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Solar-powered Gondola Saving Clean Mountain Air in Colorado

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:14

Visiting Telluride, Colorado, the first thing you notice, besides the spectacular mountain view, is a free gondola. The gondola, traveling from the town of Telluride to the town of Mountain Village, is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States. It was built to improve air quality in the region by keeping cars off the road.

Top 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:04

Over the years we’ve seen and experienced many challenges and barriers in the constantly evolving renewable energy industry. There are regulatory hurdles, technical challenges, and consumer acceptance, to name a few. But one of the biggest impediments to widespread change has always been finance. Now, the emerging finance method of “crowdfunding” h

The Story Is Storage

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:55

Walking into the 2014 Intersolar North America San Francisco exhibit it became apparent there was a story embedded in the products and services displayed on the three different floors of the Moscone Center West.

Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:50

For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin as part of the institute’s efforts to understand how indi

Hydropower Project on the Kapuskasing River Is a First for Many Reasons

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:41

The Kapuskasing River Waterpower Project is a 22-MW development of four hydroelectric sites along the Kapuskasing River in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Construction on the project began in 2005. What is unique about this project, is how it successfully demonstrates a new business model for hydropower, perhaps the first of its kind, through the collective partnerships of the five owners, which include three First Nation communities (Brunswick House First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation and Chapleau Cree First Nation), the municipality of Kapuskasing and the private developer, Hydromega Services Inc.

From the Editor: It's Really All About Renewable Energy Projects

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:40

At Renewable Energy World, we understand that while we spend lots of time writing about the policies, technologies and intricacies of financing renewable energy, the only measureable result of all of this effort is steel in the ground (or on the roof…or in the water… as the case may be).  The growth of renewable energy is measured through projects

US Federal Government Forecasting Big Gains For Solar

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:40

  In case you missed it, two recent developments clearly demonstrate why America remains “bullish” on solar energy. But they’re also vivid reminders of why we need to remain vigilant. As an organization, and as an industry, too much is at stake for us to become complacent. As the old saying goes on Capitol Hill: “What Congress giveth, Congress can

New Trade Rulings Boost China Wind, Solar in US

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:45

In a quirk of timing, two completely unrelated rulings are boosting the outlook for Chinese new energy firms from the wind and solar sectors in their complex relationship with the U.S. The two cases are quite different, but each reflects the wariness Washington feels towards these Chinese firms due to their government ties. In the bigger of the two

China Three Years Late on Installing Offshore Wind Farms

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:23

China is three years behind schedule on a plan that would make it the world’s biggest market for offshore wind, a setback for the $15 billion industry that’s seeking to produce affordable electricity from the one of nature’s most reliable energy sources.

Japanese Manufacturer Expands Renewables Business, Acquires Solectria and The Switch

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:56

Japanese machinery maker Yaskawa Electric Corp. announced will acquire US.-based inverter maker Solectria Renewables LLC and Finnish wind turbine components maker The Switch to expand its renewable energy business globally.

Sunshine Daydream? Wake Up, Now is the Time for Solar Energy in Latin America

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:32

Often, the most promising opportunities are those that become visible when the sun shines on a dark space. One such dark space is the wealth of untapped energy sources throughout Latin America; and of those energy alternatives, perhaps none looms as promising as the sunlight itself.

The Quick Guide To A Green Stock Portfolio

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:29

For most people, the best way to build a green or fossil-free portfolio will be to use mutual funds or an investment advisor. The exceptions are those who like to do things for themselves, and understand the significant advantage that saving just a fraction of a percent in annual fees can make to the long term performance of a portfolio.

US Senate Passes Geothermal Production Expansion Act

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:59

On July 9, the Senate took up S.363, The Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013, and passed it without amendment by unanimous consent. The bill was sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and allows for non-competitive leasing on lands adjoining existing geothermal lands in some qualified instances.

Experts To Discuss Wind Energy Potential in the US Southeast

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:33

On July 24th, in Charlotte, N.C., the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition will convene key stakeholders for a working session to discuss Wind Energy Resource Assessment and Data Collection in the Southeast. Experts from industry, national labs, and universities will explore wind energy resource assessment efforts related to coastal and offshore wind in the region, determine existing data gaps and identify opportunities for future collaboration.

US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:56

While Germany is often lauded for its Energiewende, a new report released by Zurich-based Finadvice for the Edison Electric Institute explains the consequences of its transition, which include high electricity prices, subsidy debts, grid instability, and costly grid upgrades.

What Continues to Drive Solar's Growth?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:18

While relatively young, the solar market is an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy.  What are the trends in this booming market, and what forces are at work?  Which sectors of the market are strongest, and why? What are the prospects for solar energy in the near future? For the seventh year, I've authored IREC's U.S. Solar

Largest Lithium Resource Deal Spurred by Battery Demand for Electric Vehicles

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:04

Surging demand for high-performance batteries triggered the largest-ever deal for lithium, the lightweight metal that’s a key component of the power systems in smartphones and electric cars.

Japan Bank Sets Aside $2 Billion for Clean Energy

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:32

Shinsei Bank Ltd., a lender for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s clean-energy projects in Japan, plans to provide as much as 200 billion yen (US $2 billion) in loans for renewable developments.

Tidal Lagoons May Add $46 Billion to U.K. Economy, Report Shows

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:21

Installing tidal lagoon power plants at a half-dozen sites across the country may add as much as 27 billion pounds ($46 billion) to the U.K. economy over a 12-year span starting as early as next year, according to a report.

Intersolar 2014 Satiates PV Thrill Seekers

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:00

Intersolar North America 2014 in San Francisco was heralded as a success by many of the estimated 550 exhibitors at the show, attendance at which was slightly smaller than last year, but “more intense,” exhibitors said. Expected to attract 27,000 attendees and exhibitors overall, the show varied its program this year to broaden topic coverage into areas like energy storage and balance-of-system costs in order to honor more industry icons and market innovators.