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JV Targets New Funds for Green Investments in...

A new joint venture will create a fund management platform that will focus on green energy infrastructure in India. The new platform, called EverSource Capital, is a new initiative of investment firm Everstone Group and renewable energy developer Lightsource BP.



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NY Gov. Cuomo Names New Energy Efficiency Target

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an acceleration of energy efficiency in New York, including a plan to achieve a new target for greenhouse gas emission reductions, decrease consumer energy costs and create job opportunities.



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Climate Change May Scuttle Caribbean’s...

Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out the island’s power grid. For people in some remote rural areas, the blackout was more of the same. Their power had yet to be restored.



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ABB Launches 8-minute Charger for Electric...

This week at Hannover Messe, ABB launched what it says is the world’s fastest e-vehicle charger.

The Terra High Power charger can charge up to 350 kilowatts, which translates to about 200 kilometers of range for an EV, in just 8 minutes, according to the company.

ABB said that its chargers are being installed around the world, and they have recently been selected for use by Electrify America, the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States.

The new charger is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and gas stations.

 



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Inside Renewable Energy: Training and Recovery...

In this episode, representatives of Blue Planet Energy discuss their work in Puerto Rico helping communities deliver on the value of energy storage and solar power through training and education.



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US Wind Power Achieves 30 Percent in Four States

Wind power is now supplying more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states — Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota — according to data recently released in the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017.



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Australian Water Utility Seeks Net-Zero Costs...

Adelaide, South Australia, water utility SA Water is planning to achieve net-zero electricity costs by building a solar portfolio paired with energy storage.



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Wind, Solar Provide 98 Percent of New US...

Wind and solar accounted for more than 98 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year.



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Convenience at Heart of New US Ultra-Fast EV...

Electrify America today said it will install a network of ultra-fast charging stations at locations across the U.S. that have been chosen specifically for everyday charging convenience.



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Advocates Seek More Momentum for Massachusetts...

Coastal Massachusetts is blustery enough that a robust offshore wind system could power a residential and commercial electricity load that is 20 times larger than exists today.



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Florida Regulators Approve Solar Lease Option...

Sunrun last week won the right to offer solar leases to homeowners in Florida. Rules on the structure of solar lease offerings were previously unclear, and homeowners, therefore, have not had a lease option for solar to date. 



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Jordan Eyes Energy Storage as Next Step in...

Jordan is pressing ahead with its first electricity storage project to bolster its expansion in solar and wind generation. The Middle Eastern kingdom expects to sign a contract for a 30-megawatt battery in the third quarter, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Saleh Al Kharabsheh. 



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Finding Island Grid Resilience with Advanced...

Grid operators on the islands of O'ahu and Puerto Rico are working with advanced software providers to help them understand how their transmission and distribution systems function with increasing amounts of distributed energy resources (DER), as they seek a cleaner, more resilient power infrastructure.



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Permit request denied for 152-MW Piedra del Sol...

Anla has upheld its decision to reject the permit request for the 152-MW Piedra del Sol hydro project in Colombia, citing deficiencies in information related to the project’s impact on water supply and fragile ecosystems in northern Santander department, among other factors.



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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement.



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Michigan to Replace Net Metering Program with...

Michigan utility customers who put surplus electricity they generate back onto the power grid will be paid a lower, avoided-cost rate after June 1.



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Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as...

Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business.



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7 Pro-Earth Actions You Can Take on Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and while it’s easy to appreciate a day that celebrates the importance of environmental protection, it’s not as easy to figure out what actions you can take on Earth Day to show your support for the movement.



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Morocco Ready for Another Solar Project to Curb...

Morocco plans to build plants to produce another 800 MW of solar power, just months after attracting bids for its Midelt project as the North African country moves to curb energy imports.



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The UK Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal...

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables. The latest example of how one of the dirtiest fossil fuels is being squeezed out of the market came this week in Britain.



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Why Adaptation Is the New Reality for Offshore...

Everything about the wind energy business is getting bigger. For example, current turbines averaging 4.1 MW with a hub height of 90 meters will soon be replaced by 11-MW giants with hubs 125 meters off sea level and blades spanning 190 meters. Their blade tips will cut the air at well over twice the height of the London Eye.



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SunPower to Buy SolarWorld Americas

SunPower Corp.’s new strategy: If you can’t beat them in the tariff game, buy them. The panel maker, which spent more than a year fighting U.S. import tariffs, announced Wednesday it was buying a rival that was instrumental in pushing for them.



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Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a...

Blockchain has been in the news a lot lately. Much of the noise is a result of the soaring valuation of the digital currencies it supports like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, digital currencies are just one application for blockchain technology. 



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Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid Charger Goes...

In what London-based OVO Energy is calling a world first, owners of Nissan electric vehicles now will have access to a commercially available domestic vehicle-to-grid charger.



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$24M Dedicated to Reducing Cost of Concentrated...

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030.



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Alberta May Soon Have Property Assessed Clean...

A bill was introduced last week in Alberta, Canada, that could give municipalities in the province the option to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.



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New Jersey Gets 40 MWh of New Utility-Scale...

Two new 20-MW/20-MWh stand-alone utility-scale energy storage installations are set to come online in New Jersey this year.



