Switching to Clean Energy? Here are 5 Things to Consider When Designing a Solar Power System

March 29, 2019 | 73 views

In the push to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, many home and business owners are turning to green energy like solar or wind power. Designing a solar power system isn’t as easy as just slapping a few panels on the roof and calling it a day. What do you need to take into account when designing a solar power system? Before you start, you need to take two key points into account: power usage and the usable sun hours that your home or the building receives.

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Centro de Excelencia en Geotermia Uchile CEGA

El CEGA es un proyecto Fondap-Conicyt que inició sus operaciones durante el primer semestre de 2011. Está integrado por un equipo de investigadores/as de la Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas de la Universidad de Chile, junto a científicos/as de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y otras instituciones internacionales. Sus cinco líneas de investigación principales son: Fuentes de Calor; Geoquímica de Fluidos e Isotópica; Interacción Calor-Fluido-Roca; Geología Estructural, Tectónica y Geofísica; y Modelamiento y Arquitectura de Reservorios.

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Renewables find success in ‘black start’ experiment

Article | June 14, 2022

Have you ever thought about what would happen if a power station failed? Without electricity to bring itself back online, it would be near impossible for a station to begin operating again, like trying to set fire to paper without a flame. This scenario would quickly lead to widespread chaos, with hospitals and schools plunged into darkness, refrigeration, and sanitation seriously hampered and transport systems brought to a standstill. For these reasons (and many, many more), governments and electricity networks often have complex and rigorous plans in place to bring dead power stations back online at the earliest.

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Treasury Wine Estates To Install Thousands Of Solar Panels

Article | June 8, 2022

The company behind famous Australian wine brands including Penfolds and Wolf Blass is embracing solar energy in a big way. ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies and has an ambition to be the “world’s most admired premium wine company”. A powerful way to win consumer hearts, minds (and wallets) these days is to have a strong focus on sustainability. As part of its sustainability mission, wines in TWE’s portfolio will be produced using 100% renewable electricity by 2024. In a step towards this renewables goal in Australia, approximately 9,500 solar panels will be installed at Barossa Winery and Production Centre in South Australia, and Karadoc Winery in Victoria by the end of this year. Collectively, the solar panels will generate more than 5,500 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to supply the equivalent of 900 homes. Total capacity wasn’t mentioned, but given the annual output, I’d estimate it at around 3.75 MW.

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A vision for renewable energy

Article | February 11, 2020

Right now, renewable energy makes up a very small part of the entire energy sector of Bangladesh. But as we move into the future, and concerns about the environment become too great to ignore, exploring cleaner and greener sources of energy becomes the need of the hour. Our economy is booming, and our population is growing, so it goes without saying that our energy requirements are immense. There is plenty of scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels indiscriminately is not sustainable in the long term, so we do need to up our game in looking at alternatives.

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2020: The Year of Convergence in Corporate Renewables

Article | February 10, 2020

The rapid growth of corporate renewable procurement has been nothing short of a buyer-driven revolution in the United States’ electric sector. Almost 20 gigawatts (GWs) of corporate power purchasing agreements (PPAs) were completed in 2019 across the globe, up from 13 GWs of corporate PPAs in 2018 and triple the numbers from 2017.1,2 And the majority of this growth has come from the United States. Fortunately for those of us committed to renewable energy, we expect this trend to continue. But as should be expected in such a dynamic, buyer-driven sector, we are starting to see some noticeable shifts in the marketplace as it evolves and grows. I wanted to highlight some of the trends Constellation is watching for this year.

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Centro de Excelencia en Geotermia Uchile CEGA

El CEGA es un proyecto Fondap-Conicyt que inició sus operaciones durante el primer semestre de 2011. Está integrado por un equipo de investigadores/as de la Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas de la Universidad de Chile, junto a científicos/as de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y otras instituciones internacionales. Sus cinco líneas de investigación principales son: Fuentes de Calor; Geoquímica de Fluidos e Isotópica; Interacción Calor-Fluido-Roca; Geología Estructural, Tectónica y Geofísica; y Modelamiento y Arquitectura de Reservorios.

