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Solar Energy & Water Scarcity

Posted by Leah Epstein on Nov 22, 2017 7:02:35 AM

 Water scarcity is a pervasive issue all over the world. While there are massive amounts of water on our planet, only about 3.5% of it is fresh water and a majority of that is trapped in glaciers and ice caps. With around 7.5 billion people on this planet, “more than 650 million people lack access to clean water, and a billion do not have electricity,” which makes this an a very extensive health concern. Many researchers have been exploring recently how renewable energies could be used to combat this issue of water scarcity.

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Transparent Solar Technology

Posted by Leah Epstein on Nov 10, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Richard Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University, and his team have recently pioneered a new technology that could change the face of the the solar industry. This new technology is a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can be placed on building surfaces to collect solar energy without impeding views.

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Topics: American Solar, renewable energy, solar technology, solar panels, future of solar

ITC Proposes Three Recommended Remedies in Section 201 Solar Trade Case

Posted by Rebecca Noyes on Nov 3, 2017 8:05:00 AM

SolBid has provided consistent coverage of the ITC Solar Tariff Case as it has evolved over the past four months. In August, I reported on the “proposed” solar tariff submitted to the U.S. International Trade Commission by Suniva and SolarWorld America, two U.S. based but majority Chinese and German-owned companies (respectively), to impose a tariff and floor price on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar panels of $0.40/watt and a floor price of $0.78/watt.

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Topics: American Solar, section 201 trade case, solar trade case, imported solar, solar panels

Employee Spotlight: Mike Fortier

Posted by Rachel Lederer on Nov 2, 2017 5:42:45 PM

 
At SolBid, we love to celebrate the unique personalities that comprise our team and contribute to our mission everyday. Today, the spotlight is on Mike Fortier, a solar energy associate with us.

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Topics: Employee, Solar Business, employee spotlight, Mike Fortier

Chips, Soup, and Cherries: Three Food Producers Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Posted by Mary Jones on Oct 31, 2017 11:16:31 AM

In today’s rapidly evolving energy industry, more and more companies are beginning to realize the benefits of installing on-site solar technology. Businesses that deploy solar can expect energy cost savings, excellent returns on investment, rebates and tax breaks, and environmental benefits. Investing in solar energy, as well, sends a strong signal to consumers that a company is conscious of its energy use and environmental impact, which may provide additional financial gains through public relations and marketing benefits. Check out these three food companies which are harnessing the power of the sun.

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Topics: American Solar, kettle brands solar, commericial solar, campbell's solar, rivermaid trading company solar

The Future of Renewable Energy in Puerto Rico

Posted by Rachel Lederer on Oct 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans have been left in the dark. The massive storm left the island’s electrical grid in ruins, and three weeks later, the vast majority of its population remains without electricity. It can be difficult to rebuild in the aftermath of such a large natural disaster, but solar energy has the potential to bring new light to the territory.

(image courtesy of Twitter)

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Topics: American Solar, Going Green, renewable energy, grid reliability

Solar and Natural Gas Industry Experts and Senators Urge FERC to Reject DOE’s Proposed Cost Recovery Rule

Posted by Rebecca Noyes on Oct 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Last Friday, the Department of Energy directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee to open a rulemaking proceeding to provide “full recovery of costs” for power plants that keep 90 days of fuel supplied onsite. DOE officials wrote that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) would enhance the resilience of the nation’s electric system and “protect the American people from energy outages expected to result from the loss of this fuel-secure generation."

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Topics: American Solar, FERC, DOE, notice of proposed rule

Avengers Actors Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans Honor Real-Life Clean Energy Heroes of Atlanta

Posted by Rebecca Noyes on Oct 6, 2017 7:50:00 AM

Last May, Atlanta became the 27th city in the United States, and the largest Southern city to commit to 100% renewable energy. Introduced by Councilman Kwanza Hall, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a measure that establishes a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Topics: American Solar, atlanta 100% renewable energy, clean energy, solutions project, atl100

U.S. International Trade Commission to Decide on Possible Solar Tariff Today

Posted by Rebecca Noyes on Sep 22, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Last month, I covered news of a novel solar tariff proposed by bankrupt solar industry companies Suniva and SolarWorld Americas. Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission will decide whether to find favor in a petition to impose a tariff and floor price on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar panels. 

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Topics: American Solar, solar tariff, itc

Key To Success: Millenials

Posted by Alexa Layne on Sep 15, 2017 8:05:00 AM

It is evident that the key to success for clean energy businesses, or any businesses for that matter, is to specifically cater to Millennials. This may not come as a surprise, but Millennials (people about 18-35 years old) are growing up and becoming the leaders and big investors in the United States. This means that understanding the needs and values of this generation, and then molding business practices to that, is crucial.

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Topics: Solar, CleanEnergy, Millennials

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