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Published on September 19th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


3D Solar Panel Printing, Integrating Solar Into Grid Not So Hard… (Solar News)

September 19th, 2014 by  

Time for another solar energy news roundup. Enjoy!

3d solar panel printing

3D printing of solar panels may soon be coming to a home near you. (Solar Love)

Duke Energy is investing $500 million into solar power in North Carolina. (Solar Love)

Goldman Sachs is offering solar PV financing for lower than banks in Japan. (Planetsave)

We focus a lot on the solar markets in developed countries, but there are hundreds of companies organizations bringing solar power to the developing world as well. (Sustainnovate)

Karl-Friedrich Lenz discusses the idea that Germans have been buying a solar panel price decline. (Lenz Blog)

Solar power and wind power now produce more electricity in Germany than nuclear power. (Sustainnovate)

Rob M. discusses some pretty big failures SolarCity delivered his family Part II of a not-so-rosy article about SolarCity. (Teslarati)

Solar & other renewable energy sources provided 58% of new electricity capacity in 2013. (Sustainnovate)

Solar power just keeps getting cheaper and cheaper. (Renewables International)

The government of Chile recently announced that it was investing CLP780 million ($1.3 million) into 740 megawatts worth of solar, wind, small hydro, and biomass power, spread across 51 projects. (Sustainnovate)

Another solar power boom may be coming a bit further north, in Texas. (Greentech Media)

Suntech is trying to make a big bounce back from bankruptcy. Now a subsidiary of Shunfeng Photovoltaic International, Wuxi Suntech has a 900 MW pipeline of solar projects in place in the UK alone. (Sustainnovate)

Solar energy doesn’t just help fight global warming and climate change — it also creates a ton of jobs, improves energy security and reliability, cuts pollution, and improves local and national economies. (Sustainnovate)

The problem with medium-term or long-range market forecasts is that they can’t predict the future. Solar market growth certainly surprised a ton of people in recent years. (ABB Conversations)

Solar Impulse co-pilot André Borschberg discusses Solar Impulse 2 test flights and technology. (ABB Conversations)

A concentrated solar PV company, RayGen, has won the People’s Choice Award in the Australian Technology Competition. It claims to produce electricity at a “much lower cost” than conventional solar PV. We’ll see. (Sustainnovate | RenewEconomy)

Solar power now provides nearly 10% of Italy’s electricity demand. (Solar Love)


Other Renewables

A new documentary says that a 100% renewable energy future is possible. (Planetsave)

Aisha Abdelhamid takes a deep dive into the 2.7 million jobs clean energy has created in the US. (Inspired Economist)

Burlington, Vermont, now gets 100% of its electricity from renewables. It may be the largest city in the US to do so. (Sustainnovate)

In case you weren’t aware, Iceland is a renewable energy rock star. (Sustainnovate)

A recent study by PJM notes that long-held concerns about integrating solar and wind power into the grid are often overstated. (ABB Conversations

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