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PHOTOS: Northern lights ignite across Canada, northwestern US

Northern lights glowed across the Northern Hemisphere on Wednesday night, and skywatchers were able to take in stunning views. A solar flare erupted from the sun on Dec. 28 and sparked a coronal mass ejection CME , creating the setup for northern lights to ignite. The aurora borealis is caused when charged particles from the sun hit the Earth's atmosphere, igniting a geomagnetic storm and producing a rainbow of colors. Auroras can take different shapes, often draping like a curtain, but at times...

Low price of solar power may come under pressure

Solar energy became more of a household name this year as prices dropped to levels that were, in places including the UAE, lower than electricity generated from natural gas and coal. But those low rates may be in jeopardy next year.Several factors play a role in solar-energy pricing. It is similar to shopping for a new home. Potential home buyers analyse the neighbourhood, including the quality of schools and access to shopping centres. Once the decision has been made, the buyer goes to the bank...

India Cuts Tariff For 2 GW Solar Tender By 18%

India Cuts Tariff For 2 GW Solar Tender By 18% December 31st, 2015 by Saurabh Mahapatra  Going along with the massive collapse in solar PV tariff bids seen in the recent months, the Indian government has reduced the fixed tariff on offer for a 2 GW tender. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that the fixed tariff of Rs 5.43 per kWh US 8.35 per kWh has been reduced to Rs 4.43 per kWh US 6.82 per kWh for a 2 GW solar PV tender, the bidding for which is expected to take plac...

India Plans $770 Million Subsidy For Rooftop Solar Power Projects

India Plans $770 Million Subsidy For Rooftop Solar Power Projects By 2020 December 31st, 2015 by Saurabh Mahapatra  The Indian government is planning to significantly increase financial support for rooftop solar power projects in an attempt to meet the huge target of having 100 GW of solar power capacity operational by April 2022. The Cabinet of Ministers recently approved a plan to increase subsidies for rooftop solar power projects from current Rs 600 crore US$92 million to Rs 5,000 crore...

800 MW Of Solar Power Auction Winners Announced In France

800 MW Of Solar Power Auction Winners Announced In France December 31st, 2015 by Jake Richardson  More than 200 winning solar power projects, with 800 MW of total capacity, have been announced by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Feed-in tariffs apply to the projects: the tariff for large rooftop solar projects is 129/MWh with 124/MWh for ground-mounted solar installations. It was reported that 50% of the new solar power projects will use PV panels made in ...

State extends solar power incentive program

The state is extending the incentives available for solar projects by realloacting more than $6 million in unused funding toward its NY-Sun programs.The incentives, or rebates, are meant to lower the costs of residential, small-commercial and large-commercial, solar-power projects in the state and to support wider adoption of green sources of energy, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA.Western New York is part of the upstate residential and non-r...

Scheel Drive solar project launched in

Two new solar projects are in the works for McNab-Braeside In a news release last week, Braeside Solar Energy Cooperative BSEC announced that work has started on a solar power project on Scheel Drive in McNab-Braeside west of Arnprior. The 59 members of the BSEC Co-op are partnering with Renfrew Solar Power Enterprises RSPE on this first of two 500-kW ground mount systems to be built in the township. The second project on Mill Ridge Road will begin development in late 2016. In August 2014, RSPE...

Sunset unfair solar subsidies

A big part of why California recently became the first state to obtain 5 percent of its electricity from solar energy is its promotion of the technology through tax breaks and subsidies. The problem comes when nonsolar ratepayers have to pick up the slack in paying for the state electricity grid that everyone uses, including solar customers when the sun doesn’t shine. As we have noted, such Net Energy Metering subsidies soon could cost nonsolar customers an extra $360 a year on average. La...

Solar flare hints at New Year light show

Scientists believe a massive solar eruption will cause power fluctuations, radio interference and maybe even make the Northern Lights visible to millions of people across the US on New Year's Eve, possibly as far south as the San Francisco Bay Area.

Will solar power take off in 2016, or have developers unwisely

For many years, the biggest argument against solar power was the high cost of generation. Solar is not viable without government subsidies was the popular argument. That narrative change dramatically in 2015. Now, at the turn of a new year, there is a new question on many minds: have solar power tariffs dropped to an unsustainable low? This November, SunEdison won the right to build a 500 MW solar project after quoting a tariff of Rs 4.63 per unit, the lowest ever. This is already much cheaper ...