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Concentrated solar power developers get DOE cash for low-cost electrical storage research
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The DOE recently handed out $62 million in grants for researchers to speed up development of concentrated solar power research. The solar energy storage grants support improvements in CSP systems, components, and thermal energy storage to accelerate the market-readiness of this renewable energy technology. More

New process turns wind and solar power into gas
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The argument in regard to solar and wind power not being suitable for baseload electricity supply purposes is steadily weakening. Molten salt batteries are now in use; gravel batteries are in development and various other technologies have been proposed alongside more traditional ones such as solar pumping in conjunction with hydro-storage. More

Energy projects to receive US funding
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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $60 million in funding has been made available for a variety of small-business projects that involve innovative work with cleaner energy. A number of the projects include the use of solar photovoltaic electricity. More

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New technology makes photovoltaic panels work better
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One of the benefits of new photovoltaic panel technology is that consumers will have more ways than ever to monitor the clean energy that is being generated for their homes. For example, SunPower Corp. recently announced upgrades to a monitoring system currently in use in Europe that allows its dealers to monitor the performance of a customer's solar array. This results in quicker troubleshooting, lower maintenance costs and improved public service, according to the company. More

Power line flap leads Xcel Energy to rethink solar
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Xcel Energy Inc. says it might have to reduce the amount of solar power it buys over the next few years because approval of a new power line to transmit renewable energy in Colorado has been delayed by a billionaire landowner opposed to it. More

Installation of solar panels on rooftops a boon for New Jersey businesses
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Surveying the roof of his company's warehouse in Cherry Hill, N.J., Mitchell Trellis sees money. Thousands of gleaming solar photovoltaic panels cover an area bigger than six football fields, generating 1.32-megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 200 homes -- and lowering the warehouse's utility bill 25 percent. More

California solar roof project gaining momentum
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More homes than ever in California will have access to clean solar energy with help from a recently announced rooftop project. According to ProLogis, which specializes in distribution facilities, it will be launching its second solar rooftop project in California, with the potential to generate up to 11.1 megawatts of electricity. ProLogis also indicated that it has signed a master agreement with Southern California Edison to provide up to 100 megawatts of clean energy through the company's rooftop solar program. More

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Laser "radar" maps NYC's solar power potential
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Recently, New York City has been employing low-flying twin engine planes equipped with light detection and radar capability in order to determine which areas are best suited for solar energy as well as empowering the city to better prepare its emergency response system. More

Lessons from Spain's solar power boom -- and bust
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There is a particularly cautionary tale from Spain, the world's most mature solar market, which has been dogged by regulatory uncertainty for much of this year as the government of the EU nation delays a decision on how to take forward subsidies for producers of renewable energy. More

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