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  • It’s Time to Stop Federal Fiddling with Electricity Markets
    on 17th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources. […]

  • Dominion Energy Virginia Issues Renewables RFP
    by Betsy Lillian on 16th October 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Dominion Energy Virginia is seeking bids for approximately 300 MW of solar and onshore wind generation. The company, through its request for proposals (RFP), is soliciting bids for “energy, capacity and environmental attributes,” including renewable energy credits, for new solar and onshore wind facilities 10-150 MW in size. The facilities must be located in Virginia […] The post Dominion Energy Virginia Issues Renewables RFP appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Swiss Solar Decathlon House Scores a Perfect 100 in Engineering
    on 16th October 2017 at 6:31 pm

    The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. For the Engineering Contest, each competing house was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in innovation, system functionality, energy efficiency, system reliability, and documentation through their project manual and construction drawings. Bob Dixon, presenting the award said, “The jury believes the first-place house in the Engineering Contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high-quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors.” U […]

  • Tesla Fires 400-700 Workers
    on 16th October 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp. […]

  • Making Solar Accessible For All: Key Takeaways From The Industry Diversity Study
    by <a role="button">Pari Kasotia & Melanie Santiago-Mosier</a> on 16th October 2017 at 1:07 pm

    The Solar Foundation released its 2017 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study in September with some sobering findings, but the report also provides a path forward for the industry. Vote Solar is proud to have been one of the sponsors of this first-of-its-kind baseline assessment of diversity in the solar industry. While the solar industry performs […] The post Making Solar Accessible For All: Key Takeaways From The Industry Diversity Study appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • How to Balance the Solar Efficiency Equation
    on 16th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth? […]

  • Partners Kick Off Construction On Arizona Solar Project
    by Joseph Bebon on 16th October 2017 at 7:47 am

    D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC (DESRI), together with its development partner, Torch Clean Energy LLC, announced the closing of construction financing and start of construction on the Gray Hawk Solar Project. Located near the town of Kingman, Ariz., the 46 MW-AC project is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2018. […] The post Partners Kick Off Construction On Arizona Solar Project appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Luminant Shuttering Two Coal Plants In Central Texas
    by Joseph Bebon on 16th October 2017 at 6:00 am

    Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, is closing two coal-fueled power plants in central Texas: its two-unit Sandow Power Plant in Milam County and its two-unit Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County. In total, approximately 2.3 GW of nameplate power will be taken offline in early 2018. According to the company, the facilities are […] The post Luminant Shuttering Two Coal Plants In Central Texas appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • California Legislation Boosts Solar Consumer Protection
    by Joseph Bebon on 13th October 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Shortly after praising Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., for signing a solar thermal bill into law, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) is again applauding the governor for signing separate legislation designed to increase consumer protection. On Thursday, Brown signed A.B.1070, which CALSEIA says creates new and important consumer protection measures, including standardized and simplified […] The post California Legislation Boosts Solar Consumer Protection appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Taylor Farms Gets Greener With Its Largest Solar Project To Date
    by Joseph Bebon on 13th October 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Taylor Farms, a North American producer of salads and healthy fresh foods, has completed the company’s largest solar panel installation to date. Located at Taylor Farms Pacific in Tracy, Calif, the new rooftop solar array spans over 300,000 square feet and comprises more than 8,200 panels. The 2.26 MW project is expected to power 67% […] The post Taylor Farms Gets Greener With Its Largest Solar Project To Date appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Pharmaceutical Research Center Goes Solar In San Diego
    by Joseph Bebon on 13th October 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Baker Electric Solar recently completed a solar installation for the Ferring Research Institute Inc. (FRI) in San Diego. The 95.04 kW rooftop system is expected to save the research facility $27,207 in energy costs in the first year. FRI is the flagship research center for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Since 1996, FRI scientists have been focused on […] The post Pharmaceutical Research Center Goes Solar In San Diego appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Power-to-Gas for Renewables Integration Is on the Rise
    on 13th October 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology.&nbs […]

  • Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage
    on 13th October 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017. […]

  • SEPA: New Board Elections Reflect Energy Industry Focus On Diversity
    by Joseph Bebon on 13th October 2017 at 3:49 pm

    The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has announced the results of its 2017 board elections, welcoming two newcomers and two incumbents to its board of directors. The organization says both newcomers will add to the board’s roster of diverse industry leaders driving business and technical innovation at their respective companies. The two incoming board members […] The post SEPA: New Board Elections Reflect Energy Industry Focus On Diversity appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • First Solar Backs Trade Case, Questions SEIA’s Stance
    by Joseph Bebon on 12th October 2017 at 9:23 pm

    After remaining relatively silent on the issue, Arizona-based module maker First Solar has come out in support of the Section 201 trade case launched by Suniva and SolarWorld Americas. First Solar’s position goes directly against that of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), even though the manufacturer is a SEIA board member. First Solar CEO […] The post First Solar Backs Trade Case, Questions SEIA’s Stance appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Solar’s Remarkable Survival in the Most Extreme Weather
    on 12th October 2017 at 9:00 pm

    As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent? […]

  • Ohio Northern University’s Phase II Solar Project Gets Under Way
    by Joseph Bebon on 12th October 2017 at 7:24 pm

    GEM Energy, a unit of full-service contractor Rudolph Libbe Group, has started construction on the second phase of Ohio Northern University’s (ONU) solar initiative with a 1 MW solar array. The first phase, a 2 MW array, was completed in early 2017. Together, the two solar arrays will generate a total 15% of ONU’s electricity […] The post Ohio Northern University’s Phase II Solar Project Gets Under Way appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • New Solar Farm Is A ‘Win-Win’ For Maine Utility
    by Joseph Bebon on 12th October 2017 at 7:05 pm

    IGS Solar has completed a 4.6 MW-AC solar project at the Madison Business Gateway in Madison, Maine. Madison Electric Works (MEW), a municipality-owned utility serving about 2,500 customers in Madison and three neighboring towns, teamed up with IGS Solar in an effort to help the utility integrate solar energy while helping to better control long-term […] The post New Solar Farm Is A ‘Win-Win’ For Maine Utility appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • SEIA Applauds Approval Of Texas Utility’s Rate Case Settlement
    by Joseph Bebon on 12th October 2017 at 5:52 pm

    On Wednesday, the Public Utility Commission of Texas unanimously approved a settlement agreement to resolve Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery Co.’s 2017 rate case, which according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), originally included some anti-solar proposals. Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for SEIA, welcomed the settlement in a statement Wednesday. “SEIA supports […] The post SEIA Applauds Approval Of Texas Utility’s Rate Case Settlement appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns?
    on 12th October 2017 at 1:29 pm

