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Small Modular Reactors: Launching in 2018
14 Aug 2018 at 8:13pm
by Drea Burbank
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are an innovation on nuclear plant design that could replace coal-fired steam turbines with zero or near-zero carbon emissions.  While there are approximately 50 SMR designs around the world, only NuScale, an SMR-startup based in Portland, Oregon, has sought US licensing.   NuScale cleared stage one of the US Nuclear Regulatory […] The post Small Modular Reactors: Launching in 2018 appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Political Climate Change and the Path to Clean Energy
30 Jul 2018 at 1:18pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Could a change in the US political climate spark rapid growth in renewable energy? A group of progressive Democratic candidates believe that it can and voters are listening. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old New York Bartender turned Bernie Sanders campaign organizer, achieved a stunning political upset last month when she beat incumbent 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley […] The post Political Climate Change and the Path to Clean Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Challenge 2018: Pushing the EV envelope
23 Jul 2018 at 11:18pm
by Rich Dana
Since 1990, young engineers and aspiring auto designers from universities across the world have been gathering every other summer to compete in one of the world’s premier solar vehicle races. This year, the field was brighter than ever. The American Solar Challenge alternates years with the World Solar Challenge (held in Australia) and takes place […] The post Solar Challenge 2018: Pushing the EV envelope appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan
8 Jul 2018 at 12:58am
by Kate Dougherty
Sustainable energy and transport, shared autonomy, and saving the world. Here’s how Elon Musk’s vision is becoming reality. Tesla Master Plan, Part 1 From 0 to Mainstream: Hot off the heels of his PayPal victory and determined to change the status quo, Musk launched Tesla in 2003, at the same time he was building SpaceX. His […] The post Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Bright Future Ahead for Solar-Powered Drones
27 Jun 2018 at 5:13pm
by Ryan Regan
Despite Facebook’s recent grounding of it’s solar drone program, the long-term future looks bright for solar powered drones. The simultaneous proliferation of solar panels and drones in modern society provides a sneak peak of what the future holds for these constantly innovating technologies. Two Fitting Partners If you want to win some easy money, bet […] The post Bright Future Ahead for Solar-Powered Drones appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Early Impact of Solar Tariffs Being Felt Nationwide
1 Jun 2018 at 2:35am
by Ryan Regan
The solar industry has now had a handful of months to digest the solar panel tariffs that were implemented by the Trump Administration in January, and the early verdict is somewhat of a mixed bag. Domestic solar capacity has ratcheted up in the front half of 2018 thanks to investments by solar companies seeking to […] The post Early Impact of Solar Tariffs Being Felt Nationwide appeared first on Solar Tribune.

California to Require Solar Panels on New Homes
10 May 2018 at 4:15pm
by Ryan Regan
On Wednesday, the state of California became the first state in the country to establish a mandate that requires almost all new homes to be equipped with solar panels. The new rule, approved by the California Energy Commission, applies to all new homes, condos, and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building […] The post California to Require Solar Panels on New Homes appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Tech Giants Help Fuel Growth in Solar, Renewables
30 Apr 2018 at 5:43pm
by Ryan Regan
Major tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are increasingly embracing renewable energy sources – like solar – to meet their growing energy demands. As major tech companies grow in influence and ubiquity, the footprint of their energy-guzzling data centers also continues to expand. The data stored and transmitted through these data centers help to […] The post Tech Giants Help Fuel Growth in Solar, Renewables appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Innovations Spur Era of Rapidly Declining Solar Costs
11 Apr 2018 at 12:02pm
by Ryan Regan
In the midst of the dramatic headlines that have accompanied the solar energy sector in recent months, it’s easy to forget about the remarkable progress that the sector has enjoyed in this decade alone. Much of this growth can be attributed to the array of industry-specific innovations that have put substantial downward pressure on solar […] The post Innovations Spur Era of Rapidly Declining Solar Costs appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As Industry Headwinds Mount, Solar Job Growth Stalls
15 Mar 2018 at 1:12pm
by Ryan Regan
After years of steady job growth and support from friendly policymakers in Washington, the solar industry now finds itself grappling with an increasingly uncertain future. Industry Report: Solar Jobs Fell for First Time since 2010 In February, The Solar Foundation – a nonprofit solar advocacy organization – released its 2017 National Solar Jobs Census. This […] The post As Industry Headwinds Mount, Solar Job Growth Stalls appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Offshore Solar: A New Energy Opportunity For Coastal Communities
20 Feb 2018 at 1:51am
by Rich Dana
The Netherlands is the latest country to explore the possibility of floating solar farms Many densely populated nations are finding it hard to locate large sections of land to dedicate to the development of utility-scale solar projects. For more and more countries who are dedicated to reducing carbon and moving into the future with clean, […] The post Offshore Solar: A New Energy Opportunity For Coastal Communities appeared first on Solar Tribune.

A New Day Dawns For U.S. Solar
5 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
by Rich Dana
  In the wake of new tariffs on cheap foreign panels, the industry is looking ahead. Last week, Solar Tribune looked at some of the possible effects of President Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on many foreign-made solar products. As more analysis of the economic impacts becomes available, a clearer picture is forming of […] The post A New Day Dawns For U.S. Solar appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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