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Michigan Program Finances First Megawatt of Solar, With Ambitious Goals Ahead

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-07-27 09:38

A clean energy financing program in Michigan reached a milestone last month when it helped homeowners and businesses install 1 MW of solar energy across the state.

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Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-07-27 06:29

A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada.

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SunEdison Sets Bankruptcy Exit With Nothing for Shareholders

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-07-27 04:21

SunEdison Inc. won final approval for a bankruptcy plan that will leave what was once the world’s largest renewable-energy firm as a shell of its former self, with nothing for shareholders whose investment at one point had been worth about $10 billion.

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Energy Bill Could See North Carolina Join National Fight Over Net Metering

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-07-26 12:53

Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment.

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National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Study of Redox Flow Battery Technology

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-07-26 10:40

The University of Kentucky (UK) last week said that its researchers will work with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study redox flow battery (RFB) technology under a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Mitsui Sells Quarter Share In UK Pumped Storage Operator First Hydro

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-07-26 09:39

Japanese investment group Mitsui & Co. has sold its minority share in European hydropower project operator First Hydro to Canada's Brookfield Renewable Partners.

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Energy Storage for EV Charging in Canada to Combat Range Anxiety

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-07-26 06:12

Installation of a new network of 34 electric-vehicle charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will take advantage of energy storage to charge cars faster and help overcome “range anxiety.”

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Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win Big Over Silicon In Outdoor Testing

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-07-26 03:58

A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

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Environmental Groups Reach Conservation Agreement for 247-MW Solar Project in California

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-07-25 14:13

Last week, Sierra Club said it joined Defenders of Wildlife, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Panoche Valley Solar in signing a settlement agreement concerning the size and location of the planned 247-MW Panoche Valley solar power project in California.

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Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-07-25 12:13

Going solar isn’t as simple as having panels installed on your roof. After you select an installer, the project needs to be permitted, installed, inspected, and interconnected to the grid. Most of these steps depend on local governments and utility companies, which means the process varies based on where you live. 

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India Initiates Dumping Probe Into Chinese Solar Imports

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-07-25 12:06

India opened a probe into whether Chinese solar-equipment makers are hurting its domestic industry by dumping inventories and driving down prices to unfair levels.

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Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-07-25 11:47

A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes.

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Scientists Design Promising New Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-07-25 05:48

Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles. 

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UK to Invest $320M in Energy Storage R&D

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-07-25 04:04

In a move aimed at powering its transition to a low-carbon economy with energy storage, the UK is set to fund battery technology research to the tune of £246m ($320m).

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Suzlon Climbs as India Sets More Ambitious Wind Energy Tenders

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-07-24 14:25

India set out plans to step up the pace of issuing contracts for electricity from wind farms, triggering a surge in the shares of one of the nation’s biggest maker of turbines.

 

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Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-07-24 12:20

A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar.

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UVA, Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy Announce Solar Energy Project

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-07-24 11:20

The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.

Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.

 

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Tabuchi Electric Backs Ground-mount Racking System Provider Nuance Energy

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-07-24 10:20

Tabuchi Electric, a solar inverter manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan, recently made a $3 million investment in ground mount racking system provider Nuance Energy.

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India's Blue Sky Pledge Gives Power to Country's Green Bonds

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-07-24 07:44

Green bonds issued by Indian companies are gathering pace as the country’s ambitious target for renewable energy fuels interest from investors.

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Controversy Escalates Over Viewshed for Maryland Offshore Wind Farms

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-07-24 05:54

With two wind projects moving closer to construction less then 20 nautical miles off the coast of Maryland, parties concerned about the wind projects’ viewshed have started to take action.

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