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California PPAs to take different shape

news.pv-insider.com — The two year deadline for projects to qualify for the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) by December 2016 is beginning to cast a shadow over new contracts for utility-scale PV projects in the US. Along with US Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program, the 30% ITC blazed a sudden bright comet of big solar onto the US grid.

O&M experts standby as China learns from teething problems from unprecedented growth in PV installs

news.pv-insider.com — No nation has installed such a gigantic amount of utility-scale solar at such an extraordinary pace in such a short time as China. But this rapid pace has created performance issues for a host of reasons. O&M experts could swiftly rectify the situation.

Attractive policy underpins South Africa solar growth

news.pv-insider.com — While South Africa has been relatively late to the development of renewables, it is making spectacular progress, with a target to produce 17.8GW of renewable energy by 2030, and a well thought out policy to get to the goal - that has unleashed exponential growth in solar.

Daily operations of Solana - four months down the line

social.csptoday.com — By Susan Kraemer Solana is the first US CSP project with storage built-in from the start, and at 280MW gross, is the largest operating trough system in the world. Arizona Public Service is buying the power from the plant which was developed by Spain's Abengoa Solar.

Power of innovation on the factory floor

news.pv-insider.com — A study by NREL and MIT found that production scale rather than low labour costs - or government subsidies was the greatest driver of China's competitive manufacturing costs in traditional solar PV. But what of thin film? Assessing the Drivers of Regional Trends in Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing was published in the peer-reviewed journal Energy & Environmental Science.

NREL: no differences in greenhouse gas emissions between PV technologies

news.pv-insider.com — PV Insider speaks with Garvin Heath, Senior Scientist at NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center Over 400 hundred life cycle assessments of the greenhouse gas emissions of the various PV technologies have been conducted and published over the last few decades. Researchers at NREL have now harmonised these into one meta-analysis.

Utility-scale solar post-Loan Guarantee Program

news.pv-insider.com — Activated in 2009 for renewable energy under Section 1705 of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) for renewables was ended in 2011 when the Republican party retook the House - with its budgeting authority - and engineered a politically manufactured controversy by singling out one innovative bene

India: new rules no immediate threat to thin film leaders

news.pv-insider.com — There's already a peak deficit of 12 GW of electricity in India, and the government wants to add 100 GW over the next five years. Theoretically this will come from coal as well as renewables, but coal generation is an extremely thirsty energy source, and water is increasingly an issue in the hot and dry nation.

Environmental data: how solar modelling software is taking blind spots out of PV output and O&M downtime

news.pv-insider.com — A software company from California is making some remarkable inroads in predictive modelling for the solar industry. We look at how it is using weather variables, such as the effect of snow on solar generation and predictive data to make solar energy output and O&M more cost effective.

Regional growth: target markets for the next generation of thin film manufacturing

news.pv-insider.com — Despite the current near-death experience in solar manufacturing, eventually it will make a comeback. And the regions where thin film manufacturing will make the most sense could arguably turn out to include some of the most expensive labour regions of the world.
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Oct 20, 2014

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Oct 14, 2014

Why are new California PPAs signed for utility-scale #solar smaller in 2014? 2016 end of ITC casts dark shadow news.pv-insider.com/photovoltaics/…

Oct 11, 2014

Tobacco cos in the 80s still thought they couldn't be sued. Next up, fossil industry suits for climate change costs theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/w…

Oct 10, 2014

RT @UN_ClimateTalks: .@IRENA_org at #ADP2014 "About half of all new electricity generation capacity world-wide is based on #renewables" pic.twitter.com/UlDFA5Q4jQ

Oct 08, 2014

@laplacanancy @solarcity Great news for people in all the currently #solar shut out states: right where where coal provides 90%+ electricity

Oct 08, 2014

RT @laplacanancy: WOW, this is HUGE! customwire.ap.org/dynamic/storie… @solarcity offering financing in states where third party solar is illegal, i.e. Southeastern US

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