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Blockchain Investment Fund Begins Initial Coin Offering for New PV Plants
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:03:00 GMT

Energy-focused blockchain investment fund Solar DAO yesterday started the preliminary initial coin offering (ICO) for its two-stage crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the construction of new solar PV plants.


Bay State Wind Begins Offshore Wind Site Measurement Following Assessment Plan Approval
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:37:00 GMT

Bay State Wind last week said that it has received federal approval for a site assessment plan (SAP) for its wind farm in Massachusetts near Martha’s Vineyard, and has moved forward with measurement of lease site conditions.

I Squared Joins Bidding for $4 Billion Equis Renewable Portfolio
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:50:00 GMT

I Squared Capital, the infrastructure investment firm, is among suitors preparing bids for Equis Energy’s renewable power business, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Michigan Program Finances First Megawatt of Solar, With Ambitious Goals Ahead
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:38:00 GMT

A clean energy financing program in Michigan reached a milestone last month when it helped homeowners and businesses install 1 MW of solar energy across the state.

Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:29:00 GMT

A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada.

SunEdison Sets Bankruptcy Exit With Nothing for Shareholders
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:21:00 GMT

SunEdison Inc. won final approval for a bankruptcy plan that will leave what was once the world’s largest renewable-energy firm as a shell of its former self, with nothing for shareholders whose investment at one point had been worth about $10 billion.

Energy Bill Could See North Carolina Join National Fight Over Net Metering
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:53:00 GMT

Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment.

National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Study of Redox Flow Battery Technology
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:40:00 GMT

The University of Kentucky (UK) last week said that its researchers will work with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study redox flow battery (RFB) technology under a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Mitsui Sells Quarter Share In UK Pumped Storage Operator First Hydro
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:39:00 GMT

Japanese investment group Mitsui & Co. has sold its minority share in European hydropower project operator First Hydro to Canada's Brookfield Renewable Partners.

Energy Storage for EV Charging in Canada to Combat Range Anxiety
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:12:00 GMT

Installation of a new network of 34 electric-vehicle charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will take advantage of energy storage to charge cars faster and help overcome “range anxiety.”

Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win Big Over Silicon In Outdoor Testing
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:58:00 GMT

A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

Environmental Groups Reach Conservation Agreement for 247-MW Solar Project in California
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:13:00 GMT

Last week, Sierra Club said it joined Defenders of Wildlife, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Panoche Valley Solar in signing a settlement agreement concerning the size and location of the planned 247-MW Panoche Valley solar power project in California.

Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:13:00 GMT

Going solar isn’t as simple as having panels installed on your roof. After you select an installer, the project needs to be permitted, installed, inspected, and interconnected to the grid. Most of these steps depend on local governments and utility companies, which means the process varies based on where you live. 

India Initiates Dumping Probe Into Chinese Solar Imports
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:06:00 GMT

India opened a probe into whether Chinese solar-equipment makers are hurting its domestic industry by dumping inventories and driving down prices to unfair levels.

Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:47:00 GMT

A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes.

Scientists Design Promising New Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:48:00 GMT

Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles. 

UK to Invest $320M in Energy Storage R&D
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:04:00 GMT

In a move aimed at powering its transition to a low-carbon economy with energy storage, the UK is set to fund battery technology research to the tune of £246m ($320m).

Suzlon Climbs as India Sets More Ambitious Wind Energy Tenders
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:25:00 GMT

India set out plans to step up the pace of issuing contracts for electricity from wind farms, triggering a surge in the shares of one of the nation’s biggest maker of turbines.


Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:20:00 GMT

A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar.

UVA, Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy Announce Solar Energy Project
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:20:00 GMT

The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.

Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.