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Open Season: Japanese Government Seeks to Deregulate Utility Market, Boost Renewables

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:09

While most U.S. customers are only able to get green electricity by either purchasing and installing their own system or acquiring a lease or power purchase agreement through a third-party company like SolarCity, Japanese customers will soon have another option. Homeowners and businesses unable to install their own systems will be able to purchase green electricity from existing installations, and those solar electricity providers will be able to receive similar benefits as utilities.

China’s Wind Power Industry Shows Overall Recovery

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:44

China’s wind power market is ushering in a second prosperous period after nearly three years in the doldrums, with many publicly listed companies seeing better results.

Green Whiskey: Scottish Distillery To Be Powered by Combined Heat and Power Plant

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:32

Scotland’s Macallan whisky distillery is set to get most of its heat requirement from a combined heat and power plant part-funded by the government.

A Future for Flywheel Storage? Alaskan Project May Lead to Technology Uptick, Says Beacon

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:57

Beacon Power LLC predicts an Alaskan island’s use of its flywheels to store energy from a power plant will pave the way for more widespread application of the technology to help cut the use of fossil fuels.

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:55

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:54

"We can't do it as an individual, but four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power — that's really powerful." Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and small business customers. So far, most communities have used the po

Chinese Solar Tariffs Could Slow Renewable Energy Adoption in the US

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:30

From the State of the Union address in January to a recent California fundraising swing, President Barack Obama has missed few opportunities to tout the nation’s use of renewable energy to fight climate change.

Plans for World's Largest CPV Plant Scrapped Due to Australia's Wavering Renewables Committment

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:04

Plans to build the world’s largest solar power plant of its kind have been scrapped in Australia after the developers raised concerns about the government’s commitment to clean energy.

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 07:20

In 2004, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard procurement. This statute required utilities to select renewable resources that have the lowest cost and that best fit their system needs.

The Proof of Interconnection Reform is in the…Data

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:42

Interconnection reform is the hottest new dish on the regulatory menu. Discussions are currently ongoing in Illinois and North Carolina, following the path-charting decisions in Hawaii, California, Massachusetts and Ohio over the past two years. It’s no surprise either; reforming interconnection procedures that are no longer suitable for today’s ra

Hanwha Q CELLS Completes 13.3 MW Solar Power Plant in Portugal

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:27

Hanwha Q CELLS announced that it has completed its first solar park in Portugal as engineering, procurement and construction provider (EPC). The installation in the municipality of Montijo (South-East of Lisbon) features around 51,000 of Q CELLS modules and was fully connected to the grid as of May 2014.

Expert Interview: Utilities Should Take Advantage of the Transformation

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:49

Perry Stoneman (pictured below), Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Sectors and Utilities at Capgemini, who will be speaking at this year's European Utility Week, says that it is not clear whether enough utilities have their digital roadmap in place. He suggests that utilities have the opportunity to be a part of this change but that they will need to plan ahead.

Could Africa be the Global Epicenter of Renewable Energy by 2030?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:18

Today, headlines like “Africa Rising” and “Africa Ascending” are often used around the world to describe the unprecedented transformation and steady economic growth on the continent. Over the past 12 months, I have attended several conferences in Africa and other parts of the world where this theme has been sounded. The promising economic prospects for sub-Saharan Africa is also highlighted in the Africa Progress Panel 2014 report titled, Grain, Fish Money – Financing Africa’s Green and Blue Revolutions.

Disruptive Innovation Alert: Regulated Utilities Vie for a Piece of the DG Solar Pie

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:44

After gaining a reputation for being one of solar’s most outspoken naysayers, Arizona Public Service (APS) shocked the industry by announcing its intent to get into the residential solar market. This is not the first time a regulated utility has attempted to catch up to a disruptive innovation by owning solar in its own territories, and it likely w

Brazil to Encourage Local Solar Equipment With Cheaper Loans

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:35

Brazil will offer cheaper funding to solar projects that use locally made equipment and parts in a bid to spur a national manufacturing industry as the country prepares to ban solar-cell imports by the end of the decade.

Building Renewable Energy in the Developing World, Brick by BRICS

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:28

A group of five powerful nations has just created a new financial institution that may very well have a major influence on the growth of renewable energy in the developing world. At their sixth annual summit in July at the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, the so-called BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) officially established, as they had promised during last year’s summit, a new financial institution, the New Development Bank (NDB), to be based in Shanghai. The NDB’s purpose is to provide loans, guarantees and technical assistance to developing countries. In that respect, it is not at all different from the World Bank and similar institutions.

More "Made in the USA" Solar Modules Coming Soon

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:42

Suniva Inc., a manufacturer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules, announced that construction of its second U.S. solar manufacturing facility has begun. The new facility, located in Saginaw Township, Michigan, will provide up to 200 MW of additional capacity of its American-made modules, as a supplement to its existing manufacturing facility at its headquarters, in Norcross, Georgia.

Global Renewable Energy Status Uncovered

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:27

More than a fifth of the world's electrical power production now comes from renewable sources and in 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56 percent of all net additions to global power capacity. These remarkable conclusions come from this year’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) from REN21. This highly-regarded annual analysis — the 2014 edition was released this summer — concludes that renewable electricity capacity jumped by more than 8 percent overall in 2013, to produce some 22 percent of all global power production. Total global installed renewable electricity capacity reached a staggering 1,560 GW in 2013.

New Micro-Parallel Inverters Aim to Reduce System Costs, Improve Performance

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:07

Traditionally, there have been two main options for solar installation designers and engineers to convert DC to AC power: string inverters or micro inverters. Both present significantly different advantages and disadvantages for installers, with installation expenses varying up to 20 percent depending on the inverter selection. Either solution had drawbacks: what one would gain in convenience, it would sacrifice in performance and maintenance and vice versa. But a new class of inverter is entering the market that combines the installation simplicity of a string inverter with the intelligence and energy harvest advantages of a micro inverter.

Can Your Solar Company Pass the Bumper Sticker Brand Equity Test?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:00

These days, applying a bumper sticker to your car is mostly reserved for two things: Bragging about your kid being an honor student and for presidential election years. While I’d never say that bumper stickers alone are a must-have solar marketing tool, what I will say is that when a customer voluntarily pastes your bumper sticker onto their vehicl