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This year’s Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)’s Geothermal Energy Expo and Geothermal Resources Council’s Annual Meeting incorporated a wide range of meetings on international development. U.S. interest in exporting geothermal goods and services is ever-increasingly met with outside interest in U.S. knowledge and materials, particularly from developing countries.
China’s solar retrenchment has taken a big step forward with word that a bankruptcy court has chosen Hong Kong-listed Shunfeng Photovoltaic (HKEx: 1165) from a field of bidders vying to invest in reorganizing former solar pioneer Suntech (NYSE: STP). The decision is interesting both because of who the bankruptcy court selected, and also because of
Sidewalks aren’t usually thought of as revolutionary but the latest sidewalk at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus might change that perception. At 100 square feet it isn’t the longest sidewalk in history, but it’s certainly one of the most exotic. It’s the world’s first sidewalk made of photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Traditionally the solar industry has tracked its progress along the learning curve by observing price behavior. This methodology has led to premature announcements of success under the headings of grid parity and the PV industry’s version of Moore’s Law. The price function is more complex and because it is market-based, assumptions of success in this regard were not only premature, but led to the unfortunate conclusion that price declines were indicative of true learning.
In almost every math class I ever took, the teacher always stressed the importance of defining the variables of the problem. “Without knowing what your variables are, how do you know what problem to solve?” This would be an important lesson for the current trend to value the net impact of distributed solar generation in the U.S. With the exponenti
The Solar Decathlon's mission, at its core, is to showcase one simple fact: that homes can be built today that are innovatively efficient from energy to water usage, in a variety of appealing and generally affordable designs. Judging by our own eyes, and the eyes of this year's judges and thousands of visitors over two weeks in CA, Irvine, this year's Solar Decathlon again accomplished its mission.
Earlier this year GE launched a package of package of technologies and services to improve output from its newer turbines like the 2.5-120, calling them "brilliant" at predicting and producing wind energy. Now it's bringing those same capabilities to its existing turbine fleet by packaging them into a new suite called "PowerUp" to improve older turbines' output and profitability.
The Power-Gen 2013 Women in Power committee is pleased to announce the finalists for the first Power-Gen Woman of the Year Award.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is open to more investors joining three groups of companies bidding to construct the $12 billion Inga 3 hydropower project, Energy Minister Bruno Kapandji said.
Two more bits of news this week reiterate how unforgiving the solar PV manufacturing industry is: First Solar is finally giving up hope for its as-yet unused plant in Arizona, while SolarWorld reportedly is consolidating more operations and shaking up its top exec ranks.
Norwegian research shows that it is perfectly possible for rivers to produce more salmon and electricity at the same time: a new environmental handbook shows the way.
As the solar panel sector continues its painful overhaul, signals are emerging about who will survive the downturn and thrive when the industry returns to health. Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ) certainly seems to be one of the strongest players coming out of the retrenchment, with word that the company has sold 4 more plants that it constructed to p
Solar start-ups are hot again — especially those that address the "downstream" part of the value chain: installer services, customer acquisition, system design tools and analytical systems. And as in years past, there are a dozens of companies showing new types of solar panels, trackers, racking systems and integrated systems.
Part one of this series examined the problem of incorporating securitization debt into a financial structure with its highly sensitive tax attributes — that is, how the legal structure of a securitization transaction contains certain elements that may trigger a recapture of the tax incentives, thus diminishing the value of a tax equity partner's investment.
Last week, SEIA presented a great video webinar about solar social media, a rare topic in the solar webinar world. In case you missed it, the full video is below. Speaking on Google+ Hangout (a free webinar service) were solar marketing pros David Almacy, senior vice president of international PR firm Edelman; Jason Deelstra, marketing director at
SolarCity is acquiring Zep Solar and its rackless mounting design in a $158 million stock deal, illustrating the growing importance of improving costs and complexity in residential solar.
The U.K. may bring in sustainability criteria to prevent “inappropriate” solar parks from receiving subsidies if tougher planning guidelines don’t work, Energy Minister Greg Barker said.
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
Renewable energy finance is complicated — so is securitization. Fitting them together calls for some clever financial and legal engineering. This article is the first in a two-part series on the issue of commingling securitization debt and tax equity in the same project or portfolio capital structure. This first article will assess the challenge; the second installment will look at two proposed solutions.
When a big box store, winery, or factory thinks about going solar, they often finance through a solar power purchase agreement (solar PPA). It allows your business to go solar with no upfront costs. But if you’re in California, there’s new way to finance solar with no upfront cost, and it’s called Property Assessed Clean Energy or “PACE.” PACE is a