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Finding Island Grid Resilience with Advanced Software Systems

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 05:34

Grid operators on the islands of O'ahu and Puerto Rico are working with advanced software providers to help them understand how their transmission and distribution systems function with increasing amounts of distributed energy resources (DER), as they seek a cleaner, more resilient power infrastructure.

Categories: Solar Energy

New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:45

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement.

Categories: Solar Energy

Michigan to Replace Net Metering Program with Avoided-Cost Tariff

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:53

Michigan utility customers who put surplus electricity they generate back onto the power grid will be paid a lower, avoided-cost rate after June 1.

Categories: Solar Energy

Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as Confidence Rises

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:28

Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business.

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7 Pro-Earth Actions You Can Take on Earth Day

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:53

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and while it’s easy to appreciate a day that celebrates the importance of environmental protection, it’s not as easy to figure out what actions you can take on Earth Day to show your support for the movement.

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Morocco Ready for Another Solar Project to Curb Energy Imports

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:41

Morocco plans to build plants to produce another 800 MW of solar power, just months after attracting bids for its Midelt project as the North African country moves to curb energy imports.

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SunPower to Buy SolarWorld Americas

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:37

SunPower Corp.’s new strategy: If you can’t beat them in the tariff game, buy them. The panel maker, which spent more than a year fighting U.S. import tariffs, announced Wednesday it was buying a rival that was instrumental in pushing for them.

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Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a Threat or an Opportunity

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:26

Blockchain has been in the news a lot lately. Much of the noise is a result of the soaring valuation of the digital currencies it supports like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, digital currencies are just one application for blockchain technology. 

Categories: Solar Energy

$24M Dedicated to Reducing Cost of Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:42

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030.

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Alberta May Soon Have Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:42

A bill was introduced last week in Alberta, Canada, that could give municipalities in the province the option to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.

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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists in the World?

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:30

Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.


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Commercial Rooftop Agreement Takes Finland’s Solar Up a Notch

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:10

Finnish energy company Fortum today said that it won a bid to build a network of commercial rooftop solar systems that will boost Finland’s total solar power capacity from 35 MW to 45 MW.

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Inside Renewable Energy: Being Cyber Secure — The Risk to Renewables from Nuisance Attacks

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:24

In this second episode of our cybersecurity series, Brian Wrozek with Optiv Security discusses realistic cybersecurity concerns for renewable energy system owners as they look at a future that includes an ever-increasing digital backbone for their operations.

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Green Investments Needed to Help Africa 'Leapfrog' to Clean-Tech

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:06

About 800 delegates from 59 countries gathered at Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, Kenya, last week to discuss challenges and responses to climate change for inclusion in the international climate negotiation process.

Categories: Solar Energy

Pro-Solar Legislative Actions: Progress in New Jersey, Setback in South Carolina

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 06:31

Legislation that would support solar energy deployments met with success in New Jersey this week following a blow for other pro-solar legislation that was making headway in South Carolina.

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Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:47

Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put. 

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Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 08:08

After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year.

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Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private Microgrids Using Utility Wires

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay powered.

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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 08:29

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it.

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Notes from the Solar Underground: Marketing Basics Price, Place, Product, Promotion

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 05:17

Price, place, product, promotion — the four Ps of marketing are drummed into every marketing and business school student as the basics of market strategy. True…but everything is relative and as the energy industry remains subsidized, mandated and subject to government manipulation, it can be difficult to get the four Ps to work in concert with each other.

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