    There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong. A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce.&nbs […]

  • How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability
    on 12th October 2017 at 12:59 pm

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system. […]

  • Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
    on 11th October 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. […]

  • Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official. […]

  • All PV Predictions Were Wrong
    on 10th October 2017 at 3:29 pm

    At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region. […]

  • Company investing in two hydro plants in move toward green business
    on 10th October 2017 at 3:20 pm

    In hydro business news in Laos, Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited (PDI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with EDL-Generation Public Company to jointly invest in the 69-MW Nam San 3A and 45-MW Nam San 3B hydropower plants. […]

  • Who Will Fight the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan?
    on 10th October 2017 at 3:07 pm

    As word spread yesterday that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will officially begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, others vowed to fight back. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico
    on 9th October 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.  &nbs […]

  • World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering
    on 9th October 2017 at 4:41 pm

    In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars. […]

  • Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?
    on 9th October 2017 at 3:12 pm

    The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week. […]

  • Grid Resiliency is a Problem, But Stockpiling Coal isn’t the Answer
    on 6th October 2017 at 8:42 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency.&nbs […]

  • How To Shine In The Solar Village
    on 6th October 2017 at 4:39 pm

    At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website. […]

  • Project of the Year 2017 Finalists Announced
    on 6th October 2017 at 10:00 am

    Fourteen outstanding power projects were selected from industry-nominated projects in five categories: Coal, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Energy Storage, Natural Gas, and Renewables. […]

  • Solar Decathlon Features Hurricane-proof House
    on 5th October 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon officially kicked off today with a ceremony featuring recently appointed DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette. […]

  • Trump's Tax Reform Proposal 'Leaves Door Open' to Repeal ITC/PTC
    on 5th October 2017 at 1:55 pm

    A tax reform package released at the end of September by White House and Republican leadership “left the door open” to repeal critical existing renewable energy tax credits prior to their scheduled either expiration or phase down, Greg Jenner, partner at Stoel Rives, told Renewable Energy World. […]

  • Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy
    on 5th October 2017 at 1:03 pm

    President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving. […]

  • Solar PV Was Fastest Growing Energy Source in the World in 2016
    on 4th October 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years. […]

  • How Catastrophic is Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?
    on 3rd October 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy. […]

  • Saudi Arabia Gets Cheapest Bids for Solar Power in Auction
    on 3rd October 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels. […]

  • Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico
    on 3rd October 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure. &nbs […]

  • 5 Emerging Trends for Corporate Buyers of Renewable Energy
    on 3rd October 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Today, companies are making big moves to power their operations with clean energy. To date, corporate buyers have purchased a global total of 19 GW of renewable energy, enough to power five million average American homes. &nbs […]

  • Jobs and Gigawatts: How To Position Your Solar Company In Light Of The Suniva Trade Case
    on 2nd October 2017 at 7:35 pm

    How should you position your solar company in light of the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case? To address that question, I recently participated in a Renewable Energy World webcast with Abby Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Matthew Nicely, a lawyer representing SEIA. For NEXTracker, our position is clear: We fully support SEIA’s efforts to convince the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend the least harmful remedy, for two simple reasons: jobs and gigawatts. […]

  • Section 201 Solar Trade Case Questions Answered
    on 2nd October 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Matthew Nicely’s answers to the questions that were asked during the webcast, "What Now? How You Should Be Positioning Your Business in Light of the ITC Ruling." Perhaps one of these is your question, too. […]

  • Community Solar: California’s Shared Renewables at a Crossroads
    on 2nd October 2017 at 4:06 pm

    California, once considered a leader in community solar, has struggled to implement Senate Bill 43 (SB-43), which mandated the creation of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program. As envisioned by SB-43, the GTSR Program includes a Green Tariff (GT) component and an Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) component. It provides an opportunity for the three California investor-owned utilities (IOUs) combined to procure up to 600 MW of new renewable energy. &nbs […]

  • Tesla Charging Stations to Link South Australia Capital with World’s Largest Battery
    on 2nd October 2017 at 2:57 pm

    A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion batterybeing built by Elon Musk in the state’s north. […]

  • Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap
    on 2nd October 2017 at 2:11 pm

    For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap. […]

  • Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation
    on 29th September 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it. […]

  • Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge
    on 29th September 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017. […]

  • Solar Development in the US and China in the Shadow of Suniva’s Section 201 Trade Case
    on 29th September 2017 at 3:57 pm

    As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China. […]

  • Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts
    on 29th September 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday.&nbs […]

  • The Mobile Microgrid: Is It Almost Here?
    on 28th September 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Life without our mobile phone seems pretty unimaginable, doesn’t it? We now carry along our phone/camera/computer in our hands, and, if you want to believe a recent movie, some of us even fall in love with the personal assistant. “(You) Siri – why am I here?...(Siri) I can’t answer that for you, can I?” But what about microgrids, why not have a personal mobile i-power source? If you bear with me I’ll show you why that isn’t so farfetched. The mobile “i-uGrid” may already be on the way. […]

  • China’s Solar PV Market Passes 100 GW Milestone
    on 28th September 2017 at 1:44 pm

    According to data recently released by the National Energy Administration of China, as of the end of June, the country had a PV power generation installation capacity of 102 GW. […]

  • US Solar Market Can Remain Strong in 2017, Even with the ITC Ruling
    on 28th September 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Last Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Suniva and SolarWorld, having found that they suffered injury from the flood of cheap imports. Will this ruling dreadfully affect the U.S. PV market this year? […]

  • On the Solar Trade Case: SolarWorld and Suniva are neither Villains nor Victims
    on 27th September 2017 at 7:37 pm

    First – SolarWorld and Suniva are not villains, nor would I call them victims.  The current low prices in our industry are, unfortunately, the responsibility of all participants.  We, as an industry, have celebrated the low prices for over a decade and have focused on ever cheaper prices without considering the effect of these prices on quality and manufacturing viability.&nbs […]

  • Blockchain Token to Share Renewable Energy Unveiled
    on 27th September 2017 at 3:36 pm

    A new blockchain-based energy-sharing token has been launched in The Netherlands. Named the ‘Jouliette’, the new token aims to empower individuals and communities to easily manage and share locally produced renewable energy. […]

  • O3 Energy Seeks Solar Projects to Finance; Launches Channel Partners Program
    on 26th September 2017 at 8:18 pm

