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Duke Energy Offers $6B for Solar, Batteries and EVs in Order to Scrap Nuclear Plant Plans

Florida is set to get a lot more solar power and grid batteries, in exchange for losing a future nuclear power plant. On Tuesday, Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts of energy storage, 500 electric vehicle chargers, and smart meters and grid modernization …

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A New Net-Zero-Energy Community Is Coming to California’s Central Valley

California's largest net-zero energy housing development is coming next year to the Central Valley. Third-generation homebuilder De Young Properties unveiled the 36-home project Tuesday in Clovis, northeast of Fresno. The company has spent years redesigning its signature floor plans to include cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. The goal is to minimize the building's electrical load, and install enough rooftop solar to cover what remains, matching consumption and production over the year. In …

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Experiencing the Great American Solar Eclipse

They came in droves to witness the moon blocking the sun. On Aug. 21 at MIT's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts; at the MIT Wallace Observatory; and in eastern Idaho, members of the MIT community, and the public at large, gathered to watch what was hailed by many as the Great American Solar Eclipse — a solar eclipse that could be seeen across North America. The MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) hosted the main event on campus, at the Kresge Oval. Armed with solar glasses and …

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Behind the Curtain: A Conversation With Travis Fisher, Lead on DOE’s Epic Grid Reliability Report

We are getting a clearer picture of the Energy Department's direction under Secretary Perry. In the four months after Perry requested special report on threats to baseload power plants, we saw an unprecedented number of prebuttals from groups worried that it would assist in President Trump's mission to revive the coal industry. We finally got the end result last week. While some environmental groups didn't like the report, it was a straightforward account of the factors changing the grid -- not a booster …

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Climate Change To Dramatically Shift European Electricity Consumption

A team of scientists from Germany and the United States has determined that rising temperatures due to climate change will have a dramatic impact on Europe's electricity consumption patterns, culminating in putting extra strain on European power grids. Climate Change To Dramatically Shift European Electricity Consumption was originally published on

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Renault, Nissan, & Dongfeng To Build $8,000 Electric Car In China

Nissan, Renault and Dongfeng have created a new joint venture that will design and build a small electric SUV that sells for $8,000 in China Renault, Nissan, & Dongfeng To Build $8,000 Electric Car In China was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Expanding the pipeline to graduate school

Tsehai Grell grew up in a small island nation in the Caribbean called the Commonwealth of Dominica. Known as “the nature island,” Dominica features black sand beaches, rolling mountains, tropical green foliage, and a close-knit community. “I grew up there and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It's a warm, friendly culture. You cannot walk into a room without greeting everyone, even if you don't know them. Even on the street you say hello,” says Grell, a rising sixth year PhD candidate in the Department of …

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Alphabet Is Developing Clean Energy Storage Based On Molten Salt Technology

Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename “Malta,” Google's parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies that are developing ways to store wind and solar power affordably to expand renewables and combat climate change. Alphabet Is Developing Clean Energy …

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Australian Rooftop Solar Continues Record Year, Even With Drop In STC Prices

Another 93MW of solar PV was installed on Australian homes and business in the month of July, as booming markets in every state continue to deliver the nation's best year to date, with a total of 568MW installed so far in 2017. Australian Rooftop Solar Continues Record Year, Even With Drop In …

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How the US Nuclear Debate Transcends Traditional Party Lines

There's a vibrant debate taking place around the country on whether or not nuclear power should remain a part of the energy mix. It's an issue that's created strange bedfellows. In South Carolina and Georgia, where the first nuclear reactors to be built in the U.S. since the 1990s are currently under construction, the projects are facing major delays an cost overruns. Still, some Republican policymakers …

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Solar-Plus-Storage Poised to Beat Standalone PV Economics by 2020

With so few utility-scale solar-plus-storage projects actually built, we don't have much data on how their economics work. Now those companies considering it -- a group that includes all major solar developers -- have a bit more insight, thanks to Paul Denholm and his colleagues at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Their

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Equis Plans 1 Gigawatt Solar Plant In Heart Of Queensland’s Coal & Gas Region

Singapore-based renewable energy developer Equis Energy has announced plans to build a 1,000MW solar farm – which would be Australia's largest – in the heart of Queensland's coal and gas region in the Surat Basin. Equis Plans 1 Gigawatt Solar Plant In Heart Of Queensland's Coal & Gas Region …