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China Clean Energy Defaults Loom Amid Record Debt Loads

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 05:43

President Xi Jinping’s clean-energy strategy is suffering more growing pains as China’s renewables companies face record bond repayments and Sinovel Wind Group Co. said it may struggle to meet obligations.

UK Offshore Wind Installations Forecast to Soar

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:32

New analysis reveals that the UK continues to lead the global market in terms of offshore wind power capacity, with significant growth forecast through 2020 and set to drive installations from the 3.7 GW in 2013 to 11 GW by then.

Why Companies Should Mobilize the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:36

A big development in clean energy advocacy recently took place, and odds are you haven't heard about it.  Supply chain recruitment sounds dorky, but it’s one of the “killer apps” of pushing for favorable policies for an industry sector. More mature industries have had decades to develop their ability to leverage suppliers as a multiplier of their v

Market for Lithium-ion Batteries Expected to Grow 4X by 2020

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:03

The global lithium-ion battery market should experience exuberant growth in next few years says a new report by Frost and Sullivan. The firm urges li-ion battery makers to include the grid and renewable energy storage segment in their growth strategy as the stationary energy storage market is likely to be the leading consumer of lithium-ion batteries in the future. In addition, utility companies will continue to seek smart grid solutions that use these batteries.

Fantasy Becomes Real: First Commercial Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Opens in US

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:21

“Once, we all lived off the land, sun, wind and water and it provided everything we needed,” said DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma, surveying a crowd of more than 2,000 crowding a biomass storage facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa — converted temporarily into the world capital of advanced biofuels. “Then came our historic shift to a dependence on, and an addiction to, fossil fuel resources.”

It May Soon Be Easier to Access Renewables in Vermont Thanks to Microgrid Technology

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:15

NRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. electricity producer, and the Vermont utility Green Mountain Power Corp., are jointly developing products and services that will make it easier for customers to generate and use renewable energy.

For the Birds: How Speculation Trumped Fact at Ivanpah

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:48

With its claim of 28,000 dead birds from Ivanpah, the Associated Press syndicated a story on every front page in America, spreading alarm about concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, which was not grounded in facts, but on one opponent's speculation.

Delhi, India Plans to Spur Rooftop Solar with Net Metering

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:59

India’s blackout-prone capital introduced a policy for households and businesses to earn credits for solar power produced on rooftops, planning to replicate a model that sparked booms in the U.S. and Japan.

Trina Thrives on Solar Financing

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:38

Investors were applauding a new announcement by Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL), after it disclosed a deal that would see it help to finance and build a massive solar power farm in southwest Yunnan province. The deal should indeed help Trina generate big sales for the near-term, as it involves construction of a farm with huge capacity of 300 megawatts of p

5 Lessons Solar Marketers Can Learn from the ALS Icebucket Challenge

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:15

I tried to avoid it, but after several call-outs by family and colleagues (and a quiet donation), I knew I had to finally respond to the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” when Henry Dziuba, president of SMA America called me out after this: It was creative, and I respected that, so I couldn’t ignore it and I couldn’t just toss a bucket of ice cold water o

A Rarely Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:12

Many cities served by private utilities think they have little capacity to encourage local renewable energy development.  But a largely untapped tool — utility franchise contracts — may hold the key. There are two kinds of city energy systems: publicly owned or privately owned. Cities with municipal utilities already have the power to implement the

The Inevitability of Solar

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:46

Things are bad for those who breathe air these days, and things will probably get a lot worse before a change in behavior is forced upon humankind. This is because despite demonstrable evidence of climate change, despite the fact that natural gas is not a clean energy source and despite the fact that building more nuclear facilities takes longer than installing solar and costs more, governments are once again turning to the old polluting and expensive standbys to power our world.

Buffett’s Renewables Bet Emboldens Companies to Pursue Wind and Solar

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:53

Vaisala Oyj, a Finnish maker of meteorological equipment, plans to make the most of growing interest in renewables as investors including Warren Buffett put billions of dollars into the area.

Eco Wave to Raise $5 Million to Accelerate Ocean Energy Plans

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:59

Eco Wave Power, based in Israel, plans to raise $5 million by the end of the year to further develop its technology and projects that harness the power of the ocean to generate electricity.

Drillers Look for Geothermal in the Depths of Paris

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:34

In the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat.

Tesla Charges China's EV Industry with Mobile Carrier Partnership

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:16

Despite disappointing progress in China’s plan to put hundreds of thousands of new energy vehicles on its roads by next year, American electric car maker Tesla has made remarkable progress despite its late arrival to the market. The company has won its strong initial results though a smart combination of savvy marketing and initiatives to encourage

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Water Heating

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:06

Outdoor pools are great on hot summer days — the kids are occupied and the water is refreshing. And as the summer progresses, the water heats up to a comfortable level. But on chilly spring and fall days the cool water in that pool amounts to nothing more than a 30,000 gallon decoration in your back yard. Plus you still may need to run the electric pool pumps to keep the water clean.

China's Shunfeng Aims for 3 GW of Installations to Rival Biggest Solar Makers

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:09

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., which plans to become one of the world’s biggest solar cell manufacturers this year, said it’s speaking with as many as five banks about finance for expanding installations.

Australia's Renewable Industry Imperiled Pending Policy Review

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:52

A government-appointed panel gave Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott two options to cut emissions more cheaply: either scrap or weaken its main clean energy program.

Sludge Treatment at U.K. Facility Turns Waste Into ‘Black Gold’

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:00

When the world’s largest working advanced digestion plant opened last month, it showed the power- hungry process of treating waste in the $360 billion water industry can be self-sufficient in terms of energy use.