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Finance Institutions Are Making a Massive Investment in Solar
The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently put its stamp on a series of financing deals that will boost solar development in India and Peru, and support new solar technology advancements. [...]
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Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar
It has been a long, long, long road for the global photovoltaic industry and its participants from its early days with few manufacturers and support primarily limited to oil companies looking for a feel-good business unit to what seemed like its overnight success in the mid-2000s. In 1977 the industry had 1.74 MWp of capacity to produce PV cells. At the end of 2017 the industry had 98 GWp of capacity to manufacture PV cells. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.   [...]
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Can Utility-Scale Solar PV Help with Grid Reliability?
As soon as solar started being introduced to the grid, operators and engineers raised concerns about solar resources causing instability. Is it possible, however, for utility-scale solar PV plants to provide grid reliability services? Mahesh Morjaria, vice president of PV systems for First Solar, says yes.   [...]
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Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.
So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustai [...]
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The Solar Trade Case: It's Gonna Be President Trump's Decision!
Not much new surfaced at today's public hearing on the Section 201 trade case. Rather it was a reaffirmation by both sides of what they had previously stated in the two public hearings at the International Trade Commission.  The hearings started off with Governor McMaster of South Carolina and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico testifying against the imposition of any tariffs. There were no elected officials testifying on behalf of Suniva/Solar World.  [...]
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Will Solar Panels Clean Themselves in the Future?
The accumulation of dirt on solar panels has been proven to reduce their efficiency significantly, placing a heavy burden on owners to keep the panels clean in order to ensure project viability. U.K.-based Opus Materials Technologies says it has received funding that will help it validate a new coating that will allow solar panels to clean themselves. [...]
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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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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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