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US$88 million in funds awarded to rehabilitate...

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Climate Fund are providing a US$88 million financing package to complete rehabilitation of the 126-MW Qairokkum hydro plant.



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Power production begins at Pakistan's 969-MW...

Power generation has begun at Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum as the hydropower plant's first turbine unit is now undergoing trial runs.



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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists...

Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.

 



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Commercial Rooftop Agreement Takes Finland’s...

Finnish energy company Fortum today said that it won a bid to build a network of commercial rooftop solar systems that will boost Finland’s total solar power capacity from 35 MW to 45 MW.



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Inside Renewable Energy: Being Cyber Secure —...

In this second episode of our cybersecurity series, Brian Wrozek with Optiv Security discusses realistic cybersecurity concerns for renewable energy system owners as they look at a future that includes an ever-increasing digital backbone for their operations.



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Green Investments Needed to Help Africa...

About 800 delegates from 59 countries gathered at Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, Kenya, last week to discuss challenges and responses to climate change for inclusion in the international climate negotiation process.



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Graphene Could Be Next Battery Breakthrough

Remember graphene? The advanced material — made up of a lattice of carbon atoms — may be poised for a comeback, albeit a quiet one, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Julia Attwood said in a presentation at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit on Tuesday. 



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Pro-Solar Legislative Actions: Progress in New...

Legislation that would support solar energy deployments met with success in New Jersey this week following a blow for other pro-solar legislation that was making headway in South Carolina.



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Legislators Send Bill to NJ Governor to Revive...

New Jersey legislators yesterday approved a bill that would allow the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to consider an amended application for the 24-MW Fishermen’s Energy offshore wind project.



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Lease Sale Proposed for Two Massachusetts...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke last week announced the proposed lease sale for two new areas off the coast of Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.



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Geothermal Resource Assessments Get Support for...

A group of global organizations have come together to standardize the way resource assessments are conducted, reviewed and reported to help identify the real value of geothermal prospects.



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Duke University Takes a Closer Look at Biogas...

Duke University last week said it will delay indefinitely plans to build a combined heat and power plant and focus on displacing natural gas used on campus with biogas from pig farms in North Carolina.



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Wireless Charging Seen as a Game Changer for EV...

Wireless electric vehicle charging may soon be changing the shape of the growing EV charging infrastructure.



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Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days

Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put. 



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Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs

After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year.



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Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private...

Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay powered.



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Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent...

The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent emission-free energy.



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Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with...

According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9 the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine – an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters from base to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye. The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

 



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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the...

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it.



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Wind Plus Storage for Smart Farming Moves Ahead...

Clean energy developer Neoen Australia has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support development of a wind power plus energy storage facility that will power a smart crop farm in Western Victoria, Australia.



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Notes from the Solar Underground: Marketing...

Price, place, product, promotion — the four Ps of marketing are drummed into every marketing and business school student as the basics of market strategy. True…but everything is relative and as the energy industry remains subsidized, mandated and subject to government manipulation, it can be difficult to get the four Ps to work in concert with each other.



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Montana utility commissions energy recovery...

A newly-commissioned hydropower project is allowing Montana-Dakota Utilities to reclaim energy it would have otherwise lost.



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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential...

Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh.



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Which Energy Products Are Capturing the...

A majority of people in the U.S. who are shopping for solar are also thinking about energy storage products and services, according to a new report from online solar marketplace EnergySage.



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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must...

California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks becoming a follower and falling short. To achieve the state’s long-term deep greenhouse gas reduction goals and to continue setting the strong example the rest of the world needs, California must set a clear target to end fossil fuel dependence and transition to 100 percent renewable, non-polluting sources for all energy uses by mid-century.



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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just...

A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred.



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3@3 on Solar PV: Refuting the Anti-Solar...

Today we focus on one topic that has a lot of spokes. And it’s this: refuting the claim that when people go solar, everyone else’s bills increase. We’ll take three of the age-old arguments about how residential solar increases rates for non-solar customers and explain why those arguments do not hold water.

 



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Concentrated Solar Thermal Projects See Forward...

Two concentrated solar thermal power projects located in Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made progress toward commercial operation in recent weeks.



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Leveraging Energy Efficiency Tools to Plan...

As utilities transition to cleaner energy sources and plan for increasing numbers of electric vehicles and rooftop solar panels, their need to know their customers better, engage with them more effectively and entice them to sign up for demand side management (DSM) programs is greater than ever.



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24-MW New Jersey Offshore Wind Farm May Be...

EDF Renewable Energy yesterday said that it is moving forward with a plan that will enable the company to bring online a 24-MW offshore wind farm in New Jersey waters by 2020.



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China's GCL, SoftBank Plan $930 Million Solar...

A Chinese energy conglomerate and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a $930 million agreement to produce and sell solar equipment in India, a country that is trying to bolster local manufacturing and curb reliance on clean energy imports.



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Los Angeles Takes Top Spot for Solar Among US...

Los Angeles is celebrating after taking back its position as the U.S. city with the most installed solar PV capacity. In a report released yesterday, Environment America said that first-place Los Angeles had 349.3 MW-DC of solar PV installed by the end of 2017, followed by San Diego with 287.2 MW-DC, and Honolulu with 287.2 MW-DC. Los Angeles held the No. 1 spot from 2013-2015 and was overtaken by San Diego in 2016.

