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U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition

Solar Novus Today Summary The National Renewable Energy Laboratory ( NREL ) announced a new competition to engage college students in reimagining how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district—the U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Funded by...


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Sub-Sahara's two largest solar powered systems launched in SA

Nokulunga Xala, Hypertext Summary This week the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative ( SOLTRAIN ), in partnership with AEE- Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) from Australia, officially launched two of the largest Sub-Saharan solar systems during...

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$13.6B record-breaking solar park rises from Dubai desert

Tom Page and Max Burnell, CNN Summary Under the Arabian sun, a monumental construction effort is making headway. Located deep within Dubai's desert interior, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- named after the emirate's ruler and the UAE's vice president and prime minister --...

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Montana judge rules PSC intentionally set PURPA rates to kill solar projects

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary A Montana district court judge last week issued an order in favor of solar developers, ruling that the state's Public Service Commission intentionally disadvantaged small solar projects in violation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)...


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University moves forward with renewable energy plan

Emily Turner, Maine Campus Summary On March 25, the University of Maine System board of trustees authorized the spending of up to $5.7 million to continue negotiations for a plan to shift the Orono campus from use of fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is the second phase of...


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UMaine system takes a step toward powering Orono campus with wood and solar

Eesha Penharkar, Bangor Daily News Summary The University of Maine System trustees on Monday took a step toward allowing construction of a renewable energy source to power the University of Maine’s campus in Orono. At a meeting in Machias, trustees approved spending up to $5.7 million to plan...


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Microgrid boosters hope Michigan 'energy district' will spur more interest

Andy Balaskovitz, Energy News Network A rendering shows the vision for a smart energy district in Jackson, Michigan. Photo by Consumers Energy Consumers Energy plans to combine solar and storage in a 4-square-block project in Jackson, Michigan. Summary Microgrid advocates hope a...


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Planned solar array will provide 25 percent of electricity needs for Penn State system

Mike Kennedy, American School & University Summary Penn State is developing 70 megawatts of large-scale, offsite solar energy installations with a goal of providing 25 percent of the university's statewide electricity requirements over 25 years. The university says in a news release...


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University of Cambridge's solar project reaches graduation

Jonny Bairstow, Energy Live News Summary The university has installed 384 kW worth of panels on the rood of its accommodation blocks. The University of Cambridge has installed 384kW of solar power on the roof of nine of its accommodation blocks. A total of 1,175 panels were...


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Profitability Thresholds of Resilient Microgrids and How to Exceed Them

Summary A new 85 kW PV solar plant will begin operating this fall in the Houston Advanced Research Center headquarters. Located in The Woodlands (Texas), the influence of severe weather events such as floods and hurricanes in the building’s energy demand and its operations will be discussed for...

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