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  • Alabama Power Partners with Signature Homes to Develop Smart Neighborhood

    Alabama Power is partnering with Signature Homes, Southern Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and technology vendors to introduce Smart Neighborhood by Alabama Power. The state-of-the-art community of 62 homes will feature emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials and appliances, and a community-scale microgrid. Smart Neighborhood - to be located at Signature Homes' new Reynold's ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Alectra Study Identifies Residential Solar Storage Potential

    Alectra Inc., with the support of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), has completed a feasibility study for mass adoption of the utility's residential solar storage pilot, POWER.HOUSE, in Southern York Region. ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • NREL Brings Together Clean Energy Innovators at Industry Growth Forum

    The Industry Growth Forum, hosted by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this week attracted more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to Denver, Colo. Three companies were honored with Best Venture and Outstanding Venture Awards at the conclusion of the event. The two-day forum highlighted clean energy technology and business ...

  • Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar, and Schneider Electric Complete First Joint Microgrid Project

    Duke Energy Renewables announced its first microgrid project is now operating on the Schneider Electric Boston One Campus. Schneider Electric built the microgrid on the campus of its North American headquarters in Andover, Mass. REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, built and will operate the solar array. Duke Energy Renewables, which owns a majority interest in ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Aging electrical grid could cost $5 trillion to replace

    The aging U.S. electricity grid, which has been an integral part of American life since the late 19th century, could cost almost $5 trillion upgrade and replace, according to a new analysis. Joshua D. Rhodes, a Postdoctoral Researcher of Energy at the University of Texas at Austin, says that the currently depreciated value of the energy grid, which includes power plants, transmission lines, ...

  • New York PSC mandates grid-scale storage projects for investor-owned utilities

    With the mass proliferation of energy storage capacity, New York regulators have mandated investor-owned utilities deploy energy storage systems by the 2018. The state Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order last week requiring each individual utility to have energy storage projects “deployed and operating at no fewer than two separate distribution substations or ...

  • Fortum and Futurice Developing New Concept for Solar Energy Companies in Developing Countries

    Energy company Fortum and software agency Futurice are embarking on a new kind of cooperation that combines their expertise in solar energy and software design. The aim of the cooperation is to create a solution that provides easier access to electricity for people in developing countries. In less than two hours the earth receives from the sun the amount of energy that is consumed ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • SolSmart Designates Seven New Communities for Removing Barriers to Going Solar

    SolSmart is recognizing seven new communities as national leaders for cutting red tape and making solar energy more affordable and accessible. Two cities received the highest designation of SolSmart Gold: Louisville, Kentucky and New York, New York. Also, five communities were designated SolSmart Bronze: Maricopa County, ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • First Nation Solar Highlights

    The students of the Amisk Community School will be learning from devices powered by the sun. The array is being installed in 2 separate phases in congruence with AISP funding. This groundbreaking First Nation solar project is one of the first to receive funding from the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program. It is a true ...


    By Kuby Renewable Energy Ltd

  • Natcore, Denzo to Double Scope of Queensland Solar Farm

    Natcore Technology (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF), in partnership with Denzo Group Australia, has increased the size of a solar project planned for Bundaberg, Australia. Bundaberg is in the Wide Bay–Burnett Region of Queensland. Originally announced as a 30 MW solar farm on a 90-hectare site, the project will now be a 58 MW farm on a 188-hectare site, ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • Solar Gardens Growing in Minnesota

    Seven new community solar gardens, totaling 32 megawatts, are now generating power from the Minnesota sun. The solar gardens are part of a larger project that will total approximately 96 megawatts throughout the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota. Xcel Energy, BHE Renewables and Geronimo Energy are working together to bring the project online, giving Xcel Energy customers more solar ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Dominion Solar Investment In Virginia Approaches $1 Billion

    Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers, according to the company. Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages. "Our company has made a major commitment to develop significant blocks of solar generation to meet customers' energy needs going forward," said Paul Koonce, CEO of Power ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Solar Accounts for 1 in 50 New U.S. Jobs in 2016

    The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every fifty new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016,the seventh annual report on solar employment issued by The Solar Foundation. TheNational Solar Jobs Census 2016found that solar industry employment growth outpaced the ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Corporate solar buyback success story

    When Accrington-based textile manufacturing firm Lantex installed their 14.4KWp solar PV system in September 2010, they considered it to be a long-term investment in securing lower electricity bills and a reduced carbon footprint for the company. However, with the help of Lightsource’s rooftop buyback system, Lantex has been able to see an early return on their investment, while still ...

  • Superior Tank - We don’t crack under pressure!

    In the bolted steel tank industry, two coating options are common; factory powder coating and glass-fused-to-steel coating. Each of the coatings has its own unique properties and characteristics when applied to bolted tanks and steel tanks for water storage. Bolted tanks with a glass-fused-to-steel coating are attractive to potential buyers as the coating is non-porous and very rigid. The glass ...


    By Superior Tank Co., Inc.

  • Where to look for pest Pigeons on your building

    Pigeons are the number one pest bird problem in the United States. They will nest and roost on, in and under many different structures. To keep pigeons from defacing and damaging property, it’s important to know where they roost and nest. What they eat and how they often gather in such large numbers. ...


    By Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

  • Report: US electricity grid faces “imminent danger” of cyber attacks

    On the heels of revelations that a foreign-directed hacking operation attempted to disrupt the 2016 election, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has warned the country faces “imminent danger” from cyber attacks on its electricity system and needs to adopt new policies to combat cyber threats. Last week, the agency released the second installment of its comprehensive Quadrennial ...

  • Natcore’s 200 MW Vietnam Solar Project receives essential government approvals

    A US$300 million solar project managed by Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) has been included in the list of selected projects for the development of solar energy in Vietnam’s Binh Thuan Province of Vietnam, and has been approved by the Province People’s Committee. ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • Hawaiian Electric aims to hit 100 percent renewable goal 5 years early

    Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has delivered plans showing a progression to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, 5 years ahead of a state mandated goal. According to its latest Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) filed with regulators last week, HECO will provide 48 percent renewable power by 2020 without the use of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has been touted as a bridge fuel to ...

  • 2017 is already looking bright for AES Solar

    2016 has been a challenging year for the UK renewable industries but also generally in the business markets due to a number of political outcomes and decisions which have created uncertainty across the globe. Despite these uncertainties it is with great pleasure ...


    By AES Ltd

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