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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Solar


Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

Next Nature Network (Amsterdam), Oct. 4, 2016, by Monika Kozub.

"TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych in Pruszkow designed the first luminous bike lane, that opened last week near Lidzbark Warminski in the Mazury region. 'The material we used for the track gives light for over ten hours. That means the road can radiate throughout the whole night and reaccumulate light the following day' Igor Ruttmar from TPA says."

Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."

When Solar Goes Unmanned

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Betsy Lillian.

"Now that federal rules are finally in place for commercial drone operations, the U.S. solar industry is ready to bring the technology on board."

Advanced Inverters: The Coming Standards Bring New Opportunities

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Ryan Edge.

"Advanced inverters have built-in potential to expand solar developers' customer base -- now all we need are the UL and IEEE code updates."

Key To Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

Science Daily, Sept. 28, 2016, Columbia University.

"In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption."

The Untapped Potential of Community Energy Storage

Microgrid Knowledge, Sept. 19, 2016.

"Robin Roy, an NRDC consultant, explains why community energy storage often falls between the gaps in federal energy policy and what can be done about the problem."

The 8 Most Interesting Things Going On in Solar

EC&M, Aug. 2016.

"Keeping up with the ever-changing world of solar can be a daunting task. Well, we’re here to help. Here are the eight most interesting things going on in the field of solar power right now."

NARUC Rate Design Manual Reignites Debate Over Cost Shift, Value of Solar

Utility Dive, Aug. 4, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.

"Regulators around the country are refereeing heated debates between utilities and distributed resource advocates. A guidebook is in the works to help them, but general agreement on its approach masks persisting disagreements between the two camps."

Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay in Some States

New York Times, July 26, 2016, by Diane Cardwell.

"Thrust in the middle are utility regulators. Even if they support greening the grid through technology adopters like [cropped], the regulators are also responsible for ensuring that the utilities can afford to supply power to the largest number of customers at the most equitable rates. That includes people without the money or inclination to install solar collectors."

State [WA] Grants $10.6 Million for Energy Efficiency and Solar Projects

The Gorge Business News, May 7, 2016.

"The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced over $10 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at eight higher education institutions, 32 local governments, four state agencies, and eight K-12 public school districts. See the full list of 52 grant awards on our website."
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