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26
JUL
2013

Solar 101: What Is Ivanpah?

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The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, is a solar thermal power project currently under construction in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Las Vegas, with a planned capacity of 392 megawatts (MW).   It will deploy 170,000 heliostat mirrors focusing solar energy on boilers located on centralized solar power towers.

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26
JUL
2013

Weather: 2 to 5 Inches Of Rain In The Plains

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In the West, monsoon showers have become generally lighter and less widespread, but linger from southern  California to the southern Rockies. Meanwhile, hot, dry  eather continues to promote Northwestern winter wheat maturation and harvesting. On July 21, the winter wheat harvest was on par with the 5-year average in Oregon (17% complete) and Idaho (2% complete).
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25
JUL
2013

Oglala Lakota College Gets Hands-On Training for Off-Grid Solar

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Several students at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota are turning their solar lessons into clean electricity. Through a training course offered by the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), a group of 20 undergraduates and their teachers installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on a mobile construction trailer in May. This accomplishment has the students excited to apply their knowledge to not only the tribal houses they are building this summer, but perhaps even to the larger Pine Ridge Reservation community in the future.
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25
JUL
2013

Solar Update: Proposals Due August 7 for Grid Integration Funding

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The California Public Utility Commission, a SunShot partner, has announced up to $7 million in funding for grid integration research through the fourth grant solicitation for its California Solar Initiative (CSI) Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RD&D) Program. Proposals are due August 7 for projects that aim to overcome barriers and accelerate the integration and interconnection of high penetration photovoltaics on the grid.
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25
JUL
2013

Hawaii Solar Integration Study Reveals Grid Impacts of High Penetration Renewables

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DOE and its partners have collaborated with local Hawaiian companies to complete the Hawaii Solar Integration Study—a first-of-its-kind detailed technical examination of the effects of high penetrations of solar and wind energy on the electrical grids on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu. As detailed in NREL’s Hawaii Solar Integration Study Executive Summary report, the groundbreaking study’s findings will aid utilities and grid operators as they consider the effects of high penetrations of variable renewable energy on their own grids.
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25
JUL
2013

Solar101: New Video Highlights SunShot Efforts to Advance Solar Technologies at the Utility Scale

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The SunShot Initiative has released a new video highlighting the utility-scale solar inverter testing capabilities at DOE’s new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Featured in the video is SunShot awardee Advanced Energy’s solar inverter testing at the ESIF as part of the SunShot Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems-Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC) program. These efforts target ways to develop power electronics and build smarter, more interactive systems and components so that solar energy can be integrated into the electric power distribution and transmission grid at higher levels.
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25
JUL
2013

Solar Spotlight: Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast

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Twenty miles north of Springfield in western Massachusetts, travelers can connect with nature while enjoying an off-the-grid experience. Running on solar power and recognized in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders™ program, guests at this bed and breakfast are invited to socialize with the property’s animals including emus, peacocks, and of course, llamas. “I really enjoyed my stay here, the rooms were clean and cozy, breakfast was delicious, and the animals were pretty awesome,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.
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25
JUL
2013

Canadian Solar Successfully Completed 30 MW Rooftop PV Installations in Suzhou, China

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 Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) (the “Company,” or “Canadian Solar”), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced the successful completion of a 30 MW rooftop PV installation in China’s City of Suzhou under the country’s Golden Sun program.

The project was historic in its size, complexity and scale. The project spanned 129 buildings, with a total surface area of approximately 500,000 square meters. The rooftops were mixed surfaces, with 200,000 square meters of steel structured rooftops and 300,000 square meters of concrete rooftops. Canadian Solar’s CS6P-245P’s modules were used.
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25
JUL
2013

World energy use to rise by 56%

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Over the next three decades, world energy consumption is projected to increase by 56 percent, driven by growth in the developing world, according to International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013), released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

“Rising prosperity in China and India is a major factor in the outlook for global energy demand. These two countries combined account for half the world’s total increase in energy use through 2040,” said EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski. “This will have a profound effect on the development of world energy markets,” said Mr. Sieminski. Clean-fuel technology is also playing an important role in the outlook, with renewable energy and nuclear power expected to grow faster than fossil fuels over the forecast period.
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24
JUL
2013

Solar: Policies That Make The Dazzling Dozen Successful

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America’s leading solar states have adopted strong policies to encourage homeowners and businesses to “go solar.” Among the Dazzling Dozen states:

•11 of the 12 have strong net metering policies.  In nearly all of these states, consumers are compensated at the full retail rate for the excess electricity they supply to the grid. Net metering ensures that consumers receive reliable and fair compensation for the  excess electricity they provide to the grid.
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24
JUL
2013

Solar Revolution Led By the “Dazzling Dozen”

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America’s solar energy revolution has been led by 12 states – the “Dazzling Dozen” – that have used public policies to open the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result.

The Dazzling Dozen states account for only 28 percent of the U.S. population but 85 percent of the nation’s installed solar electricity capacity.*
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24
JUL
2013

Solar energy: Good for the environment, consumers & economy

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Solar energy is good for the environment, consumers and the economy.

