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This New Solar Collector Design Could Bring CSP Co...

DOE-backed startup Skysun aims to do away with fiddly motors and support structures. Just when it looked like concentrated solar power (CSP) couldn’t get cheaper, a U.S.-based startup says it’s found a way of cutting heliostat costs by a third. Skysun, of Bay Village, Ohio, is aiming to achieve the cost reduction by tying multiple heliostats — the mirrors that reflect sunlight onto CSP power tower receivers...

Group recruits standing solar army

In move designed to articulate more effectively its role in uniting solar consumers for the fights around the country for solar-friendly policies, Community Power Network relaunches as Solar United Neighbors. At nearly every meeting where two or more solar professionals gather, one can hear an achingly familiar refrain: “If 90% of Americans support solar, why can’t we ever get them behind us on the big policy fights we...

Solar competitors band together to help bring elec...

Solar companies are banding together to help restore electricity to parts of storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as 90 percent of the island’s 3.5 million residents remain without power. Solar supplies such as roofing, generators and lighting equipment worth about $2 million are expected to arrive in the territory in the coming weeks. Most of that aid is coming from a national solar industry group, which is sending a plane to...

Advanced metering: Making the most of connectivity...

AEE’s (Advanced Energy Economy Group) Coley Girouard outlines how the power sector can make the most of advanced metering infrastructure Editor’s note: The following is a viewpoint from Coley Girouard, a senior associate of regulatory policy and analysis at national business group Advanced Energy Economy. This is the first in a 7-part series from AEE that addresses how the power sector can successfully transition...

6 Ways to Encourage American Solar Manufacturing W...

The U.S. needs solar manufacturing. But not through Section 201. The verdict is in: By unanimous ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission found that increased imports are causing serious harm to U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing. While domestic deployments of solar have grown nearly eightfold in the past five years, U.S. manufacturing has fallen behind. Previous trade cases were intended to stabilize pricing...

Trump positioned to impose potentially crushing ta...

U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made panels that have driven its explosive growth. (Sept. 22, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR) U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made...

How Trump could undermine the US solar boom

Disclosure statement Jonas Meckling receives funding from the Climate Works Foundation for research not discussed in this article.Llewelyn Hughes does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above. Partners University of California provides funding as a founding...

Vinton County optimistic about proposed solar-ener...

McARTHUR — Vinton County officials are laying out the welcome mat for a large solar-energy project that would generate tax revenue as well as electricit y in a part of Appalachian Ohio that could use the money. Chicago-based renewable-energy company Invenergy plans to build the 125-megawatt solar farm on reclaimed strip-mined land just outside McArthur, about 75 miles southeast of Columbus. “I love that the site was used for...

5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to...

Recommendations from 25-year industry veteran Thomas Leyden. At the Intersolar conference in San Francisco this year, I opened a presentation on new solar and storage business models by highlighting recent milestones for the industry: The United States now has an impressive 44.7 gigawatts of operating solar systems, solar became the No. 1 source of new electricity in 2016, and in April 2017, for the first time ever, solar...

U.S. Solar Market Sees Biggest Second Quarter Ever

In the second quarter of this year, the U.S. solar industry installed 2,387 MW of solar photovoltaics – representing the largest total in a second quarter to date, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Moreover, the report says, this number tops the first quarter’s total and represents an 8% year-over-year gain. Comparatively, the U.S....

America Is Getting Wetter and Hotter, Impacting So...

A review of how weather influenced solar performance in Q2 2017. Continued warm, wet conditions in the second quarter of 2017 brought a departure from normal global horizontal irradiance, the key variable for PV plant production. GTM has partnered with Vaisala, a company that monitors solar performance across the U.S., to give the industry a better understanding of how these weather trends are driving solar performance...

3 Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and How t...

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive...

China Has Already More Than Doubled Its 2020 Solar...

China has more than doubled its end-of-decade solar power target, with new installations dramatically outstripping expectation, according to the government’s energy agency. By the end of July this year, China’s solar PV capacity topped 112GW, after installing a stunning 35GW in just seven months—more than twice as much as installed by any other country in all of 2016. As a result, total solar PV capacity now...

Duke Energy nixes nuclear plant, will invest $6 bi...

By year end, global solar capacity could equal nuclear; by 2022, solar could double nuclear. This week, Duke Energy Florida announced that it will terminate all plans to build its Levy Nuclear Project. And as part of a deal with the Florida Public Service Commission, the company will instead invest $6 billion in solar energy, smart meters, and grid modernization as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and a...

On the Blogs: ‘Why Solar Keeps Being Underestimate...

Why is there such a gap between expectation and reality? Admittedly, solar’s growth, starting from a miniscule base, has been spectacular. Few technologies have taken hold so fast. Consumers proved willing to pay a premium for green technology on their own rooftops, while ambitious policy instruments like Germany’s Feed-in-Tariff and California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard pushed renewables much faster than anticipated....