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Jordan Selects Finalists to Bid for 300 MW of Solar, Wind Power

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 05:44

Jordan selected 45 companies including France’s Total SA and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power as finalists to bid for six solar and wind energy power plants with total capacity of 300 megawatts of power.

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China’s Solar PV Module Exports Reached 37.9 GW in 2017

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 05:34

In 2017, newly installed PV capacity worldwide reached 102 GW, soaring 37 percent from a year earlier, while cumulative installed PV capacity surged 33.7 percent to 405 GW, according to statistics from the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. 

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French President Macron Makes 1 Billion-Euro Commitment to Solar Deployment

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:55

In this minicast, France and India host the founding summit of the International Solar Alliance, and French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s total commitment to solar deployment through 2022 will reach 1 billion euros.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Steel Tariffs, Manufacturing and Why You Should Participate in Conferences

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 02:00

Today’s topics include U.S. President Trump’s official proclamation that he is imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum and how they will affect all facets of the energy industry, including solar companies. We also touch on the now-becoming-more official JinkoSolar manufacturing plant. There is still no official announcement that they are building something that will manufacture solar modules in the U.S. however JinkoSolar is named in legislation recently filed in the state of Florida that seeks approval for city and state tax incentives. Lastly, we’ll touch on POWER-GEN 2018 and why you should get involved right now.

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POWER-GEN Needs You: Submit an Abstract Today

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:44

Have a listen to this one-minute video that explains all of the new tracks and session types we’ve added to POWER-GEN 2018 and then submit an abstract to speak at the show today. Time is running out – the final deadline is March 16, 2018.


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Sunrun Seeks $500 Million for Rooftop Solar Growth

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:39

Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company, is seeking about $500 million to fund more rooftop-power systems, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

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Can This Airport Help Pave the Way for Microgrid Success in California?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 04:55

California is hoping that lessons learned from a new microgrid project at Humboldt County’s regional airport will help create a road map for microgrid integration in the state.

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Opening the Electricity Market to Competition a Win for Renewables, and Ratepayers

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:43

The price of electricity has been regulated for so long that price regulation is widely considered proper and necessary. The reality is that rate regulation was needed only to enable utilities to raise investment capital for building large central power plants and transmission lines. 

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International Solar Alliance Organizing $1Trillion in Funding for Solar Projects

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:24

A global coalition aimed at supporting the use of solar power is expected to announce a slew of projects worth about $700 million during its inaugural conference this weekend in New Delhi, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

The International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015, plans to unveil 20 projects in as many countries during the event on March 11, said the officials, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public yet. The event will be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the countries behind the ISA’s creation, as well as four prime ministers, 19 presidents and 17 ministers, the people said.

The ISA aims to organize $1 trillion in low-cost financing for solar energy projects by 2030 in sunlight-rich but power-poor countries located around the equator. At least 26 nations, including Australia, Bangladesh and Peru, have ratified its framework agreement, according to the event’s website.

Nine multilateral development banks, including the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, will also attend the conference and are in talks to support the ISA, the people said.

The coalition seeks to support programs including solar power for agriculture use, affordable financing, mini grids, rooftop installations and electric vehicle and storage initiatives, according to a statement from the Indian government in December when the ISA became a treaty-based, inter-governmental organization.

Lead image: Solar on Ascension Island. Credit: Pixabay. 

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India Has a New Secret Weapon for its 100-GW Solar Goal

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:20

Rakshith Kunder is adding more solar panels to the roofs of his warehouses. He isn’t seeking to save the planet, it’s pure economics.

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Could Solar Cells Produce Energy from the Rain?

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:33

Researchers from across several organizations have come together to find a simple way for solar plants to harness the power of both the sun and rain.

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Australians Put About 1 GW of Solar on Their Roofs Last Year

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 09:05

Australian homeowners and businesses installed 1.1 GW of solar PV last year, mostly for rooftop solar, according to the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data released yesterday.

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Wind and Solar Industries Weigh in on Proposed Steel Tariffs

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:43

About a week ago, U.S. President Trump released news that he was planning to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum under a rarely used trade law called Section 232, which allows a U.S. President to impose tariffs on imported goods that threaten national security.


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Utilities Plot Their Digital Future

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:06

In December, 20 months into the top job at Germany’s Innogy AG, Peter Terium unveiled a 3 billion-euro plan to transform the utility into a provider of electric car technology, digital networks, and offshore wind farms. His goal, he said, was to become “a trailblazer of change. We do not wait to see what happens. We set trends.” Terium didn’t need to wait long to see what happened. A week later, he was out of a job. 

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Utility-Scale Microgrid Cluster Approved for Chicago

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 06:49

Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by Exelon Corp. subsidiary Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) to build one of the first utility-scale microgrid clusters in the U.S. in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

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Tax Reform in Iowa Puts Solar Tax Credit in Jeopardy

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 06:06

A tax credit that’s helped motivate many fiscally conscious Iowa farmers to install solar panels would see an early demise under a sweeping tax reform bill that cleared a major legislative hurdle last week.

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Solar, Hydro Part of New Private Equity Spending Plan for Africa

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 05:19

Denham Capital Management LP, a London-based private equity firm, plans to channel at least $250 million into energy projects in Africa.

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4 Ways Big Cities Can Achieve 70 Percent Renewables by 2030

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 04:57

In this minicast, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group recommends 4 ways cities can navigate the path to a highly electrified, renewables-powered future.

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Why High-Efficiency Solar is Perfect for New England

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:37

Steve Rorem lives in Gardner, Massachusetts and heats his house with a heat pump. While a very efficient technology, heat pumps are electricity hogs. That’s why when Rorem started investigating solar and learned how much savings he could realize on his high electric bill, the decision to go solar was an easy one to make.


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Coal Stacks Felled to Make Way for Solar in Ontario

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:28

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) this week said it demolished the smoke stacks of the former coal-fired generating station in Nanticoke, Ontario, to make way for the Nanticoke solar project.


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