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‘Dutch solar will beat coal power prices in 2021’

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‘Dutch solar will beat coal power prices in 2021’

UTRECHT – With costs of PV-installations going down steadily and oil dominated  electricity prices going up, solar power prices will beat those of coal or other power plants by 2021 in the Netherlands. SDE+ subsidies, which are too high, will be no longer needed. Though there are some concerns about extremely low margins in materials and operation & maintenance prices, which can lead to operational problems.

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10 percent of agricultural land required for solar parks

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10 percent of agricultural land required for solar parks

UTRECHT - To meet solar energy’s envisioned share in the 2050 energy targets, 10 percent of Dutch agricultural land should be repurposed as solar fields, new research shows. Many farmers and developers are working towards this goal. The effort requires careful planning, research into multi-use of farmlands and clear agreements with farmers and municipal governments. 

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Huawei FusionHome: Smarter Energy for a Better Life

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Huawei FusionHome: Smarter Energy for a Better Life

Big data analysis and cloud computing are rapidly advancing intelligent home management, including the management of energy generation and consumption. Meanwhile, households are getting smarter every day, with more and more computing devices and appliances connected by the Internet of Things, resulting in an increasingly responsive and interactive living experience.

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Self-driving batteries clear the way for energy transition

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Self-driving batteries clear the way for energy transition

UTRECHT - Roads filled with self-driving electric cars, powered by solar and wind energy, that are notified by a smart electricity grid on whether they need to store excessive energy or supply energy back to the grid. That’s how Auke Hoekstra, senior advisor smart mobility at the Technical University of Eindhoven, sees the future.

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PG&E Leads U.S. as Largest Solar Utility with More than 150,000 Solar Customer Installations

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PG&E Leads U.S. as Largest Solar Utility with More than 150,000 Solar Customer Installations

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone. During this time period, PG&E added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power – enough to power more than 70,000 homes.

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Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Map

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Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Map

Democratization of energy and finance now go hand in hand, thanks to crowdfunding. Platforms all over the world are enabling people to contribute towards the environment themselves, while making returns that beat any saving account. For renewable energy project developers this also opens a world of opportunities, tapping into the wealth of retail investors.

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