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What’s Powering the Future of Clean Tech?

Solar Energy News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 05:18
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/27/feature-0-1393528480955.jpg" /pPopulation growth, pollution, and limited natural resources have created an urgent need for innovative clean tech solutions that are smarter, cleaner, and more efficient. However, energy storage’s high cost and technical limitations have kept renewable energy providers from achieving large-scale, low-cost parity with traditional energy suppliers. /p
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Energy Storage Offers Tailored Grid Solutions, But at What Cost?

Solar Energy News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 05:11
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/17/feature-0-1395094865491.jpg" /pThe grid must maintain a full balance between generation (supply) and load (demand) at all times. In small-scale networks, imbalances occur more often and are generally more difficult to manage when compared to large-scale networks that often incorporate interconnector links./p
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Is Sustainability Talk a Distraction from What Really Matters?

Solar Energy News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 04:56
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394814784170.jpg" /pMost talk of "energy efficiency" and “sustainability” is insidious or naïve, or even misdirected. We all should switch off the lights when we leave a room, use efficient, gas-fired tankless water heaters (even when they are uneconomical), and work in LEED certified buildings. Intelligent thermostats — Nest, for instance — may regulate our air-conditioning to assure comfort while generating savings, and shaving “peak” load on the electricity grid. Using LED lamps and star rated appliances is admirable too. These solutions and behaviors, while praiseworthy, are beside the point; we should rather favor “supply action” before demand response. /p
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Minnesota Paves the Way for Solar Advocates Nationwide

Solar Energy News - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 09:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/18/feature-0-1395160169392.jpg" /pThe solar battle between utilities, stakeholders, solar customers and other rate payers is coming to an end—at least in Minnesota. Last Wednesday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted in favor of the nation’s first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar power. Minnesota is the first state to calcula/p
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First Solar Seeking Growth as Desert Power Plant Market Dries Up

Solar Energy News - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 06:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/18/feature-0-1395152020838.jpg" /pThe biggest U.S. solar panel maker is preparing to set out its strategy for growth as sales lag for its large-scale power projects in the deserts of the southwest. /p
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Growing the Green Bond Market to Finance a Cleaner, Resilient World

Solar Energy News - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 03:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/12/feature-0-1394638268326.jpg" /pThe growing risks brought on by climate change are raising development costs for the world’s fast-growing cities and developing countries. Government funds alone will never be enough to build resilience to extreme weather and deal with the threats to energy, water, and food supplies — the private sector and institutional investors must be involved./p
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Energy Services Giant DNV GL Scoops Up PV Evolution Labs

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/17/feature-0-1395089394389.jpg" /pHow do you know if the equipment you have selected for your PV project will perform the way it says it will for the next 20 years? More importantly, how do you convince the financial institution that you are hoping will fund your project that you’ve made the right equipment choices? The answer is very simple. Make sure that the PV modules you’ve specified for the project have been independently evaluated and certified by a third-party, such as PV Evolution Labs (PVEL). /p
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African Renewable Energy Fund Secures $100 Million for Sub-Saharan Renewables Development

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:50
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/17/feature-0-1395086928633.jpg" /pThe African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) has raised $100 million for the development of grid-connected renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa./p
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Could Minnesota’s “Value of Solar” Make Everyone a Winner?

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 06:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/17/feature-0-1395063193356.jpg" /pOn Wednesday, Minnesota became the first state to allow utilities a new method of contracting with distributed solar producers, called the market-based “value of solar.” If adopted by utilities, it will fundamentally change the relationship between solar-producing customers and their electric utility. Following Minnesota’s Value of Solar Process? H/p
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SolarCity Offers Up Its Solar Solutions at Electronics Retailer Best Buy

