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Where Does Trump Stand on Solar?
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Where Does Trump Stand on Solar?

What would a Trump presidency mean to the US solar industry? Since Solar Tribune published the “Solar Scorecard” of 2016 presidential contenders in January, The Republican field has grown even larger, while the field has narrowed on the Democrat’s side of the race. In fact, the Republican side is becoming so crowded that it takes not one, but a series of debates to get them all on stage. Similarly, it will take a series of articles to cover the solar stances of all of the candidates. As of this writing, Donald Trump continues to be the frontrunner in the Republican…
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market

In the past five years, rooftop solar has revealed the limitations of the archaic electric utility business model, as customers have found generating their own power more cost effective than taking 100% of their energy from the incumbent monopoly. For years, utilities have fought back by trying to make competition less cost effective, at a substantial cost to their image (and ratepayer’s own money). Now they want a piece of the action. It was only a matter of time until electric monopolies realized that co-opting would be less costly than confronting, and several utility companies are now planning to own…
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Wind and solar surge sends EU emissions tumbling
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Wind and solar surge sends EU emissions tumbling

Many countries that promised to cut GHG emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol are now exceeding their targets, bringing new hope for success at the Paris climate talks. Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling fast, mainly because of the rapid spread of the wind turbines and solar panels that are replacing fossil fuels for electricity generation. European Union data shows that once countries adopt measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), they often exceed their targets − and this finding is backed up by figures released this week in a statement by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Convention’s…
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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth
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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth

Imagine you are sometime in the early 1800's and you wanted to send a letter to the United States from England - well - with the newest technology built into ships, the best maps and experienced captains would take you only two weeks. That's a heck of a lot better than Marco Polo taking a decade to get back from China. Now, let's jump to 1858 - the first TransAtlantic Telegraph Cable led to the first near instant communication across a great ocean. It was an amazing creation! Through the existence of human beings - communication of information was dangerous,…
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World must add 53GW solar PV a year to address climate change
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World must add 53GW solar PV a year to address climate change

A new report has suggested the world will need to install solar PV at an average rate of 53GW a year from 2013-2020 as it transforms its energy mix to prevent dangerous climate change. As reported here, global investment bank Citigroup has become the latest authoritative source to warn of the high cost – economic and environmental – of inaction on climate change action, and to tally the economic benefits of shifting to low-carbon energy, transport and industrial systems. Energy markets – as the single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases – are, of course, a big focus. And according to…
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China has started building its largest solar installation yet
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China has started building its largest solar installation yet

Construction Begins On 200 MW Solar Project In Gobi Desert — China’s Largest Solar Energy Facility To Date Construction has now begun on the 200 megawatt (MW) solar energy project being developed in China’s Gobi Desert, according to recent reports. The facility is currently slated to be the largest solar energy project in the country once completed — with a nameplate capacity of 200 MW, and a project area of 2,550 hectares. Once completed, the 200 MW facility in Qinghai province is expected to produce enough electricity to provide for the needs of up to 1 million regional households —…
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First Solar Has Sold Out Of PV Module Capacity Through Most Of 2016
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First Solar Has Sold Out Of PV Module Capacity Through Most Of 2016

First Solar has already sold out of solar photovoltaic (PV) module capacity for 2015, and for most of 2016, according to the most recent figures. Overall, the company beat analyst predictions pretty handily — coming in with net sales of $896 million for the second quarter, accompanied by a 1:1 book-to-bill ratio. This amounts to a rise from the first quarter of nearly $427 million in net sales, mostly due to “increased revenue recognition on the Silver State South project and the sale of majority interests in the North Star and Lost Hills-Blackwell projects.” Read the rest of the story at…
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