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Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:38

A new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What it does not specifically discuss is that these difficulties could lead to large financial losses for investors who see the difficulty of divesting as a reason to delay.

German Solar Manufacturing Survivor Say Shipments Reach Record

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:43

The one major German solar panel manufacturer that survived a plunge in prices triggered by competition from China said it shipped near-record modules this month and seeks to keep selling at that level.

Only 3 Days Left to Nominate A Project of the Year and A Woman of the Year. Nominate NOW

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:01

Plunge in UK Distributed Energy Investment Forecast for 2019

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:23

Investment in the UK’s distributed power generation market will witness a significant decline from almost $2.5 billion in 2013 to $939 million by 2019, according to new analysis.

The MIT Curse Strikes Again: Lilliputian Systems Files for Bankruptcy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:33

I’ll be up front. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the finest universities in the world. Numerous graduates have made lasting contributions to science. And the closest I could have ever got to being part of the MIT family would have probably been working as a stock boy in the campus bookstore. It is an academic beacon. But, somet

Expect $1.6 Trillion in Clean Energy Investments Through 2020, Says IEA

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:32

Investments in new clean-energy capacity will total $1.61 trillion through 2020 even as the expansion of renewables is expected to slow, the International Energy Agency said.

Myanmar’s Solar Ambitions Kickstarted with $480 Million ACO Investment Pact

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:27

Myanmar will expand its sources of clean energy through an agreement with ACO Investment Group, a U.S.-based private-equity fund focusing on Asian emerging markets, to develop two solar-energy plants.

Researchers Develop Faster, Cheaper Way to Make Solar Cells

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:57

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations of 2013.

Interested in Developing a 650 kW+ Solar Project in Massachusetts? Think Again (Or Be Very Patient)

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:31

This week's announcement from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) may have taken some Massachusetts solar developers by surprise. Immediately following the announcement of the allocations for the 2014 and 2015 Managed Growth capacity, commercial and utility scale solar developers across New England began counting down the days t

Only 4 Days Left to Nominate A Project of the Year and A Woman of the Year. Nominate NOW

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:01

US Renewable Electrical Generation Hits 14.3 Percent

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:59

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, with data for the first six months of 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net U.S. electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7.0 percent, while non-hydro renewables provided an even larger share at 7.3 percent.

South Africa Seeks to Improve Process for Renewable Energy Deals

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:53

South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said her department wants to address weaknesses in the process of commissioning renewable-power projects.

Solar Fred Marketing Tip: Being a Tariff-Free Solar Panel Ain’t Enough

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:01

My, my, I’m getting all sorts of e-blasts and seeing ads from various solar companies telling me that they have tariff-free solar panels! Yay! …Or not. Yes, you have a temporary advantage over those tier one brands that do or will have tariffs imposed, but you’re not the only tariff-free brand on the block, and — wait! Looky-looky over there! Many

Cracking the Code on the Business of Energy Management

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:57

Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of Things. Energy management will be a multi-trillion dollar industry that will reverberate across industrialized economies. The competitive advantage in virtually every economic sector will be redefined by companies’ ability to manage volatile energy prices. It will change how we consume energy. Significant reductions in energy use are an obvious outcome (with corresponding pressure on energy companies), but even more exciting are the social and economic benefits of being able to preform significantly more work with our existing energy resources.

Infrastructure Upgrades Mean Texas No Longer Wastes Wind Power

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:34

According to a report by the Energy Information Administration, wind curtailments in Texas have dropped steadily and substantially since 2011 thanks mostly to the state’s completion of 3,500 miles of transmission lines as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones program.  A curtailment refers to and event where a power plant is asked to slow

Six Reasons Solar Needs to Learn to Live with the Tariffs

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:34

The solar industry usually has great political instincts. It got President Bush to jumpstart the industry with federal incentives. In Georgia, solar advocates were able to form an unlikely coalition of Tea Party advocates and the Sierra Club to expand its footprint there. But in defending Chinese manufacturers against tariff penalties, it’s on the

Green Investors May Find It Hard Breaking Up With Oil and Gas

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:59

Investors seeking greener energy stocks will find it difficult to reproduce the returns offered by oil and natural gas producers, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Chile Attracts $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Investment

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:03

Chile, the wealthiest nation in Latin America, is attracting $7 billion of renewable investments from Abengoa SA to SunEdison Inc. as the government seeks to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to supply cheaper power to the mining industry, which provides a third of the world’s copper.

China to Mull $16 Billion for Electric Vehicle Chargers

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:42

China is considering providing as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in government funding to build more charging facilities and spur demand for electric vehicles, according to two people familiar with the matter.

What You Need to Know about Solar, Storage, and Microgrids

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:54

REC Solar recently participated in a webinar on Renewable Energy World that invited several experts to discuss the U.S. landscape for solar PV with microgrids, and energy storage. The panelists included: Peter H. Asmus, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research. Peter is a leading global expert on microgrids and virtual power plants and the a