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Report: U.S. Renewables Set Generation Records In Q1

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 26, 2016

U.S. renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016, says nonprofit SUN DAY Campaign, which released an analysis of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest “Electric Power Monthly” report. [Read More]

Solar Industry Remains Largest Renewable Energy Employer In The World: IRENA

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 25, 2016

A new study finds the global renewables sector employed millions of workers last year, and solar led the way.

Update: NRG Confirms Cause Of Fire At Ivanpah Solar Plant

Joseph Bebon on May 25, 2016

Less than a week after a small fire occurred at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, NRG Energy, the solar thermal project’s operator and majority owner, has concluded its investigation into the incident. As Solar Industry reported, NRG shut down [Read More]

NREL Ranks Top 10 Utility Green Power Programs Of 2015

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 25, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its latest assessment of leading utility green power programs in the country. Using information provided by utilities, NREL has developed Top 10 rankings of utility green power programs [Read More]

Fire Leads To Shutdown At Ivanpah Solar Plant

Joseph Bebon on May 20, 2016

One of three towers at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been shut down following a small fire on Thursday morning. Dedicated in 2014 and backed by federal grants, the massive concentrating solar power (CSP) facility is located in [Read More]

Calif. Study Gauges Benefits Of Solar + Storage For Low-Income Housing

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 20, 2016

Combining battery energy storage with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems would lead to significant electric bill savings for both property owners and residents of multifamily affordable rental housing in California, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership, Center [Read More]

Energy Dept. Throws Major Support Behind Solar Training

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced new funding for projects to help bolster the country’s solar sector workforce.

Report: Renewables + Natural Gas Could Meet All Of Texas’ Power Needs

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SI Staff on May 18, 2016

Natural gas and renewable energy are capable of providing all new electric power that Texas will need in the foreseeable future, according to the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC), which cites a report from The Brattle Group. The report, “Exploring [Read More]

World Bank Backs Rooftop Solar Program In India

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 17, 2016

The World Bank continues its global support of solar, having approved a $625 million loan to help fund the government of India’s grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic program. The bank has also approved a co-financing loan of $120 million on concessional [Read More]

IHS Ranks Leading North American PV Tracker Suppliers

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 16, 2016

In a new report, the research firm reveals which companies reigned supreme in the market last year.