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BMW Offers Fast Battery Chargers to Help Electric Vehicle Sales

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:15

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is offering drivers of the i3 city car speedier and smaller auto-battery chargers in an effort to make driving electric vehicles more practical.

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:38

Energy use in the U.S. can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil. There are some exceptions, and small overlapping fuel uses — direct industrial use of liquid fuel (a fairly significant quantity), some liquids burned to make electricity (this used to be a significant amount, but is now only a very small amount), and now a very small amount of electricity used to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collective Action

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:11

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5 percent of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands a

Solar Panel Prices Expected to Rise in the US Due to New Tariffs on Chinese Panels

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:03

On Friday evening the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary findings in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of some crystalline silicon PV products from China and Taiwan. Most solar products entering the U.S. market from China and Taiwan will now face import duties.

China Solar Projects Poised to Fuel Rebound in Panel Prices

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:53

JA Solar Holdings Co. expects solar panel prices in China to recover as developers scale up projects and government measures encourage developments.

Net-Metering: The Great Debate

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 05:51

Effective energy policies, economies of scale and new technologies have achieved something remarkable: solar energy production is now at the scale and cost necessary to be competitive with, if not cheaper than retail electricity from utilities. Solar energy is becoming part of the mainstream. Families, schools and businesses are going solar in record numbers nationwide, even as incentives decrease. Now that we’ve built this new energy economy, it’s critical that we keep the way clear for Americans to keep going solar. Net-metering policies are an instrumental piece to this puzzle that deserve a closer look.

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 05:24

There’s a class of fuels that don’t use an intervening biomass to make a fuel — so, though they use biology or waste carbon, they’ve bristled at being called “biofuels." Instead, the technologies that depend on unique pathways to converting CO2 and water to fuels and chemicals prefer “solar fuels."

Google Hangout July 30 at 1:00 PM ET with PennWell Editors to Learn About Our Awards Programs

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:00

http://www.power-gen.com/projects-of-the-year-nomination-form.html

German Utilities Paid to Stabilize Grid Due to Increased Wind and Solar

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:12

Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that more utilities than ever are receiving money from the grids to help stabilize the country’s electricity network.

What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:12

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued a panel report to its members on a dispute between China and the United States involving solar panels and sixteen other products. Recent reports delcared the U.S. countervailing duties “illegal” as a result of the ruling, which may be a misleading summary of what actually occur

Solar Software Tools Slashing Soft Costs

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:04

It’s estimated installers spend up to $3,000 to acquire each new customer. This high price of customer acquisition is one of the many so called “soft costs” that increase the price of solar and reduce installer margins. Every step along the road to a signed contract has inefficiencies, which is spurring new software solutions to help installers increase their sales volume and close deals faster.

Orix Plans to Build as Many as 15 Small-scale Geothermal Plants in Japan

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:12

Orix Corp., a Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan in the next five years.

As US Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Focused on States and Cities

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:07

Clean Edge’s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in recent years — even with encouraging national-level initiatives from the Obama administration — states and cities continue to be where most of the action is.

Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:23

Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ‘freeze’ on the state’s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating  CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect

India Plans Its Biggest Solar Power Auction with 1,500 Megawatts

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:29

India plans to auction 1,500 megawatts of solar-power capacity in its biggest tender yet, saying photovoltaics may supply power as cheaply as coal five years earlier than it expected.

UK Announces $340 Million Renewable Power Contract Auction

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:18

The U.K. said renewable-power projects will compete for guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year as part of its first auction of contracts to spur low-carbon electricity.

New Solar Bill Would Destroy Community Solar Potential in Massachusetts

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:07

In 2013 Massachusetts was ranked 4th for most solar installed, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Despite this success, legislation, officially known as H.4185 (an act relative to net metering), is pending at the Massachusetts State House that could drastically change the direction of the Massachusetts solar industry.

Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:23

The wind energy industry has doggedly pursued higher energy yields and lower costs of energy with each successive generation of wind turbines.  As a result, the wind energy industry has lowered its costs by over 40 percent in just the past four years.  Innovations in wind turbine design, materials, and the sub-component supply chain are continually

Listen Up: Financing Options for Your Rooftop Solar System

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:21

If you live in a location with high electric rates and local incentives, it's very likely that the economics for a rooftop solar system are favorable. But many people don't have the $20-25 thousand cash that these systems typically cost. Fortunately, over the past few years a range of new residential solar financing options have been developed. These new financing options have spurred the growth of rooftop solar throughout the U.S.