Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems track the sun through the day

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:00

The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when oriented directly at the sun, some systems use solar-tracking technology to increase electricity generation by rotating the panels along one or two axes.

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Secretary Perry’s Going to Like What He Finds Looking at Wind Power and Grid Resilience

Wed, 2017-04-26 10:32

I had the honor last week of being able to join a business roundtable with fellow Texan and new U.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry. We met in the state Perry led as governor for 14 years while Texas made its remarkable ascent to become the nation's leader in wind power production, investment and new jobs.

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SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with Drones to Global Solar Market

Wed, 2017-04-26 07:25

San José-based SunPower this week said that it now is offering its Oasis power plant platform, with drones, to solar power plant developers and EPC providers through a newly formed business unit, called SunPower Solutions.

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ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project

Wed, 2017-04-26 06:23

ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use.

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C&I Will Be Fastest Growth Sectors for Energy Storage, Leclanché Exec Says

Wed, 2017-04-26 05:55

The fastest growth in energy storage is going to be in the commercial and industrial sectors, which are using storage applications innovatively to better manage renewables integration and energy efficiency, according to Anil Srivasta, CEO of Swiss energy storage solution provider Leclanché

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Flywheel Technology Recommended for California Self Generation Incentive Program

Tue, 2017-04-25 09:55

Amber Kinetics last week said that its four-hour discharge duration flywheel storage technology (FES) received a recommendation from California’s Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council for adoption into the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).

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Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive Solar Stations

Tue, 2017-04-25 07:35

Tesla is going to need more chargers. Lots of them. The company is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 EVs in 2018 (up from 76,000 a year ago).

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Tax Uncertainty Disrupting Solar Deals

Tue, 2017-04-25 06:30

Even without any specific tax-reform proposals, President Donald Trump’s pledge to revamp U.S. policies is already affecting the solar industry, and not in a good way.

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New York to Fund Energy Storage Feasibility Studies, Demonstrations

Tue, 2017-04-25 06:15

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) last week issued a call for papers for energy storage feasibility studies and demonstration projects in New York.

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Silicon Valley Power to Fuel Theme Park with Renewable Energy

Mon, 2017-04-24 12:02

California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program.

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Where, and When, Will California Get Offshore Wind?

Mon, 2017-04-24 06:53

Under California’s current trajectory, the state’s first offshore wind farm could be completed in waters near Morro Bay and begin sending power to the grid by 2025, according to Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.


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San Diego Utility Adds Five Energy Storage Projects to Portfolio

Mon, 2017-04-24 05:55

California utility San Diego Gas & Electric last week signed contracts for five new four-hour battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 MW. 


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UK Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s

Mon, 2017-04-24 05:15

The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.

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London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase 1.8-GW Portfolio of US Solar Projects

Mon, 2017-04-24 04:52

London-based solar firm VivoPower International last week said that its subsidiary has signed a joint venture agreement that will give it the right to acquire solar projects in a 1.8-GW portfolio to be developed in the U.S. by Innovative Solar Systems.

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NRG Completes Solar Farm for Cisco's California Headquarters

Mon, 2017-04-24 04:14

NRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. power producer, completed a 20-MW solar farm in California that supplies power for Cisco Systems Inc.’s headquarters.

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Solar Plant Will Charge Energy Storage Battery for Arizona Utility

Fri, 2017-04-21 16:19

Arizona utility Salt River Project announced a 20-year power purchase agreement for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery project that will be located in Pinal County.

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Notes from the Solar Underground: The Long Slow Death of US Solar Manufacturing

Fri, 2017-04-21 10:33

In the satiric movie Network, Howard Beale said: “Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!!”

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Macquarie to Boost UK Green Bank After $3BN Purchase

Fri, 2017-04-21 05:18

A consortium led by Macquarie Group Ltd. vowed to beef up global spending in clean energy technologies after it agreed a deal to buy U.K. Green Investment Bank from the British government for 2.3 billion pounds ($3 billion).

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Apple Explores Dual Land Use Solar Siting in Celebration of Earth Day

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:40

Apple is highlighting the value of dual land use solar siting in a new video it released today in celebration of Earth Day 2017.

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Interconnection Issues Could Block Future Energy Storage Progress in US, Report Says

Thu, 2017-04-20 10:27

Without proper planning now, it is likely that interconnection issues could emerge as a “significant blockade” to the success of energy storage programs in the U.S., much like the industry has seen with newly launched solar programs, according to a report released this week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

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