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                2018 Solar Wishes18 Solar Wishes for the Holidays

Dec. 18, 2017

1) Preserve and extend ITC

2) Minimal tariffs/quotas on cell & module imports

3) Blockchain Investment & development of additional use cases

4) More Solar-Inspired Art & Architecture

6) Increased Solar + Storage Deployment

7) Less Solar Degradation from aging)

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Of Interest

  • Al Gore Explains Renewable Energy Climate 101: What is Renewable Energy?

    Renewable energy is energy generated from ongoing natural processes like wind or sunlight that are not depleted when used. Unlike fossil fuels, these types of energy are theoretically unlimited. In contrast, fossil fuels like oil and gas are finite resources formed in the earth over hundreds of millions of years from the remains of plants and animals.

    Importantly, and unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy is clean and doesn’t release carbon pollution into the atmosphere (which drives climate change). Burning fossil fuels does.

    Click now read the PDF from The Climate Reality Project.

  • What Smart Grids Can Do for You Could the Next Disaster
    in Puerto Rico Be Prevented?

    Mar. 20, 2018 -Months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still struggling to become fully energized. A number of grassroots efforts think solar energy can speed the recovery and prevent a total blackout when the next storm hits.

    Click to learn more from PBS News. A video is included.

  • How Would You Like That Car Printed? Your Next Car Could Be A 3D-Printed Electric Car

    Mar. 24, 2018 -With all the talk of hyper-performance electric vehicles (EV) and other ‘unobtainium’ cars, we’re happy to report a refreshing story that should appease those unhappy with electric vehicle (EV) affordability. How about a 3D-printed EV for $7,500? And the best part is that you won’t have to wait for it very long.

    Click to read more from Clean Technica.

  • Environmental News Network Just What We All Need
    to Know About the Environment

    They offer subjects like How To, Activism,
    Animal Kingdom, Climate and much more.

    Click to read more from Environment News Network.

  • Green Jobs - They’re Booming Career Pathways and Possibilities in Renewable Energy

    Feb. 27, 2018 -Are you passionate about green energy and protecting our planet? Are you looking for a career you can be proud of that offers possibilities we aren’t even aware of yet? Look no further than the renewable energy industry.

    You could be working in wind or solar power in no time with the right education and tools to get you set on this exciting path. Here are some of the best degrees to pursue and the career choices that may come your way.

    Click now for the good news
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Can Get Even Cheaper Researchers Discover a Break-through
    to Create Low-cost Solar Cells

    Jan. 21, 2018 - A team of talented scientists from Stanford University situated in Stanford, in Silicon Valley, 20 miles (approximately 30 Km) out of San Jose, California, USA have successfully displayed the usage of nanotechnology. The method to manufacture crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells which are being claimed to be more efficient at capturing solar energy.

    Click now for the story.

  • Hydrogen & Solar: Together At Last Like Two Lost Souls, Hydrogen and
    Concentrating Solar Power Find Each Other

    Jan. 2, 2018 - Not too long ago, the mention of hydrogen, or concentrating solar power, or both at the same time, would be met by a roll of the eye from alternative energy insiders. Hydrogen is an abundant and clean-burning fuel, but the primary source of hydrogen is natural gas. Concentrating solar power has a built-in energy storage element, but it is more complicated and expensive than other solar technologies. Et cetera, et cetera, and so on and so forth.

    Click now for the story
    from Clean Technica.

  • Renewable Energy Trends for 2018 Four Renewable Energy
    Trends to Follow in 2018

    Dec. 27, 2017 - Much of what will trend in 2018 in the renewables and broader energy space will be founded in the advancement of the digital grid, but there are other important trends to keep an eye on where sustainable energy is concerned..

    Click now for the four
    trends to follow in the New Year.

  • Solar Women Eight Great Women in the
    Business and Science of Solar

    Dec. 15, 2017 - It is easier to believe in the future of solar today than it was decades ago. This article honors eight of the women who believed and persevered and pioneered the PV industry of today and without who it might be a very different industry indeed.

    Each woman has in her own way championed the cause of climate change as well as the cause of the solar industry and has worked tirelessly educating, conducting research and deploying solar technologies to ensure the future of the industry.

    Click for the complete
    Renewable Energy World article.

  • Solar PV Spray OnsWe Soon Be Able to Spray On Solar PV

    Apr. 11, 2017 - Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building.

    Well, solar technology companies are working on a way to literally spray on solar cells to any convenient surface, which will harness power from the sun and eliminate dependence on wasteful energy. To boot, this futuristic option may be more affordable than the solar panels being created in Silicon Valley today.

  • How Concentrated Solar WorksConcentrated Solar and How it
    Works to Bring 24/7 Power

    Watch this short video, and learn how concentrated solar power works to bring the energy of the sun, even when it is no longer shining.

The Experts

• Biomass BigWigs • Geothermal Gurus
• Hydro Hawks
• Solar Smarties
• Wind Wonks • Tidal Toters

Renewable Energy (AKA Alternative Energy) existed long before any living thing on Planet Earth. Call it a gift from nature (and we should never look a gift-horse in the mouth), these free energy sources come in many flavors and are ours to use. Thanks to the skyrocketing cost of fossil (carbon-based) fuels, both in economic and human terms, Renewable Energy's time has truly come. Where can we get 400 trillion watts of power, every second of every day? Why the sun, of course. Myth Vs. Reality
 

Of Interest

  • Solar Bike Paths in Dutch Dutch Solar Bike Path
    SolaRoad Successful & Expanding

    March 12, 2017 - The Netherlands is covered with bike paths, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport.

    In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called SolaRoad is endeavoring to make those cycle lanes reduce carbon emissions in yet another way: by having them to generate solar electricity.

    Click now to get up to speed.

  • N.American 100% R.E. ProjectsRenewable Energy for the New World

    View a chart showing all of the reported projects in North and Central America that have 100% renewable energy goals, including some you would not have expected.

  • The Highway or the Wattway!First Wattway Solar Road Pilot In
    U.S. Pops Up In Rural Georgia

    Feb. 7, 2017 - The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama.

  • Take the Fossil Fuel BypassFossil Fuels Bypass is Not Science Fiction

    Feb. 14, 2017 - Here is a vision of the future in a warming world without fossil fuels.

    No switching on the air conditioning because your roof re-radiates the sun’s heat back into space.

    You don’t have to worry that the current from solar energy will turn off at night, because the same sunlight that powered the refrigerator has also turned two greenhouse gases into hydrocarbon fuel that serves as battery back-up.

  • Net-zero Solar Farmhouse Net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltic

    The new Solar Farmhouse contains everything the quintessential home possesses -- the quaint front porch, the white wood siding, the gabled roof, and the simple lines -- updated with a slew of net-zero features, including a passive solar design, air-tight building envelope, and open plan.

    Click now to learn more
    and to view a slideshow.

  • Finding Alternative Fuel Fill-ups Finding Fueling Stations for Electric Vehicles

    Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States. Enter a state to see a station count or see stations data by state.

    Click for the web page

  • Supertree-Sprouting Gardens Singapore's Supertree-Sprouting Gardens

    Gardens by the Bay will be Singapore's largest garden project and is central to their continued development of Marina Bay.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Solar Tax Incentives SOLAR TAX INCENTIVES:

    There are various incentives being offered. The article explains it in detail.

    Click now to learn how
    to take advantage of them.

  • Breakthrough Energy Coalition Breakthrough Energy Coalition Explained

    The world needs widely available reliable, affordable, carbon-free energy. New tools are needed to power the world.

    Bill Gates, George Soros and others are behind this.

    Click now for more.

  • Storage Advance New Foam Batteries Promise
    Fast Charging, Higher Capacity

    Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, batteries made of porous materials could soon transform energy storage.

    Click now to get charged up.

  • Clean Energy Trends Slideshow Top 10 Clean Energy Trends
    Drive the Clean Energy Revolution

    The world’s energy systems, markets, and values are rapidly changing in response to climate disruption — and those mitigation efforts may be starting to move the needle.

    Click now to view the slideshow.

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2018

January-April

  • Tram:Hydrogen’s Got the Power Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed In China

    Apr. 9, 2017 -In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers.

    Click now for more and to see a beautiful photo.

  • Sunshine States Gets a Solar Factory Florida Will Be Home to
    New 400-MW Solar Module Factory

    Apr. 2, 2018 -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.

    The supply deal was announced by Jinko earlier this year but the counterparty had not been named.

    According to a press release, Jinko will supply NextEra Energy with up to 2,750 MW of high-efficiency solar modules – roughly 7 million solar panels – over approximately four years. In conjunction with this agreement, Jinko is opening its first U.S. factory in Jacksonville, Florida, which is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs in Florida and support additional local jobs in shipping and other related industries.

    Click now for more on this
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Another Mid-East Oil Giant Thinks Solar Saudis, SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar Project

    Apr. 2, 2018 -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.

    SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, known for backing ambitious endeavors with flair, unveiled the project last week in New York at a ceremony with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The powerful heir to the throne of the world’s largest crude exporter is seeking to diversify the economy and wean off a dependence on oil.

    Click now for more on this
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Generating Electricity From Ocean Waves World’s First Commercial Wave Farm
    to Generate Renewable Electricity From Ocean Waves

    March 28, 2018 -Lisbon, Portugal – Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) is pleased to announce today the signing of an order with a Portuguese consortium, led by Enersis, to build the initial phase of the world’s first commercial wave-farm to generate renewable electricity from ocean waves.

    Let's hope the West looks at this closely considering there is so much turmoil going on over energy these days, we could really use something like this in North America.

    Click now for the story from AboutMyPlanet.com.

  • Big Solar PV Market Increases Are Coming Rooftop Solar PV Market Is
    Projected to Reach USD $184 B by 2025

    Mar. 27, 2018 - Rooftop solar PV offers an efficient, emission-free renewable source of electricity which can be used off-grid as well as on-grid. Rooftop solar PV offers an effective and efficient method for reducing carbon footprint and generating electricity from solar radiation.

    The market for rooftop solar PV has been rapidly increasing with the support of government subsidies and tax credits. The rooftop solar PV market have attracted large number of equity investments and funding. Currently, there are two major silicon technologies available: monocrystalline and polycrystalline.

    Rooftop solar PV systems are undergoing a surge in popularity due to their flexible nature and availability through leasing schemes. Rooftop solar electricity has been able to achieve grid parity in most of the countries. The overall payback time for the rooftop solar PV systems have been reducing, further boosting the market. The rooftop solar market is registering huge investments and funding from the equity and public investors.

    Click now for the SBWire story.

  • World’s Largest Solar Park Opens Largest Solar Park in the World Opens in Germany

    Mar. 25, 2018 -The ribbon was cut on the World’s largest continguous solar plant on 27th April 2006 in Germany. Construction on the 40 million euro (US$48 million) photovoltaic installation started August 2005. This plant demonstrates new standards in cost-efficiency for solar power.

    Using the master-slave inverter concept developed by Shell, the plant delivers the optimized energy output. Also, flexible installation technology–such as the use of either aluminum, wood or steel racks depending on material prices and the foundation on either concrete or piles–optimizes the costs. And if solar is viable in Germany, just imagine the efficiencies possible where the sun really shines!

    Click to read more from AboutMyPlanet.com.

  • Norway’s Broader Energy Future Norway’s Statoil Embraces Broader
    Energy Future with New Name

    Mar. 15, 2018 -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.

    “The world is changing, and so is Statoil. The biggest transition our modern-day energy systems have ever seen is underway, and we aim to be at the forefront of this development,” Jon Erik Reinhardsen chair of the board at Statoil, said in a statement. He added that the name Equinor supports a low carbon strategy the company outlined last year.

    Click now to get the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • It’s All About the Economics India Has a New Secret
    Weapon for its 100-GW Solar Goal

    Mar. 8, 2018 -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.

    “Solar power costs us just a third of grid power and has also reduced our diesel backup cost,” Kunder, 33, said by phone from the city of Kota, in the southern state of Karnataka. His 3 billion rupee ($46 million) fish-meal and oil-products business requires 2 MW of power and he plans to fulfill half of that through solar installations.

    Click now to learn more about
    this subject, from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Could ‘Rain’ Supreme Could Solar Cells Produce Energy from the Rain?

    Mar. 8, 2018 -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.

    According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), the researchers published a report in ACS Nano about a hybrid solar cell that can generate power from raindrops.

    ACS said that previous research sought to make a hybrid solar cell by adding a pseudocapacitor, or triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), to an existing solar cell to make energy from the motion of raindrops. Those devices, ACS said, are complicated to manufacture and are bulky.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Tax Bonuses for Some Rooftop Solar Storage Win For U.S. Rooftop Solar Owners

    Mar. 7, 2018 -Owners of residential rooftop solar PV systems in the US can now receive a 30 per cent tax credit for adding battery energy storage systems, according to a ruling from the country’s tax authority.

    But there is a caveat(of course!): the battery storage system must only receive power from the solar array and not from the grid, in the case of grid-tied rooftop solar systems.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said in a so-called private letter ruling that a battery system that stores energy from an existing rooftop PV array is a “qualified solar electric property expenditure” and the owners may claim a tax credit even if they had already claimed the credit when installing the array.

