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Tesla Fires 400-700 Workers

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-16 07:33

Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.

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How to Balance the Solar Efficiency Equation

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-16 06:00

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth?

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Power-to-Gas for Renewables Integration Is on the Rise

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-13 13:06

Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology. 

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Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-13 10:26

It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017.

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Policies for Biomass Criticized in the European Union

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-10-13 07:38

Europe must prevent using trees and crops as a way to meet renewable-energy requirements or it will risk further increases in food prices, deforestation and land grabs, environmental groups said.

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Second Unit Now Online at Sarulla Geothermal Plant

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-10-12 10:16

Nevada-based Ormat Technologies this week said that the second unit of the Sarulla geothermal power plant in North Sumatra has begun commercial operation.

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Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns?

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-10-12 07:29

There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong.

A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce. 

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How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-10-12 06:59

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system.

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Solar’s Remarkable Survival in the Most Extreme Weather

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-11 15:00

As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?

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Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-11 14:24

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.

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Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-10-11 13:48

Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration.

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This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-10 10:44

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be first the European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine.

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Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-10 10:27

Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official.

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All PV Predictions Were Wrong

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:29

At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region.

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Company investing in two hydro plants in move toward green business

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:20

In hydro business news in Laos, Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited (PDI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with EDL-Generation Public Company to jointly invest in the 69-MW Nam San 3A and 45-MW Nam San 3B hydropower plants.

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Who Will Fight the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan?

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:07

As word spread yesterday that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will officially begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, others vowed to fight back.

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3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:10

Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands. 


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World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:41

In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars.

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Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-09 09:12

The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week.

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The Truth About GE's Latest Wind Tech Patent Lawsuit

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-09 07:27

Which way is the wind blowing? If you are a wind energy manufacturer or a developer looking to implement or expand wind energy farm operations, this is a question you must be asking yourself when it comes to the potential effects recent litigation between major manufacturers will have on the wind power industry.

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