•Solar photovoltaics (PV) produce 96 percent less global warming pollution per unit of energy than coal-fired power plants over their entire life cycle, and 91 percent less global warming pollution than natural gas-fired power plants.
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24
JUL
2013

Newport Beach Leads Orange County in adopting HERO Financing Program

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Property Assessed Clean Energy promotes energy saving and stimulates local job growth

The City of  Newport Beach announced the approval of the HERO Financing Program in the community.  HERO is the leading residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in the state, and Newport Beach became the 59th municipality in California to pass a simple resolution approving the HERO Program.  Newport Beach is the first city in Orange County to adopt a PACE program.
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24
JUL
2013

Solar Spotlight: Milwaukee Shines

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Milwaukee Shines is the City of Milwaukee’s solar energy program, led by the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. In March 2008, Milwaukee was named one of 25 Solar America Cities by the U.S Department of Energy.  The Milwaukee Shines team works to support solar energy implementation in the City of Milwaukee by:

• Increasing solar education for the general public, solar professionals, and related industries

• Providing connections to economic resources to invest in solar today

• Improve the process and procedures when installing solar in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Shines also works to support the community’s strong manufacturing and business base. With the Solar Hot Water Business Council, we are providing a way for existing businesses to become part of a growing industry. Milwaukee Shines supports industry development by creating a robust local workforce, increasing the number of certified solar installers, and encouraging solar manufacturing businesses to locate in the city.

For More Information:

http://city.milwaukee.gov/milwaukeeshines/AboutUs.htm

 

Rob Cook
National Sales Manager, Sorapro
Phone:  913-991-7615
Email:  Rob@Sorapro.com

 

24
JUL
2013

Australia: Solar could drive out coal by 2040

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Australia could phase out almost all its fossil-fuel sourced electricity by 2040 if it doubled the current rate of take-up of solar energy and wind energy maintained its current growth pace, said Professor Ken Baldwin, director of ANU’s Energy Change Institute.

While advances should be made “on all fronts”, including nuclear power, to shift the energy sector away from carbon-intensive coal and gas sources to avoid dangerous climate change, renewable energy could provide all but a couple of per cent of Australia’s electricity in under three decades, he said, citing data from ANU’s Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems.
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24
JUL
2013

Real Goods and the Solar Living Institute Receive Congressional Recognition for 35 Years of Sustainability Efforts

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Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, announced that Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael, CA) awarded Real Goods and the Solar Living Institute (SLI) the very first Sustainable North Coast certificate awarded in Mendocino County for their decades long work in championing renewable energy and sustainable living.

Real Goods Solar founder and General Manager of Retail and Distribution, John Schaeffer, established the Solar Living Institute (SLI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education institute, in 1998 with the mission of promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education. The organization functions both as a renewable energy and green living experiential classroom and as an example of successful sustainable development. Congressman Huffman presented Schaeffer personally with the “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” for outstanding service to the community.
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23
JUL
2013

ReneSola Awarded AAA Credit Rating

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ReneSola Ltd (“ReneSola” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SOL), a leading brand and technology provider of solar photovoltaic (“PV”) products, today announced it has been awarded the highest possible credit rating by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (“Sinosure”), a leading provider of export credit insurance, including coverage for the export of high value-added goods, and China’s largest and only state-backed insurer.

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23
JUL
2013

Free Hot Water Wins Prestigious 2013 Intersolar North America Project Award

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Free Hot Water, a solar thermal engineering, procurement, and manufacturing company, has won the prestigious 2013 Intersolar North American Project Award for its 50-unit apartment building project in San Francisco.

An expert panel of solar industry judges chose Free Hot Water for its innovative and cost effective design of a solar hydronic heating, hot water, and photovoltaic (PV) system that was shown to be cost competitive with a natural gas system.
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23
JUL
2013

New generators help California meet summer challenges to electric reliability

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Southern California’s electric power system is facing a number of challenges heading into the summer peak demand season, largely because of the prolonged outage of the two units at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which have been offline since January 2012. A combination of recent capacity additions and electric system upgrades made since June 2012 will help meet peak electric demand this summer.

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the grid operator for most of the state, noted in its Summer Loads and Resources Assessment that 2,502 megawatts (MW) of capacity (capacity adjusted for planning purposes) have been added since June 2012, with an additional 891 MW slated to come online by June 1, 2013. The two off-line SONGS units, in comparison, total 2,246 MW.
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23
JUL
2013

Why do grid planners adjust capacity?

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Generation capacity is counted differently for planning purposes (like CAISO’s summer reliability assessment) than for operational purposes. Planners use an adjusted capacity number to represent how much of a particular generator’s capacity may be available to meet peak demand for electricity, based on historic or projected availability. This number will differ from the generator’s tested capacity, especially if the fuel–like wind, solar, or hydro–is intermittent or the generator is not fully dispatchable by the power system operator.
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