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PV Plant Repowering, the Utility 50-Year...

There are two basic types of solar PV plant repowering. The first is for existing or distressed plants. The second is for extending the life of new plants at the end of their initial design life, which is projected at about 20 to 25 years. So as we concentrate on new plant repowering, what is the difference?



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Notes from the Solar Underground: US Solar’s...

There is nothing new about protectionism just as there is nothing new about aggressive pricing for market share, dumping of overproduction at low prices and the cascade of unintended consequences of government intervention on markets.



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Biggest US Companies Setting More Renewable...

Almost half of the biggest U.S. companies have established clean-energy targets for themselves, according to a report Tuesday from sustainable investors and environmental groups including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).



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ENGIE Co-locates Energy Storage with Solar-Wind...

French utility ENGIE is moving ahead with plans to co-locate a fully-integrated 1-M/4-MWh battery storage system with more than 5-MW of wind and solar generation capacities at a substation in Tubarao, Brazil. 



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Toshiba Completes First Retrofit from Coal to...

Toshiba Corp. today said it has started commercial operation of a newly retrofitted coal plant in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, that can burn biomass fuel.



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U.S. Geothermal Seeks New CEO

U.S. Geothermal Inc. this week said that it will begin a search for a new CEO to take over for current CEO Dennis Gilles after his current term expires in July.



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Groundbreaking Seabed Geothermal Research Allowed

The National Energy Authority has granted North Tech Energy a license to locate and research geothermal energy on the seabed around Iceland. 



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Denmark to End All Renewable Energy Subsidies

After more than four decades of relying on subsidies, Denmark’s renewable energy industry is ready to survive on its own much sooner than anyone expected.



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Researchers Outline Pathway to 10 Terawatts of...

Current projections for solar PV deployment in the coming years have significantly underestimate the solar market’s potential, researchers say.



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‘Look, Ma, No Fuel!’ … Fire-free Cooking...

The cooking supply chain is being disrupted. Bounty from the sky, delivered free to the roof, drives the new cooking economy, and not the laboriously drilled, mined, transported, stored, and distributed fuel from the ground, say, kerosene or natural gas, let alone charcoal, firewood or biomass of any kind.



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Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale...

The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when oriented directly at the sun, some systems use solar-tracking technology to increase electricity generation by rotating the panels along one or two axes.



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Secretary Perry’s Going to Like What He Finds...

I had the honor last week of being able to join a business roundtable with fellow Texan and new U.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry. We met in the state Perry led as governor for 14 years while Texas made its remarkable ascent to become the nation's leader in wind power production, investment and new jobs.



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SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with...

San José-based SunPower this week said that it now is offering its Oasis power plant platform, with drones, to solar power plant developers and EPC providers through a newly formed business unit, called SunPower Solutions.



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ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian...

ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use.



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C&I Will Be Fastest Growth Sectors for Energy...

The fastest growth in energy storage is going to be in the commercial and industrial sectors, which are using storage applications innovatively to better manage renewables integration and energy efficiency, according to Anil Srivasta, CEO of Swiss energy storage solution provider Leclanché



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Flywheel Technology Recommended for California...

Amber Kinetics last week said that its four-hour discharge duration flywheel storage technology (FES) received a recommendation from California’s Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council for adoption into the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).



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Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive...

Tesla is going to need more chargers. Lots of them. The company is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 EVs in 2018 (up from 76,000 a year ago).



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Tax Uncertainty Disrupting Solar Deals

Even without any specific tax-reform proposals, President Donald Trump’s pledge to revamp U.S. policies is already affecting the solar industry, and not in a good way.



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New York to Fund Energy Storage Feasibility...

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) last week issued a call for papers for energy storage feasibility studies and demonstration projects in New York.



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Silicon Valley Power to Fuel Theme Park with...

California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program.



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Where, and When, Will California Get Offshore...

Under California’s current trajectory, the state’s first offshore wind farm could be completed in waters near Morro Bay and begin sending power to the grid by 2025, according to Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.

 



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San Diego Utility Adds Five Energy Storage...

California utility San Diego Gas & Electric last week signed contracts for five new four-hour battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 MW. 

 



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UK Just Went Without Coal Power for the First...

The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.



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London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase...

London-based solar firm VivoPower International last week said that its subsidiary has signed a joint venture agreement that will give it the right to acquire solar projects in a 1.8-GW portfolio to be developed in the U.S. by Innovative Solar Systems.



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NRG Completes Solar Farm for Cisco's California...

NRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. power producer, completed a 20-MW solar farm in California that supplies power for Cisco Systems Inc.’s headquarters.



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Solar Plant Will Charge Energy Storage Battery...

Arizona utility Salt River Project announced a 20-year power purchase agreement for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery project that will be located in Pinal County.



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Is the Suniva Bankruptcy a Canary in the Coal...

In the satiric movie Network, Howard Beale said: “Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!!”



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Macquarie to Boost UK Green Bank After $3BN...

