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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

Renewable Energy Loses Out in Europe's "Lame-Duck" Climate Plan

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 23:03

Wind and solar power producers say they're at risk of losing investment after the European Union's executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy use in 2030.

Solar Wins Over Investors, Strong Policy Still Elusive

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:19

The global solar market is “entering a new technology generation and a new market generation” according to Michael Geyer, business development boss at Spain’s Abengoa Solar.

Sweet Science: Researcher Develops Energy-dense Sugar Battery

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 07:00

A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.

Transmission and Energy Storage 2014 Outlook: The Macro and Micro Transformation of Electric Grids

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 07:00

The transmission industry enters 2014 with a lot of work ahead as it continues to recreate the grid and make it more renewable energy-ready.

Coordination is California's Least Cost Path to a Clean Energy Future

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 07:00

A new study for California’s largest investor-owned and public utilities is the latest in a series of influential reports identifying the range of measures needed to add large amounts of renewable power to the grid quickly.

TODAY is Shout Out for Solar Day! Will You Shout Out?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:07

Will You Shout Out for Solar?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 13:08

Did you know that the Solar Energy Industries Association, better known as SEIA, is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this week?  According to Rhone Resch, on January 24, 1974, five people in Washington, DC got together in the basement of a hotel to discuss the possibility of setting up a solar association and that’s where SEIA was born. Think of w

Lessons from Minnesota: An Unexpected Solar Success

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:32

How did a cold state in the Upper Midwest join the ranks of states with solar energy standards? This presentation (click for presentation with audio) explains the politics, process, and policy that led to Minnesota becoming the 17th state with a solar or distributed renewable energy standard in 2013.  It was originally delivered to a webinar audien

Western Canada's Forests Are Fueling Greener Heating

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 07:37

The province of British Columbia, situated on the western edge of Canada, has 55 million hectares of public forest land, making forestry one of the province’s key sectors. Each year the industry creates wood waste, which innovators in the province have turned into a valuable resource – clean-burning wood pellets. Throughout the province, there is e

US-China Solar Trade Update: Another Battle or a Path to Peace?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 07:00

The ongoing U.S.-China solar PV trade war continues this week, with China finalizing its tariffs and duties against U.S. polysilicon suppliers, after SolarWorld launched another volley to further tighten tariff definitions against China. And moving further to the middle of the table is the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) with new proposals of its own.

ABB Wins Zayad Future Energy Prize

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 07:00

Swiss company ABB won the Zayad Future Energy Prize for large corporations here in Abu Dhabi. ABB became the sixth winner of the prize, beating fellow finalists GE and U.S. retail giant Walmart.

Europe Dividing Over Most Ambitious Carbon and Climate Plans

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 07:00

The European Union is poised to take its first formal steps to expand the world’s most ambitious limits on fossil fuel pollution. That may widen a rift in how it balances green policies with the need for cheaper power.

NY State Working to Catch Up with CA's Energy Storage Requirements

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 07:00

Battery storage is gaining more and more traction in the distributed energy resources community. Last fall, California passed the first statewide energy storage directive in the United States. Issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the mandate requires all investor-owned utilities in the state including Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric, to jointly purchase “1325 megawatts of energy storage” by 2020.