1. Articles in category: Solar Photovoltaic

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    1. Solar (w/ Storage) Will Move Appalachia From Coal

      Solar (w/ Storage) Will Move Appalachia From Coal
      Figure 7 shows the decrease in the consumer price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar energy over time. This cost includes the cost to install solar, install energy storage (beginning in 2020), maintain the solar array, and building the transmission infrastructure. While this decrease may not look like much at first glance, it’s much more desirable than the dramatic cost increases in Figure 8 if we were to stick with coal.
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      Mentions: Kentucky
    2. SDG&E & SolarGen2 Sign 25yr, 150MW Power Purchase Agreement

      SDG&E & SolarGen2 Sign 25yr, 150MW Power Purchase Agreement
      Solar Gen 2, a private solar development firm, signed a 25-year, 150-megawatt (MW) power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. The photovoltaic solar project consists of three separate 50-MW sites where construction should begin during the first quarter of 2012 and expects to be completed by the third quarter of 2012. The Solar Project is located on private, fallowed land in the Imperial County, California.
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    3. VC Cleantech investing drops by 1/3rd; New focus is efficiency

      VC Cleantech investing drops by 1/3rd; New focus is efficiency
      VCs pumped $1.83 billion into 161 deals in N. America, Europe, China and India during the second quarter of this year, down 33 percent from the $2.75 billion in the second quarter in 2010, and 10 percent below the $2.03 billion that private cleantech companies raked in during the first quarter of this year. While solar was the biggest draw in 2010, energy efficiency technologies have been steadily attracting more money and deals in 2011.
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    4. ABB Pumped Hydro Makes a Canary Island 100% Renewably Powered

      ABB Pumped Hydro Makes a Canary Island 100% Renewably Powered
      The project’s goal is to provide inhabitants with all the energy they need through a combination of wind energy, pumped water-storage power and solar-thermal and photovoltaic systems. ABB is helping to lead the project by providing technology to electrify and control the hydro-power plant and integrate energy from renewable sources into the island’s grid.
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      Mentions: Spain ABB
    5. Opinion: The Alternative Energy Fallacy

      Opinion: The Alternative Energy Fallacy
      The basic premise of alternative energy is that widespread deployments of wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles will slash hydrocarbon consumption, reduce CO2 emissions and give us a cleaner, greener and healthier planet. That premise, however, is fatally flawed because our planet cannot produce enough non-ferrous industrial metals to make a meaningful difference and the prices of those metals are even more volatile than the prices of the hydrocarbons that alternative energy hopes to supplant.
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    6. "10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011" finding support

      "10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011" finding support
      The "10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011" (S. 1108) will have its first public airing this month at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing … This measure is designed to be executed in tandem with SunShot, a DoE initiative unveiled in February. SunShot is geared at dropping the price of homegrown solar so it is competitive with coal and other conventional fuels.
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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Italy
    7. Grid storage part of SolarTAC joint solar research facility

      Grid storage part of SolarTAC joint solar research facility
      The facility, which broke ground in 2009, is intended to attract companies that want to build, test and research their solar technology, advancing the technology to the marketplace. SolarTAC — or Solar Technology Acceleration Center — is a joint operation among six entities, including Xcel Energy, Abengoa Solar and SunEdison. MRIGlobal manages and operates the site.
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    8. Small Scale Solar Battery w/ Diesel Generator Back-up

      Small Scale Solar Battery w/ Diesel Generator Back-up
      WhisperPower in the Netherlands has developed a system to provide electricity without a (permanent) grid connection. The Grid Independer can deliver 230V alternating current (AC)/50 Hz, 7 kilowatts (kW) from the internal maintenance-free gel battery via a true sine-wave inverter and can be run in parallel with the WhisperPower diesel generator.
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      Mentions: Netherlands
    9. IBC Solar and Dispatch Energy cooperate on battery solutions

      IBC Solar and Dispatch Energy cooperate on battery solutions
      IBC Solar and Dispatch Energy Innovations will introduce an intelligent power storage solution which incorporates a Li-ion battery … "Our battery was developed together with the Fraunhofer Institute and offers an extremely high number of load cycles as well as long battery life time”, explains Dietmar Gruidl, managing director of Dispatch Energy Innovations GmbH ... IBC Solar will present a second power storage system based on the proven valve regulated lead-acid (VLRA) technology.
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      Mentions: Germany Fraunhofer
    10. Conergy unveils residential Li-ion solar PV storage solution

      Conergy unveils residential Li-ion solar PV storage solution
      On May 31st, 2011, Conergy AG (Hamburg, Germany) announced that it will present a new solar photovoltaic (PV) storage solution, consisting of an integrated string inverter and intelligent energy management system, at the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich from June 8th to 10th, 2011. The energy management system will be based on lithium-ion technology, and will possess a nominal power of 5.5kW and a storage capacity of 13.2kWh.
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      Mentions: Europe Germany
    11. Military Wants Bases to be "island microgrids": Storage + Renewables

      Military Wants Bases to be "island microgrids": Storage + Renewables
      Energy officers at military bases are working to turn their facilities into "island microgrids"--entities that can generate and store their own electricity, independent of the surrounding commercial grid. … in the event of a blackout, it could continue to function on electricity generated on-site--largely from renewable sources. These include utility-scale solar arrays, backed up with advance-battery solar-power storage units and diesel generators … Energy experts say that the military's approach could also offer a new model for towns and cities, protecting them from regional-grid blackouts--and boosting local renewable-energy production.
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      Mentions: California DoE Nevada
    12. Boeing's Huge Solar Array at SC Dreamliner Facility

      Boeing's Huge Solar Array at SC Dreamliner Facility
      South Carolina Electric & Gas is planning a solar project that will triple the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) power installed statewide. At around 2.6 megawatts, the array will comprise 18,095 solar panels and cover 10 acres of roof space at Boeing Co.’s new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant at Charleston International Airport.
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      Mentions: South Carolina
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