    Click now for the story
    from decentralized Energy.com.

  • Even Better than Lithium Batteries? Power-to-Gas in Microgrids:
    Competitive with Batteries?

    Mar. 7, 2018 -Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas.

    Southern California Gas recently conducted a computer simulation of using power-to-gas in an existing microgrid at University of California Irvine (UCI), and concluded that the amount of renewable energy used could jump from 3.5 percent to 35 percent, Gregori said.

    Click now for the story
    from Microgrid Knowledge.

  • Zero Energy School Buildings Learn While We Don’t Burn
    (Fossil Fuels, that is)

    Mar. 1, 2018 -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.

    Zero energy buildings are defined by the Building Technologies Office (BTO) as extremely energy efficient buildings that can meet all annual consumption needs from renewable energy produced onsite. These buildings utilize a combination of innovative design strategies, efficient technologies, and improvements in the management of building operations to keep energy needs low. BTO works to help schools become zero energy “ready” by providing technical resources and guidance that results in ultra-efficient school buildings with reduced operating costs.

    Click now for the story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Green Jobs - They’re Booming Career Pathways and Possibilities in Renewable Energy

    Feb. 27, 2018 -Are you passionate about green energy and protecting our planet? Are you looking for a career you can be proud of that offers possibilities we aren’t even aware of yet? Look no further than the renewable energy industry.

    You could be working in wind or solar power in no time with the right education and tools to get you set on this exciting path. Here are some of the best degrees to pursue and the career choices that may come your way.

    Click now for the good news
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Diesel Power Prices Can Be Beat Solar-plus-Storage Helps
    Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices

    Feb. 26, 2018 -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.

    The price “is well below the cost of diesel,” David Bissell, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) president and CEO, said in a statement.

    Bloomberg reported last March that Tesla has a 20-year contract with KIUC to deliver electricity at 13.9 cents per kWh from a 13-MW solar park with 52 MWh of batteries. Bloomberg said at the time that the utility’s cost for power from diesel plants is 15.48 cents.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • IKEA - Renewables for Them and For Brits IKEA Renewable Electricity Plan
    Could Save Customers Over £300 Per Year

    Feb. 23, 2018 - IKEA has set a goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 — and they want their British customers to live more sustainably too. That’s why they’ve partnered with Big Clean Switch to help people transition to clean power. Using a collective switch model, they’ve secured “an exclusive tariff on 100 percent renewable electricity” — which could save households more than £300 each year.

    IKEA aims to help people make the change to a renewable electricity provider. According to Big Clean Switch, renewable electricity tariffs work like this: “When you’re on a renewable electricity tariff, your supplier promises to match the amount of electricity you take out of the National Grid by ensuring the same amount of renewable electricity is put in. The more this happens, the greener the Grid should get.”

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

  • Puerto Rico School With Innovative Energy Solution Puerto Rico School Ditches
    Grid for Solar-plus-Storage

    Feb. 19, 2018 -High in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, a school that’s been without power for five months since Hurricane Maria has given up on the island’s utility.

    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. It comes after the school’s utility, bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, has failed to restore electricity for more than a million people since the storm destroyed its grid, plunging the island into darkness.

    Click to shed sunlight on what’s been a very serious problem for the island, from Renewable Energy World.

  • The Future of Lithium Ion Batter Charging Charging Lithium Ion Batteries
    5 Times Faster than Today

    Feb. 18, 2018 -One of the challenges in moving to electric vehicles, is to offer a product that is better in every way to their fossil fuel based combustion engine counter parts. As far a possible zero emissions (if you use clean electricity to charge it), acceleration and level of required maintenance, electric wins hands down.

    Click now for the story from SolarThermal Magazine.

  • Europe Goes Big on Solar 8.6 GW of Solar Installed in 2017
    a 28% Increase over 2016

    Feb. 16, 2018 -"Solar in Europe is growing, this is good news for the energy transition; now we need the right policies in place to make sure the EU can fully benefit from our clean energy technology,” James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said in a statement. “If the trade measures on imported solar panels were removed, according to a DG Justice and Consumers study we could see an increase in solar self-consumption in the EU of around 20-30 percent.”

    According to SolarPower Europe’s early estimate for solar installations, the largest European solar market in 2017 was Turkey, which grid-connected 1.79 GW last year, followed by Germany at 1.75 GW. SolarPower Europe said that final figures could place Germany in first place.

    Click now for more of the story from Renewable Energy World.

  • The “H” With It A Better Way to Produce Clean Hydrogen

    Feb. 12, 2018 -It was not too long ago that everyone thought that the hydrogen economy would push aside the current fossil fuel based economy. The truth is that hydrogen is mostly made as a by product of the oil industry which defeats the purpose of moving to another fuel source to eliminate co2 emissions.

    There are other ways to make hydrogen, such as using the sun to split water into its components or you can use electricity to do the same. This clean hydrogen can then be used in a fuel cell to recombine hydrogen and oxygen to make again water and electricity as a by product. The economic truth about this is that it is currently the most expensive way to generate clean electricity. Until now….

    Click now for more
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Solar in 2018: Who Are We Doing? Better Tech, Record-Breaking Installations

    Feb. 7, 2018 - Solar PV is becoming cheaper than ever. Almost every month, a new industry “low” is set and broken. In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the U.S. solar industry had achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target of US $0.06/kWh, three years ahead of schedule and is moving toward the 2030 goal of $0.03/kWh. The following month, a solar tender for a 300 MW PV plant in Saudi Arabia was bid at the low price of US $0.179/kWh. This record was soon broken in Mexico with solar at $0.177/kWh November.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Renewables Overtake Coal Power in the E.U. For First Time Wind, Solar,
    Biomass Overtake Coal Power in EU

    Feb. 2, 2018 -Power generated by wind, solar and biomass in the European Union overtook coal for the first time in 2017, a report by Germany’s climate lobbyist Agora Energiewende and U.K. think tank Sandbag showed.

    Wind and solar parks and biomass plants dotted from Ireland to Romania raised their share of gross generation in the 28-state trade bloc to 20.9 percent of all power last year, ahead of lignite and hard coal power at 20.6, said the two organizations. A year earlier, electricity from coal was ahead at 21.5 percent of the mix to the clean power group’s 18.8 percent.

    Click now for the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Hawaii Rides the Waves Irish Wave Developer Signs $5.25m Contract

    Jan. 31, 2018 - Irish wave developer Ocean Energy has signed a $5.25m contract with Oregon marine fabrication outfit Vigor to build its OE Buoy device to be installed off Hawaii. The up to 1.25MW unit weighing 750 tons will be deployed this autumn at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Pennwall’s HUB News.

  • Solar Power - Let’s Reflect on It Can Mirrors Boost Solar Panel Output
    — and Help Overcome Trump’s Tariffs?

    Jan. 29, 2018 - Most engineering efforts to lower solar power costs are aimed at increasing the efficiency of solar PV cells, which increases the number of watts produced by a given panel under standard test conditions. This is normally good, but the advantage is reduced with large tariffs that raise the price of solar panels.

    Working with a team in Canada, a group has shown that using mirrors to shine more sun on the panels can significantly crank up their output. The reflectors are placed opposite the solar panels to send more light toward the modules in front of them. The light that hits them is reflected back toward the solar panels to produce more electricity.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Tesla vs Chevy Bolt Lessons Learned From 1 Week
    Driving Electric Cars In UAE

    Jan. 28, 2018 - Clean Technica writer Steve Hanley just returned from a week of driving a fleet of Model S sedans, a Model X SUV, and an array of Chevy Bolts in the United Arab Emirates as part of the 2018 Global EVRT event. What follows are his personal impressions and not intended to be a scientific inquiry in any respect. His opinions may or may not jibe with your own. He knows in advance the Tesla folks will take issue with some of what he is about to say. So be it.

    Click now for the story.

  • The Case for Solar Tarrifs What We Need To Know

    Jan. 23, 2018 - On Monday, January 22, President Trump announced a new tariff on imported solar panels and cells under the guise of protecting American jobs. Here’s the story behind the story and why the real winner in the case is the fossil fuel industry – and the loser is the rest of us.

    It would’ve been easy to miss. Buried beneath all the headlines about the Senate budget deal on January 22 was another story involving President Trump with major implications. This one was about the president announcing he was imposing a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and modules to protect American manufacturers and workers from Chinese companies.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Climate Reality Project.

  • Budweiser - the King of Renewables ABInBev to Attach 100% Renewable
    Electricity Label To Budweiser Beers

    Jan. 24, 2018 - Budweiser, one of the world’s most recognizable beer names, is making a show of its commitment to its renewable energy targets by revealing that it will start attaching a 100% renewable electricity symbol on all Budweiser beers that are brewed with 100% renewable electricity.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev), Budweiser’s parent company, announced this week that all Budweiser beers that are generated with 100% electricity will come bearing the below symbol. Budweiser is committed to brewing all of its beers around the world with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, following the commitments of Anheuser-Busch InBev which has similarly committed to sourcing all purchased electricity from renewable electricity.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Clean Technica.

  • Cuban Solar Open to Foreign Business UK’s Hive Energy Aims to
    Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park

    Jan. 23, 2018 - Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Creating Energy With Solar Windows Green Builder to Begin Covering Office
    Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

    Jan. 19, 2018 - Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to begin covering office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

    Saule Technologies has been working on the application of ink-jet printing for making free-form perovskite solar modules since 2014. Last November, at IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara, Calif., the company presented a flexible, printed, perovskite photovoltaic module the size of an A4 sheet for the first time.

    Click now for the exciting
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • World Record for PV Efficiency Achieved Conversion Efficiency at 20.41%,
    From Monocrystalline PERC Module

    Jan. 28, 2018 -LONGi Solar announced that, according to a test conducted by TUV-SUD, the independent third-party certification test organization, the company's 60-cell PERC module achieved a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 20.41%, a new world record for a monocrystalline PERC module.

    The product tested was a P-type monocrystalline PERC module. Based on efficient PERC cell technologies and innovative design, the module realized a conversion efficiency of up to 20.41%, which is noteworthy in that this is the efficiency of a single side, and this technology takes the lead in the industry.

    Click now for rest of the story.

  • Shell Oil Betting on Solar Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet
    With Stake in US Solar Company

    Jan. 18, 2018 - Royal Dutch Shell PLC is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business.

    The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S. The investment could be as high as $217 million in cash, depending on the company’s performance, making Shell the largest shareholder, according to a statement.

    Click now for the rest of
    the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Shockingly Good Clean Energy News Xcel Energy Receives Shockingly Low Bids for Colorado Electricity From Renewables

    Jan. 16, 2018 -Renewable-energy developers have offered to supply Xcel Energy with electricity at the lowest prices quoted in the U.S., including solar and wind options with energy storage priced below what coal-generated power in the state costs.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • Why We’re Not a Solar-power Nation The Three Stumbling Blocks
    to a Solar-Powered Nation

    Jan. 14, 2018 - As a fraction of our energy mix, renewables in general and solar power in particular are growing faster than ever. What seemed like an impossibility just a decade ago—the displacement of fossil fuels from the U.S. power system, if not the world’s—is increasingly a reality. Here are three possible visions of our renewable-energy-powered future:

    1. There’s mass defection from power grids, as citizens and corporations alike end a dependence on regulated monopolies that date all the way back to the days of Thomas Edison.

    2. The same utility companies that now handle energy continue to oversee and balance a grid increasingly powered by renewable sources, and we hardly know the difference.

    3. The landscape gets politically messy and technologically diverse, varying by locale, as utilities, customers and politicians battle over new ways to produce and harvest energy.

    Click now for the rest of
    the Wall St. Journal story.

  • Solar and Wind Could Double by 2020 US Utility-Scale Solar,
    Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020

    Jan. 5, 2018 - Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Replacing Amazonian Mega-Dam with Renewables Brazil Vows to End Amazonian Mega-Dam
    Construction; Moves Toward Wind and Solar

    Jan. 5, 2018 - After years of criticism, the government of Brazil announced in January that it will end the era of building big hydropower dams in the Amazon. In an article in the O Globo newspaper, Paulo Pedrosa, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the government has no prejudice against big hydro but that the costs and risks now outweigh the benefits.

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  • Fully Electric Bus Fleet For Chinese City Shenzhen Completes Switch To Fully
    Electric Bus Fleet. Electric Taxis Are Next

    Jan. 1, 2018 - Shenzhen, located just north of Hong Kong, is home to BYD, which happens to build electric vehicles, including buses. With a population approaching 12 million, Shenzhen has a lot of buses — 16,359 of them, to be precise — and as of this moment, every one of them is electric. Nicolas Zart filled us in last month on the city’s push to convert its bus fleet to electricity.

    Click now for the electrifying story from Clean Technica.

  • 2017

    December

  • Nissan Eases Electric Car Ownership Nissan Promotes Solar to
    Electric Vehicle Owners in Japan

    Dec. 28, 2017 - Nissan Motor Co. in the New Year is promoting free solar panel installations for owners of the company’s new electric-powered LEAF in Japan.

    The 100-percent electric LEAF was released in September, and the company said its joint campaign with solar provider Ecosystem Japan aims to promote the use of clean energy to power the electric vehicle.

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    charged up on electric vehicles.

