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Ethiopia rejected a proposal that would guarantee Egypt the rights to most of the Nile River’s water, as disagreements cast doubt over future talks about Africa’s biggest hydropower project.
Bifacial PV modules have been in the market for some time, but with limited usage. The BIPV applications such as awnings and canopies have been a niche market for bifacial PV modules because of glass-on-glass, see-through, aesthetic looks. They have also been used, because of their vertical install-ability, as railings or sound barriers at highways and railways or other places where space for installing standard PV modules is limited. But, are bifacial PV modules ready for larger deployment in the growing PV industry?
California did it again — it led the nation on a key environmental issue. In this case, FERC (the Federal Energy Regulation Commission) adopted key aspects of California’s new interconnection rules for small wholesale energy projects like solar and small hydro. The Fast Track process, which FERC largely adopted, is a dramatically cheaper and faster interconnection process for qualifying small projects, so this change represents a major improvement with nation-wide impacts.
Listening to last weekend’s 60 Minutes, I felt I was watching a Saturday Night Live sketch on parallel universes. The bash fest by Leslie Stahl seemed like it was co-written by the Koch Brothers, lead funders of climate denier organizations and Keystone XL pipeline advocacy groups.
Over the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand.
China has some massive targets for solar energy (and renewable energy in general), but its famously overcrowded solar industry may finally be forced to trim to size -- after the government issued what reportedly amounts to a "death sentence" for three-quarters of companies in the sector.
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar-panel maker, expects to post its first quarterly profit in three years as early as next quarter as demand climbs and cost controls show results.
The California ISO (Cal ISO) has outlined a ‘roadmap’ designed to encourage coordination between electric vehicles (EVs) and the grid-at-large.
Central Appalachia’s New Year Resolutions: What Stereotypes and Renewable Energy Development Have in Common
A newly emerging network called the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies (CASE network) has launched an interesting social media campaign focused on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Yet, what these resolutions won’t tell you are what stereotypes and renewable energy development have in common.
Solar's popularity is growing in Massachusetts. That’s the finding of a new poll conducted in early December and released on Dec. 19 from Princeton Research Associates, which follows up on a poll the organization did earlier this year. The poll shows that now 67 percent of all voters in Massachusetts believe that the solar industry is important to
India delayed the deadline for companies to submit bids in its next national solar auction for a second time after developers raised concerns about the ability of cash-strapped state utilities to pay for power.
Premature failures of mechanical systems have a significant impact on the cost of wind turbine operations and thus the total cost of wind energy. Recently, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took a giant step forward in the quest for more reliable, lower-cost wind power with the addition of the new 5-megawatt (MW) Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The new facility dramatically expands the capability of NWTC engineers and their industry partners to verify the performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain prototypes and commercial machines.
Time is the primary difference between a fad and a trend. Fads are fleeting. Trends develop over time altering behavior in some relatively permanent fashion. The adverb relatively is used as permanence has become, over time, far less permanent. Fads ebb and flow more quickly than trends. The best way to tell the difference, unfortunately, is in hindsight.
The new year has just begun, and already we’re getting signals that 2014 will be full of new twists and surprises for the solar panel sector as it struggles to emerge from its downturn dating back nearly three years. A clash involving Chinese panel makers accused by western rivals of receiving unfair state support looks set to enter a new phase, ba
As the deployment of solar power increases in California, so too has the sense of urgency to revise the state’s regulations and relevant national standards governing how these distributed generation resources interconnect and communicate with the grid. To achieve the kind of advanced grid functionality (AGF) required to accommodate these higher levels of solar energy, the utilities insist that inverters play a larger role, to be “smarter” and incorporate a range of automated control capabilities that will help smooth out potential grid fluctuations. Enphase shares this vision and is working with other industry stakeholders in the development of the necessary national standards and regulatory compliance testing protocols that will help ensure the transition to an advanced, stable grid.
ISO New England (ISO-NE) has given developers of the Northern Pass transmission project permission to move forward after it determined the project will not have a significant adverse effect upon the reliability or operating characteristics of the bulk power system in New England, provided that the project proceeds in accordance with certain requirements, an ISO-NE spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Jan. 2.
According to Claus Rose, chairman of the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and environment, health and safety (EHS) officer for Siemens’ Wind Power Division, safety procedures are now becoming an integral part of OEMs’ commercial strategies and are increasingly business-critical. As well as wanting to keep its workers safe, he said the industry is responding to increased regulatory scrutiny: “Authorities in a number of countries are starting to ask how the industry can assure that it has a proper safety policy in place, and how we materialize that. These authorities want evidence that we have it under control.”
Texas is known for going big. In a state with so much land and so much sun it’s no wonder that the state is starting to warm to solar. And while much of the news surrounding the giant solar farms (100 megawatts or more) in the U.S. and world is coming from California and Arizona, the 400 megawatt Alamo Solar Project will shine some of that light on
In what is being called an unprecedented decision, solar energy went head-to-head with natural gas in a competitive evaluation for utility resource planning — and solar came out on top.
Inclement weather is being blamed for preventing a perfect record for Texas’s competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) transmission initiative by delaying a single transmission project in the central CREZ zone beyond the end-of-2013 target date for the projects’ completion.