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The Global Leader in Pay-As-You-Go Solar Is Downsizing
M-Kopa, the Kenyan pay-per-use solar power provider, is downsizing in a bid to improve its competitiveness, ensure long-term sustainability, and increase return for investors. The Nairobi-headquartered company said it laid off more than 150 of its over 1,000 staff members as part of a company-wide restructuring that took place at the end of 2017. [...]
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Sunrun Seeks $500 Million for Rooftop Solar Growth
Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company, is seeking about $500 million to fund more rooftop-power systems, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. [...]
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International Solar Alliance Organizing $1Trillion in Funding for Solar Projects
A global coalition aimed at supporting the use of solar power is expected to announce a slew of projects worth about $700 million during its inaugural conference this weekend in New Delhi, according to government officials familiar with the matter. The International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015, plans to unveil 20 projects in as many countries during the event on March 11, said the officials, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t publ [...]
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Why a Misuse of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 Could Lead to Higher Costs for US Solar Projects
In April 2017, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, began an investigation into steel and aluminum imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion act of 1962. Ross made a variety of tariff recommendations to Mr. Trump including 24 percent tariffs on steel imports from all countries, 53 percent tariffs on steel imports from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam or cuts in imports of 37 percent from all countries. [...]
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Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace Community Solar
The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop or roll out offerings. [...]
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Are There New Tariff Shocks Coming Soon for Solar?
As the solar industry works to adjust to solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells, the industry must now consider other possible new tariffs that could affect solar’s supply side. [...]
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Robust Market Conditions Support 10-MW Solar Asset Sale in US
Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. has purchased six operational solar facilities in California and Colorado with a total generating capacity of 10 MW. [...]
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Modernizing Rooftop Solar with Tandem Solar Panels
Did you know there are alternatives to standard silicon solar panels? Or that someday soon, you might be able install a solar panel that is 50 percent more efficient than the average silicon PV solar panel? [...]
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Solar Powered Cold Storage Provides Relief During Humanitarian and Natural Disasters
A 50-year old company has a solution to provide clean drinking water and power for regions that were hard-hit by the hurricanes last fall. Aldelano Solar Cold Chain solutions is providing off-grid refrigeration, water generation and power generation equipment to Antiqua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands.   [...]
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Europe Goes Big on Solar; 8.6 GW Installed in 2017
Early estimates from SolarPower Europe show that Europe installed about 8.6 GW of solar power systems in 2017, a 28 percent increase over systems installed in 2016. [...]
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Connecting to the Cloud Will Revolutionize Off-Grid Solar
By connecting off-grid solar-powered systems to the cloud, a city or utility official can monitor, control and manage street lights, telecom systems, security cameras, and other critical infrastructure from a smartphone — anywhere, anytime.  [...]
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Legal Pushback Takes Shape on Trump’s Solar Tariffs
Countries and entities negatively affected by solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells are beginning to seek redress — with the latest action taking the form of a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade. [...]
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Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas
Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. [...]
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World's Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries
Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock. [...]
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Inside Renewable Energy: Inspiring Future Engineers – One Solar Car at a Time
Motivating young people to take an interest in renewable energy and engineering is critical to our sustainable, long-term energy future. In this episode, hear how one program provides that inspiration with remote controlled solar cars, with guests Noah Davis, executive director of Solar Rollers, and Jayvin Krzych, a Solar Rollers alumn and engineering student. [...]
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Section 201 Solar Trade Case Killed Jobs Before It Was Even Implemented
According to job numbers released this week by The Solar Foundation (TSF), the solar industry employed just about 4 percent less people in 2017 than it did in 2016. The Solar Jobs Census found that 250,271 Americans work in solar as of 2017, representing a 3.8 percent decline, or about 9,800 fewer jobs, since 2016. This is the first year that jobs have decreased since the Solar Jobs Census was first released in 2010.    [...]
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Contractor Notice of EnergySmart Solar IQ Grant
Last year EnergySmart launched a special solar incentive for income qualifying households within Boulder County that provided a rebate of $1/watt up to 3/000 watts ($3,000). This incentive affirmed Boulder County’s commitment to make rooftop solar attainable for all its residents. This rebate was well received by the local solar community in 2017 therefore Boulder County’s EnergySmart service will again offer a “Solar IQ” (for income qualified) grant for qualifying residents in 2018. The [...]
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Solar PV Market Outlook 2018: Cheaper and Bigger — Continuing to Break Records
Top industry experts say that in 2018, high efficiency mono c-Si modules and high-voltage inverters will take more market share, and distributed generation will start to pick up. [...]
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Xcel EVRAZ Solar Request for Proposals
We are pleased to announce the 2018 PSCo-EVRAZ Solar Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued today, Thursday, February 1, 2018. Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. MT on February 26, 2018. This is a standalone RFP and is not part of, and will not be evaluated in conjunction with, Public Service Company of Colorado’s (PSCo) 2017 All-Source Solicitation and the 2016 Electric Resource Plan. The proposed project, selected through this RFP, is contingent on the approval of the Colorado Energ [...]
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Golden Solar Job Posting
Post Date: February 6, 2018 To Apply:  Please email contact Don with Golden Solar: *protected email* Golden Solar Electric (www.GoldenSolar.net) is seeking one to two employees with solar experience and/or construction experience with interest and enthusiasm for photovoltaic systems. There is opportunity to be involved in all phases of this small business working with our friendly, and knowledgeable team. Golden Solar is an 11 year old company located in Golden Colorado and working thro [...]
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Egypt Readies for 2 GW of Solar PV Capacity
Ugo Salerno, CEO of RINA Consulting explained in an interview that to date Egypt gets only 1 percent of its energy from renewables. With Salerno’s company’s help, however, Egypt will soon be the home of one of the largest solar PV projects in the world.  [...]
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Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S.  [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs
Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out. [...]
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UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park
Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island. [...]
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