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2018 Renewable Outlook Stable: Renewables Can Now Self-Sustain

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:16

With renewable energy undoubtedly entrenching itself as a global industry over the last decade, what will the next 10 years bring? The short answer is “more growth” and notably, “self-sustaining growth.” As the market evolves, growth will this time be supported by advancements in battery storage technology. While developing markets will see demand for power continue to grow, the same trend will likely flatten out for developed markets, though the expected roll-out of electric vehicles could add to demand.

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FERC Removes Energy Market Barriers for Energy Storage; Will Study Aggregated DERs Next

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:08

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the governing body that oversees the electric power grid in the U.S., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new rule that would remove the market barriers that now prevent energy storage from participating in the wholesale energy markets, aka, the bulk power grid.


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Unpacking the Value Stack: The 2018 Challenge Facing the Energy Storage Industry

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:43

Even though energy storage was one of the hottest topics in 2017, the industry has a long way to go before utilities recognize (and compensate) storage assets for all of the benefits they can offer. 

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Legal Pushback Takes Shape on Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:45

Countries and entities negatively affected by solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells are beginning to seek redress — with the latest action taking the form of a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

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How One Florida Utility Will Use Storage to Capture 'Lost' Solar

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:11

Florida Power & Light last week said that it has installed a battery system at its Citrus Solar Energy Center that will allow the utility to get more energy from solar panels at the project.

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Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:22

Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries.

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Connecting to the Cloud Will Revolutionize Off-Grid Solar

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:19

By connecting off-grid solar-powered systems to the cloud, a city or utility official can monitor, control and manage street lights, telecom systems, security cameras, and other critical infrastructure from a smartphone — anywhere, anytime. 

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Modernizing Rooftop Solar with Tandem Solar Panels

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:22

Did you know there are alternatives to standard silicon solar panels? Or that someday soon, you might be able install a solar panel that is 50 percent more efficient than the average silicon PV solar panel?

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Environment Not a Winner in Trump’s New Infrastructure Plan

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:50

A new infrastructure rebuilding plan released this morning by the Trump Administration puts current environmental safeguards in serious jeopardy, but it is not entirely without inroads for support of clean energy.

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Robust Market Conditions Support 10-MW Solar Asset Sale in US

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:30

Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. has purchased six operational solar facilities in California and Colorado with a total generating capacity of 10 MW.

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How Important Is City Leadership to the Paris Agreement?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:09

In this minicast, local and regional governments call for global conversation on urban planning for climate change, and the European Commission releases the biggest database on cities ever published.

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3@3 on Solar PV: The Trump Effect on Manufacturing, Jobs, Solar R&D

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:00

Today’s topics include how the Trump administration is affecting solar manufacturing in the United States – Will the 30 percent solar tariffs drive it up? We’ll also look at the recently released solar jobs census, which shows a drop in solar employment numbers for the first time in seven years. Is Trump to blame? Lastly, we’ll look at the proposed budget for the U.S. government.


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Why America’s Tech Talent Should Reconsider Africa

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:19

With aspects of the Silicon Valley model coming under question, where can the next generation of young, aspiring and talented data scientists, coders and entrepreneurs look to?

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Inside Renewable Energy: Inspiring Future Engineers – One Solar Car at a Time

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:47

Motivating young people to take an interest in renewable energy and engineering is critical to our sustainable, long-term energy future. In this episode, hear how one program provides that inspiration with remote controlled solar cars, with guests Noah Davis, executive director of Solar Rollers, and Jayvin Krzych, a Solar Rollers alumn and engineering student.

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Section 201 Solar Trade Case Killed Jobs Before It Was Even Implemented

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:33

According to job numbers released this week by The Solar Foundation (TSF), the solar industry employed just about 4 percent less people in 2017 than it did in 2016. The Solar Jobs Census found that 250,271 Americans work in solar as of 2017, representing a 3.8 percent decline, or about 9,800 fewer jobs, since 2016. This is the first year that jobs have decreased since the Solar Jobs Census was first released in 2010. 


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Creating and Maintaining a Microgrid: Tools to Get You from Concept to Reality to O&M

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:22

If the energy industry learned anything in 2017, it was that energy systems are highly vulnerable to damage from hurricanes, wild fires and other natural disasters and work should be done to make the world’s electric grids much more resilient. 

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Digitalization Is Revolutionizing the Renewable Energy Sector

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:47

Renewable energy capacity increases faster than any other technology, as clean energy has never seen such high demand. A decline in investment is not due to a lack of interest, but more significantly, a considerable drop in the costs of green energy technology. 

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World's Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:03

Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock.

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Solar PV Market Outlook 2018: Cheaper and Bigger — Continuing to Break Records

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:49

Top industry experts say that in 2018, high efficiency mono c-Si modules and high-voltage inverters will take more market share, and distributed generation will start to pick up.

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When We Talk about the Future of Renewables, We’re Only Right About Half the Time

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:37

When I started at Renewable Energy World in the fall of 2007 as a part-time news editor, the year 2020 seemed eons away. At that time, it was easy to write about how much of a particular region’s electricity would be supplied by renewable energy by 2020, because even though the numbers were very small in 2008, with 2020 so far away, predictions seemed easily plausible.

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