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The UK's Biggest Solar Farm Will Be Built Without Government Help

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-11-14 11:21
Cleve Hill is set to become the UK's biggest solar farm when it is built in 2020. At a capacity of 350 MW, it will be able to produce more than five times the power as the country's current leader. And all this could happen without government help.
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Clean Energy Is Overtaking Coal in This Competitive Electricity Market

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-11-14 09:58

Look around the U.S. and you’ll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid.

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Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-11-14 09:27

In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

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Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-11-14 09:00

Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-11-13 08:19

Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.”


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The Microgrid Imperative

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-11-13 04:00

The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: 

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Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-11-10 11:37

This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years. 

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Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-11-10 10:17

Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage.

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SEPA Requests Industry Players’ Input for DERMS Development

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-11-10 09:24

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

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California's Plans for Offshore Wind Run into Navy Opposition

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-11-10 09:05

As California pushes forward in its transition to clean energy, the state faces hard choices in its most futuristic initiative yet: offshore wind power. State and federal officials are engaged in an intensive planning process for the first auction of zones for development of giant wind farms in the Pacific.

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Solar Installers Are Getting Closer to Profitability

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-11-10 08:22

There’s long been a Catch-22 about residential solar: despite staggering market demand, it’s been hard to make money doing it—until now. Sunrun Inc. said Wednesday that it’s cash-flow positive. And Blackstone Group LP-backed Vivint Solar Inc. expects to hit that mark next year.

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Geothermal Auction Receives Bids for 19,000 Acres in Nevada

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-11-09 15:22

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late October said that it received bids on geothermal leases in Nevada for about $78,000 in an online auction. Geothermal developer Ormat Technologies won a 5,078-acre parcel in Esmerelda County, Nev., paying about $20,000.

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How Modern is Your State's Grid?

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-11-09 13:34
A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.
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What a Waste! The Big Problem of Heat Loss in UK Cities

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-11-09 10:45

It's encouraging to see U.K. policy makers getting to grips with tackling heat loss, which is one of the biggest sources of energy waste in our towns and cities. Heat network expansion is among 50 policies proposed by the U.K. government in its recently published Clean Growth Strategy. 

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Modernization Efforts Are Poised to Dramatically Reconfigure the Electric Grid

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-11-09 07:11

It’s been nearly two years since the release of the GridWise Alliance’s last Grid Modernization Index (GMI-3). The results of the just-released GMI-4, GridWise’s latest tracking of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, demonstrates increased participation in and acceleration of grid modernization efforts across the nation – as clean energy, distributed resources, smart meters, and other technology adoption expands.

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The Smartest Money for C&I Solar Is Coming from Inside the House

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-11-09 06:48

Investment banks aren’t interested, and neighborhood banks just don’t understand. So where is someone who has a great commercial solar project supposed to get funding?

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China's Tongwei to Spend $1.8 Billion on Solar-Cell Factories

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-11-08 12:15

Tongwei Co. plans to spend 12 billion yuan (US$1.8 billion) to build two solar-cell factories that would make the Chinese firm the world’s biggest manufacturer of products that generate electricity from the sun.

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New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-11-08 10:19

Control of the governor’s seat in New Jersey is moving to a Democrat — a shift that could be a big win for wind power in the state’s waters.

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Telsa, Green Charge, Help PG&E Learn How to Control Aggregated DERs

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-11-08 07:46

Over the summer about 33 customers in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) territory started a new journey with their utility. PG&E is hoping that through this and other pilot projects, it will learn how responsive batteries, solar PV and smart inverters are when they receive a signal from the utility. 

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What Happens if My Utility Breaks My Solar Inverter or Battery?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-11-08 07:04

As distributed energy resources (DERs) including solar PV and batteries begin to proliferate throughout the world, the services they could provide if coupled with the right technology go beyond simple energy generation and storage. Utilities are waking up to how they might use these technologies to bring about a cleaner, stronger, resilient and “smarter” grid.

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