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

Solar Energy News - 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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New Horizons for Renewable Energies in Morocco and Africa

Solar Energy News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:17

Morocco adopted a new energy strategy in 2009 to reduce its dependence on energy from abroad, in addition to the limitation of its greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to the preservation of the environment.

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Rhode Island Prepares for 400-MW Clean Energy Tender; Offshore Wind Welcome

Solar Energy News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:05

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo yesterday directed Rhode Island's utilities to issue a procurement for up to 400 MW of clean energy, including offshore and onshore wind, solar and hydro resources.

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Blockchain Energy Venture Gains Utility Partners, Financing

Solar Energy News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:34

A joint venture started by the Rocky Mountain Institute and an Austrian company exploring the potential of blockchain on energy transactions has attracted a new round of partners and financing in the past six months.

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Solar-plus-Storage Goes Community-Scale in Massachusetts

Solar Energy News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:26

A small Massachusetts town already well-known for its solar-plus-storage microgrid, now will get a boost from the installation of a community solar-plus-storage project.

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Tesla Tapped by Australia for Solar-plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant Plan

Solar Energy News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:49

South Australia plans to roll out solar panels and Tesla Inc. batteries to at least 50,000 homes to form what its government says will be the world’s largest virtual power plant.

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Could ‘No Paris, No Trade’ Be the New Global Position on Climate?

Solar Energy News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:35

In this minicast, countries talk Paris Agreement compliance as a cornerstone for trade agreements, and coal’s downtrend makes a visible symbol for addressing climate change.

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Wind, Solar, Biomass Overtake Coal Power in EU for First Time

Solar Energy News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:52

Power generated by wind, solar and biomass in the European Union overtook coal for the first time in 2017, a report by Germany’s climate lobbyist Agora Energiewende and U.K. think tank Sandbag showed.

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Tesla Expands Solar Product Sales at Home Depot

Solar Energy News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:14

Tesla Inc. is planning a major expansion of its solar division at Home Depot Inc., embarking on a critical test of the mainstream appeal of its renewable energy products.

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Is There a More Efficient Way to Generate Clean Energy with Concentrating Solar Power?

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:35

Ali Mani, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, is doing computer simulations to test what could be a more efficient way to use concentrated sunlight as a heat source. 

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White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut to Clean Energy Research

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 07:08

The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts in the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

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Enel Plans Solar, Wind Power Sales to Miner of Cryptocurrency

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:27

Enel SpA, Europe’s largest utility, is in talks to sell power from wind, solar and other renewable energy plants to the Swiss cryptocurrency company Envion AG, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Maximizing Profit with Software that Optimizes the Stacked Values of Distributed Energy Resources

Solar Energy News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:52

The tools that utilities are using to try to understand the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as batteries and solar PV along their grids was a hot topic in all five sessions in the Energy Storage Track at DistrbuTECH 2018. 

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Trump Mum on Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change

Solar Energy News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 04:36

In what should have been a surprise to no one, U.S. President Trump, in his State of the Union speech, made no mention of climate change, advanced energy, clean energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency.

He mentioned energy in only two sentences during his 80-minute speech, recapping what he views as his accomplishments over the year in office.

“We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” he said.

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Solar Tariffs Could Be Driving Up Solar Manufacturing in the United States

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:56

Yesterday JinkoSolar announced that it had signed an agreement to supply 1.75 GW of high efficiency modules to a U.S. counterparty. The announcement also stated that the company’s board of directors had authorized JinkoSolar to finalize planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S. 

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Trust, Facebook, Renewables and Republicans: Recapping the 2017 Energy Report

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:13

Fake news, politics and social media impact more than elections. There is no question that the credibility of American institutions and news sources has suffered in the past year, from the combined influence of continued vilification of the media, retracted news stories and the ever-growing use of social media platforms. But by how much? 

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New Jersey Rejoins “RGGI,” the U.S. Northeast Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:38

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his state is rejoining the multi-state, bipartisan effort to reduce carbon pollution, known as the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI).

RGGI launched in 2007 as a partnership of ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Gov. Christie pulled New Jersey out of the multi-state partnership nearly seven years ago.

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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Will Have a Minimal Effect on Residential Solar Panel Costs In 2018

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:29

The rationale for imposing tariffs is complete bunk. Most, if not all, of government support for the solar industry in China has now been withdrawn. President Trump is pretending to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, though in reality the decision will cost nearly 23,0000 U.S. jobs in the downstream segments of the industry, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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Can Mirrors Boost Solar Panel Output — and Help Overcome Trump’s Tariffs?

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:36

Falling costs for solar power have led to an explosive growth in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar use over the past decade. The levelized cost of solar electricity using imported solar panels — that is, the solar electricity cost measured over the life of the panels – has dropped in cost so much that it is lower than electricity from competing sources like coal in most of America.

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Duke Energy Aiding Solar Expansion in North Carolina

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:19

So far in January, Duke Energy filed three renewable energy programs with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to expand renewable energy options for its 3.2 million customers in the state.

The Solar Rebate, N.C. Shared Solar and Green Source Advantage programs are part of a portfolio of customer offerings the company is proposing as part of the Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – sometimes referred to as HB 589. 

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