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Lessons from Australia: How to Reduce US Solar PV Costs through Installation Labor Efficiency

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:02

In 2013, the United States installed more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than either Germany or Australia for the first time ever. (the U.S. has triple their combined population, so arguably this should have happened long ago…). With the decline of feed-in tariffs and other incentives in Germany, it is likely that the U.S. will continue to outpace that country in new PV installations. However, the U.S. continues to lag behind global PV leaders Germany and Australia in another important category: prices for residential systems installations. As of Q2 2013, the average installed residential system price was $4.93/W compared to Germany’s $2.21/W and Australia’s $2.56/W. That needs to change.

Trust and Ratings Trump Price in Residential Solar Sales

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 02:00

At what price would you buy solar from this guy?   You probably wouldn’t. And that’s one reason why building trust and conveying quality can trump price, even in a highly price competitive residential solar market — and that’s not just me saying that. I just did a very informative webinar with Judy Ash, Enphase’s Senior Director of Global Marketing

Solar’s Key Challenge Today Is to “Truly Out-compete Traditional Energy”

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:29

David Briggs has long-standing experience in the solar industry, including three years at a cleantech communications firm and three years as Marketing Manager at microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy. Briggs now works as Director of Marketing at mounting systems provider IronRidge. Recently, Briggs took a few minutes from his busy schedule to t

Sir Richard Branson: “We’re Killing the World”

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:04

An observer of Sir Richard Branson over say 20 years might have remarked how much older he looked as the keynote speaker at the BIO convention this week in San Diego. He struggled for words at times and was visibly tired by the end of his hour on stage; but he had lost nothing of his charm, nor had he varied in his iconoclastic approach to building great enterprises or his views on technology in the face of climate change.

HydroVision International technical tour registration deadline extended to July 2

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:51

The deadline to register for each of HydroVision International 2014's three technical tours has been extended to Wednesday, July 2, but space is limited and filling quickly.

Renewables Provide 14 Percent of Electrical Generation During First Third of 2014

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:44

Two new back-to-back reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide a snapshot of U.S. energy trends for the first months of 2014.

Can the Frigid Sakha Awaken Russia’s Clean Energy Potential?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:24

Russia’s current electric power generation capacity is estimated at more than 220 GW. Some energy experts, however, predict that without a major additional upstream investment, Russian gas supplies could fall short of projected domestic and export demand within the next few years.

The US South’s New Clean Energy Hub

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:47

While Charlotte, N.C., is perhaps best known as a financial center, with big institutions like Bank of America and Wells Fargo dominating the skyline, the area is also a major energy hub. The region is home to more than 260 companies and nearly 28,000 workers that are tied directly to the energy sector, including Charlotte-based Duke Energy. Moreover, the region is developing a growing number of clean energy initiatives, and the state has implemented legislature that requires investor-owned utilities to generate 12.5 percent of their retail sales from renewable energy by 2021.

World Bank Says ‘Climate Smart’ Policies Boost Growth

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:02

Policies aimed at curbing climate change can boost economic growth, create jobs and save millions of lives, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Many Describing UK Wind Energy Cuts as Unsettling

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 06:48

David Cameron’s planned subsidy cuts for U.K. wind power are unsettling the investors the prime minister needs to fund infrastructure of all kinds, the company developing one of the nation’s biggest wind farms said.

Wanted: An EU Biofuels Policy that Is Fair for All

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 06:42

At the beginning of 2014, the European Commission unveiled a policy framework for climate and energy from 2020 to 2030. In a controversial move, the Commission stated that it “does not think it appropriate to establish new targets for renewable energy or greenhouse gas intensity of fuels used in the transport sector or any other sub-sector after 2020.”

Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 05:43

Dorian Bishopp blames the solar panels on his roof for costing him almost 10 percent off the value of the home he sold in March.

Welcome to the Grid Revolution, Massachusetts-style

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 05:43

Utilities, get ready: Massachusetts is in revolutionary mode again. No one is throwing tea into Boston Harbor, but the state is trying to sink outmoded ways of moving around electrons.

What Your City Can Do to Fight Climate Change

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:44

The Obama administration is pushing power plant regulations to reduce carbon emissions and most states have some sort of renewable energy policy. But there's plenty of opportunity left for action at the local level; action that can also boost the local economy. The following presentation by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the N

New Research Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 05:55

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform better, leading to a cost advantage for electric vehicles.

Challenges to Financing Renewable Energy Projects on US Military Sites

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 03:26

The Department of Defense (DOD) is looking to significantly increase the installation of renewable energy projects on US military bases over the next decade. Some of the first military projects out of the gate have been utility-scale solar PV projects in Arizona and Georgia. While utility-scale solar is a necessary and permanent stage of solar development in the electric utility sector, and while these projects appear to show progress toward a smart strategy of a strong, diversified, energy supply for our nation, they in fact face significant problems.

Storm Clouds Gathering Over the US Solar Industry

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:59

According to Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar and a keynote speaker during PVAmerica 2014, which opened in Boston on Monday, solar PV could see some difficult times in the near future, many of which are out of the industry’s control.

There Is a "Solar Revolution" Happening in Massachusetts

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:58

At the 2014 PVAmerica Conference an Expo keynote, Governor Deval Patrick took the stage to explain why Massachusetts has become one of the top solar states in the nation: forward thinking.

India Will Likely Scrap US and Asian Solar Dumping Tariffs

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:48

India’s power ministry is seeking to ditch a proposal to impose dumping duties on imports of U.S. and Asian solar equipment, saying tariffs would undermine Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to boost sun power.

Renewables Provide 88 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in May 2014

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:20

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower provided 88.2 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity for the month of May. Two new "units" of wind provided 203 MW, five units of solar provided 156 MW, 1 unit of biomass provided 5 MW, and 1 unit of hydropower provided 0.2 MW.