing role of solar energy in a changing political landscape. While solar energy continues its record-breaking growth nationally and in Colorado, the sector faces major uncertainties as the new political order takes shape in Washington D.C., and the conference will be one of the first major professional gatherings of the year to examine what lies ahead. With the theme: Innovation: Maki [...]
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Power Generation Week Attendees View Rooftop and Ground-Mount Solar Arrays
On Monday, attendees of Power Generation Week toured solar arrays both on the roof of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and in various locations around its campus. [...]
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Solar Power: Following the first round-the-world solar flight, the Solar Impulse Foundation launches the “World Alliance For Clean Technologies”
The Solar Impulse Foundation launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies during COP22, as a legacy to the first ever solar flight around the world. [...]
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Solar Power Colorado 2016
With the theme, “Developing New Markets: Solar Leads the Energy Transition,” Solar Power Colorado 2016 – which ran from March 7 to 9 in Broomfield, CO brought more than 550 attendees together to help chart the role of solar in transitioning Colorado’s energy paradigm. The optimism was infectious, so thanks to all our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for providing an enriching three days to motive us all for the coming year. Rebecca Cantwell, executive director of COSEIA, opened th [...]
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Independent Power Systems – Crew Leader
Post Date: July 7, 2016 To Apply: Submit resume and cover letters to:  HR@solarips.com Job Title: Crew Leader Reports to: Project Manager Job Summary The Crew Leader is responsible for the successful installation of assigned projects.  The Crew Leader works closely with the Project Manager and the Project Coordinator to organize, execute, and follow-up on each individual project.  He or she supervises a 3-4 person crew of installers and coordinates with electricians to ensure that each inst [...]
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INDEPENDENT POWER SYSTEMS – ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICE
Job Title:  Electrician Apprentice Location:  Boulder, CO Department: Electrical Reports to: Lead Electrician and Journeyman Electricians Job Summary Electrician Apprentices are responsible for assisting Journeymen with all electrical work involved in the installation of PV solar systems.  Working in teams of two or more, electrician apprentices are responsible for following orders issued by Licensed Electricians.  They must keep the electrical vehicles stocked with all necessary tools and m [...]
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INDEPENDENT POWER SYSTEMS – INSTALLER
Job Title:  Installer Location: 1501 Lee Hill Dr. #24, Boulder, CO 80304 Division/Department: Boulder Branch Reports to: Lead Installer Job Summary Installers are responsible for the hands-on installation of solar electric systems.  Duties include planning and completing installation, managing inventory and shop organization, maintaining equipment, and interacting with clients.  Installers should be competent with hand-tools and power tools, physically fit, capable of working in all weather c [...]
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INDEPENDENT POWER SYSTEMS – JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN
Job Title:  Journeyman Electrician Location:  Boulder, CO Department: Installation Reports to: Installation Manager Job Summary Electricians are responsible for all electrical work involved in the installation of PV solar systems.  Working with Installers, electricians are responsible for planning each installation, executing work in a timely fashion, tracking and reporting all project-related time and materials, and ensuring that projects pass inspection.  They must be comfortable working o [...]
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