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The New Global Leader in Renewable Energy

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 07:00

Since 2010, China has been the largest consumer of energy in the world. As the country continues to develop, a rising middle class, more vehicles, urbanization and industry all require increased energy usage.

US Auto Factory Chooses Wind Energy for On-site Power Generation

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 09:18

ConEdison Solutions, the energy services unit of Consolidated Edison Inc., is providing electricity from two wind turbines to a Honda Motor Co. factory in Ohio, reducing the site’s demand from local power companies.

When’s the Best Day to Send an E-Newsletter and 4 Other Solar Marketing Insights for 2014

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:29

Marketing solar is unique, but we can certainly learn from other industry marketing trends. One great resource is Marketing Sherpa, which recently published some terrific insights from a survey of non-solar marketers and their plans for 2014. Here are some key takeaways and how I think they might apply to solar: 1. Send emails on Tuesdays. Accordin

Geothermal Industry Partnerships Push the Innovation Envelope

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:19

Geothermal energy is a clean, green, renewable source of power that faces challenges regarding costs and project timelines. One company has found a way to improve the margins by adopting innovative technology to help achieve higher efficiencies, reduce maintenance costs and improve the reliability of 30 condenser fans at its geothermal power plant in the Oregon desert.

Familiar Holiday Wind Rush a Little Different This Year

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 07:00

If you’ve been around wind energy a little while, you know that it’s not unusual for the industry to rev up in the fourth quarter of a given year. The industry turned a little frenetic at the end of 2013, all right, but the nature of the activity was quite different from the usual holiday rush. Rather than reports streaming in about new projects going online, this year’s holiday news was filled with construction starts, turbine orders, and power purchase agreements.

Mosaic, BigBelly Solar Awarded Grants for "Powerful Answers"

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:20

Two firms advancing renewable energy applications are in the spotlight this week at the CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas, one of the tech world's biggest venues, receiving grants from U.S. telecommunications company Verizon to further bring their ideas and strategies to the masses.

Road Map to Clean Energy and Climate Initiatives in New York's 2014 State of the State Report

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 08:59

Curbing global warming emissions and building the clean energy economy are critical to New York State’s future and the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. In this week’s State of the State event, Governor Cuomo announced some significant new clean energy and climate initiatives.

Location, Location, Location: How Much Does It Matter for Shared Solar Participants?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 08:48

Across the country, shared solar programs and facilities are creating pathways for new groups of customers to participate in local solar generation. But just how much does that “local” aspect matter? Should customers get a choice in the location of their shared solar facility?  IREC continues to investigate these and similar questions as part of ou

Nile River Dispute Hinders Hydropower Development

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 08:00

Ethiopia rejected a proposal that would guarantee Egypt the rights to most of the Nile River’s water, as disagreements cast doubt over future talks about Africa’s biggest hydropower project.

Bifacial PV Modules: Can They Move Beyond BIPV Applications?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 07:00

Bifacial PV modules have been in the market for some time, but with limited usage. The BIPV applications such as awnings and canopies have been a niche market for bifacial PV modules because of glass-on-glass, see-through, aesthetic looks. They have also been used, because of their vertical install-ability, as railings or sound barriers at highways and railways or other places where space for installing standard PV modules is limited. But, are bifacial PV modules ready for larger deployment in the growing PV industry?

FERC Adopts New California Fast Track Interconnection Rules Nation-wide

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 06:00

California did it again — it led the nation on a key environmental issue. In this case, FERC (the Federal Energy Regulation Commission) adopted key aspects of California’s new interconnection rules for small wholesale energy projects like solar and small hydro. The Fast Track process, which FERC largely adopted, is a dramatically cheaper and faster interconnection process for qualifying small projects, so this change represents a major improvement with nation-wide impacts.

60 Seconds of Thought on 60 Minutes’ Recent Clean Energy Bashing Vignette

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:59

Listening to last weekend’s 60 Minutes, I felt I was watching a Saturday Night Live sketch on parallel universes. The bash fest by Leslie Stahl seemed like it was co-written by the Koch Brothers, lead funders of climate denier organizations and Keystone XL pipeline advocacy groups.

Wind Energy Helps Ward Off Power Outages

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:29

Over the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand.

Asia Report: China Gets Serious About Culling its Solar Herd

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 08:20

China has some massive targets for solar energy (and renewable energy in general), but its famously overcrowded solar industry may finally be forced to trim to size -- after the government issued what reportedly amounts to a "death sentence" for three-quarters of companies in the sector.

Yingli Expects Return to Profit as Solar-Panel Demand Rises

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 07:00

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar-panel maker, expects to post its first quarterly profit in three years as early as next quarter as demand climbs and cost controls show results.

California Outlines ‘Roadmap’ for Electric Vehicle Integration

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 07:00

The California ISO (Cal ISO) has outlined a ‘roadmap’ designed to encourage coordination between electric vehicles (EVs) and the grid-at-large.

Central Appalachia’s New Year Resolutions: What Stereotypes and Renewable Energy Development Have in Common

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 07:00

A newly emerging network called the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies (CASE network) has launched an interesting social media campaign focused on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Yet, what these resolutions won’t tell you are what stereotypes and renewable energy development have in common.

Solar Popularity Continues to Grow in Massachusetts

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:43

Solar's popularity is growing in Massachusetts. That’s the finding of a new poll conducted in early December and released on Dec. 19 from Princeton Research Associates, which follows up on a poll the organization did earlier this year. The poll shows that now 67 percent of all voters in Massachusetts believe that the solar industry is important to

India Delays National Solar Bid Deadline for Second Time

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:00

India delayed the deadline for companies to submit bids in its next national solar auction for a second time after developers raised concerns about the ability of cash-strapped state utilities to pay for power.

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:00

Premature failures of mechanical systems have a significant impact on the cost of wind turbine operations and thus the total cost of wind energy. Recently, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took a giant step forward in the quest for more reliable, lower-cost wind power with the addition of the new 5-megawatt (MW) Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The new facility dramatically expands the capability of NWTC engineers and their industry partners to verify the performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain prototypes and commercial machines.