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Report: Overall Solar PV Quality Is Improving But Risks Remain

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-11 12:43
Independent energy and certification body DNV GL reports overall improvement in global solar PV reliability with its fourth edition PV Module Reliability Scorecard report. The Scorecard reports on eighteen months of test results from DNV GL’s PV Module Product Qualification Program (PQP) of commercially available PV modules on the global market.
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China’s Domination of the PV Industry: Veni, Vidi, Vici

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-11 09:22
There is no doubt that in terms of solar, China came, it saw, it conquered. Now, a hiccup in either China’s production of PV cells and modules or in its deployment of PV systems would ricochet around the global PV industry.
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UK Utility Takes Next Steps to Convert Coal Units

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-11 04:25
UK utility Drax Power has taken a fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline at the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire in preparation to convert it to run on biomass.
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Australian Wins Global Energy Prize for His Contribution to Solar

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-11 04:25
University of New South Wales professor Martin Green has been named a Global Energy Prize winner for his work in solar PV that has increased the “cost effectiveness and efficiency of solar cells.”
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Silfab Solar Eyes US Manufacturing Opportunities

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-11 04:25
Toronto, Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Silfab Solar today said it is exploring U.S. manufacturing opportunities and locations to better service growing customer demand.
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Solar Parts Manufacturer Says Trump Tariffs Are Taking a Toll

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-11 04:25

The manufacturer of metal parts for the solar industry says tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors.

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Struck by a Hockey Puck: Renewable Energy’s Big Canadian Black Eye

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-06-08 11:43
Everybody loves renewable energy, right? That’s what surveys tell us with global support for renewable energy consistently polling above 80 percent. But don’t tell that to the people of the Province of Ontario, Canada. On June 7, the electorate handed a stunning defeat to its Liberal Government after 15 years of reign. The election winner: Conservative Doug Ford, brother of Toronto’s infamous crack-cocaine smoking mayor, Rob Ford. The issue in the forefront of voters’ minds: sky high electricity prices.
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US Power Africa Initiative Backs $1BN of Solar, Wind Projects

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-06-08 05:59
With financial backing from the U.S. government, an Israeli solar developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA signed a deal with the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States to build $1 billion of renewable energy projects in the region.
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Here’s Why Trump’s New Strategy to Keep Ailing Coal and Nuclear Plants Open Makes No Sense

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 23:00

President Donald Trump recently ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to stop the closure of coal and nuclear power plants. I can see why this proposal has caused much controversy, partly because of how energy markets work.

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Regulators Approve Five Grid-Scale Lithium-Ion Battery Projects for Southern California

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 23:00
Regulators in California gave San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) approval to move forward with development of five grid-scale lithium-ion battery projects in San Diego and Orange counties.
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Solar Competition Is Putting $3 Million Behind Innovation in Manufacturing

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 23:00
The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday launched the American-Made Solar Prize competition with a focus on supporting innovative ideas for solar industry manufacturing.
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Solar Companies Prep for Intersolar 2018

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 09:53
New solar products and solutions, plus training and education, on deck for solar industry participants at solar tradeshows in Europe and California.
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China's Solar Cutback Is Wiping Out Trump Bump

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 07:49
President Donald Trump said imposing solar tariffs would help domestic companies. But China’s surprise decision to slash installations is negating those gains, and shares of U.S. manufacturers are plunging.
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This Is How to Understand Complex Vibration Signals in Wind Turbines

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 07:49

Wind energy is increasingly popular as the technology advances. However, wind turbines incur higher operation and maintenance costs than other power generation technologies. There are, nonetheless, ways to drive these costs down.

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A Solar Game-Changer for Nonprofits

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-06-07 05:51
In a groundbreaking decision, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the U.S., recently granted to CollectiveSun the right to market its proprietary Solar Purchase Agreement (SPA) in the LADWP service area.
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Record Low Solar Prices May Return to India Thanks to China Reforms

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-06-06 14:04
India may be the biggest beneficiary of solar industry reforms in China that are poised to reduce prices for photovoltaic panels. China announced last week it was halting approvals of some new solar projects this year and cutting subsidies to developers to ease its pace of expansion.
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California Goes Big On Transportation Electrification Hoping To Spur More EV Adoption

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-06-06 11:29
Late last week, California’s three largest investor owned utilities (IOUs), which provide service to over 30 million people, agreed to a five-year, $738 million plan to invest in transportation electrification. The plan was formally approved in a unanimous vote by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the culmination of a process required by California’s 2015 Senate Bill 350, which set a timeline and pathway for transportation electrification to help advance CA’s clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals. (CA’s smaller IOUs are on a different timeline.)
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Unpacking the Energy Storage Opportunity in America

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-06-06 10:17

Storage is rightfully one of the hottest topics in the energy industry right now. The potential benefits and profitability has prompted plenty of excitement — and questions — among industry leaders. 

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Pay-As-You-Go Solar Provider Raises $2 Million for Myanmar Expansion

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-06-06 05:51
More than 40,000 homes in rural Myanmar will have access to solar by the end of the year thanks to a new investment in Singapore-based pay-as-you-go provider SolarHome.
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