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SMA Solar Announces Plans for New Unit in Mexico

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-07 10:38

SMA Solar Technology will open a new unit in Mexico by the end of 2017. The facility will support sales and service efforts in the country and establish a local SMA presence that will better serve the company’s customers there, providing greater access to SMA expertise and resources.

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Alectris, Alencon Parnter to Repower Aging Solar PV Plants

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-07 10:06

Solar asset care firm Alectris and solar technology firm Alencon Systems have formed a strategic alliance to repower aging solar PV plants. 

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Online Legal Marketplace Seeks to Transform How Clean Energy Companies Do Business

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-07 09:26

A new partnership between CleanTech Docs and Cleantech Law Partners (CLP) aims to improve the way legal services are provided to the cleantech and renewable energy sectors with what the companies say is the first online legal platform for those companies.

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This Is ‘Game Changing’ for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-07 06:26

Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here.

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Why Solar and Battery Gigafactories Will Not Drastically Reduce PV and Storage Costs

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-06 13:25

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about gigawatt-scale fabrication shops (fabs) for both PV (NY) and batteries (NV).  And they are promoted as being able to provide great economies of scale that will dramatically and magically accelerate the cost reduction learning curve.  But the fact of the matter is that it’s not quite so simple in reality.

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Report: 31 Utilities Added Energy Storage for The First Time in 2016

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:58

A new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance indicated 31 utilities, or 43 percent of the utilities surveyed for the study, added energy storage to the grid in the last year.

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Australian Businesses Rush to Install Solar Systems to Combat High Power Prices

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:14

Commercial-scale solar systems are being installed at an unprecedented rate in South Australia as companies attempt to combat some of the most expensive electricity prices in the world.

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The Shifting Role of the Solar EPC and How the Solar Trade Case Could Change Everything

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-06 07:44

Just five years ago, solar engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) were willing to be a lot more flexible when signing contracts to build solar projects than they are today.  According to Robert Lydan, CEO and Managing Director at Phoventus, it’s about who takes on the majority of project risk. It used to fall on the shoulders of the EPCS but today they are increasingly risk-averse.

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Design Professionals Spec Geothermal for Storm Resilience

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-06 07:25

With Hurricane Sandy a recent memory, Texas in the midst of recovery, and powerful storms bearing down in the tropics, architects, engineers and professionals of all kinds are taking notice that geothermal systems are the most resilient and stormproof air-conditioning and heating systems available.

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Driven, Collaborative, Curious — Who Is the New Generation of Solar Talent?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-06 06:35

The growing support for the nonprofit Solar Head of State from a selection of high-profile people is a testament to the valuable vision that today’s young business men and women bring to the solar sector.

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Notes from The Market Research Underground: Do You Feel It? The Future of DG Solar Is at Hand

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-05 13:22

The strongest and most trusted solar brand is actually a group of solar workers — the small to medium independent installers have always been, and are still, the face of the solar industry to people. This has remained true despite the residential solar lease and despite the rise of multi-megawatt (utility-scale) solar deployment. It has remained true as DG (distributed generation) systems have increased in size, and it has remained true despite announcements of the demise of the small/medium independent installer.

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World Energy Demand to Plateau from 2030, Says Report

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-05 11:16

Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030.

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What Is the Best Grid Structure for Offshore Wind Growth in the Irish, North Seas?

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-05 09:27

A new baseline study for the development of renewable resources in the Irish and North Seas has identified the most environmentally friendly grid structure for offshore resource growth.

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Vestas Joins With Tesla to Combine Wind Turbines With Batteries

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-01 12:18

Tesla Inc. has partnered with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to figure out how to combine wind turbines and batteries, socking away power during breezy times to use when the air is still.

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Electricity from Renewables and Nuclear Power in the US in Statistical Dead Heat

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-01 09:43

The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with data through June 30, reveals that renewable energy sources remain in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power vis-à-vis their respective shares of US electrical generation, with each providing roughly 20 percent of the total.

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The 6 Countries Leading on Renewable Energy, But Could Improve on Incentives, Regulatory Support

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-01 07:17

Recently released heat maps from Sustainable Energy for All identify countries and regions where improvements would increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent of total final energy consumption by 2030.

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Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen in a Decarbonized Energy System

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-31 11:33

There is a growing need for grid-scale storage technology to mitigate the intermittency of renewables and enable the transition towards a decarbonized energy system. Hydrogen as an energy carrier could offer a climate-friendly solution to this. 

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How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half — A National Lab Report

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-31 09:31

New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.

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DONG Energy Secures Battery System for Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Project

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-31 08:37

DONG Energy is planning to install an offshore wind battery energy storage system (BESS) in the U.K. ABB said that it won a contract to install a 2-MW BESS to support integration and transmission of power from the 90-MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm.

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Standoff Over Rates for Utah Solar Customers Reaches Settlement; Concessions Were ‘Painful’

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-31 06:28

According to Utah Clean Energy, a settlement agreement with Rocky Mountain Power in its rate case avoids a requested $15 fixed monthly charge, a $9.02 per-kW peak demand charge and a reduced energy rate for solar customers. 

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