 



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Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

Solar investments eclipsed all other forms of electricity generation in 2017 as China’s green boom accelerated. Investors worldwide plowed a record $161 billion into solar energy last year, more than half the investment in all renewables apart from large hydroelectric projects, according to a report jointly published by the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Total investment in renewables rose 2 percent to $280 billion.



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Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia hold summit on...

A two-day summit currently under way between Ethiopia, Egypt and host country Sudan is intended to foster more collaboration between the African countries as work on the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam continues.



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First Floating US Wind Farm May Be Built Off...

A project off Northern California’s coast is vying to become America’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm.



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South African Renewable Energy Sector Enjoys...

The South African government today signed power purchase agreements for renewable energy projects that have been delayed for years.



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Inside Renewable Energy: Toward a Cyber Secure...

In this first episode of our cybersecurity series, Joe Sullivan with FMC GlobalSat discusses the communications backbone of renewable energy IoT and how companies can secure their data in the future.



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Where Do EVs Fit in the Urban Energy Outlook?

As the world’s biggest cities work to understand how their infrastructure can help them build clean and sustainable economies, a group of companies is helping in the effort with a study of what they’re calling vehicle-to-everything (V2X) charging.



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Russian Tycoon Chases Next-Gen EV, Grid-Scale...

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants.



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China’s Wind Power Industry Expected to Rebound

China’s demand for wind turbines slowed down in 2017, partly due to lower subsidies. With the nation’s clean and low-carbon energy strategy settling into place, prospects for the wind power industry look better for 2018.



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Austrian Developer of Solar + Storage “Smart...

Late in 2017, the company that developed the innovative “Smart Flower,” a solar+storage product that comes to life when the sun rises, tracks the sun all day and then stores some of the energy captured for later use, announced it was going insolvent.

 



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Report: U.S. hydro can quintuple its value with...

Opportunity exists in the U.S. to increase the market value of hydro storage plants by 200% to 500%, according to a recent study by The Brattle Group.



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Siemens Teaming Up with ComEd to Manage...

ComEd’s plan to construct a microgrid in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side will create an opportunity for Siemens to work with ComEd in the testing and implementation of the software that will operate within the Siemens Microgrid Management System.



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New Biomass Plant Boosts French Guiana...

Construction has begun on a new biomass energy generation station in French Guiana, helping the South American French territory move closer to its renewable energy goals for 2023.



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Does the UK Need a Net Zero Target?

A new report released this week is calling for the UK to establish a supplemental net zero target by 2020.



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Crowdfunding Campaigns Give Nonprofits Access...

Mission of Mary is on its way to going solar thanks to RE-volv, a national nonprofit organization that is enlisting “solar ambassadors” at colleges to raise money to put solar on nonprofits, and creating a revolving seed fund to buy solar for more nonprofits in the future.



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How a First Nation Bargained to Build B.C.’s...

Plans are afoot to harness the sun’s power to build B.C.’s largest solar farm on the Upper Nicola Band's Quilchena reserve.



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Florida Will Be Home to New 400-MW Solar Module...

JinkoSolar announced last week that it plans to build a 400-MW capacity solar module manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida. NextEra Energy announced that it plans to buy a significant portion of the modules from the facility over the next four years.

 



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Saudis, SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar...

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.



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Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is...

Like many towns across Alberta, the landscape around Hinton is a pincushion of oil wells. At the bottom of some of the deeper wells, temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees Celsius, and that geothermal heat could be about to spur the town on to its next energy windfall.



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College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status...

The University of Hawai'i Maui College says it will be capable of generating 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar PV systems coupled with battery storage next year. The effort is part of a goal for the 10-campus UH system to be net-zero by 2035.



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20K Solar Kits Headed to Africa for Off-Grid...

Orange SA plans to distribute as many as 20,000 solar kits in four African countries in partnership with U.K.-based renewable-energy firm BBOXX as an increasing number of companies seek to roll out off-grid solar power on the continent.



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Operators of 10-MW Namewaminikan Waterpower...

Namewaminikan Hydro Inc. (NHI), owner of the 10-MW Namewaminikan Waterpower Project (NWP) near Thunder Bay in Geraldton, Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty on March 27 in two separate matters resulting in fines of $187,500.



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How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars

California wants 5 million emission-free cars on the road by 2030. China, with a far larger population, wants 7 million electric vehicles by 2025. California has a cap-and-trade program to limit emissions from power plants, factories and fuel suppliers. China is launching a cap-and-trade system to lower fuel consumption and cut reliance on oil imports.

 



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Installer: New Solar Projects May Soon Include...

On Tuesday March 26, Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables announced that they commissioned 12 MWh of Lockheed Martin’s GridStar lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects.

The solar-plus-storage system will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.

 



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Deepwater’s Offshore Wind Plans Could...

On Tuesday, March 27, Deepwater Wind announced that it plans to assemble the wind turbine foundations for its “Revolution Wind,” a 400-MW offshore wind farm, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Assembly activities will include welding, painting, commissioning and related work for the 1,500-ton steel foundations supporting the turbine tower.  

