Net Metering - Doing it Right

Companies selling PV systems are concerned that if utilities add a set fee for solar customers to remain connected to the grid to take in electricity at times when the sun isn't shining, or if utilities decrease the retail credit for the times when customers send their excess generation back to the grid, people will be less likely to put panels on their roofs.

The IREC Solar Career Map

The map shows 40 jobs from entry, mid and advanced levels across four industry sectors: manufacturing, system design, project development and installation/operations, and it identifies more than 60 routes to advancement among them.

With More Than 3.7 GW of New Capacity Added, 2015 Was Record Year for the Offshore Wind Energy Market, According to Navigant Research

Over 65 percent of offshore wind capacity was installed in Germany in 2015, report finds

Natural Power takes the floor at AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference 2016

As Natural Power has just released the results of its latest North American wind energy validation study, the team gets set to speak at the forthcoming AWEA event in San Diego.

Clean Energy Group Provides "How-To" Resources for Resilient Power Systems in Affordable Housing and Community Facilities

National nonprofit addresses the need for solar+storage technologies in affordable housing and critical facilities for power assurance and cost savings

JA Solar's PV Modules are 100% in Compliance with IEC62804 Anti-PID Standard

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: JASO) ("JA Solar" or "JA"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced that its entire portfolio of PV modules has passed the 96-hour Potential Induced Degradation ("PID") resistance test under the conditions of 85-degrees Celsius and 85% relative humidity (double 85) at -1,000V of system voltage bias as required to meet the IEC62804 standard. JA Solar is the first PV module manufacturing company to guarantee the capability of double 85 anti-PID for all of its PV modules.

Samsung and Pattern Development Start Operations at 180 MW Armow Wind Power Facility in Ontario

Built by Ontario workers with Ontario-made products, Armow Wind is now creating clean power for up to 70,000 Ontario homes each year

France to pave 1000km of roads with solar panels

Derek Markham for TreeHugger :  Over the next five years, France will install some 621 miles (1,000km) of solar roadway using Colas' Wattway solar pavement. Solar freakin' roadways! No, this is not the crowdfunded solar road project that blew up the internet a few years ago, but is a collaboration between Colas, a transport infrastructure company, and INES (France's National Institute for Solar Energy), and sanctioned by France's Agency of Environment and Energy Management, which promises to bring solar power to hundreds of miles of roads in the country over the next five years. One major difference between this solar freakin' roadway and that other solar freakin' roadway is that the new Wattway system doesn't replace the road itself or require removal of road surfaces, but instead is designed to be glued onto the top of existing pavement. The Wattway system is also built in layers of materials "that ensure resistance and tire grip," and is just 7 mm thick, which is radically different from that other design that uses thick glass panels (and which is also claimed to include LED lights and 'smart' technology, which increases the complexity and cost of the moose-friendly solar tiles).   Cont'd...

FRONIUS ANNOUNCES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT 2016

Fronius USA, the leading solar string inverter manufacturer, has recently announced its Fronius Service Provider (FSP) program training opportunities and new online webinars available to individuals interested in learning more about their solar products.

Natural Power to sponsor Infocast Wind Power Finance and Investment Summit

Natural Power will be sponsoring the forthcoming Infocast Wind Power Finance and Investment Summit scheduled to take place from 9th - 11th February at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California.

SolarWorld Partners with sonnen to Launch Energy Storage Solutions

Company sees storage as key component in next phase of solar-industry growth

sonnen speeds up presence of its smart energy storage system sonnenBatterie in U.S. market by partnering with SolarWorld, PetersenDean and Spruce

sonnen, the European market leader for smart energy storage, is accelerating its presence in the U.S. market. While opening a new headquarters in Los Angeles it announces key solar and financing partnerships to deliver its energy storage system sonnenBatterie to customers. - sonnen announces a new partnership with U.S. heavyweights SolarWorld and PetersenDean for increasing its presence in the U.S. market for residential energy storage - Opening of new office in Los Angeles grows U.S. footprint after starting manufacturing in California and the R&D-Hub in Atlanta - sonnen and Spruce are developing financing purely focused on residential electricity storage

Sumitomo Corporation and The Japan Steel Works Enter into Joint-Venture with Gerdau to Manufacture and Sell Wind Power Products

Sumitomo Corporation ("Sumitomo") together with The Japan Steel Works ("JSW") announced today their partnership with Gerdau to manufacture and sell wind power generation forged products under the joint-venture. Gerdau is the largest long steel manufacturer in Brazil. Production of these forged parts is expected to begin in 2017.

Solar component prices stable as Lunar New Year holidays approach

Solar panel prices stay flat this week. Although the demand in China is still solid, the installation works have slowed down as the Lunar New Year approaches. Moreover, the CNY has recently stabilized against the USD. Therefore, the solar panel price in China remains immobile in this week as the level of transaction slows down and the currency depreciation has temporarily ceased.

Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd. is Runner-Up of the RenewableUK's Energy Health and Safety Award 2016

The second place of the RenewableUK's Energy Health and Safety Award 2016 went to the Independent Service Provider Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd.

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