  • 2018: The U.S. Navy Gets It on Renewable Energy Microgrid to Support US Navy’s
    Mission-Critical Activity in Hawaii

    Dec. 27, 2017 - The U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) last week agreed to lease land on Pacific Missile Range Facility—Barking Sands (PMRF) on Kauai Island, Hawaii, for the development of a microgrid that will supply local area power and support mission-critical base activities in the event of a power outage.

    Click now for the complete
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • 2018: See What's Cooking Four Renewable Energy Trends to Follow in 2018

    Dec. 27, 2017 - Much of what will trend in 2018 in the renewables and broader energy space will be founded in the advancement of the digital grid, but there are other important trends to keep an eye on where sustainable energy is concerned. Here are four trends to follow in the New Year.

    Click for the four trends to follow in the New Year.

  • South Australia Gets It Right South Australian Government to Be Powered by Solar, Wind

    Dec. 21, 2017 - New electricity retailer SIMEC ZEN Energy has won the contract to supply the South Australian Government until at least 2020.

    Under the contract, SIMEC ZEN Energy will supply more than 80 percent of the government’s electricity needs in 2018. This will escalate to 100 percent in 2019 when it will be backed by local renewable energy projects.

    Click now to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Affordable Housing: Solar is the Way to Go Solar Helps Reduce Costs for
    Affordable Housing in California

    Dec. 21, 2017 - Affordable housing nonprofit LINC Housing yesterday said its SEED Partners unit has installed new solar PV systems at five LINC properties in California.

    LINC said that aggregation of the solar projects allowed the organization to leverage tax credits and available incentive programs.

    Click now to read the rest of the story.

  • Renewable Energy Could Suffer in Some States As States Update Rules for Solar
    No Guarantee of Friendlier Policies

    Dec. 21, 2017 - Missouri is the latest state where utility regulators are reevaluating outdated rules on customer-owned solar power and other distributed energy sources.

    The experience of two neighboring states shows there’s no guarantee the effort will result in policies that are more favorable for renewable power.

    Click now for the troubling
    news from Renewable Energy World.

  • BP Is Back in the Solar Energy World BP Re-Enters Solar Power Market
    With $200 Million UK Deal

    Dec. 20, 2017 - After a six-year absence, BP Plc returned to the solar energy business with a $200 million investment in a British company that develops and maintains photovoltaic farms in Europe.

    Click for the story from Renewable Energy World

  • Holidays Solar Wish List 18 Solar Wishes for the Holidays

    Dec. 18, 2017 - 'Tis the season to…come up with a 2018 solar wish list? Yes, that’s precisely what we have compiled. Some of these wishes are realistic, others are not…like that 120 crayon Crayola pack that never made its way under the tree. Check out our #SolarWishList, and please feel free to add to the list, by utilizing the comment section.

    Click now to see Renewable Energy
    World
    's list, and add some of your own.

  • New York Can Be Is a Solar City Tesla Opens New York Store
    for Solar, Cars and Storage

    Dec. 15, 2017 - If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof.

    Click for the complete Renewable Energy World story.

  • World's Biggest Floating Solar Project China Three Gorges Starts It Up

    Dec 11, 2017 - A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan ($151 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui.

    China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.

    Click to read the rest from Renewable Energy World.

  • Calls For Marine Energy in Scotland Scottish Minister Calls for
    Increased Government Support

    De. 8, 2017 - Although already at the forefront of global marine energy development, Member of Parliament Alistair Carmichael is looking to further secure Scotland's status by imploring the government to further support the sector via its recently released industrial strategy.

    Click tp read the HydroWorld aericle.

  • Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand Corporates Are Rocking the Grid

    Dec. 6, 2017 -Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future.

    In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest.

    Click for the article in Renewable Energy World.

  • The Switch to Renewables Can Save $Millions How the Energy Imbalance Market Is
    Unleashing Renewables and Saving Millions

    Dec. 5, 2017 - Energy markets around the world are seeing more renewables integration, and they are working to accommodate that additional clean energy by regionalizing power grid operations.

    Click to read the entireRenewable Energy Worldarticle.

  • November

  • Google Offsets 100% Clean Energy Google is Officially Off-Setting 100% of Its
    Energy Usage With Either Wind Or Solar Power

    Nov. 30, 2017 - The company signed contracts on three wind power plants in recent days to bring them over 3GW of production capacity.

    Google’s energy infrastructure investments have totaled over $3.5 billion globally, with about two-thirds being in the US.

  • Aussies to Test Giant Battery Elon Musk's Giant Battery Set
    for Testingin the Australian Outback

    Nov. 27,2017 - Billionaire Elon Musk’s giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc. is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system.

    Tesla power packs have now been fully installed on a site near a wind farm north of Adelaide and will be tested to ensure the battery meets standards laid down by the energy market operator, the South Australia state government said in a statement Thursday.

    Click now for the Renewble Energy World story.

  • China on Pace for Record Solar Capacity Jumping Forecasts is the Reason

    Nov. 21, 2017 -China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent.

    About 54 gigawatts will be put in place this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday, raising a forecast of more than 30 gigawatts made in July. That amount of additional capacity would likely surpass all the solar energy generated in Japan in 2017.

    Click now for the
    story from Renewable Energy World.
    .

  • Concentrated Solar - Turm Up the Heat! To Make It Really Work,
    Turn Up the Heat

    Nov. 21, 2017 - A 200-foot tower stands centered in front of a field of rotating mirrors on the southern edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    It’s the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, operated by Sandia National Laboratories, where scientists are working to develop hotter, cheaper, and more efficient technologies for concentrating solar power.

    Click for the story in Technology Review.

  • Utilities Accepting Renewables as Reliable Sources Electric Utilities Accept Wind and Solar
    as Reliable Sources, Plan for the Long Haul

    Nov. 20, 2017 - Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay.

    Click now for the Renewble Energy World article.

  • Tesla's Electric Semi - Can It Keep On Truckin'? Sounds Amazing — But What Will It Cost?

    Nov. 17, 2017 - Elon Musk wants big rigs to trade their diesel for electrons. Last night, the Tesla CEO unveiled his hotly anticipated truck (and also decided to throw the announcement of a new $200,000 super car in for good measure). The Verge has a nice nine-minute highlight reel of the event, in case you’d like to watch the grand unveil with your own eyes.

    The real news here isn’t the car, even if it will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. Nope, it’s the electric tractor-trailer, which has been the source of much speculation since Musk announced its development last summer. To hear him speak, you would be compelled to think that this is undoubtedly the future of trucking, or at least it will be when it launches, which is expected to be in 2019—though the firm isn’t exactly known for its punctuality.

    Click now for the M.I.T. Technology Review story.

  • Massachusetts Gets SMART on Solar State Opens RFP for the First
    100 MW of “Smart” Solar

    Nov. 17, 2017 - On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target" or "SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity to the Mass. grid.

    Click for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Material Shortages Could Put a Damper on Solar Solar Companies Scramble to
    Find a Critical Raw Material

    Nov. 15, 2017 - Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material.

    Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

    Click for the story in Renewable Energy World.

  • Grids of the Future Villages Embracing 4th Industrial
    Revolution Faster than Cities

    Nov. 10, 2017 - An article on the Grid of the Future, where prosumers are both the producers and consumers of the power. It talks about how people will be able to use decentralized microgrids and not be dependent on centralized grid infrastructure for their energy needs. But if you look at the villages in rural India, Bangladesh and Africa, they seem to be already doing that.

    Click now for details.

  • PV Job Training for S. Carolina Cypress Creek Launching Solar Job
    Training, Invests $1.5B for 2gw of PV

    Nov 06, 2017 - Cypress Creek Renewables is set to launch a partnership with Greenville Technical College in order to grow South Carolina’s PV workforce and spur the state’s economy. This partnership will assist the state’s PV sector by helping to train and prepare the next generation of energy workers.

    Click now for the PV Tech article.

  • Energy Storage Can Help Africa Catch Up What Is the Business Case
    for Energy Storage in Africa?

    Nov. 7, 2017 - A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome?.

    Click now to learn what was discussed at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), which recently took place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Caribbean Hurricane Disasters - A Possible Solution Portable Solar Can
    Help in the Long Term

    Nov. 6, 2017 - In the wake of the disasters in the Caribbean brought on by the recent hurricane season, there has been plenty of discussion about how solar generators can be a persuasive solution for cutting costs and increasing security. But when discussing portable solar in this context, it’s always relegated to the extreme peaks of disaster relief to provide short-term solutions for small problems.

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  • Iowa Also Wants to Do It Wth Solar They're Already One of the
    Leaders in Wind Energy

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Iowa is a wind energy superpower, second only to Texas in total wind generation. The Hawkeye State generates enough wind energy to power nearly two million homes and employ more than 9,000 up and down the wind energy supply chain.

    Click now for the good news
    story fromRenewable Energy World.

  • Promising a Major Solar Performance Boost This Is How One Firm Is Proposing to Do It

    Nov. 2, 2017 - Solar entrepreneur Bill Gross, the CEO of Edisun Microgrids, has successfully penetrated the commercial and industrial solar market segment with dual-axis trackers, promising a 30 percent performance boost for a cost increase of only 10 percent compared with a standard fixed-tilt PV installation, at optimal U.S. locations, he says.

    Click now for the story from
    Renewable Energy World.

  • October

  • A Solar Inverter Roadmap A Roadmap for California's
    Certified “Smart Inverters”

    October 17, 2017 - Unlike government officials who are supposed to be protecting our envirobnent, Solar Inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.

    The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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  • A Smarter Energy Grid Though Blockchain How Blockchain Could Give
    Us a Smarter Energy Grid

    October 16, 2017 - On an electricity grid, electrons generated from the sun, wind, or other renewable sources are indistinguishable from those generated by fossil fuels. To keep track of how much clean energy is produced, governments around the world have created systems based on tradable certificates

    Click for Technology Review's research.

  • Et Tu, Shell Oil? Shell Buys Slice of the Electric
    Vehicle Market With Purchase of NewMotion

    Oct. 13, 2017 - As the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates, oil and gas majors have continued to grapple with how much to invest in a technology that could put them out of business. On Friday, Royal Dutch Shell made arguably the most striking vote of confidence in electric cars from a major yet: buying electric charging company NewMotion.

    Click to read the
    "shocking" electric car news.

  • Electrics: It's Only a Matter of Time The Rise of Electric Vehicles and the Fall of Gas
    Engines Is a Matter of When, Not If

    Oct. 13, 2017 - PLUG-IN HYBRID (PHEV) and ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV): The electrification of powertrains continues as automakers roll out everything from subcompact compliance cars to electrified supercars to improve efficiency and optimize power. Tesla Model 3 is just the prong on the charge cord of available plug-in vehicles. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Volskwagen, Volvo, Hyundai have announced electrification plans for dozens of vehicles by 2020. Plug-in sales have grown 32 percent annually since 2013 (41 percent globally), and most autonomous vehicle plans are based on electric cars.

    Click to read the story
    from the Chicago Trib.

  • Solar Did Well During Storms - Did Your Power Source? Solar’s Remarkable Survival in
    the Most Extreme Weather

    October 12, 2017 - As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?

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  • Solar: The Race is On - Literally! Stanford Team Takes Ambitious
    Car to the World Solar Challenge

    October 11, 2017 - The 20 students and their car, Sundae, entered the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. A rule change limiting a car’s solar array size could make this year’s race the most challenging yet.

    “This change required us to aggressively optimize Sundae’s aerodynamics,” said the team’s engineering lead, Max Drach ’17. “Sundae’s aerobody has 20 percent less drag at race speeds than our 2015 car, Arctan.”

  • The Dawning of the Solar Age Sing It! This Is the
    Dawning of the Age of Solar

    Oct. 2, 2017 - Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead.

    Click now for the Bloomberg News story.

  • World's Largest Solar Park - Dubai - Where Else? Dubai: The Solar Tipping Point

    Oct. 5, 2017 - Take a video trip to Dubai to witness a sustainability marvel.

    Click now to watch.

  • Tidal Energy Will Come to Cape Cod Canal U.S. Tidal Test Site Developer Receives
    Final Approval From Corps

    Oct 4, 2017 - he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued its final approval for the Bourne Tidal Test Site, paving the way for the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative to proceed with the installation of a test platform in the Cape Cod Canal.

    Click now for a flood of information.

  • World's Fastest Growing Enery Source in 2016 Did You Guess That it Was Not Coal?

    October 4, 2017 -The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years.

    India is expected to more than double its current renewable electricity capacity, according to the IEA’s latest renewables market analysis and forecast. Solar PV and wind together represent 90 percent of India’s capacity growth as auctions yielded some of the world’s lowest prices for both technologies.

    By 2022, IEA said, total global solar PV capacity will exceed the current combined total power capacities of India and Japan. New solar PV capacity grew by 50 percent in 2016, with China accounting for about half of the global expansion, IEA said.

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  • Battery Entrepreneur's Challenging Venture Battery Entrepreneurs Tackle
    Clean Energy’s Biggest Problem

    October 3, 2017 - MIT’s Yet-Ming Chiang has launched a flow battery startup aimed at making renewable energy competitive with fossil fuels.

    Click for the M.I.T. Energy Review story.

