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How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar Power to Help Retain a Major Employer

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-17 04:57

An electric cooperative in rural Arkansas is finding that solar power is not only benefiting its members, it’s helped to keep a major employer in the community.

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Offshore Oil and Gas Has Experience and Innovative Technology To Help US Offshore Wind

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-16 20:17

While last week’s Offshore Wind Executive Summit was formulated in order to illuminate the offshore wind business opportunities that offshore oil and gas supply chain companies could take advantage of, it was clear during the conference that the US offshore oil and gas companies have a lot to teach offshore wind.

First, according to Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), on the public relations front, offshore oil and gas has a lot of experience dealing with opposition and educating the public about the importance of the service it is providing. 

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ScottishPower Looks to Next-Gen Turbines for East Anglia 3 Offshore Wind Farm

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-16 05:56

ScottishPower Renewables plans to use larger, “next generation” wind turbines for its East Anglia 3 offshore wind farm than on previous phases of the project.

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London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-16 05:49

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.

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First Solar to Profit If Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panel Imports

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-08-15 16:39

First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up.

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.  

The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November.


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GE Renewable Energy Contracted for Work on 344-MW Kokhav Hayarden Pumped Storage in Israel

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-14 15:43

GE Renewable Energy announced it has received a turnkey contract from Star Pumped Storage Ltd. for the 344-MW Kokhav Hayarden pumped storage station in Israel.

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Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-14 10:29

Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.

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Tech Guru Bill Joy Unveils a Battery to Challenge Lithium-Ion

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-14 08:55

Elon Musk isn’t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion.

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Combined Solar and Methane Power Plant Set to Open in South Australia

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-14 08:34

A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating within days. In what’s believed to be an Australian first, the plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector. 

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4 Unusual Uses of Solar PV Technology

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-14 07:52

It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity.

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Solar Eclipse Will Affect PV Generators Across US

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-14 07:20

On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants in the U.S. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not anticipate the eclipse will create reliability issues for the bulk power system.

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There Are No Glass Ceilings In This Solar Village

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-11 14:41

Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams.

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Myth Busting Indian Solar

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-11 13:15

Solar capacity has been growing at a jaw dropping pace in India. What is especially remarkable is the range of stakeholders that play a part in this story. The central government; national level policy makers; national and multilateral agencies; state level governments; central off-takers; state level Discoms; private developers taking equity risk; EPC folks; hardware suppliers; sources of debt finance; corporate customers; individual customers — the list is literally endless. 

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4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-11 10:54

Is offshore wind the next big thing? It could be for the United States. As global project costs continue to drop, America is building on the momentum of its first commercial offshore wind farm. 

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Do You have a Favorite Insurance? For Pharma, it May be Microgrids

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-11 07:41

A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity.  The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We’ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours.

After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production.  With a power loss, it’s not just a temporary interruption, it’s a lost batch.  And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars. 

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Green Power Still Tied Up with Red Tape in Macron’s France

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-10 13:06

Some 80 days into Emmanuel Macron’s new job, Europe’s biggest renewable energy companies are still waiting for the French president to make good on campaign pledges to boost green power.

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Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-10 06:35

In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon. 

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4.5-GW Solar Project in the Sahara Desert Could Supply Power to Europe

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-10 06:23

TuNur Ltd. recently said that it has filed for authorization to build a solar power export project in the Sahara Desert that would supply the European market with electricity.

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To Solve ‘Duck Curve,’ Missouri Utility to Pay Bonus for West-Facing Solar Panels

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-09 18:56

In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south.

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Alphabet's Green Energy Ambitions Hit Turbulence

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-09 18:22

On May 16, Makani released a YouTube video. A camera pans on a T-shaped airplane, with wings stretching 85 feet holding eight small turbines and a tether connecting it to a tall ground station. The plane swoops into the air. It dips and soars, looping elegantly in circles that mimic a windmill, something it was built to replace.


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