POWERnews [Sept. 15, 2016]

New Solar Technology Promises Big Gains in Efficiency and Output

After years of incremental advances, a variety of innovations both simple and exotic are promising to boost the output of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as much as 30% over current…

South Korean Nuclear Plants Shut Down After Record Earthquake

In response to what was a record earthquake for the country, four of South Korea’s 25 nuclear power plants have been shut down as a precautionary measure.

Solar Takes Off the Training Wheels

The global solar market has moved beyond its early, uncertain, freewheeling days. The luxury of behaving like start-ups has passed, and major firms in solar need to “grow up.” That…

DOE, DOI Roll Out National Strategy for 86 GW of Offshore Wind

A strategy rolled out by the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of the Interior (DOI) to enable 86 GW of offshore wind capacity in the U.S. by 2050 highlights…

NRG Poised to Scoop Up 2.1 GW of Renewable Assets from Bankrupt SunEdison

NRG Energy has taken action to acquire 2.1 GW of utility-scale wind and solar assets owned by bankrupt renewables giant SunEdison with a $144 million auction bid this week. New…

Transformer Fire Forces Martin's Creek Plant Offline

Talen Energy’s two-unit Martin's Creek Power Plant in Mount Bethel Township, Penn., was forced offline as a result of a transformer fire Sept. 11, the company said. The incident occurred…