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US Energy Secretary Tours 6.4-MW Rooftop Solar Array in Las Vegas

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:29

With more than 20,000 panels, the largest rooftop solar array in the U.S. (second largest in the world behind a 7.52-MW installation in Punjab, India) is about to be commissioned on top of the Mandalay Bay Convention center in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 6.4-MW solar array, which uses SMA inverters and panels from Hanwha Q CELLS and JA Solar, covers the 20 acres of roofs on the convention center and its neighboring buildings.

SPI Slideshow Day Two: People, Projects and Policy

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:25

The industry is abuzz at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Renewable Energy World is here to give you inside updates from day two on the show floor.

The 51st State: What’s Your Ideal Energy Market?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:19

Imagine a place where there is no electricity market. No rules, no policies, no market. A clean slate. This is what the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) calls the 51st State, a new initiative to get people to think outside the box when it comes to utility design and infrastructure.

A Tale of Two Booths: SPI Solar Event Marketing Hits and Misses, Part 1

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:36

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” so Charles Dickens wrote, and the same might be said for Enphase and RECOM, two solar exhibitors that were across the aisle from each other at this year’s Solar Power International. I passed their booths several times, and every time I did, Enphase had almost wall-to-wall traffic, while RECOM’s

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:43

After the D.C. Circuit Court’s invalidation of FERC Order 745, how can we pay for demand response? “Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption patterns in response to the needs of the power grid. Electricity customers can provide a substantial amount of demand response to grid operators without a noticeable effect on the

New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:19

Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years — and perhaps ever — to directly ask residents their views of the now six-year-old de facto moratorium on fracking.

Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:39

The sea has long been a source of Norway’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude” from common kelp.

Sustainability Takes Center Stage

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:13

“Environmentally friendly,” “green,” “sustainable” — these words have become ubiquitous, plastered on products from handbags to home décor and everything in between. As a society, we’re more aware than ever of the difference we can make purchasing smart, sustainable products and the role we can play shifting to cleaner, green solutions like renewab

SEIA Launches New Campaign to Extend Solar Investment Tax Credit

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:20

The 30 percent solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to be reduced to 10 percent in 2016, so the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new campaign for a long-term extension. SEIA President Rhone Resch explained the importance of such an extension in Solar Central at Solar Power International 2014, and called for industry support.

Enphase Unveils New Energy Management System with Integrated Storage

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:34

Microinverter manufacturer Enphase unveiled an energy management system that includes a microinverter, plug-and-play battery storage, and control and monitoring capabilities today at Solar Power International.

SPI Slideshow Day One: Batteries, Policy, Awards, Oh My!

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:54

The Renewable Energy World team is at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada gathering news, networking and taking in the show, which began with a flurry of excitement.

Vestas Wind Plans China Push with New Models, Component Content

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:33

Vestas Wind Systems A/S., the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, will extend its push into China with plans to use more component contents from Chinese suppliers while also bringing models suited for varying wind conditions to the country.

LDK Files for Bankruptcy in U.S. Court on China Solar Glut

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:28

LDK Solar Co., the Chinese solar- cell maker that defaulted on its bonds this year, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. to help carry out restructurings already under way in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:25

Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar power ma

The Key to Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Minimize Risk, Maximize Return

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:21

Roofing systems are valuable assets designed to perform a critical function — protect the top of a building. A building’s roof may not have been designed to become the permanent platform for a heavy photovoltaic (PV) system. But throughout the world, rooftops are being converted into solar power systems as building owners, energy advisory agencies and other decision-makers attempt to capitalize on the environmental and financial benefits of installing a rooftop PV system.

EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:26

The EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants emphasizes the ample flexibility it provides to states. However, careful analysis of the rule shows that it provides significant flexibility for how states can achieve the required CO2 reductions, but little flexibility on when to achieve them. In fact, most of the emission reductions it calls for are required in 2020, the rule’s first year.

European Commission Studies Renewable Costs

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:08

New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs and subsidy levels.

Does the Psychological Effect of Oil Prices Impact the Solar Industry?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:34

Plunging oil prices are shifting investor sentiment away from renewable power and helping pull down shares for solar companies, said Gordon Johnson, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management in New York.

Can Solar Financing Partnerships Make the Middle Market Work?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:27

With few exceptions, most commercial projects we see come from developers going out to the market with each individual project, which will then go to the highest bidder. That sounds straight-forward. Why wouldn’t a developer want to go after the highest price? Two words: transaction costs. Though auctioning a project to the highest bidder and getti

UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:58

The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain’s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.