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Germany First in Europe to Tax Consumer Use of Clean Energy

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 06:58

Germany is set to become the first nation in Europe to charge owners of renewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to contain rising power bills.

SolarWorld’s Actions Are Damaging the US Solar Industry

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 05:00

As someone who has played an active role in the development and growth of the U.S. solar industry over the last 15 years, I view the actions by German-based SolarWorld to obtain costly government-imposed tariffs on imports of solar cells and panels to be a grave threat to our industry’s growing success. Driving down the costs of solar, not raising them, should be our primary goal.

Renewable Energy Provides 37% of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:08

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 37.16 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during calendar-year 2013 for a total of 5,279 MW.

US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:00

Today The Solar Foundation (TSF), a non-profit organization that seeks to further the understanding of solar energy through research and public education, released its 4th National Jobs Census report, which shows remarkable growth in the U.S. labor market as it pertains to solar energy employment.

Wind Energy Joint Ventures: A Sign of the Times?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:38

Henry Ford was, of course, a man who knew a few things about working together. He pioneered cooperation with Giovanni Agnelli of Fiat in 1912, when the Ford Motor Company was only nine years old. This enabled Ford to establish a foothold in the European markets and challenge other early manufacturers.

Asia Report: India's Vastly Oversubscribed Solar Allocations

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:39

Last week India finally held its national solar auction, the first in two years, seen as the least risky of several national and state-level solar auctions held over the past few years.

The Right Risk Partner Makes the Difference in Renewable Energy

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:00

As renewable sources play an increasingly important role in producing sustainable energy, the need to recognize, define and manage the risks associated with these technologies is an emerging priority. New risks are arising even from renewable technologies that have been used for years, as solar, wind and other projects are pursued on an industrial scale, in new environments and in novel ways. These new exposures underscore the importance of selecting the right risk partner to mitigate operational risks and de-risk with regard to certain financial or regulatory exposures.

Today’s Top 10 Must-Have Solar Content Marketing Channels

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:52

As I mentioned in a post from a few weeks ago, 64 percent of non-solar marketers said they’re increasing their budgets for content marketing in 2014. Wow. That’s a significant trend, so let’s focus on what “Content Marketing” means in relation to the solar industry. What Is Content Marketing? Content marketing has many definitions, but I like this

Solar Mergers Will Quicken Pace as Projects Proliferate, Says Trina

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:47

The pace of consolidation in the solar manufacturing industry will accelerate in the next three years as the cost of the technology declines and installations surge, the founder of the fourth-biggest solar-panel maker said.

Citi Sees Capital Markets Reviving Renewables as Banks Bow Out

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:42

Renewable energy companies will derive more of their funding from bond markets as banks curb lending to the industry, Citigroup Inc.’s head of environmental finance said.

China's Solar Dragon Awakens

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:41

Even if you've been paying attention to China's growing appetite for renewable energy, and especially solar energy, these latest statistics deserve emphasis.

China's Solar Dragon Awakens

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:41

Even if you've been paying attention to China's growing appetite for renewable energy, and especially solar energy, these latest statistics deserve emphasis.

Energy Storage Roundup: Xtreme Power, Rhubarb, Compressed Air, DOE's Grid-Scale Push

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 13:50

Grid-scale battery storage continues to be a tough place to do business.

SEIA’s 40th Anniversary Celebrates ‘Stampede To Solar’

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:08

On January 24, 1848 — 166 years ago today — a discovery was made at a place called Sutter’s Sawmill that would change the course of California and even American history.  Gold was discovered near the old sawmill, setting off the California gold rush. It’s ironic — or perhaps even prophetic — that the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) was f

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Hot Water Systems

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:00

Although solar hot water systems are used widely throughout the world for domestic hot water (DHW) in homes, they are still struggling to get traction in the U.S. Inexpensive natural gas coupled with the small size of these systems makes it hard for the economics for residential DHW to pencil out.

Gamesa and Areva in Offshore Wind Tie-in

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:50

European wind technology majors Gamesa and Areva have announced moves to create a joint venture in the offshore wind sector.

US-China Solar Trade War Enters Second Round

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 08:38

Just days after China finalized anti-dumping tariffs on U.S. makers of polysilicon, the main ingredient used to make solar panels, the U.S. has announced it is opening a new anti-dumping investigation into solar panels imported from China. The close timing of this latest round of developments in a solar trade dispute between the U.S. and China may

London Array Wind Farm the Highlight of ‘Exceptional Year’ for Masdar

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 07:00

Last year was “exceptional” for the wind business of UAE-headquartered company Masdar, according to its clean energy director Bader Al Lamki.

US Congressional Action Could Help Advance Energy Storage Technologies

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 07:00

Energy storage may be the next big thing on the energy horizon. Energy storage technologies provide for multiple applications, ranging from the integration of renewable energy into the grid to maintaining grid stability and reliability. Yet challenges to achieving the full potential of these technologies remain. Two bills currently pending in Congress could go a long way in addressing some of those challenges.

How the Expiration of the Federal ITC Could Create a Boom in the Commercial Solar Market

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 07:00

All eyes are on the reduction or expiration of the 30 percent federal investment tax credit (ITC). While it's the prime goal of SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) to maintain the federal ITC, some have argued explicitly that it's time to dismiss solar tax credits on the local level, while others have argued the federal tax credit SHOULD be