Renewable Energy News

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:48:00 UTC

Studied To Death — Solar Customers Don't Harm Non-Solar Ratepayers

Certain anti-solar forces are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to convince everyone (though the popular press and consumers are the main targets) that solar customers are stealing money from non-solar customers.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:23:29 UTC

Record for perovskite/CIGS tandem solar module

Thin-film technologies can dramatically reduce the cost of next-generation solar modules, say scientists. Whereas their production cost is low, it is in particular the combination of complementary absorber materials in a tandem solar module that increases the power conversion efficiency. Researchers demonstrate that a perovskite/CIGS tandem thin-film solar module that achieves 17.8 percent in efficiency, surpassing for the first time the efficiency of separate perovskite and CIGS solar modules. … read more
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:00 UTC

Spain Closes In on 50 Percent Renewable Power Generation

Over the first eight months of this year, Spain averaged an impressive 47.2 percent renewable energy share in its generation mix.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:49:00 UTC

US Presidential Debate: Hillary Advocates for Solar, Trump Criticizes Clean Energy Support

Hillary wants to put 500,000,000 solar panels in place during her presidency meanwhile Trump wants to get rid of the Clean Power Plan because he believes that climate change isn’t a threat and regulations are hurting the American economy. That was the takeaway for clean energy supporters who watched last night’s debate between U.S. Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R).

To anyone who watched the debate, it was apparent that should she be elected, Clinton will support and work to continue similar clean energy initiatives that have been put forth by Obama. Trump, on the other hand, will work to undo them.

Clinton views clean energy as a job-boosting economic opportunity for the U.S.: “We can deploy a half a billion more solar panels. We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new modern electric grid. That's a lot of jobs; that's a lot of new economic activity,” she said.

Trump said clean energy incentives are “a disaster” reminding viewers of the failed solar company Solyndra that received more than $500 million in aid from the U.S. government before filing for bankruptcy.

“She talks about solar panels,” he said, adding “We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster. They lost plenty of money on that one.”

The Washington Post has the complete transcript of the debate. Check it out here.


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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:37:00 UTC

Jordanian Firm May Benefit from Kenya’s ‘Silicon Savannah’

Jordanian power company Clean Energy Concepts (CEC) could benefit from Kenya’s ambitious multi-billion-dollar Konza Technology city, popularly known as the “Silicon Savannah,” located about 60 kilometres south of Nairobi, Africa.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:09:00 UTC

Solar for Mines Means Price Stability and Reliable Supply

Solar power will soon be the new standard for powering mining operations, says CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy, Nick Boyle, adding that solar can lower the energy costs as well as provide stable power for mines.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:20:00 UTC

Tesla Plans to Unveil Solar Roof With Storage, Charger

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to introduce a new combination of solar power, battery storage and electric-vehicle charging systems at an event near San Francisco on Oct. 28.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:55:00 UTC

Crystalline fault lines provide pathway for solar cell current

A team of scientists studying solar cells made from cadmium telluride, a promising alternative to silicon, has discovered that microscopic "fault lines" within and between crystals of the material act as conductive pathways that ease the flow of electric current. This research may help explain how a common processing technique turns cadmium telluride into an excellent material for transforming sunlight into electricity, and suggests a strategy for engineering more efficient solar devices that surpass the performance of silicon. … read more
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:32:00 UTC

Using Renewable Energy Agreements to Mitigate Risk

By directly sourcing renewable energy, more and more companies are reducing energy costs and energy price volatility while achieving their sustainability and climate change goals. However, many potential renewable energy buyers are worried about the risks associated with committing to a long-term power purchase agreement.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:46:00 UTC

MAKE Consulting release Q3/2016 Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update

MAKE Consulting’s Q3 / 2016 Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update presents an analysis of global and regional wind power installation forecasts through 2025. … read more
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:55:00 UTC

Siemens to supply high-voltage switchgear for hydropower plant in Tajikistan

Siemens is supplying two gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear (GIS) for the Rogun hydropower plant in Tajikistan, a country bordered by Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Afghanistan. … read more
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:07:00 UTC

Cuba Turns to Foreign Investors to Boost Renewable Energy

Nearly two years after presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced a thaw in relations, Cuba’s communist government is turning to foreign investors to boost renewable energy as it faces cutbacks in cheap oil imports from Venezuela.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:06:00 UTC

Bill Nye to CNN: US Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Should Pursue Offshore Wind

In an interview with CNN, TV and radio personality Bill Nye "The Science Guy" responds to the devastating flooding in Louisiana this August by urging offshore oil and gas companies to use their equipment and expertise to build out the U.S. offshore wind industry that is just getting started in the country. By contrast Europe had 2,488 turbines installed and grid connected by January 2015 with 12 other projects under construction, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Once those projects are connected to the grid there will be a cumulative total of 10.9 GW in 86 wind farms in 11 European countries. This could easily be replicated in the U.S. and serves as an excellent business opportunity for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Listen to the entire fascinating interview below or skip to 3.56 to hear his call for action.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:47:00 UTC

PacifiCorp, KRRC submit FERC filings for Klamath hydropower project removal

A pair of applications filed by the Klamath River Renewal Corporation today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission puts into official motion a long-standing plan to remove four hydroelectric plants on the Klamath River.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:43:00 UTC

Wind Power Lifting Rig Builders Past Oil’s Downturn

Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. has for decades built hulking platforms to extract oil and natural gas from the seabed. With the collapse of offshore drilling, the company has turned to helping harvest another energy resource: wind.

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