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 06:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/15/feature-0-1394919876071.jpg" /pAre solar panels becoming consumer electronics? While the majority of devices at Best Buy use up energy in your home — albeit more efficiently if you opt for Energy Star products — the store is starting to offer solar arrays so homeowners can power their new toys and tools with the sun. Through a partnership with SolarCity that’s now coming out of /p
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Expert Opinions on Factors Shaping the EU and US Solar OM Market

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:40
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394820004446.jpg" /pThe global solar PV industry first took off in Europe and as such, the industry that came about in order to take care of those PV plants, otherwise known as Operations and Maintenance (OM), got a head start in Europe. /p
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Listen Up: Let's Talk About Solar Reliability

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 04:50
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394815948008.jpg" /pI love good stories — especially interesting anecdotes about the solar industry. One of the best sources for these stories is "Thoughts on Solar," a blog written regularly by Jim Jenal. Jim is the CEO of Run on Sun, a residential and commercial installer based in Pasadena, California. I had the pleasure of having Jim as my guest on the Energy Show, and most of what we talked about related to reliability of rooftop systems, and the reputation of the solar industry itself./p
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Renewable Energy Brings Out Some Extreme Nimbyism

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:15
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394828240603.jpg" /pYou may have heard of extreme preppers. These are people who spend a large portion of their time preparing themselves, their homes and their families for what they believe is an inevitable disaster resulting from an economic meltdown, the spread of a deadly virus, climate change or another catastrophic event.  And hey, you never know, in the end th/p
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California Flexes Its Solar Muscles

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:31
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394822017699.jpg" /pAt 1:41 PM on Saturday March 8, California hit a new record of solar energy output of nearly 4.1 GW. That narrowly beat out the previous record of 3.9 GW, which was set the day before. It's also more than double the peak solar output from last June, and quadruple the output from the summer of 2012. Coincident demand for the new record was about 22.6 GW, meaning at that peak solar served about 18 percent of demand, roughly enough to power three million homes. All of that data is from California ISO (CAISO), which reported the new mark earlier this week./p
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Why the Potential for Grid Defection Matters

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 07:51
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394812746961.jpg" /pTwo weeks ago, Rocky Mountain Institute, HOMER Energy, and CohnReznick Think Energy released "The Economics of Grid Defection," which assesses when and where distributed solar-plus-battery systems could reach economic parity with the electric grid, creating the possibility for defection of utility customers. /p
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A Look at Australia's Solar Power Rebate System

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:13
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394806625970.png" /pSolar rebates have been making news the world over, providing home- and small business owners in Australia, America, the UK and even South Africa with an added incentive to reduce their carbon footprints and live sustainably./p
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Meet Solar’s Imaginary Friend, Reactive Power

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394806137907.jpg" /pUtilities deliver both active (or real) power and reactive (or imaginary) power along their distribution lines. Real power does the actual work when you flip on a light switch.  Certain energy loads, such as motors and refrigerators, include energy storage elements that periodically need to reverse the direction of energy flow. This electric power /p
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Merkel's Green Push Blows Away German Coal-Power Profits

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/14/feature-0-1394805911284.jpg" /pGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's campaign to limit climate change with an energy system based on renewable sources is cutting into profits of companies that still provide 57 percent of the power that keeps Europe's biggest economy humming./p
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And the Future of Residential Solar Is…Up for Grabs

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 05:18
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/12/feature-0-1394650207071.png" /pGet ready — there is a revolution in residential solar going on. From financing models, solar leases, community (group buy) to owners of multi-unit housing complexes potentially becoming independent power producers, there is a changing of the business model guard. Think of it, the world may be a major storage innovation away from disconnecting from the utility grid. Do not kid yourself, there will be utility pushback but there will also be utility participation in the vein of, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. /p
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It's Official: Efficiency, Clean Energy to Help Fill California's Nuclear Generation Gap

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:12
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/13/feature-0-1394739353559.jpg" /pCalifornia took another major and symbolic step today with its decision to rely significantly on energy efficiency and other clean energy resources to help replace electricity once generated by the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) serving San Diego and the greater Los Angeles area./p
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