A consortium led by Macquarie Group Ltd. vowed to beef up global spending in clean energy technologies after it agreed a deal to buy U.K. Green Investment Bank from the British government for 2.3 billion pounds ($3 billion).



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Apple Explores Dual Land Use Solar Siting in...

Apple is highlighting the value of dual land use solar siting in a new video it released today in celebration of Earth Day 2017.



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Interconnection Issues Could Block Future...

Without proper planning now, it is likely that interconnection issues could emerge as a “significant blockade” to the success of energy storage programs in the U.S., much like the industry has seen with newly launched solar programs, according to a report released this week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).



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Three Key Points Emerge from BOEM Offshore Wind...

On Wednesday immediately preceding the opening of the 2017 International Partnering Forum, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a listening session to gather input from stakeholders about where to open up potential areas for offshore wind area leases.



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National Lab Recaptures Record for Solar...

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) last week said that its scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.



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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Ending Wind Tax...

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that reduces the time frame in which wind power projects can qualify for the state’s clean energy tax credit.



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Wood Biomass CHP Project Wins $100K in National...

A proposal for a wood biomass combined heat and power facility in California received recognition last week from the National Forest Foundation.



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Washington State Pioneers New Model for...

Many businesses in Washington state want to use renewable energy. Starbucks, REI and Microsoft are all iconic brands in the Pacific Northwest making big commitments to wind and solar.



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Solar Refinancing: When Asset Management Steals... We all know that asset management is in many respects the under-loved function within a solar company. Solar asset management involves the ongoing management of financial, commercial, and administrative tasks necessary to ensure the optimal financial performance of a solar PV plant or portfolio of plants. 

 



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The Paris Climate Agreement—Should We Stay or...

Predictably there’s been a lot written over the last few weeks about the Paris Climate Agreement and whether the Trump administration will continue to sit with other nations. There has been a substantial increase in tweets, polls, studies, press conferences, anonymous reports and mutterings going into and coming out of the Easter weekend.



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New Online Tool Speeds Development of Energy...

Energy storage and solar+storage developers now have an online tool to help them pick the right systems for their commercial and industrial projects.



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Maryland’s Energy Storage Tax Credit: Gaining...

The General Assembly of Maryland just passed a bill that would provide a 30 percent tax credit to those who chose to utilize energy storage technology, making it the first state in the country to pass such legislation. The funds provided by the bill would last from 2018 to 2022.



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Renewables Developments in Alberta and...

Energy experts and policy makers around the globe are following developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan as they begin the first round of their competitive procurements for renewable electricity. These procurement programs aim to help the provinces achieve their renewable energy targets for 2030.



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Trump’s Plan for Clean Energy Will Damage...

President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order to start the process of reviewing and, ultimately, attempting to disassemble the Clean Power Plan and its supposedly job-killing mandates.



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Solar Module Manufacturer Suniva Files for...

The Board of Directors of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (SICE) yesterday said that Atlanta-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition for relief under the U.S. bankruptcy code.

 



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GE, SCE Debut Unique Battery-Gas Turbine Hybrid...

At the heart of the Hybrid EGT is a control system which blends output between the battery and the gas turbine. The energy storage capacity is designed to provide enough time to allow the gas turbine to start and reach its designated power output, thus dispatching power immediately when required and without burning fuel at first.



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Tidal Turbine Deployed at EMEC Reaches Rated...

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. reports its SR2000 floating tidal turbine deployed for testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, achieved its rated 2 MW export capacity on April 12.
 



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Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community...

The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report.



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Offshore Wind Farms Offer Subsidy-Free Power...

German’s electricity grid regulator approved bids to build what will be the first offshore wind farms that depend entirely on market prices instead of government support and subsidy.



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Canadian-Based Enbridge Embarks on Geothermal Plan

According to Malini Girdhar, vice president, market development, public government affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, her company is interested in developing geothermal heating and cooling solutions in Ontario and offering those solutions to homeowners. There are two key drivers for the company’s interest. First, Ontario has aggressive carbon-reduction goals and second, there is a significant heating load in the region.



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Walmart Secures 40 MWh of Energy Storage for...

Walmart is continuing its foray into energy storage ownership with new installations for its stores in Southern California. Advanced Microgrid Solutions last week said it will install 40 MWh of energy storage at 27 Walmart stores in the region.



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3@3 on Solar PV: Leases, Yieldcos and Microgrids

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the demise of the solar lease, the fall of the yieldco and microgrids. Check it out!



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Massachusetts Readies for First Offshore Wind...

Massachusetts is drawing closer to its first solicitation for wind energy in state waters, with a call for bids due in June. While the state legislation required a total of 1,600 MW to be contracted by June, 2027, offshore wind developers are advocating for the size of the first procurement to be anywhere from 200 MW to 800 MW, according to Bill White, senior director, offshore wind development, for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).



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Electric Grid Study Ordered by US Energy Chief...

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is ordering a study of the U.S. electric grid, with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies.

 



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Saudis Seek 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50...

Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.



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Listen Up: How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can have too many solar panels on your roof. With conventional net metering, your utility will not reimburse you at the end of the year if you produce more power than you consume.



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Geothermal Makes Breakthrough in Canada's...

For more than a decade, advocates of geothermal energy have pushed for the same kind of treatment other energy producers receive from Canada’s federal government — with little progress. But with the release of the federal budget on March 22, that changed.



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What Will Remain of the Climate Challenge...

If global warming is planetary, its negative impacts and consequences are visible everywhere, but are different in nature from region to region. It is more destructive for poor countries, especially African countries which contribute less than 4 percent of global GHG emissions. 



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Clean Energy and the Environment: Part Two —... No politician—not even The Donald—can expect to stay in power without being able to point to some accomplishments. Dystopian visions will only get you so far. Surrogates can only rationalize for so long.

 



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EPA Seeks Public Comments on Environmental...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a notice in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments on regulations that may be repealed, replaced or modified, in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”



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What Are the Top 10 States for Clean Energy Jobs?

The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency. 



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India Gets Record Low Bid to Build Solar Power,...

The price of solar power in India fell to a record low of 3.15 rupees (5 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour in a competitive tender where French firm Engie SA’s local arm won rights to develop 250 MW.



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Mitsubishi Supports Conversion of Generation...

Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. (MCP) recently joined with The Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) in a joint venture, Aioi Bioenergy Corp., to develop biomass power generation in Japan.



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From Moo to Goo: Cooperating Microbes Convert...

Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less-polluting.



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No Heat? No Problem: This Ultrasonic Dryer...

We spend $9 billion each year powering our clothes dryers. That’s a lot of money and energy (up to 4 percent of America’s residential energy use) we’re wasting.



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Clean Energy Investment Drops 17 Percent as...

Clean-energy investment fell 17 percent in the first quarter, keeping pace with last year’s decline, as the U.S. and China both scaled back support for wind and solar farms.

 

 



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What Will Remain of the Climate Challenge... Under the rising tide of skeptical climatologists, particularly in the U.S., where they became the leaders of the White House, the return to the "COP21" and "COP22" conferences is necessary to measure the degree of hope to save what can be saved for this co-existence on a planet where its leaders quarrel about the reality of its fatal illnesses, while the doomsday clock is ticking.

 



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U.S. company secures exclusive rights to...

Dominovas Energy Corp., through its hydroelectric division, Currentergy, announced today it will finance, build, own and operate an 18-MW hydropower project in northwestern Angola and eventually transfer ownership to Angola.
 



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Is Gas Holding Back Heat Pumps in the UK?

While the U.K. government has committed itself to decarbonizing heating, there’s still some way to go if you listen to some of the most vocal industry experts. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the cheap availability of natural gas for businesses across the UK.



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Clean Energy and the Environment: Part One —...

Welcome to the whacky and wonderful world of Washington politics. President Trump and Speaker Ryan lost the first big test of their budding bromance, Tryancare, their answer to Affordable Health Care, failed to make it on to the House floor after a long night of negotiations.



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ViZn Energy Systems, Raychem to Deliver Energy...

ViZn's systems will be installed and integrated by Raychem RPG at Power Grid Corporation of India Limited facilities in Puducherry, India.
 



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Schneider Electric Turns Boston HQ into Living...

Last week, Schneider Electric brought media, analysts and partners to its Boston One Campus (BOC), the company’s North American headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts, to unveil what it is calling its new “advanced microgrid.”

With the microgrid, the BOC is able to completely detach from the grid and draw all of its power from the onsite generation, which includes about 448 kW of rooftop and carport PV and a gas generator. During the media and analyst event, Andy Haun, the CTO of the company’s North American microgrid business unit, demonstrated how the system responds to signals from the grid and/or weather events that would cause it go into island mode. During lunch, the building went dark and then was repowered with onsite power. 



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Corporate Demand to Boost Renewable Energy...

With major corporations setting ambitious environmental targets, a surge in demand for renewable energy certificates (RECs)* is anticipated, according to the market players gathered at the RECS Market Meeting in Amsterdam on 21-22 March.



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ComEd Project Targets Energy Storage at the...

A new pilot project from Illinois’ largest utility is bringing energy storage out from behind the substation and into the neighborhood. Last month, ComEd deployed a 25-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery in Beecher, Ill., about 40 miles south of Chicago. In the event of a power outage, the battery can supply about an hour of backup power to three houses selected for the project.



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Even After Avangrid’s Winning Bid, ‘No... After building North Carolina’s first commercial onshore wind development, Avangrid Renewables now has the rights to another first in the state: an offshore wind farm 27 miles from the Outer Banks.

 



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Ambri’s Battery Storage Technology is Heating Up

A new company is coming in hot with their energy storage technology, dependent on 900 degree Fahrenheit molten metals. Ambri has developed a battery storage system that is relatively simple, developing reliable power and displaying rechargeable capabilities.



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Scientist’s New Approach May Accelerate...

