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Tariffs or Not, New Installation System Could Change the Solar Energy Game


Solar energy fans haven’t had much to cheer about during the Trump Administration, especially after the President’s recent imposition of tariffs on steel and solar panels. Nevertheless, some analysts see healthy demand persisting in the US solar market. That’s partly due to keen interest on the part of US businesses eager to polish their green cred with renewable energy.

Demand could even pass expectations if the cost of installing solar panels continues to drop, helping to offset negative effects from the new tariffs. In one recent development on that score, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been testing a new installation system that could keep pushing down the cost of ground-mounted solar farms. That adds more weight to the argument that now is still a good time to invest in a solar installation, tariff or not.

The soft costs of solar energy

Analysts have pointed out that Trump’s new solar tariff only impacts the “hard” cost of solar energy, namely, the panels themselves. “Soft” costs account for much of the overall cost of a new solar installation. That can include anything from marketing and administration to transportation, permitting and labor costs. So, at least theoretically a saving on soft costs could offset any upward movement on hard costs.

One place where hard and soft costs intersect is the racking system needed to position solar panels on the ground or on a rooftop. These systems are generally made of steel, and that could be impacted by the new Trump tariff on imported steel. If the new racking system being tested at NREL pans out, though, labor and associated costs could drop significantly — and the steel tariff would be a moot issue, too.

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Unbelievable Solar Panels You've Never Seen Before! Amazing Renewable Energy Projects


It is not a piece of modern art even though it looks so, but in the land of Philippines, this magnificent piece of device is actually an award-winning piece of the solar power device.

It is designed by drawing inspiration from the structure of a sunflower. Built with the aesthetic structure inspired by a sunflower, the stunning device is engineered with 12 solar power panel petals of which, each is built with an area 59 square meter.

The device attracts the energy of the sun, soaking the solar power from the light-rays as the power petals oscillate during the day.

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Renewable Energy 101: Solar Power


Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. 

Renewable energy often provides energy in four important areas: electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, transportation, and rural (off-grid) energy services.

Renewable energy systems are rapidly becoming more efficient and cheaper. Their share of total energy consumption is increasing. Growth in consumption of coal and oil could end by 2020 due to increased uptake of renewables and natural gas

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Israel breaks its solar power production record


On a perfectly cloudless Saturday afternoon in Israel, solar energy was producing 13.4 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption.

On Saturday afternoon March 17, with not a cloud in the sky, Israel set a new record in solar power. At precisely 12:07pm, solar energy was producing 13.4 percent of the total electricity being consumed in the country, the Israel Electric Corporation said.

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