Solar Energy

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:34:00 UTC

Imposing Solar Tariffs May Cost US Taxpayers $1.23 Billion

Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $1.23 billion.


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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:05:00 UTC

10 US Electricity Service Providers Take Next Step Toward RTO Membership

A coalition of 10 electricity service providers serving the U.S. Rocky Mountain region said they will begin negotiations for membership in the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:23:00 UTC

India Solar — Unboxing Valuation

Some really interesting developments are taking place in the Indian solar space. Module prices are hardening and there is talk of Discoms reneging on previous high tariff power purchase agreements (PPA) in light of declining tariffs, while developers are reportedly seeking to exit low tariff commitments in light of rising module prices. It’s all happening there! 

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:14:00 UTC

Former US Defense Energy Professionals Urge ITC to Consider Energy Security in Solar Trade Case

In a letter today to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, a group of veterans and former defense energy professionals urged the ITC to consider carefully U.S. Department of Defense energy security and resiliency efforts before making a decision this week in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:56:00 UTC

Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 UTC

International Trade Commissioners Find Injury in Section 201 Solar Trade Case in 4-0 Vote

On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission ruled that injury has been caused to Suniva and SolarWorld by solar module imports from oversees in the historic section 201 trade case. Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition expains what happens next.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:17:35 UTC

Astonishing time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells set

Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency. … read more
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:29:00 UTC

Listen Up: Roof Attachment Products for Solar — Key Considerations

With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:39:00 UTC

New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:16:00 UTC

Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $20M to Climate-focused Organizations

On Tuesday, September 19 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues. 

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:01:00 UTC

Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology

Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:10:00 UTC

A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:32:00 UTC

Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend

There are few original ideas for new technologies, products and/or services. Most of what is termed new is a mutation of an idea, which itself is a mutation of an idea all the way back to the original discovery or light bulb moment. Basically, there is not much that is new, or, put another way, that deserves to be called new. 

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:14:00 UTC

Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans

When a group of clean energy enthusiasts wanted to find better options for people to install clean energy solutions in their homes, buy electric vehicles and invest in clean energy, they thought about starting a green bank, but Blake Jones of Colorado-based Namaste Solar says they decided to start a credit union instead.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:44:00 UTC

Quality Assurance Underpins Investment Confidence in Global PV Market

Latin America developing a strong quality infrastructure for Solar PV… read more
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