This is what a 5-megawatt, lithium-ion energy storage system looks like.
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Energy storage could prove an inexpensive way for power companies to handle heat waves and other times when consumers use more electricity than usual.
Solar workers on the job in Oregon.
Multiple studies have found the overall impact on labor markets to be minor, even if some workers will need new career paths.
A road to nowhere?
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Solar roadways have been promoted as a way to fight climate change, put people to work and make driving safer. But on closer inspection the reality is less than impressive.
Lithium batteries offer renewable energy electricity power storage.
High quality Li-ion batteries could help Africa optimise renewable energy.
Monitoring the flow of electrical power at the California Independent System Operator grid control center.
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A new law provides flexibility in terms of how the state can meet this new target for the electricity it consumes.
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Scientists have modelled the effects of huge hypothetical energy projects in the desert.
Residents near big solar projects are often concerned they cause glare and noise.
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Big solar has a potentially bright future in cities, but we need to get the planning right first.
Solar panels being installed in new housing under construction in Sacramento, Calif.
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Environmentalists and climate hawks are cheering, but many experts aren't excited about the state making rooftop solar panels mandatory on most new homes beginning in 2020.
Annual water requirements of a PHES-supported 100% renewable electricity grid would be much less than the current fossil fuel system, because wind and PV do not require cooling water.
Dedicating a 31-kilowatt photovoltaic array at Rainshadow Community Charter High School, in Reno, Nevada.
What's at stake as the Trump administration imposes trade sanctions on imported solar panels? A look at the US solar energy industry, which generates more than twice as many jobs as coal energy.
Senegal has the highest rate of electricity access among Africa’s less developed countries.
To achieve universal energy access by 2030, the UN says Senegal must double its electrification rate.
Diatoms - like those seen under a microscope here - can teach us a lot about harvesting light.
Diatoms' tricks may offer new insights that keep solar cell energy running efficiently and robustly throughout their processes.
Kenya needs to expand its energy transmission network which is plagued by flaws dating back decades.
Kenya's inadequate electricity supply is due to an over-reliance on hydropower, high energy and infrastructure costs.
Cape Verde’s renewable energy resources account for about 25% of total energy production.
With cutting-edge technologies and innovative business practices, Cape Verde can achieve its goal in a way that is cost-effective and equitable
The price of new-build renewable energy is expected to fall significantly relative to new-build coal energy in coming years.
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The price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal in coming decades, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable, both economically and environmentally.
Solar technicians inspect panels at a Pacific Gas and Electric Solar Plant, in Dixon, Calif. in this file photo.
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Amid news that solar power capacity will outstrip nuclear by 2018, what do those assertions really mean?
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren't known for their positivity, but 'solarpunks' are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
Do androids smell electric roses?
Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations.
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Fossil fuel advocates claim only coal and gas can deliver cheap and reliable energy, and renewables are synonymous with sustainability. But demand management can solve all three problems.
Ecologically sound housing needs to be built on a much larger scale.