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Blockchain Technology for the Solar Industry

Posted by Morgan Burke on Apr 10, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Blockchain technologies have been gaining notability due to the recent cryptocurrency hype. However, the same peer-to-peer networking technology that enables cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, provides a model for application across industries beyond finance; for example, the energy sector. New developments have seen blockchain technologies as a disruptive force for grid management. What could this mean for the solar industry?

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Topics: solar technology, electricity, future of solar, distributed energy, blockchain

SunPower Files Exemption Request, Solar Tariff Stifling Innovation

Posted by Morgan Burke on Mar 23, 2018 8:03:00 AM

The solar import tariff implemented this year has caused significant dispute between policy makers, economists, and supporters of the solar industry. Now, U.S. based solar company, SunPower, has filed an exemption request with the U.S. Trade Representative. This motion reflects the most central debate regarding the trade case: is the tariff helping, or hurting, the U.S. solar industry?

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Topics: solar tariff, section 201 trade case, imported solar, future of solar, solar innovation

New Batteries to Brighten the Future of Solar

Posted by Morgan Burke on Mar 9, 2018 9:02:00 AM

To further research on energy storage and batteries, scientists at Berkeley Lab tested a theory from a German language academic journal dated 1928. The result? A new, higher-performing, environmentally cleaner, and affordable storage battery may soon be on the market.

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Topics: Storage, Innovation, DOE, future of solar, distributed energy

Milestones for Renewables and Solar Industry

Posted by Morgan Burke on Mar 6, 2018 8:06:00 AM

Each year, the proportion of renewable energy used to power U.S. homes and businesses has increased. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases a monthly electric power report to keep up with this evolving energy infrastructure. This February’s report includes milestones for solar development across the nation — growing over 40% in 2017 over 2016­ — solar energy is now the fastest growing segment of energy generation in the U.S.

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Topics: renewable energy, incentives, department of energy, future of solar, tax credits

Trump to Issue Final Ruling on ITC Section 201 Solar Trade Case by End of Next Week

Posted by Rebecca Noyes on Jan 19, 2018 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, solar tariff, solar policy, section 201 trade case, future of solar

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

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