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  • Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create October 20, 2017
    Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset.  […]
  • Notes from the Solar Underground: Highly Competitive Industries and Their Highly Expected Mergers October 20, 2017
    In 2012, NSP and Del Solar merged, claiming that at 1.5-GWp the new company would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world. In 2015, Motech Solar merged with Top Cell announcing that at 3-GWp the new entity would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world.   […]
  • Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity October 19, 2017
    Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors. […]
  • Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project October 19, 2017
    A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close. […]
  • UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU's Energy Market October 19, 2017
    Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe. […]
  • sonnen To Build Innovative Residential Energy Storage Community in the US October 18, 2017
    Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen. […]
  • Nigeria Asks World Bank, IMF to Scale up Renewable Energy October 18, 2017
    Nigeria has asked the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to scale up the provision of and access to renewable energy in order to deliver development results and meet global climate goals. Nigeria's position on renewable energy and regional integration was presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. […]
  • The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices October 17, 2017
    Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up. […]
  • Listen Up: Running a Successful Local Solar Business October 17, 2017
    Large companies are predominant in most industries. But when it comes to rooftop solar installations, small is beautiful. Although there have been several large national-scale solar installers, in the aggregate the smaller, local companies dominate.  […]
  • Three Technology Trends and Their Effects on Data and Software October 17, 2017
    Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world. […]