Research led by a Stanford scientist promises to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices, such as car batteries. In work published last week in Applied Physics Letters, the researchers describe a mathematical model for designing new materials for storing electricity.



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Airline Waste-to-energy: New Facility Opens at... Gatwick Airport in the U.K. and DHL Supply Chain in March opened a new waste management plant, which Gatwick said is the first facility at an airport to turn airport waste into energy onsite.

 



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How California Can Expand US Geothermal Energy...

California is privileged to have access to a variety of robust energy resources, particularly geothermal energy. It produces more geothermal power than any other state, and alone accounts for more than 20 percent of total geothermal energy production worldwide.



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E.ON Develops a Demonstration Site for Airborne...

E.ON is strengthening its position as a frontrunner and early adopter in airborne wind energy, an emerging sector developing game changing technologies for renewable energy production.



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British Investor Seeking to Buy Eletrobras...

A U.K. power utility is in talks with two local partners of Brazil’s state-run utility Eletrobras to acquire minority stakes in about 640 MW of operating wind farms. The U.K. company has signed memorandums of understanding to invest in the local operators, in exchange for the right to make a first offer on the wind assets when Eletrobras officially puts its holdings up for sale, according to Paulo Dalla Nora, a partner at FIR Capital, a Brazilian venture capital company that’s structuring the deals.

 



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Saudis to Seek Bids for 700 MW of Wind, Solar... Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 MW as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.

 



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Photovoltaic Cost and Price Relationship

The photovoltaic industry has been low margin for so many periods in its history that the concept of a margin healthy enough to profitably run an entire company is anathema to it. Focus on the benefits of multi gigawatt economies of scale on margins belies the lengths that PV manufacturers have undergone to salvage margin; lengths that include sourcing lower cost and thus lower quality backsheets, EVA, glass, junction boxes and polysilicon.



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Will We Soon Be Able to Spray On Solar PV?

Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building.



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Proposal Could Open Reclamation Facilities for...

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing earlier this week that could open some Bureau of Reclamation facilities up for non-federal pumped storage development.



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Proposals Sought for Geothermal Data Management...

The U.S. member committee of the World Energy Council, the United States Energy Association (USEA), has issued a request for proposals to support the geothermal data management system of a new geothermal entity created under Ethiopia’s 2016 Geothermal Resources Development Proclamation (GRDP).

 

 



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With New Distributed Energy Rebate, Illinois... How does the electric utility fit in to a rapidly-evolving energy system? That’s what the Illinois Commerce Commission is trying to determine with its new effort, “NextGrid.” Together, we’re rethinking the roles of the utility, the customer, and energy solution providers in a 21st century electric grid.

 



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California Court of Appeals Upholds...

Last week, a 2-1 decision by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld California’s program to reduce carbon emissions. California’s controversial and signature cap-and-trade program creates a firm limit on carbon emissions and auctions allowances that permit companies to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere



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Heeding the Call for Cybersecurity in the...

Against the omnipresent threat of attack to digital assets and infrastructure, the burgeoning renewable energy industry is urged to establish an effective security culture. Renewable Energy World heard from Swiss Re and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions about the risks, consequences and solutions as the energy sector becomes evermore interconnected, automated and digitalized. 

 



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Nonprofit GRID Alternatives Receives Donation...

Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives recently received a donation of about 620 kW of solar modules from JinkoSolar to help expand the organization’s efforts to bring solar power and job training to low-income communities in the U.S.



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India Wind Power Primed for a Third Straight...

India is expected to install record wind capacity for a third consecutive year, according to turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd. New installations will hit 6 GW in the fiscal year ending in March 2018, Suzlon founder Tulsi Tanti said in an emailed statement. The country added 5.4 GW capacity in fiscal 2017 and 3.4 GW the year before.

 



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Germany's Merkel Encourages Spain, Portugal to...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel encouraged Spain and Portugal to invest more in solar energy and said they need a better link to France amid a push for a unified European power grid.



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Renewables Providing Most New Power, As Solar,...

Renewables were the biggest new source of electricity last year as the cost of building new wind and solar farms fell. Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

 



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Kentucky Coal Museum Goes Solar

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. The museum, which memorializes Kentucky's history in coal mining, is modernizing with a new form of cheaper energy.



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IoT Enables Smart Grid-Renewables Linkage Renewable energy is rapidly embracing the smart grid, given the specter of utility curtailments as more megawatts of power are added at the residential, commercial and industrial, and utility levels.

 



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Why Corporate Demand Is Our Greatest Key to a...

Despite climate change deniers and oil company executives arguing to the contrary, most scientists (and citizens of the world) recognize how important it is for us to find more sustainable practices, including sources of energy.

 



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How Companies Are Buying Clean Energy: 4...

India has some of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to boost India's solar energy generation capacity from 5.8 GW in 2014 to 100 GW by 2022. As part of the Paris Agreement, India set a goal to increase the share of non-fossil-based power capacity from 30 percent today to about 40 percent by 2030.



