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Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Floren...

In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy. Nuclear and coal ash had flood problems. North Carolina gets nearly 5 percent of its electricity from solar panels. The state’s solar farms survived Hurricane Florence with little damage. Credit: Duke Energy Faced with Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina’s...

In Ohio, solar co-ops unite neighbors to help with...

Solar United Neighbors has helped more than 200 Ohio homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar capacity. A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio residents overcome obstacles to installing solar panels on their homes. Since January 2016, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has formed 14 co-ops that have helped more than 200 homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar PV capacity. The...

Research Breakthrough Reduces Cost Of Solar Cell P...

Joshua Pearce is a professor of material sciences and electrical engineering at Michigan Technical University. While on sabbatical at Aalto University in Finland recently, he became involved in passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) research being conducted by Chiara Modanese, Hannu Laine, Toni Pasanen, and Hele Savin. Silicon for photovoltaic cells comes in two grades. Pure silicon has the highest conversion rate of sunlight...

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the wo...

In a quest to cut the cost of clean electricity, power utilities around the world are supersizing their solar farms. Nowhere is that more apparent than in southern Egypt, where what will be the world’s largest solar farm — a vast collection of more than 5 million photovoltaic panels — is now taking shape. When it’s completed next year, the $4 billion Benban solar park near Aswan will cover an area 10 times bigger than New...

U.S. solar prices continue falling despite Trump t...

A contraction in China’s solar market is blunting the Trump administration’s efforts to use tariffs to raise domestic equipment prices in hopes of spurring more U.S. manufacturing. Four months after President Donald Trump imposed duties on most imported solar cells and panels, Beijing in May moved to limit the pace of growth in the world’s biggest solar market in order to reduce subsidy costs and encourage industry...

China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar p...

BEIJING (AP) – China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...

Renewables on the Rise: Ohio Increases Solar Capac...

Yes, 2,600% We did a double take too! Columbus, Ohio – As the Trump Administration puts efforts into weakening the Clean Power Plan, renewable energy is still increasing in Ohio. According to a ​new report​ by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center, Ohio went from producing 1 Gigawatt hour of solar energy and 15 GWh of wind energy in 2008, to now producing 260 GWh of solar energy and 1,563 GWh of wind energy....

City (Athens, Ohio) water treatment plant gets new...

A capital improvement project at the Athens Water Treatment Plant on West State Street includes the installation of new solar panels, along with other energy-saving measures. According to Plant Manager Shawn Beasley, the installation process is still under way, but should be complete soon. “I would say they’re 80 to 90 percent done with the installation right now,” Beasley said in a phone interview July 18, adding that the...

Solar energy cuts Pizza Ranch costs, inspires othe...

Spirit Lake Pizza Ranch Owner Terry Veldman has joined a growing caravan of business owners prioritizing renewable energy in their local communities. The local effort attracted the attention of Iowa’s Fourth Congressional Representative Steve King Friday morning. Veldman’s solar array has been operating for almost a year, and he said it has been a benefit to the restaurant. “In the small business world,...

Cuyahoga’s solar farm nearly complete, first...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The state’s first solar array built on a landfill is nearly complete and should begin generating power in test mode by the end of this month. Columbus-based IGS Solar developed the 4 megawatt (4 million watts) array on 17 acres it leased from the City of Brooklyn’s former 75-acre landfill. The array should go on-line in August. Cleveland Public Power is buying all of the output of the IGS...

Green Mountain Power utility credits big batteries...

MILTON, Vt. (WCAX) While other power companies were telling customers to reduce how much energy they used during the recent heat wave, Green Mountain Power was focused on a different tactic. For years, GMP has worked on creating a system of stored energy to rely on during peak energy days, and GMP Vice President Josh Castonguay says it worked like planned. Castonguay says to save money in Vermont, power was pulled from 500...

No Longer a Novelty, Clean Energy Technologies Boo...

Last year, the U.S. produced a record amount of solar power, generating 39 times more solar power than a decade ago. In 2008, solar produced 0.05 percent of electricity in the U.S. But by the end of 2017, solar generation reached more than 2 percent of the electricity mix — enough to power 7 million average American homes. Wind has also seen dramatic growth over the last decade. From 2008 through 2017, American wind energy...

Tesla deploys first 100 Powerwalls with solar for ...

Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it reached a deal with the South Australian government to install solar arrays and Powerwalls on up to 50,000 homes to create the biggest virtual power plant in the world. The deal was jeopardized after a new government was elected in the state a few weeks later, but they have since come around and confirmed that they will be moving forward with Tesla’s initiative as long as it gets...

Couple plans for renewable energy of solar panels ...

Randy and Renee Ruchotzke have installed enough solar panels on their house in Kent to power everything in their house and an electric car. Most of the solar panels are on the sunny side of the house, with a couple on the front. YellowLite, a solar energy contractor of Cleveland, installed the 22 panels in March, and they were operational by April. The system cost the husband and wife $17,000. Renee said they took out an...

Three massive projects look to put Ohio on the sol...

425 MW of solar projects – including one on the site of a former coal mine – could exponentially increase the state’s installed capacity. When the words “Ohio” and “solar” are used in the same sentence, chances are that sentence is referring to the system we live in and not the energy source that provides me a job, and with fair reason. Ohio is the birthplace of 24 astronauts, more than any other state. Ohio is also...