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Medallion Launches New Clean Energy Technology Strategy

Medallion | April 27, 2022

Medallion Resources Ltd., is pleased to announce the launch of a new strategic plan (the “Strategic Plan”) to position the Company in the near term as a technology leader within the industries essential to the generation, storage, and efficient use of clean energy. Key parts of the plan include a strengthened executive leadership team, up-listing to Nasdaq Capital Markets, and rebranding as Medallion Innovations Corp. to better reflect the future direction of the Company. Medallion’s focus has been to identify and develop innovative technologies for the rare earth element (“REE”) industry that, when compared with incumbent technologies, are lower cost and reduce the environmental and social impacts of production. Implementation of the new Strategic Plan is intended to enhance Medallion’s existing REE processing technology portfolio by identifying, incubating and gaining exclusive rights to the commercialization of additional innovative technology platforms across the entire REE value chain and broadening its focus to include other high-performance materials. Medallion believes that its technology portfolio will continue to facilitate the production of materials, deployment of processes, and/or generation of essential data for the clean energy transition. The clean energy transition, involving the widespread generation of renewable energy and the electrification of transport is now demonstrating dramatic growth that is at risk because of weaknesses in global supply chains. Medallion’s new Strategic Plan reflects the global shift from fossil fuel-based to a minerals-based economy centered on “friendly nations” and is intended to position the Company for better access to capital, a larger playing field, and importantly the ability to build a team with the essential skills and experience in technology development and commercialization. Medallion believes that up-listing to the Nasdaq Capital Markets (“NasdaqCM”) will significantly strengthen the Company’s profile and increase the capacity for US and international shareholders to invest in the REE and clean energy technology sectors. Upon completion of the Nasdaq up-listing, Alfredo Ramos Plasencia will join the Company as Chief Executive Officer and Director, while Dr. Kurt Forrester will join the management team as Chief Technology Officer and continue to serve as a Director. Mark Saxon will continue as a Director and assume a business development role focused on mining industry opportunities. As previously announced, the Company has engaged Chardan Capital Markets LLC (“Chardan”) to advise on an up-listing and simultaneous financing. The up-listing to the NasdaqCM is conditional on Nasdaq accepting the Company’s listing application, including the Company’s plan to meet the Initial Listing Requirements, and a registration statement being declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The Company is preparing to file a registration statement with the SEC on Form F-1 before the Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the “Shareholders’ Meeting”) on May 27, 2022 in Vancouver, B.C. Medallion has begun the Nasdaq listing application process and has reserved the trading symbol “MDL” for trading on NasdaqCM after the up-list. Medallion President & CEO Mr. Saxon stated “Medallion is setting the course for a strong and positive impact in the supply of materials and technologies for the energy transition. Our recent successful partnerships in the REE sector, based on deep industry knowledge and connections, have laid the groundwork for where we see many value-add opportunities. The proposed business and management changes deliver the opportunity to accelerate in line with the renewable energy and EV markets.” “I am excited to be entrusted with the CEO role at Medallion at this key time in the Company’s history. My experience in the identification, incubation and commercialization of breakthrough technologies matches well with the new Strategic Plan. Medallion’s past investment in REEs and methodology in identifying new investment opportunities provides an excellent platform for future development.” -Mr. Ramos Medallion – the New Vision The clean energy transition has triggered a fundamental change in the consumption of materials, as single-use oil, gas and coal is replaced by renewable energy alternatives. Energy generation and storage is now increasingly linked to high performance, critical raw materials at a time of heightened supply chain vulnerability, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent geopolitical instability. Over the past decade, the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Korea have increasingly focused on the supply chain for critical minerals and, in the U.S., REE supply chain resilience is a bipartisan issue.

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JA Solar's DeepBlue 3.0 Awarded with UL Environmental Product Declaration Certification

JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd. | March 04, 2022

JA Solar's DeepBlue 3.0, among multiple JA Solar PV modules, was recently awarded with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification by UL, the global safety science leader. The UL EPD report, also accredited by EPD Italy, gives a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impact of the product over its entire life cycle, including possible impacts such as global warming, smog, ozone depletion, acidification, ecotoxicity, etc., and is applicable to the two global leading markets America and Europe. The assessment process follows ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards, and its assessment result provides an important reference for investors to choose low-carbon products. While PV power is a renewable energy with great potential for development and application, the impact of PV products on the environment over the entire life cycle has been one of concern in the end-use market. Therefore, JA Solar always follows the path of green development, by applying the concept of green environmental protection throughout the entire life cycle of its products, including R&D, production, packaging, logistics and product recycling, so as to reduce environmental impact and resource consumption. During the process of product manufacturing, JA Solar actively advocates the application of green energy. Its production bases utilize roof space, carports, and other unused spaces to install PV systems to generate electricity for self-use with surplus electricity injected to the grid, thereby reducing the demand for traditional energy so as to reduce carbon emissions. Among them is JA Solar's manufacturing base in Qujing, Yunnan Province, which, by utilizing rich water resources in the local area, uses clean energy generated by hydropower that accounts for more than 85% of its total energy consumption.