    On Tuesday, September 26, Dallas-based energy solutions provider O3 energy announced the launch of its new O3 Channel Partners, which opens up financing to qualified solar projects in North America. The company has historically acted as a late stage developer offering Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for commercial and industrial clients scattered across the country. The channel partner program provides development and construction partners with the opportunity to obtain the resources and funding necessary to help close more projects in this space.&nbs […]

  • Tennessee Utility Participates In Flow Battery Pilot Project
    on 26th September 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based electricity and telecom provider EPB recently energized a 100-kW/400-kWh vanadium redox flow battery as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a group of national labs. &nbs […]

  • This Pathway is the Best Opportunity for Corporate Utility-scale Solar PV Procurement
    on 26th September 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV is on the rise, but there’s opportunity for corporations to leverage recent market developments and deploy even more. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case Injuries
    on 25th September 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Today’s topics include the results of the ITC ruling on the solar trade case; what could happen at the Oct 3 hearing and Paula's advice for how to position your solar business today. Check it out! &nbs […]

  • SolarWorld Plans to Ramp up Solar Module Production in Light of ITC Ruling
    on 25th September 2017 at 4:00 pm

    On Monday, September 25, SolarWorld Americas announced that with the prospect of meaningful import relief close at hand, the company will begin ramping up production. It hopes to hire up to 200 workers by May. On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of a trade-case determination that a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel industry.  The vote means that the case, in which SolarWorld Americas and Suniva Inc. are co-petitioners, moves to a remedy phase. […]

  • Lack of IRS Solar Tax Credit Guidance Clouds New Projects
    on 25th September 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Solar energy developers hoping to break ground on large-scale projects want the IRS to define new-construction requirements for a renewable energy tax incentive. […]

  • 5 Prospects for Renewable Microgrid Technology Innovation
    on 25th September 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Current research is providing groundbreaking innovations that could help renewable energy-based microgrids become “the energy supply of the future,” according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). […]

  • Survey: 3 Out of 4 Australians Expect Home Storage to Become ‘New Normal’
    on 25th September 2017 at 1:49 pm

    A new survey conducted by public advocacy organization Climate Council found that about 75 percent of respondents in Australia expect that household battery storage will be “the new normal” within the next decade. […]

  • Solar Decathlon Teams Officially Begin Reconstructing Their Houses for Event in Denver
    on 25th September 2017 at 1:28 pm

    The 11 teams competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon in October began reconstructing their houses in Denver over the weekend. […]

  • Imposing Solar Tariffs May Cost US Taxpayers $1.23 Billion
    on 22nd September 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $1.23 billion. &nbs […]

  • 10 US Electricity Service Providers Take Next Step Toward RTO Membership
    on 22nd September 2017 at 5:05 pm

    A coalition of 10 electricity service providers serving the U.S. Rocky Mountain region said they will begin negotiations for membership in the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization. […]

  • India Solar — Unboxing Valuation
    on 22nd September 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Some really interesting developments are taking place in the Indian solar space. Module prices are hardening and there is talk of Discoms reneging on previous high tariff power purchase agreements (PPA) in light of declining tariffs, while developers are reportedly seeking to exit low tariff commitments in light of rising module prices. It’s all happening there!&nbs […]

  • Former US Defense Energy Professionals Urge ITC to Consider Energy Security in Solar Trade Case
    on 21st September 2017 at 7:14 pm

    In a letter today to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, a group of veterans and former defense energy professionals urged the ITC to consider carefully U.S. Department of Defense energy security and resiliency efforts before making a decision this week in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case. […]

  • Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy
    on 21st September 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue. […]

  • International Trade Commissioners Find Injury in Section 201 Solar Trade Case in 4-0 Vote
    on 21st September 2017 at 4:00 pm

    On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission ruled that injury has been caused to Suniva and SolarWorld by solar module imports from oversees in the historic section 201 trade case. Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition expains what happens next. […]

  • Listen Up: Roof Attachment Products for Solar — Key Considerations
    on 20th September 2017 at 5:29 pm

    With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components. […]

  • New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power
    on 20th September 2017 at 4:39 pm

    A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems. […]

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $20M to Climate-focused Organizations
    on 20th September 2017 at 4:16 pm

    On Tuesday, September 19 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues.&nbs […]

  • Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology
    on 20th September 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. […]

  • A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage
    on 19th September 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone. […]

  • Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend
    on 19th September 2017 at 4:32 pm

    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.&nbs […]

  • Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans
    on 19th September 2017 at 12:14 pm

    When a group of clean energy enthusiasts wanted to find better options for people to install clean energy solutions in their homes, buy electric vehicles and invest in clean energy, they thought about starting a green bank, but Blake Jones of Colorado-based Namaste Solar says they decided to start a credit union instead. […]

  • Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?
    on 18th September 2017 at 6:28 pm

    It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado... […]

  • Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power Expansion
    on 18th September 2017 at 1:20 pm

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.73/kWh. […]

  • UK Electricity Markets Regulator Takes Big Step in Recognizing Value of Energy Storage
    on 15th September 2017 at 3:48 pm

    U.K. renewable energy company Anesco this week said that its solar+storage projects are the first sites in the U.K. to qualify for support paid to accredited renewable energy generators for electricity generation supplied to batteries. […]

  • Cyclone Forces Evacuation of Husum Wind Attendees — But the Show Goes On
    on 15th September 2017 at 1:15 pm

    The cyclone forced the 650+ exhibitors and all attendees in the lightweight exhibition to leave the exhibit hall as wind gusts of up to 140 km/h [87 miles per hour] swept through the north-western part of the country. […]

  • Meet the Smart Digital Energy Solution That Could Blow Up Solar Coins
    on 15th September 2017 at 12:41 pm

    The winning team of the Smart Energy Hackathon in Bangkok last week developed a new smart digital energy solution for claiming solar coins. […]

  • Tracking the Rise of the Off-Grid Energy Storage Market
    on 14th September 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The image that "off-grid" solar conjures of small cabins or individual solar home systems is outdated in today's world. es, it’s true, off-grid storage applications do include remote homes and even remote communities in some of world’s developing regions, but off-grid solar makes possible a wide range of applications from residential to commercial, and continues on a path of rapid growth. […]

  • Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?
    on 14th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Is it going out on a limb to say this part is saying “renewables should not get special treatment above other sources?” The DOE report went on to point out that variable resources require baseload generation as a frequency smoothing backup while the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. &nbs […]

