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News Archives - 2013

November 5, 2013

Solar Working Group Releases Standard Contracts

A working group representing solar industry stakeholders has developed standard contracts that should help lower transaction costs and make it easier to access low-cost financing for residential and commercial solar power projects.

October 24, 2013

NREL Researcher Honored with Hispanic STEM Award

A national organization devoted to getting more Hispanics into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), has honored a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with its annual Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

September 24, 2013

NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for Increased Wind and Solar in the West

New research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West. To accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, utilities must ramp down and ramp up or stop and start conventional generators more frequently to provide reliable power for their customers – a practice called cycling.

July 30, 2013

NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on the land use requirements of solar power plants based on actual land-use practices from existing solar facilities.

July 15, 2013

Updated Solar Resource Maps Available for India

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State, and in collaboration with India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, NREL has updated its 10-kilometer solar resource maps for India.

May 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia Looks to NREL for Solar Monitoring Expertise

Middle East kingdom poised to devote billions of dollars to embracing renewable energy.

April 24, 2013

NREL Quantifies Significant Value in Concentrating Solar Power

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have calibrated the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.

April 9, 2013

NREL Launches Initiative to Build Solar Performance Database

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched an initiative to build an open-source database of real-world performance from solar facilities across the country. As part of DOE’s SunShot Initiative, the Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC) will give the private market tools to develop investment vehicles to tap low-cost public capital.

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