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Are Microgrids Catching On?

The real trick to opening the floodgates on microgrids is clear regulatory language that allows microgrid developers to serve the needs of an organization or community while also making the local electric utility whole for their services and investment.

24M’s Batteries Could Better Harness Wind and Solar Power

Elizabeth Woyke for MIT Technology Review:  Lithium-ion batteries power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. They’re well suited to the job because they are smaller and lighter, charge faster, and last longer than other batteries. But they are also co

Tesla has just put in an offer to acquire SolarCity

Johana Bhuiyan for Recode:  Tesla’s board of directors has just sent an offer to acquire SolarCity to the company’s CEO. In other words, the electric car company Elon Musk is the CEO of just offered to buy the solar company Elon Musk is the chairman of.

The “Redox” Principle

The energy density of the nanoFlowcell® is currently 20 times higher than that of a lead accumulator. This means the stored energy provides a range 20 times higher than with a battery of the same weight.

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AltEnergyMag.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of Intersolar

Intersolar Europe will be held from June 21st - 24th in Munich, Germany, Intersolar North America runs July 14th - 16th in San Francisco, California. This AltEnergyMag.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years events.

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Missouri is about to experiment with power from an unlikely source — its roads

BRYAN CLARK for TheNextWeb:  Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup (seriously, what’s going on in Idaho?) to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.

Blair also told The Star that the bulk of its efforts will be crowdfunded. After receiving a $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to build a prototype, and a pair of $750,000 research grants from the US Department of Transportation, the group has raised more than $2 million of its own to complete the project through acrowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Solar Roadways’ panels are tempered safety glass that are as strong as they are efficient. In addition to harnessing energy from the sun, they also come with LED lighting to effectively replace road lines and signage. While obviously more expensive to install upfront, the panels do have the benefit of being completely modular, which would allow for quick and cheap repairs by just swapping out the broken panels rather than re-paving entire stretches of road.  Cont'd...

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Brian Maillet joins GEM Energy solar business development team in Milwaukee

Brian Maillet, of Milwaukee, has joined GEM Energy's solar business development team, focusing on the commercial and industrial sectors.

See the Future: Transformative Technology Results in Energy-Producing Windows

Breakthrough will fundamentally alter how commercial buildings are designed well into the future.

Stellar Solar's $2.99 per Watt Solar Breaks the $3.00 Threshold - Bringing Solar Power to the Masses

This historic pricing combined with 2.49% financing and 30 day installation will enable more homeowners than ever to afford solar, have it installed quickly and drastically reduce their return on investment

Sungevity Challenges 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates To A Solar Throwdown

-- Solar Company Credited with Getting Obama Administration to Put Solar on the White House Calls on Presidential Candidates to Install Solar on their Homes and Show America their Clean Energy Leadership as the Election Season Heats Up --

Intersolar - Schneider Electric at Intersolar 2016: Innovations in Efficiency, Cloud Connectivity and Collaboration Lead New Solutions Lineup

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation and a global leader in solutions for solar solutions and energy storage power conversion chain, is bringing truly game-changing innovations to Intersolar 2016.

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The Seaward Group is a specialist manufacturer of electrical safety testing equipment. The company's market leading test range includes specialist test instrumentation for the renewables sector. Included is a specialist range of solar PV installation test equipment to verify the safety and performance of both rooftop and ground mounted solar systems. Recently introduced is new diagnostic technology for the fault finding and periodic testing of electric vehicle (EV) charging point equipment.