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Published on December 13th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar News — Future Of Solar PV, Integrated Grid Is Better, New Clean Economy…

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Check out this solar news if you need more of a “solar news fix” post COP21. Also, there’s a token wind energy stpry at the very end (and a few stories are broad solar + wind stories).

The Future Of PV: Consume All You Capture

Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission recently approved two new tariffs to cover future rooftop solar installations, including an option that’s gaining favor with consumers: Solar “Self-Supply.” Also known as “PV self-consumption”, it’s an option where a home consumes all the solar energy produced by its PV system, rather than pushing a portion of that power out to the grid.

The Proof Is In: Integrating PV Into The Grid Is Better With Behind-The-Meter Solar Forecasts

In recent years, Clean Power Research created a solar forecast method to accurately predict power production of “invisible,” behind-the-meter PV systems — typically, those found on homes and commercial buildings. In our approach, forecasts are generated by simulating the power output of an individual system based on its defined specification and the predicted solar radiation at its specific location, and then aggregating the power output of all the systems within a particular service territory.

All I Want For Christmas Is My Free Solar Quote

The holiday season can bring out the best in all of us, as we try to give our friends and loved ones gifts that can lighten their lives, brighten their smiles, or tickle their funny bones, and for the next month or so, many of us will be on the constant lookout for that perfect present. Of course, if we’re to be completely honest, it’s also a great time to shop for ourselves, thanks to the huge discounts, seasonal sales, and other incentives that are often available this time of year.

What Paris Means For The Energy Sector: Start Of A Whole New Clean Economy

As the UN climate talks in Paris are nearing completion, the implications for the energy sector are becoming clear. The 186 national action plans that will form the basis of an agreement really amount to clean energy investment plans, observers say. “A whole new economy will be created.”


 

How Equity Crowdfunding Could Transform The Community Energy Sector

Around Australia, communities are gathering to create community energy projects which deliver triple bottom line benefits to regional and urban communities. However, only a handful of projects have succeeded so far – thanks largely to the compliance cost of current investment regulations. In this article we explain how equity crowdfunding reform – if done appropriately — could open the floodgates to the community energy sector.

112 MW Of Solar Panels To Be Supplied By Canadian Solar To Sunrun

Canadian Solar and Sunrun have signed an agreement that Canadian Solar will supply 112 MW of solar panels to Sunrun in 2016. They will be CS6P-260|265P panels, which are 260 or 265 watts, with a module efficiency up to 16.47%. They also have a product warranty of 10 years and a linear power output warranty of 25 years.

First 75 MW Of California Utility’s Energy Storage Announced

PG&E is a utility operating in Northern California that serves 15–16 million people. It recently announced contracts for 75 MW of energy storage projects employing lithium-ion batteries, zinc/air batteries, and flywheel technology. The lithium-ion batteries are for 42 MW, the flywheel tech is for 20 MW, and the zinc/air batteries for 13 MW.

West Hill House Bed & Breakfast In Vermont Goes 100% Solar & Installs Tesla Charging Station

Tesla owners on the lookout for a bed & breakfast with an electric vehicle charger in Vermont may be interested to hear that the West Hill House B&B in Warren, Vermont, has gone 100% solar and also possesses a Tesla charging station (not a supercharger of course, but rather a destination charger).

Making Energy Sexy – The 6 Golden Rules (Part 1)

I’ve managed to distill good energy communication down to six basic rules, which hopefully can provide our industry with some inspiration to make energy as magical as a hit song.

Why Growth Is the Enemy of Solar Stocks

On the surface, you would think renewable energy companies that can grow quickly and exploit the industry’s massive potential should be the kind of companies investors will want to buy and hold for the long term. But time after time, the companies that grow the fastest have been abysmal investments. Suntech Power, LDK Solar, Yingli Green Energy, and SunEdison are just a few of the former industry highfliers that have gone from darling status to bankruptcy, or that teeter on the verge of financial insolvency. They also provide a similar story of growth, debt, and massive losses that couldn’t be overcome by even more growth.

Germany Aims To Plug Hole In Energy Transition

Germany produces more power from renewable energies than ever, yet pushing dirty lignite out of the power market has proven to be a contentious issue. Steve Baragona summarizes the social, political and economic hurdles currently delaying a coal phase-out.

Wind Power Ties For #1 Electricity Source in Germany in November

Record wind power production put German wind farms in the pole position last month, though critics will still complain that two types of coal counted separately should be counted together. 
 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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