What's at Stake for the Clean Energy Industry in the First 100 Days of Trump?
The Donald Trump of the post-election transition period sent mixed messages about clean energy.  His transition website  touted  wind and solar energy as job-creating sources of homegrown American energy, an ally in the fight for energy independence. At the same time, the president-elect  chose Beltway operatives  with a long history of serving fossil-fuel interests to run the energy transition. And then he nominated an oil company executive to be the nation's chief diplomat and an opponent of regulating greenhouse gas emissions to be the nation's chief environmental regulator. More

Would You Pay 26 Cents a Month for New Solar Panels?
If you live in certain parts of Nevada, you won't have a choice. You'll have to pay. And the solar panels won't be for your house. They'll most likely be for your neighbor's roof.  Rooftop solar prices have come way down. But prices haven't fallen enough for the industry to survive without subsidies. That's why solar advocates and utilities for the last few years have been sparring over an esoteric solar power pricing mechanism called net metering, which acts as a subsidy for rooftop solar customers that want to get paid to put their rooftop solar power back on the grid. More

Renewable Energy Powered the Super Bowl 
As the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons battled it out on the field yesterday, renewable energy powered Super Bowl LI. NRG Energy Inc. and subsidiary Reliant, a retail electricity provider in Texas, have teamed up with the National Football League (NFL) to provide 100% Green-e certified renewable energy to NRG Stadium, site of Super Bowl LI, and the George R. Brown Convention Center, location of the NFL Experience and other NFL celebrations in Houston. More

Saudi Arabia Will Invite Bids for Renewable Energy Projects in April
Saudi Arabia will invite international and domestic companies to bid for renewable energy projects in April , the energy minister said on Wednesday, adding that he expected to award the deals in September.  Energy minister Khalid al-Falih, speaking at a new s conference in Riyadh said the projects would include two new solar and wind power plants with a capacity to produce 700 megawatts of power. The projects are part of a major renewable energy supply program which is expected to involve investments of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023. More

New Plan to Make Utah a Leader in U.S. Solar Market
At a press conference at the Utah State Capitol Thursday Utah Clean Energy and Salt Lake City revealed details of a 10-year plan to reduce costs, simplify and expand rooftop solar in the city and state. A Bright Future: 10 Year Solar Deployment Plan  offers a suite of readily-available, implementable solutions to position Utah as a leader in the nation's solar market. The plan was developed as part of the Wasatch Solar Project, and is one of only 15 initiatives in the country to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Market Pathways Initiative. More

Floating Solar Panel Market to be Worth $2.7B In 2025

Battling Corrosion to Keep Solar Panels Humming
People think of corrosion as rust on cars or oxidation that blackens silver, but it also harms critical electronics and connections in solar panels, lowering the amount of electricity produced. "It's challenging to predict and even more challenging to design ways to reduce it because it's highly dependent on material and environmental conditions," said Eric Schindelholz, a Sandia National Laboratories materials reliability researcher who studies corrosion and how it affects photovoltaic (PV) system performance. More

Art Rosenfeld, 'Godfather' of Energy Efficiency, Dies at 90
Arthur H. Rosenfeld, an energy pioneer often referred to as the "Godfather of Energy Efficiency," passed away at age 90 in Berkeley, California late last week.Speaking on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner Carla Peterman said, "Art was a true champion for energy efficiency, science, and improving the planet. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on."As GTM  reported,  "Back in the 1970s, Rosenfeld, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (and Enrico Fermi's last grad student), determined that the power consumption in California and the nation would soon outstrip our ability to produce it. He kicked off a massive effort to get the state to pass efficiency regulations. Appliance makers fought vigorously, but California passed appliance and building regulations (Title 20 and Title 24) anyway."  More


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