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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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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Rooftop solar energy market set to reach new milestone by 2022

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Report predicts that rooftop solar market will reach $4.14 billion by 2022 The solar energy industry has been growing quickly in recent years, especially within the residential sector. Many homeowners are beginning to invest in solar panels as a way to generate their own electricity. A new report from Crystal Market Research shows that the rooftop solar market will reach new heights in the near future. According to the report, the rooftop solar market will be valued at approximately $4.14 billion by 2022. Solar panels are becoming more accessible to…

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Solar energy outpaces other forms of power in terms of growth

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Report shows that the solar sector has made monumental progress Solar energy is the fastest growing segment of clean power, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. The report shows that the solar sector has seen monumental growth over the past year, largely due to the efforts of companies specializing in the development of photovoltaic technologies. Many of these companies are based in China, which is home to a thriving solar energy sector. Chinese companies have helped reduce the cost of photovoltaic technologies by aggressively producing solar panels.…

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Solar energy has become the fastest growing form of power

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Report shows that solar energy has grown aggressively Solar energy has become the fastest growing source of clean power, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Last year, the solar sector saw aggressive growth throughout the world. According to the report, solar energy accounted for two thirds of all new energy capacity installed globally. The solar sector has found success by attracting strong government support, but much of its success is due to a boom in photovoltaic installations and the falling cost of solar technologies. Solar installations…

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Solar industry is thriving as costs fall

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Report shows that the cost of solar energy continues to decline The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new report concerning the cost of solar energy. The report covers how much the cost of solar power has fallen over the past year, particularly in the first quarter of 2017. Notably, the report comes a mere ten days before the solar industry discovered whether or not it will have to navigate new trade regulations formed by the Trump Administration. These trade regulations could have a significant impact on new solar…

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Researchers develop new system to use solar power to produce clean fuels

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New system leverages the power of the sun to produce sustainable fuels Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new system that can generate fuel using solar power. The new system represents reaching another milestone in efforts to use renewable energy to produce sustainable fuels. Researchers based their efforts on several previews endeavors, many of which involved mimicking photosynthesis in order to turn sunlight into electrical power. This electricity is then used to trigger chemical reactions. System can convert fuel precursors into ethanol and ethylene In the…

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