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Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

August 20, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Rewables Workforce Skills

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.[read more]

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

August 19, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Batteries Recycled Into Solar

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.[read more]

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Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

August 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany and its Energy Sources

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted. Such is the case with renewable energy in Germany, where anything is to be believed.[read more]

Florida's Energy Efficiency and Solar Resources Are Ripe For The Picking

August 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Green Energy

Florida’s energy efficiency and solar energy resources are as plentiful as the fruit on their trees. Taking advantage of these resources will not only help Florida, a state uniquely vulnerable to climate change, comply with the Clean Power Plan. It will do all kinds of great things for the Sunshine State.[read more]

How to Choose a Great Solar Supplier

August 18, 2014 by Nigel Morris

We very recently did some work helping to update and further educate consumers with Solar Citizens, speaking with hundreds of engaged solar owners around the country. And we are currently working with Greenpeace on a similar exercise.[read more]

SolarWorld Fires Shot at SEIA Over China Trade Case, But Leaves Settlement Possibility Open

August 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Late last month, the Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling in SolarWorld's anti-dumping case against Chinese solar producers. The government will slap large tariffs on Chinese suppliers, which could raise the price of modules shipped into the U.S. by up to 20%.[read more]

New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013, Thanks to Good Solar Policy

August 16, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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California Solar Policies

A new report ranks the top states in terms of solar energy, with California once again taking the top place for installed solar energy capacity. The report emphasizes the importance of favorable governmental and state policies in encouraging solar energy adoptions.[read more]

Solar Energy: Improving the Livelihoods of India's Rural Salt-Pan Farmers

August 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Rural India and Solar

As India celebrated Independence Day on Friday, August 15th, it will brought with it a history of struggle, conflict, and triumph. India has come a long way since it gained independence, and Prime Minister Modi has made promises since he took office in May to improve the livelihoods of the Indian people.[read more]

Australian Energy Utilities Attack on Solar Energy Revealed

August 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I decided to start writing this whilst I was on hold (for the 2nd time in 30 minutes) with one of Australia’s big three dirty utilities. So far I have been transferred four times, cut off once, entered my details three times and repeated it verbally all while being bombarded by a song about how awesome this company is.[read more]

How Much Longer Until Solar Eliminates the Utilities?

August 14, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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If you’re thinking of packing up the kids and moving to Hawaii, you better consider this one drawback: energy is very expensive! Since Hawaii must pay to import oil to power its electric grid, customers are left paying more. Most are turning to rooftop solar as a way to alleviate the financial burden.[read more]

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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

The Energy Storage Renaissance is Near

August 13, 2014 by Sarah Mier
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Energy Storage Renaissance

For one week, each cloudy, San Francisco July, the sun shines brightly on the solar industry. Intersolar North America comes to town and provides a venue for solar professionals from around the world to share insight into the technology and market trends propelling the industry forward.[read more]

A Landmark Deal in Mississippi Could Give a Big Boost to Utility-Scale Solar

August 13, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Southern Company, which owns Mississippi Power, ranks nearly last when it comes to utilities’ use of renewable energy. However, a settlement announced earlier this week could open up as much as 100 megawatts of solar and wind in Mississippi.[read more]

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

August 13, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Ending the Net Metering War

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing forth the future hope of a policy that works for both utilities and for the solar energy industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage Via Synfuels

August 12, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Synfuels

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using synfuels as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]