Sanborn Helps Boulder Solar Maps Shine

3-D Building Data Foundational for City's Rooftop Solar Tool

New Report Finds Solar Adds Value to Homes in Six States

Whether or not solar panels actually add value to a home had been up for debate for a long time. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) has dispelled this in numerous reports, previously in just California, and now in six different states. The report builds on previous research that shows an average solar array of 3.6 kilowatts added $15,000 to the price of a home.

SunPower Introduces New Line of Commercial Panels

SunPower is introducing a new line of solar panels called its Performance Series. The new solar panels are based on technology developed by Cogenra Solar, which SunPower purchased earlier in 2015.

White House Hosts National Community Solar Summit Groundswell of Support

Community Solar is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing sectors of the solar industry in the U.S. The first community solar projects were installed just a few years ago. Now a growing number of companies, utilities, organizations and governments are getting behind the idea. Today (Nov. 17) the White House made that clear with National Community Solar Summit where The White House showcased 68 partners-including cities, states and businesses-that have joined its National Community Solar Partnership.

Community Green Energy Brings Community Solar to Southeast Wisconsin

Community Green Energy has partnered with the Green Leaf Inn of Delavan, Wisconsin to develop the first Community Virtual Solar Garden in southeast Wisconsin.

TurnW2E Waste-To-Energy Gasification System to be Demonstrated at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Biomass Energy Systems, Inc. Demonstration Has Major Alternative Energy Use Implications for US Military, Islands, and State of Hawaii.

AES Reveals Advancion 4 with First Commercial Deployment

New Node Architecture and Upgraded Controls Offer Highest Reliability with Lowest Total Cost of Ownership for Utilities, Developers and Power System Operators

Siemens to supply wind turbines for 38 megawatt onshore project in France

• Siemens will deliver, install and commission 12 direct driven SWT-3.2-113 for the Les Gourlous wind farm in the Champagne-Ardennes region • Contract includes 20 year full service and maintenance agreement • Project will supply green energy for approximately 35,000 households

International training workshop on hydropower concludes in China

The fifth International Training Workshop on Planning, Construction and Operation Management of Small and Medium Hydropower Stations was recently held in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan province. The three-week workshop concluded on 31 October 2015.

UK-India joint energy statement shows cutting support for solar is bad industrial policy

CIX Names Ballard One of Canada's Most Innovative Public Technology Companies

The CIX is a leading technology innovation destination where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators converge to drive economic growth and accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas.

Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away?

Wall Street Journal:  Many supporters say the abrupt end date of the 30% credit represents a “cliff” for the industry. Without the current incentive, they argue, installation of solar-power systems will plummet, and thousands of jobs in the industry will be lost as a result.

Others, however, argue that the cliff isn’t as steep as it appears, and that solar will continue to grow even without the 30% credit—albeit not as quickly as before.

Amit Ronen, director of the GW Solar Institute and a professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy at George Washington University, argues that the end of the 30% credit will send solar off a cliff. John Farrell, director of the Democratic Energy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, says the impact of the tax credit is overstated and the solar market will continue to rise.  Full Article:

Large solar projects can be done responsibly

BY SHANNON EDDY, Special to The Bee: As the seventh-largest economy in the world and a clean-energy leader, California plays a key role in shaping the global response to climate change. The benefits of our leadership will be on the world stage later this month during the international climate talks in Paris.

Over several decades, California has successfully advanced the development of renewable energy resources. As a result, the state boasts the highest concentration of solar projects in the nation, including several of the world’s largest. Large-scale solar power plants are enabling California to meet the goals of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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As with any fast-growing, successful industry, it’s essential to ask questions about unintended consequences. We agree it is important to evaluate how the environmental benefits of large-scale solar – carbon reduction, reduced water use and improved local air quality – compare to any negative consequences for people and the environment.  Cont'd...

GE Puts Desalination "on Ice" to Produce Clean Water at Low Cost

Awarded US Department of Energy program to test breakthrough concept in water desalination ---Designing innovative process to compress, stream and cool air, salt and ice mixture that separates salt from ice ---New solution draws from the GE Store, integrating GE's experience with steam turbine, oil & gas compressors, 3D printing and water processing

SolarWorld solar panels enable U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to harness renewable energy

Efficient Energy of Tennessee and San Francisco-based CivicSolar are project partners

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