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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

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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.

Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Company Structure

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:20

In the first article of this survey of yield cos, I looked at the possible reasons for the seemingly endless enthusiasm for US-listed clean energy yield cos. Here, I'll take a look at how these yield cos are constructed, and why investors should prefer one structure over another.

EU Approves UK Payments for Renewables, Capacity Guarantees

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:54

The European Commission approved the U.K. government’s renewable energy contracts and so-called capacity payments, saying the program that benefits power plants complies with state-aid rules.

Geothermal Energy To Become Next New Source of Chinese Renewable Growth

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:46

The National Energy Administration of China is developing its 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) for the development and use of geothermal resources, in a move to further boost the development of the sector, according to China Securities Journal.

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:46

Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020.

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:37

When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it

Community Solar Gardens Sprout from Contaminated Sites

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:25

Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect t