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RusHydro Considers Renewable Energy Fund IPO with PowerChina

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:37

RusHydro JSC, Russia’s biggest hydropower company, is considering selling shares in a clean energy fund it plans to create with Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd. to gain from a new subsidy program.

Preventing Bird Deaths at Solar Power Plants, Part 1

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:51

In the aviation industry alone, there have been over 117,000 bird strikes in the 20 years from 1990 and 2010, according to the FAA. These pose a flight risk to pilots and passengers on planes. In the 1980s, attempting to prevent bird strikes at JFK Airport, the USDA killed 28,000 gulls.

World's Poorest Regions Get a Boost in Renewable Energy Financing

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:11

Out of an almost record lending total of $9.445 billion, over two-thirds of the World Bank Group’s energy financing for FY14 was concentrated in regions facing the largest energy deficits — Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It was also another very strong year for Bank Group renewable energy financing with a total of $3.6 billion in investments.

Solar for All: Making Solar PV Accessible to Low-Income Families in the US

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:01

Here at RMI we love seeing electricity generated by the sun. And while it’s great to see large homes owned by the likes ofWoody Harrelson and Will Ferrell being solar-powered, rooftop solar should be accessible to people across the socio-economic spectrum of the U.S., not just the one percent. But putting solar on all of these different roofs is currently a serious challenge.

A Constructive Critique of Sunrun’s New Animated Ad Campaigns

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:42

  Sunrun has been recently spending a lot of money on animated videos, brand ambassadors, and billboard ads — as they should. If you’re trying to beat the current residential solar installer leader (with the initials S.C.), you have to spend brand awareness marketing dollars, and you have to “stand out and educate,” as I always say. As much as I lo

Energy Storage: Progress and Promise

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:23

The pending boom of the energy storage industry is right around the corner, and the U.S. is taking a front seat. According to recent IHS research, the U.S. is the largest market for grid-connected energy storage installations through 2017, and global sales of combined solar energy storage systems are expected to reach nearly $30 billion by then. Th

Obama’s International Climate Strategy: More Grease for Renewables

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:58

It was good news for renewable energy when President Barack Obama in June proposed carbon dioxide restrictions on existing power plants. It is even better news now that he may use the plan to leverage an international climate accord.

Progressive Utilities Are Meeting the Energy Needs of Changing Cities with Innovative Solutions

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:32

Push aside your stereotype about Con Edison as a slow moving public utility Goliath, and meet an energy company determined to change how it operates. Con Ed, which serves the metropolitan New York area, is taking an innovative, cost savings approach to delivering dependable power that offers a glimpse into the future of what I predict all major utility companies will be doing in the coming years.

Norway May Miss Out on $6 Billion Wind Power Boom

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:04

Norway, which aims to triple wind capacity by the end of the decade, has erected one turbine for every seven installed in Sweden since the countries signed a pact to share renewable production two years ago. Norway, western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer, has so far installed less than 10 percent of what it’s expected to complete by 2020 under the accord.

The Grid is Coming? The Grid is Going!

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:34

In India, it is presumed that the grid is a better source of electricity. Locations are prioritized by those least likely to get grid electricity in the near future are chosen first for solar deployment.

A Deep Dive into the Value of Solar and the Future of Solar Energy

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:33

“Utility regulation and rates is a contact sport,” says Karl Rabago, and that makes the implementation of a new “value of solar” policy complex. Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price? How does it differ from net metering? Is Minnesota’s law a precedent to follow? Prepare yourself for a deep dive in this e

Scotland Independence Could Put $23 Billion of Renewable Projects at Risk

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:51

A vote for independence in Scotland may halt work on renewable power projects that support 14 billion pounds ($23 billion) of investment and 12,000 jobs by raising questions about how developers would get subsidies, an energy supplier said.

Tesla’s Musk Keeps Door Open to Future Electric Vehicle Projects with Toyota

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:10

Tesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk said the electric-car maker may form another partnership with Toyota Motor Corp., as the companies conclude an initial vehicle project that met with mixed results.

Sharp Putting Solar Developer Recurrent Energy Up for Sale, Again

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:33

Sharp Corp., the Japanese electronics maker, is seeking to sell its U.S. solar-energy development unit Recurrent Energy.

The Solar Technology Behind Apple's iPhone 6

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:26

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 this week with a thin sapphire screen that is incredibly scratch resistant. And the company can thank the solar industry for that innovation. The super-thin screen is made through a process called proton induced exfoliation or PIE invented by Twin Creeks Technologies. With PIE, high-energy protons are fire

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Update and Thoughts on the Finavera Deal

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00

Clean energy stocks and the market in general rebounded strongly in August. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, rose 4.5 percent, returning to positive territory up 1.7 percent for the year. My clean energy benchmark PBW also jumped back into the black with an 11.1 percent gain for the month and 10.8 percent for the year to date.

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Solar Innovations

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:34

Many of the most significant industrial and technological innovations in the U.S. were discovered, commercialized and expanded with government support. Turn the clock a century or two and you can see how the government was behind oil drilling and refining, transcontinental railroads and our electric grid. More recently the government's been successful with the space program, the internet and the biotech revolution. And these government efforts continue with solar.

India’s Newest State to Hold 500-Megawatt Solar Auction

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:27

India’s newly formed state of Telangana announced plans to auction licenses to build 500 megawatts of solar capacity.

US Solar Industry Continues Rapid Growth

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:03

This was a huge week for fans of clean energy.  First, Telsa Motors announced that it would build a new factory in Nevada, employing 6,500 workers.  Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to hold a vote later this year on green energy tax credits.  That important announcement was quickly followed by news that the U.S. solar market hit a major

Nevada Hits the Jackpot in Bid for Tesla Motors Gigafactory

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:08

Governor Brian Sandoval took to the podium yesterday in Carson City alongside solar magnate Elon Musk to announce Nevada has been chosen as the official home of the long-awaited Tesla Motors “Gigafactory,” a $5 billion lithium-ion battery production facility expected to churn out half a million electric car battery cells and packs by 2020.