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Texas Co-op Upping Solar Farm Procurement to 50-plus MW
The deal brings CoServ’s stake to 51.5 MW of the 100-MW Lapetus project. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative is the generation and transmission provider on the procurement. [...]
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Nevada National Security Site Installs Solar, Begins Era of Net-zero Energy Buildings
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) inaugurated the Mercury Solar Project late last month and moved it further down the path of sustainability, giving NNSA its first net-zero-energy building. [...]
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Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects
A Rhode Island program promoting solar development on polluted properties could help relieve tensions between the state’s fast-growing solar industry and conservationists concerned with preserving green space. [...]
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Kansas City Firm Buys Rights to 21.8 MW in North Carolina Solar Projects
The three farms, totaling 21.8 MW, are under construction and expected to reach commercial operation early next year. Once completed, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all the power generation to a utility off-taker through a 15-year fixed-price PPA. [...]
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Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest Power Source Says BloombergNEF
Unsubsidised solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan thanks to falling technology costs. [...]
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Utilities Offering Community Solar Programs Can Consult New Checklist to Ensure Success
Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country. [...]
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GE's Latest Offspring Hopes to Ride Wind, Solar Microgrid Wave
The latest company born out of General Electric Co. expects sales of its industrial engines fired by natural gas to benefit from the spread of renewables such as solar and wind. [...]
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Navajo Nations Eyes Utility-Scale Solar with Growing Interest
Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [...]
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Utilities Take Note: Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Generation Is Here
Up until now, solar generation on the electricity grid operated in most places in what is known as a “must-take” scenario. That means that all solar that is generated must be used on the grid. When renewable energy was a fledgling new technology, this scenario made sense. [...]
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Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association Names Its First President & CEO
Creation of new role is a sign of the maturing solar and energy storage industries in Colorado The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Kruger as its new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I’m overjoyed to join COSEIA and the Colorado solar and energy storage industries. […] The post Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association Names Its First President & CEO appeared first on Colorado Solar Ener [...]
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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 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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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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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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