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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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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’
President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S. [...]
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Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells
Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale. [...]
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Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business." [...]
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Solar Powered Houses of This Year’s DOE Solar Decathlon
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Solar Grabs Half of Global Renewables Investment in 2017, Reaching $161 Billion
In its recently released annual figures, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that solar lead the way in global renewable energy investments. [...]
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New Pathway Emerges to Unleash Solar in Nonprofit Sector
The solar industry and the approximately 1.5 million U.S. nonprofit organizations have been hindered in their efforts to work together, but a new pathway has emerged that will make the process of going solar for tax-exempt entities affordable and user friendly. [...]
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CT Green Bank Expands Authorized Solar Software Provider List
Palo Alto-based software provider Aurora Solar said this week that Connecticut Green Bank authorized Aurora's remote shading simulation software as an acceptable replacement for the onsite solar project inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with system installations. [...]
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SolarReserve Granted Approval for 150-MW Solar Thermal Project
SolarReserve’s 150-MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions!
Today’s topics include predictions about what will happen with the U.S. solar trade case – will there be tariffs? If there are tariffs, how will they affect the solar market? Caution: distributors and system integrators. We’ll also look at supply chain issues for solar and batteries.  [...]
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Sunsense Solar – PV Solar Installer
Post Date: January 4, 2018 Job Title: PV Solar Installer Location:  Carbondale, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Summary The overall goal of the PV Installer is to achieve completion of projects with the highest level of safety, quality and efficiency as an integral member of the installation team. Qualifications: Previous solar installation experience a plus. Entry-Level NABCEP certification, general construction experience, OSHA 10/30 are preferred Must have [...]
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US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020
Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017. [...]
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Paving the Way for a Non-Electric Battery to Store Solar Energy
AMHERST, Mass. - Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity-addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power. [...]
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