  • 2016 Storm Stirs Renewable Energy Investment in South Australia
    on 14th September 2017 at 10:40 am

    A year on from a storm that blacked out the entire state, South Australia has emerged from the electricity crisis to strengthen its position as a global leader in renewable energy. […]

  • Insect Eyes Inspire New Solar Cell Design by Stanford Researchers
    on 14th September 2017 at 10:33 am

    Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists. […]

  • What the Suniva/SolarWorld Trade Case Could Mean for Downstream Solar Companies
    on 14th September 2017 at 9:50 am

    Why are participants in this $23 billion industry bracing themselves at this very moment for the possibility of an industry contraction? Their concern does not stem from a competing energy source or a promising new technology on the horizon. The threat to solar’s continued growth comes from within the industry itself, as two failed U.S. solar companies push the government to punish the rest of the industry for their own failures. &nbs […]

  • Why Solar SCADA is Taking Center Stage in Grid Modernization
    on 13th September 2017 at 6:43 pm

    While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the "supervisory control" function is much less common today. […]

  • Haitian Solar PV Weathers Hurricane Irma
    on 13th September 2017 at 4:37 pm

    With the complete toll of Hurricane Irma beginning to reveal itself, renewable energy stakeholders take stock of lessons learned. […]

  • How to Drive Down Solar Prices in Today’s Market
    on 13th September 2017 at 2:50 pm

    With soft costs making up the highest percentage of solar costs, how can the market affect the soft cost segment? […]

  • Unirac Addresses Solar PV Mounting Solutions Aesthetics, Ease-of-Installation
    on 12th September 2017 at 5:14 pm

    At Solar Power International this week, solar mounting solutions provider Unirac said it has made advancements to its SOLARMOUNT residential PV mounting system that address aesthetics and ease-of-installation. […]

  • ABB’s New Inverters Target Full Range of Solar Applications
    on 12th September 2017 at 4:41 pm

    At Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week, ABB unveiled a series of new inverters designed for residential, commercial and industrial, and utility-scale applications. […]

  • Solar Developers Hoard Panels as US Tariff Threat Looms
    on 12th September 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Solar developers are suspending construction as the looming threat of U.S. import tariffs has driven up prices and spurred hoarding, crimping panel supplies. […]

  • Huawei Showcases New “95KTL” 1500 VDC Inverter at SPI
    on 12th September 2017 at 3:24 pm

    The 95 KTL 1500 VDC smart interactive string inverter has the highest power-to-weight ratio in the industry, said the company. In addition, it uses an 800 VAC output stage to minimize AC losses and includes six MPPTs and twelve directly connected string inputs.&nbs […]

  • A Tale of Two Counties — California’s Mojave Desert Offers a Bi-Polar Approach to Solar
    on 12th September 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Although stretching across Utah, Nevada and Arizona, most of the Mojave Desert’s land that is eyed for solar and wind power development is in California. It’s notably slated for two counties—Kern and San Bernardino — the latter being the largest geographic county in the U.S. […]

  • This Is Why More Companies Aren’t Disclosing Their Environmental Strategies
    on 12th September 2017 at 12:53 pm

    HSBC today said that 53 percent of companies now have an environmental strategy in place, but only 43 percent actively disclose it. Why is that number so low? […]

  • 3@3 on SolarPV: Disasters, SPI, Tesla
    on 11th September 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Today's topics include the historic number of natural disasters and hurricanes impacting the world over the past few weeks and how the solar industry can help; Solar Power International, a solar industry event taking place this week; and an interesting update on a Tesla/PG&E pilot project that is underway in California.&nbs […]

  • A Transactive Energy Future: The Inevitable Rise of Economic-based Grid Control
    on 11th September 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Every day, the number of new power generators from renewable resources joining the world's collective electricity grid steadily goes up. Growing at an equal pace are the people working to keep the balance between supply and demand on that collective grid.&nbs […]

  • Solar Manufacturing Profiles: Companies Under Threat by Solar Trade Case
    on 11th September 2017 at 5:48 pm

    If a case currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission results in petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld winning the relief they seek for solar panel pricing, Schletter President and CEO Rusty Schmit says his solar mounting systems manufacturing business could be cut in half.&nbs […]

  • APsystems Debuts Rule-21 Compliant Microinverter
    on 11th September 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Seattle-based APsystems this week at Solar Power International is debuting its new microinverter with Rule 21 grid support functionality. &nbs […]

  • JinkoSolar Incentivizes Customers Using Commercial PACE Financing
    on 11th September 2017 at 2:11 pm

    At Solar Power International in Las Vegas today, JinkoSolar said it will incentivize its customers who use commercial PACE financing — a program that is growing in popularity in the U.S. […]

  • Editor's Letter: If We Could Talk to the Batteries...
    on 8th September 2017 at 5:37 pm

    One year ago, at Solar Power International 2016, I helped Julia Hamm, CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with a keynote "skit" in which I was a reporter interviewing a homeowner about her awareness of her energy use. The year was supposed to be 2026. […]

  • How India Can Export Sunshine Around the World
    on 8th September 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water. Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.”&nbs […]

  • Why Cities of the Global South Need Solar
    on 8th September 2017 at 12:31 pm

    In a report released yesterday, the World Resources Institute recommended solutions that urban centers of the global south can focus on to improve energy access for under-served residents. […]

  • Live DC Microgrid Electrified at SPI
    on 7th September 2017 at 6:53 pm

    EnSync and DCfusion have designed and will manage the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace on-site microgrid demonstration system during SPI. The design leverages EnSync Energy's Matrix energy management system and DER Flex software – creating a microgrid that will power the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace area at the Las Vegas show. DCfusion is engineering the solar-powered microgrid, while EnSync Energy's technologies will serve as its command and control center. The Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace will also provide connections for companies to demonstrate their technologies working in real time – including energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and more.&nbs […]

  • JLM Energy Launching Energy Storage Quoting Tool
    on 7th September 2017 at 6:50 pm

    JLM Energy said it plans to debut its Simple Quoting and Design tool (SQUAD) at SPI. The company said that SQUAD is a straightforward way for solar dealers to provide residential quotes on solar plus JLM’s storage product Phazr, which pairs each solar panel with a battery pack.  SQUAD 1.0 brings time-of-use (TOU) shifting solutions to California residents, many of whom are affected by new TOU regulations that shift peak electricity pricing to later in the day when solar panels have stopped producing. This means homeowners can save their solar power in batteries for hours later in the day when the utility is charging higher rates and people are generally using more electricity – during the dinner hour and early evening. […]

