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2016: The year of enhanced energy price competition
2016: The year of enhanced energy price competition

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the price of oil. While in past years that often meant oil prices were skyrocketing, today, oil is threatening to hit 20-year lows (in inflation adjusted dollars). Right now, oil demand is so low, and supply is so...

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Solar+ homes (Part 11): After installation
Solar+ homes (Part 11): After installation

This is the eleventh article of an 11-part series on Solar+ homes. The series describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar...

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Solar+ homes (Part 9): Is your house leaky?
Solar+ homes (Part 9): Is your house leaky?

This is the ninth article of an 11-part series on Solar+ homes. The series describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar...

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Solar+ homes (Part 8): The power of thermal mass
Solar+ homes (Part 8): The power of thermal mass

This is the eighth article of an 11-part series on Solar+ homes. The series describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar...

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Solar+ homes (Part 7): Staying warm in winter
Solar+ homes (Part 7): Staying warm in winter

This is the seventh article of an 11-part series on Solar+ homes. The series describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar...

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Solar+ homes (Part 4): The rise of solar-powered vehicles
Solar+ homes (Part 4): The rise of solar-powered vehicles

This is the fourth article of an 11-part series on Solar+ homes. The series describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar...

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Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value
Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value

In many regions around the world, the skies are getting cleaner thanks to controls on air pollution designed to benefit public health. The Eastern U.S. and Europe have seen dramatic improvements in air quality since the 1980s. Coal plant retirements and stricter...

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Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data
Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data

In February 2018, we blogged about the future of solar forecasting with the new NOAA/NASA GOES-16 satellite. The launch of the GOES-17 satellite held similar promise, but bringing it online ended up being problematic for NOAA/NASA—and provided a few wrinkles for those...

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A long history of data is key to solar project bankability
A long history of data is key to solar project bankability

While the average power purchase agreement (PPA) price falls to keep solar competitive, the amount of global solar capacity developed in the past two-years has increased at a rate of roughly 30% year-over-year. This means that project developers are being forced to...

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Demand for firm power driving innovation in solar forecasting
Demand for firm power driving innovation in solar forecasting

Since 2014, compelling economics have made renewable energy the preferred source of new power generation capacity in the United States. Energy cost parity with traditional sources has been well-established by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and other...

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Tapping the win-win-win of rate reform
Tapping the win-win-win of rate reform

Utilities nationwide are adding variety to residential electric rate plans and reconsidering how to value rooftop solar. Rate changes being considered include demand charges and net metering “2.0” policies that provide customers less than full retail credit. These...

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Valuation of solar plus storage in Hawaii
Valuation of solar plus storage in Hawaii

Clean Power Research recently took on the challenge of developing a new methodology for performing a hybrid solar plus storage (solar + storage) valuation study for systems in Hawaii. The methodology was commissioned by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc....

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NREL turns to SolarAnywhere for NSRDB
NREL turns to SolarAnywhere for NSRDB

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the newest release of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). The database is widely used by solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts and others to...

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Accolades for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff continue
Accolades for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff continue

Austin Energy’s innovative approach to compensating distributed solar owners is continuing to receive accolades across the country. In September, Austin Energy received an Innovation Award from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Earlier in the year Austin...

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Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value
Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value

In many regions around the world, the skies are getting cleaner thanks to controls on air pollution designed to benefit public health. The Eastern U.S. and Europe have seen dramatic improvements in air quality since the 1980s. Coal plant retirements and stricter...

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Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data
Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data

In February 2018, we blogged about the future of solar forecasting with the new NOAA/NASA GOES-16 satellite. The launch of the GOES-17 satellite held similar promise, but bringing it online ended up being problematic for NOAA/NASA—and provided a few wrinkles for those...

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