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Three Geothermal Bills Look to Speed Up US Development

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:10

On Tuesday, July 29, there were two hearings in U.S. Congress subcommittees that are significant to the geothermal industry. A House subcommittee discussed three bills, with two specifically relating to geothermal development, while a Senate subcommittee looked at permitting needs.

Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Battery ‘Gigafactory’

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:32

Panasonic Corp. agreed to help set up the battery factory that Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk needs to sell more electric cars, without settling its share of the investment costs.

Beating the Heat: Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs by 44 Percent with New Solar Carport

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:16

  It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar. The attractively

Grid Battery Storage: Four Reasons to Invest

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:14

Think of a product — chances are that Hawaii has to import it. From food and cars to electronics and building materials, there are few areas where the U.S. state is self-sufficient — and energy is no different.

Case Study: Using OPC Software To Operate Wind Farms in Spain

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 05:20

Wind power is increasingly becoming an established source of energy. High oil prices, global warming concerns and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have all contributed to more people looking at renewable energy sources such as wind power. Germany, for example, has decided to gradually phase-out nuclear power by 2022. Wind power will be the backbone of this energy transition — by the year 2050 it should cover about half of German electricity.

Arizona Utility Opposing Rooftop Solar Seeking to Provide Panels

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 05:16

Arizona Public Service Co., the first U.S. utility to charge extra fees for customers with solar systems, is requesting permission to own its own residential systems and to pay rent for the rooftops.

SMA Solar to Cut 600 More Jobs and Lower Full-Year Forecast Citing Weak Demand

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:39

SMA Solar Technology AG, Germany’s biggest solar company, said it may lose as much as 45 million euros ($60 million) this year because of “stagnating” demand in the solar industry. Shares fell the most in seven months.

France Spurs Efficiency, Renewables with $13.4 Billion Energy Plan

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:22

France’s planned energy law will mobilize about €10 billion (US $13.4 billion) in investment through tax credits and low-interest loans to spur efficiency and renewable power, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said.

Massachusetts SREC Clearinghouse Auction Underway — Here’s What You Need to Know

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:07

The Massachusetts solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market is undoubtedly one the most complex incentive programs. Among its complexities is the annual clearinghouse auction mechanism, which allows SREC sellers the opportunity to auction their SRECs at the end of each summer for a fixed price of $300/SREC, minus any auction and aggregation fees

Brazil's First Solar-specific Power Auction Draws 10.8 GW of Interest

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:50

Solar energy developers in Brazil applied to sell power from 400 power plants in the country’s first national energy auction with a specific category for photovoltaic projects.

From Grass in the Field to Fuel in the Hopper: On-Farm Grass Energy is an Opportunity for Farmers

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:50

Farmers and landowners want to lower fuel and feed costs, explore feed and fertilizer co-products, be more self-sufficient, and rely less of fossil fuels. Biomass grass crops can be established on marginal lands and processed as a fuel replacement for heating oil or propane, or as an addition to wood chips or pellets.

A Grand Vision of a Potential US Energy System

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:00

If all energy production channels were employed, the United States has sufficient resources to eliminate all coal, gasoline and diesel combustion in all demand sectors and replace them with natural gas, wind and solar electricity firmed and shaped with both grid-scale and distributed energy storage. I believe that we can reach a zero-air-pollution, coal-free, crude-import free, all-electric low-cost energy future. We have energy rhetoric and technology to get there; do we have leadership and will?

Free Solar Marketing on Facebook Is Mostly Dead, Now What?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:35

The good news: Facebook can still be a powerful tool to share information and build your brand and referrals. The bad news: Facebook solar marketing is no longer free. Well, technically, yes, it is still a free platform for your solar company to use, but its effectiveness as a free solar marketing tool is pretty much over. If you haven’t noticed, F

New Jersey Moves Forward with Distributed Energy Resource Plan

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:24

New Jersey state regulators approved a subrecipient agreement last week with the state Economic Development Authority (EDA) to work jointly in the establishment and operation of the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB), which will support the development of distributed energy resources at critical facilities throughout the state through a $200 million allocation from the state’s second Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Where's The Yield?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:24

In the first article of this survey of yield cos, I noted that many of the recent yield co IPOs have risen so far as to "lend the very term "yield co" a hint of irony" because rising stock prices are accompanied by falling annual dividend yields.

BMW Offers Fast Battery Chargers to Help Electric Vehicle Sales

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:15

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is offering drivers of the i3 city car speedier and smaller auto-battery chargers in an effort to make driving electric vehicles more practical.

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:38

Energy use in the U.S. can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil. There are some exceptions, and small overlapping fuel uses — direct industrial use of liquid fuel (a fairly significant quantity), some liquids burned to make electricity (this used to be a significant amount, but is now only a very small amount), and now a very small amount of electricity used to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collective Action

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:11

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5 percent of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands a

Solar Panel Prices Expected to Rise in the US Due to New Tariffs on Chinese Panels

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:03

On Friday evening the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary findings in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of some crystalline silicon PV products from China and Taiwan. Most solar products entering the U.S. market from China and Taiwan will now face import duties.

China Solar Projects Poised to Fuel Rebound in Panel Prices

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:53

JA Solar Holdings Co. expects solar panel prices in China to recover as developers scale up projects and government measures encourage developments.