Tag Archives: solar

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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Raising the Roof

The solar method is paying off—and raising the bar The International Energy Agency can give themselves a pat on the back upon viewing the results of a recent report. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantified that reduced demand and found that solar panels installed between 2013 and 2015 in […]

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GSR 2018 Renewables Report

178 GW of renewable power added in 2017; electricity leads way Renewable power accounted for 70% of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, the largest increase in renewable power capacity in modern history, according to REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). But the heating, cooling and transport sectors–which together account for […]

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Generating Buzz

Energy milestone reached in United Kingdom Official figures produced March 29 by the United Kingdom’s governmental publishing service show an energy milestone was reached in 2017. They show that wind farms and solar panels produced more electricity than the country’s eight nuclear power stations for the first time. Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also continued to […]

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Storage Wars: ‘A’ List

ABB and Amazon are all over the grid ABB just keeps making waves. The Swiss-based company, which officially absorbed Baldor in name to begin the month, has now released a new energy storage solution for residential “prosumers” that offers modular capacity increases, a high-voltage battery for greater efficiency, and flexibility in how the system is installed. […]

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NRG Sells Assets

Company restructuring moves forward with sale of renewables business NRG, the power company with dual headquarters in Princeton, N.J., and Houston, Tex., announced specifics of its restructuring plan February 7. The company will sell a number of assets, including sale of its interest in branches NRG Yield and NRG’s Renewables Platform. NRG and NRG Yield entered into […]

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Sierra Madre Wind Project

Long-developing wind project using DC to cut emissions A large-scale energy project that has been on the docket for almost a decade appears to be moving forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. At least one catalyst in the ongoing production of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre wind project is good old DC transmission. Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and […]

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No Longer Tariff-ied

ITC’s solar panel proposal surprises by coming in at 35% U.S. solar energy developers might get their first good sleep in a month after hearing the first proposal on imported solar panel tariffs from the International Trade Commission Tuesday, which came in at an unexpectedly modest 35%. The proposal will be sent to President Trump for […]

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