8minutenergy and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments Announce Commissioning of 155 MW-ac Springbok 2 Solar Farm to Provide Power to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Springbok 2 Solar Farm Joins 105 MW-ac Springbok 1 Solar Farm Already Operating in Kern County, California; Together They Are Expected to Serve Over 110,000 Households

Tenth Year of Consecutive Global Growth for PV Demand, IHS Markit Says

China sets the pace for global demand; Year-on-year growth rate of 34 percent forecast in 2016

U.S. wind power enjoys a rebirth as solar's obstacles mount

Nichola Groom for Reuters:  A year after Congress extended generous tax credits for renewable energy projects, the U.S. wind industry is thriving. Solar power companies, meanwhile, are hunkering down for a rough 2017. The tax credit renewal has boosted the long-term outlooks for both industries. But in the short term, the subsidies are far more attractive for wind power, which has spurred utilities to launch wind projects while they scale back or delay solar installations. Advances in wind turbine technology are also opening up new locations for development and driving a wave of spending to upgrade existing projects. In the last few weeks, power companies with large renewable holdings - including Southern Co, NextEra Energy Inc and Xcel Energy Inc - have announced plans to invest billions of dollars in wind. "We're making a pivot now away from solar," Southern Chief Executive Tom Fanning told a meeting with Wall Street analysts in October.   Cont'd...

Solar Energy World to Address How the 2016 Election Could Impact the Solar Industry and Maryland Rate-Payers at Free Solar Workshop for Homeowners on January 14, 2017

SOLAR WORKSHOP INCLUDES CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND SOLAR ROOF TOUR AND WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING: *Information on the state of the solar industry, green jobs and environmental benefits *Maryland's progress in Solar adoption *Solar System costs, financial incentives and typical return on investment *How solar leases and PPAs work *Solar panel categories and grades *The basics about tax credits, earning "SREC's" and other available government incentives AND MUCH MORE! Regististration Required for Free Admission @ www.MySolarWorkshop.com

Offshore wind energy near the Big Apple draws intense bidding

An auction for the rights to develop a wind farm in federal waters starting 12 miles off Long Island, N.Y., shattered records today. After 33 rounds and more than a day of bidding, Statoil emerged as the winner with a bid of nearly $42.5 million.

AKUO ENERGY SECURES WIND TURBINES AND TAX EQUITY FINANCING FROM GE FOR THE ROCKSPRINGS WIND FARM IN TEXAS

Rocksprings, 150 MW, is Akuo Energy's largest project to enter in construction. It is Akuo Energy's third project to benefit from the expertise of the General Electric teams, on both a technological and financial level.

Science Plant a Wind Tree in your neighborhood to generate energy from low-speed wind

Bruce Brown for Digital Trends:  These trees do more than just add ambiance. Harnessing the wind to generate electrical energy usually brings to mind thoughts of huge land- or ocean-based wind farms consisting of huge towers with two or three blades, each more than 100-feet long, on the top. The size, weight, noise, and vibration of industrial wind turbines restrict their use to large open spaces. Newwind, a French startup, has developed a much smaller, urban-space-friendly “Wind Tree,” reports Electrek. The Wind Tree, which produces sufficient energy to power small buildings or streetlights, is designed to connect to a nearby energy storage system. The trees are each about 30 feet tall and 26 feet in diameter, and weigh approximately 5,500 pounds. Each tree has 54 Aeroleafs mounted vertically on tree branches. The Aeroleafs are 3.2 feet high and, spinning at optimum speed, are capable of generating 65 watts each. So, a tree with 54 leaves has an energy-generation capacity maximum of 3,510 watts (3.5kW), about the same as a small home solar installation.   Cont'd...

Normandeau Associates, APEM Conducting World's Largest Digital Aerial Survey of Offshore Wildlife

Normandeau Associates, APEM Conducting World's Largest Digital Aerial Survey of Offshore Wildlife

Nonprofit Partnership Provides Low-Cost Solar Power for Multifamily Affordable Housing in New York City

Nazareth Housing Lower East Side shelter is first to adopt reduced-cost solar with zero-down financing

How to Manage Snow on Solar

The snow melting on your panels actually acts as a lubricant between the snow mass and the panel surface, which makes the solar panel a completely frictionless, slick surface that's the perfect candidate to allow that snow mass to come barreling off your roof.

PVinsights: Solar tumbles into a bear market

Solar panel prices move notably lower this week, extending the downward trend over the past few weeks. Record capacity expansion, historical low bidding prices and an oversupply situation are intensifying a worldwide competition, which in turn are fueling solar panel price drop. In the US, competition among major module suppliers is getting even more intense as major suppliers strive to secure more orders as to maintain high utilization rates and market shares. Other major solar markets also suffer from similar pattern. In China, even as the demand is relatively solid, solar panel prices are dragged down by depreciation of RMB as well as strategic pricing in efforts to win project tenders. As for India, solar panel prices slump as following the downtrend of the rest of the world regardless of its solid demand growth.

Ideal Power's SunDial™ to Energize NEXTracker's "NX Fusion Plus" Storage Tracker

Ideal Power announced that NEXTracker will be selling its SunDial™ solar PV plus storage string inverter as part of their newly launched solar plus storage tracker.

DONG Energy Wind Power U.S. Inc. and Eversource Announce Partnership to Make Large-Scale Offshore Wind a Reality in the United States

Bay State Wind Farm will deliver clean energy and economic benefit to New England

APsystems upgrades EMA monitoring website with more data and improved interface

APsystems today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) website APsystemsEMA.com.

The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts

Robinson Meyer for The Atlantic:  Think of all the energy that goes into making a single solar panel. Quartz and copper must be mined. The raw materials must be converted into wafers, then encased in protective material. And after panels leave the factory, they must be shipped all over the world. Now imagine these consequences spread over four decades—the environmental cost of the solar industry. Given all the research, development, and production time that goes into making any one panel, a skeptical solar-buyer might wonder: Has the solar industry on the whole really saved any energy at all?  To that concern, a new analysis answers: Yes. The solar industry probably paid off its long-term energy and climate “debts” in 2011, a study published this week in Nature Communications finds.   Cont'd...

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