  • Hey, These Solar Panels Are On a Roll Roll-up Solar Panels Power Flat Holm Island

    Oct. 2, 2017 - Roll-up solar panels are being used to help power an island off the coast of Cardiff.

    The Rapid Roll system allows flexible solar panels to be unrolled like a carpet from a trailer in two minutes.

    The pioneering technology aims to meet demands from increased tourism and environmental and logistical challenges on Flat Holm.

    Click for the story from BBC News.

  • $2B Cost Estimated for VA Pumped Storage Study for Pumped Storage Hydropower
    in Virginia Indicates Est. Cost at US$2 Billion

    Oct 2, 2017 - Dominion Energy, which currently manages the largest pumped storage hydroelectric project in the U.S., announced results from a study it commissioned on building a proposed pumped storage hydropower facility in the coalfield region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Click to read the economic
    benefits of this move.

  • September

  • Tidal /Wind Energy to Produce Hydrogen Tidal and Wind Used to
    Produce Hydrogen in Orkney, Scotland

    Sept. 29, 2017 - Tidal and wind energy are being used to generate hydrogen in a pilot project installed in Orkney, Scotland, called Surf ‘n’ Turf.

    The project was launched earlier this week by Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government’s Business, Innovation and Energy Minister. He officially unveiled the newly installed hydrogen fuel cell at Kirkwall Pier. Other elements of the system, including an electrolyser, have already been installed. The facility produced the “world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen” in August, the European Marine Energy Centre says.

    This project seeks to “circumvent local grid constraints by generating hydrogen from tidal and wind energy.”

  • There's Energy in that Evaporating Water Energy from Evaporating Water
    Could Rival Wind and Solar

    Sept. 26, 2017 - A vast source of renewable energy has been sitting under our noses. Evaporating water could supply enormous volumes of clean electricity, if we can only harness it.Evaporation is the process by which liquids turn into gases, generally when they are heated up. Every day, vast amounts of water evaporate from lakes and rivers, powered by heat energy from the sun. The scale of this energy is considerable.

    Click for the story from New Scientist

  • The Corporate Rush Towards Clean Energy Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They
    Will Run on 100% Clean Energy

    September 21, 2017 - 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.

    The New York-based banks are aiming for their operations to be carbon-neutral, Morgan Stanley by 2022 and Citi by the end of the decade, according to separate statements from the companies. Both plan to buy power from clean energy projects.

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  • Political Change Blowing in the N.J. Wind Change in Leadership Could Help N.J.
    Fulfill Its Offshore Wind Potential

    September 21, 2017 - New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has an environmental plan for the state that includes setting an offshore wind target of 3,500 MW by 2030.

    Click to see why you should
    not stay home on Election Day.

  • UAE Solar Park Scores Big! Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW
    Concentrated Solar Power Expansion

    September 18, 2017 - The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) over the weekend awarded the 700-MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located south of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.073/kWh.

  • Solar Helped After Irma Hit After Irma, Solar Kept Some
    Homes & City's Traffic Lights Running

    Sept. 15, 2017 - By using energy storage with solar panels, some homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery.

    Click to read on.

  • Companies Threatened by Solar Trade Case Solar Manufacturing Profiles:
    Companies Under Threat

    September 11, 2017 - If a case currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) results in petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld winning the relief they seek for solar panel pricing, Schletter President and CEO Rusty Schmit says his solar mounting systems manufacturing business could be cut in half.

    That would be a loss of about 100 jobs, according to a new Profiles in American Solar Manufacturing report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in advance of Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week.

  • Spread Sunshine All Over the Place How India Can Export
    Sunshine Around the World

    September 8, 2017 - Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water.

    Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.” The process involves exposing water molecules to sunlight to separate the hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and then combining the hydrogen with carbon dioxide to create liquid fuels.

    The generated hydrogen can also be condensed (under pressure at very low temperatures) into liquid hydrocarbon fuels (LH2), simple hydrogen gas, and metal hydride, or converted to methanol.t

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    graphs. click now.

  • More Durable, Less Expensive Fuel Cells Researchers Have a New Technology:
    Could Speed Up Fuel Cell Vehicles Production

    September 5, 2017 - A new technology has been created that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines because they produce power through electrochemical reactions, leaving no pollution behind. Platinum is the most common catalyst in the type of fuel cells used in vehicles, but it's expensive. The UD team used a novel method to come up with a less expensive catalyst.

  • August

  • Renewables in the European Union Special Report: Prioritizing
    Access in Member States

    Sept 5, 2017 - With a revision to the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive looming, EU Member States are facing a potential renewable energy target of 35 percent for 2030, up from 27 percent.

    What programs are helping advance renewable energy in the EU, and what are EU Member States doing now that will ensure they can deliver on new long-term clean energy goals? Our guide highlights the work in the region that is prioritizing access for renewable technologies now and into the future.

  • Leaders in Renewables, Incentives and Regulations 6 Countries Lead, But Could Improve
    on Incentives, Regulatory Support

    September 1, 2017

    Top 5 Planning for R.E. Expansion
    U.S., Brazil, Spain, U.K., Italy

    Top 5 in Incentives and Reg. Support
    Canada, Iran, Italy, U.K., Mexico

    Top 3 for Carbon Pricing and Monitoring
    France, Japan, Republic of Korea

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  • NREL and Swiss Scientists for Solar Efficiency They Power Past
    Solar Efficiency Records

    August 30, 2017 - Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

    Read the whole story by clicking now.

  • Utah Solar Customers Grandfathered In Rate Standoff Reaches Settlement

    August 31, 2017 - After months of negotiations with Rocky Mountain Power, a settlement agreement with the utility will ensure rooftop solar continues in Utah — for now.

    Click now to read the whole article.

  • "Customer Grid” of the Future Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters
    and EVs Could do the Trick

    August 25, 2017 - As homeowners and businesses continue to install energy generating equipment like batteries and solar PV behind their meters, forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.

    New regulation will take effect in September in California that will require all inverters connected to the utility grid be “smart inverters,” with technology installed that will give utilities the ability to communicate with them, should they wish. With communications protocols embedded in four-quadrant inverters, solar + battery systems could theoretically provide volt/var support and serve as both energy sinks and energy generators depending on what the grid needs moment by moment.

  • The Cost Benefits of Energy Storage Five Million Commercial
    Customers Could Cut Costs

    August 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States

    NREL analyzed over 10,000 utility tariffs in 48 states, finding that more than five million of the 18 million commercial customers across the country may be able to cost-effectively reduce their utility bills with battery storage technologies.

  • Should Power Companies Go Carbon-Free? Thinking Beyond Trump

    August 23, 2017 - When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time.

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  • Solar at the National Museum of Bermuda Achieving Sustainability with Solar

    August 23, 2017 - The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country. So far, so ordinary for a country with the climate of Bermuda. But the background to the project, and the long-term impact it’ll have on the community, is what truly sets it apart.

  • Home Depot Goes Solar Rooftop Route The Chain to Lease 50
    Store Rooftops for Solar Power

    August 21, 2017 - The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores.

    The company is working with Tesla and GE subsidiary Current on the project. Store locations are in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

    The project is said to reduce grid electricity demand by about 35% annually at each Home Depot store.

  • Microgrid Gets a Kick from Champlain 100% Renewable Powered Microgrid
    in Illinois Islands for 24 Hours

    August 18, 2017 - On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.

    The test focused specifically on the 50-kW microgrid at the site, which powers an Ameren research facility. The complete microgrid includes 225 kW of renewable generation (PV solar and wind) and 250 kW / 500 kWh of battery energy storage.

  • Solar Power Not Just Benefitting Users How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar Power to Help Retain a Major Employer

    Aug. 17, 2017 - An electric cooperative in rural Arkansas is finding that solar power is not only benefiting its members, it’s helped to keep a major employer in the community.

    Ouachita Electric Cooperative may have broken new ground by how it helped arrange a dual power purchase agreement with its wholesale power supplier in order to help a defense contractor build its presence near the co-op’s hometown of Camden.

    Click now for to learn more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Aiming to Make London City the Greenest on Earth London Solar Auctions Could do the Trick

    August 16, 2017 - London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.

    The reverse auctions would be similar to the Solarize NYC model already used in New York, where multiple buyers pool together and panel sellers compete for one single contract, according to a draft solar action plan.

    Click to read the article.

  • Solar and Methane - the New Partnership Australia Opens Combined Solar
    and Methane Power Plant

    August 14, 2017- A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating within days.

    In what’s believed to be an Australian first, the plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector. A generator will then convert the two sources of energy into electricity to be fed into the South Australian grid.

  • Clean Energy Good For Grid Operators Clean Energy: Part of the Solution

    August 14, 2017 - The growing reliance by U.S. energy markets on low-cost wind and other clean power sources is a key part of the solution, not a problem, for ensuring the reliability, resilience and security of America's electric grid, the seven top U.S. grid operators told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on "Powering America" July 26.

    Click for the whole story.

  • Transforming Chile's Energy Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes

    August 12, 2017 - It looks and functions much like an oil drilling rig. As it happens, several of the men in thick blue overalls and white helmets who operate the hulking machine once made a living pumping crude.

    But now they are surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes, laboring to breathe up here at 14,760 feet above sea level as they draw steam from the earth at South America’s first geothermal energy plant.

    Click to read this facinating story.

  • About the Solar Decathlon There Are No Glass Ceilings
    In This Solar Village

    August 11, 2017 - Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams.

    The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is the world’s premier design-build competition, challenging students to create an energy efficient, solar-powered house that must perform in 10 contests during a nine-day public event. It’s also a real-world platform where women are proving that they are some of the brightest rising stars in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, before they even graduate.

  • Sahara Could Provide Solar Energy to Europe 4.5-GW Solar Project Cheaper than European

    August 10, 2017 - TuNur Ltd. recently said that it has filed for authorization to build a solar power export project in the Sahara Desert that would supply the European market with electricity.

    TuNur said that the 4.5-GW project would be located in Southwest Tunisia near Rejim Maatoug.

    To support the project, three HVDC cable systems are under development to link Tunisia to Malta; Tunisia to central Italy; and Tunisia to the South of France.t

  • Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why

    August 10, 2017 - In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon. But despite their popularity, researchers don’t know why perovskites are so efficient.

    Read the story and learn more.

  • Face West - Arrays of Hope ‘Duck Curve’ Solved!
    A Good Reason for City-Owned Utilities

    August 9, 2017 - In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south.

    The city-owned utility adjusted its rebates as of Aug. 1 in order to encourage more solar production in late afternoon, when electricity use tends to peak, especially during the high-demand summer months.

  • Cell Phones and Solar - the New Partnership Bringing Solar Power to 1 Million
    Africans Living Off the Grid

    August 7, 2017 - Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier.

    The company is extending its partnership with MTN Group Ltd. to Zambia, targeting close to 1 million new users in the country over the next three years. Customers will use MTN’s mobile-money app to pay as little as $0.20 a day until they own the solar panel and battery system, which is about the size of a personal computer and helps people charge mobile phones and light up homes.

  • Just Add Solar (sounds simple enough) Building Africa’s Largest Thermal-Solar
    PV Hybrid Power Plant

    August 4, 2017 - Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is set to deliver a 15-MW solar PV plant in Burkina Faso — creating Africa’s largest thermal-solar PV hybrid power plant.

    The solar PV development will be integrated with an existing 55-MW Wärtsilä thermal plant (running on heavy fuel oil), to power IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine, 330km northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. The plant is scheduled to be operational early in 2018.

  • Tesla Solar Roofs Tesla Finishes First Solar
    Roofs—Including Elon’s House

    August 4, 2017 - First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products

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    Tesla has completed its first solar roof installations, the company reported Wednesday as part of a second-quarter earnings report. Just like the first Model 3 customers, who took their keys last week, the first solar roof customers are Tesla employees. By selling to them first, Tesla says it hopes to work out any kinks in the sales and installation process before taking it to a wider public audience.

    Click for more on this story.

  • 3@3 on Solar PV Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters

    August 3, 2017 - 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 an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners.

    Click to check it out!

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    July

  • Greenlash is Triggering Next Advanced Energy Wave Gov. Jerry Brown Cheered by Crowd
    at the Global Citizens Festival

    July 31, 2017 - “I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement,” Brown said. “But he doesn’t speak for the rest of America... it’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change...we in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act.”

    Click now for much more.

  • Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem: Just Add Salt Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable
    Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

    July 31, 2017 - Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.

    The research lab, which hatched Google's driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential to last longer than lithium-ion batteries and compete on price with new hydroelectric plants and other existing clean energy storage methods, according to X executives and researchers.

  • Solar Panels With Built-In BatteriesMaking Living Off the Grid Easy(Slideshow Available)

    July 27, 2017 -Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class.

    Additionally, it is capable of providing clean energy to the “untapped market” of home renters, including tiny home dwellers and van-lifers. In essence, the one device makes clean, reliable power accessible to everyone and provides the tools required to collect, store, convert and manage solar energy.

  • Not a Volvo, But an Evovelo Evovelo Unveils Cute Little Solar
    Car You Can Pedal Like a Bicycle

    July 27, 207 -Evovelo unveiled a tiny solar-powered vehicle that combines the advantages of a car — such as safety, weather protection and stability — with the ease of a bicycle and the low energy consumption and space utilization of a light electric vehicle.

