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Pyranometers versus reference cells for solar monitoring

July 10, 2017 1

As the solar industry gains momentum, there is an increasing need for on-site resource monitoring using pyranometers and reference cells. Peter N. Johnson of AWS...

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Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

November 17, 2016 federer-nadal-featured-image-275px

No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance...But averages can also hide important information. For example, Roger Federer had a better average record than Rafael Nadal at the peak of their professional tennis careers. And yet, Nadal almost always beat Federer on clay, and won the majority of their matches overall. So, which player was “better”?

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Offshore Wind Versus Solar in the Eastern US: An Unexpected Rivalry

June 22, 2017 offshore-solar-rivalry-275

Less than a decade ago, offshore wind energyand solar PV were similarly priced energy sources. Unsubsidized installed costs for both exceeded $5 per watt, or more than double...

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Comments on the First Renewable Auction in Argentina

September 8, 2016 argentina-auction-glacier

Last Monday, September 5th was the deadline for renewable energy developers and independent power producers to present their technical and financial offers to the first Argentinean renewable auction. The first auction process, under the name “RenovaAr-1” tendered 1000MW of renewable capacity including 600MW of wind and 300MW of utility scale solar PV. The participation was a success with a PV+Wind combined capacity demand of 6,3GW, or 10 times the capacity offered in the first tender including 49 wind projects and 58 PV plants.

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