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U.S. Solar Industry Waiting for SolarWorld to ‘Show Its Hand’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:19

As the old proverb goes, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”  But convincing some people of that isn't easy.  In hopes of ending the long-running and costly U.S.-China solar trade dispute, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has urged SolarWorld Americas LLC to step forward and offer a specific proposal that could serve as the ba

China Installs Equivalent of Australia's Total Solar Capacity — In Six Months

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:03

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, accelerated solar power installations in the first half, adding enough capacity in the period to equal Australia’s entire supply of power from sunlight at the end of last year.

India to Sart Construction on German-backed $8 Billion Renewable Grid Project

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:41

India will begin construction this year on an $8 billion project backed by Germany’s development bank to upgrade its grid to handle a more than doubling of renewable power capacity by 2022.

The Battle Against Solar in the Sunshine State

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:44

It’s been said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. However, when it comes to American public electric utilities, the recent past seems to get cloudy fairly quickly and the same lame arguments from the utilities come around again and again. Most recently, a coalition of utilities in the Sunshine State argued at a Flor

Listen Up: Electricity from Nuclear Too Cheap to Meter — Or Not

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:24

It's the environmentalist's third rail question: "Should we promote nuclear power as an expedient way to reduce CO2 emissions?" On the one hand, nuclear power generates electricity with almost negligible CO2 emissions — potentially a good way for our society to reverse the current global warming trends. On the other hand, nuclear power is...well...nuclear. Problems related to waste disposal, proliferation and high costs have not been solved, and we still have the occasional disaster.

Simulation Models Optimize Hydropower Potential

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:24

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB in Ilmenau are developing information technology to make water power generation systems more efficient. The Advanced System Technology (AST) department is creating simulation and optimization models that consolidate external factors such as weather data, water levels and market prices with system infrastructure and generate optimized plans for operational facilities, such as the opening and closing of sluice gates, reservoir water level regulation and hydro turbine operation.

Is the US Geothermal Industry Back on Track?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:29

The U.S. geothermal industry has limped its way through the past few years with little growth, leading many companies to abandon plans and shift their business elsewhere.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: August Update

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:31

July was a hard month for the stock market and clean energy stocks in particular. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, fell 7 percent and is down 2.7 percent for the year, while my clean energy benchmark PBW fell 9% and has slid into the red for the first time. It is down 0.1 percent for the year to date.

An Open Letter from SolarWorld to SEIA

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:51

I am writing to address troubling comments and positions that you and SEIA have made and taken in regard to the anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases which SolarWorld has filed on behalf of U.S. solar manufacturers to counter the unfair trade practices of Chinese and Taiwanese solar manufacturers.  Editor's note: Find SEIA's response to this l

The SfunCube Solar Incubator: Helping the Solar Industry Get Beyond “Start-up”

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:41

In one sense, every company in the solar industry is a “start-up.” Even if you’ve been in the solar business for a decade or more, the public and the press still commonly refer to solar as “alternative energy,” and despite the U.S. having more solar jobs than coal miners, we’re still less than 2 percent of the grid. To get beyond being a global ene

SunPower Offers Solar and Storage Packages to Hybrid Car Customers

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:26

Buyers of Volkswagen or Audi hybrids will find themselves getting yet another sales pitch as they leave a U.S. dealership next year -- to buy a home power network that allows them to charge their new cars using only solar power.

How the Don Quixote Principle Drives Solar

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:37

For decades the photovoltaic industry has been driven by its beliefs, hopes, the availability of incentives, and what it is willing to ignore in terms of market realities and technological barriers. The apparent achievement of grid parity, even at drastically low margins, was hailed a victory. Continued deployment of multi-megawatt installations in the face of low margins for developers and likely gigawatts of poor quality installations has been regarded as proof of the inevitability of the industry’s success.

Les Cedres, Stevens Creek hydropower projects join Hydro Hall of Fame

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:32

Two additional plants were added to the Hydro Hall of Fame at this year’s HydroVision International closing awards luncheon and finale in Nashville, Tenn.

Countdown Begins to Projects of the Year Deadline!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:59

August 31 is the last day to apply for the Projects of the Year and Woman of the Year awards, which you can do by clicking here. The awards are given for Best Renewable Energy, Best Coal, Best Nuclear and Best Natural Gas project. Finalists will be selected in all five renewable energy categories as well as the other categories.  A Readers' Choice

Trade Case Backlash: 3 GW of US Utility-scale Solar at Risk

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:40

More than 3 gigawatts (GW) of the projects currently in the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) project pipeline had been set to use Chinese modules, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz United States Deal Tracker; however, with the recent anti-subsidy and anti-dumping rulings proposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, companies may have to find other suppliers or potentially pay higher prices for those modules.

Areva Posts Loss, Announces Close of Solar Business

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:12

Shares in Areva closed 20 percent lower on Friday as the French nuclear group posted a first-half loss and announced it was dropping its solar business.

Greening or Greenwashing? Illinois Cities’ Use of RECs Shows Challenges with Local Energy Choice

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:09

A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) along with their energy supply, giving their electrons a

Siemens Eyeing Mexican Wind Market

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:31

Siemens AG, the biggest European engineering company, is considering opportunities in Mexican oil, gas and renewables industries after efforts by President Enrique Pena Nieto to open up the country’s energy markets.

A Requiem for Today’s Grid

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:26

People speak reverentially about the electricity grid, and rightly so. The U.S.’ electricity grid is an awesome technical, operational, and public policy accomplishment. Who can deny the matchless service it delivers, occasional weather-related breakdowns notwithstanding? In fact, acts of Mother Nature — Hurricane Sandy, say — only highlight its otherwise stellar reliability. And rural electrification, like rural telephony, is a triumph of public policy with foresight.

Obama Delay on Biofuel Rule Puts Intended Beneficiaries in Bind

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:41

In the arid Imperial Valley of California, Tim Brummels is trying to turn an agricultural cousin of sugarcane into low-carbon ethanol.