    The cute little trike is called Mö, and its practicality, customization, and sustainability make it a great fit for commuters looking to lower their environmental impact.

    Click for the story and a slideshow.

  • Net Metering in Trouble in Corth Carolina Energy Bill Could See N.C. Join
    National Fight Over Net Metering

    July 26, 2017 - Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment.

  • Energy Storage Advance for EV Charging in Canada Energy Storage for EV Charging
    in Canada to Combat Range Anxiety

    July 26, 2017 - Installation of a new network of 34 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will take advantage of energy storage to charge cars faster and help overcome “range anxiety.”

    The public-private project is the result of an agreement between eCAMION, Leclanché North America, and SGEM, and funding in part from Natural Resources Canada under the Canadian Energy Innovation Program. eCAMION and Leclanché formed a Toronto-based joint venture, named FAST Charge Inc., to manage the project.

  • Electric Cars Could Get a Boost From New Batteries Scientists Design Promising New
    Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries

    July 25, 2017 - Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

  • University of Virginia Continues on Green Path UVA, Dominion Energy and Coronal
    Energy Announce Solar Energy Project

    July 24, 2017 - The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.

    Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.

  • Chilean Solar Thermal Project Likana Solar Thermal Project in Chile
    Receives Environmental Approval

    July 20, 2017 - SolarReserve yesterday said its 390-MW Likana concentrating solar power plant received environmental approval from the Chilean government. The project will have 5.1-GWh of energy storage.

    “The Chilean transmission system will have difficulty accommodating large amounts of intermittent power,” Tom Georgis, SolarReserve’s senior vice president of development, said in a statement. “The distribution companies and mining sector require a firm, secure, and stable supply of electricity 24 hours a day. The Likana project will help lower electricity costs for Chilean families and businesses, while safeguarding grid stability.”

  • The Solar Decathlon Energy Jobs Inspired by the Solar Decathlon

    July 19, 2017 - From planning to construction, it requires many roles to take a house from blueprint to reality. One of the key features of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is the realistic experience it provides to participating students.

    Click now for the story and infographic

  • South Miami Will Require Solar on New Homes Idea Was Inspired by a Teenager

    July 18, 2017 - South Miami just became Florida's first city to require new homes to include rooftop solar installations, thanks to a teenage girl who helped write the ordinance. Now, despite facing opposition from a Washington, D.C.-based organization, she's set on spreading the measure across the state.

  • Solar Thermal for the Middle East Solar Thermal Plants Aim to Keep
    Lights on at Night in Middle East

    July 18, 2017 - Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region’s biggest developers of power plants.

    ACWA Power International CEO Paddy Padmanathan confirmed his company is the low bidder on a $1 billion project that will feed electricity to the grid for the Dubai Water & Electricity Authority between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. More such plants are likely to follow because Chinese companies will start driving down the cost of equipment, he said.

  • Concentrate that Solar Roof Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win
    Big Over Silicon in Outdoor Testing

    July 17, 20167 - A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

    Read the rest by clicking now.

  • New Photovoltaic Advnace Scientists Design Solar Cell That
    Captures Nearly All Solar Spectrum Energy

    July 13, 2017 - A George Washington University researcher helped design and construct a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum.

    Click now to get energized.

  • More Green for Your Car? Solarize the Car's Roof Panasonic Joins Push to Put
    Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs

    July 17, 2017 - Panasonic Corp. sees the future of solar on car rooftops.

    The Osaka-based electronics maker has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. In February, Panasonic announced that its photovoltaic module would be used on the roof of Toyota Motor Corp.’s latest Prius plug-in hybrid.

  • Grid Batteries Could Replace Natural-Gas in Minnesota Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper
    Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota

    July 12, 2017 - A new report suggests the economics of large-scale batteries are reaching an important inflection point.

    Click now to read
    about this important acheivment.

  • U.S. Mayors Embrace Clean Energy U.S. Mayors Embrace Clean
    Energy at Miami Beach Conference

    July 12, 2017 - The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a historic resolution that establishes support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100% clean and renewable energy in cities nationwide. Meeting June 23-26 in Miami Beach, the Conference hosted leaders from more than 250 cities.

  • Ranchers Fighting Keystone XL with Solar Panels Ranchers Fight Keystone XL Pipeline
    by Building Solar Panels in Its Path

    July 11, 2017 - No, they're not going to hit the pipeline crews with photovotaic panels.

    After years of battling Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Nebraska rancher Bob Allpress is taking an unusual step to protect land that has been in his family since 1886.

    In the coming weeks, Allpress plans to install solar panels in the middle of a 1.5-mile long strip of land, a proposed pipeline route that bisects his 900-acre ranch—and that TransCanada has threatened to take by force through a legal process known as eminent domain.

  • Nations That Are Eliminating Int. Combustion Vehicles These Countries Want to Ban All
    Vehicles That Run on Gas or Diesel

    July 10, 2017 - If France’s Environment Minister has his way, the country could join a small but growing list of countries that plan to ban vehicles running on gasoline, diesel or other fossil fuels.

    The proposal was announced late last week by Minister Nicolas Hulot and appeared timed to coincide with the G20 meeting in Germany where many European leaders, including new French President Emmanuel Macron, challenged U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to walk away from the Paris Climate Accord.

  • Rooftop Solar Under Pressure From Utlity Lobby Rooftop Solar Dims Under
    Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

    July 8, 2017 - Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth — as much as 900& by one estimate.

    That growth has come to a shuddering stop this year, with a projected decline in new installations of 2 percent, according to projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

  • June

  • U.S. Mayors Pass 100% Clean Energy Resolution U.S. Conference of Mayors Passes Landmark
    Resolution For 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

    June 26, 2017 - Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a historic resolution that establishes support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in cities nationwide.

    Introduced by the Co-Chairs of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, the “100% Renewable Energy in American Cities” resolution could pave the way for cities across the country to adopt 100 percent renewable energy targets within their communities.

  • How Smart Are 'Smart' Solar Modules? Smart Solar Modules: Enhanced Durability, Easier
    Installation and Lower LCOE, Says Jinko Solar

    June 22, 2017 - Solar modules: Andrea Viaro, EU Technical Service Manager at Jinko Solar Europe is talking about technical specifications and advantages of the company`s smart MX solar modules.

    To learn more, click now.

  • New Heights Reached in Energy Storage Does the World Want Clean Storage?
    Please Take a Pole

    June 21, 2017 - Toronto Hydro is testing pole-mounted energy storage devices that can supplement electricity during peak hours in homes. In a pilot project, a compact white box, a little bigger than a suitcase, has been mounted about six metres up a hydro pole in the Keele St.

  • The Potential for Renewable Energy in the Caribbean The Global Transition to Renewables
    — Can the Caribbean Lead the Way?

    June 20, 2017 - Although the world currently is benefitting from a relatively low cost of oil, the production of electricity from either diesel or heavy fuel oil is still expensive in the region. The electricity prices in the Caribbean are extremely high, with an average of US$0.34 per kWh and as high as US$0.50 per kWh, which is nearly four times the price paid in the U.S. And if the pendulum swings back to higher priced oil in the years to come, this will make the cost of electricity in the Caribbean still higher.

  • Nevada RPS - the Good and the Bad Nevada RPS, Community Solar Bills
    Vetoed; Net Metering Reinstated

    June 19, 2017- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed two bills that would have increased the state’s renewable energy standard and promoted community solar programs.

    Clean energy advocates expressed their disappointment in the vetoes, but applauded Sandoval’s decision to sign a bill that will reinstate Nevada’s net metering standard and bring major solar developers, such as Tesla and Sunrun, back to the state. Sandoval signed eight other clean energy and energy efficiency bills.

  • Solar Power Can Save U.S. Lives and Money Solar Power Can Do Much
    More For Americans’ Health and Wealth
    Than Coal Can Deliver

    June 19, 2017- Sunshine can save lives and American dollars too. US scientists have just worked out how many lives, and at what price, solar power can deliver.

    They know how to save lives, make money and make America great again. The answer? Switch from coal to solar power. This would save up to 52,000 lives, and deliver electricity at the same time.

  • Roof Envy: Keeping Up With Your Neighbor Thinking About Going Solar? Google
    Adds Peer Pressure Into the Mix

    June 19, 2017- Keeping up with Joneses is now easier thanks to Project Sunroof. Seeing a neighboring home with visible-from-the-street solar panels can prompt on-the-fence homeowners to follow suit. A new Google mapping tool lets the solar-curious view less conspicuous rooftop PV arrays in their ZIP code.

  • DUKE Energy Battles PURPA Duke Energy Behind N.C’s
    Proposed Solar Policy Change

    June 14, 2017- Solar companies created thousands of jobs on the back of a decades-old law. Now, the the state’s utility wants to rewrite it.

    Alongside Highway 401 in northern North Carolina is a 21st-century twist on a classic rural scene. A few miles outside of Roxboro, sheep graze among 5,000 panels at the Person County Solar Park, keeping the grass tidy on the rural installation.

    Fields like these aren’t just scenic settings for roadtripping tourists to snap photos. Solar has “been some of the only economic development to happen in rural North Carolina in the last 30 years,” explained Richard Harkrader, CEO of a local solar company.

  • Solar Tower Power Is on the Rise Solar Tower Power Can Prouduce Electricity Without Batteries.

    June 11, 2017- The massive expansion of solar panels on rooftops and solar farms across the world has captured the headlines, but the other established way of generating electricity from sunlight – concentrated solar power (CSP), or solar tower power – is also making great strides.

    For a long time, using mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays to heat molten salt and produce superheated steam to drive a generator’s turbines was thought to be a more promising technology than photovoltaic panels (PV), because it was originally cheaper.

  • Solar Power in Nepal: Protecting Wildlife and More Solar Power in Nepal:
    Protecting Wildlife, Empowering Women

    June 7, 2017 - Projects bring energy to ranger stations in Chitwan National Park, plus economic opportunities for nearby women.

    Click for the story and a video.

  • The Floating Solar Farm China Just Switched
    On the World's Largest
    Floating Solar Power Plant

    June 2, 2017 - t wasn’t too long ago that China had a reputation as a coal-guzzling, smog-blanketed polluter. But that is changing - and fast.

    Today, China invests more each year in wind, hydro and solar power than any other country on earth. This week it further underlined its role as the global leader in renewable energy by switching on the world’s largest floating solar power plant.

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    May

  • Electric Cars Cheaper than Intennal Combusition? Electric Cars Could Be Cheaper
    Than Internal Combustion by 2030

    May 23, 2017 - According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global battery production is forecast to more than double between now and 2021. The expansion is in turn driving prices down, good news both for the budding electric-car industry and for energy companies looking to build out grid-scale storage to back up renewable forms of energy.

  • Europe is Building Its Own Battery GigafactoriesMove Over Tesla. Europe's Building
    Its Own Battery Gigafactories

    May 24, 2017 - Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities.

  • Big Fuel-Cell Push in JapanAutomakers and Other Companies Get
    Behind Fuel-Cell Push in Japan

    May 18, 2017 - Japan is backing a push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen and planning to build more hydrogen fueling stations so that fuel-cell vehicles on roads will grow to 40,000 by 2020, from the current handful.

    The collaboration on fuel cells, announced Friday, brings together 11 companies, including automakers Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co., as well as energy and gas companies and a bank.

  • Solar Power for Syrian Refugee CampA Syrian Refugee Camp Got
    Solar Power For the First Time

    May 18, 2017 - In a desert in northern Jordan, thousands of families can now light their shelters, plug in fridges, and charge cellphones, thanks to a solar plant that began operating on Wednesday.

    Azraq — the second largest camp in Jordan — is the world’s first refugee camp to be powered by clean energy, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. Before this year, refugees lived in Azraq for two years with no electricity aside from solar lanterns; now 20,000 of the camp’s 35,000 are hooked up to solar.

  • In-Road Charging For Electric Cars Israeli Wireless Tech is Working on It

    May 16, 2017 - An electric bus demonstration project in Israel may show the feasibility of adopting wireless charging technology in other countries and vehicle types, including cars consumers may one day buy.

    The Israeli government is working with ElectRoad, a local wireless charging technology company, to develop technology that can charge buses while in motion.

    Click to read the shocking article.

  • Solar Power Can Protect GridInstalling Solar to
    Combat National Security
    Risks in the Power Grid

    May 15, 2017 - Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization.

    Power production from multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security.

  • Tesla Taking Solar Roof OrdersYou Can't Tell Them
    Apart from Conventional Ones

    May 11, 2017 -Tesla is now accepting deposits for its new solar roof system, offering an “infinity” warranty for tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Installations will begin in June, the company says.

  • What a Tesla Solar Roof Will Really Cost YouTesla's Solar Roof Will Be Expensive
    But Is it Worth the Price?

    May 10, 2017 - Just what makes this product superior to both old-school solar panels and traditional roofing? Two things: Design and a lifetime warranty.

    But upfront costs might scare some poential buyers away. The article explains the details.

  • Clean Energy's Fastest Growing Jobs5 of the Fastest
    Growing Jobs in Clean Energy

    May 10, 2017 -A recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report on jobs and the economy found that 6.4 million Americans work in the energy sector, with 300,000 jobs added last year. A huge percentage of these new jobs are in renewable energy and efficiency.

