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EIA lowballs estimations for renewable generation 2016

Wrong Again: Electrical Generation from Renewable Blows Past EIA Forecast

Forecasts from the Energy Information Administration have consistently underestimated the growth of renewable energy development in the United States, a trend that persisted through 2016. The latest EIA Electric Power Monthly report shows continued rapid growth from all renewable energy sources through December 31, 2016. Electrical generation from solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower sources accounted for 15.34 percent of the total for…

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Solar Jobs Census

U.S. Solar Workforce Grew 17-Times Faster than Economy Overall in 2016

The U.S. solar workforce grew at a record high 25% year-over-year in 2016 as solar job creation increased in 44 states and throughout the industry value chain, according to The Solar Foundation’s “National Solar Jobs Census 2016.”

Offshore wind project example of German

NEW 4.0 Project Could Mark a Major Milestone for Germany’s Energiewende

Launched this month by Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, 60 NEW 4.0 project partners aim to build an open, distributed platform that will demonstrate the feasibility and substantive benefits of relying entirely on renewable energy resources.

Fossil fuel market is flat in the face of renewable energy growth

Renewable Energy is Smashing Records and Crushing Fossil Fuels

This is another record-breaking year for renewable energy.  In both the developed and developing world renewables are growing at a faster rate than ever before. In 2015, for the first time ever, renewable energy accounted for more than half of new power generation worldwide. Last year, we saw more investment capital being funneled into renewables than ever before and more…

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Failure of materials in solar panels already in the field. DuPont calls for more rigorous "real-life" testing standards

Heat and Beat: Why DuPont is Calling for More Rigorous Testing Standards for Solar PV

Solar power is no longer a boutique industry. At least 900 million solar panels are deployed across the globe. Eighty-one percent of those came online within the last five years. From rural villages in India to the rooftops of suburban America, photovoltaic solar is fast becoming a mainstream source of energy. Every one of those panels is only as good as…

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An early conceptual drawing of NASA Space Solar Power

NASA and a Solar Revolution

It’s no secret that the Earth is in dire need of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The source of that clean energy, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be on Earth. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) is a team of scientists from Caltech that includes researchers from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. These scientists propose building the largest-ever space structure…

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Proposed space-based "suntower," one of many examples of solar innovation

The Golden Age of Solar Innovation

From efforts that mimic nature like leaves and trees, to arrays that float on water or in space, there has been a wide range of solar energy innovations in 2016.  From tiny solar applications of nanotechnologies to massive space-based arrays, the growth of solar power is being fueled by market forces, including increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. The number of…

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