Tax reform bill could have impact on renewable energy in the US

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New tax reform bill may affect the renewable energy space The United States House of Representatives is expected to approve a new tax reform bill which may have some impact on the renewable energy space. As it stands now, the bill would reduce the tax benefits that have benefited the clean power industry in the past. As the final version of the bill is being negotiated, however, such provisions may be put to rest, thereby ensuring that the renewable energy space continues to thrive. Bill seeks to reduce the Production…

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New solar energy fund emerges in Wisconsin

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New fun aims to help companies embrace solar power A new fund that aims to support solar energy adoption has emerged in Wisconsin. Cal Couillard, president of Componex, has committed some $125,000 to this fund in order to ensure solar power continues to thrive. The fund exists to provide the money needed to install solar panels on rooftops, something that is becoming increasingly interesting for businesses throughout the United States. Non-profit organization are looking to make use of the fund Ten non-profit organizations have already applied to receive money from…

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Renewable energy has a promising future in Africa

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African clean power sector to see strong growth in the near future The demand for renewable energy is growing quickly throughout Sub-Sahara Africa. Several African countries are looking to embrace clean power for the economic benefits that it offers. This demand is expected to have a significant impact on the renewable energy space. Within the next five years, the region’s clean power capacity is predicted to grow by more than 70%. New clean power systems will provide Africans with a reliable source of electricity. Renewable energy capacity set to grow…

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China is looking to reduce renewable energy waste

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Country intends to cut clean power waste in the coming years China is working to alleviate its waste of renewable energy. According to the National Energy Administration, China is currently working to reduce renewable energy waste by 2020. The country has been investing heavily in clean power in recent years, but much of the new electricity that comes from renewable power systems goes to waste. This is due to China’s existing energy infrastructure and its inability to handle the amount of electricity that is funneled into the system from clean…

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Developers propose plans for UK’s largest solar energy system

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New solar farm could begin producing electricity by 2020 Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy have submitted plans to develop the largest solar farm in the United Kingdom. If the proposal moves forward, the developers plan to have the solar energy system begin generating electricity by 2020. The plan must be approved by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which has shown some support for solar power in the past. Once completed, the new solar farm will significantly increase the UK’s solar energy capacity. Solar energy system aims to…

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Solar energy to be used to power Organic Valley facilities

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Organic Valley plans to purchase solar power Wisconsin’s Cooperative Organic Valley has announced that it has formed a partnership with OneEnergy Renewables and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group. Through this partnership, the food company will be increasing its use of solar energy. Organic Valley will be purchasing some 29 megawatts of solar energy in the coming months. This plan is part of the company’s overarching efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce its consumption of fossil-fuels. Food company will use energy credits to acquire its clean power Organic…

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Solar energy sector faces new tariff recommendations

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International Trade Commission is recommending revised tariffs The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued new recommendations concerning applying trade tariffs on imported silicon-based solar cells and panels. One of the recommendations involved imposing a licensing fee on some solar energy equipment. This particular concept was first developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new recommended tariffs coming from the International Trade Commission are somewhat more modest than the tariffs the organization had considered previously. New tariffs could help domestic companies become more competitive The commission is recommending that a…

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Global solar energy capacity to surpass nuclear capacity by end of year

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Report highlights the rapid growth of the solar energy sector The world’s solar energy capacity may soon surpass global nuclear energy capacity, according to a new report from GTM Research. Solar power has been attracting strong support throughout the world in recent years. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to become environmentally friendly. They have also done so to take advantage of various economic prospects that are offered by new solar energy projects. This is all happening as many countries begin to move away from…

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Tesla uses solar energy to bring power back to Puerto Rico’s children’s hospital

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Solar energy is providing Puerto Rico’s children’s hospital with reliable electrical power Tesla has used its solar energy and battery systems to restore electricity to a prominent children’s hospital in Puerto Rico. San Juan’s Hospital del Nino has been without reliable access to power since Puerto Rico was rocked by two powerful hurricanes in September of this year. In the wake of these disasters, Tesla began seeking to work with officials and organizations in Puerto Rico to bring electricity back to the U.S. territory through the use of solar energy…

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Singapore to invest in solar energy prediction methods

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Singapore will be investing nearly $5 million to develop new prediction methods to gauge solar potential Singapore will be setting aside some $4.57 million to develop new capabilities to predict solar energy potential. According to the Energy Market Authority, this funding will be used to provide support research initiatives that are focused on how solar energy can be used. Much of this funding is meant to go toward a consortium, which is being led by the National University of Singapore. The consortium has expertise in various fields that could affect…

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Researchers develop new transparent cells that produce solar energy

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New solar cells can be used on rooftops and could eventually replace windows Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new transparent solar cell that may showcase how solar energy will be used in the future. The researchers believe that the new solar cells can be used to replace their more conventional counterparts that are installed on rooftops. They could also be used on other transparent surfaces, such as windows. As such, they would effectively transform windows into solar energy generators. Transparent solar cells can be affixed to nearly…

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Solar energy is suffering in China due to air pollution

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Research shows that air pollution is cutting into solar production in China Air pollution is having an impact on solar energy production in China, according to research from Princeton University. China has been aggressively expanding its solar capacity in recent years. The country has become one of the world’s leading renewable energy markets, but China’s air pollution problem is having a detrimental impact on some of the country’s solar energy systems. In order for solar energy to continue to thrive in China, the country will have to take steps to…

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Solar energy is surpassing expectations in the United States

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New report shows that solar energy is growing much more quickly than expected The United States government has severely underestimated solar energy, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Statista. The two organizations have analyzed a 10-year prediction coming from the Energy Information Administration concerning the growth of solar energy throughout the country. In 2006, the Energy Information Administration predicted that solar power would only generate 0.8 gigawatts of electrical power by 2016. This has proven to be a massive underestimation. Solar power has surpassed estimations…

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Norwegian company looks to bring solar energy to Iran

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Saga Energy is working on a $2.9 billion deal with Iran’s Amin Energy Developers Saga Energy, a manufacturer of solar panels based in Norway, has announced that it is forming a new deal with Iran’s Amin Energy Developers. Through this deal, the two companies will work together to develop new solar energy systems. The deal is valued at approximately $2.9 billion. This new deal is among several other agreements that Saga Energy has made with foreign companies. Iran has become a popular destination for new solar energy projects due to…

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Future of renewable energy is still imperiled in the United States

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Clean power is growing, but that can change with simple policy shifts Renewable energy has made impressive gains in the United States over the past few years, but its future is still uncertain. The federal government is currently in the midst of making changes to energy policies. The Trump Administration intends to show significantly more support for fossil-fuels, hoping to revitalize the coal and oil industries. As such, there have been cuts to renewable energy research and development funds. The country’s Clean Power Plan has also been repealed and the…

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New car using solar energy wins praise at the World Solar Challenge

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Solar-powered car attracts major support at annual event A new family car has won significant praise during the World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. The challenge is held to highlight the use of solar energy. Some 41 vehicles, all equipped with photovoltaic technology, were brought to the event, where they competed in a 1,860 mile trek. One vehicle, in particular, won the competition for the third consecutive time. One vehicle from Dutch company Eindhoven won crowd support, however, with many heralding the company’s vehicle as the future of transportation.…

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