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23
JUL
2013

Wholesale electricity prices rose across the United States

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Average on-peak, day-ahead wholesale electricity prices rose in every region of the Lower 48 states in first-half 2013 compared to first-half 2012. The most important factor was the rise in the price of natural gas (the marginal fuel for generation in much of the nation) in 2013 compared to 10-year lows in April 2012. However, the increase in power prices was not uniform across electric markets as regional natural gas supply issues drove larger increases in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.

Prices in New England were the highest in the nation mostly because of pipeline constraints that limited the delivery of natural gas. This factor drove electricity prices in New England and New York above $200 per megawatthour (MWh) for several days this winter.
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23
JUL
2013

Weather: Isolated Showers Linger Across California; Rain In Corn Belt

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In the West, isolated showers linger across California, the southern Great Basin, and the Desert Southwest. In the Northwest, however, hot, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork and crop development.

On the Plains, cooler air is overspreading the northern half of the region, but hot weather prevails from Kansas to Texas. Near the boundary between hot and cool air, beneficial showers are affecting the central Plains.
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22
JUL
2013

Crude Oil: OPEC Revenues Set Record; $982 Billion

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EIA estimates that Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), not including Iran, earned about $982 billion in net oil export revenues in 2012, a 5-percent increase from 2011, and the largest level over the 1975-2012 period for which EIA has tracked OPEC oil revenues.

Saudi Arabia earned the largest share of these earnings, $311 billion in 2012, representing approximately 32 percent of total OPEC revenues.
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22
JUL
2013

Marston: Heard around the West: Arizona and the Nation

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ARIZONA AND THE NATION

It is puzzling, perhaps, that solar power accounts for less than 1 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The cost of solar panels continues to drop, and canny utilities have begun to welcome the new power source as a way to stave off building astronomically expensive new power plants. Yet most homeowners resist going solar, uneasily weighing the big hit of buying and installing a solar array against the immediate lower monthly costs for electricity.
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22
JUL
2013

Hydrogen Fuel News: China the first to reach 3GW solar energy milestone

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China has become the first country to reach the 3 gigawatt utility-scale solar energy milestone. This milestone represents a major achievement for China and the country’s aggressive interests in solar energy. Developing utility-scale clean energy is a gargantuan task considering the cost of clean technologies and updates that must be made to existing energy infrastructures. China’s achievement shows that the country has established a strong support structure for solar energy.
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22
JUL
2013

PV-Magazine: Solar self-consumption on the rise in Germany

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Lower feed-in tariffs, high electricity rates and the growing availability of storage systems are making self-consumption a much more attractive option for German solar producers.

More and more households and companies in Germany are using solar power for self-consumption by utilizing customized plant sizing, energy management and storage.
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22
JUL
2013

CleanTechnica: Australians Love Solar Power

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A survey conducted by the CSIRO has found that overwhelming support for solar technologies and the concept of “distributed generation” – generating and storing energy in the home – both by those who have them already installed and those who don’t.

The CSIRO study, funded by the Australian Solar Institute and prepared for the Australian Photovoltaic Association,  looked at six technologies that allow generation and consumption of energy at local level – solar hot water systems , grid connected solar PV systems, grid connected solar PV systems with battery, battery alone systems, off-grid PV solar systems, and community PV systems.
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22
JUL
2013

Dallas News: Grass-roots group hopes to make Plano a solar power leader

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PLANO — Step outside in July and it’s obvious that the North Texas sun is powerful. But the region has been slow to tap that power for electricity.

A grass-roots effort in Plano hopes to change that. About 10 residents have formed a group called Plano Solar Advocates that aims to make the city a regional leader in solar power. A year into the effort, volunteers are poised to help dramatically increase the number of solar panels on Plano rooftops. They hope their success will soon be duplicated across the region.
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22
JUL
2013

ReneSola to Provide 63 MW of PV Modules to Energy Absolute PCL

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ReneSola Ltd (“ReneSola”) (NYSE: SOL), a leading brand and technology provider of solar photovoltaic (“PV”) products, today announced it has agreed to provide 63 megawatts (“MW”) of PV modules to Energy Absolute PCL (“Energy Absolute”), a leader in the research, development and production of alternative energies in Thailand.

