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US, China commit to phase down climate-warming HFCs from refrigerators and air conditioners – but what will replace them this time?
Scott Denning, Colorado State University The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule to start eliminating a class of climate-warming chemicals that are widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps. If that plan feels like déjà vu, it should. These chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were commercialized in the 1990s as a replacement for earlier refrigerants that were based on chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. CFCs were destroying th [...]
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GM’s EV company will purchase renewable energy credits from solar farms
Follow @EngelsAngle GM’s self-driving electric vehicle company, Cruise, will purchase renewable energy credits from two California solar farms, the company announced this week. The ‘Farm to Fleet’ initiative allows Cruise — which owns and operates its own EV charging infrastructure — to directly purchase renewable energy credits to power its fleet in San Francisco. In 2019, the company pledged to power its fleet with 100% renewable energy. “Farm to Fl [...]
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10,000 MW large-scale battery power capacity to be added to the grid from 2021-23, EIA says
The U.S. could add 10,000 MW of large-scale battery power capacity from 2021-23 – 10 times the total in 2019 – according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA expects most of the new storage capacity to come from systems co-located or connected to solar projects. By the end of 2020, most large-scale battery storage systems were built as standalone facilities. Based on planned projects by utilities over the next two years, U.S. battery storage that is co-loc [...]
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Vermont clean energy jobs board aims to net more resumes from women
Advocates in Vermont hope a new clean energy jobs board and resume bank can help open doors and diversify a sometimes clubby, male-dominated sector. Renewable Energy Vermont’s clean energy resume bank, launched last month, lets employers post job listings and review resumes uploaded by job seekers. The goal is to help companies fill positions as they rebound from the pandemic, and also share opportunities with underrepresented groups, particularly women.   Demand for worke [...]
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Vietnamese 500-MW floating solar and storage attracts investment from SEACEF
This week, Clime Capital, a Singapore-based investment management company that manages funds from SEACEF, announced that it has invested in an innovative floating solar and storage project in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, currently under development by Blueleaf Energy. Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility (SEACEF) is a collaboration between leading international foundations, including Microsoft, who seek to accelerate the low carbon transition in Southeast Asia. The goal of SEACEF is to catalyz [...]
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OUC getting help from Burns & Mac on hydrogen demonstration project
Today engineering consulting firm Burns & McDonnell said it has been hired by the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) to assist with the development of a hydrogen technology demonstration project that could help the utility meet its 2050 goal of net-zero carbon dioxide emissions. Mitigating the effects of solar power intermittency is just one of the challenges the new system will provide — it will also offer insight and experience to OUC engineers on how the technology can serve as a maj [...]
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Energy jobs are key to economic recovery from the pandemic
Energy workers are paid more, their jobs came back more quickly, and they have greater growth opportunities than almost any other sector, new report finds. Putting people to work in the energy industry will reap more benefits for the U.S. economy than putting people to work in almost any other sector. That’s just one of a multitude of findings in a new report released this week from the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Energy Futures Initiative, and BW Research. [...]
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Who really benefits from solar net metering?
Most people know solar power benefits the people who use it because it reduces their utility costs. In fact, some solar-powered homeowners don’t pay anything for electricity. A lesser-known fact is that solar powered homeowners help everyone in their community through net metering, even their neighbors who still depend on the grid alone for home energy. What exactly is Net Metering? Since today’s solar systems are all tied to the grid, if a solar-powered homeowner generates more electr [...]
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Highlights from Xcel’s Solar*Rewards Installer Update – July 2019
Xcel Energy Colorado has reached 50,000 Customer-Sited Solar Installations!In 2018, the Solar*Rewards team handled more than 8,700 applications which led to over 6,400 on-site solar installations. This number will continue to grow as nearly 20 on-site solar projects are being interconnected, per day. Congratulations! 2020-2021 Renewable Energy (RE) PlanThe proposed plan has been filed and can be found under docket # 19A-0369EMedium Solar*Rewards Program Q3 is Open 6 MW available (+ add’l [...]
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Trump exempts bi-facial solar modules from import tariffs
In an announcement that was celebrated by the solar industry, yesterday U.S. trade officials said that bi-facial solar modules, which are solar modules that produce energy on both sides of the panel, would be exempt from import tariffs. [...]
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Can the US government stop utilities from attempting to kill solar in Montana?
In the years since its passage, Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) has provided one of the few options for small producers of renewable energy to access electric generation markets controlled by monopoly utilities. The law requires a monopoly utility to purchase the output of certain small power producers known as “qualifying facilities” (QFs) at the utility’s “avoided cost”—that is, the cost the utility would incur to generate or purchase power in the [...]
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Germany generated more than 50 percent of electricity from renewables in March
In a world first, Germany generated 54.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy in March 2019. This is according to data collected by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. [...]
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UK local authority to produce all electricity from solar
Two large-scale solar farms are set to make Warrington Borough Council the first local authority in the UK to produce all its own electricity from clean energy. [...]
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Excluding Solar PV From Czech Renewables Auctions an Expensive Mistake, Warns Solar Association
The Czech Solar Association is sounding the alarm about planned legislation that would exclude solar PV projects being entered into future Renewable Energy Auctions. The Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade has recently submitted an amendment proposal to the law which explicitly bars solar energy from future auctions. If passed in its current version (Act. No. 165/2012 Coll., on promoted energy sources) the law would lead the Czech Republic down a needlessly expensive path, warns the Solar Asso [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: Is China’s Domestic Solar Industry Too Big To Fail?
Mid-2018 China’s central government threw the entire PV industry, including observers and pundits, into a panic by making drastic changes to its PV deployment that included temporarily halting utility scale deployment, lowering the FiT, shifting economic responsibility to the provinces and, in a related move, attempting (one-more-time) to control the country’s debt problem. Forecasts were lowered, and gloom descended on top of the entire solar industry. [...]
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Subsidy-free Solar Farms Popping Up from Britain to Italy
Next to a wheat field north of London, banks of solar panels in 35 neat rows are generating electricity without any support from the government. [...]
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World's One-Time Biggest Solar Manufacturer Delisted From NYSE
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., once the world’s biggest solar-panel manufacturer, has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as its value has plummeted. [...]
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Inside Renewable Energy: Taking a Stake in Energy Storage — What to Expect from Today’s Business Strategies
In this episode, Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners puts the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings. [...]
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GOP Senators Want to Exempt Giant Solar Farm Panels From Tariffs
Republican senators from five states with big solar farms are asking the Trump administration to exempt the workhorse of industrial solar panels from tariffs imposed earlier this year. [...]
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Taxes, Trump and Tariffs: 7 Takeaways From the Midwest Solar Expo
The Trump administration’s tariffs have loomed over the U.S. solar industry all year, and they were a reoccurring topic at this week’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minneapolis. [...]
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Listen Up: A Journey from Solar Thermal to Integrated Battery Storage
Please join us on this week’s Energy Show for Jeff Brown's candid insights into the factors that are reducing the benefits of rooftop solar — which then are leading to the next phase (spoiler alert: energy storage) of the rooftop solar industry. [...]
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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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​Materials from Xcel’s recent stakeholder meeting
Attached is information that Xcel Energy circulated at a recent stakeholder meeting . It  shows interesting trends in a number of solar market categories. SHG Meeting – 09.22.2017   The post ​Materials from Xcel’s recent stakeholder meeting appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend
There are few original ideas for new technologies, products and/or services. Most of what is termed new is a mutation of an idea, which itself is a mutation of an idea all the way back to the original discovery or light bulb moment. Basically, there is not much that is new, or, put another way, that deserves to be called new.  [...]
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