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Microgrids Missing from the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:19

Emerging economies, especially India, desperately need a novel, suitable electricity solution; alas, what exists is a hundred years old and unsuited for our times. This situation is frustrating because affordable, clean, 100 percent electrification, technologically speaking, is at hand yet no one has stepped forward to lead.

Not in My Alps! Examining Germany’s NIMBY Protests

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:42

There’s plenty of dark irony to Bavaria’s stiff opposition to Phase 2 of Germany’s heralded Energiewende, or clean-energy transition. Germany’s southern-most state, known for its spectacular Alps, has profited as much or more than any of its peers from the renewable energy boom, not least from the considerable subsidies that German electricity consumers pay to cover renewable energy standard (RES) investment costs. But a campaign in Bavaria that observers have tongue-in-cheek nicknamed “Not in My Alps!” is currently one of the biggest obstacles to shifting the Energiewende into a higher gear.

US Government Has Big Bucks To Help Jumpstart Renewable Energy Innovation

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:41

In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and encourage the uptake of renewable energy, the U.S. government last week announced that it was making $4 billion available in loan guarantees. The money, which is provided by the Loan Program Office (LPO), is for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.

Start Your Engines: Solar Power Hits the Speedway

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:51

Last week the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500, unveiled its 9-MW solar farm, making it the largest solar plant at any sporting facility in the world.

Filling the Gap: Homebuilders, Restaurants Selling Clean Energy in Japan’s Power Market

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:32

Watami Co., a restaurant chain in Japan known best as a hangout for salarymen, is getting into the business of selling power -- and it isn’t alone.

India Should Limit Solar Duties to Shield Investments, Tata Says

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:24

India should refrain from slapping retroactive duties on solar power plants already under construction to avoid disrupting investment into the industry, a unit of the nation’s biggest industrial group said.

6 Solar Fred Marketing Hopes for Manufacturers at Intersolar

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:32

This week is Intersolar North America in San Francisco, and while I haven’t gotten a preview of any solar company booths, here’s what I hope I’ll see: 1) I hope I’ll even see a booth. Many solar manufacturers have decided to skip Intersolar (and SPI), the two most important solar conventions in the U.S. I strongly believe that’s a mistake. If you’r

Biofuel Advancement Threatened: How Can We Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:21

Advanced biofuels are no longer a futuristic hope — they are here. This year, three companies including DuPont will turn on commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, the result of billions of dollars in investment and close to 10 years of collaborative research with universities, government agencies and other private entities. This is a tremendous step forward in our country’s effort to lower our dependence on finite fuel sources and to give consumers a renewable choice at the pump.

Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 05:31

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Imagined by NREL leaders who foresaw the possibilities for high performance computing (HPC), the ESIF's HPC data center is fulfilling the goal of handling large and complex datasets that exceed traditional database processes.

Beyond the Meter: Remote Solar on the Horizon?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 04:54

A Less-Than-Totally-Addressable Market Commercial solar can be an extremely difficult, uphill sell. Not only must a salesperson overcome traditional customer barriers of ignorance, indifference, or fear, with a product that can seem formidably technical, but they have to do so in what is to date an inordinately small addressable market. Consider a

Lessons in Solar Development for the Latin American Market

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:52

Latin America has one of the world’s brightest solar power market outlooks. High power prices and volatile fuel supplies have made solar cheaper than fossil fuels in many countries, driving new investment and capacity additions. Chile, Uruguay, and Costa Rica were three of the just seven nations worldwide to show an increase in renewable energy financing in 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Solar Thin-Film Panels Surge to 11-Month High on Trade Dispute

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:49

Thin-film solar panel prices climbed to an 11-month high after U.S. regulators proposed new tariffs that would close a loophole on Chinese-made modules.

Brazil Plans Local Content Solar Rules to Spur Domestic Industry

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:45

Brazil is drafting local-content policies designed to spur the development of a domestic solar- manufacturing industry.

5 Energy Innovators Driving Personal Energy Independence

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:01

From parades, fairs and backdoor BBQs to sporting events, pontificating politicians and splashy fireworks displays, Independence Day is associated with a dazzling display of events celebrating the history, government and traditions of the United States.

Global Solar Expansion: Mega Solar PV Manufacturing Plants (Reportedly) in the Works from East to West

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:08

Whether it is in reaction to international trade conflicts, booming local demand for solar, or the firm belief that solar PV will soon be a dominant player in the energy market, recent company announcements highlight the great promise that solar holds as a manufacturing and power producing engine worldwide.

Urban Grime Hinders India's Solar Energy Plans

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:51

India’s ambition to skip a generation of electricity technology starting with solar panels on telecommunications towers is being hampered by dust and urban sprawl.

Power in the Pipe: Inside a British Columbia Run-of-River Hydro Plant

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:07

Last month, Innergex Renewable Energy invited the Clean Energy Canada team to tour its Ashlu Creek Hydro Project — a run-of-river renewable-energy plant about 35 kilometres northeast of Squamish, British Columbia.

Arizona Utilities Are not Supporting a Solar-Friendly Policy

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:16

Utility companies were originally allowed as a public service and were not-for-profit. It was never intended that this public service be a money making business, let alone one of the largest and wealthiest in the country.

Australia’s $9.4 Billion Clean Energy Bank to Reveal Solar Deals

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:13

The Australian government’s A$10 billion ($9.4 billion) clean-energy bank is set to announce a number of solar deals in the next week as it looks at investments in industries from mining to manufacturing.

The Rise of the Residential Solar PV Customer

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:43

Residential solar is booming in the U.S., driven primarily by the lease/power buying business model. This model appeals to the energy consumer’s desire for a degree of independence from utility rate hikes and allows the consumer to continue renting electricity instead of making the shift to owning the means of electricity production.