Solar energy may begin to surge in Nevada

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Solar-friendly policies return to Nevada Solar energy may soon see a comeback in Nevada. The solar sector has been struggling to find a foothold in the state since the government struck down net metering and other favorable policies nearly two years ago. With these policies coming back into play, however, the state’s solar market may become revitalized. This began with the passing of legislation that reinstate favorable rates for solar consumers, allowing them to once again take advantage of the state’s net metering system. Net metering could help the solar…

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New tariffs could be trouble for the solar energy sector

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Senators come together in order to fight new tariffs Several senators have come together to express concern regarding potential trade penalties targeting imported solar energy technology. The International Trade Commission is set to determine what tariffs should be levied on solar imports later this year. The federal agency intends for the tariffs to help embolden the domestic solar energy market. Currently, many companies in the United States must compete against foreign companies that offer inexpensive solar panels and other technologies. These foreign companies have been bringing their solar products to…

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Climate change could already be affecting the United States

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Report suggests US is already feeling the impact of climate change Average temperatures throughout the United States have risen rapidly since 1980, according to a new report. The report comes from scientists representing 13 federal agencies. These scientists suggest that the country is already feeling a significant impact from climate change. The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a…

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New wind energy project to take form in Oklahoma

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State utility to help develop a new wind energy system Oklahoma’s Public Service Company has announced that it will be developing a new wind energy system, called Wind Catcher. Through the project, the Public Service Company expects to develop one of the largest wind energy systems in the United States. The project will help the utility become more environmentally friendly. Once completed, the Wind Catcher project will contribute heavily to Oklahoma’s wind energy capacity. The project is expected to be completed and begin producing electrical power by the end of…

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China’s solar energy industry to increase production of solar panels

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Solar panel manufacture to increase by 25% this year China’s solar energy industry is poised to become yet more active throughout the remainder of this year. The industry has already established significant momentum in 2017, but manufacturers and developers are not ready to rest easy. The solar energy industry is expected to produce 25% more solar panels this year than in 2016, according to Wang Bohua, secretary general of the country’s solar industry association. Notably, production is set to increase significantly due to foreign demand, much of which is coming…

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Drivers are ready to embrace electric vehicles

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Survey shows that more drivers are prepared to purchase electric vehicles in the next five years Drivers are prepared to purchase more electric vehicles in the near future, according to a new survey from Dalia Research. The survey draws information from some 43,000 people in 52 different countries. The majority of these respondents noted that they have a strong interest in electric vehicles, which is good news for the clean transportation sector. This may also encourage automakers to focus more heavily on developing clean vehicles in order to take advantage…

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GM has ambitious new plans for clean vehicles

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Automaker plans to sell 500,000 clean vehicles a year by 2025 General Motors has set a new goal for itself regarding clean transportation. The automaker has been showing more support for clean vehicles in recent years, partly due to increasingly strict emissions regulations and changing market demands. The company now plans to increase its production of clean vehicles, aiming to sell 150,000 “new energy vehicles” a year by 2020. By 2025, GM hopes to increase this number to 500,000. Battery electrics may be GM’s primary focus The goals set by…

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Hyundai aims to compete with Toyota with latest fuel cell vehicle

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Fuel cell vehicle will allow Hyundai to establish a strong presence in clean transportation South Korean automaker has announced that it will be launching a new fuel cell vehicle next year. The announcement was made at the Geneva Motor Show and highlights the company’s continued efforts to establish a lead in the clean transportation space. One of Hyundai’s goals is to compete more aggressively with Toyota, which has already launched a modestly successful fuel cell vehicle of its own. Hyundai intends to build a major presence in emerging markets where…

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New project aims to improve quality of hydrogen fuel

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New research initiative aims to make hydrogen fuel more pure Two major research institutes in Germany are set to launch a new project that will extend their analysis laboratories in order to improve hydrogen fuel quality. Currently, no independent German laboratory has the capacity to determine if the quality of hydrogen produced within the country meets international standards. The new project is being launched by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuttemberg. Researchers will work to extend the analysis capabilities of…

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Hyundai has big plans for its new fuel cell vehicle

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Automaker plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle by 2018 South Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in the near future. The company already offers such a vehicle in the form of its ix35, a utility vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The ix35 has been relatively successful, which has encouraged Hyundai to develop and launch a new fuel cell vehicle that it claims will be more efficient than its predecessor. The new fuel cell vehicle is expected to be launched in…

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Two renewable energy bills have been shot down in Nevada

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Governor vetoes two renewable energy bills The future of renewable energy in Nevada had begun to look somewhat brighter in recent months due to the introduction of three new bills. These bills would help the state shift toward a more open and competitive energy market, but two of these three bills have now been shot down. Late last week, Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed two of the three bills, claiming that there is significant uncertainty regarding Nevada’s renewable energy shift. Bills would have aided the expansion of renewable energy in the…

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System in a Box Has Got to Be Right

When you begin to introduce something like a modular process skid to your workforce, you have got to know just what you’re doing. Modular process skids can be very helpful for getting things done in a single place when you don’t need to have a lot of distinct parts moving in or out. But what are the different types of modular process skids you can have? Is this application correct for your project’s needs? How can you make sure your system in a box is the right thing for you?…

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Solar energy industry is leading job growth in Montana

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Montana is experiencing a surge in its solar energy industry Solar energy has had a successful year so far in 2017. Last year, the state ranked 40th in the country in terms of renewable energy job growth. Now, however, the growth of the solar energy industry during the first half of this year has set the state on course to reaching 22nd in clean job growth. The solar energy industry has powered job growth in the state, creating new economic opportunities and allowing the state to become more energy independent.…

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Renewable energy to expand in Vanuatu

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World Bank will provide funding for renewable energy in Vanuatu The island nation of Vanuatu is set to gain more access to renewable energy due to a new initiative launched by the World Bank. The World Bank has announced approval $4 million in funding for the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project II. The project is meant to expand the nation’s use of renewable energy in order to make it more independent and open up new economic opportunities. The initiative intends to provide renewable energy for approximately 45,000 people in Vanuatu. Funding…

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Solar power sets a new record in the United Kingdom

Solar Power Sets New Record

Solar power helps meet 24% of country’s peak energy demand Solar power has set a new record in the United Kingdom for the second time in a month. On May 26, the country’s solar power systems generated a total of 8.7 gigawatts of electrical power. This was able to meet 24% of the UK’s peak energy demand during the middle of the day. Earlier this month, the country’s solar energy systems were able to generate 8.48 gigawatts, the previous record in terms of energy generation. Renewable energy is playing a…

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Switzerland to phase out nuclear power in favor of renewable energy

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Swiss voters show favor for renewable energy over nuclear power Switzerland voters have approved a new plan for the government to move away from nuclear power in form of renewable energy. The Swiss government is keen to replace aging nuclear reactors with new energy solutions in order to ensure that the country has a reliable source of sustainable electricity. Some 58% of Swiss voters approved the plan over the past weekend, which now requires the government to take action on phasing out nuclear power. Plan calls for nuclear power plants…

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