SEPA Members Glimpse Possible Energy Future in Australia

Country's booming solar-plus-storage market grows without federal incentives

Solar Power Meets Electric Vehicle Atop a VW Microbus

Brett Belan, Apparent Energy for MotherEarth News:  The time is here for solar power to make its way to our vehicles. The state-of-the-art panels pose no weight limitation. At 6 pounds per 150 watts, thin flexible solar panels will weigh 600 pounds but give you 15 kilowatts! This is enough to directly drive from the sun.

However, the surface area is a limitation, because that much solar would require 10 feet around the vehicle on all sides. The solution, ironically, is a mechanical engineering question of how to accordion-style fold these panels to conveniently open them for charging while the vehicle is at a standstill.  Cont'd...

Final rule issued by BLM makes wind development on public land less likely

"Unfortunately, based on our preliminary review, for this Administration and the majority of Americans who support expanding wind energy in the U.S., this final rule makes federal lands even less attractive to wind energy developers. This will add time, uncertainty, complexity, and expense to a process that was already more difficult than developing on private lands."

SEIA Releases Diversity Best Practices Guide for the Solar Industry

Complete with recruitment best practices, leadership tips and retention advice, SEIA's Community Engagement Committee designed this guide to assist solar companies with the practical application and implementation of diversity initiatives.

Solar power proponents hopeful Trump sees benefit of growing industry

Ivan Penn and Rob Nikolewski for The LA Times:  Longtime solar executive Barry Cinnamon got up Wednesday wondering what a Donald Trump administration will mean for his industry.

“I woke up this morning and walked to my car and took a picture of the sun coming up, and it did indeed come up,” said Cinnamon, president of Cinnamon Solar, one of the highest-profile solar companies in Silicon Valley.

Candidate Trump said a lot of things that heartened conventional oil and natural gas producers and worried the renewable energy business, which is growing fast but is still a tiny part of the energy landscape.  Cont'd...

The State of the Solar Energy Market in New England

New England has been one of the most receptive regions in the US to renewable energy, and continues to adopt a number of different alternative energy sources.

Addressing Energy Poverty Globally and Profitably. Powerstorm ESS

The technology we are developing, called zeroXess, will provide electricity, lighting and Internet connectivity to rural, off-grid, underdeveloped areas throughout the world.

PVinsights: China solar panels rebound offset by the correction in the US

Solar panel prices increase slightly with the partial increasing prices in lower-priced regions but the decreasing in the US. Upstream solar cells have surged more than 20% since October, but such increase in material costs did not reflect on the prices of solar panel that continue to squeeze the margins out of the makers. However, with the erosion of margins, solar panel suppliers in the lower-priced regions, such as China and India, eventually increase the prices successfully recently, but the increasing is still limited because the demand is not strong enough. Meanwhile, in the US, where solar panels are priced relatively higher, are being pressured, following the rising speculation of stagnate US demand and the uncertain atmosphere around the Presidential Election.

2016 Project of Distinction Winners Announced

The award recognizes the best photovoltaic projects in the Midwest

Government support for offshore wind creates massive economic opportunity for Britain

RenewableUK says today's Government announcement of the next round of competitive auctions to support offshore wind will provide a boost for British industry.

30.2 PERCENT EFFICIENCY-- NEW RECORD FOR SILICON-BASED MULTI-JUNCTION SOLAR CELL

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the Austrian company EV Group (EVG) have successfully manufactured a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with two contacts and an efficiency exceeding the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells.

SEIA Statement on Defeat of Florida Constitutional Amendment 1

Election returns show that voters in Florida have rejected the anti-solar Amendment 1 ballot initiative. Following is a statement from Tom Kimbis, interim president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the election results:

Antaisolar at the Myanenergy 2016

Myanenergy 2016 is set to stimulate the energy sector in Myanmar by bring together over 150 international brands, and a technical seminar was held on 5th Nov.

SMA Solar Technology AG Reaches 10 GW of Installed Inverter Capacity in North America

Complete Product Portfolio to offer the Customer the Best Technical Solution

Environmental Concerns and Siting Requirements for Small Ground Mount Solar Projects

This paper will identify and explain the environmental concerns and siting requirements for small ground mount solar PV projects within the FIT 3 and EASR frameworks, discuss the discrepancies, interpretations, and provide a path forward towards successful project execution.

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