September 19, 2018

SunPower Receives Exemption from Trump Solar Tariffs

SunPower says some of the solar panels it produces overseas will be excluded from President Trump's tariffs. The company, which is based in the U.S. but does most of its manufacturing overseas, argued that its main panel product was different from cheaper panels the tariffs were meant to affect.

Trump Administration Announces Tariff on Chinese Solar Inverters

The Trump administration is including Chinese solar inverters among $200 billion in new tariffs on Chinese imports. Inverters, which convert solar electricity for use by the grid, are a key component of solar power systems. The tariffs, set to reach 25 percent on Jan. 1,  are higher than many in the industry had anticipated.

Xcel Energy Opens Colorado’s Largest Wind Farm

Xcel Energy has completed its Rush Creek Wind Project, a 600 megawatt wind farm that is the largest in Colorado and a key part of the utility's quest to get the majority of its power from renewables by 2026. This project produces enough electricity to serve an estimated 300,000 homes, the company says.

September 18, 2018

Clean Energy Players Weather Hurricane Florence

Utility-scale solar energy systems appear to have made it through Hurricane Florence without major damage. The major utilities said they had secured their large solar arrays. In residential solar, installers said initial reports also suggest minimal damage.

September 17, 2018

September 14, 2018

Utilities’ Solar Purchasing Is Booming Despite Trump's Tariffs

The latest industry data show President Trump's solar tariffs took a bite out of the market, but utility-scale purchases are soaring, leading to forecasts for accelerated growth ahead. Utility companies increased their procurement for new projects in the second quarter as component prices declined and solar installations steadied.

September 12, 2018

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Several nuclear power reactors in North and South Carolina and Virginia have started preparing for Hurricane Florence. Of the 16 plants in those states, Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris plants in North Carolina and possibly Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia are most likely to be affected, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

September 11, 2018

Microgrids Ready to Go to Work on North Carolina's Outer Banks

Some communities on North Carolina's Outer Banks have prepared for storm-related utility failures by creating microgrids that include solar panels and batteries. Diesel generators remain the main back-up energy source there, but renewable energy and batteries are gaining attention in many places.

Big Oil Aims to Exploit Brazil's Sun and Wind Along with Crude

Major oil companies are increasingly investing in wind and solar energy in Brazil. In recent weeks, Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor have made announcements on Brazilian renewables which could double wind and solar's share of the country's energy mix to 18 percent by 2026, according to a government energy research office.

September 10, 2018

Solar Farms Without Subsidy Sprout from Britain to Italy

At least 15 solar farm projects are underway from Italy to the United Kingdom that are not relying on subsidies to make a profit, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Prices for renewables have dropped to the point that they are competitive with fossil fuels in many places.

Scotland’s Oil Hub Embraces Green Energy

The Scottish National Party says renewable energy can be a key part of a stable economy for Scotland, particularly if it decides to leave the United Kingdom. Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon was on hand for the launch of a wind energy project that boasts the world's most powerful turbines.

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