  • SMA Solar Announces Plans for New Unit in Mexico
    on 7th September 2017 at 4:38 pm

    SMA Solar Technology will open a new unit in Mexico by the end of 2017. The facility will support sales and service efforts in the country and establish a local SMA presence that will better serve the company’s customers there, providing greater access to SMA expertise and resources. […]

  • Alectris, Alencon Partner to Repower Aging Solar PV Plants
    on 7th September 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Solar asset care firm Alectris and solar technology firm Alencon Systems have formed a strategic alliance to repower aging solar PV plants.&nbs […]

  • Online Legal Marketplace Seeks to Transform How Clean Energy Companies Do Business
    on 7th September 2017 at 3:26 pm

    A new partnership between CleanTech Docs and Cleantech Law Partners (CLP) aims to improve the way legal services are provided to the cleantech and renewable energy sectors with what the companies say is the first online legal platform for those companies. […]

  • This Is ‘Game Changing’ for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage
    on 7th September 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here. […]

  • Why Solar and Battery Gigafactories Will Not Drastically Reduce PV and Storage Costs
    on 6th September 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about gigawatt-scale fabrication shops (fabs) for both PV (NY) and batteries (NV).  And they are promoted as being able to provide great economies of scale that will dramatically and magically accelerate the cost reduction learning curve.  But the fact of the matter is that it’s not quite so simple in reality. […]

  • Report: 31 Utilities Added Energy Storage for The First Time in 2016
    on 6th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    A new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance indicated 31 utilities, or 43 percent of the utilities surveyed for the study, added energy storage to the grid in the last year. […]

  • Australian Businesses Rush to Install Solar Systems to Combat High Power Prices
    on 6th September 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Commercial-scale solar systems are being installed at an unprecedented rate in South Australia as companies attempt to combat some of the most expensive electricity prices in the world. […]

  • The Shifting Role of the Solar EPC and How the Solar Trade Case Could Change Everything
    on 6th September 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Just five years ago, solar engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) were willing to be a lot more flexible when signing contracts to build solar projects than they are today.  According to Robert Lydan, CEO and Managing Director at Phoventus, it’s about who takes on the majority of project risk. It used to fall on the shoulders of the EPCS but today they are increasingly risk-averse. […]

  • Driven, Collaborative, Curious — Who Is the New Generation of Solar Talent?
    on 6th September 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The growing support for the nonprofit Solar Head of State from a selection of high-profile people is a testament to the valuable vision that today’s young business men and women bring to the solar sector. […]

  • Notes from The Market Research Underground: Do You Feel It? The Future of DG Solar Is at Hand
    on 5th September 2017 at 7:22 pm

    The strongest and most trusted solar brand is actually a group of solar workers — the small to medium independent installers have always been, and are still, the face of the solar industry to people. This has remained true despite the residential solar lease and despite the rise of multi-megawatt (utility-scale) solar deployment. It has remained true as DG (distributed generation) systems have increased in size, and it has remained true despite announcements of the demise of the small/medium independent installer. […]

  • World Energy Demand to Plateau from 2030, Says Report
    on 5th September 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030. […]

  • The 6 Countries Leading on Renewable Energy, But Could Improve on Incentives, Regulatory Support
    on 1st September 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Recently released heat maps from Sustainable Energy for All identify countries and regions where improvements would increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent of total final energy consumption by 2030. […]

  • Standoff Over Rates for Utah Solar Customers Reaches Settlement; Concessions Were ‘Painful’
    on 31st August 2017 at 12:28 pm

    According to Utah Clean Energy, a settlement agreement with Rocky Mountain Power in its rate case avoids a requested $15 fixed monthly charge, a $9.02 per-kW peak demand charge and a reduced energy rate for solar customers.&nbs […]

  • NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records
    on 30th August 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells. […]

  • New Legislation Could Support Clean Energy Career Pathways for Fossil-Fuel Industry Workers
    on 30th August 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Support for workers seeking to transition from jobs in the fossil-fuel industry to the clean energy sector could be coming in the form of new federal legislation. […]

  • A Ribbon Cutting and a Sneak Peek — The Latest from Solar Decathlon 2017 Teams
    on 30th August 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Here are a couple of updates on teams competing in this year's Solar Decathlon in Denver in October. […]

  • Virtual Currency May Boost Australia's Grassroots Solar Trade
    on 29th August 2017 at 5:02 pm

    An Australian company is introducing its own version of bitcoin that will let homeowners and businesses sell excess energy generated from their rooftop solar panels to neighbors, without a middleman taking a cut. […]

  • Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid
    on 29th August 2017 at 3:14 pm

    A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first. […]

  • Listen Up: Energy Storage is the Home Appliance of the Future
    on 29th August 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Twenty years ago, the problem with rooftop solar was that customers needed a large collection of lead acid batteries to store their daytime energy and use this energy at night. But simple net metering rules made it possible for the electric grid to function as a 100 percent efficient storage device.&nbs […]

  • This Is the Next Step for Energy Storage in South Australia
    on 29th August 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Details were released yesterday for the South Australia government’s call for more projects that can contribute to making renewable energy generation on demand and that will provide energy storage in the state. […]

  • China Is Creating the World's Largest Power Company
    on 28th August 2017 at 6:36 pm

    China’s creating the world’s largest power company. The government of President Xi Jinping approved the merger of Shenhua Group Corp., the country’s top coal miner, with China Guodian Corp., among its largest power generators, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said Monday.&nbs […]

  • The Big Drumroll Ends with a Thud: DOE’s Study on the US Power Grid
    on 28th August 2017 at 5:10 pm

    The Department of Energy last week released its long-awaited grid-reliability study, after months of work at the agency to respond to Secretary Perry’s directive calling for the report. The tone and content of Perry’s April 14th memo suggested to many that the study would inevitably produce a set of findings that coal-fired power plants could take to the bank as proof that they need help from the federal government to stay in operation. […]

  • New Source of Energy-critical Lithium Found in Supervolcanoes, Stanford Researchers Find
    on 28th August 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. But Stanford scientists say there are large deposits in sources right here in America: supervolcanoes. &nbs […]

  • Putting Innovation to Work for Renewable Energy – What’s Your Story?
    on 28th August 2017 at 12:27 pm

    We want to hear your innovation story. We will recognize the most innovative power projects with the Power-Gen International Projects of the Year Awards in Las Vegas in December. […]

