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Self-Flying Drones and Wind Turbine Blades: The New Way of Collecting Data

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-28 12:10

Advancements in drone technology are turning cumbersome wind turbine maintenance into a safer and more streamlined data collection process.

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Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Endangerment Zone

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-28 08:21
The CPP has been a significant source of contention between climate defenders and deniers. President Trump and many in the Republican Congressional majority have targeted these regulations for rescission. The Donald, his cabinet nominees, transition staff and personal staff have all alluded to the significant reductions in federal environmental programs and policies that lie ahead.


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Negotiating Corporate PPAs in the Middle East and Africa — Part One: Opportunities and Price

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-28 07:52

Sizable reductions in the cost of solar equipment have created countless opportunities for developers operating in the Middle East and Africa to enter into power purchase agreements with commercial and industrial enterprises and to provide electricity at a lower rate than the local utility.

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Panasonic Eyes Storage Boost as Japan Solar Incentives Wane

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-28 05:51

Japan’s scaling back of a program encouraging residential solar has Panasonic Corp. hopeful the market for home energy storage systems is about to receive a boost.



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The meeco Group installed biggest solar power plant in Zimbabwe

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-27 17:00

The current installation of the so far largest solar power plant in Zimbabwe, with a total capacity of 216 kWp, marks a major turning point in the history of energy supply in Zimbabwe.

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Microgrids for Clean Cooking and Internet

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-27 08:56
I first encountered induction cookers when I joined Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, a graduate business school, as visiting professor of strategy in 2011. Having never heard of them in the U.S., I quizzed people about them.


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Texas Should Get Its Head in the New Solar Market Game

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-27 07:10

What would a world powered by clean, low-water energy look like? If you visit Israel’s southern region, you don’t have to imagine.



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Top Three Goals for the US Solar Industry

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-27 07:00

The new year marked big changes for U.S. solar and not just because the new President of the United States is less enthusiastic about renewable energy than the previous President was. No, in addition to that big change, Abby Hopper took the helm of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), bringing with her a fresh perspective on how to support growth of solar in the country. Her goals for the industry range from the top of heap – maintaining support at the federal level – and run all the way down the end-user of solar, the rooftop solar customer.

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Biotechnology Innovation Organization Supports EPA Proposal for Biofuel Feedstocks Under Renewable Fuel Standard

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-24 12:44
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization in recent comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it supports the inclusion of additional biofuel feedstocks and pathways under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard program.


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Chinese Firm Prepares to Build 30-MW Biomass Plant in West Africa

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-24 10:58
Preliminary work for the construction of the biomass power plant in Mansoa, central Guinea-Bissau, will begin in March, with the arrival of Chinese technicians, announced the Guinean representative of Chinese company Shenyang Lan Sa Trading Co Ltd, which is financing the project.
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University of Iowa Plans Coal-free Future; Biomass Program Ramping Up

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-24 09:49

University of Iowa (UI) President Bruce Harreld said this week that the UI campus will be coal-free by 2025, and biomass will be at the heart of the transition to increased renewable energy use.



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5 Issues to Watch as India Reaches for Ambitious Energy Access Target

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-24 06:14

India’s electricity access challenge is formidable. About 300 million people lack electricity, while an additional 100 million have less than four hours of electricity per day, and possibly several million more suffer from unreliable supply. Population growth and an increase in electricity demand each year could further strain the grid.



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EnergyAustralia Provides Update on Proposed Seawater Pumped Storage Project

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-23 10:01

EnergyAustralia recently briefed the federal government on the potential for a 100-MW pumped storage project in South Australia that uses seawater.

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Engineers Week Celebrates Women in Engineering with #GirlDay2017

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:17

It’s Engineers Week, and DiscoverE — formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation — is celebrating women in engineering today with Girl Day 2017, a campaign to introduce girls to the world of engineering.


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First Solar Posts Biggest-Ever Loss as Revenue Slides

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-23 05:06
First Solar Inc. slumped the most in three months after reporting its biggest-ever loss and cutting its earnings forecast.


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The Energy Web Foundation: Bringing Blockchain Technology to the Grid

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-23 04:46

Blockchain technology—the technology underpinning the Bitcoin virtual currency—is being discussed as one of the most potentially disruptive technologies since the Internet. Blockchains are a combination of information technology, cryptography, and governance principles that

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UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as 'Flawed'

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-23 03:59
The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House.


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My 2017 Solar Resolution

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-22 12:51

A funny thing happened recently: We wrote an article suggesting that a lower cost of capital, driven by increased debt in project finance transactions, would help to mitigate some of the new risk the solar industry faces in 2017. We didn’t anticipate that this would be a particularly controversial viewpoint. After all, paying a lower cost of capital is like paying off old credit card debt. Who could disagree with that?

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Indian Cabinet approves US$854.4 million investment for 900-MW Arun 3 hydropower project located in Nepal

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-22 12:17

India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs announced today it has approved investment for the generation component of the 900-MW Arun 3 hydropower project on Arun River in Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal, for an estimated Rs. 5723.72 crore (US$854.4 million).

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California Lawmakers Seek 100 Percent Renewables by 2045

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-22 08:37

California SB 584 would require 100 percent of all electricity sold in California at retail to be generated by eligible renewable energy resources by December 31, 2045. 

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