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The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in...

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.



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Liquid Storage of Solar Energy — More...

Many consider the sun the energy source of the future. But one challenge is that it is difficult to store solar energy and deliver the energy 'on demand'.



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Incentives for Change: Why Utilities Continue... Outdated utility financial incentives are inhibiting the transition to a clean energy future, increasing consumer costs, and stifling new technologies. Yet, this state of affairs is hardwired into the regulatory system.

 



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Facebook, Microsoft Helping to Finance Green... Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and venture capitalists at Allotrope Partners set up a facility to finance energy access projects in Indonesia, India and East Africa.

 



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Hydrogen Powered Drones Closer to...

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology.

PINC uses UAVs to identify and orchestrate hard-to-reach inventory and assets in the global supply chain and is the leading provider of yard management, finished vehicle logistics, and inventory robotics solutions to the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers and contract logistics providers. 



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Listen Up: Getting your Solar Investment Tax...

It’s that time of the year…tax time, that is. Every year we get questions from customers about filling out their solar investment tax credit (ITC) form. Now, we are not tax experts (so check with your accountant), but the rules are pretty straightforward for the solar ITC.



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Microgrids – Important Lessons from a Resort

Spice Village (SV) is a resort in India’s Kerala province, adjacent to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is an eco-traveler’s destination, where “birdsong takes the place of television.” Its energy profile, however, was harsh. The regional electric grid was undependable and SV used a diesel-powered generator eight hours per day — noisy and expensive.

 



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Software Upgrade at Existing AEP Storage Site...

U.S. utility American Electric Power (AEP) has upgraded one of its existing energy storage sites with software that will qualify it to participate in the PJM Interconnection frequency regulation market.



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Australian Green Bank Supports Financing for...

Australian green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) in March said it is working with the South Australian government to develop a financing package to support development of Australia's largest grid-scale energy storage project. 



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Bio-inspired Energy Storage: A New Light for...

Inspired by an American fern, a groundbreaking prototype could be the answer to the storage challenge holding solar back as a total energy solution.



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Can Solar See the Light with Perovskite? One of the big questions for humanity’s future is: how will we supply enough clean and plentiful energy to sustain a growing global population? At face value, the big question has a simple answer: solar. In theory, the world’s demand could be met by just one thousandth of the sun’s energy landing on Earth. 

 



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Rethinking the Future of Sustainability: The...

Our forebearers have been integrating the electricity and extending the electric supply grid ever since the installation of the first public lighting by the Godalming Borough Lighting Committee in 1881 shortly followed by the first demonstration facility of transmission of direct current electrical energy by Miesbach-Munich Power Transmission in 1882 over a 57-km distance.



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Stanford Researchers Recommend Changes to US... The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, according to a new Stanford study.

 



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China’s Wind Power Investment Declines in... The China Electricity Council recently published the 2016-2017 Analysis and Forecast Report on Demand and Supply of China’s Power Industry, revealing that the country’s installed grid-connected wind power capacity had reached about 150 million kW by the end of 2016, advancing by just 13.2 percent from a year earlier and accounting for 9 percent of the total installed capacity.

 



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NYPA, Ontario Power Generation Test... MASSENA - Look, up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. Nope, it's not Superman, but rather drones being tested by the New York Power Authority for possible use in the future. Last week, a team from the New York Power Authority joined some Ontario Power Generation representatives to fly a drone around the Robert Moses Dam and St.

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Sunrun Said to Seek $200 Million in Debt for... Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. independent residential solar company, is seeking about $200 million in project-finance debt to build more rooftop power systems, according to people familiar with the deal.

 



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Nanjing Waste-to-energy Project Phase II Begins...

China Everbright International last week said that it has placed the second phase of its Nanjing waste-to-energy project into commercial operation. Nanjing phase two is designed with a daily household waste processing capacity of 2,000 metric tons, with a total investment of approximately RMB980 million (US$142 million).



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Modi's Aim to Spread Solar to Poorer Nations...

The International Energy Agency will help support Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to spread solar power to more developing nations, especially those clustered around the Equator.

 



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Waste-to-energy Firm Expands Plans for Five...

Miami-based EAWC Technologies last week said it is expanding its plan to build several waste-to-energy (WtE) power plants in Mexico. The company signed a revised agreement with Mexico-based Tecnologias Verdes SA de CV to construct a WtE power plant in Chiapas in southern Mexico — the first of five planned for the area.

 



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First Unit of Sarulla Geothermal Project in...

The first 110-MW unit of the Sarulla geothermal project began commercial operations in late March. When completed, the full project in Indonesia’s North Sumatra will have a capacity of about 380 MW. The project combines flash and binary geothermal technologies.

 



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Ohio Legislators Move to Roll Back State...

The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday voted 65-31 to pass a bill that would end the state’s current mandate for the amount of renewable energy utilities must provide customers in Ohio.



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This Old Mine Is Now British Columbia’s...

