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More Solar Marketing Webinar Goodness from SEIA

Solar Energy News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:22
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/3/feature-0-1396502708380.png" /pEvery month, the good folks at SEIA find a hot topic and put on a free webinar and then record it for later for you to view at your leisure. Their latest topic: Content Marketing for Solar Companies. SEIA’s Susanna Murley invited me and Silveo Marcacci for a one hour presentation about the type of solar content you should be creating and posting on/p
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Listen Up: Let's Talk About Safe Solar Equipment

Solar Energy News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/1/feature-0-1396368657434.jpg" /pIt's encouraging to see how much safer — and less expensive — solar equipment has become over the past dozen years. These improvements will continue as engineers and manufacturers collaborate with code officials. There is a vibrant interplay between new code requirements (such as arc fault detection or roof fire resistance) and new product engineers. Sitting at the intersection are organizations like the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)./p
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Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: Patience Rewarded

Solar Energy News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:10
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/2/feature-0-1396455423847.png" /pFor both the stock market and the weather, March was more lion than lamb. My broad market benchmark fell 2.2 percent to end up 1.5 percent for the quarter. Volatile clean energy stocks were down 4 percent, to end the quarter up 15.7 percent. /p
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Solar Frontier Sets Another PV Efficiency Record

Solar Energy News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/2/feature-0-1396455852279.jpg" /pBeing able to increase the amount of electricity generated by a single PV module is an important facet of the work that solar PV manufacturers undertake in their RD efforts. The greater the efficiency of the panel, the less panels are needed to produce a certain amount of energy. This in turn then lowers installed costs for solar PV developers./p
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Greenpeace Praises Apple's Increased Commitment to Renewable Energy

Solar Energy News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/2/feature-0-1396452429782.jpg" /pGreenpeace issued its annual report on the energy efficiency of Internet companies, praising Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and other major providers of online services for improved use of energy resources./p
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China Solar Default Signs Grow as LDK Melts Down

Solar Energy News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:44
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/2/feature-0-1396450342001.jpg" /pOne of China’s 2 major meltdowns in the solar panel sector has taken a big step forward with word that trading in shares of LDK (NYSE: LDK) has been suspended and the de-listing process formally begun as the company liquidates. Meantime, word of a missed interest payment by a building materials maker is sending the latest signal that China will let/p
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CPUC Adopts Net-Metering Transition Period

Solar Energy News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:12
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/1/feature-0-1396376032220.jpg" /pIn a previous blog post titled Update on Assembly Bill 327 from February 26, 2014, Cenergy reported on the CPUC’s proposed decision to establish a 20-year transition period for existing net energy metering (NEM) customers to continue to receive full retail credit for their solar production. Now it’s official. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the CPUC h/p
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India To Award 1 Gigawatt of Solar Permits by 2015

Solar Energy News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/2/feature-0-1396444158812.jpg" /pIndia plans to award licenses for an additional 1,000 megawatts of solar power plants in the next year, about 30 percent more than originally targeted and equivalent to about half the capacity built so far. /p
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Supplying Reliable Power to Off-Grid Industrial Sites

Solar Energy News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/19/feature-0-1395252762950.jpg" /pWhen considering off-grid, renewable sources of energy to power sensors, meters, pumps, controllers and communication links at remote industrial sites, the options typically come down to two: solar or wind. /p
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Latin America Report: Brazil Planning Its First Solar-specific National Auction

Solar Energy News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:40
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/1/feature-0-1396381722397.jpg" /pBrazil is reportedly planning its first-ever national solar-specific energy auction to be held by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). /p
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California Celebrates a Solar Milestone with Big Clean Energy Implications

Solar Energy News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:27
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/31/feature-0-1396297708806.jpg" /pCalifornia can feel good about the fact that it has more than half of all the solar rooftops in America, but now there’s even more to celebrate — the 100,000th such installation and the commitment it signifies. This milestone demonstrates the substantial opportunity we have to make use of this ample and clean energy source — the sun —  and the impo/p
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ExxonMobil Not Very Concerned that Climate Change Regulations May Affect Business

Solar Energy News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 04:52
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/4/1/feature-0-1396357685067.jpg" /pOn the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future./p
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Solar Empowerment in a Rural Nicaraguan Community

Solar Energy News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 03:50
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/21/feature-0-1395428350291.jpg" /pForty years ago Sabana Grande, a small community in northern Nicaragua, was ravaged by war. Now you will find people sitting under solar-powered lights, eating solar-cooked chicken, and drinking smoothies made by a bicycle-powered blender. Sabana Grande (pop. 2,000), in the mountains of Totogalpa, about 20 miles from the Honduran border, has embraced a solar culture that has transformed the community. /p
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Borrego, San Diego Airport Partner on 3.3-MW Solar Project

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/31/feature-0-1396295753962.jpg" /pBorrego Solar Systems and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority on March 31 announced a partnership to develop a 3.3-MW solar system on the roof of the newly expanded Terminal 2 West at San Diego International Airport (SDIA) and in a section the Terminal 2 short-term parking lot adjacent to terminal./p
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Solar Decathlon Houses Make Up a Solar Village to Test Microgrid Technology

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:19
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/31/feature-0-1396283178740.jpg" /pIn yet one more example of the rising interest in how microgrids that incorporate renewable energy and energy storage will change the energy landscape, Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) has created what it says is the first “Solar Village” in the U.S. /p
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Solar Energy Set to Provide Power for Australia’s Mining Industry

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/31/feature-0-1396277888628.jpg" /pFirst Solar Inc., the largest U.S. solar-panel maker, is close to announcing agreements to supply its technology to remote mining projects in Australia to help resources companies save on fuel costs./p
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Are Walmart's Green Claims Simply Greenwashing?

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:15
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/19/feature-0-1395251759737.jpg" /pIn 2005, when atmospheric CO2 had climbed to 379 parts per million and Walmart's public approval rating had fallen to an all-time low, the company's then-CEO Lee Scott made a dramatic announcement. "Every company has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases as quickly as it can," Scott declared. He then pledged that Walmart would shift to 100 percent renewable power and become a leader on sustainability. /p
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NYSE Plans to Delist LDK Solar on ‘Abnormally’ Low Shares

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 03:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/31/feature-0-1396296060909.jpg" /pThe New York Stock Exchange suspended trading of LDK Solar Co.’s American depositary receipts and initiated proceedings to delist the Chinese solar manufacturer because of “abnormally low” prices./p
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Good News from America's Heartland: Another Attack on Clean Energy Falls Short

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1396023887657.jpg" /pGood news from America’s heartland: A bipartisan coalition in the Kansas House stood with Kansans today in support of clean and renewable energy, turning back yet another attempt to repeal state Renewable Portfolio Standard aimed at fostering homegrown resources like wind and solar power. Specifically, 77 members of the Kansas House of Representati/p
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From the Editor: Energy Storage Gives Us The Power of Flexibility

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1396014264406.png" /p#rewvideoid=3326897357001# When we consider the rapid rise of energy storage technology that we are witnessing all across the globe, it is key that we remember all of the reasons that this technology is and/or will be a key component in the grid of the future.  Today’s energy storage is not just about having a battery backup for a solar PV system (/p
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