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Microsoft Taps Singapore Rooftops to Power Datacenters with Solar

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 07:10

Microsoft Corp. today said it will buy the output of a 60-MWp portfolio of rooftop solar installations in Singapore to power its datacenters.

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Another US Solar Company Seeks Exemption From Trump's Tariff

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 06:13

Enphase Energy Inc. doesn’t make solar panels, but it’s still seeking an exemption from tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump.

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Why a Misuse of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 Could Lead to Higher Costs for US Solar Projects

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:34

In April 2017, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, began an investigation into steel and aluminum imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion act of 1962. Ross made a variety of tariff recommendations to Mr. Trump including 24 percent tariffs on steel imports from all countries, 53 percent tariffs on steel imports from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam or cuts in imports of 37 percent from all countries.

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The Energy Efficiency Olympics – Who’s Taking Home Gold, Silver and Bronze?

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:09

Consumers who monitor energy use quantitatively and seek out new approaches and solutions can reduce energy spend reliably. And with the data generated by smart meters, many utilities today are using advanced customer intelligence to help their customers become smarter and more energy efficient.

This got us thinking – if energy efficiency were an Olympic sport, which buildings would end up on the podium?


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Solar-plus-Storage Helps Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:55

A new solar-plus-storage project in Kauai, Hawaii, will provide power at 11 cents per kWh and help the island’s utility avoid the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually.

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How Mastercard Is Powering Solar Payments in Africa

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:22

Mastercard continues to expand its digital payments capabilities far beyond the credit card. At Mobile World Congress, the company announced that its Masterpass Quick Response (QR) technology will underpin pay-as-you-go plans for solar panels in East Africa. The credit card processing and payments giant is partnering with Kenyan solar energy company M-KOPA, which supplies power to 3 million people.

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Billions Still Being Funneled into Carbon-Based Energy, Climate-Denier Policies

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:13

In this minicast, new reports show that the world’s biggest banks are still investing billions in fossil-fuel technologies and U.S. energy firms are aggressively funding climate-denier policy.

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Are There New Tariff Shocks Coming Soon for Solar?

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:04

As the solar industry works to adjust to solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells, the industry must now consider other possible new tariffs that could affect solar’s supply side.

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Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of Blockchain: Where Cryptotech Fits for Renewables Today and into the Future

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:32

Businesses are asking how much attention they should be paying to blockchain now and what the opportunities are for this crypto-technology in the future. In this podcast episode, Dan Wellers, Global Lead for Digital Futures for SAP, ventures into the coming possibilities of blockchain for renewables and the entire energy value chain.

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Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace Community Solar

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 06:22

The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop or roll out offerings.

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Sonnen Turns to South Australia for Solar Storage Manufacturing

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:58

Leading global battery and solar energy company Sonnen will move its Australian headquarters from Sydney to Adelaide where it will also establish a manufacturing hub.

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24 UK Solar Plants Fetch $267 Million in Asset Sale

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:52

Canadian Solar Inc. today said that it has sold a 142-MWp solar portfolio in the U.K. to London-based asset manager Greencoat Capital LLP in an asset sale worth about US$267.7 million.

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Europe Can Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030, IRENA Says

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:34

The European Union can boost the share of renewables to 34 percent of its energy mix by 2030, triggering hundreds of billions euros in investment and accelerating reduction of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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How to Make Corporate Sustainability a Priority

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:33

The attitude towards corporate sustainability is shifting. What once started as “greenwashing” annual reports, is increasingly framing and shaping operating models, business processes, and even core products — sometimes driving the enterprise to new markets with unexplored opportunities.

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Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid for Solar-plus-Storage

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:29

Classrooms at the SU Matrullas school in Orocovis are now entirely powered by solar panels and battery storage systems supplied by Sonnen GmbH and local developer Pura Energia. 

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Patagonia Takes Corporate Giving to the Next Level for Climate Action

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:27

In this minicast, Patagonia launches an online platform in support of local action on climate change and visits one of the greenest U.S. cities to help introduce the new platform, called Action Works.

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Solar Powered Cold Storage Could Provide Relief During Humanitarian and Natural Disasters

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:18

A 50-year old company has a solution to provide clean drinking water and power for regions that were hard-hit by the hurricanes last fall. Aldelano Solar Cold Chain solutions is providing off-grid refrigeration, water generation and power generation equipment to Antiqua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands.


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Europe Goes Big on Solar; 8.6 GW Installed in 2017

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:22

Early estimates from SolarPower Europe show that Europe installed about 8.6 GW of solar power systems in 2017, a 28 percent increase over systems installed in 2016.

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Southeast Asia’s Coming Solar Boom

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:34

2018 should be the year that Southeast Asian solar hits its stride. That was the clear headline from the 35th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Ministers on Energy Meeting: “ASEAN calls for energy investment.”

At the opening of the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) towards the end of last year, Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi called on energy investors and policy officials to find new ways to meet the region’s monstrous energy needs.


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Opportunities Grow for Renewables in 2018, From Pricing to Packaging

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:54

Renewable energy market momentum will continue into 2018, even if the policy needle continues to flutter in the months ahead. As utilities and clean energy firms will tell you, the world doesn’t wait for policy certainty. Consider this: emissions from power plants in 2017 are on track to be less than those from transportation for the first time in 40 years. Opportunities abound.

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