For over a century, the landscape north of Kimberley, British Columbia, was used for intensive industrial hard-rock mining — but now it’s home to the largest solar farm in all of British Columbia. Over the decades, the site of Teck’s (formerly Cominco’s) Sullivan Mine hosted a steel mill, fertilizer plant and tailings ponds, rendering the area tree-less for the foreseeable future.



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Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge Gets Underway

There are six oddly-named streams in the bioeconomy, and it reminds one of the nomenclature of subatomic quarks. There is upstream, midstream, downstream, main-stream, waste-stream, and slip-stream. But of all the streams, perhaps there is nothing so vital yet muddled as the identity of the mainstream and that of the slipstreams.



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China’s Solar PV Industry Saw Continued...

China’s solar PV industry continued its recovery in 2016, with gross output value reaching 336 billion yuan (US$49 billion), a rise of 27 percent compared to 2015, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China.



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New Global Solar Capacity Outpaced Wind in...

Last year marked the first time since 2013 that solar energy growth outpaced wind energy, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar saw a record 71 GW of new capacity in 2016, while wind increased by 51 GW.

 



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The President’s Climate Change Executive...

The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs.

Some context:

According to MorningConsult

The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration’s “social cost of carbon,” which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

The Trump administration has not yet released the text of the order  which is based solely on saving coal and other fossil jobs, but a senior White House official shared details with reporters in a call on March 27th.



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Viewpoint: UK Prime Minister mentions of...

In a portion of her statement delivered yesterday to the European Union, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said, “I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the European Union.”
 



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Xcel Energy Plans Investment in 11 Wind Farms...

Xcel Energy said it will invest in 11 new wind farms in seven states, bringing about 3,380 MW of new wind generation to its system by 2021. The investment will bring the total amount of wind power in Xcel’s energy mix to 35 percent, the utility said.

 



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EU Backs 600-MW Kriegers Flak Wind Farm in...

The European Commission on March 28 determined that its support of the 600-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Danish territorial waters is in line with EU state aid rules. The commission said the project will help Denmark reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition.



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As Trump Bows Out, States Set to Fill Void on...

As President Donald Trump scales down federal efforts to combat climate change, states are ramping up. California’s Air Resources Board broke with Trump and voted to uphold auto fuel efficiency rules, while Illinois offered a bail out to carbon-free nuclear producers. Iowa and Michigan have moved to increase incentives for renewable energy, and Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan is poised to sign a statewide ban on fracking.



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Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan,... Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.The Conversation

 



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China to Launch Green Certificates in Renewable...

China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance and National Energy Administration recently jointly announced a pilot program for the issuance of green certificates to renewable energy producers coupled with a trading scheme running on a voluntary basis across the country. 



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3@3 on Solar PV: Trump, Citisuns, Manufacturing...

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include President Donald Trump's "Energy Independence" executive order; solar "citisuns," what they are and how you can be one, too; and total installed capacity for solar including how much manufacturing capacity exists in the world today and what that means for solar businesses. Check it out.  



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Full Text of Presidential Executive Order on...

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.  Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.

 



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Seven Key Solar PV Industry Metrics And What...

Here’s a solid look at 2016 numbers from shipments to grid connections and an anlysis to help you understand how they will impact your business.



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The Old, Dirty US Electric Grid Would Cost $5...

The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.

 

 



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Cornell University Moving Forward with... Cornell's Senior Leaders Climate Action Group presented its findings Tuesday night regarding the school's stated goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus within 20 years and the use of an "unproven" but intriguing new method of heat production that could greatly reduce the school's carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent.

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A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten...

The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity - making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring electric utilities to build battery facilities in the future.



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Innovative Aggregation Expands Access to...

This week, the largest renewable energy project built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers reached commercial operation. The development of the 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project was driven by demand from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center, and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation.

 



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New Twist on Green Beer as Anheuser Busch...

Leading the way among major producers of consumer goods, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) on Tuesday announced its commitment to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2025. According to the company it will then become the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector.  

In total, this will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources in the markets where AB InBev operates and will help transform the energy industry in countries like Argentina, Brazil, India and markets across the African continent.



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As Energy Mix Becomes Cleaner, Minnesotans...

Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation. That’s one of the findings in the annual 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in partnership with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

 

 



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SunEdison India Assets to Help Double Greenko...

Greenko Energy Holdings, the green power developer backed by sovereign wealth funds, expects to double its capacity in India by 2019 with the help of assets acquired during the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc.

Generation capacity should grow to about 5 gigawatts in the next two years as new projects come online and Greenko integrates 1.5 gigawatts of SunEdison assets into its portfolio, Mahesh Kolli, the founder of the company based in Hyderabad, India, said in a telephone interview.

 



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Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris...

President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord.

Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that begins unraveling a raft of rules and directives to combat climate change, which President Barack Obama wove into the fabric of the federal government as he made addressing the issue a centerpiece of his second term.



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Towards a Low-carbon Future: Bi-lateral...