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IPS Solar Acquired by New Energy Equity

Impact Power Solutions | March 04, 2022

Impact Power Solutions (IPS Solar) announced on Thursday it was being acquired by New Energy Equity LLC. On March 2, ALLETE, Inc. announced it is acquiring New Energy Equity, which includes IPS Solar for $165.5 million. IPS Solar will retain its branding and corporate headquarters in Roseville, Minnesota. The IPS team is excited to join New Energy Equity and the ALLETE family of companies. The shared vision of positively impacting the world with solar energy will ensure that our combined venture will enjoy tremendous success." Jamie Borell, CEO of IPS Solar IPS Solar is one of the country's longest standing solar companies, having been founded by Ralph Jacobson in 1991. Jacobson remarked "I am thrilled to have the team that we have grown for thirty years now join the family of Allete companies. Together we will have the expanded resources and experience base to be at the forefront of building the world we all want for our children." Chief Development Officer and co-owner of IPS Solar Eric Pasi added "We are set to enter a new phase of growth. This partnership will allow our companies to dramatically expand the work we've already started, increasing access to clean energy for all Americans." New Energy Equity and ALLETE expect the purchase to close in mid-April upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including compliance with Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust clearing requirements. About ALLETE, Inc. ALLETE, Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth; and BNI Energy in Bismarck, N.D.; and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. About New Energy Equity Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, New Energy Equity develops and finances solar power generation assets, providing clean electricity to commercial, industrial, municipal and utility customers under long-term contracts. New Energy Equity has successfully developed over 300MW of solar projects and closed more than $600MM in clean energy investments. The company was ranked as the 7th Top Solar Developer and the 8th Top Solar Contractor on Solar Power World's "2021 Top Solar Contractors" list and was voted as one of the fastest-growing energy companies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia by Inc. Magazine. About Impact Power Solutions Impact Power Solutions, LLC is a full-service clean energy development company. For more than 30 years, they have worked to deliver customers solutions ranging from rooftop installations to multi-megawatt community solar gardens. IPS has been recognized as a Solar Power World Top Solar Contractor every year since the list's inception in 2013. To date the company has helped to energize nearly 200 MW of solar across the country. The company's purpose is, and always will be, to positively impact people, power and the planet with solar energy.

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Medallion Launches New Clean Energy Technology Strategy

Medallion | April 27, 2022

Medallion Resources Ltd., is pleased to announce the launch of a new strategic plan (the “Strategic Plan”) to position the Company in the near term as a technology leader within the industries essential to the generation, storage, and efficient use of clean energy. Key parts of the plan include a strengthened executive leadership team, up-listing to Nasdaq Capital Markets, and rebranding as Medallion Innovations Corp. to better reflect the future direction of the Company. Medallion’s focus has been to identify and develop innovative technologies for the rare earth element (“REE”) industry that, when compared with incumbent technologies, are lower cost and reduce the environmental and social impacts of production. Implementation of the new Strategic Plan is intended to enhance Medallion’s existing REE processing technology portfolio by identifying, incubating and gaining exclusive rights to the commercialization of additional innovative technology platforms across the entire REE value chain and broadening its focus to include other high-performance materials. Medallion believes that its technology portfolio will continue to facilitate the production of materials, deployment of processes, and/or generation of essential data for the clean energy transition. The clean energy transition, involving the widespread generation of renewable energy and the electrification of transport is now demonstrating dramatic growth that is at risk because of weaknesses in global supply chains. Medallion’s new Strategic Plan reflects the global shift from fossil fuel-based to a minerals-based economy centered on “friendly nations” and is intended to position the Company for better access to capital, a larger playing field, and importantly the ability to build a team with the essential skills and experience in technology development and commercialization. Medallion believes that up-listing to the Nasdaq Capital Markets (“NasdaqCM”) will significantly strengthen the Company’s profile and increase the capacity for US and international shareholders to invest in the REE and clean energy technology sectors. Upon completion of the Nasdaq up-listing, Alfredo Ramos Plasencia will join the Company as Chief Executive Officer and Director, while Dr. Kurt Forrester will join the management team as Chief Technology Officer and continue to serve as a Director. Mark Saxon will continue as a Director and assume a business development role focused on mining industry opportunities. As previously announced, the Company has engaged Chardan Capital Markets LLC (“Chardan”) to advise on an up-listing and simultaneous financing. The up-listing to the NasdaqCM is conditional on Nasdaq accepting the Company’s listing application, including the Company’s plan to meet the Initial Listing Requirements, and a registration statement being declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The Company is preparing to file a registration statement with the SEC on Form F-1 before the Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the “Shareholders’ Meeting”) on May 27, 2022 in Vancouver, B.C. Medallion has begun the Nasdaq listing application process and has reserved the trading symbol “MDL” for trading on NasdaqCM after the up-list. Medallion President & CEO Mr. Saxon stated “Medallion is setting the course for a strong and positive impact in the supply of materials and technologies for the energy transition. Our recent successful partnerships in the REE sector, based on deep industry knowledge and connections, have laid the groundwork for where we see many value-add opportunities. The proposed business and management changes deliver the opportunity to accelerate in line with the renewable energy and EV markets.” “I am excited to be entrusted with the CEO role at Medallion at this key time in the Company’s history. My experience in the identification, incubation and commercialization of breakthrough technologies matches well with the new Strategic Plan. Medallion’s past investment in REEs and methodology in identifying new investment opportunities provides an excellent platform for future development.” -Mr. Ramos Medallion – the New Vision The clean energy transition has triggered a fundamental change in the consumption of materials, as single-use oil, gas and coal is replaced by renewable energy alternatives. Energy generation and storage is now increasingly linked to high performance, critical raw materials at a time of heightened supply chain vulnerability, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent geopolitical instability. Over the past decade, the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Korea have increasingly focused on the supply chain for critical minerals and, in the U.S., REE supply chain resilience is a bipartisan issue.

