Renewable Energy News

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:00:00 UTC

Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems track the sun through the day

The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when oriented directly at the sun, some systems use solar-tracking technology to increase electricity generation by rotating the panels along one or two axes.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:25:00 UTC

SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with Drones to Global Solar Market

San José-based SunPower this week said that it now is offering its Oasis power plant platform, with drones, to solar power plant developers and EPC providers through a newly formed business unit, called SunPower Solutions.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:23:00 UTC

ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project

ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:42:26 UTC

A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel

Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar energy to break water down into components of hydrogen and oxygen. Scientists have now reported a key breakthrough in the basic science essential for progress toward this goal. … read more
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:08:04 UTC

Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California

Researchers inspired by efforts to promote green energy, are exploring the factors driving commercial customers in Southern California, both large and small, to purchase and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. They built a model for commercial solar PV adoption to quantify the impact of government incentives and solar PV costs. … read more
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:25:40 UTC

Pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030

The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized. … read more
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:35:00 UTC

Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive Solar Stations

Tesla is going to need more chargers. Lots of them. The company is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 EVs in 2018 (up from 76,000 a year ago).

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:30:00 UTC

Tax Uncertainty Disrupting Solar Deals

Even without any specific tax-reform proposals, President Donald Trump’s pledge to revamp U.S. policies is already affecting the solar industry, and not in a good way.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:02:00 UTC

Silicon Valley Power to Fuel Theme Park with Renewable Energy

California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:08:38 UTC

Bright future for self-charging batteries

Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology under development. … read more
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:12:22 UTC

New breakthrough in battery charging technology

A new study has introduced a new battery charging technology that uses light to charge batteries. This newly-developed power source is designed to work under sunlight and indoor lighting, allowing users to power their portable electronics anywhere with access to light. In addition, the new device could power electric devices even in the absence of light. … read more
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:53:00 UTC

Where, and When, Will California Get Offshore Wind?

Under California’s current trajectory, the state’s first offshore wind farm could be completed in waters near Morro Bay and begin sending power to the grid by 2025, according to Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.


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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:15:00 UTC

UK Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s

The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:52:00 UTC

London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase 1.8-GW Portfolio of US Solar Projects

London-based solar firm VivoPower International last week said that its subsidiary has signed a joint venture agreement that will give it the right to acquire solar projects in a 1.8-GW portfolio to be developed in the U.S. by Innovative Solar Systems.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:14:00 UTC

NRG Completes Solar Farm for Cisco's California Headquarters

NRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. power producer, completed a 20-MW solar farm in California that supplies power for Cisco Systems Inc.’s headquarters.

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