There are significant differences between the clean energy and environmental outlooks of the May and Trump administrations. To-date the Prime Minister has given no indication of renouncing either the Paris accords or the UK’s pledged emission targets. The U.S. commitment to the accords and willingness to fulfill the promised GHG reductions of the Obama administration remain unclear. 



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First Solar to Deliver 48.5MW Manildra Solar...

First Solar this week announced that financial close has been reached for the Manildra Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. First Solar will leverage its expertise in utility-scale solar development to deliver the 48.5-MW (AC) project, which will utilize approximately 466,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules and single-axis tracking technology expected to produce more than 120,000 megawatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation. The Manildra Solar Farm will take First Solar's installed capacity in Australia to more than 400-MW (AC) when it is complete in 2018.

 



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Dominion Announces Two Large-Scale Solar Energy...

Dominion announced plans to construct, own and operate 81 megawatts (AC) of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, S.C. Two projects — a 71.4-megawatt facility that would be South Carolina's largest and a 10-megawatt array — are expected to enter service in 2017.

"Dominion is excited to work with a number of partners — including Solvay and South Carolina Electric & Gas — not only to bring additional non-carbon-emitting solar generation to the power grid but also to add to our South Carolina energy infrastructure portfolio," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. "We are proud of the work we are doing in South Carolina to help people, electric and gas distribution companies and industry access clean energy."



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Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid:...

We’re in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we’re headed — and it’s big.

 

 



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From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix...

As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand upward. More than half of India is now considered severely water stressed.

Part of the problem is that India still manages its water as an infinite resource on a linear model of withdrawal, consumption and disposal. But a more efficient management model is to look at water from a “circular economy” perspective. Water’s usability doesn’t need to end once it washes down the drain. Rather, we can see industrial and domestic wastewater as a valuable resource from which usable water, nutrients and even renewable energy can be extracted.



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Large Scale Energy Storage: An Investment In... The Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $20 million to support large-scale energy storage initiatives across Victoria, creating jobs, protecting affordability and maintaining the reliability of our energy grid. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy and Environment Lily D'A

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Biting the Biggest Apple: New York’s New Plan...

How do we compensate those who add clean electricity to our shared power grid? This fundamental question has affected the rate at which the U.S. has adopted, deployed, and put into use clean, distributed energy resources.



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Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla and Flywheels in...

Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage -- no matter which technology breaks out first.

NRStor Inc. is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla’s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.

Battery technology is advancing swiftly, largely driven by Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. At the same time, other methods are being refined that can be used to store energy for even longer periods of time. The global market could expand to around $20 billion by 2024, from around $600 million in 2015, according to U.S. firm Navigant Research.



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The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On...

Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels.

It’s not as far-fetched it seems. Solar researchers and company executives think there’s a good chance the economics of the $42 billion industry will soon be disrupted by something called perovskites, a range of materials that can be used to harvest light when turned into a crystalline structure.

The hope is that perovskites, which can be mixed into liquid solutions and deposited on a range of surfaces, could play a crucial role in the expansion of solar energy applications with cells as efficient as those currently made with silicon. One British company aims to have a thin-film perovskite solar cell commercially available by the end of 2018.



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Oil Majors Take a Plunge into Offshore Wind

Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and  Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in competitive auctions for power purchase contracts, which have developed a specialty in anchoring massive turbines on the seabed.

The oil companies have many reasons to move into the industry. They’ve spent decades building oil projects offshore, and that business is winding down in some areas where older fields have drained. Returns from wind farms are predictable and underpinned by government-regulated electricity prices. And fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business as forecasts emerge that renewables will eat into their market.



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Around the Baseloads: What's New in the...

No country will ever get to 100 percent renewable energy without using geothermal, biomass, hydropower or a combination of the three. These technologies are able to provide energy around the clock, (baseload) and do not depend on the sun shining or the wind blowing.



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FORESEA awards US$11.8 million to develop...

The user selection board of the €11 million (US$11.8 million) Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) project has awarded “Recommendations for Support” to 15 offshore renewable energy technologies, according to an announcement today from FORESEA.  



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Fortum Enters JV for Waste-to-energy CHP Plant...

Finland-based clean energy firm Fortum last week said that it has formed a joint venture with Lietuvos Energija to build a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania.

 



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Listen Up: Future Rooftop Solar Costs —...

The solar industry is one of our most obvious success stories. Our industry directly employs 261,000 people. We generate energy that is both clean and renewable. And we generate this energy at prices that are less than conventional utility power — as low as 6 cents per kwh. 



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Greening Artificial Intelligence:...

As the power of sensors and processing rise and their costs drop, those of us who study the “greening” of information and communications technology are looking ahead to the challenges posed by artificial intelligence.



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Race to Build Floating Offshore Wind Farms...

Plans to install turbines on platforms that float in the sea are gathering pace as renewable energy developers seek new areas to harvest wind power.



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Dubai Starts Desert Solar Plant as Part of...

Dubai’s government-owned utility completed a 200-MW power plant one month ahead of schedule as part of a plan to build the world’s largest solar energy park by 2030.



