With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit. Bringing drones in house, however, may not be the right investment approach for every asset owner. That’s why we’re seeing more third-party drone service providers begin offering inspection services to the renewables industry as an outsourced alternative to investing in drones, flight planning, pilots, GIS data specialists or data analysis infrastructure.

China has installed 7.21 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2017, achieving another renewable energy milestone with growth maintaining the same pace as during 1Q16. Of that total, 4.78 GW came from utility-scale solar, with the remaining 2.43 GW originating from distributed solar PV, bringing the country’s cumulative solar PV capacity up to almost 85 GW. The country generated 21.4 billion kWh of electricity during the quarter, up 80 percent over the same period of a year earlier, according to statistics from

Originally published July 12, 2017, by The Mercury News.

At 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon in June, I experienced the second power outage at my Silicon Valley home this year. Then, last weekend a transformer explosion at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power substation left 140,000 people in the San Fernando Valley without power. In both cases these failures occurred during a 100+ degree heat wave.

By Renewable Energy World Editors

Intersolar and ees North America 2017 concluded its 10th annual event in San Francisco last week.

The event organizer said attendees and exhibitors were optimistic, as they engaged in meaningful conversations about the best approaches for sustained market success,

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