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New Solar Plane Completes First Test Flight in Switzerland
The team behind the SolarStratos solar airplane project had a successful test flight today. [...]
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Solar Jobs: State of the States
With a variety of different careers to choose from in the solar industry, it should come as no surprise that there are now more than 260,000 people working in it. [...]
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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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East Boulder County Community Solar RFP
Post Date: May 3, 2017 Opportunity Title: Request for Proposal for Contracted Rooftop PV Services We are community members of East Boulder County who are passionate about solar!  We want solar installed on our roofs and we want to encourage our neighbors to do the same. So, we formed a little committee and have already seen outstanding interest. Our goal is to hire a solar installer.   We will then work with the installer to promote and encourage others to join us through neighborhood meeti [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Unprofitability, Failure and Economically Challenged Business Models
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 explore the fallacy of unbridled optimism in the solar industry and why these past two weeks have been fraught with company failures. Check it out! [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: US Solar’s Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
There is nothing new about protectionism just as there is nothing new about aggressive pricing for market share, dumping of overproduction at low prices and the cascade of unintended consequences of government intervention on markets. [...]
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SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with Drones to Global Solar Market
San José-based SunPower this week said that it now is offering its Oasis power plant platform, with drones, to solar power plant developers and EPC providers through a newly formed business unit, called SunPower Solutions. [...]
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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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London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase 1.8-GW Portfolio of US Solar Projects
London-based solar firm VivoPower International last week said that its subsidiary has signed a joint venture agreement that will give it the right to acquire solar projects in a 1.8-GW portfolio to be developed in the U.S. by Innovative Solar Systems. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: The Long Slow Death of US Solar Manufacturing
In the satiric movie Network, Howard Beale said: “Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!!” [...]
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Apple Explores Dual Land Use Solar Siting in Celebration of Earth Day
Apple is highlighting the value of dual land use solar siting in a new video it released today in celebration of Earth Day 2017. [...]
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Southard Solar – Solar Sales Representative
Post Date: April 20, 2017 Job Title: Solar Sales Representative Location:  Longmont, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please send a resume and a cover letter to *protected email* for consideration. No phone calls! Southard Solar’s team has been serving the Front Range of Colorado since 1987. We have established a reputation of providing professional specialized project implementation for a multitude of clients. Our passion is Solar Energy, we provide affordable residential and commer [...]
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Solar Module Manufacturer Suniva Files for Bankruptcy
The Board of Directors of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (SICE) yesterday said that Atlanta-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition for relief under the U.S. bankruptcy code.   [...]
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Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community Solar Together
The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report. [...]
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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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Mile Hi Solar – Solar Installer
Post Date: April 14, 2017 Job Title: Solar Installer Location:  Loveland, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit application materials to *protected email*  Mile Hi Solar is seeking individual with exceptional trustworthiness and a strong work ethic. This position requires some flexibility in schedule and ability to use brains and brawn.   Details: Works hours may vary, but typically will be M-F, 8am-5pm. Hours per week may vary from 30-50 $13.50/hr to start with room [...]
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Saudis to Seek Bids for 700 MW of Wind, Solar Projects
Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 MW as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.  [...]
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Nonprofit GRID Alternatives Receives Donation of 620 kW of Solar Modules
Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives recently received a donation of about 620 kW of solar modules from JinkoSolar to help expand the organization’s efforts to bring solar power and job training to low-income communities in the U.S. [...]
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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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Southard Solar – Solar Installer
Post Date: April 5, 2017 Job Title: Solar Installer Location:  Longmont, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit resume to *protected email* Southard Solar is seeking applicants to install residential grid-tied PV systems. In this position, the Apprentice Installer will provide support to the Crew Lead of the installation team and work with Crew Lead to ensure the completion of installation of all solar arrays/systems. It is the responsibility of every Installer to ensure safe w [...]
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Can Solar See the Light with Perovskite?
One of the big questions for humanity’s future is: how will we supply enough clean and plentiful energy to sustain a growing global population? At face value, the big question has a simple answer: solar. In theory, the world’s demand could be met by just one thousandth of the sun’s energy landing on Earth.   [...]
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This Old Mine Is Now British Columbia’s Largest Solar Farm
For over a century, the landscape north of Kimberley, British Columbia, was used for intensive industrial hard-rock mining — but now it’s home to the largest solar farm in all of British Columbia. Over the decades, the site of Teck’s (formerly Cominco’s) Sullivan Mine hosted a steel mill, fertilizer plant and tailings ponds, rendering the area tree-less for the foreseeable future. [...]
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Listen Up: Future Rooftop Solar Costs — Getting to $2.50/watt
The solar industry is one of our most obvious success stories. Our industry directly employs 261,000 people. We generate energy that is both clean and renewable. And we generate this energy at prices that are less than conventional utility power — as low as 6 cents per kwh.  [...]
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The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar PV Reality
Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels. It’s not as far-fetched it seems. Solar researchers and company executives think there’s a good chance the economics of the $42 billion industry will soon be disrupted by something called perovskites, a range of materials that can be used to harvest light when turned into a crystalli [...]
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