EnergySage and NABCEP Release Findings of 2017 Solar Installer Survey; Report Shows Battery Demand is Surging, Trump's Tariff May Get Absorbed by Installers

Solar installation professionals report one in three solar shoppers are also interested in home energy storage, while two-thirds of installers plan to absorb some or all of the solar tariff's added cost

Energy Storage Is Coming, But Big Price Declines Still Needed

Joshua Rhodes for Forbes: Cheap energy storage got a steroid shot this week when FERC announced that it was going to let energy storage operate in the wholesale markets as both a buyer and a seller.

Dutch plan to build giant offshore solar power farm

Anthony Deutsch for Reuters: An offshore seaweed farm in the North Sea will be turned into a large solar power farm that aims to pipe energy to the Dutch mainland in roughly three years.

National Solar Jobs Census

The Solar Foundation: The Solar Foundation's annual National Solar Jobs Census is a comprehensive report on employment trends within the U.S. solar industry, nationwide and state by state. The latest Solar Jobs Census includes data for 2017.

Wind power closes 2017 strong, lifting the American economy

The U.S. wind power industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity representing $11 billion in new private investment, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report, released today. Twenty-nine new wind farms t

New Ship With Rigid Solar Sails Harnesses the Power of Sun and Wind at the Same Time

Kyree Leary for Futurism: Eco Marine Power has announced plans to test their patented solar sails next year. These EnergySails would utilize solar and wind energy simultaneously.

A new approach to rechargeable batteries

David L. Chandler, MIT News Office: New metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems and lead to inexpensive power storage.

First Solar Is Using Robots to Better Tap the Sun

Chris Martin for Bloomberg Business Week: Even before Trump's tariffs, the U.S. panel maker underpriced Chinese rivals with a spray-on, energy-absorbing metal and largely automated factories.

Harnessing the power of algae: New, greener fuel cells move step closer to reality

U of Cambridge via Science Daily: A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed.

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.

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.

World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Could Send Power to Five Countries

Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch: The vision is so massive that the developers will have to construct a 2.3-square-mile artificial island in the North Sea to support the 10,000-turbine complex.

Florida company using 'solar cell of the future' to develop 500W, ~24% efficient panel

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: SmartWire is part of an industry wide remaking of 'busbars.' In order to squeeze greater efficiency from the same limited rooftop space, an evolution on the front side of the solar panel has been sped up.

2018 will be the year of the electric car

Peter Valdes-Dapena for CNN Money: In 2018, electric cars will finally turn the corner from curious niche product to become a viable option for America's families. Next year will mark a turning point in the ultimate electrification of America's roads.

Farmers bank on solar power to stave off European water crisis

Steve Gillman for Horizon: Rising populations and climate change are putting pressure on the water needed for agriculture but a solar-powered irrigation system may reduce the amount that farmers use - while simultaneously slashing the sector's greenhouse gas emissions.

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