    This article takes a look at just a few of the fastest growing jobs in the sector.

  • Virginia Expands Solar Development Through StorageNew Virginia Law Expands
    Solar Energy Development Authority
    to Include Energy Storage

    May 9, 2017 - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday signed a bill authorizing the expansion of the state’s Solar Energy Development Authority to include energy storage.

  • Turning Strip Mines into Solar Fields Has Its ChallengesSolar on Former Strip Mines?
    It’s Not as Simple as It Sounds

    May 8, 2017 - Developers of a solar farm atop a former Kentucky coal mining site hope their work will inspire similar projects — putting abandoned land to use and helping revive the Appalachian economy.

    However, for reasons both logistical and cultural, the process is much more complicated and time consuming than it may seem.

  • Can Florida Really Be the Sunshine State?Pro-Solar Bill Heads to Florida
    Governor’s Desk for Signature

    May 8, 2017 - The Florida Senate last week passed SB 90, a bill to implement the pro-solar ballot initiative Amendment 4 approved by voters on the state’s August 2016 primary ballot, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SAVE).

  • Russia Want to Produce More Renewable Energy Russia Tells the UN
    It Wants to Produce
    More Renewable Energy

    May 8, 2017 - Don’t look now, but Russia could get greener—and it has nothing to do with climate change melting the Siberian permafrost.

  • Alt. Energy Critic In Charge of Renewable Energy OfficeTrump Puts Renewable
    Energy Critic in Charge of
    Renewable Energy Office

    May 2, 2017 - President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), according to an email distributed to department employees.

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    April

  • Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio StandardCheck Out Ohio’s Latest Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

    Apr. 27, 2017 -Ohio law contains a renewable energy (R.E.) portfolio standard that requires that 12.5% of electricity sold by Ohio utilities must be generated from R.E. sources by 2027.

  • Top Ten States for Clean Energy JobsWhich States Have
    the Most Clean Energy Jobs?
    - the Answers May Surprise You

    Apr. 13, 2017 - The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency. For comparison, 160,000 Americans work in coal, 360,000 in natural gas and 515,000 in oil.

  • Sterling, Massachusetts Micrgrid Can Save Big $$ Changing the Business of
    Electricity in New England — Forever

    April 17, 2017 - The little town of Sterling, Mass., is getting a lot of attention these days. Not only has the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) won awards for its new solar+storage microgrid, the town is getting visitors from Germany, Japan, Norway and many other countries.

  • Do the Saudis Know Something Trump Doesn’t? The Biggest Oil Exporter Sets
    Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal

    Apr. 17, 2017 - Saudi Arabia is launching an ambitious renewable energy program to transform its power sector.

    The kingdom is pledging between $30-$50 billion to develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years to boost electricity generation and curb oil consumption.

    Saudi Arabia wants 10 percent of its electricity to come from renewables in the next six years, energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said Monday at a conference in Riyadh

  • The Challenge For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Hydrogen FuelCell Cars Face
    Obstacle - Few Fueling Stations

    Apr. 13, 2017 - Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them.

    Honda, Toyota and Hyundai have leased a few hundred fuel cell vehicles over the past three years, and expect to lease well over 1,000 this year. But for now, those leases are limited to California, which is home to most of the 34 public hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S.

Geothermal News Stories

 
  • Deep Geothermal Project Set for Cornwall, UK UK Could Get its
    First Geothermal Power Project

    Jan. 31, 2018 - The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and will be the first geothermal power project in the UK. The site is located at the United Downs Industrial estate, near Redruth in Cornwall.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Think Energy.

  • Two Geothermal Groups Combine Geothermal Resources Council and
    Geothermal Energy Association Will Combine

    Jan. 8, 2018 - The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) today said that they will combine their organizations.

    The combined organization will focus on advancing the science, education, and development of renewable geothermal energy resources, the groups said.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Geothermal In Nevada - Power for L.A. New Geothermal Plant in
    Nevada Will Help Power Los Angeles

    Dec. 22, 2017 - The first new geothermal plant in a group of projects that will feed power to the Los Angeles basin now is online.

    Ormat Technologies this week said that it has placed the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant into commercial operation. The plant is part of a portfolio power purchase agreement Ormat signed earlier this year with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), which will sell the entire output of the portfolio to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Under the agreement, SCPPA will purchase 150 MW of power generated by a portfolio of Ormat’s new and existing geothermal power plants.

    Click now to read more.

  • Gold: No - Geothermal: Yes! Abandoned Mine Becomes Home to
    Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research

    Nov. 29, 2017 - The Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota, was once the largest and deepest gold mine in all of North America. It produced approximately 41 million ounces of gold during 126 years of operation. In 2002, the mine was shuttered when the gold veins vanished. Then, after pumping and maintenance costs increased, the Barrick Gold Corporation let the mine slowly fill with water.

    Click to read about the transformation.

  • Geothermal in the Caribbean New Grants Make 60 MW
    Possible for Five Caribbean Countries

    Nov 27, 2017 - In New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalization of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The program will facilitate the development of up to 60 MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries — Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    The potential development of 60 MW of geothermal power plants for five Caribbean nations under new European Union funding would defer high levels of oil imports to the region and support lower energy prices.

    Click to read the encouraging article.

  • Huge Geothermal Auction in Nevada Auction Receives Bids for 19,000 Acres

    Nov. 9, 2017 - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late October said that it received bids on geothermal leases in Nevada for about $78,000 in an online auction.

    Geothermal developer Ormat Technologies won a 5,078-acre parcel in Esmerelda County, Nev., paying about $20,000.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World1.

  • Promising Geothermal Resources How to Unlock Some of the
    World’s Most Promising Ones

    August 30, 2017 - Central America holds some of the world’s most promising geothermal resources, that if utilized can help the region secure and deliver, inexpensive electricity while stimulating low-carbon economic growth.

    Click for this story
    and links to similar articles.

  • The Lithium-Geothermal Teamup Companies Team Up on Exploration Data
    for Lithium, Geothermal Projects

    August 28, 2017 - Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates (GDA) to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada.

    The exploration data will help Dajin in the development of a Lithium brine extraction facility, while GDA will work on the development of a geothermal plant for electrical generation and the production of direct-use thermal water.

  • Why Can't British Columbia Build a Georthrmal Plant?If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal
    PowerPlant, Why Can’t B.C.?

    June 22, 2017 -While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates, experts say British Columbia is far better situated to capitalize on the technology yet has failed to do so..

  • 2017: Geothermal Is Trending Upwards Overall, the 2017 Geothermal
    Outlook is Positive

    February 3, 2017 - Geothermal is posed to grow by leaps and bounds internationally in the coming years, with rapid growth in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya, all rich in geothermal resources. Major players involve investment banks like JICA and the IADB, who are teaming up with countries with untapped geothermal energy like Chile to diversify their national energy portfolios and meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals of significantly lowering the global output of CO2 in coming decades.

    Countries like Kenya and Indonesia have set frameworks in place and target goals of geothermal development to be achieved in the coming years, providing a significant portion of electricity as these countries go green.

  • A Georthermal/PV Partnership Novel Hybrid Solar
    PV-Geothermal Energy
    System Piloted in Sweden

    Sept. 7, 2016 -The new concept is based around a system integrating hybrid solar PV, ground-source heat pump (GSHP) and borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) technologies.

    The result is a system in which outputs of each technology are highly complementary to one another, and carry the potential to increase energy efficiency and cost effectiveness of individual components.

  • Geothermal Design ChallengeBoise State University
    Students Selected as Finalists in
    Geothermal Design Challenge

    July 7, 2016 - A team of three Boise State University students has been selected as one of 12 finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office’s Geothermal Design Challenge.

  • Aloha, Geothermal!Hawaii Explores Collaboration
    with Energy Development
    Corp on Geothermal Power

    May 25, 2016 - Energy Development Corporation (EDC) said in a May 20 statement that it met this month with a representative of the State of Hawaii to discuss geothermal in the context of the state’s 100 percent renewable energy goal.

  • Iceland - Land of Free Energy How Iceland’s Energy
    Start-ups and Innovations Make
    it a Developer’s Dream Location

    May 20, 2016 - Iceland has a uniquely stable power grid, an abundance of 100 percent renewable power and a booming start-up culture. Altogether, Iceland is the dream location for an energy developer eager to step outside of the box.

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  • VW Minibus is Back - And It's Electric! Return Of The Minibus As
    an Electric Vehicle For 2022

    Sept. 12,2017 - The VW Minibus is an iconic vehicle that just oozes beach vibes. Here in California, it is synonymous with surfing and the ’60s and has a cult following even to this day. For that reason, it was impactful that VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess chose California as the place to announce the return of the VW Minibus. He related as much to the crowd in Pebble Beach, California:

  • BYD Announces 1st Commercial SkyRail Line 1st Commercial SkyRail Line In Yinchuan, China

    Sept. 12,2017 - BYDM announced that the first commercial application of its SkyRail monorail mass transit solution opened for operation in Yinchuan, China, on September 1, 2017. The SkyRail system in Yinchuan is the first monorail solution installed in China that uses a straddle design where the vehicle sits on top of the monorail, hanging over both sides.

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  • What's the Best E.V. for the Money It's the Chevy Bolt

    August 11, 2017 - In spite of the fact that it’s neither fast nor furious, the Chevy Bolt is currently the most practical and economical Electric Vehicle. Hybrids (like the Volt and Prius) and pure EVs (like the Bolt and Teslas) have seen phenomenal growth over the past decade. Their popularity will continue to grow as battery costs decline and EV charging infrastructure improves.

  • Parked Electric Cars Earn Money in Europe Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530
    From Europe's Power Grids

    August 14, 2017 -Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid.

    Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.

    Technology linking vehicles to the grid marks another challenge for utilities already struggling to integrate wind and solar power into their distribution system. As the use of plug-in cars spreads, grid managers will have to pay closer attention to when motorists draw from the system and when they can smooth variable flows.

  • India's First Solar-Powered Train Makes Its Debut Asia's Largest Rail Network Hopes To Save Over
    $6 B On Energy in The Next Decade

    July 18, 2017 - India's diesel-powered train network has a new kid on the block. The gas-guzzling Indian Railway system has just debuted its first solar-powered train, called the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). It will operate in the city of New Delhi.

    Click now for this must-read story.

  • Volvo to Phase Out Conventional Engine Volvo to Go Electric Abandoning
    Conventional Car Engine by 2019

    July 5, 2017- or Volvo, the internal combustion engine has run its course.

    The Chinese-owned automotive group has unveiled plans to begin phasing out the conventional car engine, the first major automaker to abandon the technology that has powered the industry for more than a century.

  • Engineering Tricks For Cleaner CarsEngineering Tricks: Help
    Automakers Build Greener Cars

    Aug. 12, 2016 -Americans love big cars, but they chug gas at an alarming rate. And while hybrid and all-electric cars are making inroads in the market, they’re very expensive to produce. Meanwhile, automakers are using cheaper engineering techniques to bump up the efficiency of popular models.

  • A Solar-Powered Cars? Hanergy Unveils Solar-Powered
    Cars to Expand Use of Technology

    July 7, 2016 - Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. introduced four cars powered by solar panels as it seeks to expand the use of photovoltaic technology.

  • Solar Wings Around the World IMPULSE: Solar Wings Around the World

    June 21, 2016 - Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane that started its historic round-the-world journey in Abu Dabhi, Arab Emirates, in March 2015, landed at New York's JFK Airport on June 11, after a triumphant circle over the Statue of Liberty. Solar Impulse is making the round-the-world trip without a drop of fuel.

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(An Alphabetical Listing)
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Solar Tax Incentives


8 Minute Renewable Energy
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Why is it called 8 Minutes Renewable Energy? Because it takes about that time for the sun to reach the earth. Click the image for this commercial (yet informative website).


1366 Technologies

Conventional solar power is still too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, in part because of the cost of manufacturing silicon-based solar cells.
Key innovation:Developed a cheaper method for making silicon wafers, the most expensive component of a solar module.
Technology: The process that 1366 has developed makes it possible to mold solar wafers—the thin sheets of silicon that serve as the core of a solar cell—directly from molten silicon rather than cutting them from larger ingots or crystals, which can waste up to half the material. The company has also developed a method for manufacturing solar cells that increases the amount of light the cell can absorb by reducing the area that’s shaded by electron-conducting wires and by decreasing the amount of light reflected off the surface. Increasing the light absorption helps increase the power output of the cell, effectively decreasing the cost per watt.

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A123 Systems

Lithium-ion batteries make electric cars possible at mass-market prices.Key innovation: Nanostructured electrodes result in lithium batteries more durable and safer than those in cell phones and laptops.
Technology: A123 develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries that are safer than those in mobile phones and laptops and use less expensive elements. The materials are structured at the nanoscale in a way that enables them to charge and discharge quickly, making them well suited for use in electric vehicles and in electrical-grid storage.

Adara Power (Formerly Juicebox Energy)

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Interest in residential energy storage technology has grown dramatically worldwide as consumers search for a method of capturing self-produced solar energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and reducing their reliance on utilities.
These sentiments combined with the need to be positioned on a global scale have led JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, to rebrand as Adara Power. Formed in 2013, the company has successfully installed its advanced 8.6kWh and 17.2kWh Energy Storage Systems across the U.S. with growing domestic and international demand for renewable energy sources.


