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Corporate Power Purchasing

Why Corporate Power Purchasing is Poised to be the Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy

Why Corporate Power Purchasing is Poised to be the Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy

Utility-scale solar and wind power is the best source of cheap, large-scale renewable energy. If you’re just reading the 2015 headlines it can seem as though corporations are surging into that market. The first months of the year have seen a number of impressively large renewable-energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by major corporations. General

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California leads nation in solar installations as world sees 14% increase

California became the first state to generate more than 5% of its electricity from utility solar, according a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). California’s utility-scale (1 megawatt or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million mega watt hours (MWh) of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California’s

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Solar Power to develop floating photovoltaic projects

Solar Power Inc. said Thursday it signed a partnership to develop 50 megawatts of floating solar photovoltaic projects in California, three other states and Mexico. Floating photovoltaic arrays are relatively new technology for irrigation ponds, reservoirs and water treatment plants. They are getting notice because they don’t take up valuable farmland or expensive real estate. There

Floating Solar Panel Project Due in 2016 from California Power Company

Sonoma County, Calif.’s new public electricity supplier is turning to the sun and water — the airspace over treated sewage ponds, specifically — to generate power for local homes and businesses. Under a deal signed Thursday with a San Francisco-based renewable energy developer, officials with Sonoma Clean Power, now the default electricity provider in Sonoma

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Sunny business: India to trump US with 750 megawatt solar power plant

The construction of the world’s largest solar power plant is underway in central India. When the 750-megawatt site starts operating in August, 2016, the project is set to overtake America’s 550-megawatt ‘Desert Sunlight’ in California. The world’s largest solar power plant that will be generating 750MW of electricity had been recently commissioned in Rewa district

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Launch of world’s largest PV plant drives home the pro-ITC message

US interior secretary Sally Jewell yesterday flipped the switch on Desert Sunlight, the 550MW PV power plant built by First Solar that for a few months at least will be the world’s largest. Jewell attended a ceremony at the Riverside County, California site, during which the vast project was officially inaugurated. The US Department of

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Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power?

SA Forum is an invited essay from experts on topical issues in science and technology. SA Editor’s Note: As leaders from business, politics and science convene this week at the World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss pressing matters of the day, Scientific American is publishing a series of interviews with leading scientists, produced in conjunction

Solar Power’s Stunning Growth: U.S. Generation up 100 Percent This Year

The amount of electricity generated by U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants is up more than 100 percent in 2014 over the same period in 2013, thanks to big projects, many of them highly productive, that have been coming online. Four major factors have made the solar surge possible: The eight-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit

The Media Will Never Get Ivanpah Right

BrightSource Energy’s massive Ivanpah concentrating solar power plant began ramping up to speed in the Mohave Desert last February, busily cranking out solar-sourced electricity after years of planning and construction. Given the plant’s hefty Energy Department loan guarantee, Ivanpah has also been cranking out controversy from the get-go, with our friends over at Fox News

Lockheed Martin To Provide Nanotech-Based Structures For Canal-Top Solar Power Projects In India

After Gujarat’s success with canal-top solar photovoltaic power plants, other Indian states are also planning large-scale implementation of similar projects. India’s northern state of Punjab plans to set up 1,000 MW of solar PV projects to cover several kilometres of canals over the next three years. The state government has announced a target to cover

Largest Solar Power Plant in Africa Flips the Switch

With seven of the world’s fastest growing economies located in Africa, it should not be a surprise that the continent’s energy demands will only surge in the coming decade. Hence plenty of opportunities exist for clean energy companies as investors worldwide realize Africa, with all of its risks, is a booming market. To that end, California-based Solar

Dry Creek tribe plans large solar power project

A huge solar array could be in place by next spring in the hills overlooking Lake Sonoma under a cooperative venture announced Monday between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians. The solar panels would generate electricity for the fish hatchery, visitors center and other buildings at the

Large solar selling cheaper than fossil fuels in Texas, Georgia, India, Brazil

First of all, let me make it clear that this article is about “utility-scale” solar power, not rooftop solar power. Rooftop solar is a different beast, because it’s more expensive per unit of electricity than utility-scale solar but it generally competes with retail electricity prices rather than wholesale electricity prices. For millions of Americans, and

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