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Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020

Akshat Rathi for Quartz: Renewable electricity is already competitive with fossil-fuel power. Better still, the report makes the extraordinary prediction: By 2020, all forms of renewable electricity will be consistently cheaper than power produced by burning fossil fuels.

Runaway 53GW Solar Boom in China Pushed Global Clean Energy Investment Ahead in 2017

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion

St. Eustatius: 100% Solar Power in the Caribbean

The diesel generators can be switched off completely during the day. This is unnoticed by electricity consumers but has huge benefits for the electric utility company and the region – and a pioneer for more diesel-free zones worldwide.

Extending the Life of Wind Turbine Components

Specialized PVD coatings and nitriding significantly increase the durability and lifespan of wind turbine components like roller bearings and planetary gears under metal-on-metal, high load conditions

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Learning From Solar’s Past Mistakes to Ensure a Brighter Future

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Electric car 'batteries on wheels' could help solve renewable energy's storage issue

Joseph Flaig for Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Electric cars worldwide will soon have 10 times the total storage capacity of stationary batteries and should be thought of as “batteries on wheels” to solve renewable energy’s storage problem, an expert has said.

Ford says it will spend $11 billion in electrification investment

AP via LA Times: “We’re going to electrify even our most iconic vehicles,” he said at Cobo Center. “The only question is, will the customer be there with us?”

Denmark Positions Itself as the Flag Bearer for Wind Power

Peter Levring for Bloomberg Technology: Denmark obtained 43.4 percent of its electricity from wind last year, beating its own record. The government’s goal is to derive 50 percent of the country’s entire energy consumption from renewables by 2030.

A Fully Solar-Powered Car May Be Hitting the Road by 2019

Chelsea Gohd for Futurism: Solar-powered cars have been thought of by many as an impossible pipedream. But the innovators behind Lightyear One, a fully solar-powered vehicle to be released in 2019, just won an award for their design.

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SolarWorld reacts to President Trump's remedy decision in Section 201 case

We are still reviewing these remedies, and are hopeful they will be enough to address the import surge and to rebuild solar manufacturing in the United States.

SEPA CEO Julia Hamm: Solar industry will respond to Trump tariffs with more innovation, efficiency

With the announcement of President Donald Trump's decision in the Section 201 solar trade case, raising tariffs on solar cells and modules, Julia Hamm, President and CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), has released the following statement.

President's Decision on Solar Tariffs is a Loss for America

The decision effectively will cause the loss of roughly 23,000 American jobs this year, including many in manufacturing, and it will result in the delay or cancellation of billions of dollars in solar investments.

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.5 Billion in VC Funding in 2017

Battery Storage companies secure $714 million; Smart Grid companies bring in $422 million; and Energy Efficiency companies receive $384 million

Distributed energy businesses to benefit from pioneering predictive management platform

Pulse, through extensive KPIs, gives management the ability to make data driven decisions on how best to maximise available resources.

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