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China Becomes World's Largest PV Market

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:16

According to the Global New Energy Development Report 2014, China has surpassed Germany as the world's largest PV market. The report, which was prepared by Hanergy Holding Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, provided a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the global renewable energy market.

US Ex-Im Hangs in Balance as Chief Defends Bank Against Critics

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:56

U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg mounted a defense of the 80-year-old agency as Republicans weigh eliminating the lender they say backs major corporations with political connections.

German Lawmakers Vote to Reduce Renewable Energy Subsidies

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:36

German lawmakers backed an extensive revision of the country’s EEG clean-energy law to curb subsidies and slow gains in power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union.

Brazil's Cosan Sees Potential to Triple Biomass Power Generation

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:20

Billionaire Rubens Ometto’s Cosan SA has the potential to triple its power generation by burning sugar-cane leftovers if the government offers power-purchase contracts for biomass producers.

California Bill Approved in Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee to Advance Geothermal

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:52

On June 23, the California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce approved SB 1139 by a 8-5 vote and now heads to Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill requires energy retailers to procure a combined 500 MW of geothermal power by 2024, and has been passed in the Senate.

Listen Up: SEIA Explains New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:09

Earlier this month, the U.S. Commerce Department announced new tariffs on solar products from China, including both solar panels and solar cells. Another upcoming case may result in tariffs on Taiwanese solar products. There are two things we can be sure of related to these tariffs. First, these tariffs will cause the prices of Chinese and Taiwanese solar panels shipped to the U.S. to increase. Second, these tariffs will make it more attractive to manufacture solar products in the U.S.

Lessons from Australia: How to Reduce US Solar PV Costs through Installation Labor Efficiency

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:02

In 2013, the United States installed more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than either Germany or Australia for the first time ever. (the U.S. has triple their combined population, so arguably this should have happened long ago…). With the decline of feed-in tariffs and other incentives in Germany, it is likely that the U.S. will continue to outpace that country in new PV installations. However, the U.S. continues to lag behind global PV leaders Germany and Australia in another important category: prices for residential systems installations. As of Q2 2013, the average installed residential system price was $4.93/W compared to Germany’s $2.21/W and Australia’s $2.56/W. That needs to change.

Trust and Ratings Trump Price in Residential Solar Sales

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 02:00

At what price would you buy solar from this guy?   You probably wouldn’t. And that’s one reason why building trust and conveying quality can trump price, even in a highly price competitive residential solar market — and that’s not just me saying that. I just did a very informative webinar with Judy Ash, Enphase’s Senior Director of Global Marketing

Solar’s Key Challenge Today Is to “Truly Out-compete Traditional Energy”

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:29

David Briggs has long-standing experience in the solar industry, including three years at a cleantech communications firm and three years as Marketing Manager at microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy. Briggs now works as Director of Marketing at mounting systems provider IronRidge. Recently, Briggs took a few minutes from his busy schedule to t

Sir Richard Branson: “We’re Killing the World”

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:04

An observer of Sir Richard Branson over say 20 years might have remarked how much older he looked as the keynote speaker at the BIO convention this week in San Diego. He struggled for words at times and was visibly tired by the end of his hour on stage; but he had lost nothing of his charm, nor had he varied in his iconoclastic approach to building great enterprises or his views on technology in the face of climate change.

HydroVision International technical tour registration deadline extended to July 2

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:51

The deadline to register for each of HydroVision International 2014's three technical tours has been extended to Wednesday, July 2, but space is limited and filling quickly.

Renewables Provide 14 Percent of Electrical Generation During First Third of 2014

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:44

Two new back-to-back reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide a snapshot of U.S. energy trends for the first months of 2014.

Can the Frigid Sakha Awaken Russia’s Clean Energy Potential?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:24

Russia’s current electric power generation capacity is estimated at more than 220 GW. Some energy experts, however, predict that without a major additional upstream investment, Russian gas supplies could fall short of projected domestic and export demand within the next few years.

The US South’s New Clean Energy Hub

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:47

While Charlotte, N.C., is perhaps best known as a financial center, with big institutions like Bank of America and Wells Fargo dominating the skyline, the area is also a major energy hub. The region is home to more than 260 companies and nearly 28,000 workers that are tied directly to the energy sector, including Charlotte-based Duke Energy. Moreover, the region is developing a growing number of clean energy initiatives, and the state has implemented legislature that requires investor-owned utilities to generate 12.5 percent of their retail sales from renewable energy by 2021.

World Bank Says ‘Climate Smart’ Policies Boost Growth

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:02

Policies aimed at curbing climate change can boost economic growth, create jobs and save millions of lives, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Many Describing UK Wind Energy Cuts as Unsettling

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 06:48

David Cameron’s planned subsidy cuts for U.K. wind power are unsettling the investors the prime minister needs to fund infrastructure of all kinds, the company developing one of the nation’s biggest wind farms said.

Wanted: An EU Biofuels Policy that Is Fair for All

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 06:42

At the beginning of 2014, the European Commission unveiled a policy framework for climate and energy from 2020 to 2030. In a controversial move, the Commission stated that it “does not think it appropriate to establish new targets for renewable energy or greenhouse gas intensity of fuels used in the transport sector or any other sub-sector after 2020.”

Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 05:43

Dorian Bishopp blames the solar panels on his roof for costing him almost 10 percent off the value of the home he sold in March.

Welcome to the Grid Revolution, Massachusetts-style

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 05:43

Utilities, get ready: Massachusetts is in revolutionary mode again. No one is throwing tea into Boston Harbor, but the state is trying to sink outmoded ways of moving around electrons.

What Your City Can Do to Fight Climate Change

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:44

The Obama administration is pushing power plant regulations to reduce carbon emissions and most states have some sort of renewable energy policy. But there's plenty of opportunity left for action at the local level; action that can also boost the local economy. The following presentation by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the N