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Fraunhofer Institute Completes Offshore Pumped Storage Concept Test

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-03-07 12:38

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology this week said it has completed a four-week test of its Stored Energy in the Sea (StEnSEA) concept.

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KenGen Secures Generators for Olkaria V Geothermal Plant

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-03-07 12:02
Kenya Electricity Generating Company has secured two sets of 70-MW turbines and generators for the Olkaria V geothermal plant in Nakuru district in Kenya.


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Load and Location: DER and the Grid

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-03-07 11:06

Distributed energy resources are fast becoming cost competitive with traditionally generated electricity. According to Rocky Mountain Institute, grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will reach economic parity with grid electricity within the next 10-15 years. Despite near-term technical and financial challenges, more and more business will adopt on- and off-site generation, storage, community and wholesale projects.


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SgurrEnergy Introduces UAVs to Suite of Renewable Energy Asset Inspection Services 

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-03-07 10:12

SgurrEnergy today said that it has introduced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its existing inspection service offering.

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Standard Solar Acquired By Canada’s Gaz Metro; Now Seeking Projects to Finance

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-03-07 05:00

On Tuesday morning, Standard Solar announced that it is being acquired by Gaz Metro, a Canadian diversified energy company that also owns Green Mountain Power (GMP) – the distribution utility for the majority of Vermont.

Together the companies will now be able to offer stable financing for the commercial and industrial solar sector, one that Scott Wiater, CEO of Standard Solar views as the next hot solar market.

“Having a Canadian company invest in a U.S. company [that is active] in a certain market segment is going to send signals that — and it’s been talked about quite a bit — the non-residential DG space is the next hot space for the market,” he said in an interview.

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Why Corporations are Buying into US Wind Power

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-03-07 04:51

Corporations are making major investments in wind power. In February, North Carolina commissioned its first commercial-scale wind farm. The Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East is made up of 104 wind turbines that can produce enough energy for 61,000 homes annually. The site is using this power to run its data centers and will help the company move closer toward its goal of achieving 50 percent renewable energy use by 2018.  

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Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-03-06 07:33
It’s hardly surprising that many eyes are turning toward state capitals as Plan B targets of opportunity for maintaining the momentum of clean energy technologies and continued safeguard of the environment in the U.S.


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Canadian Solar Raises $20M for Projects in Brazil

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-03-06 06:44

Canadian Solar Inc. today said that it raised US$20 million to support the development of eligible projects in Brazil, including the 191-MW Pirapora I project in the state of Minas Gerais.

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Saudi Aramco's Renewable Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal of IPO

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-03-06 05:52
Aramco is the world’s largest oil company, but when it sells shares next year, its foray into renewable energy is what may lure investors who would otherwise be forced to stay away.


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Arizona Utility Files Rate Settlement Agreement with Solar Net Metering Compromise

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-03-06 05:09

Solar industry stakeholders in Arizona have reached an agreement with the state’s largest utility that improves on a decision made last year by state regulators that would have ended the existing net metering program for new solar owners.



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Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-03-03 08:01

Supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power by substantially improving the efficiency of converting high temperature solar heat into electricity. Through three SunShot Initiative-funded projects and six years of steady progress, GE Global Research and Southwest Research Institute have taken major steps toward commercializing the technology.


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The Alberta Advantage: Solar Rebates Give Homeowners a Boost

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-03-03 07:33

Alberta’s residential solar industry has chugged along for decades without government support. That dry spell finally drew to a close on Monday, when the provincial NDP government announced a two-year, $36 million rebate program to help bring down the costs for residents, business and nonprofits who want to install solar projects.


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First Phase of Sarulla Geothermal Project to Begin Commercial Operations This Month

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-03-03 05:47

Ormat Technologies plans to begin commercial operations this month for the first phase of the Sarulla geothermal plant in Indonesia, Ormat CEO Isaac Angel said during a March 1 company earnings call.


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1.5-MW AR1500 Tidal Turbine Grid-connected, Operational at Full Power in Scotland

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-03-02 13:43

Edinburgh, Scotland-based Atlantis Resources Ltd. announced on Feb. 20 its 1.5-MW AR1500 tidal turbine deployed at the Meygen project site in Pentland Firth, Scotland, has exported power to the grid and operated at full power.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Utility Backlash, Blockchain, Diversity

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-03-02 09:53

Today’s topics include how utilities are crying foul about the price of PPAs - is this the beginning of a big backlash against solar? In addition, we'll discuss blockchain technology and diversity in the solar industry. Check it out!

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2016 US Renewable Generation Blows Past EIA’s Earlier Forecasts

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-03-02 08:30
According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly" report (with data through Dec. 31, 2016), renewable energy sources continued their rapid growth and accounted for 15.34 percent of domestic electrical generation in 2016 — compared to 13.65 percent in 2015.


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10.6-MW Pulanai hydropower plant being constructed in Philippines suffers attack

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-03-01 14:50

The Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) released a report today saying its US$133.4 million 10.6-MW Pulanai hydropower plant being constructed in the southern province of Bukidnon on the Island of Mindanao, was attacked by armed individuals on Feb. 25.

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Negotiating Corporate PPAs in the Middle East and Africa — Part Two: Working Around Single Buyer Model Regulations, Designing Off Balance Sheet Structures and Making the Sale

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-03-01 04:46

A group of energy executives actively involved in solar C&I development in the Middle East and Africa talked at a Solarplaza conference...

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Energy Storage Firm Alevo Expands in North Carolina

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-28 13:12
Governor Roy Cooper today said that Alevo will launch a major expansion at its facility in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, creating over 200 jobs over the next five years. The company will invest $251 million at its production operations in Concord.


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Vitol in Joint Venture to Build Battery Storage Systems in UK

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-28 12:54
Units of the commodities trader Vitol Group and the renewables investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. said they’d invest 250 million pounds ($311 million) to develop energy storage and distributed power-generation projects in the U.K.


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