Cart (970) 963-8855
Find SEI on FacebookFollow SEI on TwitterConnect with SEI on LinkedInFind SEI on YouTubeSubscribe to the SEI Blog

Renewable Energy News

The latest renewable energy news and information from our partners at RenewableEnergyWorld.com.

Syndicate content
Renewable Energy News Headlines provided by RenewableEnergyWorld.com - the leading online publisher of renewable energy news and information world-wide.
Updated: 1 hour 13 min ago

New Trade Rulings Boost China Wind, Solar in US

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:45

In a quirk of timing, two completely unrelated rulings are boosting the outlook for Chinese new energy firms from the wind and solar sectors in their complex relationship with the U.S. The two cases are quite different, but each reflects the wariness Washington feels towards these Chinese firms due to their government ties. In the bigger of the two

China Three Years Late on Installing Offshore Wind Farms

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:23

China is three years behind schedule on a plan that would make it the world’s biggest market for offshore wind, a setback for the $15 billion industry that’s seeking to produce affordable electricity from the one of nature’s most reliable energy sources.

Japanese Manufacturer Expands Renewables Business, Acquires Solectria and The Switch

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:56

Japanese machinery maker Yaskawa Electric Corp. announced will acquire US.-based inverter maker Solectria Renewables LLC and Finnish wind turbine components maker The Switch to expand its renewable energy business globally.

Sunshine Daydream? Wake Up, Now is the Time for Solar Energy in Latin America

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:32

Often, the most promising opportunities are those that become visible when the sun shines on a dark space. One such dark space is the wealth of untapped energy sources throughout Latin America; and of those energy alternatives, perhaps none looms as promising as the sunlight itself.

The Quick Guide To A Green Stock Portfolio

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:29

For most people, the best way to build a green or fossil-free portfolio will be to use mutual funds or an investment advisor. The exceptions are those who like to do things for themselves, and understand the significant advantage that saving just a fraction of a percent in annual fees can make to the long term performance of a portfolio.

US Senate Passes Geothermal Production Expansion Act

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:59

On July 9, the Senate took up S.363, The Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013, and passed it without amendment by unanimous consent. The bill was sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and allows for non-competitive leasing on lands adjoining existing geothermal lands in some qualified instances.

Experts To Discuss Wind Energy Potential in the US Southeast

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:33

On July 24th, in Charlotte, N.C., the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition will convene key stakeholders for a working session to discuss Wind Energy Resource Assessment and Data Collection in the Southeast. Experts from industry, national labs, and universities will explore wind energy resource assessment efforts related to coastal and offshore wind in the region, determine existing data gaps and identify opportunities for future collaboration.

US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:56

While Germany is often lauded for its Energiewende, a new report released by Zurich-based Finadvice for the Edison Electric Institute explains the consequences of its transition, which include high electricity prices, subsidy debts, grid instability, and costly grid upgrades.

What Continues to Drive Solar's Growth?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:18

While relatively young, the solar market is an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy.  What are the trends in this booming market, and what forces are at work?  Which sectors of the market are strongest, and why? What are the prospects for solar energy in the near future? For the seventh year, I've authored IREC's U.S. Solar

Largest Lithium Resource Deal Spurred by Battery Demand for Electric Vehicles

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:04

Surging demand for high-performance batteries triggered the largest-ever deal for lithium, the lightweight metal that’s a key component of the power systems in smartphones and electric cars.

Japan Bank Sets Aside $2 Billion for Clean Energy

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:32

Shinsei Bank Ltd., a lender for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s clean-energy projects in Japan, plans to provide as much as 200 billion yen (US $2 billion) in loans for renewable developments.

Tidal Lagoons May Add $46 Billion to U.K. Economy, Report Shows

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:21

Installing tidal lagoon power plants at a half-dozen sites across the country may add as much as 27 billion pounds ($46 billion) to the U.K. economy over a 12-year span starting as early as next year, according to a report.

Intersolar 2014 Satiates PV Thrill Seekers

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:00

Intersolar North America 2014 in San Francisco was heralded as a success by many of the estimated 550 exhibitors at the show, attendance at which was slightly smaller than last year, but “more intense,” exhibitors said. Expected to attract 27,000 attendees and exhibitors overall, the show varied its program this year to broaden topic coverage into areas like energy storage and balance-of-system costs in order to honor more industry icons and market innovators.

3 Noteworthy Solar Implications in New US National Electrical Code

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 04:43

The 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) has come out, and this version holds a bit of solar intrigue even for those who are not involved with engineering or construction.  In response to safety concerns for first responders, like firefighters, the 2014 NEC now requires solar energy systems to have a “Rapid Shutdown” function.  In simple terms, the

Hydrogen Energy Storage: A New Solution To the Renewable Energy Intermittency Problem

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 04:38

The need for a complete energy storage solution is becoming more acute where fields of wind turbines are already generating gigawatts of electricity, often with a significant mismatch in grid power demand.

WTO Tells US To Reconsider Solar Panel Tariffs

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:19

Yesterday the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced its findings in the dispute between China and the United States over countervailing measures imposed on various Chinese-made goods including solar panels.

Is Solar Ownership Poised for a Comeback?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:20

With “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of tax incentives, rebates, and financing, it’s hard to find fault with homeowners that choose this low-effort option. But giving up ownership means giving up a big share

4.9 GW of New Offshore Wind Capacity Under Construction in Europe

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:53

There are currently 16 offshore wind farms under construction in Europe totaling 4.9 GW of power capacity. During the first six months of 2014, 224 new offshore wind turbines, totaling 781 megawatts (MW), were fully grid connected in Europe — 25 percent less than during the same period in 2013 (1,045 MW). Also during this period, 282 wind turbines have been installed but not connected, making a total of 310 offshore turbines awaiting grid connection. Once connected they will add a further 1,200 MW of offshore wind energy capacity.

The New Mod Squad – Grid Modernization for Our Shifting Energy Resources

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:34

We’ve heard a lot about smart grid over the past decade, but to achieve a truly intelligent grid we need to do much more than switch out analog meters for their digital counterparts. We must also implement comprehensive new regulatory structures to make use of the data and functionality provided by these equipment upgrades.  In other words, we need

Listen Up: The State of Solar in Hawaii

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:52

As Jimmy Carter said, "what starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread." When it comes to solar, this quote should be changed to "fortunately," since California leads the nation in solar deployments of all types. But there is a state — even farther to the west — that is the real leader when it comes to rooftop solar penetration and the challenge these systems present to electric utilities.