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First Solar shows off production line under develo...

First Solar Inc. gave a glimpse into the company’s future Tuesday at an unveiling of a new production line and its new Series 6 solar panel that will be made at its North American factory complex in Perrysburg Township. Unfortunately, as things now stand, the new production line is so efficient and flexible that First Solar expects to maintain its current staffing levels of 750 workers, yet produce enough panels annually to...

New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the ...

Building new renewables is now cheaper than just running old coal and nuclear plants. In one of the fastest and most astonishing turnarounds in the history of energy, building and running new renewable energy is now cheaper than just running existing coal and nuclear plants in many areas. A widely-used yearly benchmarking study — the Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) from the financial firm Lazard Ltd. — reached this...

Go Green the Right Way – Complaints against ...

Complaints against rooftop solar companies have skyrocketed in recent years as more Americans have installed solar panels on their rooftops. The complaints, filed by angry customers, reveal how rooftop solar companies exploit consumers – especially low-income and elderly homeowners. Federal regulators have taken notice: The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether rooftop solar companies are playing by the...

One step forward, one step back for Ohio policy to...

Rooftop solar provides many benefits to the electric grid, like having no fuel costs and increasing electric grid resiliency – the ability to quickly recover from problems. So how can utilities recognize these benefits and reward people who install solar at their homes and businesses? A popular way is through net metering, which allows customers to send the electricity from their solar panels to the power grid and receive a...

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turne...

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more...

Who Will Invest in Clean Energy? Big Money Will

Bloomberg New Energy Finance: People who invest in the world’s energy systems often want to know how many trillions of dollars will be needed to finance renewable energy and natural gas. One way to find the answer is to look at what those who have already invested trillions of dollars want to happen as the world transitions to a lower-carbon power system and electrifies transportation. A look at the numbers shows that the...

Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill C...

   Photo A wind turbine generator outside Peetz, Colo. The Republican tax bills seek to scale back tax preferences for renewable energy like wind and solar. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power...

Map shows political divide on climate, common grou...

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate change science and perceptions of risk from climate change impacts, said Anthony Leiserowitz at...

Solar panel prices plunge by a shocking 26 percent...

CREDIT: Bloomberg New Energy Finance Prices for new wind and solar plants continue to plunge at an astonishing pace. Driven by steadily improving technology and the use of auctions to set prices, the cost of solar and wind dropped 25 percent this past year — and even more in some key emerging markets like China, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance data. That drop comes on top of an 80 percent reduction in the previous...

Pittsburgh’s Microgrids Technology Could Lea...

 Gregory Reed tours a former school now becoming a lab for energy research in Pittsburgh. Reed says he’s focusing on how microgrids can provide reliable, resilient and locally produced energy. Daniella Cheslow/NPR hide caption  Gregory Reed tours a former school now becoming a lab for energy research in Pittsburgh. Reed says he’s focusing on how microgrids can provide reliable, resilient and locally produced...

ITC lays out case for solar tariffs in report sent...

ITC lays out case for solar tariffs in report sent to Trump www.utilitydive.com | 2 mins read Dive Brief: The U.S. International Trade Commission last week made public a report sent to President Donald Trump detailing three proposed trade duties aimed at protecting domestic solar panel manufacturers. The ITC report, filed on Friday, details how the agency arrived at its unanimous decision in September that the importation of...

Bid to Revive U.S. Solar Factories Faces Familiar ...

A bankrupt Georgia company is pushing to revive U.S. solar manufacturing with a trade case that’s headed for the president’s desk. The simmering dispute from Suniva Inc. stands a good chance of leading to import tariffs, but don’t expect that to bring the jobs back.  While at least six Asian solar companies say the prospect of trade barriers has them weighing the idea of opening factories in the U.S., they’re likely...

Advocates say recent net metering changes could sl...

Recent rule changes in Ohio would not fully reward solar energy and other renewable resources for the flexibility they bring to the market, say advocates. On November 8, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio released new net metering rules on how utilities compensate customers who supply their own excess generation to the grid. Compared to rule changes adopted in 2014, the changes reduce the amount customers get, limit...

The cost of installing solar energy is going to pl...

the price is right Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images The cost of installing solar energy is going to plummet again. Utility-scale solar power costs could drop 60 percent over the next 10 years, provided the Trump administration refrains from tanking the solar industry. The already booming renewable energy sector will see a sharp drop in costs thanks to improvements in efficiency and technology, the head of...

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar...

The ConnectDER device allows a solar array to be connected directly to the meter, eliminating the need for electrical work inside the home. Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of...