World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch:  The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind once built. SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the $5 billion endeavor would generate between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of power, enough to power about 1 million homes. That amount of power is as much as a nuclear power plant, or the 2,000-megawatt Hoover Dam and far bigger than any other existing solar facility on Earth, the Review-Journal pointed out. "It's a big project," Smith told the publication. "It's an ambitious project."   Cont'd...

PVinsights: Solar prices except modules rebound as demand recover

Polysilicon prices rebound mildly in this week. All major Chinese polysilicon makers have successfully digested excess inventories in September, as the demand in the downstream has seen an obvious recovery, so as to follow the price uptrend of the downstream to raise their prices accordingly. On the other hand, non-Chinese polysilicon makers are still adjusting their price quotes lower as to trim the price gap with the Chinese makers. Hence, although Chinese polysilicon makers have obviously pushed prices higher, the average polysilicon prices this week grow mildly as offset by the descending overseas polysilicon prices.

Roof Tech helps EFS Energy generate new customer confidence.

With 10 people on staff, everyone at EFS Energy wears a few different hats. Project Manager Kevin Glines not only serves as crew foreman, he also oversees inventory and warehouse management. Colette Conover's job title is Energy Consultant, but she also manages the office and assists with internal sales processes. "I'm our first contact with customers," she explained. "I find out what they need, put it into our system, and forward it to our designer to bid the job."

U.S. Navy Selects UET to Provide Energy Storage-Based Resiliency for Naval Base Ventura County

Advanced Storage + Solar project to provide extended, durable energy security to U.S. Navy Base.

Fluidic Energy Unveils its First Residential Energy Storage Unit, Hosts Commissioner on Tour of Facility as Arizona Continues Solar Leadership Efforts

The unit is the first to be deployed in North America amid the company's continued global expansion of its game-changing rechargeable, long duration Zinc-air energy storage technology.

GCUBE UNDERWRITES 33% OF ALL CANADIAN WIND ENERGY

Leading renewable energy underwriter accounts for 4 GW of Canada's total installed wind capacity

World's First Farm to Use Solar Power and Seawater Opens in Australia

Kristin Falzon for EcoWatch:  Sundrop Farms, a tomato production facility that is the first agricultural system of its kind in the world, celebrated its grand opening in Port Augusta, South Australia, Thursday. Instead of soil, pesticides, fossil fuels and groundwater, Sundrop Farms uses only solar power and desalinated seawater to grow tomatoes across 49 acres. The water is pumped into the facility from the Spencer Gulf about 1.2 miles away where it is desalinated to water the farm's 180,000 tomato plants.   Cont'd...  

my-PV integrates electric water heating system into the SMA photovoltaic battery system

As part of a reference project in Borken, Germany, my-PV GmbH has integrated their electric hot water preparation system into an existing photovoltaic battery system created by SMA Solar Technology AG.

Fact or Fiction: 3 Biggest Myths About NEXTracker Technology

There still seems to be some confusion in the marketplace surrounding specific types of tracking applications, especially when it comes to independent row, self-powered trackers (SPTs)

New Database Spanning Hundreds of Wind Test Reports

One area which benefits from digitisation is the evaluation of data from periodic turbine testing and inspection reports.

Solar FlexRack Racking Solution is Installed in Iowa's Largest Utility-Scale Solar Electric Project

The solar project utilizes the most cost-effective solar racking solution, the best-in-class G3 Fixed Tilt system.

Total Corporate Funding in the Solar Sector Rises QoQ to $3 Billion in Q3 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Residential/commercial funds bring in $1.1 billion

GE Plans to Capture More Wind with $1.65B Acquisition of LM Wind Power a Global Designer and Manufacturer of Wind Turbine Blades

-Captures more value in fast growth renewables industry -Strategic investment bolsters ability of GE Onshore and Offshore wind businesses to increase energy output and value for customers while in-sourcing production -LM Wind Power will continue to be a leading supplier to other Original Equipment Manufacturers Accretive in 2018

APS Reaches Major Solar Milestone; Tops Gigawatt of Solar Energy

Diverse solar portfolio benefits all customers

This New Wind Turbine Could Power Japan for 50 Years After One Typhoon

Nick Mafi for Architectural Digest:  A typical typhoon produces wind speeds between 98 and 120 m.p.h. and usually leaves behind a trail of destruction. But a Japanese engineer has plans to harness a typhoon’s incredible wind energy and use it to power the nation. Atsushi Shimizu has just invented the world’s first typhoon-powered wind turbine—a roughly 18-foot structure that, with its three distinct prongs, somewhat resembles an egg beater. Don’t be fooled by the simple design, however. According to the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory, a mature typhoon can produce a level of kinetic energy equivalent to about half of the world’s electrical generating capacity. That means that after a single typhoon, Shimizu’s invention could power Japan for up to 50 years. Add in the frequency of the country’s typhoons—anywhere from three to seven each year—and the potential for massive quantities of renewable energy is unmistakable.   Cont'd...

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