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Japan Energy Policy Stops Short of Setting Renewables Targets

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:37

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stopped short of setting goals for renewable energy in the final version of a draft plan that reinforces atomic power’s role in Japan’s energy future, calling it a vital source of generation.

Why Falling Module Prices Lead to Lower-tilt Racking

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:46

Everyone is impressed with the cost reductions in solar modules over the last five year, dropping from $3.25/Wp in 2008 to below $0.70/Wp in 2013. This trend has made solar power competitive with fossil fuels in many markets, and has left many other technologies, such as amorphous silicon or concentrating PV, in the dust. This dramatic cost reduction also has significant implications for the design of a solar array, and even in which components should be used elsewhere in the system. In particular, the cost reduction of solar modules is having a major impact on the racking designs in solar – with implications for the winners & losers in that sector.

A Cold Short-cut to CO2 Energy Storage

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:45

All over the world, scientists are on the hunt for solutions that will allow CO2 to be captured from large power stations and industrial plants. Many of the methods in use today employ chemicals or advanced materials to extract CO2 from flue-gases. But now, a chilly alternative is showing signs of heating up.

Clean Energy Beats Fossil Fuels as Costs Drop Globally

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:26

Global investment in renewable energy fell in 2013 for the second straight year. Ulf Moslener, a professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, said instead of focusing on what was spent, look at what it bought.

April Fools, Magical Thinking, and PV Manufacturer Shipment Announcements

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:26

The good news: PV industry shipments of in-house manufacturer production grew by 30 percent in 2013 over 2012 to 33.8-GWp and manufacturer inventory decreased.

US Wind Energy Output Breaks Records

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:04

Wind energy is breaking records across the U.S., thanks to long-needed transmission upgrades that are relieving congestion on the power grid and allowing more clean energy to reach consumers.

US Senate Committee Votes to Extend Tax Breaks for Wind Farms

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:43

U.S. wind farms would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.

A European First: UK Government Launches Solar Strategy

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:18

The UK government today announced its Solar Strategy, the first such strategic document dedicated to solar by any European Union government.

Guess Who Is Buying Solar PV?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:57

About six months ago, I had the pleasure of taking part in the unveiling of preliminary insights about who is driving the purchasing of solar PV in the home.  At the time, researchers Raina Russo of #SolarChat and Glenna Wiseman of Identity3 had compiled some initial results from their survey of America women and mothers about solar power buying ha

Solar Energy Cheaper than LNG in Asia Regions, Bernstein Says

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:56

Solar power is cheaper in many parts of Asia than electricity from liquefied natural gas, meaning photovoltaics don’t need subsidies to compete with fossil fuels.

The Democratizing Promise of Energy Storage

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:21

While energy storage is a small fraction of total power generation capacity, promising examples suggest that distributed energy storage could change the electricity system during the next decade as fundamentally as distributed renewable energy has in the last decade. Right now, 95 percent of energy storage in the U.S. is water pumped uphill into in

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as US Considers Cutting Renewable Fuel Standard

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:12

Royal DSM NV, the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel that oil companies will be required to buy.

EU Concludes French Feed-in Tariffs for Wind Energy Permissible

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:09

In a potentially far-reaching decision, the European Commission has decided that the French system of feed-in tariffs for wind energy on land is not excluded under prohibitions against “state aid,” and is therefore permitted under European Union (EU) regulations.

Geothermal Energy Is a Superior Solution for Today’s Electrical Grids

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:08

Geothermal resources provide about 3,440 MW of power to the United States electrical grid as of early 2014.

Sungevity Receives $70 Million from Investors for Global Rooftop Solar Expansion

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:03

Sungevity Inc., a closely held developer of rooftop systems, received $70 million from a group of investors including EON SE and General Electric Co. to expand in Europe and Australia.

Energy Storage: Bank On It

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:47

Storage is cool.  It's so ingrained in our daily lives that it's invisible.  From the pantry closet and fridge storing our food to fuel tanks in our homes and cars, storage gives us the advantage to have something when we need it.  It's there waiting to be used. So, doesn't it make a lot of sense to store excess power from photovoltaics and other d

Low-Income Rooftop Solar Program Helping Hundreds of California Families

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:11

In June 2012, the Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line, was completed after years of review, permitting processes and controversies. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) developed the line to facilitate the development and generation of renewable energy in the Imperial Valley, California’s southwest desert, and to bring power to the San Diego region.

Massive Waste-to-Energy Plant Planned for Ohio

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:41

A 9.4-MW biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plant is under development in Grove City, Ohio. The plant will be developed in two phases, spanning 185,000 square feet, making it the largest waste to energy facility of its kind, according to 2G CENERGY, which is contracted to supply the biogas technology for the facility.

World Bank, US, China Negotiate Congo’s 4.8-GW Inga Hydropower Plant

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:48

The World Bank is in “active negotiations” with the U.S. government to support the Democratic Republic of Congo’s $12 billion Inga 3 hydropower project, bank President Jim Yong Kim said.

More Solar Marketing Webinar Goodness from SEIA

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:22

Every month, the good folks at SEIA find a hot topic and put on a free webinar and then record it for later for you to view at your leisure. Their latest topic: Content Marketing for Solar Companies. SEIA’s Susanna Murley invited me and Silveo Marcacci for a one hour presentation about the type of solar content you should be creating and posting on