  • Why Energy Traders Got the Eclipse So Wrong
    on 25th August 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Grid operators and traders thought they were totally prepped for the historic U.S. solar eclipse. There was just this one thing they didn’t completely factor in: “irregular human-behavior patterns.” &nbs […]

  • Five Million Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Energy Storage
    on 25th August 2017 at 4:01 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States. […]

  • Comcast Taps Solar for Smart Home Services
    on 25th August 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Sunrun yesterday said it has reached an agreement with Comcast for the solar and storage company to be the exclusive solar provider for Comcast Cable. […]

  • DOE Grid Reliability Report 'Treats Wind Power Fairly,' Grassley Says
    on 25th August 2017 at 11:31 am

    Now that the US Department of Energy staff has released its report to Secretary Perry on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy World has received many comments from industry that seem to generally favor the results […]

  • Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future
    on 25th August 2017 at 10:00 am

    Forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment. […]

  • RGGI States Propose Additional 30 Percent Emissions Cap Decline by 2030
    on 24th August 2017 at 6:03 pm

    The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) yesterday said that they have proposed a regional emissions cap trajectory that will provide an additional 30 percent cap reduction by the year 2030, relative to 2020 levels. […]

  • It’s Out: A Quick Review of the Just Released US Department of Energy Grid Reliability Study
    on 24th August 2017 at 4:59 pm

    In April, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a study of the U.S. electricity grid. He wanted the study to reveal why so many coal plants were retiring and whether or not energy policies (renewable folks, think the ITC, PTC, RPS) were distorting the market and making the grid unstable. As most in the energy industry knew, the answer is incredibly nuanced. The 187-page report, released today, details the many reasons impacting the retirement of coal plants – the fact that they are old, in need of upgrades, costlier to run than natural gas plants, and not running at full capacity – are just some of them.&nbs […]

  • Achieving Sustainability with Solar at the National Museum of Bermuda
    on 23rd August 2017 at 4:44 pm

    As locations for large-scale solar deployment go, Bermuda is a pretty good one. The climate guarantees plenty of sun and the potential for significant generation of clean energy. The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country.&nbs […]

  • Thinking Beyond Trump: Why Power Companies Should Be Investing Now in Carbon-free Electricity
    on 23rd August 2017 at 3:30 pm

    When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time. […]

  • Sungevity Brand Returns Via Solar Spectrum-Horizon Merger
    on 23rd August 2017 at 10:51 am

    Solar Spectrum, a clean-energy company backed by private equity firm Northern Pacific Group, bought residential system provider Horizon Solar Power. […]

  • Solar Plus Storage Trial Set for Remote Australian Community
    on 22nd August 2017 at 5:45 pm

    The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). […]

  • Reliance Said to Mull India Energy Storage With BP
    on 22nd August 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the energy storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse
    on 21st August 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case. […]

  • Argentina Eyes Slower Renewable Growth as Infrastructure Lags
    on 21st August 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Argentina’s next renewable power auction will be half the size of last year’s because of an infrastructure bottleneck slowing down the ability to add capacity. […]

  • Rising Chinese Solar Panel Prices May Put Indian Projects At Risk
    on 21st August 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Solar power projects bid at low tariffs may be at risk as the prices of photovoltaic panels have risen amid a push in the U.S. to impose anti-dumping duty on cheaper imports from China. […]

  • Home Depot to Lease 50 Store Rooftops for Solar Power
    on 21st August 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores. The company is working with GE subsidiary Current and Tesla on the project. &nbs […]

  • 100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours
    on 18th August 2017 at 4:43 pm

    On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.&nbs […]

  • An Eclipse Is Just What the US Power Sector’s Been Waiting For
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:47 am

    Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments. […]

  • SolarReserve to Build 150-MW Solar Thermal Plant in South Australia
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:25 am

    A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve. The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1,100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station. […]

  • NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:09 am

    NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million). […]

  • How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar Power to Help Retain a Major Employer
    on 17th August 2017 at 10:57 am

    An electric cooperative in rural Arkansas is finding that solar power is not only benefiting its members, it’s helped to keep a major employer in the community. […]

  • London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth
    on 16th August 2017 at 11:49 am

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030. […]

  • First Solar to Profit If Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panel Imports
    on 15th August 2017 at 10:39 pm

    First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up. The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.   The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November. &nbs […]

  • Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids
    on 14th August 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles. […]

  • Combined Solar and Methane Power Plant Set to Open in South Australia
    on 14th August 2017 at 2:34 pm

    A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating within days. In what’s believed to be an Australian first, the plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector.&nbs […]

  • 4 Unusual Uses of Solar PV Technology
    on 14th August 2017 at 1:52 pm

    It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity. &nbs […]

  • Solar Eclipse Will Affect PV Generators Across US
    on 14th August 2017 at 1:20 pm

    On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants in the U.S. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not anticipate the eclipse will create reliability issues for the bulk power system. […]

  • There Are No Glass Ceilings In This Solar Village
    on 11th August 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams. […]

  • Myth Busting Indian Solar
    on 11th August 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Solar capacity has been growing at a jaw dropping pace in India. What is especially remarkable is the range of stakeholders that play a part in this story. The central government; national level policy makers; national and multilateral agencies; state level governments; central off-takers; state level Discoms; private developers taking equity risk; EPC folks; hardware suppliers; sources of debt finance; corporate customers; individual customers — the list is literally endless.&nbs […]

  • Do You have a Favorite Insurance? For Pharma, it May be Microgrids
    on 11th August 2017 at 1:41 pm

    A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity.  The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We’ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours. After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production.  With a power loss, it’s not just a temporary interruption, it’s a lost batch.  And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars.&nbs […]

  • Green Power Still Tied Up with Red Tape in Macron’s France
    on 10th August 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Some 80 days into Emmanuel Macron’s new job, Europe’s biggest renewable energy companies are still waiting for the French president to make good on campaign pledges to boost green power. […]

  • Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient
    on 10th August 2017 at 12:35 pm

    In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon.&nbs […]

  • 4.5-GW Solar Project in the Sahara Desert Could Supply Power to Europe
    on 10th August 2017 at 12:23 pm

    TuNur Ltd. recently said that it has filed for authorization to build a solar power export project in the Sahara Desert that would supply the European market with electricity. […]

  • To Solve ‘Duck Curve,’ Missouri Utility to Pay Bonus for West-Facing Solar Panels
    on 10th August 2017 at 12:56 am

    In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south. […]

  • Alphabet's Green Energy Ambitions Hit Turbulence
    on 10th August 2017 at 12:22 am

