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Even with the 2nd largest energy consumption and expenditure in the USA , California has some of the lowest per capita consumption patterns in the country. This; when combined with its robust renewable energy production (nearly 4000MW solar projects installed), and a more diversified energy portfolio, sees it trailblazing towards its landmark energy targets. In addition, shielding its economy from the volatility of oil prices, California provides a model that can be used nationally, as well as globally.

May 16th 2016
Overcoming Challenges, Solar Market Growth Is Becoming Irresistible

Solar power is becoming increasingly competitive and is leading to reductions in the costs of photovoltaics. Emerging and developing countries are seeing a new focus on wind and solar power, as generating it is often considerably cheaper than buying electricity from the grid, with long-term solutions providing independence from fluctuations in fossil fuel prices. The improved speed of installation also allows for renewable energy systems to be positioned in areas with greatest electricity demand.

May 5th 2016
‘Black Diamond’ Breakthrough Can Change The Future Of Solar Technology

A new solar power technology has been developed, generating energy by harnessing diamonds. A European research team within the European Commission’s FP7 framework, are leading the ProME3ThE2US2 project, developing the ‘black diamond’ as a breakthrough concept which is expected to change the future of solar technology. It has the potential to exceed 50 per cent efficiency in solar concentration systems. As an exciting new low-cost material, it also has potential beyond solar technology.

April 27th 2016
Australia’s CEFC Commits US$72 Million to Bioenergy Fund

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corp. has committed A$100 million (US$72 million) to the new Australian Bioenergy Fund.

April 1st 2016
Reliable, Affordable and Clean Energy: SDG&E Announces Major Contracts

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed a 20MW energy storage facility agreement, capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to 4 hours. The project can store supplies of solar, wind and other resources when they are abundant and inexpensive, releasing this during peak hours when customer demand is high. The company also signed an 18.5MW energy efficiency agreement. Both contracts aim to provide customers with reliable, affordable and clean energy.

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February 26th 2016
Solarcity/Tesla Pioneer Utility Scale Energy Storage System

The proposed project is believed to be the first utility-scale system in the U.S. to provide dispatchable solar energy, meaning that the utility can count on electricity being available when it’s needed, even hours after the sun goes down. The 52 MWh Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion battery storage system will feed up to 13 megawatts of electricity onto the grid to “shave” the amount of conventional power generation needed to meet peak demand in the evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

February 22nd 2016
Schneider Electric And REC Solar Showcase Microgrid Energy Management Solutions

The market leader wants to create a ‘living laboratory’ at it’s North American R&D hub “to drive global innovation in efficiency and energy management solutions”. The microgrid will be deployed via a new business model that does not require any capital investment by Schneider Electric. It’s expected to begin generating 560,000 Kwh per year of electricity by Autumn 2016. Beyond saving the company nearly 5 percent on electricity costs at the site in its first year, the Microgrid will offer power resiliency in the event of a power loss from the local utility.

February 1st 2016
AD Innovation Reduces Waste And Increases Clean Compressed Gas Production

Bion Environmental Technologies has developed a next generation technology platform to enable the capture of ammonia. By capturing the ammonia, Bion not only prevents its impacts to the environment as before, but is now able to recover and process substantially more of the nitrogen in the manure stream into a stabilized value-added product. This platform can now utilise anaerobic digestion to produce methane which can then be cleaned and injected into existing pipelines, resulting in clean renewable compressed natural gas.

January 12th 2016
First−Ever Highrise Fuel Cell Installation at Morgan Stanley HQ

Bloom Energy installs notable project at Morgan Stanley HQ. The project will provide clean and uninterruptible power for the 750,000 Sq. Ft. office building. The new solid oxide fuel cell system (SOFC) technology converts fuel into electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process, resulting in on-site, clean and reliable power. Combined with the solar field, these new installations are expected to produce approximately 3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy a year.

January 11th 2016
SunEdison helps City of Watervliet, NY, Slash Energy Costs

City to use solar energy over the next 20 years to slash electricity costs and will save more than $1 million with use of solar energy in all city-owned buildings, including City Hall, the fire station and the library.

December 17th 2015
E.ON, Samsung SDI Form Energy Storage Partnership

E.ON has signed an agreement with Samsung SDI Co. to collaborate and tap opportunities in the energy storage business.

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