LAUREN WHEATLEY RANKED 68th IN WOMEN'S POWER LIST REPORT

Industry intelligence service, A Word About Wind, highlights achievements of Lauren Wheatley as one of the wind industry's leading female figures.

Large-scale floating offshore wind power is finally here

Sami Grover for TreeHugger:  Offshore wind energy has been growing like crazy in the last few decades—so much so that there's even talk of serious talk of multi-gigawatt offshore wind farms in the US in the not too distant future.  But offshore wind has so far been limited to areas where the seafloor is relatively shallow, and where it's easy to build foundations for these gigantic turbines. Floating wind turbines are different. Instead of using fixed foundations, they are anchored to the sea floor using cables. And that means they can be located in deeper waters, opening up many more areas where wind conditions are favorable and concerns about views and/or bird migration routes are less relevant. Alongside opening up new areas for development, the other major advantage of floating turbines—once they are being developed at scale—could also be reduced costs.    Cont'd...

Prysmian Strengthens Its Position In Offshore Wind

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded two new contracts for offshore wind farms in Germany (Merkur OWF) and Denmark (Horns Rev 3 OWF).

Solliance Sets World Record for Roll-to-Roll Perovskites of 12.6%

Perovskite PV technology demonstrated on industrially-applicable roll-to-roll processes

Tigo Introduces New Optimizers Utilizing UHD-Core Technology

TS4-L and TS4-O, new additions to the Flex MLPE offering, now optimize any photovoltaic module up to 475W with 99.6% efficiency

Mortenson to Build Largest Single-Phase Wind Project in North America

"We are pleased to be selected to construct this significant project for Xcel Energy and the state of Colorado. This project is another great example of Xcel's commitment to clean renewable energy." said Tim Maag, vice president and general manager at Mortenson's Wind Energy Group.

U.S. Solar Market Has Record-Breaking Year, Total Market Poised to Triple in Next Five Years

Surge in utility-scale projects made solar top source of new power capacity in 2016; growth seen in dozens of states as prices continue to fall, dropping to all-time lows

Standard Solar Acquired by Gaz Mtro

Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development, installation and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, today announced that it is being acquired by Gaz Mtro, a leading energy provider with more than US$5.8 billion in assets that is actively involved in developing and operating energy infrastructures and innovative, promising energy projects.

Fisher Auto Parts goes solar, helping Virginia get on the renewable energy map.

Fisher Auto Parts, one of the largest regional auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America, announced today that the installation of a 63.7 kW photovoltaic solar energy system has been completed at their Staunton, VA headquarters.

Solar FlexRack to Attend Solar Power Colorado 2017 Conference

Company to share Solar FlexRack solar tracker updates and discuss other innovative solar tracking features during March conference in Bloomfield, Colorado.

New process for manufacturing PV cells means cheaper solar power

Phys.org:  A major roadblock to the mass use of solar energy are photovoltaic (PV) solar cells. This is because the cost, inefficiency and negative environmental impact that the manufacturing of these cells outweighs any potential savings provided by the resulting solar energy. If, however, cost could be were minimised, then solar power would be more able to compete with traditional fossil fuel-based methods for generating energy. To overcome this hurdle, the EU-funded SOLNOWAT project has developed an innovative dry process for manufacturing PV solar cells. PV cells are typically created via a wet chemical process that etches away layers of silicon from a crystalline wafer, leaving behind the solar cell. The SOLNOWAT process replaces the expensive and inefficient wet chemical process with the use of atmospheric pressure dry etching technology – a process that cuts costs and speeds up production. Because less silicon is removed during dry etching, the resulting cells are darker, making them very efficient at absorbing light. In fact, they are so efficient that they have been classified as having zero global warming potential.   Cont'd...

Exosun software and robotics boost plant performance.

Discover ExoDesigner, a free of charge AutoCAD add-on to easily design PV plant and Exosun's cleaning robot to reduce soft costs around the project and increase plant performance.

Fronius Introduces Remote Update Feature for Inverter Software

Fronius is making inverter software updates a breeze: Now Fronius customers are able to remotely update the software of inverters over the web. All you need is a Fronius SnapINverter that has an internet connection and the inverter or system is registered on Fronius Solar.web, Fronius' free monitoring system.

CALSEIA, Intersolar and SEMI to Host Summerfest at AT&T Park

Event celebrates CALSEIA's 40th and Intersolar North America's 10th Anniversaries; proceeds benefit CALSEIA's work to promote smart solar in California

Solect Energy Acquires Northeast Division of Brightergy

Solect acquired Brightergy's Northeast sales and project management operations in addition to some of Brightergy's intellectual property developed around commercial solar lead generation.

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