    On May 16, Makani released a YouTube video. A camera pans on a T-shaped airplane, with wings stretching 85 feet holding eight small turbines and a tether connecting it to a tall ground station. The plane swoops into the air. It dips and soars, looping elegantly in circles that mimic a windmill, something it was built to replace. &nbs […]

  • Notes from the Solar Underground: The Danger of Conjecture
    on 8th August 2017 at 6:18 pm

    As with advice, conjecture is easy to give as typically the conjecturers, as with advice givers, have little at stake and sometimes much to gain. First and foremost, conjecturers gain attention, second but not necessarily second-most, if the eventual outcome falls anywhere in the vicinity of the initial conjecture, the giver gains credibility.&nbs […]

  • Utilities Shifting Away from Wind, Solar PPAs
    on 8th August 2017 at 6:00 pm

    There’s a new model emerging for growth-starved utilities looking to profit from America’s solar and wind power boom. American Electric Power Co. is using it for a $4.5 billion deal that’ll land the U.S. utility owner a massive wind farm in Oklahoma and a high-voltage transmission line to deliver the power. […]

  • The Section 201 Trade Case, Part III: Will Any Americans Benefit?
    on 8th August 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I’m fairly certain that there is some American ownership of SQN Ventures and Red Lion Capital, and they would likely benefit from a decision in favor of Suniva. One person who stands to benefit is Jim Modak. &nbs […]

  • Senate Restores Quorum at FERC, Confirms DOE Deputy Secretary
    on 7th August 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Quorum has been restored to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the unanimous confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson by the U.S. Senate. […]

  • The Energy Sector Needs to Adapt to Millennials—Not Vice Versa
    on 7th August 2017 at 3:18 pm

    As interns at Environmental Defense Fund, we’ve been tapped as resident experts on surviving on college budgets, social media, and all things Millennial. Research tells us Millennials are the largest living generation. So, as clean energy interns this summer, we’ve learned that gives us much power to change the game for the energy sector. But in unexpected ways. &nbs […]

  • The Section 201 Trade Case, Part II: In the Hands of DIPs
    on 7th August 2017 at 2:53 pm

    The 201 trade case is being financed and organized by Suniva’s “Debtors in Possession” or DIPs. These firms want their money back. The 201 trade case is a desperate attempt to do just that. […]

  • Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival
    on 7th August 2017 at 2:33 pm

    German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 GWh battery factory, Frankfurt-based CEO Holger Gritzka said in an interview. […]

  • Cell Phones to Bring Solar Power to 1 Million Africans Living Off the Grid
    on 7th August 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier. […]

  • Researchers Develop Transparent, Flexible Solar Cells
    on 7th August 2017 at 11:01 am

    Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around us - on windows and walls, cell phones, laptops, and more. A new flexible, transparent solar cell developed at MIT is bringing that future one step closer. The device combines low-cost organic (carbon-containing) materials with electrodes of graphene, a flexible, transparent material made from inexpensive and abundant carbon sources. […]

  • AES, AimCo Complete $853 Million Deal for Solar Company SPower
    on 4th August 2017 at 12:37 pm

    AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Co. completed the $853 million joint acquisition of sPower from Fir Tree Partners Inc., in one of the largest clean-energy deals to date. […]

  • Tesla Finishes First Solar Roofs—Including Elon’s House
    on 4th August 2017 at 12:22 pm

    First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products.&nbs […]

  • Just Add Solar: Building Africa’s Largest Thermal-Solar PV Hybrid Power Plant
    on 4th August 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is set to deliver a 15-MW solar PV plant in Burkina Faso — creating Africa’s largest thermal-solar PV hybrid power plant. The solar PV development will be integrated with an existing 55-MW Wärtsilä thermal plant (running on heavy fuel oil), to power IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine, 330km northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. […]

  • The Section 201 Trade Case: Suniva’s Tangled Web
    on 3rd August 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Late this fall President Trump is going to decide how to implement any recommendation made by the International Trade Commission in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters
    on 3rd August 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out! […]

  • IKEA to Offer Home Energy Storage in UK
    on 2nd August 2017 at 1:18 pm

    IKEA is expanding its solar homes partnership with London-based Solarcentury by making energy storage available to its customers in the U.K. &nbs […]

  • Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt
    on 31st July 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.&nbs […]

  • Blockchain Investment Fund Begins Initial Coin Offering for New PV Plants
    on 28th July 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Energy-focused blockchain investment fund Solar DAO yesterday started the preliminary initial coin offering (ICO) for its two-stage crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the construction of new solar PV plants. &nbs […]

  • I Squared Joins Bidding for $4 Billion Equis Renewable Portfolio
    on 28th July 2017 at 10:50 am

    I Squared Capital, the infrastructure investment firm, is among suitors preparing bids for Equis Energy’s renewable power business, people with knowledge of the matter said. […]

  • Michigan Program Finances First Megawatt of Solar, With Ambitious Goals Ahead
    on 27th July 2017 at 3:38 pm

    A clean energy financing program in Michigan reached a milestone last month when it helped homeowners and businesses install 1 MW of solar energy across the state. […]

  • Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy
    on 27th July 2017 at 12:29 pm

    A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada. […]

  • SunEdison Sets Bankruptcy Exit With Nothing for Shareholders
    on 27th July 2017 at 10:21 am

    SunEdison Inc. won final approval for a bankruptcy plan that will leave what was once the world’s largest renewable-energy firm as a shell of its former self, with nothing for shareholders whose investment at one point had been worth about $10 billion. […]

  • Energy Bill Could See North Carolina Join National Fight Over Net Metering
    on 26th July 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment. […]

  • Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win Big Over Silicon In Outdoor Testing
    on 26th July 2017 at 9:58 am

    A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall. […]

  • Environmental Groups Reach Conservation Agreement for 247-MW Solar Project in California
    on 25th July 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Last week, Sierra Club said it joined Defenders of Wildlife, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Panoche Valley Solar in signing a settlement agreement concerning the size and location of the planned 247-MW Panoche Valley solar power project in California. […]

  • Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar
    on 25th July 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Going solar isn’t as simple as having panels installed on your roof. After you select an installer, the project needs to be permitted, installed, inspected, and interconnected to the grid. Most of these steps depend on local governments and utility companies, which means the process varies based on where you live.&nbs […]

  • India Initiates Dumping Probe Into Chinese Solar Imports
    on 25th July 2017 at 6:06 pm

    India opened a probe into whether Chinese solar-equipment makers are hurting its domestic industry by dumping inventories and driving down prices to unfair levels. […]

  • Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability
    on 25th July 2017 at 5:47 pm

    A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes. […]

  • UK to Invest $320M in Energy Storage R&D
    on 25th July 2017 at 10:04 am

    In a move aimed at powering its transition to a low-carbon economy with energy storage, the UK is set to fund battery technology research to the tune of £246m ($320m). […]

  • Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar
    on 24th July 2017 at 6:20 pm

    A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. […]

  • UVA, Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy Announce Solar Energy Project
    on 24th July 2017 at 5:20 pm

    The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy. Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand. &nbs […]

  • Tabuchi Electric Backs Ground-mount Racking System Provider Nuance Energy
    on 24th July 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Tabuchi Electric, a solar inverter manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan, recently made a $3 million investment in ground mount racking system provider Nuance Energy. […]

  • India's Blue Sky Pledge Gives Power to Country's Green Bonds
    on 24th July 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Green bonds issued by Indian companies are gathering pace as the country’s ambitious target for renewable energy fuels interest from investors. […]

  • 5 Reasons Why Drones Are Going to Work for Solar Asset Managers
    on 21st July 2017 at 2:06 pm

    With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit. […]

  • US Interior Department Scientist Speaks Out Against Reassignment
    on 20th July 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science. […]

  • Likana Solar Thermal Project in Chile Receives Environmental Approval
    on 20th July 2017 at 1:19 pm

    SolarReserve yesterday said its 390-MW Likana concentrating solar power plant received environmental approval from the Chilean government. […]

  • China Achieves 7.2-GW New Solar Capacity Milestone in 1Q17
    on 20th July 2017 at 12:47 pm

    China has installed 7.21 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2017, achieving another renewable energy milestone with growth maintaining the same pace as during 1Q16. Of that total, 4.78 GW came from utility-scale solar, with the remaining 2.43 GW originating from distributed solar PV, bringing the country’s cumulative solar PV capacity up to almost 85 GW.&nbs […]

  • The Future of Solar Debated at Intersolar in Light of Trade Petition
    on 19th July 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Intersolar and ees North America 2017 concluded its 10th annual event in San Francisco last week. The event organizer said attendees and exhibitors were optimistic, as they engaged in meaningful conversations about the best approaches for sustained market success, despite a year of industry consolidation and trade policy uncertainty. […]

  • Next Level Design — New-School Solar Software Providers Take on the Incumbents
    on 18th July 2017 at 8:05 pm

    The market for solar PV design software has opened up significantly in the past five years. New offerings have taken off in that time, and they range from fully integrated systems offering one-stop functionality, to niche services that are hyper-focused on one segment of the design process. &nbs […]

  • 3@3 on PV (and RE): Intersolar, Trade Case, Communicating about Jobs
    on 18th July 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the renewable energy industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include takeaways from last week's Intersolar Trade Show; the solar trade case between the US and China and a discussion about to communicate job growth in the clean energy industry. Check it out! […]

  • Solar Thermal Plants Aim to Keep Lights on at Night in Middle East
    on 18th July 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region’s biggest developers of power plants. […]

  • Uncorking the Residential Solar O&M Market
    on 17th July 2017 at 3:35 pm

    In the early days of solar, its proponents claimed that the technology was simple to install and did not require maintenance. Consequently, a significant number of early small solar installations were neither monitored nor serviced regularly.&nbs […]

  • Adapting to a Renewable-rich Grid: Businesses Embrace Building Management Solutions
    on 17th July 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Transitioning to the energy landscape of the future is oftentimes distilled down to a rise in renewable power generation. But the reality is that myriad industries are evolving and contributing to the foundations of a cleaner future.&nbs […]

  • Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of US Study Finds
    on 17th July 2017 at 11:07 am

    Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, U.S. Department of Energy staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry. […]

  • Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs
    on 17th July 2017 at 10:53 am

    Panasonic Corp. sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Osaka-based electronics maker has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. […]

  • From the Editor: Digital Everything
    on 14th July 2017 at 7:59 pm

    How many times do you hear about the future of energy, the next generation of power applications or the future utility business model? Like me, you’re probably getting a little tired of it.&nbs […]

  • FERC Chair Nominee Could Set Direction on ‘Significant Issues’ for Renewables
    on 14th July 2017 at 6:48 pm

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would be able to set policy and direction for “several significant issues that will impact renewables, including on interconnection, frequency response and wholesale market rules,” according to Ruta Skučas, a partner at Pierce Atwood. &nbs […]

  • Fresh Designs in Tracking, Racking and Mounting at Intersolar NA
    on 14th July 2017 at 11:38 am

    This year’s somewhat smaller, but seemingly more intense Intersolar North America trade show held in San Francisco this week featured a wide array of innovative solar tracking, racking and mounting solutions. While offerings by new and old players from around the world include many fresh design and feature developments, here are a few of the standouts. […]

  • Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hawaii is famously reliant on imported fossil fuels, for both electricity and transportation. But that’s changing rapidly as the state invests heavily in renewables. Two new bills are now pending in the Hawaii legislature that would codify the 100 percent renewables goal statewide, up from the current mandate of 40 percent by 2030. HB 623 would require... […]

  • There’s A Fight Brewing Over Who Profits From Solar Power
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 7:53 pm

    In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power. APS is an unlikely solar patron: In the... […]

  • Tesla’s New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power’s Biggest Problems
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 7:22 pm

    So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This... […]

  • The Home Solar plus Energy Storage Revolution Is About to Begin
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Home solar batteries from Tesla Motors, which could upset utilities as we know them. Billion dollar solar bonds from SolarCity, backstopped by banking bigshots. Happy Earth Day! After being artificially suppressed for decades, renewable energy developments have accelerated, with excellent timing. Earth Day brought mounting news via Bloomberg that Tesla’s anticipated home solar batteries, hinted at in March... […]

  • Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This story is excerpted and adapted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. On May 8, 2013, Tesla Motors shocked just about everyone by posting its first-ever quarterly profit, reporting higher-than-expected demand for its Model S electric sedan. That moment marked the beginning... […]

  • Solar Power Is on the Rise? We Suggested Harnessing the Sun’s Heat Back in 1866
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 5:00 pm

    “The Great Energy Transition to Solar and Wind Is Underway,” declared a headline yesterday on the environmental-news website EcoWatch. Thanks in no small part to Obama-era government subsidies, renewable energy appears poised for a much-belated breakthrough over the next few years. Yet it cannot be understated how much time has been lost, as we can see... […]

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