» PV Plant Repowering, the Utility 50-Year Systems Model
28/04/17 18:38 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 year...
» Notes from the Solar Underground: US Solar’s Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
28/04/17 18:06 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Biggest US Companies Setting More Renewable Energy Targets
28/04/17 17:41 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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).
» ENGIE Co-locates Energy Storage with Solar-Wind Hybrid Plant in Brazil
28/04/17 17:28 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Denmark to End All Renewable Energy Subsidies
27/04/17 14:58 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Researchers Outline Pathway to 10 Terawatts of Solar PV by 2030
27/04/17 14:21 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Current projections for solar PV deployment in the coming years have significantly underestimate the solar market’s potential, researchers say.
» ‘Look, Ma, No Fuel!’ … Fire-free Cooking with Solar
27/04/17 13:05 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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, kerosen...
» Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems track the sun through the day
26/04/17 23:00 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 ...
» Secretary Perry’s Going to Like What He Finds Looking at Wind Power and Grid Resilience
26/04/17 16:32 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 th...
» SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with Drones to Global Solar Market
26/04/17 13:25 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
San JosÃ©-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.
» ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project
26/04/17 12:23 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive Solar Stations
25/04/17 13:35 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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).
» Tax Uncertainty Disrupting Solar Deals
25/04/17 12:30 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Silicon Valley Power to Fuel Theme Park with Renewable Energy
24/04/17 18:02 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Where, and When, Will California Get Offshore Wind?
24/04/17 12:53 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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. ...
» UK Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s
24/04/17 11:15 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase 1.8-GW Portfolio of US Solar Projects
24/04/17 10:52 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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...
» NRG Completes Solar Farm for Cisco's California Headquarters
24/04/17 10:14 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Solar Plant Will Charge Energy Storage Battery for Arizona Utility
21/04/17 22:19 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Is the Suniva Bankruptcy a Canary in the Coal Mine for Solar?
21/04/17 16:33 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 wo...
» Macquarie to Boost UK Green Bank After $3BN Purchase
21/04/17 11:18 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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).
» Apple Explores Dual Land Use Solar Siting in Celebration of Earth Day
20/04/17 18:40 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Apple is highlighting the value of dual land use solar siting in a new video it released today in celebration of Earth Day 2017.
» Interconnection Issues Could Block Future Energy Storage Progress in US, Report Says
20/04/17 16:27 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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, acc...
» Three Key Points Emerge from BOEM Offshore Wind Listening Session
20/04/17 14:48 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 area...
» National Lab Recaptures Record for Solar Hydrogen Production
20/04/17 12:34 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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-splittin...
» Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Ending Wind Tax Credit in July
20/04/17 12:14 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Washington State Pioneers New Model for Utility-Scale Renewable Energy
19/04/17 17:39 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Solar Refinancing: When Asset Management Steals the Show
19/04/17 17:19 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 opti...
» The Paris Climate Agreement—Should We Stay or Should We Go?
19/04/17 13:02 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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, studie...
» New Online Tool Speeds Development of Energy Storage Systems
19/04/17 11:35 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Energy storage and solar+storage developers now have an online tool to help them pick the right systems for their commercial and industrial projects.
» Maryland’s Energy Storage Tax Credit: Gaining Momentum Across America?
19/04/17 11:02 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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...
» Renewables Developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan: Market Update and Perspectives
19/04/17 10:27 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 th...
» Trump’s Plan for Clean Energy Will Damage Economy, National Security
18/04/17 18:01 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Solar Module Manufacturer Suniva Files for Bankruptcy
18/04/17 17:33 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community Solar Together
18/04/17 15:00 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Offshore Wind Farms Offer Subsidy-Free Power for First Time
18/04/17 14:40 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Walmart Secures 40 MWh of Energy Storage for Southern California Stores
17/04/17 18:46 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 ...
» 3@3 on Solar PV: Leases, Yieldcos and Microgrids
17/04/17 17:49 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 o...
» Massachusetts Readies for First Offshore Wind Procurement in June
17/04/17 14:41 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Massachusetts is drawing closer to its first solicitation for wind energy in state waters, with a call for bids due in June. The first solicitation of the 1,600 MW mandated in state legislation could be anywhere from 200 MW to 800 MW, ac...
» Electric Grid Study Ordered by US Energy Chief to Boost Baseload Resources
17/04/17 13:32 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 st...
» Saudis Seek 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge
17/04/17 13:12 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» Listen Up: How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?
17/04/17 12:17 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» What Will Remain of the Climate Challenge Conference? Part Two
13/04/17 17:45 from Wind Power News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 les...
» Clean Energy and the Environment: Part Two — Victor or Victim of a Most Uncivil War?
13/04/17 17:13 from Solar Tech News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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.
» EPA Seeks Public Comments on Environmental Regulation Reform
13/04/17 15:06 from Solar Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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 exe...