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Hawaiian Utilities To Enact Smart Inverter Requirements

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-27 08:51

Late last week the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs that it hopes will lead to a more stable grid while also giving customers options to go solar. In addition, the HPUC clarified terms of existing programs.

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China Makes a Big Bet on Offshore Wind

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-27 07:59

In China, the year witnessed newly added wind power capacity of about 23 GW, decreasing 24 percent from a year earlier, according to data released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association. The country’s total installed wind power capacity reached 169 GW. 

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Getting Serious about Solar for Disaster Response and Recovery

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-27 07:32

The prospect of using solar power on a temporary basis, including for disaster response and recovery, is not new, of course. Indeed, Hurricane Hugo in 1988 is believed to be the first time that solar power was used for relief in the aftermath of a natural disaster. 

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3@3 on Solar PV: Attacks on Clean Energy, Hawaii, Consumer Protection

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-27 06:00

Today's topics include federal-level attacks on clean energy in both the U.S. and Australia. Plus, a new PUC ruling in Hawaii about PV + Storage and self-consumption. Finally, how do we make sure that consumers are protected in light of the interest from utilities to communicate with the inverter and the battery?

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New Connection Technology Is Cutting Cost of Solar Installation

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-10-26 06:25

Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.

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Tesla Is Planning $340 Million Securitization With Solar Contracts

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-10-26 06:00

Tesla Inc. is preparing to bundle about $340 million of solar power purchase agreements and leases into a bond offering.

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Supply Update: Yes, Depending on the Country, There Is a Module Shortage

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-10-26 05:46

The solar PV industry is at a high degree of capacity utilization in 2017 driven by strong demand in China for PV deployment. Globally from 86 GWp to 92 GWp is on track to be installed in 2017. Currently the industry has 92 GWp of manufacturing capacity and at the beginning of the year there was 3 GWp of inventory on the supply and demand sides. 

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New York Takes the Spotlight for US Offshore Wind at AWEA Offshore WindPower 2017

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-25 13:20

On Tuesday October 24 at AWEA’s Offshore Wind Conference, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted three reasons that she believes New York will become the global hub for offshore wind and Statoil announced that it has named its project Empire Wind.

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Caribbean Geothermal Assessment Gets Backing from Development Bank

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-25 11:10

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved the use of USD325,500 by CDB for the benefit of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to identify environmental and social impacts in the design of a geothermal energy (GE) exploratory test-drilling project.

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How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-25 08:22

In 2013, the California Independent System Operator published a chart that is now commonplace in conversations about large-scale deployment of solar PV power. The duck curve—named after its resemblance to a duck—shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day. 

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Largest US Grid Operator Opposes Perry’s Plan to Save Coal

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-25 08:03

The biggest U.S. grid operator is asking regulators to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants. "I don’t know how this proposal could be implemented without a detrimental impact on the market," Andrew Ott, who heads up PJM Interconnection LLC, told reporters by phone Monday. 

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MHI Vestas Selects US Facility to Test 9.5-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelle

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-24 11:45

On Tuesday October 24, 2017 at the AWEA Offshore Wind Conference, wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced that it is making a $35 million investment with Clemson University to test its newest 9.5-MW gearbox at Clemson’s facility in Charleston, SC. The investment comes with a five-year contract and is an important first step for the manufacturer as it eyes the U.S. market.

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Li-ion Tech Gets First Testing Platform for Battery Lifetime

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-24 10:46

DNV GL yesterday said that it has created the first testing-based verification of battery lifetime for lithium-ion batteries.

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Governments of Spain and Bolivia agree to cooperate on dam safety issues

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-24 10:14

Representatives of the governments of Spain and Bolivia have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on the issue of dam safety.

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Virginia Seeks First Wind Farm in Region With Slowest Breezes

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-24 07:47

Anchored by General Electric Co.’s turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, the southeast is home to more than 100 manufacturing sites supplying the U.S. wind industry.

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Ørsted Makes Headway on New Jersey Offshore Wind Farm

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-24 07:25

19 October 2017 - Aqualis Offshore, a sister company to Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC), has been awarded a contract by Ørsted (Formerly DONG Energy) to provide geotechnical site investigation supervision services at their Ocean Wind offshore wind farm.

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The Flawed Analysis Behind the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-23 13:21

The Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is based on flawed analysis that understates its benefits. This action is part of this administration’s unfortunate pattern of dismantling sensible policies and rejecting the underlying science of climate change. Repealing the CPP would remove another federal protection meant to help Americans avoid damages from a changing climate.

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Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-23 13:13

Want to hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you. It’s the fastest growing occupation of the decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and employment numbers are expected to more than double over the next 10 years.

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FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-23 10:19

On Friday at the Piece Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month.

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First Look at Sono Motors' Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-23 09:25
Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn't delivered in a while, it's pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year.
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