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WTO Tells US To Reconsider Solar Panel Tariffs

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:19

Yesterday the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced its findings in the dispute between China and the United States over countervailing measures imposed on various Chinese-made goods including solar panels.

Is Solar Ownership Poised for a Comeback?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:20

With “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of tax incentives, rebates, and financing, it’s hard to find fault with homeowners that choose this low-effort option. But giving up ownership means giving up a big share

4.9 GW of New Offshore Wind Capacity Under Construction in Europe

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:53

There are currently 16 offshore wind farms under construction in Europe totaling 4.9 GW of power capacity. During the first six months of 2014, 224 new offshore wind turbines, totaling 781 megawatts (MW), were fully grid connected in Europe — 25 percent less than during the same period in 2013 (1,045 MW). Also during this period, 282 wind turbines have been installed but not connected, making a total of 310 offshore turbines awaiting grid connection. Once connected they will add a further 1,200 MW of offshore wind energy capacity.

The New Mod Squad – Grid Modernization for Our Shifting Energy Resources

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:34

We’ve heard a lot about smart grid over the past decade, but to achieve a truly intelligent grid we need to do much more than switch out analog meters for their digital counterparts. We must also implement comprehensive new regulatory structures to make use of the data and functionality provided by these equipment upgrades.  In other words, we need

Listen Up: The State of Solar in Hawaii

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:52

As Jimmy Carter said, "what starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread." When it comes to solar, this quote should be changed to "fortunately," since California leads the nation in solar deployments of all types. But there is a state — even farther to the west — that is the real leader when it comes to rooftop solar penetration and the challenge these systems present to electric utilities.

PV Innovations Highlight Intersolar 2014

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:39

The refreshingly upbeat tone of the Intersolar 2014 conference and show in San Francisco this year was broadly supported by company announcements of advances in technology, new strategic partnerships, and expectations of more business as the PV industry evolves into maturity.

India Pledges Funds for Grid Reform, Solar Energy to Curb Blackouts

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:33

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government plans to spend 15 billion rupees ($250 million) on programs to boost solar power and reform electricity supply to farmers to end blackouts in India.

China Requires Electric Vehicles to Make Up 30 Percent of State Purchases

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:55

China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax.

The Good, the Bad, and the Oops! of Intersolar 2014's Event Marketing

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:21

Last week I wrote about the kind of event marketing that I'd hope I'd see at Intersolar 2014. Well, I'm back, and I was pleasantly surprised in some cases, not so much in others. Here are my highlights of the good, the bad, and the oops!  Hands down, SolarEdge wins the most creative engagement award for hiring a vaudevillian act that was more than

Geothermal Project in Colombia Succeeds Through Participatory Development

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:06

Anyone involved with infrastructure development knows all too well the effects that projects have on local communities. These effects can be positive or negative, but experience tells us that social and political conflict seems to be an inevitable part of the development process. In places with existing social, political, and economic turmoil, the risk of conflict is high and begins at the earliest stages of exploration and planning.

First Solar Abandons Plans for World’s Biggest Solar PV Plant in China

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 06:52

First Solar Inc. won’t be building the world’s largest solar plant in China after more than four years of negotiations on pricing failed to produce an agreement.

June Bloom: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014, Q2 Update

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 05:39

After two weak months, June brought a strong recovery to clean energy stocks and the market in general. The broad market benchmark IWM put on 7.2 percent, reversing its previous loss for the year to enter the 4th of July holiday up 4.7 percent. My clean energy benchmark PBW shot up 8.6 percent, for year to date gains of 9.9 percent.

US Must Act Now on Offshore Wind to Advance Industry, Revitalize Communities

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:23

The U.S. Atlantic coast is a hotbed of offshore wind potential with more than 16,000 MW already designated for development. In order for projects to become reality, state and local governments need to take action, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

More Barriers Ahead? Nantucket Group Hires Legal Firepower for Cape Wind Case

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:55

The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound announced July 10 that constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe will represent the alliance in its June 2 appeal of a May 2 federal court decision that dismissed a multi-party challenge to Cape Wind's power sales contract with NSTAR.

Dominion Complains about North Carolina Solar Projects

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:49

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on July 3 ordered a solar power developer to respond to a Dominion North Carolina Power complaint that it may have broken a 15-MW power project into three 5-MW segments to slip it in under a 5-MW per project limit.

USDA Plants Seed Funding for Rural Clean Energy

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:45

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 5 it has earmarked up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This followed a Dec. 2013 statement that the USDA will distribute $250 million to rural electric cooperatives through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program (EECLP).

Russia’s State-supported Renewable Auction Heavily Favored Solar

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:37

Russia’s second renewable energy project auction held in June has distributed state subsidies for the years of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Subsidies were offerred for up to 496 MW of solar, 415 MW of hydropower and 1.65 GW of wind capacity. Fifty-seven applications were submitted, of which an impressive 53 were for solar generation, three for hydro development and a single wind bidder.

Getting Out of the Weeds: How To Control Vegetative Growth Under Solar Arrays

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:55

It is officially summer. The sun is shining and the grass in your backyard is growing quickly. At home, mowing the lawn is one of summertime's most frequent chores — and it’s no different for the solar industry.

EU May Renew US-Biodiesel Tariffs Targeting ADM to Cargill

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:48

The European Union threatened to renew tariffs on biodiesel from the U.S. for another five years in a sign of persistent trade tensions over renewable energy.

Huge North Carolina Solar Project Could “Move the Needle” for Solar’s Possibilities

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:34

Coming on the heels of Apple’s announced 17.5-MW solar project in Maiden, North Carolina, spokespeople for an innovative renewable energy project involving two universities, a hospital and the largest non-utility solar PPA in the U.S. have said that it will also begin construction in North Carolina this summer.