ReneSola will deliver 63 MW of its Virtus II PV modules to Energy Absolute between August and October of this year as part of a project in Nakornsawan, Thailand. The project is of a number of large-scale solar contracts for ReneSola in Southeast Asia.
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22
JUL
2013

Suntech Powers Latin America with Largest Solar Field

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30MW solar PV field doubles installed capacity in Mexico

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) (“Suntech Holdings” or the “Company”), one of the world’s largest solar companies, today announced that it is supplying the photovoltaic modules for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, a 30MW plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels will be installed by Martifer Solar, a Portugal-based fully-integrated solar company, on a 100-hectares site. Owned by Corporacion Aura Solar, the project is being developed by Gauss Energia, a leading Mexican energy project developer focused on renewable energy.
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22
JUL
2013

Dominion Acquires Three Solar Projects In Indiana

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– 28.6-megawatt combined output projects are located in Marion County, south of Indianapolis

– Commercial production expected to begin in late 2013

– Acquisition is company’s largest generation-scale solar addition to portfolio

Dominion (NYSE: D) has acquired three solar-power development projects near Indianapolis, Ind., from Sunrise Energy Ventures.
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22
JUL
2013

Photo: Photovoltaic system along the highways in Oregon

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The 104kW photovoltaic system along the highways Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 near Tualatin, Oregon in December 2008.

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Rob Cook
National Sales Manager, Sorapro
Phone:  913-991-7615
Email:  Rob@Sorapro.com
22
JUL
2013

Photo: 19 MW solar park in Germany

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Rob Cook
National Sales Manager, Sorapro
Phone:  913-991-7615
Email:  Rob@Sorapro.com
22
JUL
2013

Solar 101: What Are Solar Cells?

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Photovoltaics are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun into a flow of electrons.

The photovoltaic effect refers to photons of light exciting electrons into a higher state of energy, allowing them to act as charge carriers for an electric current. The photovoltaic effect was first observed by Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel in 1839.   The term photovoltaic denotes the unbiased operating mode of a photodiode in which current through the device is entirely due to the transduced light energy. Virtually all photovoltaic devices are some type of photodiode.
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22
JUL
2013

Solar 101: What Is Photovoltaics?

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Photovoltaics (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material.

Materials presently used for photovoltaics include monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium gallium selenide/sulfide. Due to the increased demand for renewable energy sources, the manufacturing of solar cells and photovoltaic arrays has advanced considerably in recent years.
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22
JUL
2013

Solar 101: What Is A Solar Thermal Collector?

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A solar thermal collector is a solar collector designed to collect heat by absorbing sunlight. A collector is a device for converting the energy in sunlight, or solar radiation, into a more usable or storable form.

This energy is in the form of electromagnetic radiation from the infrared (long) to the ultraviolet (short) wavelengths. The quantity of solar energy striking the Earth’s surface averages about 1,000 watts per square meter under clear skies, depending upon weather conditions, location, and orientation of the surface.
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19
JUL
2013

tenKsolar and Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation Announce Strategic Alliance

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Companies will deploy high efficiency RAIS® XT into solar PV projects in the Americas marketplace.

Minneapolis, MN and Springfield, NJ tenKsolar, Inc. and Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation announced a strategic alliance to deliver tenKsolar’s RAIS XT solution to Gehrlicher Solar’s customers in commercial and government market segments. The alliance combines tenKsolar’s high performance solar energy system technology with Gehrlicher Solar’s leading international photovoltaic experience, resulting in a competitive advantage in select market segments.
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19
JUL
2013

Solar Photo: Helios in flight

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

 

19
JUL
2013

Solar 101: Transport and reconnaissance

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Development of a solar-powered car has been an engineering goal since the 1980s. The World Solar Challenge is a biannual solar-powered car race, where teams from universities and enterprises compete over 3,021 kilometres (1,877 mi) across central Australia from Darwin to Adelaide.

In 1987, when it was founded, the winner’s average speed was 67 kilometres per hour (42 mph) and by 2007 the winner’s average speed had improved to 90.87 kilometres per hour (56.46 mph).   The North American Solar Challenge and the planned South African Solar Challenge are comparable competitions that reflect an international interest in the engineering and development of solar powered vehicles.
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19
JUL
2013

Solar 101: Agriculture and horticulture

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Agriculture and horticulture seek to optimize the capture of solar energy in order to optimize the productivity of plants.

Techniques such as timed planting cycles, tailored row orientation, staggered heights between rows and the mixing of plant varieties can improve crop yields. While sunlight is generally considered a plentiful resource, the exceptions highlight the importance of solar energy to agriculture.
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