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Testing Heats Up at Sandia's Solar Tower

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles. This month, engineers lifted Sandia’s continuously recirculating falling particle receiver to the top of the tower at theNational Solar Therm...

Behavioral Economics and the Solar PV Industry

Behavioral economic theory holds that human interactions are complex and that economic motivations include nuance beyond that of maximizing utility. This is certainly true of the global solar industry as throughout its history it has interacted within a context of here-one-day-gone-the-next incentives and subsidies,...

Listen Up: The Solar Maintenance Myth

Why are rooftop solar systems so reliable? First, because the solar panels themselves have zero moving parts, use tempered glass and anodized aluminum (better than most windows and skylights), and are covered by a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty. Second, because top quality microinverters carry a 25 year warranty an...
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A 9-Minute Guide To Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change

Pope Francis issued Laudato si’ (Praise Be to YouOn the care for our common home, his second encyclical, concerning Catholic doctrine with respect to climate change, consumerism, and development.

Battery Second Use Offsets Electric Vehicle Expenses, Improves Grid Stability

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to dramatically drive down consumption of carbon-based fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the relatively high price of these vehicles — due in large part to the cost of batteries — has presented a major impediment to widespread market penetration. Resea...
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Testing Heats Up at Sandia's Solar Tower

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Testing Heats Up at Sandia's Solar Tower

Sandia National Lab July 1, 2015 Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, thanks to a system of small particles. This month, engineers lifted Sandia’s continuo...

Siemens Plans To Construct a New Wind Turbine Assembly Plant in Germany

Alex Webb, Bloomberg June 30, 2015 Siemens AG’s plan to build a wind turbine assembly plant in Germany means that Europe’s largest engineering company will have expanded headcount at its wind and renewables division by as much as a third since 2013. Siemens...

India Seeks International Developers To Build Its 100-GW Solar Market

Anindya Upadhyay and Rajesh Kumar Singh, Bloomberg June 30, 2015 India will soon invite bids for its first dollar-linked solar power contracts, seeking to cut costs and woo investment as Prime Minister Narendra Modi targets an unprecedented expansion in clean energy. State-owned NTPC Lt...

Advanced Energy Retreats from Solar Inverter Market

Cormac Gilligan, IHS Technology June 30, 2015 US inverter supplier Advanced Energy yesterday announced it would wind down its solar inverter business having failed to attract a buyer for this part of its business. This follows intense competition and price pressure du...

Behavioral Economics and the Solar PV Industry

Paula Mints June 30, 2015 Behavioral economic theory holds that human interactions are complex and that economic motivations include nuance beyond that of maximizing utility. This is certainly true of the global solar industry as throughout its his...

What Is the Value of Solar Energy + Storage?

Andrew Burger, Contributor June 29, 2015 What's the true, overall value of combined “behind the meter” energy storage plus solar PV deployment to U.S. power utilities and their customers? That's the big question facing stakeholders in Hawaii and other U.S. states...

‘Snail’s Pace’ in Climate Talks, Weak Pledges Frustrate UN Chief

Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg June 29, 2015 The secretary general of the United Nations is frustrated with the pace of negotiations for what’s intended to be a crucial agreement limiting global warming. Climate change pledges submitted so far from the world’s leadin...

Solar Net Metering a Subsidy to Utilities?

John Farrell When Robert Nohavec of Park City, Utah; Jabbar Graham from Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Don Born, of Waldoboro, Maine installed solar on their homes, they had something unexpected in common. They were all giving back ...

5 Solar Fred Tips for Solar Industry Email Marketing, Regardless of Sector

Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza 06/25/2015 Whatever solar sector you’re in, email marketing with relevant content marketing should be a key instrument in your marketing toolbox, and it’s not just me saying that, but other marketers in other industries su...

Valuing Customer-Sited Solar and Storage: Is Adding Batteries Worth It?

Jason Keyes 06/24/2015 The concept of adding batteries alongside a utility customer’s solar array intrigues utility customers, solar developers and utility planners on several levels, but the underlying question for everyone is whether addi...

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