 



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US 2018 Budget and Climate Finance: It's Bad,...

Last year, we looked at the extreme cuts to international climate financethe Trump administration put forward in their fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. Based on Trump's announcements, one might assume that U.S. climate finance has fallen to zero.



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Lithium Sector Surge Is Poised to Ignite New Deals

The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution.



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Steel Tariffs May Hurt Growing Energy Storage...

The burgeoning battery-storage industry may become the latest to feel the sting of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.

 



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From Billions to Trillions: Pledge Calls for...

The Climate Bonds Initiative annual conference in London on March 20 provided the backdrop for the launch of a new pledge for the use of green bonds for infrastructure investment.



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Aquila Capital announces launch of fund to...

Aquila Capital is launching a new fund called Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund “to invest in energy infrastructure assets that are essential to Europe’s energy transition,” including hydro.



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ViZn Energy Lays off Employees, Ceases Operations

ViZn Energy Systems has laid off all of its 70 employees, with roughly 60 based in the Flathead Valley, and ceased operations at its facility on U.S. Highway 2 south of Columbia Falls, in what company officials are hoping is a temporary furlough while they seek investors and get their finances in order.



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Editor's Letter: Questioning Low-Priced...

Globally, the cost of renewable energy has been dropping like a stone for many years. Records are set with each and every tender. (Tenders are reverse auctions where a government requests a set amount of capacity and developers bid their best price.)



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Doosan Supports Offshore Wind Plus Storage Demo...

South Korean wind turbine manufacturer Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) last week said it has reached an agreement to support development of an offshore wind plus energy storage demonstration project in Vietnam.



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Powerpack Selected for Victoria’s First...

The government of Victoria, Australia, has chosen a Tesla Powerpack for integration with a 50-MW solar farm recently placed into commercial operation in the state.



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Tesla Pushes Energy Storage in Resolution of...

Tesla and Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP) last week reached an agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed by SolarCity before its purchase by Tesla.



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How to unlock the potential of pumped storage...

Across the U.S., state and local governments continue to set aggressive renewable energy goals. Solar and wind power are often used to help meet these new standards — whether because of favorable tax incentives or quick deployment timeframes. But as the growth of intermittent resources increases, it is clear that these resources need to be combined with a reliable backup.



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Microsoft Tops US Corporate Solar Purchases...

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said that it made the largest corporate purchase of solar in the U.S. from two projects in Virginia. According to the company, it will buy 315 MW from the Pleinmont I and II solar projects, which are part of sPower’s larger 500-MW Pleinmont project. sPower is an AES and AIMCo company.

 



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Chinese Solar Company Seeks Incentives for...

The largest publicly traded Chinese solar manufacturer is close to winning an incentive package for the first U.S. panel plant since President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on photovoltaic imports.



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How GIS Mapping Tools are Taking the Headaches...

There’s a modern-day land rush afoot in the U.S. but it’s not for ocean-front property or parcels with panoramic mountain views. This land rush involves utility-scale solar developers hunting for the ideal locations to place acres and acres of solar.



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Perovskite Research Promises More Solar Power...

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide 'healed' the defects and immobilised ion movement, which to date have limited the efficiency of cheap perovskite solar cells.



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US Southeast Is Finally Becoming a Hot Spot for...

The reason why the sunny U.S. Southeast resisted solar power for years is the same reason that explains its about-face: cost.



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Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 to feature...

Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 is scheduled for April 30 through May 2, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., and this year the event will see an industry first.



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Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics —...

Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah. 



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Blockchain + Renewables = Red Tape?

Blockchain technology, and the variety of accompanying cryptocurrencies and tokens, appears to be a 21st century gold rush, replete with miners and speculation, and opening a new virtual frontier. Like the California Gold Rush, blockchain is luring villains as well as heroes, and fraudsters as well as entrepreneurs.



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Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential...

One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future.



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How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel-...

Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond. 



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Companies Collaborate for Massive Planned US...

Leaders in the U.S. offshore wind market have teamed up with Massachusetts-based storage provider NEC Energy Solutions to accelerate energy storage in Massachusetts and ultimately, develop a 55-MW/110-MWh storage system for offshore wind.



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European Wind Turbine Manufacturers Flock to...

European wind turbine manufacturers, hungry for growth, have set their sights on Argentina’s booming renewable energy market.



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Why the Renewable Energy Industry Must Enable...

A combination of physical hardware and assets, software, products and services, and networked actors, Energy Cloud platforms sit at the confluence of highly disruptive technologies and enable new business models supporting multi-sided value exchanges.



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Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in...

Lithium could be a lifeline for oil majors as the energy industry shifts toward lower-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, said Jeff McDermott of Greentech Capital Advisors LLC.



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New Solar Finance Options Will Target 10 GW for...

A partnership between the African Development Bank and International Solar Alliance will create finance instruments for solar deployments in Africa’s Sahel region.



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Japan Funds Upgrade of Olkaria Geothermal...

The Kenyan National Treasury on Mar. 16 secured financing from Japan to upgrade the Olkaria 1 geothermal plant in Naivasha, Kenya.



