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Is the Pennsylvania Solar Market on the Rebound?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 09:16

Pennsylvania has long been a model of a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market gone wrong. The market was (and still is) four times oversupplied, and SREC prices fell to $20 in 2013 from $300 in 2010. However, prices have surged to $70, which has many people asking, what is going on in Pennsylvania, and more importantly, will this bust market

Are Air Source Heat Pumps a Threat to Geothermal Heat Pump Suppliers?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 07:04

Last year, geothermal heat pump (GHP) manufacturers introduced new heat pumps with break-through efficiency based on variable-speed compressor technology. These manufacturers include Waterfurnace Renewable Energy (TSX:WFI, OTC:WFIFF) and ClimateMaster, a division of LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU).

Energy Storage, Dynamic Line Ratings Yield More Efficient Grid

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 07:00

Energy storage and dynamic line ratings are among the evolving technologies poised to have a positive effect of the Texas electrical grid, panelists at TransmissionHub’s TransForum Texas in San Antonio said on Jan. 30.

Biomass Outlook 2014: Is Biomass About To Go Bang?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 07:00

Traditional biomass accounts for some 9 percent of the world’s total energy requirements, still more than is provided by modern renewables collectively. Nonetheless, modern renewables, and modern biomass with it, is catching up fast. The share of traditional biomass fuels has remained fairly static over the last decade or two, while modern renewables have soared.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: February Update

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:41

The stock market has had a rough five weeks since I introduced my annual Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio on December 27th. My broad market benchmark (the iShares Russell 2000 index) is down 5.6% for the period. Clean energy stocks fared better, with the Powershares WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (NYSE:PBW) down only 0.5% as I write. My model portfolio of ten clean energy stocks is up 0.9% in local currency terms, but the weak Canadian dollar (down 3.5%) and Euro (down 1.5%) turned this into a US dollar decline of 1.0%.

Shared Solar Financing Goes Local

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:37

The sizable up-front cost of solar has long been a challenging hurdle.  So has rooftop siting — roofs are often shaded, in the wrong orientation, not owned by the people who live there, or otherwise unable to host a solar system.  What if we could overcome both of these obstacles with one solution — one local solution? A Colorado credit union and s

Nevada Hydro Clears Up Interconnect Issues for 600-MW Project

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:22

The Nevada Hydro Co. filed a tardy Feb. 3 update with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that said it is making progress on a 600-MW pumped storage hydro project in California.

What to Look for in an Off-grid Solar Inverter

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 07:39

The modern solar industry was born through off-grid solar, a market which continues to be an important aspect of the industry. Around the world, one in six people live beyond the reach of utility power, but they can rely on off-grid solar systems for electricity. In North America, off-grid solar is especially popular for buildings in remote locatio

Nordex Sees Wind Installs Climbing in Germany Even as State Aid Is Cut

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 07:30

Nordex SE, the best performer among Germany’s biggest stocks in 2013, expects its wind-turbine installations in the country to gain as much as 30 percent this year as developers rush to beat a reduction in state subsidies.

Energy Storage Update: WattJoule, Primus, Green Charge Networks

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 07:00

A busy couple of days for energy storage on both sides of the meter: WattJoule says it's figuring out how to finally solve the puzzle for reliable cost-competitive vanadium redox flow batteries, Primus Power lands more funding for its own flow batteries, and Green Charge Networks tallies up new customer installations, including many tied to solar energy systems.

Women and Cleantech: Glass Ceiling Not Yet Broken

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 07:00

Ever since hearing of Saadia Zahidi’s work on gender parity at the World Economic Forum, I have followed the initiative with much enthusiasm. As a woman, I find her work not only refreshing but absolutely indispensable. Despite the world having progressed in so many ways, women worldwide still face a myriad of problems ranging from pay inequality all the way to human rights abuses so gruesome, they cause shock and despair around the world.

REC Solar Sheds Residential Solar PV Business Unit and Sunrun Scoops It Up

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:40

Two major players in the U.S. solar industry have joined forces in a move that will leave each one stronger and better able to flourish within its own market sphere. REC Solar announced today that is has sold its residential unit, consisting of Mainstream Energy, AEE Solar and SnapNrack, to longtime partner Sunrun.

Meet The New World's Biggest Wind Turbine

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 09:33

The newest king of offshore wind turbines represents not only the latest example of partnership in the offshore wind sector — but also the return of the longtime wind turbine leader.

Turnaround 'In Style': Vestas Posts First Profit Since 2011

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 09:29

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the world's biggest wind-turbine manufacturer, is seeking to raise capital after a two-year turnaround program dragged the company out of debt and resulted in its first quarterly profit since mid-2011.

Psst! Hot Tip: Solar Marketing Data Was in The Solar Foundation’s Job Report. Pass it on.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 09:17

By now you’ve probably heard the news about the spectacular job numbers in The Solar Foundation’s 2013 job report. (142,00 industry jobs, plus solar jobs grew by 20%! Woot!) But did you actually read the report? I know, I know. So much to do, so little time, but if you had, you would have a few hidden gems of solar marketing data in there. On page

Georgia Power Reports Status of Solar Energy Procurement for 2014

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 09:15

Georgia Power told the Georgia Public Service Commission on Jan. 31 that it has lately procured some solar energy and that some of that 2013 allotment for solar capacity will “rollover” into 2014.

An Open Letter to Former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 07:00

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) issued an open letter responding to former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and his views on solar energy and utilties.

US State-Level Legislators Spring to Geothermal Action as Federal Climate and Energy Stands Still

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 06:00

Three new geothermal power plants came online in the United States in the past month — two in Nevada and one in New Mexico — bringing the industry to 3,444 MW online in eight states and making energy decisions more important than ever. Federally, 2013 was a fairly quiet year for geothermal law, but leadership exploded at the state level: At least 25 pieces of legislation were enacted in 13 states over the past year that relate directly to geo power or geothermal heating systems. The list is summarized below.

Natural Gas Isn’t a Bridge Fuel, It’s a Gateway Drug

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 10:53

In his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a gateway drug than a bridge to a clean energy future. 1) It’s still a major greenhouse gas.  Sure, natural gas is cleaner than coal, but that’s setting a pr

Overcoming the Barriers to Rooftop Solar

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:34

The dramatic decline in the cost of solar energy, combined with a greater understanding of its financial benefits have made rooftop solar more appealing to homeowners across the US. But some clean energy enthusiasts have discovered that installing solar on their property isn’t as easy as it may sound. Trees, skylights, chimneys, roof structures and