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Solar tariffs from Donald Trump

President Trump Levies a Tariff On Solar Panels

The solar energy industry recently received a blow from the Trump administration. President Trump imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and modules. The tariff will decrease to 25 percent for the second year, 20 percent for the third year and 15 percent for the fourth year. In April, Suniva, Inc., a Chinese owned U.S. based manufacturer of…

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Peak lithium

Is There Enough Lithium to Feed the Need for Batteries?

Since the release of the first commercial lithium ion battery (LIB) in 1991, this technology has expanded at a rapid rate. So rapid, in fact, that concerns are beginning to be raised about a state of “peak lithium” beyond which we won’t have enough to fuel our bottomless thirst for electronics. But is peak lithium a real concern? Or just…

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Rainshadow Charter School

How Communities Living in Poverty Can Benefit From Renewable Energy

Impoverished communities around the globe lack access to essential amenities including heat, electricity and clean drinking water. Residents of rural communities are also in a similar situation. Electric companies have little incentive to add additional infrastructure to the electrical grid to provide these areas with electricity since it isn’t economical. Instead, residents are forced to use kerosene, diesel, candles and…

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Is There a Link between Renewable Energy and Clean Drinking Water?

Despite the advanced age we live in, one in every 10 people doesn’t have access to clean water. That adds up to more than 800 million people worldwide. Billions of people are forced to draw their drinking water from contaminated sources, and the impact has been truly disastrous. Most countries in Central Asia, South America, Africa and Eastern Europe have…

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Massachusetts and net metering

Massachusetts Solar Industry Testifies in Support of Raising Net Metering Caps

A recent analysis of solar energy net metering program data in Massachusetts reveals that more than $78 million of emissions-free solar energy projects are on hold as a result of the state’s net metering cap being reached. The US Solar Energy Industries Association and partners organizations in Massachusetts are at the State Capitol in Boston today, Oct. 3, to testify…

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Desert Solar, Wind Power to Fuel Santiago, Chile’s Subway System

The Chilean capital’s subsway system is considered the finest, as well as the largest, in Latin America. Come 2018, some 60% of its electricity is to come from solar and wind power resources far north.

Avoid the common myths about solar energy

4 Myths About Solar Energy

You’ve likely heard a lot about solar energy lately, especially if you’re interested in environmental, energy, technology or political news. You’ve probably seen solar panels as you go about your daily lives. Maybe you even get some of your energy from the sun. Solar energy use has been increasing for residential customers, businesses, and utilities. The U.S. solar energy industry…

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