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North Carolina’s Solar Market Gripped by Growing Pains, as Gigawatts of Projects Are Planned

Over the years, driven by the requirements of its renewable energy portfolio standard and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, North Carolina has risen to become the country's second largest solar market. The state now has more than 3,500 megawatts of solar installed …

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ICCT: Europe’s Real-World/Official Vehicle Fuel Consumption Gap At All-Time High

The gap between real-world vehicle fuel consumption and official ratings is now at an all-time high in Europe — with the discrepancy now resting at around 42% — according to a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

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GTM’s Book of Customs, Traditions and Etiquette, Vol. II: A Grid Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Oh what trying times in which to gather for frothy merriment! A nation of contrasts, we gather once a year to feast and set aside our squabbles over which model of electricity delivery will triumph, or whether blockchain will be the end to all problems. Fear not as you navigate the treacherous waters of division and misunderstanding. The good editors of Greentech Media saw fit, in this year of 2017, to publish another guide of etiquette and manners for giving thanks with those who may not speak of all …

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UK’s New Budget Statement To Include Support For Self-Driving Car, EV, & AI Development

The new budget statement from the UK's finance minister, Philip Hammond, will include measures meant to support the development of self-driving car and plug-in electric vehicle tech, as well as artificial intelligence and telecommunications, the UK's finance ministry has revealed

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India’s Green Shift to Renewables: How Fast Is It Happening?

India is moving at a rapid pace to adopt a green shift in its power sector, across industry and in transport, aiming to reduce dependence on the black fossil fuelled energy economy, write Simran Talwar and John A. Mathews. But finance remains a problem: many banks are complacent in their lending to fossil fuel projects. […] The post India's Green Shift to Renewables: How Fast Is It Happening? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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How to get sprayed metal coatings to stick

When bonding two pieces of metal, either the metals must melt a bit where they meet or some molten metal must be introduced between the pieces. A solid bond then forms when the metal solidifies again. But researchers at MIT have found that in some situations, melting can actually inhibit metal bonding rather than promote it. The surprising and counterintuitive finding could have serious implications for the design of certain coating processes or for 3-D printing, which both require getting materials to stick together …

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Chasing complexity

In his junior year of high school, Ryan Williams transferred from the public school in his hometown of Florette, Alabama — “essentially a courthouse and a couple gas stations,” as he describes it — to the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile. Although he had been writing computer programs since age 7 — often without the benefit of a computer to run them on — Williams had never taken a computer science class. Now that he was finally enrolled in one, he found it boring, and he was not shy about saying so in …

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How Do You Know If “The Price Is Right” for Community Solar Programs?

In television's longest running game show, contestants are challenged to guess the prices of a wide variety of consumer goods. The contestant that comes closest to the actual price, without going over, is the winner. I found myself thinking about The Price Is Right at a recent workshop in Denver, hosted by the Community Solar […] The post How Do You Know If “The Price Is Right” for Community Solar Programs? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Clean Energy is Lowering Electric Bills in North Carolina, But This Solar Trade War Could Reverse That Trend

North Carolina's in the middle of a clean energy boom, but the looming threat of an international trade war may leave the state's incredible success story a few chapters short. Over the last few months, two floundering solar manufacturers petitioned the U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against foreign competitors. These companies want […] The post Clean Energy is Lowering Electric Bills in North Carolina, But This Solar Trade War Could Reverse That Trend appeared first on The Energy Collective.