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Renewable Energy Stocks by the kWh

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 06:42

I recently sized up five renewable energy power producers using the metric that’s most often used for solar panels: Dollars per Watt ($/W). It’s an intuitive metric, but has serious flaws both for evaluating solar installations and stocks. Slightly better is Watts per Dollar (or W/$100 to make the numbers look nice) as shown in the chart from that article below.

Fukushima, Japan Rebuilding Communities with Solar, Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2040

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 06:37

Fukushima experienced the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit three years ago. Now, the region is trying to turn the “lost landscape” into massive renewable energy fields. The prefecture has declared “zero dependency on nuclear energy” and created a goal to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with renewable energy, such as solar, by 2040. The prefectures also believes that investing in renewable energy will spur economic development and create jobs to help its recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Obama Bid to Cut Greenhouse Gases Divides Utility, Coal Industries

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 05:24

Bracing for greenhouse-gas rules from the Obama administration, two industries are staking out different positions. Coal companies are pledging to sue. Electric utilities are ready to talk.

As Companies Jockey to be Number One, Global Solar PV Pipeline is Exploding

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:33

Last year Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar vowed that it would be the number one solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider in the global PV industry. The company delivered on that promise, installing 1.1 GW of solar capacity in 2013, up from 516 MW the year before. But 2014 will have a different frontrunner according to new data. Chinese EPC TBEA SunOasis, the number two installer in 2013, is set to install more solar capacity in 2014 than First Solar. All of this is contained in a new report out from IHS Technology.

UK Moves to Cut Support for Large Scale Solar PV

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:55

DECC, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, has unveiled proposals for further reform of the country’s renewable energy support program. The measures include plans for the closure of the Renewables Obligation scheme to new solar PV capacity above 5 MW from 1st April 2015.

Why New Nuclear Technology Hurts the Case for Renewables

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 08:48

Does nuclear energy deserve a seat at the table alongside renewable energy technologies in weaning us off of fossil fuels and transitioning into a cleaner energy world? A new report published yesterday suggests not only will newer small modular reactor (SMR) technology be at least as expensive as larger reactors, it won't fit the needs of a more flexible grid system, and its development will siphon away funding from the truly renewable energy options that need it.

Obama May Consider Power Plant Rule That Tests Clean Air Act

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 07:54

The Obama administration is considering cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants by reaching beyond the plants themselves — an unusual approach that could run afoul of anti-pollution laws.

Offshore Wind Implications for Proposed GE Acquisition of Alstom

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 07:20

GE’s proposal to acquire French power engineering group Alstom’s power generation business for $13 billion is not a done deal – the French government has said it is conducting a review of the purchase, and may push for Alstom's wind assets to be acquired by state-owned Areva. Germany’s Siemens has also provided a counter-bid while it conducts due d

Listen Up: What Is the Future of Solar Distribution?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 07:06

The most conspicuous driver of the residential solar industry's growth has been large, national-scale solar installers. Their market share has been increasing, primarily because they offer attractive financing to homeowners. Although all solar installers large and small pretty much install the same equipment, for someone who wants solar on their roof, a "no money down" lease is compelling. But there are thousands of smaller, local residential installers who are also thriving in this era of lower equipment prices, higher utility rates and improved awareness of the benefits and reliability of rooftop solar.

China Targets 70 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Cut Coal Reliance

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, plans to speed up solar power development, targeting a more than tripling of installed capacity to 70 gigawatts by 2017 to cut its reliance on coal.

New York Launches New Incentive Round for Large Solar Projects

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 03:37

New York is in a solar state of mind. On the heels of the recent announcement to commit an additional $1 billion to New York solar incentives over the next decade, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) unveiled the next anticipated funding program for large solar systems, over 200 kW in size. This round of funding c

Mr. Harris Goes to Washington: Hydropower's Exciting Progress

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 08:32

It was said that when the State of Oklahoma asked its favorite son, Will Rogers, if they might sculpt his likeness for inclusion in the United States Capitol's statuary, the cowboy from Oolagah gave his consent only on the condition that his statue face the House chamber so he could "keep an eye on Congress." Indeed, Rogers' is the only of the 100

Siemens Inks $2.1 Billion Deal for 600-MW Dutch Offshore Wind Project

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 07:46

Siemens AG won a 1.5 billion-euro ($2.1 billion) contract for a Dutch offshore wind park that will also give Europe’s largest engineering company its biggest-ever energy service contract.

The Solar PV Shipment Shell Game

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 05:16

Outsourcing has been a common practice in the photovoltaic industry since…always. Ignoring it in favor of reporting higher shipment numbers has been a common practice since…always. There is more outsourcing now than there was ten years ago because the industry is bigger. When the PV industry was at megawatt levels, outsourcing was at megawatt levels. Now that the industry is at gigawatt levels, outsourcing is at gigawatt levels. Today’s outsourcing is also more acceptable — in the past everyone did it quietly, today it is out in the open. Yet despite this openness and acceptability, double counting continues and the industry continues to be oversized.

Reflections on Launching a Green Bank and Animating Markets in New York

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 03:57

On April 14, the Clean Energy Finance Forum spoke with Richard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance in New York and chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This conversation offers a close-up look at the process of creating the NY Green Bank (NYGB) and the broader initiative to transform energy policy and markets to achieve economic and environmental benefits.

Companies Eye Factory Rooftops for Solar Expansion in Japan

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 08:03

Panasonic Corp. is aiming to sell more solar panels specifically designed for the rooftops of factories and warehouses, a market it sees ripe with potential as Japan introduces rules that threaten to stymie the development of larger solar farms built on open land.

India May Impose Solar Tariffs After Probe Says US, China Dumped Panels

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 07:54

India may recommend duties on U.S. and Chinese solar imports after finding evidence of dumping, broadening a global trade dispute in the $130 billion market.

80 Percent of Brits Support Renewable Energy

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 07:42

If you are a follower of the press and politics in the U.K. you might be forgiven for thinking that the country is against wind energy — but a new survey proves exactly the opposite. The survey — carried out by the U.K. government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in March 2014 — showed that 70 percent of respondents supported onshor

Researchers Find New Material for Flat Semiconductors

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 05:04

Researchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic that would make it even more useful: a property called a bandgap, which is essential for making devices such as computer chips and solar cells.

On its 60th Birthday, Solar PV Has Become a Major Contender

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 04:20

On April 25, 1954 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, technicians at AT&T’s legendary Bell Labs publicly demonstrated a solar photovoltaic panel for the first time, capturing light to power the rotation of a miniature Ferris wheel. The New York Times called it “the beginning of a new era, eventually leading to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams.”