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Ohio's Renewable Portfolio Standard Freeze: How Will It Affect Solar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 05:15

With the signing of Senate Bill 310 (SB 310), Ohio has become the first state to “freeze” its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on June 13th, effectively halting the state’s mandates for efficiency and renewables until 2017. Come 2017, these mandates will pick up where they left off when the free

Awakening the Potential of Clean Energy Bonds

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 03:36

A paper by the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation has investigated the barriers that are currently holding back widespread adoption of clean energy bonds. The paper has provided recommendations for development finance agencies seeking to tap their potential.

Solar Tariffs Expected to Boost Prices for Chinese Panels by 14 Percent

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 07:45

Prices for Chinese solar panels shipped into the U.S. will increase by an average of 14 percent because of import duties that may be announced later this year, GTM Research said in a report today.

Energy Storage: A Different View from Germany

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 07:42

Germany leads the world in solar photovoltaic generation, so it would seem to follow that the country’s interest in energy storage would also be soaring. But when Ben Kaun, an expert storage specialist with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), traveled to an international energy storage conference in Dusseldorf earlier this year, he found

The Rise of Solar Co-ops

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 07:29

While many people associate cooperatives with a place for hippies to buy organic food, the cooperative movement has actually grown far and wide, creating sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and strengthen local economies.

GE’s CEO Makes Final Push for $17 Billion Alstom Energy Bid

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 07:02

Jeffrey Immelt arrived in France today as the General Electric Co. chief executive officer makes a final push to sell the government and unions on its bid for Alstom SA’s energy assets over an offer led by Siemens AG.

EU Needs Low-Carbon Energy Union, Ministers’ Advisory Panel Says

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 06:52

The European Union needs an ambitious emissions-reduction goal, targets for energy- efficiency and renewables as well as tools to foster investment under its planned 2030 policies, an advisory panel to 14 ministers said.

Plug-and-Play Solar Systems: Automating the Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection Processes

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 05:46

Can you imagine installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the roof as easily as installing a television system in your living room? There would be no special tools, better yet, no electrical or structural permit applications and driving down and wait at your city’s planning department.

Tequila Sunrise: Companies Sign Pact to Advance Agave as Aviation Biofuels Feedstock

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:01

From California, news has arrived from Byogy Renewables that it has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia, aimed at developing multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

Storage Updates: A123 Buys Battery Tech as It Mulls EVs, Sunverge Raises $15 Million for Distributed Application

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 07:53

A123 Systems LLC, the battery maker bought by Wanxiang Group Corp. after it sought bankruptcy protection in 2012, purchased technology from Leyden Energy Inc. that the Chinese parent may use to make electric cars.

Sitting at the Tip of the Iceberg: The Huge Potential of Energy Storage

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 05:35

The United States is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to energy storage innovation. Although the sector has made strong advances in recent years, we are just at the beginning of a wave of technological innovation and implementation. According to the global research firm IHS, the U.S. energy storage market will grow to 1.7 gigawatts in 2017 and should hit 2.5 GW by 2020. This impressive growth is in part due to the rapid expansion of distributed solar and supportive legislation set in place in the strongest U.S. PV market — California.

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 05:06

Sandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale for everything from solar cells to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Hawaii’s Solar Conundrum: Can Energy Storage Save the Day?

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 04:05

Hawaii’s lead utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and other utilities in the islands have found that solar photovoltaics installations have grown far faster than their isolated grids can adapt to the intermittent flood of peak time energy. With an electricity tariff at least double the U.S. average, fuel-constrained Hawaii is a rare and now leading U.S. market where solar has reached parity with other energy costs.

Vertical Integration Continues: SolarCity Buys Silevo for $200 Million, Plans GW Factory in NY

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:50

In an effort to further streamline its solar business and lower the overall cost of solar energy, SolarCity announced today that it would acquire high-efficiency cell manufacturer Silevo for $200 million. In an effort to scale up the technology, SolarCity plans to construct a 1-GW manufacturing facility located in Buffalo, New York within the next two years.

Delta Signs with Carbon War Room to Advance Renewable Jet Fuel

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:52

The Digest has learned that Delta Air Lines is partnering with the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization founded by Sir Richard Branson, in an effort to accelerate low-carbon jet fuel production worldwide.

Utility Profits Linked to Gender Diversity

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 04:47

If utilities want to succeed during these transformative times, they will need to promote more women to board positions. That is the message offered in new report released last week by EY.

SunPower Partners with Admirals Bank for $200 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:33

SunPower and Admirals Bank announced a $200 million loan program for residential solar projects. Available over the next two years in all 50 U.S. states, the program allows residents to borrow up to $60,000 for a SunPower system.

Research Continues on Solar with Molten Salt Storage

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:59

A soaring structure on the south side of the Department of Energy’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) combines two cutting-edge technologies in concentrating solar energy: Compact Linear Fresnel Reflectors and molten salt thermal storage. Using them together is a pioneering concept.

How One Town Keeps Fighting for Control of Its Energy Future

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:35

How can a community take control of its energy future from a 100-year monopoly electric utility?  Citizens of Boulder, CO, are testing answers to that question, trying to discover how a single city can do more for its economy and the environment with more power over its energy system. At the core of their efforts is a grassroots campaign to form a

New England Clean Power Link Will Generate Nearly $400 Million Annually, Says Analysis

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:08

TDI New England’s proposed New England Clean Power Link will generate nearly $400 million annually in new economic activity for the New England region as a whole during the first 10 years of commercial operations, according to a new report by London Economics International.