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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Solar energy in Montana reaches new milestone

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Montana quadruples its solar energy capacity Montana has made significant progress in its efforts to embrace solar energy. Over the past year, the state has quadrupled its solar capacity, installing 6.6 megawatts of solar power. The state’s energy plan, called Montana Energy Future, has provided strong support for solar power. This support has made it easier for new solar projects to take form. The plan now aims to double the state’s solar capacity by 2025. Solar sector is making significant progress throughout the state Solar energy has become a primary…

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Solar energy is gaining ground in Dubai

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New contract calls for the development of a new solar energy project Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority has awarded a $3.9 billion contract so ACWA Power. The contract involves the development of a large-scale solar energy system. The system will make use of several mirrors, which will concentrate sunlight in order to generate electricity. Concentrated solar energy has been gaining popularity in recent years. These particular solar power systems have vast energy production potential, which makes them significantly more attractive than conventional solar farms. Solar farm will produce 5,000 MW…

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Solar energy industry reaches its cost goal in the US

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DOE report shows that the solar energy has achieved its SunShot Initiative goal The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report that shows that the solar energy industry has achieved its 2020 utility-scale cost goal. The goal was set by the SunShot Initiative, a federal endeavor that calls for the adoption of solar power. The solar energy industry was able to achieve this goal well ahead of schedule due to the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic technology. Currently, the average cost of utility-scale solar power is 6 cents…

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The State of Solar Energy in Africa

Solar energy has found a very promising home in Africa. The continent has massive solar potential, receiving as much as 4,300 hours of sunlight every year. Many African countries also receive the world’s highest levels of solar radiation, making them ideal locations for solar farms. Solar products are beginning to flood into Africa, providing countries with the ability to tap into a resource that is in vast abundance but very rarely used to generate electricity. Currently, the distribution of solar energy systems throughout Africa is uniform. Countries that experience more…

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Solar energy is suffering in India due to air pollution

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Research shows that air pollution is having an impact on solar power Rampant air pollution is beginning to have an impact on India’s ability to generate electricity from its solar energy systems. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology have found that a significant portion of solar power is going to waste due to air pollution. The problem is so bad that billions in investments are being undermined. The researchers found that air pollution is reducing solar energy generate by more than 25%. Some 3,900 MW of energy is being…

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Tesla begins production of its new solar cells

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Tesla facility in New York has begun manufacturing new solar products Tesla Motors has begun production of its new solar cells in Buffalo, New York. These new solar cells will be used in the company’s roof tiles. These roof tiles are designed to generate electricity from the sun, providing power to homeowners. While Tesla has, traditionally, been involved in clean transportation, the company has embraced a strong interest in solar energy. Recently, Tesla acquired its sister company, SolarCity, in order to establish a foothold in the solar market. Establishing a…

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China beats its solar energy goal three years ahead of schedule

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China now has more than 105 GW of installed solar capacity China has reached a major milestone with its efforts to adopt solar energy. For the past several years, the country has set several clean energy goals. Each year, China has surpassed these goals in its endeavor to embrace clean power. Now, China has overcome another one of its renewable energy goals. The country has beat its solar energy target three years ahead of schedule and now has more than 105 gigawatts of installed solar energy capacity. Solar power is…

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Florida utility commits to solar energy

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Duke Energy plans to develop at least nine new solar projects Duke Energy has announced plans to develop at least nine new solar energy systems in Florida. The utility will also be doing away with a controversial nuclear energy charge on customer bills. Duke Energy notes that the new solar initiatives are worth approximately $6 billion. These new projects are part of the utilities overarching efforts to embrace renewable power. The utility has faced criticism in the past for lagging behind others in this regard. Solar technology has improved significantly…

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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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China surpasses its ambitious solar energy goal ahead of schedule

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Solar power continues to explosive growth in China China has been breaking every expectation concerning solar installations this year. The country has long been a supporter of solar energy, and the number of installed solar power systems has grown significantly over the past few years. Now, China has broken yet another one of its goals. The country has installed some 10.52 gigawatts of solar energy capacity since July alone. The Chinese government has plans to build upon this momentum, showing even more support for solar power. Country now has 112.34…

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Solar energy still faces an uncertain future in Nevada

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Nevada’s net metering plans may be in trouble The future of solar energy in Nevada was beginning to look promising, but that may have changed in a very short amount of time. NV Energy, one of the state’s largest utilities, suggests that the state’s revised net metering policies may no longer be viable. Changes in state policy would have allowed solar customers to take advantage of old net metering rules, allowing them to sell surplus electricity back to the state’s energy grid. NV Energy decries contentious provisions of net metering…

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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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South Australia plans to build a new concentrated solar energy system

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Government awards contract for new energy system to SolarReserve The South Australia government has awarded a contract for a new solar energy system to SolarReserve. Per the contract, the company will be responsible for the development of a 150 megawatt solar thermal power plant that will be built near Port Augusta. The project will take advantage of concentrated sunlight in order to generate heat and electrical power. The new solar energy system could help resolve some of South Australia’s problems with reliable power. State continues to support clean energy in…

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India installs more solar energy capacity in first half of 2017 than it did in all of 2016

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Solar energy continues to experience dramatic growth India’s solar energy capacity is growing more quickly than expected. During the first half of this year, the country installed some 4,765 megawatts of new solar capacity. By comparison, approximately 4,313 megawatts of solar capacity was installed throughout the whole of 2016. The country has begun investing aggressively in solar energy in order to combat climate change and take advantage of emerging economic opportunities. This has led to a significant increase in India’s solar capacity. Large-scale projects account for majority of newly installed…

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