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AllEarth Renewables

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They've designed and manufactures the dual-axis AllSun Trackers - affordable, complete grid-connected solar electric systems that produce up to 45% more energy than fixed rooftop systems. AllSun Trackers vastly simplify system design, supply chain management, installation and maintenance for systems large and small and was named a Top-10 green product of the year by BuildingGreen. AllEarth Renewables was named the fastest growing company in Vermont in 2010 and 2011.
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AllSun Tracker Systems

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An AllSun Tracker is just as the name implies: an array of solar panels (either 20 or 24) mounted on a ground mounted steel pole that moves with the sun as it crosses the sky. It is a dual-axis, active solar tracker that uses a motor and GPS (Global Positioning System) to turn the solar PV panels east to west and up and down. This movement keeps the solar panels perpendicular to the sun’s rays, steadily in-line with the sun’s position on the horizon every day, any time of the year. As a result, the amount of sunlight reaching the panels is maximized and electricity generation is greatly increased.
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Amyris

Advanced biofuels could help reduce the use of gasoline and diesel.
Key innovation: Its genetically engineered yeast turns sugars into a building block of diesel fuel, which is usable in the existing transportation infrastructure.
Technology: Amyris has engineered yeasts that convert sugars into a hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene, which can be processed into fuels for transport or products for the chemical industry. If hydrogenated, the hydrocarbon can be turned into a diesel fuel that burns cleaner than conventional diesel, reducing emissions of sulfur, nitrogen oxides, and particulates.

American Energy Technologies

A full service design/build renewable energy installation company serving owners and operators of professional businesses or multi-family residential buildings throughout the Northeast. AET works closely with their customers to help them understand their renewable energy options, state and federal requirements, and the financial benefits they can achieve. They are actively engaged in solar array projects in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

American Wind Energy Association

The mission of the American Wind Energy Association is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.
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Aquinon Energy

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The developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, today announced that it has completed the closing of a $55 million Series D financing round. Due to strong investor interest, the total amount of funding for this round was increased from the $35 million level previously announced by the company in April of 2013.
They are completing $55M financing round to bring transformative energy storage systems to market.
The Series D financing includes participation from new investors Bill Gates, Yung’s Enterprise, Nick and Joby Pritzker through their family’s firm Tao Invest, Bright Capital, and Gentry Venture Partners. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures also participated in the round.

Arcadia Power

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Arcadia Power is a nationwide renewable energy company. They were founded with one simple mission in mind: to make our world better by changing the way we power our homes and businesses from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
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Array Technologies

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Array Technologies, Inc. is a leading U.S.-based solar manufacturer of solar tracking and solar racking systems for utilities, corporations, small businesses and homeowners. They provide solar tracking and racking solutions for any project, whatever its scale, location or requirements.
Click on the logo for more information and a video.

Borrego Solar

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designs and installs commercial solar power systems, providing a complete range of solar energy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing and solar consulting services.
Click the image to see the arrays that they have installed.


Bright Source Energy

Bright Source

It efficiently produces solar thermal power, which focuses sunlight to heat water into steam.
Key innovation:  A boiler is heated directly with sunlight that bounces off mirrors.
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Carnegie Wave Energy

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Wave energy possesses unique characteristics that offer an advantage over other renewables such as wind and solar energy:
• Less variable and with the variability being more gradual and with notice
•  More predictable. Australia’s preeminent research organization, the CSIRO, estimates wave energy is at least three times more predictable than wind energy
•  The proximity of favorable wave energy sites to ultimate end users, so it minimizes transmission issues. Notably, approximately 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 kilometres of a coast.

 

Center for Alternative Technology (CAT)

CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.
Within this search CAT' explores and demonstrates a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.

Clean Energy States Alliance

Eighteen states

across the U.S. with established clean energy funds or programs have banded together to promote clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of members from 16 clean energy funds and two state agencies; it provides information and technical services to its members and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.
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d.Light Solar

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d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. We design, manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world. We aim to empower the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020. d.light serves over 40 countries, through over 10,000 retail outlets, 10 field offices, and four regional hubs. The company employs over 100 people directly, and indirectly employs hundreds more worldwide.

Earth Ministry

Through outreach and organizing within faith communities, Earth Ministry mobilizes Christians to live their faith by caring for the places they inhabit and working in their communities, churches, and government to promote justice for Earth and all its inhabitants.
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EarthSpark

EarthSpark is honored to have been featured in Solar Frontiers, a recent short film by The Economist. Watch to see a family in the Haitian community of Les Anglais getting electricity for the first time and meet some of the men and women working on solar innovation in some unexpected places from Haiti to Alabama and beyond.

Envision Solar

In the U.S., Envision Solar, headquarted in San Diego, California, has developed the unique EV ARC (Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger), which is the world’s first fully autonomous, mobile, and 100 percent solar charged EV station. While in the U.S., the average, grid-tied EV charging system supplies electricity, which mostly comes from fossil fueled power plants, the EV ARC provides 100 percent clean, renewable electricity for EVs in public areas. Click image for more information.

eSolar

Reducing the cost of constructing solar thermal plants will make them more competitive with fossil-fuel plants.
Key innovation: Software controls the mirrors that focus rays from the sun, eliminating the need to position them by hand.
Technology: The company uses arrays of tens of thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a central tower, producing intense heat that turns water into steam to generate electricity. The mirrors are installed on prefabricated metal frames that allow them to pivot and tilt to track the sun throughout the day and from season to season. Proprietary software ensures that all the mirrors are aimed properly.
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First Solar
New types of photovoltaics are reducing the cost of solar power.
Key innovation: "Thin-film" solar panels based on cadmium telluride, which are cheaper than:conventional silicon panels, have made the company one of the world's largest photovoltaic manufacturers.
Technology: The leading producer of thin-film solar panels, First Solar has established an alternative to conventional silicon-­based technology. The key is a material called cadmium telluride, which absorbs light better than silicon does; as a result, extremely thin films of the material are all that’s needed.
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Florida Power & Light Solar Facility

FPL

At 25 megawatts, the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the country. Now if they only would stop trying to kill solar roofs in the "Sunshine State," it might make them look mich better to true environmentalists.

 


Florida Solar Power Directory

Solar Power

A directory of Solar Power providers and training facilities in South Florida

 


 
General Fusion

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General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion system uses a sphere, filled with molten lead-lithium that is pumped to form a vortex.  On each pulse, magnetically-confined plasma is injected into the vortex. Around the sphere, an array of pistons impact and drive a pressure wave into the centre of the sphere, compressing the plasma to fusion conditions. Visit their website to see a case made for this unlimited energy source.
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GlassPoint Solar

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GlassPoint designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for the oil and gas industry worldwide. When used for thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) GlassPoint solar steam generators significantly reduce both gas consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

 

Go Green Solar

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GoGreenSolar.com is a leading solar and wind power internet retailer and online community. The company has passionately helped customers all over the world deploy renewable energy systems for their homes, businesses and non-profit agendas. GoGreenSolar.com carries the highest quality products from reputable manufacturers:Kaco Solar, Sanyo Solar, EarthLED, Xantrex, Kaneka, Southwest WindPower, Fronius, Enphase Energy, SMA, Heliodyne, Morningstar, Outback.

 

Goldwind Science and Technology

Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.
Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure.
Note: Revenue $1.6 billion
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Green Lancer

GreenLancer’s online platform is providing the next generation of solar energy design services and significantly reducing the time and costs associated with developing solar energy projects. GreenLancer.com is a web-based company that designs solar energy systems, in the CLOUD. Our unique business model leverages the use of cutting edge technology, the internet, and powerful collaboration strategies. The results have made solar energy design support easy, affordable, very reliable and accessible to anyone, anywhere. Learn More

 

Halotechnics
Solar Thermal Storage

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Breakthrough Molten Salts with Game-changing Properties -In our combinatorial chemistry labs we have screened thousands of novel mixtures and developed materials with the best combination of melting point, maximum operating temperature, and cost. Our research has resulted in our Saltstream patent-pending formulas. Saltstream materials utilize eutectic mixtures with drastically reduced melting points, reducing the risk of freezing and expanding the operating range of the fluid.
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Helio Sage
Wisdom In Sun

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HelioSage is a leading national developer of commercial and utility scale solar projects, with a development pipeline totaling more than 900 megawatts across 20 states. The Company was founded by several of the principals of Greenlight Energy, Inc., one of the country’s largest independent wind energy companies at the time of its 2006 sale to BP Alternative Energy. With experience gained across more than 500 megawatts of completed renewable energy transactions, representing over $1 billion in invested capital, HelioSage is a recognized leader in large-scale solar energy development.

Imergy Power Systems

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"The world needs radical new energy solutions. Imergy is supplying them now. Our paradigm-shifting Energy Storage Platform (ESP) fits as seamlessly into a remote village as it does into a large-scale commercial application. Cost savings and ROI are deep and fast. Scaling up is simple and inexpensive. Smart technology ensures efficient consumption. And the sustainable design meets today’s highest standards for responsible energy systems."-from the Imergy Website

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Infinity PV

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infinityPV’s CEO: Printed solar cells need to happen. I’m all in!
For decades scientists have been pursuing an exceedingly ambitious goal: They hope to provide clean energy for the entire world. Solutions including fusion, wind, solar, and more are all in the works, each with their own sets of promises and costs. Frederik C. Krebs, CEO of infinityPV, sees one clear path to a renewable energy future: “Printed solar cells hold the promises of solving our energy needs - we have the technology, all needed materials are abundant, and we spend extremely limited energy producing them.”

Joule Unlimited

Biofuels could be far cheaper if they weren't made from corn, sugarcane, and other forms of biomass.
Key innovation: Designed microbes that convert carbon dioxide and water directly into fuels.
Technology: Joule has engineered microbes that harness the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. When housed in bioreactors in sunny areas and at full-scale production, the company says, these photosynthetic organisms can produce 15,000 gallons of diesel or 25,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. The process offers an advantage over making biofuels from corn or cellulose, because growing those materials requires large amounts of arable land. It’s also an improvement over using photosynthetic algae to make biofuel precursors, as some other companies do, because those chemicals must then be processed to make fuel.
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Ocean Renewable Power

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The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine and Canada, is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world.
Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of this bay, with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more. At its mouth, off of Eastport and Lubec, Maine, ORPC is operating the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in the country, also the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas.

Oregon Wave Enery Trust

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A nonprofit, public-private partnership that is helping to responsibly develop ocean energy by connecting stakeholders, supporting research and development, and engaging in public outreach and policy work.
OWET works with a wide range of stakeholders including: fishing and environmental groups, utilities, industry, government and interested citizens.
With 300 miles of coastline characterized by powerful waves and steady and constant winds, a robust electrical transmission system close to coastal communities, transportation and port infrastructure, experienced and established manufacturing and supply chain, supportive policies and leading research institutions, Oregon is uniquely positioned to be North America’s leader in ocean energy.
With the growing need for new clean sources of energy and sustainable family-wage jobs, OWET’s goal is to attract and build the ocean energy industry and to maximize the benefits for the environment and economy.
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Plugless
Wireless Vehicle Electric Charging

 

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Transfer energy without the cord!
Plugless uses inductive charging technology to eliminate the need to plug in your EV. Two aligned magnetic coils send power to your EV over an air gap between your vehicle and the included Wireless Charging Station.

Power Parasol
(Out of the Desert. Off
the Rooftops. Into the Community)

 

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PowerParasol® is a transformative tool that produces immediate results for customers who make the investment in changing their environment.
Used to cover parks, pedestrian malls, parking lots, playgrounds community open space, or business and storage areas, the patent pending Power Parasol provides shade, security, lighting, and solar energy. All of this, while creating an environment of dappled light that allows grass, flowers, bushes and trees to flourish underneath the structure resulting in comfortable, inviting outdoor areas.


PVCROPS

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PVCROPS (PhotoVoltaic Cost reduction, Reliability, Operational performance,
Prediction and Simulation) is a €6 million funded pan-European, three year project involving 12 organisations across 7 EU member states. PVCROPS aims to improve Solar Photovoltaic (PV) penetration within electricity networks throughout each of the life stages of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) systems and Ground-Based PV plants.
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Renewable Energy - LI

RELI is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and to protect our environment, economy, and public health.

 

The Rite Project

RITE Project

The RITE Project by Verdant Power is a world’s first initiative that will test, demonstrate and deliver commercial electricity from their Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System. The project is located in the East Channel of the East River in New York, NY, and generates clean renewable energy from the river's tidal currents.

Romania
Eastern Europe’s Renewables Haven

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Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Since 2003, global consultancy Ernst & Young has released its Country Attractiveness Indices, which gives a numerical ranking to 30 global renewable energy markets by scoring renewable energy investment strategies and resource availability. The indices are updated on a quarterly basis and the most recent report can be found here.
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Semprius

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delivers a unique high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) module design that begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process. This process enables Semprius to use the world's smallest solar cell - approximately the size of a pencil point - to create solar modules with unmatched costs and performance advantages. In September 2013, Semprius set a new record for commercial solar module efficiency, reaching 35.5 percent.

