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With Tax Credits Extended, Will Wind Compete with, or Complement, Solar?

Congress’ approval late last year to extend tax credits to the wind and solar industries for an additional five years will have two big impacts. First, it will allow for steady continued market growth. Secondly, it will provide solar and wind technology and supply-chain improvement additional time to approach the levelized cost of energy of [...]

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Extending Tax Incentives Just One Bright Move for Solar

At the recent Distributed Sun New Energy Conference in Washington, D.C., Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, spoke of the need to extend the 30% solar investment tax credit (ITC) to help the fledgling solar market achieve price parity with such legacy generation sources as oil, natural gas, and coal. [...]

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Energy Storage Is a Key Ingredient for All Microgrids

Recently I read where microgrids that generate half their power from solar supposedly don’t need energy storage. It might be true that they don’t need energy storage, but any microgrid developer that fails to include it in a photovoltaic (PV) project will miss out on a wide range of significant functional benefits that would help [...]

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Want to Learn More about Microgrids? Take a Tour

S&C Electric Company recently unveiled one of North America’s most advanced microgrids at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility near Lancaster, Texas. The electric transmission and distribution company has been kind enough to allow us to host tours of this premier facility, which also is home to Oncor’s Technology Demonstration and Education Center that S&C designed [...]

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Renewable Energy is in the Power Mix for Africa

This spring I attended African Utility Week 2014 in South Africa. While there were many different conversations around topics such as renewable energy and energy distribution in the region, a key discussion point was the need for further education within the energy industry about new technologies. In particular, there is a need for greater understanding [...]

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Removing the Hurdles to Energy Storage Adoption

It seemed no small coincidence that the Energy Storage Association’s 2014 annual conference took place the same week that the U.S. EPA announced new proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions. Energy storage will play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions. Consider some of the ways that energy storage can help: It makes it practical [...]

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