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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential Awaits Solar Plus Storage

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:22

Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh.

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Which Energy Products Are Capturing the Interest of Solar Buyers?

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 06:48

A majority of people in the U.S. who are shopping for solar are also thinking about energy storage products and services, according to a new report from online solar marketplace EnergySage.

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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must Show the World How to Stop Using Fossil Fuels — Period

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 04:18

California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks becoming a follower and falling short. To achieve the state’s long-term deep greenhouse gas reduction goals and to continue setting the strong example the rest of the world needs, California must set a clear target to end fossil fuel dependence and transition to 100 percent renewable, non-polluting sources for all energy uses by mid-century.

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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just Won’t Go Solar

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:26

A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Refuting the Anti-Solar Argument that Everyone Else’s Rates Go Up When People Go Solar

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:53

Today we focus on one topic that has a lot of spokes. And it’s this: refuting the claim that when people go solar, everyone else’s bills increase. We’ll take three of the age-old arguments about how residential solar increases rates for non-solar customers and explain why those arguments do not hold water.


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Concentrated Solar Thermal Projects See Forward Movement in Africa, UAE

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:41

Two concentrated solar thermal power projects located in Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made progress toward commercial operation in recent weeks.

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China's GCL, SoftBank Plan $930 Million Solar Venture in India

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 08:32

A Chinese energy conglomerate and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a $930 million agreement to produce and sell solar equipment in India, a country that is trying to bolster local manufacturing and curb reliance on clean energy imports.

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Los Angeles Takes Top Spot for Solar Among US Cities

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:31

Los Angeles is celebrating after taking back its position as the U.S. city with the most installed solar PV capacity. In a report released yesterday, Environment America said that first-place Los Angeles had 349.3 MW-DC of solar PV installed by the end of 2017, followed by San Diego with 287.2 MW-DC, and Honolulu with 287.2 MW-DC. Los Angeles held the No. 1 spot from 2013-2015 and was overtaken by San Diego in 2016.


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Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 06:37

Solar investments eclipsed all other forms of electricity generation in 2017 as China’s green boom accelerated. Investors worldwide plowed a record $161 billion into solar energy last year, more than half the investment in all renewables apart from large hydroelectric projects, according to a report jointly published by the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Total investment in renewables rose 2 percent to $280 billion.

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South African Renewable Energy Sector Enjoys Huge Victory with New Contracts

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:42

The South African government today signed power purchase agreements for renewable energy projects that have been delayed for years.

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Inside Renewable Energy: Toward a Cyber Secure Energy Future — Building Redundancy in IoT-Comm

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:18

In this first episode of our cybersecurity series, Joe Sullivan with FMC GlobalSat discusses the communications backbone of renewable energy IoT and how companies can secure their data in the future.

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Russian Tycoon Chases Next-Gen EV, Grid-Scale Batteries

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 09:57

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants.

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Austrian Developer of Solar + Storage “Smart Flower” Quietly Goes Insolvent

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:58

Late in 2017, the company that developed the innovative “Smart Flower,” a solar+storage product that comes to life when the sun rises, tracks the sun all day and then stores some of the energy captured for later use, announced it was going insolvent.


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Siemens Teaming Up with ComEd to Manage Microgrid Clusters in Chicago

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:49

ComEd’s plan to construct a microgrid in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side will create an opportunity for Siemens to work with ComEd in the testing and implementation of the software that will operate within the Siemens Microgrid Management System.

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Does the UK Need a Net Zero Target?

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 06:57

A new report released this week is calling for the UK to establish a supplemental net zero target by 2020.

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Crowdfunding Campaigns Give Nonprofits Access to Solar Power

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 06:12

Mission of Mary is on its way to going solar thanks to RE-volv, a national nonprofit organization that is enlisting “solar ambassadors” at colleges to raise money to put solar on nonprofits, and creating a revolving seed fund to buy solar for more nonprofits in the future.

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How a First Nation Bargained to Build B.C.’s Largest Solar Farm

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:46

Plans are afoot to harness the sun’s power to build B.C.’s largest solar farm on the Upper Nicola Band's Quilchena reserve.

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Florida Will Be Home to New 400-MW Solar Module Factory

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:18

JinkoSolar announced last week that it plans to build a 400-MW capacity solar module manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida. NextEra Energy announced that it plans to buy a significant portion of the modules from the facility over the next four years.


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Saudis, SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar Project

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:02

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.

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College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status with Solar Plus Storage

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 04:10

The University of Hawai'i Maui College says it will be capable of generating 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar PV systems coupled with battery storage next year. The effort is part of a goal for the 10-campus UH system to be net-zero by 2035.

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