Boarding solar panels and horses: Ontario stables rents out roof for solar profits

Ontario solar manufacturer SEI provides 422 solar panels for Orr Lake Stables; owner rents roof space for production of solar energy

US Continues Solar Installation Boom, with Extended Investment Tax Credit, IHS Says

With the recent multi-year extension of the investment tax credit (ITC) in the United States, photovoltaic (PV) installations are predicted to grow 60 percent year over year, reaching 15 gigawatts (GW) in 2016. PV installations in the U.S. will reach record levels in 2016, primarily due to strong demand for utility-scale PV.

NREL Launches Sustainable Mobility Initiative, Joins CDOT Partnership

NREL's Sustainable Mobility Initiative approaches transportation as an integrated system, where travelers and transportation resources are viewed as a dynamic network that can be used to optimize mobility and significantly reduce related energy consumption and emissions. launches its Online Trade Magazine

Following a soft launch in January, has officially launched its Online Trade Magazine.

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...

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.

California narrowly upholds critical solar policy

NICHOLA GROOM for Reuters:  California, which boasts more than half of the households with solar panels in the United States, on Thursday extended a policy that has underpinned the rooftop solar industry's dramatic growth over the last decade.

The 3-to-2 decision by California's Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco to extend net metering was a major victory for the solar industry, including companies like SolarCity Corp, Sunrun and SunPower Corp.

Net metering allows homeowners with solar panels to sell the power they generate but don't use back to their utility at the full retail rate, sometimes giving them a credit on their bill at the end of the month. The 20-year policy has been critical to making solar cost competitive.

But the narrow victory underscored palpable frustrations with the policy, which has been criticized for rewarding solar users while leaving other ratepayers to shoulder the cost of maintaining the electricity grid.

"I will be the first to say that I think we really have a ways to go before we have a really enduring rooftop strategy," said PUC President Michael Picker, who voted in favor of extending the policy.

The PUC will reconsider net metering again in 2019.  Cont'd...

GTM's Grid Edge Executive Council Eclipses 100 Member Companies

DTE Energy, Duke Energy, Exelon, Oncor, National Grid and PG&E are among more than 30 utilities and energy providers that have joined the council.

How One Energy Producer Uses IT Workload Automation to Solve Energy Pricing Challenges

Because weather conditions-precipitation, wind and sun in particular-can have a major impact on both production and demand for any renewable energy producer, Statkraft pays unusually close attention to historical and predictive weather data.

OpenLink Cements Position as Commodities Trading Systems Leader in 2015 Risk Technology Rankings


PV Complete and PanelClaw Partner to Lower the Cost of Solar Installation

In the effort to streamline solar project design while reducing the cost of PV deployment, PanelClaw, the leading commercial roof top solar mounting manufacturer, and PVComplete, a leading solar design software provider, have entered into a partnership to collaborate on design solutions that accelerate the design of commercial solar power systems.

Study: Renewable Energy Best Way to Achieve Climate Targets under Clean Power Plan Unaddressed Methane Leakage From Natural Gas Sector Could Undercut Emissions Reductions

New analysis from PSE Healthy Energy and University of California at Berkeley finds that increased deployment of renewable energy is the best way to meet or even surpass Clean Power Plan targets, as recent scientific measurements of methane leaks from natural gas systems have found higher rates of leakage than those recorded in official inventories. States that plan to depend on switching their electricity generation from coal to natural gas under the Clean Power Plan risk failure to achieve meaningful greenhouse gas reductions.



California HERO Program Creates 10,000 New Jobs by Upgrading 50,000 Homes with Energy and Water Savings Products

Officials at the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program today announced that more than 10,000 local jobs have been created in California through HERO projects completed in more than 50,000 homes since the program launched in December 2011.

PV Nano Cell Named in the Global Cleantech 100's "Ones to Watch" List

PV Nano Cell was named in the Global Cleantech 100's "Ones to Watch" List. CEO Fernando de la Vega Will Present on SicrysTM Nanometric Conductive Digital Inks at the 14th Annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco

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