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Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as Confidence Rises
Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business. [...]
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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement. [...]
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Morocco Ready for Another Solar Project to Curb Energy Imports
Morocco plans to build plants to produce another 800 MW of solar power, just months after attracting bids for its Midelt project as the North African country moves to curb energy imports. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists in the World?
Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.   [...]
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$24M Dedicated to Reducing Cost of Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology
The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030. [...]
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Sunsense Solar – Lead Solar Installer
Post Date: January 4, 2018 Job Title: Lead PV Solar Installer Location:  Carbondale, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Summary The overall goal of the Lead PV Installer is to achieve completion of projects with the highest levels of safety, quality and efficiency while ensuring conformance with the system plans and specifications.  Applicants with no solar experience will not be considered for this role. Qualifications: 2+ years of previous solar installation e [...]
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Sunsense Solar – Commercial Site Supervisor
Post Date: January 4, 2018 Job Title: Lead PV Solar Installer Location:  Carbondale, CO To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to *protected email* Summary The Commercial Site Supervisor will work with the Project Manager and field crew(s) to achieve completion of projects with the highest levels of safety, quality, and efficiency while ensuring conformance with the project plans and specifications.  Note: Applicants with no solar PV experience will not be considered for this role. Qualific [...]
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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility
If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it. [...]
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Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private Microgrids Using Utility Wires
Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay powered. [...]
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Pro-Solar Legislative Actions: Progress in New Jersey, Setback in South Carolina
Legislation that would support solar energy deployments met with success in New Jersey this week following a blow for other pro-solar legislation that was making headway in South Carolina. [...]
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Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs
After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year. [...]
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Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days
Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put.  [...]
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Xcel Energy Net Metering Updates
Please see information on Xcel’s updates to their net metering program: Please see the Solar Trade Partner and Solar Customer Fact Sheet for further information: Solar Customer Info Sheet_Pricing Plans Solar Trade Partner Info Sheet_ Pricing Plans Monetization of Roll Over Credits for all Solar Customers Xcel Energy and solar stakeholders recently agreed to change the way net-metered solar customers receive bill credits for the excess electricity their solar panels generate. This ch [...]
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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential Awaits Solar Plus Storage
Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Refuting the Anti-Solar Argument that Everyone Else’s Rates Go Up When People Go Solar
Today we focus on one topic that has a lot of spokes. And it’s this: refuting the claim that when people go solar, everyone else’s bills increase. We’ll take three of the age-old arguments about how residential solar increases rates for non-solar customers and explain why those arguments do not hold water.   [...]
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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just Won’t Go Solar
A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred. [...]
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Xcel Battery Interconnection Process Presentation
Xcel recently released a presentation on battery storage to its battery sub-group meeting. The presentation can be found here: Battery Sub-Group Mtg 3.29.3018_final The post Xcel Battery Interconnection Process Presentation appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]
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Los Angeles Takes Top Spot for Solar Among US Cities
Los Angeles is celebrating after taking back its position as the U.S. city with the most installed solar PV capacity. In a report released yesterday, Environment America said that first-place Los Angeles had 349.3 MW-DC of solar PV installed by the end of 2017, followed by San Diego with 287.2 MW-DC, and Honolulu with 287.2 MW-DC. Los Angeles held the No. 1 spot from 2013-2015 and was overtaken by San Diego in 2016.   [...]
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China's GCL, SoftBank Plan $930 Million Solar Venture in India
A Chinese energy conglomerate and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a $930 million agreement to produce and sell solar equipment in India, a country that is trying to bolster local manufacturing and curb reliance on clean energy imports. [...]
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Russian Tycoon Chases Next-Gen EV, Grid-Scale Batteries
Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Steel Tariffs, Manufacturing and Why You Should Participate in Conferences
Today’s topics include U.S. President Trump’s official proclamation that he is imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum and how they will affect all facets of the energy industry, including solar companies. We also touch on the now-becoming-more official JinkoSolar manufacturing plant. There is still no official announcement that they are building something that will manufacture solar modules in the U.S. however JinkoSolar is named in legislation recently filed [...]
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Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation
Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah.  [...]
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20K Solar Kits Headed to Africa for Off-Grid Power Support
Orange SA plans to distribute as many as 20,000 solar kits in four African countries in partnership with U.K.-based renewable-energy firm BBOXX as an increasing number of companies seek to roll out off-grid solar power on the continent. [...]
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College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status with Solar Plus Storage
The University of Hawai'i Maui College says it will be capable of generating 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar PV systems coupled with battery storage next year. The effort is part of a goal for the 10-campus UH system to be net-zero by 2035. [...]
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