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Is It Possible for the World to Run on 100% Renewable Energy?

Not only is transitioning to 100% renewable energy possible, but the benefits far outweigh the costs and obstacles.

Solar farm in a box - 500 homes worth of solar power in a standardized kit

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: Their goal in designing the Solar Block is to lower the cost and speed the deployment of utility-scale solar power. The units can be daisy chained into larger plants.

What did You Miss When You Bought Your Solar System? How to Assure You Save For Your Systems Life Time

Though there is a perception that maintenance costs money and a solar system should run on its own, preventative maintenance can increase your ROI by 25% and reduce your cost significantly.

Yingli Solar’s PANDA Bifacial Solar Module

The Panda bifacial modules are 1500Vdc capable and when compared to the traditional 1000Vdc systems the balance of systems (BOS) cost can be reduced from system design adjustments by 3%, which translates to almost 2 mil savings for a 10MW system

Interview with Richard Reno of GE Power Conversion’s Renewables Segment

Our strategy is to look at complete system and plant design – so everything to do with electrification, grid integration and connection, exceptionally also extends to the panels themselves – to provide one integrated package to customers to optimize overall plant desig

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The U.S. solar industry's new growth region: Trump country

Nichola Groom for Reuters: The 10 fastest-growing U.S. solar markets between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017 were Western, Midwestern or Southern states that voted for Trump.

Offshore wind farms have powerful advantage over land-based turbines, study finds

Eli Kintisch for Science: Floating wind turbines at sea could create up to three times as much electricity as turbines on land, increasing the energy potential for a technology that has yet to be proven at scale.

Solar-Powered Cars Compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Justin Hughes for The Drive: The 30th anniversary of the solar car race shows how far technology has progressed since its inception.

Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

BBC: Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology.

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ENGIE Accelerates Its Development in the Off-Grid Energy Market by Joining Forces with Fenix, a Pioneer in Africa's Solar Home System Market

Fenix will be the first SHS company to join a major worldwide energy company, which puts the fight against climate change and energy access at the very center of its purpose.

PVinsights: Solar Down As Selloff Escalates

Polysilicon prices declined this week, falling back from a one-week rise as depressed downstream put the prices on track for correction by month-end. Both buyers from multi- and mono-crystalline wafers were pressurized from the downstream and turned more cautious on polysilicon procurement in order to prevent from the risk of high-price inventories. Since the effect of environmental inspection and annual maintenance in China gradually weakened, the tight supply no longer supported the polysilicon prices amid waning demand and weakening RMB this week.

Third Sun Solar And AEP OnSite Partners Installing 2.33 Megawatts Solar Energy System at Denison University

Third Sun Solar and AEP OnSite Partners are bringing more than 2 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity to the Denison University. Geoff Greenfield, co-founder of Third Sun Solar, said the Athens-based solar energy provider will install the array near the Biological Reserve on the Denison campus in Granville. The majority of the construction will be completed in the next few months, with the system fully operational before the end 2017. When completed, the solar energy produced will offset approximately 15 percent of Denison University's electrical energy consumption.

SEPA and Navigant release 2017 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

DR technologies hold key to integrating more distributed energy resources on the grid

Finalists announced for 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize

34 finalists now vie to win the distinguished Prize and be recognized for their contribution in the field of renewable energy and sustainability

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