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Inside Renewable Energy: The Language of...

How we talk about climate-related energy issues drives a wedge between stakeholders, but people with differing opinions do meet on some issues, and it’s possible to maximize the benefits of that common ground.



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Contractors named for Site C civil works,...

Canadian utility BC Hydro has awarded three contracts associated with the construction and supply of its 1,100-MW Site C hydroelectric plant.



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Do Electrified Villages in Developing Regions...

A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid.



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Clean Energy Issues Highlight “New Hampshire...

At a breakfast during “NH Energy Week,” Governor Sununu said that its time to take the politics out of energy. His office is set to release a long-term energy plan in the next few weeks that lays out the direction that the state should be going regarding energy.

“What we do today should be different than what we did five years ago,” he said, adding that the “old school” way of pitting renewables against cost-savings is no longer valid.

 



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The Global Leader in Pay-As-You-Go Solar Is...

M-Kopa, the Kenyan pay-per-use solar power provider, is downsizing in a bid to improve its competitiveness, ensure long-term sustainability, and increase return for investors. The Nairobi-headquartered company said it laid off more than 150 of its over 1,000 staff members as part of a company-wide restructuring that took place at the end of 2017.



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From Residential to Utility-Scale, Solar Wins...

A series of recent state-level actions have been lauded by industry advocates as positive steps for driving deployments of residential, community-scale and utility-scale solar.



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Biomass to Help Clean Up One of EU’s Most...

A newly formed business partnership is working to find a way to use biomass with legacy coal waste in a “super-fuel” blend to help clean up one of the most polluting coal countries in the European Union.



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What's the Most Important Thing California Can...

Not often is running the electric grid as simple as applying lessons from childhood. Right now it is — California is learning to share with its neighbors.



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World's Energy Giants Flock to Latin American...

Latin America’s booming clean energy market is attracting the world’s energy giants, which are driving down prices and squeezing out the little guys.

 



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Norway’s Statoil Embraces Broader Energy...

Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil yesterday said that it plans to change its name to Equinor to reflect its evolution into a “broad energy company” that will include renewables.



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World Bank approves US$375 million IDA credit...

The World Bank Group has approved a US$375 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support Ethiopia’s goal of achieving universal electricity access by 2025.



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Global Solar Installations Jumped 29 Percent in...

Global solar power saw considerable success last year, with installations increasing by about 29 percent to 98.9 GW from 76.5 GW in 2016, according to data released today by SolarPower Europe.



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Puerto Rico-Based Fortune 500 Company Banks on...

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Fairbanks Morse announced that it has delivered its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform to a Fortune 500 company in Puerto Rico. The installation provides a dual fuel combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid with approximately 10 megawatts of capacity.

 



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Efficiency Startup Gets Funding to Cut Energy...

Carbon Lighthouse, a San Francisco-based energy-efficiency company, raised $27 million to expand its engineering and marketing efforts. GRC SinoGreen Fund led the oversubscribed funding round and JCI Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and EBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Ulupono Initiative also participated, according to Carbon Lighthouse Chief Executive Officer Brenden Millstein. Other investors included Ekistic Ventures, Tom Steyer’s Radicle Impact Partners, former General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Steve Girsky and Tesla Inc. Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey B Straubel.



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Egypt Brings Online First Plant in 1.8-GW Solar...

Egypt inaugurated the first solar power plant at a remote desert complex where the government plans to generate as much as 1.8 GW from the sun, cutting the most populous Arab nation’s reliance on dirty and expensive fossil fuels.



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A Global Game Changer for Energy Efficiency...

A new underwriting and risk assessment standard could help scale up this $1 trillion global market.



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Inside Renewable Energy: Cue the Smart Storage...

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a broad set of applications, and exactly how it could be applied in the renewables sector and what changes it might bring to the grid can seem elusive. But this future-like technology is already hard at work for our power system. Stem Inc.’s Larsh Johnson explains in this episode.



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World’s First Energy Storage Fund to List in...

Gore Street Capital plans a London listing for the world’s first energy storage fund. The London-based private-equity firm is seeking to raise 100 million pounds ($139 million) from the initial public offering expected later this month on the London Stock Exchange. 



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Solar PV in China Looks Promising for 2018

China's solar PV market experienced rapid growth during the first three quarters of 2017, adding 43 GW in new PV installations, according to data released by the National Energy Administration of China. 



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Jordan Selects Finalists to Bid for 300 MW of...

Jordan selected 45 companies including France’s Total SA and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power as finalists to bid for six solar and wind energy power plants with total capacity of 300 megawatts of power.



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China’s Solar PV Module Exports Reached 37.9...

In 2017, newly installed PV capacity worldwide reached 102 GW, soaring 37 percent from a year earlier, while cumulative installed PV capacity surged 33.7 percent to 405 GW, according to statistics from the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. 



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French President Macron Makes 1 Billion-Euro...

In this minicast, France and India host the founding summit of the International Solar Alliance, and French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s total commitment to solar deployment through 2022 will reach 1 billion euros.



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Fifth Third is First Publicly-Traded Company To...

Fifth Third Bancorp announced on Friday March 9 that it signed a PPA to take the power from an 80-MW solar project in North Carolina.

The Hertford County Aulander Holloman solar facility is an approximated $200 million project that will be designed, built and owned by Mooresville, North Carolina-based SunEnergy1. It will employ approximately 1,000 people during construction, generate roughly 194,000 MWh/year of electricity and help avoid 144,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Fifth Third’s PPA is the driving force behind the project being built.

 



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3@3 on Solar PV: Steel Tariffs, Manufacturing...

Today’s topics include U.S. President Trump’s official proclamation that he is imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum and how they will affect all facets of the energy industry, including solar companies. We also touch on the now-becoming-more official JinkoSolar manufacturing plant. There is still no official announcement that they are building something that will manufacture solar modules in the U.S. however JinkoSolar is named in legislation recently filed in the state of Florida that seeks approval for city and state tax incentives. Lastly, we’ll touch on POWER-GEN 2018 and why you should get involved right now.



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POWER-GEN Needs You: Submit an Abstract Today

Have a listen to this one-minute video that explains all of the new tracks and session types we’ve added to POWER-GEN 2018 and then submit an abstract to speak at the show today. Time is running out – the final deadline is March 16, 2018.

 



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Sunrun Seeks $500 Million for Rooftop Solar Growth

Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company, is seeking about $500 million to fund more rooftop-power systems, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.



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Solar-plus-Storage Makes Tangible Difference in...

With a reported 150,000 homes and businesses in Puerto Rico still waiting for electricity since it was lost six month ago during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, small successes with solar-plus-storage installations are making a big difference in ongoing recovery efforts.



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Can This Airport Help Pave the Way for...

California is hoping that lessons learned from a new microgrid project at Humboldt County’s regional airport will help create a road map for microgrid integration in the state.



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Opening the Electricity Market to Competition a...

The price of electricity has been regulated for so long that price regulation is widely considered proper and necessary. The reality is that rate regulation was needed only to enable utilities to raise investment capital for building large central power plants and transmission lines. 



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International Solar Alliance Organizing...

A global coalition aimed at supporting the use of solar power is expected to announce a slew of projects worth about $700 million during its inaugural conference this weekend in New Delhi, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

The International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015, plans to unveil 20 projects in as many countries during the event on March 11, said the officials, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public yet. The event will be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the countries behind the ISA’s creation, as well as four prime ministers, 19 presidents and 17 ministers, the people said.

The ISA aims to organize $1 trillion in low-cost financing for solar energy projects by 2030 in sunlight-rich but power-poor countries located around the equator. At least 26 nations, including Australia, Bangladesh and Peru, have ratified its framework agreement, according to the event’s website.

Nine multilateral development banks, including the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, will also attend the conference and are in talks to support the ISA, the people said.

The coalition seeks to support programs including solar power for agriculture use, affordable financing, mini grids, rooftop installations and electric vehicle and storage initiatives, according to a statement from the Indian government in December when the ISA became a treaty-based, inter-governmental organization.

Lead image: Solar on Ascension Island. Credit: Pixabay. 



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India Has a New Secret Weapon for its 100-GW...

Rakshith Kunder is adding more solar panels to the roofs of his warehouses. He isn’t seeking to save the planet, it’s pure economics.



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Could Solar Cells Produce Energy from the Rain?

Researchers from across several organizations have come together to find a simple way for solar plants to harness the power of both the sun and rain.



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National Hydropower Association launches...

The National Hydropower Association has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing Congressional awareness of and support for America's hydro sector, with the passage of modernized licensing processes being the ultimate goal.



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Sweetheart Deal for Hydro Gets Cold Shoulder...

Abandoned on an iceberg and shoved off to sea, the Juneau Hydropower project at Sweetheart Lake was given a cold shoulder by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Feb. 9.



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A Key to the Future: Utilities’ Vital Role in...

Utilities are a natural partner for the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry. Why? Because utilities have a broad consumer base and infrastructure, and need to both build load (sales) and levelize that demand to make the most efficient use of their electrical generation capacity throughout the year.  GHPs are a technology that fills that niche.



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Australians Put About 1 GW of Solar on Their...

Australian homeowners and businesses installed 1.1 GW of solar PV last year, mostly for rooftop solar, according to the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data released yesterday.



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Wind and Solar Industries Weigh in on Proposed...

About a week ago, U.S. President Trump released news that he was planning to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum under a rarely used trade law called Section 232, which allows a U.S. President to impose tariffs on imported goods that threaten national security.

 



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GE Brings New Grid-Scale Energy Storage...

GE today launched its new grid-scale Reservoir energy storage platform. GE said that it has a 20-MW/80-MWh pre-launch commitment for the 1.2-MW/4-MWh Reservoir unit.



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What Is Driving Cooperatives to Deploy Energy...

The use of batteries to reduce peak demand charges may be one of the most clearly defined business cases for battery energy storage among electric distribution cooperatives in the U.S., according to a report released yesterday by cooperative bank CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division.



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Nissan Wants Free Power for All EVs

Nissan today said it is expanding its collaboration with German utility E.ON in Europe to advance its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology so EV drivers can charge their cars for free.



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Wave Energy Scotland awards US$3.5 million for...

