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Japan Market for Small Geothermal Projects to Expand, Says IHI

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:22

IHI Corp., a maker of everything from aircraft jet engines to gas turbines, expects the market for small-scale geothermal projects to take off in Japan as the country seeks cleaner sources of energy.

Non-Hydro Renewables Outproduce Hydro for First Time Ever

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:09

For apparently the first time ever, during the first quarter of 2014, electricity generated by non-hydro renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower. This is according to data in the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to March 31, 2014.

Australian Cuts May Hurt Renewable Power Plans at Mines, Says Siemens

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:02

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, said it’s concerned that Australia’s plans to scrap its renewable energy agency may hurt efforts to bring wind turbines to remote mines.

How Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:11

Fossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014.

China Boosts Offshore Wind Power Development

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:05

China has taken steps to accelerate the development of its offshore wind power industry in a bid to increase the installed capacity beyond its 428.6 MW installed at the end of 2013.

Put Battery Storage in the Hands of Grid Operators

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:49

The design of an electrical grid for the 21st Century is one of the world’s most exciting challenges, and at SolarCity we are vigorously engaged in assisting the effort. Our  vision is of a grid that is cleaner, more efficient, more flexible, more secure, and more affordable than what we currently have today. I’ve recently read speculation about on

Middle Eastern Money Oils Wheels of Solar Expansion

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 05:32

The opportunity cost of oil exports is beginning to drive solar expansion in the Mideast Gulf and beyond, according to Mohamad Asad Khan, a senior investment manager at Kuwait’s Enertech. As part of a state organization with access to $300-$400 billion per year, his opinion counts.

UK Green Investment Bank Aims to Spend $1.2 Billion This Year

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 05:14

The U.K. Green Investment Bank aims to boost the capital it commits to carbon-cutting projects to 700 million pounds ($1.2 billion) this year as it chases deals in offshore wind, waste and energy efficiency.

Can Yieldcos Reduce the Risk of Solar Financing?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 04:46

With the cost of utility-scale solar power approaching grid parity in many parts of the United States, a key barrier to growth is cheap, easy access to capital. Yieldcos are poised to play a significant role in this growth over the coming years.

A New Way To Harness Waste Heat

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 03:46

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on thermoelectric devices, solid-state materials that can produce electricity from a temperature gradient, but the efficiency of such devices is limited by the availability of materials.

25 Solar Marketing Alternatives to Unsolicited Telemarketing and Email Lists

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 09:45

Remember that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry receives an unsolicited call from a telemarketer? If not, here’s the clip: The punch line, “Now you know how I feel,” resonates with me and perhaps the rest of America. Does anybody really want to be interrupted by a telemarketer or their robo-call lackeys? No, no one looks forward to a telemarketer’s

What if Roads Were Made of Solar PV Panels?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:45

Four years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw announced their provocative concept of "Solar Roadways," a system of modular ‘pavement’ solar panels that could be installed directly onto roads, parking lots, driveways, bike paths, and “literally any surface under the sun." The idea got traction (no pun intended) and since then, the Brusaws have received two

Ohio Ready To Halt Its Renewable Portfolio Standard

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:07

Ohio is debating the sharpest break from a three-decade campaign by 29 U.S. states to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by promoting power from renewable sources.

UK’s Negative Press on Wind Power Could Have Hurt Renewable Energy Fundraising

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:00

The U.K.’s negative media coverage of wind farms may have curbed a clean-energy fundraising, with the Ventus VCT Plc and Ventus 2 VCT Plc trusts receiving a fifth of the amount they targeted, a Temporis Capital LLP partner said.

Texas is the American Leader in Energy – So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:01

Texas both produces and consumes more energy than any state in the U.S. It controls one-quarter of U.S. proven oil reserves. Energy companies looking to grow or to establish a U.S. presence set up operations in Texas. The primary electricity transmission system in Texas is independent of the rest of the country (a long-time source of pride). The Electric Reliability Company of Texas, or ERCOT, is responsible for regulating the generation and supply of power to 85 percent of the state, except the extreme eastern and western portions.

Global Geothermal News Roundup: US Plants Near Completion, South America Closer to Tapping Resource

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 05:55

Geothermal projects are on the move worldwide. Some highlights include Oregon’s Paisley geothermal plant, which is expected to be completed this summer. Various projects are moving forward in stages of preparation and construction, including Mariposa, Chile; San Jacinto-Tizate, Nicaragua; and Biliran, The Philippines. China says it is establishing its own Geothermal Energy Association. Below you'll find brief updates on these projects and more.

Texas Wind Boosted with Improved Public Planning

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 05:54

Texas might not be the first state you think of for best practices in government planning. But it turns out Texas wind development success is due in great part to excellent planning by the state regulatory bodies, and not just a bunch of wild cowboys simply popping up turbines for the heck of it.

China's New Private Equity Investment Giant Eyes Solar

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:10

Following reports last month of the imminent formation of a major new private equity investor, media are now saying the company, China Minsheng Investment, has formally registered and is gearing up to make its first investments. The new company certainly has the resources and connections to quickly become a major player on both the domestic and glo

Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:09

In an effort to better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use of solar energy.

A David and Goliath Fight to Tap World-class Solar

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 07:54

“It’s the most inspirational work that I’m doing…this is an inspirational and aspirational effort…at the heart of it is love of place and energy democracy.” Mariel Nanasi and the citizens of Santa Fe, NM, are exploring the economic and environmental benefits of more local and locally-controlled energy production.  Is their city ready to take the le