Texas City Pulls Plug on Fossil Fuels With Shift to Solar Power

Christopher Martin for Bloomberg:  A Texas city just north of Austin plans to begin weaning its residents from fossil fuels.   The municipal utility in Georgetown, with about 50,000 residents, will get all of its power from renewable resources when SunEdison Inc. completes 150 megawatts of solar farms in West Texas next year. The change was announced Wednesday.   It will be the first city to completely embrace clean power in the state, which is the biggest U.S. producer and user of natural gas. More will follow as municipalities seek to insulate themselves from unpredictable prices for fossil fuels, said Paul Gaynor, SunEdison’s executive vice president of North America. Burlington, Vermont, made a similar move with its purchase of a hydroelectric plant last year.   “This will be the first of many,” Gaynor said in a telephone interview. “The city is making a judgment that they want to enjoy a stable electricity price.”

PVinsights: Euro depreciation and inventory adjustment lead an obvious price drop on Poly-silicon.

With the slow demand but the excess supply from the inventory adjustment and high production, poly-silicon prices show a significant price downtrend. The upcoming quarter financial results force poly-silicon suppliers to adjust their inventory to the reasonable levels.

Solar Farm Company on Target for 500MW of Projects in 2015

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC has already sold approximately 300MW's of "Shovel Ready" Solar Farm projects in 2015 and is on track to sell another 250MW's over the next several months.

North Carolina Leads South, 2nd in Nation in New Solar Installations

Proving that effective, forward-looking public policies can provide a big boost to a state's economy, North Carolina had the second most new solar capacity added last year in the United States, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, and now stands poised to become the first state in the South to have 1 gigawatt (GW) of installed solar. "North Carolina is a case study of how solar works as well on the East Coast as it does on the West Coast – with the Tar Heel State now having more installed solar capacity than Oregon and Washington combined," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Nevada Leads Southwest, 3rd in Nation in New Solar Installations

Cashing in as one of the sunniest states in America, Nevada had the third most new solar capacity added last year in the nation, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, but actually jumped to No. 1 in the Southwest. "To put the state's remarkable progress in some context, the 789 MW of solar installed today in Nevada is more than our entire country had installed by 2007," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Nexus eWater is World's First Company to Obtain NSF/ANSI Certification for Residential Grey Water Treatment

Certification to the NSF/ANSI 350 Standard Enables Drought-Resilient Homes in Water-Scarce California ---- Homebuilders, Water & Sewer Agencies and Homeowners Have Unprecedented New Drought-Fighting Tool: On-Site Home Water Recycling

MY Completes Grid-connection of the First SCD Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype of 6.5MW Platform

This cutting-edge SCD wind turbine prototype features a two-blade design with a light weight permanent magnet generator.

Hanwha Q CELLS Announces $20 Million Credit Facility with Wells Fargo

The credit line will be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Hinckley Allen helps Deepwater Wind develop, finance, and construct the country's first offshore wind farm

The 30-megawatt offshore wind farm will include five wind turbines located in Rhode Island state waters, approximately three miles south of Block Island.

Led by Commercial Systems, 9 Percent of Solar PV Systems in North America Will Have Storage Attached in 2018, IHS Says

700 MW of PV systems to be installed with energy storage attached in North America in 2018, compared to 30 MW in 2014

Trina Solar to Supply 48 MW of Solar Modules to ACME India

India is no doubt a robust and growing emerging market for solar energy."

AT THE SPEARHEAD OF THE FASTEST-GROWING SOLAR MARKET WORLDWIDE

Solar industry meets at Intersolar China 2015 in Beijing

Harvesting solar power in space one step closer

From  Tereza Pultarova for E&T Magazine:  Japanese engineering giant Mitsubishi has successfully demonstrated wireless power transmission over a larger distance paving the way for harvesting energy in outer space. During the test at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works facility near Osaka, the engineers managed to beam 10kW of power through a microwave transmitter across a 500m distance.   As the beam of microwaves hit the receiver and got converted back into energy, its LED lights turned on using the received power.   Mitsubishi said the test ‘marks a new milestone’ in terms of both, the distance and power load, and verifies the firm’s space solar power systems (SSPS) concept.   Mitsubishi envisions SSPS will take solar energy generation to an entirely new level. Solar panels would be placed at geostationary satellites, which hang above a fixed spot above the Earth’s surface at the distance of 36,000km, and unhindered by Earth’s atmosphere would generate energy much more efficiently.   The wireless transmission system, freeing energy generation from the reliance on cables and wires, would then beam the energy to Earth using a microwave or laser technology.   Mitsubishi believes space-based solar power will revolutionise renewable energy generation and will in future become the world’s number one source of clean renewable power.

FastRack510 Installed at Hawaii's Largest Airports

The minimal seismic anchors were installed at a rate of up to five per man hour. Combined, the arrays were spread over more than ten individual flat roofs.

Upcoming solar eclipse to wreak havoc on Germany's solar power output

By Andrew Freedman for Mashable: The partial solar eclipse slated to take place throughout Europe on March 20 may delight skywatchers, but it's presenting a significant headache for the operators of Germany's electricity grid. The country is a world leader in solar energy, boasting a huge edge over the U.S. in installed solar power generation.   When the eclipse occurs between about 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., local time, on the 20th, electric utilities in Germany will have to contend with rapid swings in energy production. First, there will be a steep drop-off in generation, followed by a sudden spike.   These fluctuations, and how utilities choose to cope with them, provide a preview of what utilities in the U.S. and other nations face, as renewable energy production soars in coming decades, according to an analysis from Opower, a software company that uses data to help utilities improve the customer experience.   Germany gets about 7% of its electricity each year from solar panels, compared to 0.5% in the U.S., according to Barry Fischer, a writer and analyst at Opower. On the sunniest days, Germany can meet half of its electricity demand through solar power alone, he told Mashable in an interview.  

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