Wind, solar power soaring in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels

Joby Warrick for The Washington Post: ¬ Wind and solar power appear set for a record-breaking year in 2016 as a clean-energy construction boom gains momentum in spite of a global glut of cheap fossil fuels. Installations of wind turbines and solar panels soared in 2015 as utility companies went on a worldwide building binge, taking advantage of falling prices for clean technology as well as an improving regulatory and investment climate. Both industries have seen stock prices jump since Congress approved an extension of tax credits for renewables as part of last months $1.14 trillion budget deal. Orders for 2016 solar and wind installations are up sharply, from the United States to China to the developing economies of Africa and Latin America, all in defiance of stubbornly low prices for coal and natural gas, the industrys chief competitors. ¬ Cont'd...

Sand could be the key to unlocking more efficient solar power, Masdar scientists find

Naser Al Wasmi for The National UAE:  Masdar Institute scientists have published a breakthrough research into more efficient solar power – and they will not have to look far for the raw material ­needed. Using sand, they hope to drive concentrated solar power technology to compete with the traditional photovoltaic method. Named “Sandstock”, the research published at the Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems Conference in South Africa yesterday, showed sand can withstand temperatures of up to 1,000°C. Concentrated solar power, or CSP, uses mirrors to reflect heat from the sun to one point, most typically a tower filled with a material capable of storing heat and then converting it into electricity. CSP’s benefit is that the energy derived is easy to store, but in recent years it has lost out to the more popular photovoltaics, which is more cost-efficient. That may now change. “Sand is really always a drawback in this country but in this project we wanted to use it as an advantage because it can withstand very high temperature, and of course it is very cheap here,” said Dr Nicolas Calvet, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and guide for the research project.   Cont'd...

SolarMax Honored for Renovation of Historic Headquarters Building

Old Riverside Foundation Recognizes Company at Annual Awards Showcase

Building Centre rents out roof for solar profits

Strathcona Solar provides Hanover Building Centre with 140 kW photovoltaic array, leases roof in partnership with Shawanaga First Nation

On the eve of its 20th anniversary, Natural Power makes its 2020 wind power predictions

Global renewable energy consultancy, Natural Power, has analysed data and predicted UK wind power output through to 2020.

Natural Power deploys latest technology at Druim Leathann Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis

Natural Power has successfully completed the ground investigation at the Druim Leathann Wind Farm on behalf of 2020 Renewables. This will pave the way for later construction of the remote and highly environmentally-sensitive 14 turbine development, which is due to be generating electricity by 2020.

OPDE gets approval for the construction of two new PV plants in England

With 5MW of capacity each, the projects are located in the counties of Lancashire and Leicestershire. The positive outcome on both solar farms contributes to reinforce the presence of the international company in the UK, where it has already developed and built over 70 MW.

China to cut on-grid tariffs for solar, wind power: State planning commission

Reuters - China will cut payments to wind and solar electricity generators for contributing power to the grid, the country's state planning commission said over the weekend, reflecting recent declines in operating costs. Starting in 2016, on-grid tariffs for solar producers will be 0.02 to 0.10 yuan lower per kilowatt-hour — with the higher cuts applying in the country's less populated, arid western region — while tariffs for wind power generators will fall 0.02 to 0.03 yuan, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement. The cuts, which were expected, are in line with a 0.03 yuan cut on Wednesday to on-grid tariffs for thermal power. Coal still fires more than 70% of China's power generation.   Cont'd...

What makes the TDP Turnkey Tracker unique?

The big differentiator of TDP Turnkey Tracker is the fact that its bundled with a complete services and support package.

50-Megawatt SunPower Solar Plant Now Delivering Power to Xcel Energy Customers in Colorado

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced today the commercial operation of the 50-megawatt Hooper solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

Koch brothers defeat Harry Reid on solar power

By ESTHER WHIELDON for Politico:  Harry Reid’s home state dealt a lethal blow Tuesday to rooftop solar power — the latest skirmish of a nationwide green energy battle that has pitted the Senate Democratic leader against his favorite target, the Koch brothers. The move by Nevada’s utility regulator, which voted to slash the economic incentives for homeowners to install solar panels, was most immediately a showdown between billionaires Warren Buffett, owner of the state’s largest power company, and Elon Musk, whose SolarCity is the nation’s largest installer of panels that create electricity from the sun. But it also served as a proxy fight in a national struggle about states’ green energy programs, in which free-market groups backed by industrialists Charles and David Koch have fought to roll back incentives that they argue distort the marketplace and force some customers to subsidize other people’s power choices.   Cont'd...

Next Wave of "Things" to Come: Technological Breakthrough Proven in Fort Erie, Canada

BrainGrid's "Sentroller" is an advanced solar energy monitoring technology platform that delivers a reliable and fully featured means to connect and relay wireless data. So in essence anyone can easily to remotely monitor and manage systems and infield equipment previously deemed as "unmonitorable".

City of Wilmington, Illinois to Explore Hosting Community Virtual Solar Garden

Community Green Energy signs agreement with the City of Wilmington, Illinois to develop a Community Solar Garden for the benefit of the City, its residents and small businesses.

Vivint Solar Statement On Nevada Public Utilities Commission Proposed Decision

Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) CEO, Greg Butterfield, released the following statement regarding the upcoming rooftop solar decision by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission:

GE Signs Its Largest French Onshore Wind Deal to Date

120 megawatts (MW) to be installed at two new wind farms in Franche-Comt© region Contract with Velocita Energies includes 43 wind turbines plus full services agreement Deal calls for GEs largest installation of 2.75-120 technology anywhere in Europe

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