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Some surprising facts about Ivanpah — Ivanpah, the world's largest power tower CSP project, seems to attract a lot of controversy. Along with that, it brings up concerns about its operations. CSP Today has received some interesting questions amounting to 'Has something gone wrong? Is Ivanpah not really working?'

California PPAs to take different shape — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Oct 30, 2014

Wonder what happened to the big solar projects in California?… A long shadow from 2016 now darkens a #solar landscape

Oct 30, 2014

RT @billmckibben: BP will be really sorry they ever made this ad, because someone remade it masterfully. This should go multi-platinum…

Oct 29, 2014

@drgrist We need big (you missed geothermal) AND small low carbon to get the job done: we MUST get to 100% renewable by 2050.

Oct 29, 2014

@petedanko NRG told me was ~ 200,000 mWh in 1st 6 mths for experiments to cut glare etc: was unfazed by slow start…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @EIAgov: Record #solar output from utility-scale facilities due to photovoltaics in June 2014

Oct 28, 2014

In KY Grimes pledges support for economic diversification post-coal and benefits for sick miners… That's how to help

Oct 28, 2014

RT @the9billion: EU Agrees to Cut Emissions 40% by 2030, and Increase Renewables

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