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Imposing Solar Tariffs May Cost US Taxpayers $1.23 Billion

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-22 12:34

Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $1.23 billion.


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10 US Electricity Service Providers Take Next Step Toward RTO Membership

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-22 11:05

A coalition of 10 electricity service providers serving the U.S. Rocky Mountain region said they will begin negotiations for membership in the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization.

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India Solar — Unboxing Valuation

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-22 08:23

Some really interesting developments are taking place in the Indian solar space. Module prices are hardening and there is talk of Discoms reneging on previous high tariff power purchase agreements (PPA) in light of declining tariffs, while developers are reportedly seeking to exit low tariff commitments in light of rising module prices. It’s all happening there! 

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Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-21 11:56

Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue.

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International Trade Commission To Rule on the Section 201 Solar Trade Case

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-21 10:00

On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission is set to make a decision on an important case for the solar industry. I talked with Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition about the possible outcomes of the case. 

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Krygyz Republic Terminates Deal to Build 12 Hydropower Plant

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-21 10:00

The government of Kyrgyzstan announced yesterday that it will “terminate the agreement unilaterally” for contracts with Liglass Trading to build 12 hydroelectric power plants, citing the company’s failure to make a US$37 million payment as part of the agreement.

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Change in New Jersey Leadership Could Help the State Fulfill Its Offshore Wind Potential — And Then Some

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-21 07:08

Despite its legislation calling for mechanisms to support offshore wind development, New Jersey has yet to realize that promise, but that could change this fall with the election of a new governor.

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Former US Defense Energy Professionals Urge ITC to Consider Energy Security in Solar Trade Case

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-20 13:14

In a letter today to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, a group of veterans and former defense energy professionals urged the ITC to consider carefully U.S. Department of Defense energy security and resiliency efforts before making a decision this week in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case.

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Staying Safe on the Job: Fall Protection in Renewable Energy Demands Planning and Training

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-20 12:49

Technicians who put their lives on the line by working on tall towers in remote locations need more than just top-quality safety gear and information about how to use it. They also need a plan for what happens if the unthinkable occurs.

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Listen Up: Roof Attachment Products for Solar — Key Considerations

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-20 11:29

With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components.

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New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-20 10:39

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $20M to Climate-focused Organizations

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-20 10:16

On Tuesday, September 17 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues. 

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Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-20 07:01

Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-19 12:10

Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone.

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Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-19 10:32

There are few original ideas for new technologies, products and/or services. Most of what is termed new is a mutation of an idea, which itself is a mutation of an idea all the way back to the original discovery or light bulb moment. Basically, there is not much that is new, or, put another way, that deserves to be called new. 

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Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-19 06:14

When a group of clean energy enthusiasts wanted to find better options for people to install clean energy solutions in their homes, buy electric vehicles and invest in clean energy, they thought about starting a green bank, but Blake Jones of Colorado-based Namaste Solar says they decided to start a credit union instead.

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Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-09-18 12:28

It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado...

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Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power Expansion

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-09-18 07:20

The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.73/kWh.

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After Irma, America Should Scrap the Jones Act

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-15 12:05

Another big hurricane, another temporary waiver of the Jones Act -- the 1920 law mandating that goods and passengers shipped between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flagged ships, constructed primarily in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by them or by U.S. legal permanent residents.

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Green Investment Group Arranges Waste-to-Energy Project Financing — First Under New Ownership

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-15 10:23

Green Investment Group, formerly the Green Investment Bank, arranged a £38 million (US$51.6 million) debt facility for a waste-to-energy project, the first investment made by GIG since Macquarie Group purchased it in August from the U.K. government.

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