Tag Archives: solar

Renewable Project Goes Bankrupt

DOE-backed plans for solar/storage array at Crescent Dunes haven’t panned out With all the promise of renewable energy technologies, we can get lost in the plethora of feel-good headlines. Especially with integrated projects, such as solar-plus-storage, sometimes it feels like renewable energy ideas are immune to failure. News from the Nevada desert this week proves […]

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Renewable Rise Continues

25% of all U.S. power generation in 2020 has come from renewable sources A Vermont startup company received a million-dollar grant for a project that will emphasize solar-to-energy storage technologies. From the company’s website, with links to Energy Department press release: Vermont-based Norwich Technologies announced last week that it has been awarded a $1.1M U.S. […]

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Renewables Officially Pass Coal

It’s official, green energy has passed its age-old nemesis for the first time in 130 years. In an update to an item from three weeks ago, renewable energy has officially passed coal on the American energy consumption chart for the first time in 130 years. In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded […]

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Buoy Defeats Truman

Water sensor technology from the Great Lakes to the Baltic Sea What has solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, GPS, and copper cables? Hint: it’s not the General Motors Menlo EV, which technically checks all those boxes also. Water sensor technology, as it is formally known, is being implemented worldwide nowadays, combining some of the cleverest innovations […]

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A Window For Solar

California company Ubiquitous Energy makes, and converts, solar windows. Instead of using the power of a magnifying glass to burn something, these California kids saw the energy behind the science. Ubiquitous Energy, the Redwood City, Ca., developer of transparent solar technology, installed what it deems the world’s first “truly transparent solar window façade” at its […]

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Live From AWEA 2019

Windpower 2019 in Houston is incorporating more than wind Electrical Apparatus is in Houston for the country’s premier wind power event this week, and there’s plenty to see. The show has expanded each year to cover more than just the wind industry; almost all sectors of renewable energy are being represented and/or discussed this year. […]

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EPRI Grant

$6 million to train next generation of utility workers The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been selected to receive a $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to train the next generation of electric utility workers. The award, the largest of 53 DOE workforce development grants, will […]

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Dark Side Of The Sun

A recent storm in Hawaii reveals the plus-minus of rooftop solar Downpours from Tropical Storm Lane battered Hawaii in late August, and the highly touted solar industry there, recently championed for being one of the first sustainable systems to power an entire state, felt it had dodged a bullet. 13,000 Hawaiian Electric (HECO) customers lost […]

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The Hoover Battery

Could a national landmark represent a changing of the guard in power supply? In many ways, the Hoover Damn represents an epoch antithetical to the current era of renewable energy. Constructed during a five year period from 1931-36, during the Great Depression, it stands as one of the most monumental (and costly) public works projects […]

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Drone Zone

The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected. A new report from Navigant Research expects it to reach at least $13 billion by 2026. The report examines the use of drones and robotics for electric transmission and distribution (DRTD) operations, with global market […]

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