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IBM Uses Machine Learning to Boost Solar for Dept of Energy

While other solar forecasting systems take more narrow location and timeframe views, what’s different about the IBM approach is that we incorporate a great number of weather and solar energy prediction models. We then blend those using historical data as a function of weat

The future of solar Feed-in Tariffs in the UK

We’re extremely close to reaching the point at which renewable electricity costs as little to generate as electricity from fossil fuels, so it’s imperative that we don’t take a backward step.

The Nature Conservancy Installs Bird Safe Wind Power

The Nature Conservancy has completed its first phase of installation of SheerWind's INVELOX funnel-based wind power technology. Because Palmyra is home to a national wildlife refuge and more than a million nesting seabirds, conventional wind turbines were not an option d

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal heat pumps are ideal for use in buildings looking to reduce consumption to net zero.

A Proven Approach To The Challenge Of Building A Leak-proof Array

The current suggested guideline by the NRCA (National Roofing Contractor Association) for the installation of a PV system on a steep slope asphalt shingle roof as far as the flashing of the PV system stanchions, shows the metal flange to be applied underneath the roofing pap

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Hillary Clinton is calling for a 700% increase in solar power. Is that realistic?

Brad Plumer for VOX:  In the coming months, Hillary Clinton's campaign is planning to release a series of proposals for dealing with global warming. Her first installment is out Sunday evening, and it calls for a large increase in renewable power.

Specifically, she's proposing to boost the amount of wind, solar, and other renewables so that they provide 33 percent of America's electricity by 2027 — enough to power every home in the country.

Part of her plan would involve accelerating the recent rapid growth of solar installations nationwide. In her proposal, Clinton calls for US solar power to grow 700 percent from current levels.

That sounds like an impossibly large number, but it's not implausible on its face. US solar capacity grew 418 percent between 2010 and 2014 (because it was starting from a small base). So 700 percent growth by 2027 is at least within the realm of possibility. But it would require additional policy changes — and clean energy prices would have to keep dropping.  Cont'd...

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Morningstar's New Solution for Retrofitting Grid-tied Systems with Battery Backup

Morningstar Exhibited its New TriStar MPPT 600V Controller for Retrofitting Grid-tied Systems with Battery Backup at Intersolar North America 2015

SUN BANDIT® BECOMES THE FIRST SOLAR ELECTRIC PV WATER HEATING COLLECTOR CERTIFIED BY ICC-SRCC

Sun Bandit® by Next Generation Energy® has reached new heights in setting new standards for solar water heating. Sun Bandit's patented micro-grid technology has defined a new category for solar water heating, influencing new Solar Rating Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) OG-100 and OG-300 standards. The result? The world's first and only OG-100 certification for a PV-based solar thermal water heating collector for Sun Bandit.

The US panel price rising improves average panel price in July.

Affected by the final results of the US DOC AD & CVD review, Chinese module makers are forced to rise up their module selling prices in the US, which results in also pulling up the average selling price of other manufacturers, including Korean, European, and even American companies. Hence, the average multi-crystalline module price is moderately moving up this week

RENUSOL AMERICA LAUNCHES EAST-WEST ORIENTATION PV SOLAR MOUNTING SOLUTION FOR FLAT-ROOF APPLICATIONS

~Rail-less and Modular, New Ballasted Renusol EW System Provides Increased Panel Array Density and Added Power Output~

Opening of "Shared Solar" Project Signals Strong Future for NRG and Community Solar Model

Consumer Demand Strong for New Shared Renewable Energy Source in Massachusetts; Company Developing More Shared Solar Sites in Massachusetts & Minnesota

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SMA America - Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply

SMA's Sunny Boy TL-US inverter features Secure Power Supply functionality, which allows it to provide up to 1,500 W of daytime standby power when the grid is down for charging laptops, cell phones and more, without the need of additional, costly batteries. The Sunny Boy TL-US series includes seven models from 3,000 to 7,700 watts, including two specially designed for service-constrained systems, that offer installers the right fit for virtually any residential PV application.

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AEE Solar

AEE Solar

AEE Solar was founded by David Katz 1979 as Alternative Energy Engineering with the goal of bringing renewable, non-polluting power to homes and businesses in the northern California coastal redwood region. Thirty years later, AEE continues to deliver the products, training and support needed to succeed. We supply resellers, contractors, integrators, and installers the field-tested, reliable products they need to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems.