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Arcadia's Community Solar Program

A customer can subscribe to as little as single panel or enough to zero-out their utility bill.

Solar and Renewable Energy Trends in 2017

The global transportation fleet is turning electric faster than anyone could have imagined only a year ago.

Using Geographic Information Systems to find Solar Sites

GIS technology allows us to query, analyze and visualize information in an incredible number of ways, and as with all technology these days it is evolving rapidly.

The World's Largest Solar Plant Is Now Online in India

Avery Thompson for Popular Mechanics:  The world's largest solar power plant has&nbs

Reducing Wind Energy Costs through Increased Turbine Size: Is the Sky the Limit?

Berkeley Lab study shows significant potential for further turbine scaling.

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Offshore wind energy system combines sea water and wind to create electricity

Megan Treacy for TreeHugger:  We've seen our share of interesting wind power designs, but often the technology can't come anywhere close to matching what the traditional horizontal axis wind turbines can do. There's a reason that when we think of wind energy, we think of giant masts with rotating blades and it's because that design is incredibly effective -- just look at Scotland and other areas around the world that now get a majority of their electricity needs from wind power.

The design isn't without its flaws; those rotating blades do pose a hazard to birds and bats and the cost of manufacturing and installing all of those giant parts can be expensive. When it comes to offshore wind power in the U.S., that has been a major roadblock. The energy generation potential is huge, but so is the cost.

An energy start-up company called Accio Energy -- yes, a Harry Potter reference -- thinks it has a solution to that problem, one that will generate as much if not more energy from offshore wind than a traditional wind turbine, but at half the cost. There are no moving parts, instead Accio's technology consists of large permeable panels on masts that let the ocean winds blow right through.  Cont'd...

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Upsolar, Koine and CW deploy the World's Largest Floating Solar PV Test-bed System in Singapore

Upsolar (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Upsolar, a leading provider of solar PV modules and services, Koine a design company specializing in floating technology, and Upsolar's local installation partner CW, recently deployed a large floating PV system at Tengeh Reservoir in Singapore making it the world's largest floating solar PV test-bed ever to be installed.

UET to Deliver ReFlex Energy Storage System to Las Positas College Microgrid

The energy storage solution will enable college to realize the full benefits of its solar installation

PVinsights: Solar prices send bear signal with growth concerns lingering

Solar panel prices continue to drop this week as suppliers suffer from falling demand in EU and escalated price competition spooked by serious oversupply and unclear political environment. With the demand for PV installations in EU and the US beginning to wane on the advent of holiday season, solar panel prices in these regions continue to descent since only limited transactions are made during the holiday season. In addition, in the US market, competition among module makers remains strong so as to make the further pressures on solar panel prices. In India, the increasing demand could not sustain the prices as major players continue to offer slashed prices in the market in attempts to secure more orders. In China, the price is relatively stable due to solid demand in domestic market, but is dragged down in the dollar term with RMB deprecation. Consequently, exacerbating the problem is oversupply nature, which leaves competition remains fierce in major markets, as module players engage in unprecedented price reduction to secure orders.

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