Wave Energy Scotland (WES), a subsidiary of Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE), has awarded about US$3.5 million to a magnetic gear project being led by Aberdeenshire, Scotland-based Ecosse Subsea Systems (Ecosse).



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Renewable Revolution Through High Voltage...

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission is key to expediting clean, efficient power for our everyday electricity needs.



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Utilities Plot Their Digital Future

In December, 20 months into the top job at Germany’s Innogy AG, Peter Terium unveiled a 3 billion-euro plan to transform the utility into a provider of electric car technology, digital networks, and offshore wind farms. His goal, he said, was to become “a trailblazer of change. We do not wait to see what happens. We set trends.” Terium didn’t need to wait long to see what happened. A week later, he was out of a job. 



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Alaska Freezes Out Wind Energy

The two largest private wind energy projects in Alaska were froze out in February, stalled through decisions made by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Proponents say the impact is more than loss of green jobs and clean air; in the case of the Delta Wind Farm (DWF), it is threatening residents’ lives.



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Fuel Efficiency the Focus of Biomass Plant...

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in Denmark to mark the start of a biomass plant conversion project that will make the facility more fuel efficient.



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Utility-Scale Microgrid Cluster Approved for...

Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by Exelon Corp. subsidiary Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) to build one of the first utility-scale microgrid clusters in the U.S. in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.



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Tax Reform in Iowa Puts Solar Tax Credit in...

A tax credit that’s helped motivate many fiscally conscious Iowa farmers to install solar panels would see an early demise under a sweeping tax reform bill that cleared a major legislative hurdle last week.



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Solar, Hydro Part of New Private Equity...

Denham Capital Management LP, a London-based private equity firm, plans to channel at least $250 million into energy projects in Africa.



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4 Ways Big Cities Can Achieve 70 Percent...

In this minicast, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group recommends 4 ways cities can navigate the path to a highly electrified, renewables-powered future.



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Why High-Efficiency Solar is Perfect for New...

Steve Rorem lives in Gardner, Massachusetts and heats his house with a heat pump. While a very efficient technology, heat pumps are electricity hogs. That’s why when Rorem started investigating solar and learned how much savings he could realize on his high electric bill, the decision to go solar was an easy one to make.

 



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New Jersey Moves on 1.1-GW Offshore Wind...

Following on an executive order issued by Gov. Phil Murphy in late January, New Jersey regulators this week approved an order to begin moving the state toward an initial solicitation of 1.1 GW of offshore wind energy.



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Coal Stacks Felled to Make Way for Solar in...

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) this week said it demolished the smoke stacks of the former coal-fired generating station in Nanticoke, Ontario, to make way for the Nanticoke solar project.

 



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ICO Launches for Cryptomining Fueled by...

A cryptomining firm this week launched an initial coin offering (ICO) that will support mining operations it says will run exclusively on geothermal, wind and hydropower resources.



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Could a 12-MW Wind Turbine Save GE?

It’s no secret that GE has been struggling lately. The stock price has plunged and rumors abound that the company might be broken into different segments.

If that’s true then at least one segment, renewables, is garnering a lot attention. On March 1, 2018, the company announced it would be making a $400 million investment in offshore wind, specifically to build a 12-MW turbine, the largest the world has ever seen.

 



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A Pathway to Zero Energy Schools

Spring break is almost upon us and students are getting ready for some time away from reading, writing, and mid-terms. While students are hoping to return to high-scores, others may be returning to low scores – even zero. Zero energy buildings, that is.



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Microsoft Taps Singapore Rooftops to Power...

Microsoft Corp. today said it will buy the output of a 60-MWp portfolio of rooftop solar installations in Singapore to power its datacenters.



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Another US Solar Company Seeks Exemption From...

Enphase Energy Inc. doesn’t make solar panels, but it’s still seeking an exemption from tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump.



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GE Makes Way for 12-MW Haliade-X for Offshore Wind

GE Renewable Energy yesterday said that it will invest about $400 million through 2021 for development and deployment of the 12-MW Haliade-X, direct-drive offshore wind turbine.



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Jamaican Utility Invests in Flywheel-Battery...

Jamaica Public Service Ltd yesterday said that it is investing US$21.6 million in a hybrid energy storage solution to support grid stability.



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Modernization work completed at 424-MW...

Major modernization and rehabilitation work begun in 2010 is complete at the 424-MW Mingachevir hydroelectric station located just north of Mingachevir in Azerbaijan.



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How Should EV Owners Be Rewarded for Supporting...

A group of organizations with funding from the U.K. government will work to understand how best to reward drivers who use their electric car batteries to support the U.K.’s power grid.



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Why a Misuse of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962...

In April 2017, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, began an investigation into steel and aluminum imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion act of 1962. Ross made a variety of tariff recommendations to Mr. Trump including 24 percent tariffs on steel imports from all countries, 53 percent tariffs on steel imports from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam or cuts in imports of 37 percent from all countries.



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The Energy Efficiency Olympics – Who’s...

Consumers who monitor energy use quantitatively and seek out new approaches and solutions can reduce energy spend reliably. And with the data generated by smart meters, many utilities today are using advanced customer intelligence to help their customers become smarter and more energy efficient.

