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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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Behavioral Economics and the Solar PV Industry

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Global Geothermal Alliance Concept One Step Further


Leslie Blodgett, Geothermal Energy Association July 1, 2015 The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) convened roughly 60 stakeholders in June in Nairobi to finalize the concept of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) and exchange views on the best way forward. GEA's Execut...

France Continues Exploring Energy Storage

Andrew Burger, Contributor July 1, 2015 French electric utility EDF (Electricité de France) is evaluating use of an advanced Li-ion battery storage system for grid frequency regulation at its Concept Grid Lab. Located south of Paris at EDF’s R&D site in Les ...

Clean Energy Companies Beat the Stock Market

Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg View July 1, 2015 Stocks of clean-energy companies are proving to be better investments than those of companies that produce most of the Western Hemisphere's power, and are outperforming the rest of the stock market as well. The evidence is...

Testing Heats Up at Sandia's Solar Tower

Rebecca Brock, 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...

Is Solar+Storage Worth it in Hawaii? Yes, and in California and Pennsylvania and Virginia…

Seth Mullendore 07/01/2015 The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) recently enlisted Clean Power Research (CPR) to create a methodology for valuing customer-sited behind-the-meter solar+storage systems in the state of Hawaii. The report detail...

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...

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Electrical Energy Storage to Make Wind and Solar PV Resources Disptatchable

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Solar + Storage: Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges

The convergence of solar and energy storage applications is under way. The combined app...

Storage Enters the Global Stage: What’s the value proposition for your ...

For electricity storage, the events of the last two years have shown that the skepticis...

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