The oil industry has invented an ironic new use for solar power

Cassie Werber for Quartz:  There’s a huge project taking shape in the deserts of Oman. It will extract crude oil from the ground by pumping vast quantities of steam into it. To produce the steam, water will be brought to a boil using as much as a gigawatt of energy. The source of that energy: the sun.

Using solar power to get fossil fuels out of the ground will strike some as ironic—especially since, if that method weren’t available, the high cost of extracting the oil might lead to more pressure to use cleaner energy sources, such as solar, instead.

But GlassPoint, the American company behind the new technology, says that the project and others like it will help fossil-fuel drillers limit carbon emissions. The process of “enhanced oil recovery,” where steam is used to loosen thick oil and make it easier to pump, usually involves burning natural gas to heat water. GlassPoint says its technology can cut that gas consumption, and the consequent carbon emissions, by   up to 80%.  Cont'd...

WINAICO recognised as a genuine solar producer by the European Commission

WINAICO has been recognised as a genuine solar producer exporting Taiwanese-made modules to the European market, and will not be affected by European Commission's extended measures into anti-dumping duties on imports of solar products originated from China

Penton's The Energy Times to Host "The California Renewables Rush" Conference in San Francisco, CA in April

Penton's The California Renewables Rush conference will explore the nation-leading transformation of the utility and energy industry in California. California's utilities must procure 1,325,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2020.

Solar Energy Legislation Passes Washington State House of Representatives; Three-Year Deadlock Ended

Rep. Jeff Morris comments on the passage of his Solar Legislation

Employment Opportunities In The Energy & Sustainability Industry

For those seeking employment in the Energy & Sustainability Industry, I would recommend the LEED certification as well as the Certified Energy Manager certification (CEM). Both of these on a resume make a candidate within the industry considerably more attractive.

Greentech Media Expands Ecosystem to Include Large Energy Customers

Founding Grid Edge Customer Network members represent more than 350 million square feet of building space across 3,000 sites worldwide.

Trina Solar Named as World's Most Bankable PV Module Manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

The report (available through BNEF subscription) details the findings of a survey conducted by BNEF to identify which module manufacturers are most likely to obtain non-recourse debt financing by commercial banks.

Utilities Risk Backlash by Imposing Fees on Solar, Attorney Writes

LeClairRyan energy advisor Roy Palk encourages utilities to 'get ahead' of the solar trend by leasing customers' rooftops to install utility-owned solar panels.

Key Equipment Finance Partners With Entropy Solar Integrators on $602,000 Solar Installation for Allied Old English, Inc.

Bottled food manufacturer benefits from commercial financing solution that reduces lease payments

Six innovation areas could drive renewable energy future

Targeting of existing funds could cement UK's world-leading position Paper highlights benefits research spending would bring Scottish Renewables calls for UK Government to develop Energy Innovation Strategy

OPDE completes the construction of three new solar farms in United Kingdom with a total capacity of 15 MW

The projects built by the multinational are located in Kent, Nottinghamshire and Somerset and have a capacity of 5 MW each.

Berlin winds up for world's leading coil winding and electrical manufacturing expo

For one week in May, Berlin will become the centre of the global coil winding, insulation and electrical manufacturing community as hundreds of component suppliers, service providers, OEMs, and energy companies gather to buy and sell and keep up-to-date with all the latest industry trends.

Report: New Skilled Workforce, Training Needed for India's Ambitious Renewable Energy and Climate Goals

India's goal to dramatically expand solar energy could trigger a green jobs boom adding one million new engineers, technicians, solar installers, maintenance workers and performance data monitors to its workforce, according to a new report released in connection with a "Make in India" conference in Mumbai.

Fastest Growing Energy Storage Conference Set for April 25-27 in Charlotte, NC

Energy Storage Association Annual Conference and Expo - #ESACon16 - Offers Unparalleled Executive Insight and Business Development Opportunities

The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power

Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone:  The full political might of Florida's IOUs was on display in December, when a deceptive campaign, funded by the state's electric utilities, crushed a citizen-led effort to open Florida to solar competition through the 2016 ballot. "When your opponents have no ethical foundation, have unlimited resources and are willing to say and do anything to defeat you," says Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which led the pro-solar effort, "it's a tough hurdle to overcome."

It should come as no surprise that the utilities have fought so hard. The rise of cheap, distributed solar power poses a disruptive – and perhaps existential – threat to the traditional electric utility business.

Monopoly electric utilities used to make sense. Dirty power, generated at a distance from population centers, was carried over a set of transmission lines to homes and businesses. Consumers got reliable power from a single provider. IOUs were guaranteed a profit – both for building power plants and transmission lines as well as for the electricity itself.  Full Article:

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