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  • Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days

    Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put.  Source: Renewable…

  • Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs

    After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year. Source: Renewable Energy

  • Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private Microgrids Using Utility Wires

    Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay…

  • Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent emission-free energy. Source: Renewable Energy

  • Scottland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

    According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9 the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine – an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters from base to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than…

  • Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

    According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9 the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine – an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters from base to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than…

  • How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

    If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade…

  • Wind Plus Storage for Smart Farming Moves Ahead in Australia

    Clean energy developer Neoen Australia has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support development of a wind power plus energy storage facility that will power a smart crop farm in Western Victoria, Australia. Source: Renewable Energy

  • Notes from the Solar Underground: Marketing Basics Price, Place, Product, Promotion

    Price, place, product, promotion — the three Ps of marketing are drummed into every marketing and business school student as the basics of market strategy. True…but everything is relative and as the energy industry remains subsidized, mandated and subject to government manipulation, it can be difficult to get the four Ps to work in concert…

  • Montana utility commissions energy recovery hydro scheme

    A newly-commissioned hydropower project is allowing Montana-Dakota Utilities to reclaim energy it would have otherwise lost. Source: Renewable Energy