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Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-02 08:11

For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap.

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Garbage From Irma Will Fuel Florida’s Power Grid

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-10-02 07:55

When it comes to garbage, geography is destiny. Look at Texas and Florida, recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Homeowners and businesses not incapacitated by the storm have begun the arduous and emotional work of separating destroyed possessions and materials by type and placing them curbside. Cities have begun the intimidating logistics of picking it up and transporting it to its final destination. 


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Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-29 12:39

The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it.

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Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-29 10:58

Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017.

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Solar Development in the US and China in the Shadow of Suniva’s Section 201 Trade Case

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-29 09:57

As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China.

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U.S. Geothermal Wins Grant to Study El Ceibillo Geothermal Project

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-29 09:18

U.S. Geothermal this week said that its U.S. Geothermal Guatemala subsidiary has received a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development (USTDA) for a feasibility study on the El Ceibillo Geothermal power plant project.

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Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-09-29 08:39

Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday. 

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The Mobile Microgrid: Is It Almost Here?

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-28 08:54

Life without our mobile phone seems pretty unimaginable, doesn’t it? We now carry along our phone/camera/computer in our hands, and, if you want to believe a recent movie, some of us even fall in love with the personal assistant. “(You) Siri – why am I here?...(Siri) I can’t answer that for you, can I?”

But what about microgrids, why not have a personal mobile i-power source? If you bear with me I’ll show you why that isn’t so farfetched. The mobile “i-uGrid” may already be on the way.

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China’s Solar PV Market Passes 100 GW Milestone

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-28 07:44

According to data recently released by the National Energy Administration of China, as of the end of June, the country had a PV power generation installation capacity of 102 GW.

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US Solar Market Can Remain Strong in 2017, Even with the ITC Ruling

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-09-28 07:11

Last Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Suniva and SolarWorld, having found that they suffered injury from the flood of cheap imports. Will this ruling dreadfully affect the U.S. PV market this year?

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On the Solar Trade Case: SolarWorld and Suniva are neither Villains nor Victims

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-27 13:37

First – SolarWorld and Suniva are not villains, nor would I call them victims.  The current low prices in our industry are, unfortunately, the responsibility of all participants.  We, as an industry, have celebrated the low prices for over a decade and have focused on ever cheaper prices without considering the effect of these prices on quality and manufacturing viability. 

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Blockchain Token to Share Renewable Energy Unveiled

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-27 09:36

A new blockchain-based energy-sharing token has been launched in The Netherlands. Named the ‘Jouliette’, the new token aims to empower individuals and communities to easily manage and share locally produced renewable energy.

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Offshore Wind Prices: Will Key Learnings Help US Projects?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-27 08:30

Wind energy observers worldwide took notice when Bloomberg News reported the contract price (September 11) for a U.K. energy auction: £57.50 ($77.76) per MWh — a 50 percent decline in recent offshore energy costs. 

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ABB, Northvolt Partner on Planned Battery Factory in Sweden

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-27 08:15

ABB yesterday said that it signed an agreement with energy storage firm Northvolt on a supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s planned lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden.

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Dyson To Take on Tesla with its Own Electric Vehicle

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-09-27 07:27

On September 26, 2017, in a letter to employees that was released on Twitter, James Dyson, founder of the company that created the famous vacuum and hand-dryers found in many airport bathrooms across the globe, announced that the company has set its sights on the electric vehicle (EV) market and plans to release a new car by 2020. 

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O3 Energy Seeks Solar Projects to Finance; Launches Channel Partners Program

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-26 14:18

On Tuesday, September 26, Dallas-based energy solutions provider O3 energy announced the launch of its new O3 Channel Partners, which opens up financing to qualified solar projects in North America. The company has historically acted as a late stage developer offering Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for commercial and industrial clients scattered across the country. The channel partner program provides development and construction partners with the opportunity to obtain the resources and funding necessary to help close more projects in this space. 

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Tennessee Utility Participates In Flow Battery Pilot Project

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-26 10:09

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based electricity and telecom provider EPB recently energized a 100-kW/400-kWh vanadium redox flow battery as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a group of national labs.


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This Pathway is the Best Opportunity for Corporate Utility-scale Solar PV Procurement

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-09-26 08:09

Corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV is on the rise, but there’s opportunity for corporations to leverage recent market developments and deploy even more.

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SolarWorld Plans to Ramp up Solar Module Production in Light of ITC Ruling

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-09-25 10:00

On Monday, September 25, SolarWorld Americas announced that with the prospect of meaningful import relief close at hand, the company will begin ramping up production. It hopes to hire up to 200 workers by May.

On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of a trade-case determination that a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel industry.  The vote means that the case, in which SolarWorld Americas and Suniva Inc. are co-petitioners, moves to a remedy phase.

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