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Trina Solar Announces Solar Projects in Chile, China

Trina Solar Limited has agreed to supply 70MW high efficiency solar modules to a large-scale solar power project in Chile. Under the terms of the agreement, Trina Solar will deliver TSM-PC14 modules that have an output between 300W and 310W per panel. Delivery of the modules is scheduled to start in September 2014. Trina Solar’s module…

Investment in DER Expected to Grow Significantly

Distributed energy resources (DER)—smaller power sources that can be aggregated to provide the power necessary to meet regular demand—are altering the traditional relationship between utilities and their residential customers. A report from Navigant Research states that homeowners and other residential customers are on pace to invest more than $625 billion in DER by 2023. Navigant…

Energy Forum Brainstorms Innovations

At the recent energy forum held at the University of Chicago school of business, leading energy and technology companies discussed how to leverage the smart grid to deliver increased value to consumers and kicked off a new initiative between ComEd, technology companies, universities, and customers to spur innovation. Val Jensen, ComEd’s senior vice president of…

Sensus Smart Water Meters Improve Leak Detection

Sensus reports that its smart water network is enabling Arizona residents in the Tucson area to conserve water conserving water and lower their bills. Since the deployment of 8,800 iPERL smart water meters in Oro Valley, located north of Tucson, early leak detection has led to a 57 percent reduction in leak adjustments. The 19,000…

California Reaches EV Milestone

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative reports that the state has cruised past a significant EV milestone: residents have bought more than 100,000 plug-in cars since 2010, boding well for meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of having 1.5 million electric cars on the Golden State’s roads by 2025. The Collaborative’s executive director Christine Kehoe says,…

Smart Grid Shines after California Earthquake

A recent 6.0 San Francisco area earthquake showed the value of smart grid technology. The Silver Spring standards-based IPv6 network, software, and services that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed proved able to prevent long-term power outages after the earthquake struck. According to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, “Fifteen minutes after the ground…