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Clean Cooking, Rural and Urban, the Next...

Historically, lighting was the driver for electricity systems. Edison lit up Manhattan, New York. But now, with solar panels and a variety of LED fixtures, from nightlights to lawn lights, street lamps to traffic lights to ceilings bulbs (if we may call them that), illumination at night, even for the poor, is largely a solved problem. 



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Maintaining the Value of Solar Generation

Traditionally, solar electricity generation has been driven by feed-in tariffs. Each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by a solar system has been given a fixed high value independent from the time of the day and location. 



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Flow Battery Storage Pilot Project Begins in...

San Diego Gas and Electric last week said it has launched a 2-MW vanadium redox flow battery storage pilot project in coordination with Sumitomo Electric.



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Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce...

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass, the U.K. university said last week.



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Two Irish Companies Teaming to Develop...

DesignPro Ltd. and GKinetic Energy Ltd. are collaborating to develop a new range of run-of-river hydrokinetic turbines.



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Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: Earnings Season Earnings season began in earnest in February. My Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio gave back a little of its large January gains because a mix of good and bad earnings mostly offset each other. One pick (Seaspan Preferred) gave back its large January gains. Neither the original gain nor the loss were driven by news.

 



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Offshore Energies: Data Technology Transfer...

Organizations are collecting more information than they ever have in the past, and energy companies are no exception. One estimate puts the amount of data collected on an offshore oil rig at 2 terabytes per day. More and more, these companies are turning to analytics service providers to make sense of their data within their business processes. 

 



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China’s Jiangsu Province Expands...

Local officials in China's Jiangsu Province will help expand waste-to-energy capacity in the region with an investment in a new facility with a processing capacity of 900 metric tons.



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US Geothermal Set to Submit San Emidio II...

U.S. Geothermal plans to submit an application to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to build its expanded San Emidio phase II geothermal plant, U.S. Geothermal President Douglas Glaspey said in a March 10 4Q16 earnings call.



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Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age... Scott Pruitt has now been sworn in as the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Agency. It is likely the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), and ultimately much of the Agency itself, will begin in short order.

 



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Bills to Expand Solar Incentives in Maine Ready... The near-term future of rooftop solar energy in Maine is likely to be decided this spring, as lawmakers consider changes to a widely criticized rule approved in January by the Public Utilities Commission. Two major bills are pending that would supersede the PUC's approach to compensating homeowners for the solar power they generate, an incentive called net energy billing or net metering.

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GreenWish to Invest $280 Million in Nigeria...

GreenWish Partners, a Paris-based independent power producer, will invest $280 million to build solar power plants in Nigeria that are expected to start producing electricity in the first quarter of next year.

 



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Vattenfall Wind Farms to Use BMW Energy Storage

Sweden's state-owned utility Vattenfall will use 1,000 lithium ion batteries supplied by BMW Group to provide energy storage at some of the power company's wind power facilities.

 



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German Coal Mine to Be Reborn as Giant Pumped... A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

 



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Nicaraguan Resort Turns to Solar+storage...

Rancho Santana resort and residential community on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is turning to solar and energy storage to alleviate the high cost of peak energy in the region.

 



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Providing Value Throughout the Entire Solar PV...

Within the past decade or two, the solar industry has experienced a great deal of evolution and expansion. In the U.S., one of the largest shakeups was in 2010 when PV panel prices dropped. The inverter market has also been subjected to changes, especially in terms of new topologies and increased functionalities.



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Avangrid Winning Bidder in North Carolina... U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank yesterday said that a wind energy area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, N.C. received the high bid of $9 million from Avangrid Renewables, the provisional winner in a competitive lease sale in federal waters.

 



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A Longer Look at Long-duration Energy Storage

According to a recent report "Beyond Four Hours: The Transition to a More Flexible, and Valuable, Long-duration Energy Storage Asset," 80 percent of market participants define long-duration energy storage (LDS) as an asset than can provide at least 3 hours of energy storage. But even that definition of LDS was not the same for everyone, according to Jason Deign, author of the report.



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Siemens low wind power prototype turbine...

Siemens' new direct-drive low wind turbine has reached the prototype testing stage. The onshore model SWT-3.15-142, with a rotor diameter of 142 meters passed prototype approval and was erected at the Drantum wind test site in Jutland, Denmark.



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Google's Schmidt Highlights Promise of New...

The 94-year-old creator of the lithium-ion battery has invented another breakthrough storage device that’s capturing the attention of industry heavyweights.



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Sunrun Sees 1,000 Orders for Solar+storage in...

Sunrun has received about 1,000 orders for its recently launched BrightBox solar plus energy storage solution in California and Hawaii, Sunrun co-founder and CEO Lynn Jurich said during a March 8 4Q16 company earnings call.

 



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Sunnova Enters Tax Equity Market with $80M Deal Residential solar provider Sunnova Energy Corp. this week said it has entered the tax equity market through a funding deal with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp.

 



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