This got us thinking – if energy efficiency were an Olympic sport, which buildings would end up on the podium?

 



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Solar-plus-Storage Helps Kauai Beat Diesel...

A new solar-plus-storage project in Kauai, Hawaii, will provide power at 11 cents per kWh and help the island’s utility avoid the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually.



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These Four Power Giants Rule the World's...

Four power giants, led by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, dominate the world’s wind turbine market, making up 54 percent of sales in 2017.



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How Mastercard Is Powering Solar Payments in...

Mastercard continues to expand its digital payments capabilities far beyond the credit card. At Mobile World Congress, the company announced that its Masterpass Quick Response (QR) technology will underpin pay-as-you-go plans for solar panels in East Africa. The credit card processing and payments giant is partnering with Kenyan solar energy company M-KOPA, which supplies power to 3 million people.



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Billions Still Being Funneled into Carbon-Based...

In this minicast, new reports show that the world’s biggest banks are still investing billions in fossil-fuel technologies and U.S. energy firms are aggressively funding climate-denier policy.



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New York Readies Environmental Impact Statement...

New York is preparing an environmental baseline that it will use to support the state’s offshore wind plans. The New York Department of Public Service approved the release of a draft generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) for public comment, according to a webcast of a Feb. 22 commission meeting.



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Are There New Tariff Shocks Coming Soon for Solar?

As the solar industry works to adjust to solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells, the industry must now consider other possible new tariffs that could affect solar’s supply side.



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Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of...

Businesses are asking how much attention they should be paying to blockchain now and what the opportunities are for this crypto-technology in the future. In this podcast episode, Dan Wellers, Global Lead for Digital Futures for SAP, ventures into the coming possibilities of blockchain for renewables and the entire energy value chain.



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3@3 on Solar PV: Unintended Consequences That...

Today’s topics include why Indian villagers would take hammers to a large-scale solar array; what happens when developers cut corners in order to install solar at the lowest price possible and what are the unintended consequences of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 which is currently being considered as a reason to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States.

 



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Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace...

The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop or roll out offerings.



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Sonnen Turns to South Australia for Solar...

Leading global battery and solar energy company Sonnen will move its Australian headquarters from Sydney to Adelaide where it will also establish a manufacturing hub.



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24 UK Solar Plants Fetch $267 Million in Asset...

Canadian Solar Inc. today said that it has sold a 142-MWp solar portfolio in the U.K. to London-based asset manager Greencoat Capital LLP in an asset sale worth about US$267.7 million.



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PG&E Meets California's 2020 Renewable Energy...

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has reached California’s 2020 renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule, and now delivers nearly 80 percent of its electricity from greenhouse-gas free resources.



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Europe Can Double Renewable Energy Share by...

The European Union can boost the share of renewables to 34 percent of its energy mix by 2030, triggering hundreds of billions euros in investment and accelerating reduction of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.



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Alberta Leads the Pack With Cheap Wind Power;...

When the winning bids for Alberta’s renewable power auction were announced in December, jaws dropped. The winning projects were approved at a record-breaking low price of C3.7 cents per kilowatt hour — the lowest price for electricity anywhere in Canada.



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Icelandic hydro project assessed using...

The 690-MW Karahnjukar hydroelectric project, in Fljotsdalur Valley of eastern Iceland has achieved “best practice scores” in several categories of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP), according to the International Hydropower Association.



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Homeowners Get New Tesla Batteries in Utility...

Nova Scotia Power has installed Tesla Powerwall batteries at 10 of its customers’ homes in a trial that the utility says will help it meet a 40 percent renewables by 2020 goal.



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How to Make Corporate Sustainability a Priority

The attitude towards corporate sustainability is shifting. What once started as “greenwashing” annual reports, is increasingly framing and shaping operating models, business processes, and even core products — sometimes driving the enterprise to new markets with unexplored opportunities.



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Australian Renewable Giant Snowy Hydro Mulls...

Snowy Hydro Ltd., Australia’s largest hydropower producer, is considering raising as much as A$2 billion ($1.6 billion) by the end of 2018 for a project expansion, which will boost its 4,100 megawatt capacity by as much as 50 percent.



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The Future of Power-to-Gas Couldn’t Be Brighter

The objective of PtG technology is to enable the balance of supply and demand for power in electricity networks with renewable energy. Importantly, as the use of renewable energy continues to grow there will be an ever-increasing need to support ramping and smoothing of renewables and to enable storage of the over-production via transfer of PtG on an as-needed basis.



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France looking to become major player in global...

France is hoping to send a message about its potential role in the world's hydropower sector with the announcement of preliminary studies that will ultimately lead to the launch of tidal energy tenders.



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Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid for...

Classrooms at the SU Matrullas school in Orocovis are now entirely powered by solar panels and battery storage systems supplied by Sonnen GmbH and local developer Pura Energia. 



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Nissan Sees 2025 As Turning Point for Electric...

“We think that 2025 will be the turning point where the cost of an EV [electric vehicle] car, the same EV and internal combustion engine, will be the same,” he told the Financial Times. “That will be a turning point for the customer.” Nissan, through its global alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, is the world’s largest electric car producer, selling more than 500,000 since launching the first battery Leaf car in 2010.



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