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A New Way To Harness Waste Heat

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 03:46

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on thermoelectric devices, solid-state materials that can produce electricity from a temperature gradient, but the efficiency of such devices is limited by the availability of materials.

25 Solar Marketing Alternatives to Unsolicited Telemarketing and Email Lists

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 09:45

Remember that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry receives an unsolicited call from a telemarketer? If not, here’s the clip: The punch line, “Now you know how I feel,” resonates with me and perhaps the rest of America. Does anybody really want to be interrupted by a telemarketer or their robo-call lackeys? No, no one looks forward to a telemarketer’s

What if Roads Were Made of Solar PV Panels?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:45

Four years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw announced their provocative concept of "Solar Roadways," a system of modular ‘pavement’ solar panels that could be installed directly onto roads, parking lots, driveways, bike paths, and “literally any surface under the sun." The idea got traction (no pun intended) and since then, the Brusaws have received two

Ohio Ready To Halt Its Renewable Portfolio Standard

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:07

Ohio is debating the sharpest break from a three-decade campaign by 29 U.S. states to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by promoting power from renewable sources.

UK’s Negative Press on Wind Power Could Have Hurt Renewable Energy Fundraising

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:00

The U.K.’s negative media coverage of wind farms may have curbed a clean-energy fundraising, with the Ventus VCT Plc and Ventus 2 VCT Plc trusts receiving a fifth of the amount they targeted, a Temporis Capital LLP partner said.

Texas is the American Leader in Energy – So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:01

Texas both produces and consumes more energy than any state in the U.S. It controls one-quarter of U.S. proven oil reserves. Energy companies looking to grow or to establish a U.S. presence set up operations in Texas. The primary electricity transmission system in Texas is independent of the rest of the country (a long-time source of pride). The Electric Reliability Company of Texas, or ERCOT, is responsible for regulating the generation and supply of power to 85 percent of the state, except the extreme eastern and western portions.

Global Geothermal News Roundup: US Plants Near Completion, South America Closer to Tapping Resource

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 05:55

Geothermal projects are on the move worldwide. Some highlights include Oregon’s Paisley geothermal plant, which is expected to be completed this summer. Various projects are moving forward in stages of preparation and construction, including Mariposa, Chile; San Jacinto-Tizate, Nicaragua; and Biliran, The Philippines. China says it is establishing its own Geothermal Energy Association. Below you'll find brief updates on these projects and more.

Texas Wind Boosted with Improved Public Planning

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 05:54

Texas might not be the first state you think of for best practices in government planning. But it turns out Texas wind development success is due in great part to excellent planning by the state regulatory bodies, and not just a bunch of wild cowboys simply popping up turbines for the heck of it.

China's New Private Equity Investment Giant Eyes Solar

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:10

Following reports last month of the imminent formation of a major new private equity investor, media are now saying the company, China Minsheng Investment, has formally registered and is gearing up to make its first investments. The new company certainly has the resources and connections to quickly become a major player on both the domestic and glo

Planting the “SEEDS” of Solar Technology in the Home

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:09

In an effort to better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use of solar energy.

A David and Goliath Fight to Tap World-class Solar

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 07:54

“It’s the most inspirational work that I’m doing…this is an inspirational and aspirational effort…at the heart of it is love of place and energy democracy.” Mariel Nanasi and the citizens of Santa Fe, NM, are exploring the economic and environmental benefits of more local and locally-controlled energy production.  Is their city ready to take the le

Fort Collins, Colorado Utilities Tap Community-owned Solar

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 06:23

As the city of Fort Collins grows, the utilities department continues to plan and adapt for the future and announced its commitment to sustainability by partnering with Colorado-based community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to launch the city’s first community-owned solar program. CEC will build a 333-kW commercial-grade solar PV ar

Reform of the Electricity Paradigm in Mexico: The Importance of Perspective

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 05:08

Politics, as with almost everything else, is all about perspective. Perspective is often used as a verb to describe spatial relationships in a photograph or by an astronomer to define the size of objects in space. The word is designed to remind us that we need to be aware of the relative nature of things. Without perspective, we wouldn’t know what is large or small, heavy or light, fast or slow, expensive or cheap, or even up or down. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Prize winner, used to have an image of the Earth in his office with the South Hemisphere on top of the map — making the point that even one’s perspective of our planet in the cosmos depends upon from where the analysis is conducted.

South Africa Is Primed for Major Solar Development

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 04:03

South Africa enjoys some of the best sunshine in the world all year round and its electricity is among the most expensive on the planet. The country’s lofty solar ambitions therefore come as little surprise: Forty-two percent of South Africa’s newly-installed energy capacity should be renewable by 2030. Its solar power generation is expected to reach 1,050 MW by 2015 in contrast with just 25 MW in 2012. The country is also expected to have installed over four million solar panels and have the capacity to set up 1.6 million more by the same date. South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity should also reach 8.4 GW by 2030.

Saudi Arabian Oil Company Seeks More Solar Power

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 03:33

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company is planning to add more solar power, a move to limit domestic fossil-fuel consumption in the world’s biggest exporter of crude.

GE Said to Seek Partners on Alstom Assets to Appease France

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 03:02

General Electric Co., seeking approval from France’s government for its $17 billion Alstom SA energy bid, is in early-stage talks with nuclear-plant maker Areva SA and other French companies about asset sales or partnerships, people familiar with the matter said.

Three Key US Commercial Solar Tax Incentives Fighting for 2014 Extension

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:49

You can never truly predict what legislation will actually pass through Congress and get signed by the President. Nevertheless, there are several expiring solar tax benefits in the EXPIRE Act of 2014 that we hope will get extended and continue to benefit commercial solar installations. The Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPI

When Solar Property Taxes Get Personal

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:47

On the long and winding road of solar project development, property taxes are frequently an afterthought. Yet, the presence, or lack, of a property tax on a solar energy system has significant implications for a project’s profitability. According to SEIA, 38 states in the U.S. have property tax exemptions for solar, and there are more states that a

Indian Government to Bring Solar Lighting to Every Home by 2019

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:34

India’s new government led by Narendra Modi plans to harness solar power to enable every home to run at least one light bulb by 2019, a party official said.

Australia Renewable Target Cuts Would Deter Investment, Say Manufacturers

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:17

Vestas Wind Systems A/S said scaling back Australia’s renewable energy target would cut the value of more than A$10 billion ($9.4 billion) in large projects across the industry and discourage international investors.