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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

Native Power: Job Growth through Green Technologies

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:45

The recent economic crisis has hit much of America extremely hard, but the effects can be seen even more drastically on tribal lands. Counties on Native American reservations are among the poorest in the country, in part due to lack of economic opportunity. Some estimates put the average unemployment rate on Native American reservations around 70 percent.

One Electric Utility Is Carbon Neutral Today

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:19

It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33 percent renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply. They will reach 48 percent renewable power in 2017 and met the carbon n

Geothermal Visual: Borrowing a 'Play Fairway' from the Oil and Gas Industry

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:03

The map below is shaded grey in the project areas for the geothermal teams that were chosen by the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office to receive funding and support in the current “Play Fairway” award opportunity. The Geothermal Technologies Office announced up to $4 million for eleven projects for the Play Fairway Analysis, a su

India Vows to Buy Local Solar Content as Dumping Deadline Passes

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:34

India’s power minister asked domestic solar equipment makers to start idled capacities, pledging the government would ensure buyers for their products.

Verizon to Invest $40 Million to Triple Its Solar Power Capacity

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:26

Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. wireless carrier, is investing almost $40 million to triple its use of solar energy this year.

Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:40

Tesla Motors recently announced that it would share its technology patents, which has put a spotlight on open source and open standards. These standards already play a huge role in the computer industry: PCs have an open architecture and the World Wide Web has open standards. Google built its business on the open source Apache server and developed the open Android operating system. In 2011, Tioga Energy released an open source solar PPA. Can open standards and open source benefit the community shared solar industry?

What’s Next in the SolarWorld-China Game of High Stakes Poker?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:30

A few years ago, a U.S. manufacturer began feeling pressure from unfair overseas competition. The company found itself losing money and market share to Asian competitors that seemingly popped up from nowhere. The manufacturer found that the conventional remedies of cutting costs and gaining efficiencies would not help much since competitors were selling similar products below production costs and receiving significant help from their government in the form of subsidies.

The Power of Salt

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:17

Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT.

Thailand's Energy Absolute to Invest $1.4 Billion in Solar, Wind Projects

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:05

Energy Absolute Pcl, whose Bangkok- listed shares have more than tripled this year, plans to spend about 46 billion baht ($1.4 billion) over the next three years to boost generation capacity from renewable energy.