SEPA - Solar
Electric Power Association

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SEPA's mission is to support utility integration of solar to the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. We envision a future where solar represents a significant portion of the U.S. electricity portfolio while maintaining healthy and vibrant utility and solar industries.

Siemens

Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.
Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure. Note: Revenues $103.7 billion.

Silver Spring Networks

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Computer intelligence in the electric grid will make energy distribution more efficient.
Key innovation: Developed hardware and software that standardize the way disparate parts of the grid communicate.
Technology: The company builds secure, adaptable network infrastructure that helps utilities and their customers manage their energy use more efficiently. Silver Spring Networks' software allows utilities to automatically manage their distribution of electricity by quickly responding to spikes and lulls in electricity generation and demand, as well as failures in the grid. The company also builds its communication chips into smart electric and gas meters that relay data to a centralized software system. Consumers can access the data to monitor their own energy use through a Web portal that Silver Spring maintains.
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Solar City
Google Giving Solar Energy a New Lease on Life

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June 15, 2011 - Google announced that it’s investing $280 million in SolarCity, a company that installs and maintains residential-scale solar panels. Customers pay a fee for this service, either up-front or at a monthly rate—and end up saving more money on electricity than they would if they were to buy and install the panels themselves—but they avoid the risk and long-term commitment of ownership. In this system, SolarCity and, by extension, Google take on that risk and the government tax credits that go along with installing solar panels. Why not let Google help you save a little on your electricity bill ?
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Solar Gardens

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A Solar Garden is a community shared solar array with grid-connected subscribers.
Homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees, receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof using “virtual net metering”. The Solar Gardens Institute (SGI) provides tools and training to co-develop community solar arrays. Land owners, community groups, local governments, utilities and solar integrators.
Click on the image to learn more and to locate installations throughout the U.S.A.
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Solar Reserve
Leading the world in solar power with storage.
Delivered day and night - Today.

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SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include electricity generation by solar thermal energy and photovoltaic panels. In addition, SolarReserve has commercialized a proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated energy storage that solves the intermittency issues experienced with other renewable energy sources. This proven US-developed technology generates renewable baseload and dispatchable power and can compete with traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation. The company currently has more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide, with development and long-term power contracts for 775 megawatts (MW) of solar projects representing $3.4 billion of project capital.

Solar Roadways

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Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots.
A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole Click here. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a "home" for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.
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Solar Shade Parking Structures
Put Your Parking Lot to Work

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Alpha Energy’s Photovoltaic Solar Shade Structures are parking canopies with a roof specifically designed to provide low-cost support for a solar power system. Solar shade structures offer a dual benefit: shading for cars and solar production. A visible display of a company’s commitment to renewable energy, the solar shade structures can be used throughout the day to generate electricity and can be complimented with lighting and security cameras for safe usage at night as well.

 

Solar Wall

This technology is a solar air heating system that heats building ventilation air using a patented technology called a transpired or perforated plate collector. It delivers one of the fastest energy ROIs possible in the commercial and industrial sector because it substantially offsets the traditional heating load.  As well, it can be used for agricultural and process drying, and is a significant source of greenhouse gas displacement.

Learn how solar air heating works.


SolarWindow Technologies

SolarWindow™ Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW) is developing first-of-their-kind electricity-generating see-through windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings.
Their mission has been to create SolarWindow™ products which produce extraordinary amounts of clean electricity, financially reward their customers, and benefit the environment. A bold undertaking.
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Solarmer Energy

Solarmer Energy Inc. is a developer of transparent, flexible plastic solar panels, the next wave in generating renewable energy from the sun. These solar panels are opening the door for a wide range of new application areas in renewable energy, which are not currently addressable with conventional silicon solar panel technology. Our company's solar panels have the potential to reduce the cost of renewable energy down to 12-15 cents/kWh and less than $1/Watt, which means plastic solar panels will be the first in solar capable of generating electricity on par with conventional fuel costs.

 

Sunbandit
Solar Hybrid Energy Systems

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Sun Bandit® is a revolutionary new way in which solar is used to heat water. This innovative new technology utilizes PV technology to deliver clean, reliable hot water by putting the free energy of the sun to work for you in ways that makes owning a solar system more practical and affordable than ever before.
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SunPower
Oasis Solar Tracker

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SunPower partnered with EPCs to engineer the high-performance Oasis for faster, easier installation. Features include fewer parts and piles; above-ground, plug-and-play DC wiring; and wider distance between rows to easily accommodate construction and O&M equipment.

 

SunRnr of Virginia

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Manufactures and sells high-quality, high-capability, green, silent, portable generator power systems that store over 2000W renewable energy in a rechargeable battery for off grid electricity or emergency backup power.
Started in the Shenandoah Valley in 2004 when Alan Mattichak realized the need and potential for a non-gasoline, alternative energy, portable generator, rechargeable battery, energy storage system with useful power available for remote location, off grid electricity for work, recreation, and supplemental power.

Suntech

Extremely large-scale production of solar panels is reducing the technology's cost.
Key innovation: Developed its own solar cells and equipment for manufacturing them cheaply.
Technology: Suntech is the world’s largest producer of crystalline-silicon solar panels, the most common type. It specializes in multicrystalline cells, which produce somewhat less power per square meter than single-­crystal cells but yield a competitive price per watt because the materials cost less.
The company’s current generation of solar cells has broken an efficiency record for multicrystalline cells that had stood for 15 years; one key to the accomplishment was to increase the amount of light the cells absorb by texturing their surface and decreasing the thickness of electron-conducting wires.
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Synthetic Genomics

Why: Genetically engineered microbes are a promising way to make biofuels.
Key innovation: Created synthetic bacterial cells, possibly paving the way for organisms specifically tailored to make fuels.
Technology: Strains of algae engineered by Synthetic Genomics excrete oils that could be refined to make biofuels, including equivalents of gasoline and diesel. In partnership with ExxonMobil, which has agreed to invest up to $600 million in the project, the company is studying many strains of algae, using high-throughput methods to help identify those that produce large amounts of the desired oils and to reveal techniques for engineering known strains in ways that will increase their oil production.

 

Tesla Solar Roof and Power Wall
Best looking solar roof ever!

 

The sun provides more than enough energy in just one hour to supply our planet’s energy needs for an entire year. Your home can capture this free, abundant energy source through rooftop solar tiles, turning sunlight into electricity for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery.
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Technip
Technip, in association with Nénuphar, Converteam and EDF Energies nouvelles is launching the Vertiwind project to test a pre-industrial prototype of a vertical-axis offshore floating wind turbine. The partners of the project are Seal Engineering, ISITV, IFP Energies nouvelles, Arts et Métiers, Bureau Veritas, Oceanide.
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Touranor Solar Ship

 

The MS Türanor Planet Solar, gets part of its name from the Tolkein’s saga Lord of the Rings. Türanor means ‘the power of the sun’. This sun powered ship was designed by an engineer from New Zealand, built in Germany and is now home to five crew and four scientists from Europe.
Solar ShipThe ship, powered without burning a drop of fossil fuel, completed, in August, 2013, a year and a half circumnavigation of the earth. Click the photo for more from Living on Earth.org

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Verdant Power
Specialists in Marine Renewable Energy

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RITE Project Receives First Commercial License for Tidal Power in U.S. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a pilot commercial license to Verdant Power’s RITE Project – the first commercial license for tidal power in the US.
Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) Free Flow System turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach.

 

Vernon Electric

 

Vernon Electric provides Community Solar, whose name speaks for itself, makes it possible to use solar energy without actually installinVernon Electric Logog it on your roof. Click the image to learn more about this innovative answer to fossil fuel addiction.

 

ViZn Energy

ViZn Energy has developed the world’s first safe, clean, reliable and cost effective grid storage battery. ViZn implements low-cost, non-acid Zinc/Iron chemistry enabling manufacturing with inexpensive construction materials. The battery stacks are molded construction with proprietary elements that have overcome the shunt issues historically afflicting flow batteries
ViZn’s two primary products are targeted at the C&I, utility and micro-grid market. The Z20 is a 80kw/160kwh system housed in a 20ft shipping container. The GS200 is a building block of the ViZn 1MW assembly using five 20ft shipping containers providing 3MWh of energy. The ZAC is an integrated storage unit with grid tie hardware for installation simplicity. Click image for a related article.
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Water Furnace

Makers of GeoThermal comfort systems for homes, businesses and institutions.


 

 

WikiHow
Setting Up Your Own PV Generator

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While there are a lot of decisions you can make, this particular how-to focuses on small-scale solar generation (<1kWh/day), and simplifies it so that just about anyone can set up a functioning system. However, beware that compromises in efficiency, safety, and code adherence may be made for the sake of simplicity.

Where can I get these solar panels? - Glad you asked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating 4 Dirty
Myths on Clean Energy


Debate 1: How is the Problem Defined?

Myth:  Climate change is not real, thus “clean” energy is not needed
Reality:  This is the wrong response to the wrong question; a broader framework is needed

Debate 2: How to Involve Government?

Myth:  The government should stop subsidizing clean energy and let the ”free market” work
Reality:  The government is deeply involved in all forms of energy; there is no free market in energy

Debate 3: Where To Focus Innovation?

Myth:  We need new technology, period
Reality:  We need innovation in technology, policy, business models, and financing

Debate 4: Can Alternative Forms of
Energy Make a Difference?

Myth:  Some new technologies, such as solar and wind, will never make a dent in our energy mix
Reality: It will take time, yes, but the signs are already clear they are having an impact

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Alternative Energy Vehicles

• The Electric Pickup Truck is Here   • Electric Vehicles Buyers Guide
• Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Fueling Stations
• Electric Cars Are Here to Stay    • A Clean-Car Boom
• Charging Scarcity    • Electrics at 2016 Auto Show
• 5 Eco-Cars Taking the Industry by Storm
• Wind to Hydrogen Vs. Tesla  • Hydrogen Cars Now
• Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Consuption Could Drop by 1/3

There are too many alternative
fuel vehicles for us to list here.
This is only a sample.

Hyperloop
Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
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Hyperloop brings airplane speeds to ground level, safely. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities and transforming travel time from hours to minutes.
HyperloopTT's technology breakthrough is a next generation passive magnetic levitation system. It's called Inductrack. Magnets arranged in a Halbach array configuration enable passive levitation over an unpowered but conductive track. And as capsules move through the low pressure environment, they use very little energy on route thanks to the reduced drag forces. To learn more about this futuristic mode of transportation, click on the image.


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Tesla Semi Electric Truck
Energy Source: Much Electric Power
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The all-electric truck, which Musk unveiled on a mid-November night in a Hawthorne Municipal Airport Parking lot (adjacent to his SpaceX headquarters) just outside Los Angeles and has a remarkable 500-mile range, may be most notable for what it doesn't include. To learn more about this vehicle, click on the image.



 
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Kia Niro PHEV
Energy Source: Plug-in Hybrid
Kia Niro PHEV
The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will be available in US showrooms early in 2018. List price is $28,840 for the LX model, which comes with more features and standard equipment than the entry-level Kia Niro hybrid. That price includes a $940 destination fee. Kia says customers will be able to get a 12,000 mile per year lease for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The lease price takes into consideration the $4,543 federal tax credit.
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BMW Hurricane
Energy Source: Propane
BMW Propane Hurricane
The world's fastest propane vehicle. Cost: about $45k. Engine: 660HP, top speed: 207mph - 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. More

 

 

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Chevy Bolt
Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
Chevy VoltHaving promised an affordable electric car at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet has used this year's CES to deliver with a production version of the Bolt. With a claimed range of over 200 miles (322 km), the Bolt will slot into Chevrolet's lineup below the hybrid-electric Volt.
See also the Spark EV.


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The Elf

The Elf
Energy Source: Electricity & You

Organic Transit™ brings you the Elf. It's a trike with a power assist.
It gets 1,800 MPG, weighs 150lbs, load capacity of 350lbs and has a top speed of 20mph.



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Toyota FCV-R
Energy Source: Hydrogen

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One automaker's vision of the transportation future sat parked under a broiling sun not far from AT&T Park baseball stadium Tuesday. But the blackout tint on the sedan's windows wasn't to keep the interior cool, but hidden.
Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV. That stands for Fuel Cell Vehicle and translates to hydrogen power. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year, but the company remains mum on pricing and what surrounds the passengers. Click on the image for the rest of the story.

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ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine
Energy Source: Hydrogen
A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle

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ACAL Energy Ltd, the British chemical engineering company, has announced today that its FlowCath® chemistry and engineering has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours runtime on a third party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation. ACAL Energy’s breakthrough approach is also significantly cheaper than conventional fuel cell technology.

 


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H2 Fuel Cell
Energy Source: Hydrogen

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Several manufacturers have announced plans to open the market for hydrogen powered cars and other vehicles (including planes!). Toyota will introduce a fuel-cell vehicle in 2015. Challenge: prodicing hydrogen that does not require fossil fuels. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas.
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Tesla Motors/S
Energy Source: Electricity Only

Tesla Roadster

Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
Miles per charge: 345. Charging? No problem. Watch this.video icon





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Sono Motors
Energy Source: Solar and Electric

Sion Solar Vehicle

The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.



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