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Dubai Adds 200 MW of Solar Power in Renewables Push

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 07:55

Dubai took another step toward completing what it says will be the largest solar park of its kind, inaugurating a 200-MW facility with partners Electricite de France SA and Abu Dhabi-based renewables company Masdar.

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Could Dairy Farmers Become Energy Traders with Blockchain?

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 07:32

Dairy farmers in Australia may have the chance to begin buying and selling renewable energy on a peer-to-peer energy trading platform for the first time ever next year.

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Water-Based Battery Offers New Option for Utility-Scale Solar, Wind

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 09:31

Stanford University researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high.

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Greece Kicks Off $3.6 Billion Program for Solar, Wind Projects

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 08:22

Greece is preparing to auction 2.6 GW of solar and wind projects to attract investment and beef up the Mediterranean country’s clean-energy credentials.

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Solar Plus Multi-Storage Restores Power to Families in Puerto Rico

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 06:55

In an Aug. 2 Renewable Energy World article, we reported “Achieving 100 Percent Residential Renewables in Hawaii with Solar+Multi-Storage” since April 2017, 500 hours off-grid and 220 hours grid-tied, using Tabuchi Electric hybrid solar inverter with single embedded battery (10 kWh) and an ROI of three years. 

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Perovskite Solar Firm Secures $11 Million Investment

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:12

U.K.-based Oxford PV last week secured a new round of funding totaling US$11 million from existing investors for its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.

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Building on the Promise of Solar+EV Charging

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 06:35

A group of organizations led by the Great Plains Institute will work together to assess the potential value of treating renewable energy generation and controlled EV charging as a single linked technology that benefits utilities and consumers.

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Rural Pakistanis Take to Solar After Power Cuts Deepen

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 06:10

Rural Pakistanis are increasingly turning to renewable energy to circumvent the country’s notoriously unreliable power supply. Deficient generation and distribution shave an estimated 2 percentage points off Pakistan’s economic growth annually and faults in the national grid are exposed every summer as demand increases. 

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Blockchain’s Potential for Managing the Impact of Renewables and Peer-to-Peer Sales

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 05:27

Blockchain has the potential to change the business world as we know it today. Entire value chains can be shortened by it — including in the energy industry.

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Climate Pledges of the World Are Not ‘Ambitious Enough’

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 05:24

Speaking at the start of a new round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany, today, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the current climate pledges put forth by signatories of the Paris Agreement “simply aren’t ambitious enough.”

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First Solar Plans 1.2-GW Solar PV Manufacturing Facility in Ohio

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:22

Solar PV provider First Solar yesterday said it will build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio plant.

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Unirac Acquires Residential Attachments Specialist SolarHooks

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:24

Solar PV mounting systems provider Unirac Inc. today said that it has acquired certain assets of SolarHooks, a manufacturer of residential solar roof attachments.

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California State Senator: 100 Percent Renewable Energy is ‘Within Reach’

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 03:21

Whereas research reports by the world’s most eminent climatologists seem almost daily to bring foreboding climate news, renewable energy proponents who met at UC Berkeley in mid-April were decidedly upbeat about clean energy prospects.

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Hawaii Takes Historic First Step Toward Creating ‘Utility of the Future’ Now

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 02:23

In what could be the beginning of the new way forward to utilities, on Tuesday, Hawaiian Gov. David Ige signed the Ratepayer Protection Act, a new law that directs utilities in Hawaii to change their business models and fully decouple revenue and capital expenditures.

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JV Targets New Funds for Green Investments in India

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:49

A new joint venture will create a fund management platform that will focus on green energy infrastructure in India. The new platform, called EverSource Capital, is a new initiative of investment firm Everstone Group and renewable energy developer Lightsource BP.

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Climate Change May Scuttle Caribbean’s Post-Hurricane Plans for Renewables

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 03:12

Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out the island’s power grid. For people in some remote rural areas, the blackout was more of the same. Their power had yet to be restored.

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Inside Renewable Energy: Training and Recovery in Puerto Rico — Delivering Real Resilience with Solar Plus Storage

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:16

In this episode, representatives of Blue Planet Energy discuss their work in Puerto Rico helping communities deliver on the value of energy storage and solar power through training and education.

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Australian Water Utility Seeks Net-Zero Costs with Solar Plus Storage

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 05:58

Adelaide, South Australia, water utility SA Water is planning to achieve net-zero electricity costs by building a solar portfolio paired with energy storage.

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Wind, Solar Provide 98 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in Jan/Feb

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 04:52

Wind and solar accounted for more than 98 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year.

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Florida Regulators Approve Solar Lease Option for Homeowners

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:47

Sunrun last week won the right to offer solar leases to homeowners in Florida. Rules on the structure of solar lease offerings were previously unclear, and homeowners, therefore, have not had a lease option for solar to date. 

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