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3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse
Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case. [...]
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4 Unusual Uses of Solar PV Technology
It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity.   [...]
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Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient
In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon.  [...]
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There Are No Glass Ceilings In This Solar Village
Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: The Danger of Conjecture
As with advice, conjecture is easy to give as typically the conjecturers, as with advice givers, have little at stake and sometimes much to gain. First and foremost, conjecturers gain attention, second but not necessarily second-most, if the eventual outcome falls anywhere in the vicinity of the initial conjecture, the giver gains credibility.  [...]
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AES, AimCo Complete $853 Million Deal for Solar Company SPower
AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Co. completed the $853 million joint acquisition of sPower from Fir Tree Partners Inc., in one of the largest clean-energy deals to date. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out! [...]
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Buglet Solar Electric Installation 
Job Title: Solar Laborer Location: Various job sites around Front Range area To Apply: Please send qualifications and expression of interest to *protected email* Small, family-owned photovoltaic (PV) solar company seeks laborer to work outdoors on roof and ground-mounted solar installations. Skill with hand tools, basic construction experience, reliable transportation and mobile phone required. Flexible hours, enjoyable work environment and potential for advancement. The post Buglet Solar Ele [...]
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Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar
A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. [...]
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5 Reasons Why Drones Are Going to Work for Solar Asset Managers
With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit. [...]
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The Future of Solar Debated at Intersolar in Light of Trade Petition
Intersolar and ees North America 2017 concluded its 10th annual event in San Francisco last week. The event organizer said attendees and exhibitors were optimistic, as they engaged in meaningful conversations about the best approaches for sustained market success, despite a year of industry consolidation and trade policy uncertainty. [...]
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Next Level Design — New-School Solar Software Providers Take on the Incumbents
The market for solar PV design software has opened up significantly in the past five years. New offerings have taken off in that time, and they range from fully integrated systems offering one-stop functionality, to niche services that are hyper-focused on one segment of the design process.   [...]
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Want Distributed Solar in Urban Areas? BIPV Takes the Lead
The stars are aligned for a breakthrough of small-scale solar energy in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet's source of energy generation and save the environment. [...]
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Unraveling The Spider-web Of Solar Engineering, Procurement, And Construction
With hundreds of solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) providers in the world, deciding who is going to build their multi-million-dollar solar farm, is not something developers take lightly.  [...]
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Former SunEdison Solar Team Lands Funding for New Venture
Summit Ridge Energy, a new solar company led by former employees of bankrupt SunEdison Inc., obtained funding to build, finance and acquire solar power plants across the U.S. [...]
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Recap from Xcel’s Solar Stakeholder Meeting 6/27
This document provides a recap of Xcel’s recent solar stakeholder meeting, which included topics on Solar*Rewards, Solar Connect, and other items.     The post Recap from Xcel’s Solar Stakeholder Meeting 6/27 appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]
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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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CEO: US Solar Trade Case is a Job Killer
There’s another solar trade war brewing and if the US solar manufacturing companies that have brought it to the forefront are successful, it’s estimated that up to $.78 per watt could be added to solar panel costs in the United States. For background, earlier this spring, bankrupt Georgia-based manufacturer Suniva filed a complaint about its inability to compete with cheap solar imports from Asia. In May, SolarWorld became a co-petitioner. The U.S. International Trade Commission should rule [...]
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Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US
In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal. [...]
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Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge
Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low. [...]
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Panel Makers Surge After Trump Proposes Solar on Border Wall
Shares of solar manufacturers rose sharply Thursday after President Donald Trump told supporters that mounting solar PV panels atop his proposed Mexican border wall would allow the project to pay for itself. [...]
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Trade Case Threatens Thousands of Solar Jobs 
  A solar trade case pending before the International Trade Commission poses significant risks to the entire U.S. solar industry, believes the Solar Energy Industries Association. A petition was filed by Suniva, a Chinese-owned solar company that has filed for bankruptcy,and supported by SolarWorld, a German-owned solar company. They  are requesting that the federal government impose tariffs on imported solar cells and establish minimum prices on imported solar panels. SEIA estimates that [...]
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Researchers Win DOE Grant for Solar Communications Security System
A three-year study to develop a generic cybersecurity system for monitoring communications between distributed resource energy generators — including solar — and the grid is being developed by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under a $900,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.   [...]
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