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Hydropower And Pumped Storage

The pumped storage provides a load at times of high electricity output and low electricity demand, enabling additional system peak capacity.

Smart Meters - Improved Battery Life

The battery lifetime calculation made at the beginning of a smart meter’s deployment project may be impacted by the software upgrades or the increased frequency of index emissions.

70% of Mongolian nomads now have solar power

by MIHAI ANDREI for ZME Science:  In many the vast steppes of Mongolia, some things have remained unchanged for centuries. But some things have changed, and big time: according to a new report, almost 3 out of 4 Mongolian nomads are now using solar power.

RevoluSun Smart Home Offers Solar Storage to Hawaiian Homeowners

Other products include PV hot water, whole house fans, skylights and sun tunnels, home automation and security, EV car charging, among others.

Chasing Efficiency in Solar Energy Sector

In 1977, the cost of solar panels was US$76.67/watt and today, it is just US$0.613/watt

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German battery maker launches scheme to share solar power

Reporting by Vera Eckert for Reuters:  German battery maker Sonnenbatterie has launched a scheme to connect households with solar panels and other consumers, aiming to better distribute surpluses of the renewable energy and help members to become more independent of conventional suppliers.

The start-up company hopes the scheme, called "sonnenCommunity", will boost demand for its batteries which store solar power, allowing owners to use the clean energy even when weather conditions are not favourable.

SonnenCommunity takes the storage idea a step further, allowing solar power to be shared among its members.

Sonnenbatterie said the scheme would initially target the 1.5 million solar power producers who, if they sign up to the community, will receive a battery storage system with a starting price of 3,599 euros ($3,812). But eventually, the offer will also be open to non-producers, it added.

If the idea of battery-powered buildings takes off, it could pose a challenge to traditional utilities such as RWE and E.ON, which still derive the bulk of their power from big centralised power stations running on fossil fuels.  Full Article:

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SPI 15 - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Releases National Business Code

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today issued the SEIA Solar Business Code to further transparency and understanding in solar power transactions.

Transport for London Fuel Cell Bus Achieves 20,000 Hours of Operation

The Transport for London fuel cell bus fleet operates on the central Covent Garden-Tower Gateway route, where it has now clocked more than 107,000 hours of operation and covered over 690,000 kilometres (428,000 miles), with fuel performance and reliability exceeding expectations.

Silicor Materials Commits to Carbon Neutrality at Iceland Solar Silicon Plant

Company to offset 2,800 tons of CO2 through new environmental initiative

5 Benefits of attending GTL Americas in 2016

Join us and be part of a major networking experience where you will hear 14+ presentations and case studies from an expert speaker panel focusing on the latest developments and technological advances. If you've joined us in the past, find out from below why you should return!

REC solar panels powering HEINEKEN's key brand, Tiger Beer brewery in Singapore

HEINEKEN's largest rooftop solar installation worldwide and one of Singapore's biggest commercial solar installations

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AllEarth Renewables, Inc

AllEarth Renewables, Inc

AllEarth Renewables is the designer and manufacturer of the AllEarth Solar Tracker, a complete grid-tied, dual-axis solar electric system that uses GPS technology to follow the sun, producing up to 45% more energy than fixed systems. With over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, AllEarth Renewables has become the nation's leading solar tracker company with over 2,995 Solar Tracker installations throughout the U.S.