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JA Solar's DeepBlue 3.0 Awarded with UL Environmental Product Declaration Certification

JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd. | March 04, 2022

JA Solar's DeepBlue 3.0, among multiple JA Solar PV modules, was recently awarded with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification by UL, the global safety science leader. The UL EPD report, also accredited by EPD Italy, gives a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impact of the product over its entire life cycle, including possible impacts such as global warming, smog, ozone depletion, acidification, ecotoxicity, etc., and is applicable to the two global leading markets America and Europe. The assessment process follows ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards, and its assessment result provides an important reference for investors to choose low-carbon products. While PV power is a renewable energy with great potential for development and application, the impact of PV products on the environment over the entire life cycle has been one of concern in the end-use market. Therefore, JA Solar always follows the path of green development, by applying the concept of green environmental protection throughout the entire life cycle of its products, including R&D, production, packaging, logistics and product recycling, so as to reduce environmental impact and resource consumption. During the process of product manufacturing, JA Solar actively advocates the application of green energy. Its production bases utilize roof space, carports, and other unused spaces to install PV systems to generate electricity for self-use with surplus electricity injected to the grid, thereby reducing the demand for traditional energy so as to reduce carbon emissions. Among them is JA Solar's manufacturing base in Qujing, Yunnan Province, which, by utilizing rich water resources in the local area, uses clean energy generated by hydropower that accounts for more than 85% of its total energy consumption.

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IPS Solar Acquired by New Energy Equity

Impact Power Solutions | March 04, 2022

Impact Power Solutions (IPS Solar) announced on Thursday it was being acquired by New Energy Equity LLC. On March 2, ALLETE, Inc. announced it is acquiring New Energy Equity, which includes IPS Solar for $165.5 million. IPS Solar will retain its branding and corporate headquarters in Roseville, Minnesota. The IPS team is excited to join New Energy Equity and the ALLETE family of companies. The shared vision of positively impacting the world with solar energy will ensure that our combined venture will enjoy tremendous success." Jamie Borell, CEO of IPS Solar IPS Solar is one of the country's longest standing solar companies, having been founded by Ralph Jacobson in 1991. Jacobson remarked "I am thrilled to have the team that we have grown for thirty years now join the family of Allete companies. Together we will have the expanded resources and experience base to be at the forefront of building the world we all want for our children." Chief Development Officer and co-owner of IPS Solar Eric Pasi added "We are set to enter a new phase of growth. This partnership will allow our companies to dramatically expand the work we've already started, increasing access to clean energy for all Americans." New Energy Equity and ALLETE expect the purchase to close in mid-April upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including compliance with Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust clearing requirements. About ALLETE, Inc. ALLETE, Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth; and BNI Energy in Bismarck, N.D.; and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. About New Energy Equity Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, New Energy Equity develops and finances solar power generation assets, providing clean electricity to commercial, industrial, municipal and utility customers under long-term contracts. New Energy Equity has successfully developed over 300MW of solar projects and closed more than $600MM in clean energy investments. The company was ranked as the 7th Top Solar Developer and the 8th Top Solar Contractor on Solar Power World's "2021 Top Solar Contractors" list and was voted as one of the fastest-growing energy companies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia by Inc. Magazine. About Impact Power Solutions Impact Power Solutions, LLC is a full-service clean energy development company. For more than 30 years, they have worked to deliver customers solutions ranging from rooftop installations to multi-megawatt community solar gardens. IPS has been recognized as a Solar Power World Top Solar Contractor every year since the list's inception in 2013. To date the company has helped to energize nearly 200 MW of solar across the country. The company's purpose is, and always will be, to positively impact people, power and the planet with solar energy.

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