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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Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay.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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Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar
On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity. The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick starte [...]
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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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The Smartest Money for C&I Solar Is Coming from Inside the House
Investment banks aren’t interested, and neighborhood banks just don’t understand. So where is someone who has a great commercial solar project supposed to get funding? [...]
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Solar Installers Are Getting Closer to Profitability
There’s long been a Catch-22 about residential solar: despite staggering market demand, it’s been hard to make money doing it—until now. Sunrun Inc. said Wednesday that it’s cash-flow positive. And Blackstone Group LP-backed Vivint Solar Inc. expects to hit that mark next year. [...]
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COSEIA Fights Special Solar Rates Proposed by Black Hills Energy 
Black Hills Energy has proposed rates that would increase fixed charges for all residential customers and put net metered solar customers in a separate rate class that would have to pay even more. COSEIA filed testimony opposing the  proposed rates, which increase fixed charges by 54 percent for net metered customers, claiming they  are discriminatory and seek to undermine solar generation in Colorado. However, the Office of Consumer Counsel, which receives tax dollars to represent ratepayer [...]
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Musk Says Solar Roof Tiles Market Is Going to Be a 'Behemoth'
Since unveiling its solar roof tile designs a year ago, Tesla has been testing the product, which CEO Elon Musk says is going to be a significant part of the company’s business down the road. [...]
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This Is How One Firm Is Promising a Solar Performance Boost
Solar entrepreneur Bill Gross, the CEO of Edisun Microgrids, has successfully penetrated the commercial and industrial solar market segment with dual-axis trackers, promising a 30 percent performance boost for a cost increase of only 10 percent compared with a standard fixed-tilt PV installation, at optimal U.S. locations, he says. [...]
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Commissioners Recommend Solar Tariffs and Quotas in Trade Case
In a hearing held today, October 31, the U.S. International Trade Commissioners announced their recommended tariffs, quotas and other recommendations for solar modules imported into the United States from anywhere else in the world.  [...]
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What Happens When Solar Installers Get Frustrated with Loan Options?
Listen to Blake Jones and Aaron James discuss solar loans and the decisions consumers are making about financing today, new financing options and services, and the question of transparency in the solar loans market. [...]
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Tesla Is Planning $340 Million Securitization With Solar Contracts
Tesla Inc. is preparing to bundle about $340 million of solar power purchase agreements and leases into a bond offering. [...]
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Getting Serious about Solar for Disaster Response and Recovery
The prospect of using solar power on a temporary basis, including for disaster response and recovery, is not new, of course. Indeed, Hurricane Hugo in 1988 is believed to be the first time that solar power was used for relief in the aftermath of a natural disaster.  [...]
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New Connection Technology Is Cutting Cost of Solar Installation
Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. [...]
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How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy
In 2013, the California Independent System Operator published a chart that is now commonplace in conversations about large-scale deployment of solar PV power. The duck curve—named after its resemblance to a duck—shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day.  [...]
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SunPower Obtains $53 Million Financing for Residential Solar
SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. panel manufacturer, arranged more than $53 million in financing for residential-solar installations. [...]
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First Look at Sono Motors' Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car
Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn't delivered in a while, it's pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year. [...]
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Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create
Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset.  [...]
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Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity
Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors. [...]
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Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?
The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week. [...]
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Solar Energy International – PV Team Curriculum Developer
Post Date: October 12, 2017 Job Title: PV Team Curriculum Developer Location:  Remote To Apply: To apply, please submit your resume, including industry-specific training, cover letter, and three references in one combined PDF to *protected email* The the application deadline is October 30th. Job Description: Successful candidates for our PV Curriculum Developer position will: combine PV technical knowledge with the ability to effectively communicate these concepts to various audiences; enthu [...]
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Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns?
There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong. A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar indust [...]
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Sunsense Solar – PV System Designer
Post Date: October 12, 2017 Job Title: PV Team Curriculum Developer Location:  Carbondale, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Summary Sunsense Solar is seeking a PV System Designer.  The PV System Designer is responsible for producing high quality permit, construction, and record/as-built drawings for residential and small commercial grid-tied systems, and residential PV plus battery systems, based on site visit information collected by the Sunsense Residential/S [...]
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Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. [...]
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