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How to unlock the potential of pumped storage hydropower in the United States

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 17:50

Across the U.S., state and local governments continue to set aggressive renewable energy goals. Solar and wind power are often used to help meet these new standards — whether because of favorable tax incentives or quick deployment timeframes. But as the growth of intermittent resources increases, it is clear that these resources need to be combined with a reliable backup.

Microsoft Tops US Corporate Solar Purchases with 315-MW Agreement

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 17:45

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said that it made the largest corporate purchase of solar in the U.S. from two projects in Virginia. According to the company, it will buy 315 MW from the Pleinmont I and II solar projects, which are part of sPower’s larger 500-MW Pleinmont project. sPower is an AES and AIMCo company.


Chinese Solar Company Seeks Incentives for First US Plant

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 16:37

The largest publicly traded Chinese solar manufacturer is close to winning an incentive package for the first U.S. panel plant since President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on photovoltaic imports.

How GIS Mapping Tools are Taking the Headaches Out of Large-scale Solar PV Project Site Selection

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 23:46

There’s a modern-day land rush afoot in the U.S. but it’s not for ocean-front property or parcels with panoramic mountain views. This land rush involves utility-scale solar developers hunting for the ideal locations to place acres and acres of solar.

Perovskite Research Promises More Solar Power for Your Money

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 16:44

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide 'healed' the defects and immobilised ion movement, which to date have limited the efficiency of cheap perovskite solar cells.

US Southeast Is Finally Becoming a Hot Spot for Solar

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 15:57

The reason why the sunny U.S. Southeast resisted solar power for years is the same reason that explains its about-face: cost.

Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 to feature new FERC chairman

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 00:02

Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 is scheduled for April 30 through May 2, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., and this year the event will see an industry first.

Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 21:21

Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah. 

Blockchain + Renewables = Red Tape?

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 17:20

Blockchain technology, and the variety of accompanying cryptocurrencies and tokens, appears to be a 21st century gold rush, replete with miners and speculation, and opening a new virtual frontier. Like the California Gold Rush, blockchain is luring villains as well as heroes, and fraudsters as well as entrepreneurs.

Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential Communities of the Future?

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 16:56

One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future.