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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:45

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 Avoided-Cost Tariff

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:53

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 Confidence Rises

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:28

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

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:53

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 Energy Imports

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:41

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 for the First Time

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:25

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 Wind Energy Logistics

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:32

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

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:37

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 Threat or an Opportunity

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:26

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 Commercial for Nissan EV Drivers

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:18

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 Solar Thermal Technology

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:42

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 Energy Financing

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:42

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 Energy Storage

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:51

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 126-MW Qairokkum hydro plant in Tajikistan

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:41

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 Neelum Jhelum

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:08

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 in the World?

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:30

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 Solar Up a Notch

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:10

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 — The Risk to Renewables from Nuisance Attacks

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:24

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 'Leapfrog' to Clean-Tech

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:06

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

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:31

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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