China to plow $361 billion into renewable fuel by 2020

Reuters:  China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country's energy agency said on Thursday, as the world's largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.

The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a blueprint document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period.

The NEA said installed renewable power capacity including wind, hydro, solar and nuclear power will contribute to about half of new electricity generation by 2020.

The agency did not disclose more details on where the funds, which equate to about $72 billion each year, would be spent.

Still, the investment reflects Beijing's continued focus on curbing the use of fossil fuels, which have fostered the country's economic growth over the past decade, as it ramps up its war on pollution.  Cont'd...

AWEA statement on Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act veto override

Senator Brian Feldman and Delegate Bill Frick, sponsors of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act, joined with other state lawmakers, business leaders, and advocates, calling for a veto override today at the Maryland State House.

AcuRite Announces the AcuRite® Atlas™ Family of Environmental Monitoring Solutions with UV Monitoring and Lightning Detection

The New AcuRite® Atlas™ and AcuRite® Atlas Elite™ Deliver Reliable, Intuitive Tools that Empower Consumers to Analyze Conditions, Better Understand Their Environments, and Ultimately Protect Their Families and Valuable Property

Sharp's SmartStorage® Energy Storage System Selected as Primary Energy Storage Solution by Sunworks

Sunworks to offer commercial and industrial customers zero-down financing for solar plus storage installations

Solar Trends to Watch for 2017

2016 marked a record year for solar energy. As of December 2016, solar power is cheaper than wind and cheaper than fossil fuels. What does that mean for the future of the solar industry, and more specific to our interest, what does that mean for solar generators? The bottom line: now is the time to invest in solar energy including solar generators.

Escondido Charter High School Goes Solar with Baker Electric

Escondido Charter High School will save more than $108,926 the first year with 25-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from Baker Electric Solar.

Boly Inc. Announces BolySolar Enhancer and Doubler Technology

BolySolar is creating an evolving set of solar system technologies that will revolutionize the energy industry. At CES 2017, Boly will announce its fourth renewable energy product BolySolar Enhancer and BolySolar Doubler.

Vivint Smart Home and Vivint Solar Partner to Provide The Most Comprehensive Smart Home Experience

New Vivint Solar customers will have the option to receive an integrated energy management system from Vivint Smart Home, at no additional cost

PV Racking's "PV Stealth" Solar Mounting System Receives UL 2703 Certification

PV Racking has completed and received UL 2703 certification on its PV Stealth pitched roof solar racking solution.

Giant Wind Turbines Now At Eight Megawatts, And Getting Larger

Peter Kelly-Detwiler for Forbes:  News arrived in late December from the waters off the United Kingdom that the first of MHI Vestas (a joint venture between Vests and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) 8.0 megawatt (MW) turbines is now delivering commercial power to Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension. The entire 258 MW project – to be completed in Q1 of 2017 - will need only 32 such turbines. This is a significant milestone, as wind turbines have become increasingly more powerful over a relatively short timeframe. This 8 MW machine is currently the largest commercial turbine in the world. Less than ten years ago, at the original Burbo Bank project, a 3.6 MW turbine was inaugurated, the largest in the industry at the time.  Cont'd...

Solar Energy Associations Unite to Open Capital for Wide-Scale Industry Growth

New advisory council under Solar Energy Industries Association to focus on improving access to capital

Solar Contractors Cut Significant 'Soft Costs' With PROINSO's New Software Platform

In partnership with Enact Systems, global solar distributor and integrator PROINSO is bringing a complimentary cloud-based platform to its customers.

Boviet Solar USA Introduces New Line of 72-Cell and 60-Cell, High Efficiency Solar Modules for 2017

Latest Solar Panel Innovations from Boviet Solar USA Include New Mono and Poly Modules, PERC Modules, and New Quick Install Modules with Built-In Racking

Swiss Firm to Use Solar Power for Space Tourism

Financial Tribune:  SolarStratos, a Swiss startup, has unveiled an airplane that uses solar power to lift people to the edge of space and return them gently to earth.

The company revealed its “solar plane”, a 28 foot-long aircraft that will be the first manned aircraft entirely powered by solar energy to rise above the stratosphere and bring passengers close to the stars. The solar power airplane has a wingspan of 81.3 feet and weighs 992 pounds.

It will take two hours to ascend to the edge of space some 15 miles above the earth. SolarStratos will stay there for 15 minutes before beginning a three-hour descent back to earth.  Cont'd...

Experience meets precision: Columbia Weather Systems

Columbia Weather Systems specializes in industrial-grade weather stations for professional weather monitoring. Their weather stations integrate meteorological sensors and monitoring options that serve weather data in a way that is easy to read and analyze for industries and government agencies around the world. The company has been manufacturing and selling weather stations for over 35 years.

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