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Coverage of solar energy since September 27, 2023.

Controversy brewing over possible solar project proposal in East Kootenay Globalnews.ca

"...The Vancouver-based Enterprise Renewables wants to explore just under 5o square kilometres of land north of Cranbrook for the potential environmental impact of a solar facility. It's currently seeking an investigative license to do so, and receiving a flurry of concerns during the public feedback period associated with that. The BC Wildlife Federation is concerned the exploration could affect the winter habits of elk and deer, as well as species like the Lewis' woodpecker and long-billed curlew, which rely on the land for food and nesting..."

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East Kootenay solar facility a loss for biodiversity B.C. Wildlife Federation

"...As concerned as we are about the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel consumption, the downsides of this project far outweigh the benefits. The environmental values of the East Kootenay grasslands are simply too great to allow such a massively disruptive project to be built.  ..."

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We should listen to a renowned scientist’s warning on climate change

"...In recent years, Dr. Hansen has argued that the scientific consensus, as reflected in the voluminous reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), greatly underestimates the rate and magnitude of future warming. Earlier this month, he and 17 colleagues forcefully stated their case in a peer-reviewed paper, Global Warming in the Pipeline, published by a University of Oxford journal..."

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Uranium sector ‘scrambling’ to fill supply gap

"...The price of yellowcake, also known as triuranium octoxide or U3O8, has increased more than 50% this year. The green energy transition is gathering pace as governments from California to Europe ease aversion to nuclear power more than a decade after the Fukushima disaster. They also want reliable and independent backups to wind and solar energy grids after the war in Ukraine showed the pitfall of relying on Russian natural gas..."

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Tech giant Amazon's 1st Canadian wind farm project to be located in Alberta

"...The announcement on Thursday (Nov. 16) marks Amazon’s fourth renewable energy project in Canada and comes on the heels of the recent opening of the company’s Travers Solar Project, which is also located in southern Alberta and is the largest solar farm ever constructed in Canada..."

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Amazon selects Alberta to build 1st Canadian wind farm project Globalnews.ca

"...The company said it will partner with developer Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on a 495-megawatt capacity wind farm to be built in Vulcan County in southern Alberta. The announcement on Thursday marks Amazon's fourth renewable energy project in Canada and comes on the heels of the recent opening of the company's Travers Solar Project, which is also located in southern Alberta and is the largest solar farm ever constructed in Canada. That project, together with the newly announced wind farm, will help power Amazon's local operations in Alberta, including its fulfilment centers, sortation centers, delivery stations and Amazon Web Services data centre..."

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Solar, battery storage facility officially opens in Summerland, B.C. Globalnews.ca

"...“The solar panels you can see in the foreground there and in the background in the white containers is our BESS, battery energy storage system, and that's where we store the energy that we collect from sunlight. ”Summerland is one of five municipalities in B. C..."

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Amount of farmland needed for solar misses the point, says rural municipal leader

"...A report put out by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy estimated the amount of agricultural land that would be required for 5. 2 gigawatts of solar energy capacity. That is the amount of solar generation an Alberta Electric System Operator model estimates would be required to meet the federal government’s net zero by 2035..."

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Rotary and Habitat partnering to power new homes in Guelph with solar energy Globalnews.ca

"...A new partnership will result in Habitat for Humanity homes in Guelph powered by solar energy..."

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MESO-COSM examines ecosystem experiments in the Gulf Coast

"...A mesocosm, or “medium world,” is a type of scientific experiment for long-term outdoor ecological observation. They are typically constructed as an array of semi-enclosed landscapes that house environmental “patches” of soil, air, water, flora, and fauna. Through the control of certain variables such as carbon dioxide levels, soil toxicity, and rainfall amounts, mesocosms allow scientists to observe ecosystem changes such as the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the environment..."

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RDP hosting Energy Innovation Fair

"...Workshops will provide opportunities to learn advancements and trends in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon capture, battery technology, building science and electric vehicles..."

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Solar Panel and Racking Installer - miEnergy - Summerside, PE

"...Should you require accommodation during the recruitment process or otherwise, please contact us at hr@mienergy and we will work with you to meet your needs..."

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Tenure Track Position in Building Science

"...solar energy, energy production, energy storage, energy optimization/management, advanced building controls); ii) Sustainable Materials/Enclosures (e..."

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Alternative Energy / GHG Advisor - Calgary AB

"...solar, energy storage, green energy projects, renewable energy strategy);Experience and capability in one or more of these technologies and demonstrated capability to engage expertise in other..."

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Solar Racking and Tracker Senior Engineer - Solar Technology

"...solar industry and have the opportunity to grow and thrive as a thought leader? Then an engineering position on our Solar Independent Engineering and Technology Team could be a great fit for you! DNV..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention solar energy.

288. Renewable Energy Hub - Integrating solar, batteries, EVs and hydrogen

Duration: 04:00

"...Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are building a $23 million Renewable Energy Hub to learn how to integrate solar, batteries, electric vehicles (EVs), and hydrogen production..."

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E053: Solar Energy: Passion to Profession

Duration: 53:26

"...Today I had a lively discussion with Mr..."

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Transforming orphan oil wells with solar energy

Duration: 22:39

"...Guest Keith Hirsche, leading innovator in the oil and gas industry and originator of the RenuWell concept..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about solar energy.

Leveraging Houston's Financial and Human Capital for Sustainable Energy Transitions 3

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Leveraging Houston's Financial and Human Capital for Sustainable Energy Transitions 2

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Leveraging Houston's Financial and Human Capital for Sustainable Energy Transitions 1

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about solar energy relevant to the latest news.

Application of SEPIC Converter to Developed Electric Vehicle Charging Station Based on PV Source

"...The ever-increasing concern about climate change as a result of emitting greenhouse gases has led to a greater emphasis on discovering and developing clean energy alternatives..."

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Transient simulation of a solar-PV/battery-based electricity and cold supply for an off-grid restaurant under the climatic cond

"...The system uses solar energy as renewable energy and to store the surplus electricity; battery banks are considered for nights..."

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Performance investigation of novel semitransparent buildings with integrated photovoltaic windows based on fluid-thermal-electr

"...The integration of solar panels with semitransparent windows is used for electricity generation and sunlight penetration, leading to better energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption..."

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Cleaner Production Principles Applied to the Port Logistics Sector

"...These, when used, contribute to the formation of greenhouse gases (GHG), atmospheric pollution and global warming..."

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Experimental Analysis of Impact of Solar Chimney on Ventilation Rate in a Building

"...Huge energy consumption and burning of fuel are impacting environmental sustainability through global warming, climate change and changing weather conditions..."

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Advanced Perovskite Solar Cells

"...Solar energy can be converted into effective energy such as heat energy through photoelectric conversion because it doesn?t produce harmful gases, solid waste, and other pollutants in the conversion process..."

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Evaluation of model predictive control (MPC) of solar thermal heating system with thermal energy storage for buildings with hig

"...This situation becomes even more complex when such buildings are integrated with renewable energy technologies, due to the inherently intermittent nature of these energy source..."

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A Multi-criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) Approaches for Systematic Analysis and Ranking of Solar Power Plant Site Using ANN

"...Government of India (GOI) has also introduced various policies to promote diffusing of solar energy and has also invested a huge sum of money in the development of renewable energy..."

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Replacement of Solar Dish Collectors to Provide Heat in the Power Plant: Case Study Malaysia

"...Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) will be produced during the combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity..."

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