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New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:13

While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ­­- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells.

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France Ready to Shutter All Coal Power Stations by 2021

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 08:28

France takes a hard stance on coal; Trump talks renegotiation, again; and portal opens for the UNFCCC’s international conversation on climate change.

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Test to Begin for Peer-to-Peer Renewable Energy Transaction Payments

Solar Energy News - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:00

Blockchain web services provider BlockCypher said it will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a demonstration project for renewable energy peer-to-peer payments using the open-source cryptocurrency Dash.

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Putting the ‘Farm’ Back in Solar Farms

Solar Energy News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:49

Minnesota will be included in a study to help federal researchers test the potential of pollinator-friendly habitat and fruit and vegetable crops around solar arrays.

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If You Want to Advance in the Energy Industry, Don't Be Afraid to Wave Your Flag

Solar Energy News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:27

On Wednesday, January 24 during a DistribuTECH networking breakfast, panelists — 3 women from the energy industry — described how they had overcome challenges and made sure that their careers advanced in the directions that they wanted to go.

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BP Weighs Bid for $1.8BN Italian Solar Company

Solar Energy News - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:46

BP Plc is considering a bid for one of Italy’s largest collection of solar assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

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3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:53

Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out.

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Microgrid on California Tribal Reservation Among Projects of the Year Winners at DistribuTECH

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:52

A microgrid at Blue Lake Rancheria, a tribal reservation in northern California, was the winner of the Distributed Energy Resource Integration 2018 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Project of the Year in San Antonio, Texas, today.

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UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:28

Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island.

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SEPA, Collaborators Tackle DERMS Standards Prior to DistribuTECH

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:23

The march to develop industry-agreed standards for Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) took a major leap forward Monday as utilities and vendors connected in the effort and offered thoughts on the best path ahead

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New Offering Will Help Utilities Better Manage DERs on Their Power Systems

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 05:00

At DistribuTECH 2018, Bentley Systems and Siemens are presenting their new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as part of the partnership, which the entities announced last year.

The newly released applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s OpenUtilities network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and distributed energy resource (DER) decision support capabilities enabled by Siemens’ PSS SINCAL, according to the companies.

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The Trump Decision on US Tariffs and the Trolley Problem

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 04:22

Much government and bureaucratic decision making is made in a vacuum, that is, the effect of the decision on the decision maker is small or nonexistent. In terms of the final tariff decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made recommendations based on biased arguments.

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Report: Companies Need to Think Beyond Renewable Energy

Solar Energy News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:00

On the first day of DTECH, Schneider Electric released the findings of a new report that shows that while 85 percent of major corporations are thinking about reducing energy use through energy efficiency programs and more than 50 percent plan to implement renewable energy in the near future, the vast majority of the companies surveyed were not considering how to actively participate in the incredible disruption that the energy industry is undergoing, such as microgrids, energy storage, and demand response strategies.

According to the report, just 30 percent have implemented or are actively planning to use energy storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, or some mix of the technologies and only 23 percent have demand response strategies or plan to in the near term.

Schneider views this as a problem because it says that companies need to understand now how to be active participants the way that energy is consumed and generated on their premises.

 
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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:02

President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

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Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections?

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:07

In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change.

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There Is Not Enough Transmission to Meet US Corporate’s Renewable Energy Demands

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:11

According to a report released on January 16 by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF), U.S. corporations have committed to signing deals result in 60 GW of renewable energy capacity being added to the grid in coming years. However, transmission planners are not accounting for this large uptick of potential near-term procurement.

 

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Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:11

Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland.

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Landis+Gyr Provides Tech for Conway Corp’s Smart City Initiative

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:34

The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the future

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Texas Cities, Businesses, and Schools Know the Economic Upside of Clean Energy

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 06:41

Recently, the message on Texas clean energy has been getting clearer — the market is driving the clean energy economy forward. And some of those spreading the message are making it loud and clear.

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San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar, Storage in Africa

Solar Energy News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 06:28

Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA.

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