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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:02

President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:07

In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change.

There Is Not Enough Transmission to Meet US Corporate’s Renewable Energy Demands

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:11

According to a report released on January 16 by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF), U.S. corporations have committed to signing deals result in 60 GW of renewable energy capacity being added to the grid in coming years. However, transmission planners are not accounting for this large uptick of potential near-term procurement.


Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:11

Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland.

Landis+Gyr Provides Tech for Conway Corp’s Smart City Initiative

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:34

The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the future

Bitcoins and Hydropower: What’s the big deal?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 16:30

There is so much buzz these days about bitcoin mining, particularly with regard to the high amount of energy required and how hydropower can help.

'Every New Vehicle Will Be Electric' by 2025, Disruption Expert Says

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:29

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author has explained how electric vehicles will disrupt and change transportation across the world. But first, Tony Seba — who is an instructor in disruption and clean energy at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, explained to an audience at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, exactly what the nature is of a “disruptor.”

Texas Cities, Businesses, and Schools Know the Economic Upside of Clean Energy

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:41

Recently, the message on Texas clean energy has been getting clearer — the market is driving the clean energy economy forward. And some of those spreading the message are making it loud and clear.

San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar, Storage in Africa

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:28

Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA.

A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:40

On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid

Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:31

Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

Shell Buys Output of England’s Largest Solar Plant

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:43

Shell Global unit Shell Energy Europe has agreed to buy the power from the largest solar power plant in England.

Canada Elevates Biomass Energy to Innovate on Forestry

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:39

The Canadian government has allocated funding to support research and development of biomass projects for heating and power in an effort to innovate the country’s forest sector and combat the effects of climate change.

Federal Regulators Approve McGinness Hills Geothermal Project Expansion

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:59

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday said Ormat Technologies Inc. can move forward with its expansion plan for the McGinness Hills geothermal project in central Nevada.

Massive Urban Growth Will Challenge Smart City Design

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:58

The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week presented with some dizzying facts and figures that highlighted the challenge facing those who plan and build the smart cities of today and the future.

Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:51

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business."

Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:09

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S. 

ACWA Power Adopts Blockchain Currency SolarCoin

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:51

Saudi Arabian energy company ACWA Power has started to use a blockchain currency. ACWA is utilizing SolarCoin, a crypto-currency that is rewarded to generators of solar power. 

As Trump Tries to Bring Back Coal, EU Leaders Up Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Targets

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:31

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted yesterday to approve and adopt a sweeping set of measures that will ensure the growth of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and advanced biofuels in the region.

Egypt Readies for 2 GW of Solar PV Capacity

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:23

Ugo Salerno, CEO of RINA Consulting explained in an interview that to date Egypt gets only 1 percent of its energy from renewables. With Salerno’s company’s help, however, Egypt will soon be the home of one of the largest solar PV projects in the world.