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Germany To Temper Cuts in Wind Energy Aid to Appease Regions

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:05

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping back from proposals to reduce assistance for wind power to gain support for her energy policy from regional governments.

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Safe Solar Equipment

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:58

It's encouraging to see how much safer — and less expensive — solar equipment has become over the past dozen years. These improvements will continue as engineers and manufacturers collaborate with code officials. There is a vibrant interplay between new code requirements (such as arc fault detection or roof fire resistance) and new product engineers. Sitting at the intersection are organizations like the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: Patience Rewarded

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:10

For both the stock market and the weather, March was more lion than lamb. My broad market benchmark fell 2.2 percent to end up 1.5 percent for the quarter. Volatile clean energy stocks were down 4 percent, to end the quarter up 15.7 percent.

Clean Energy Investment Rises in Several Countries Amid Global Decline

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:31

Three G-20 nations saw an increase in clean-energy investments last year even as funding declined globally for the second consecutive year, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Solar Frontier Sets Another PV Efficiency Record

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:20

Being able to increase the amount of electricity generated by a single PV module is an important facet of the work that solar PV manufacturers undertake in their R&D efforts. The greater the efficiency of the panel, the less panels are needed to produce a certain amount of energy. This in turn then lowers installed costs for solar PV developers.

Greenpeace Praises Apple's Increased Commitment to Renewable Energy

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:06

Greenpeace issued its annual report on the energy efficiency of Internet companies, praising Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and other major providers of online services for improved use of energy resources.

China Solar Default Signs Grow as LDK Melts Down

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:44

One of China’s 2 major meltdowns in the solar panel sector has taken a big step forward with word that trading in shares of LDK (NYSE: LDK) has been suspended and the de-listing process formally begun as the company liquidates. Meantime, word of a missed interest payment by a building materials maker is sending the latest signal that China will let

CPUC Adopts Net-Metering Transition Period

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:12

In a previous blog post titled Update on Assembly Bill 327 from February 26, 2014, Cenergy reported on the CPUC’s proposed decision to establish a 20-year transition period for existing net energy metering (NEM) customers to continue to receive full retail credit for their solar production. Now it’s official. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the CPUC h

India To Award 1 Gigawatt of Solar Permits by 2015

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:01

India plans to award licenses for an additional 1,000 megawatts of solar power plants in the next year, about 30 percent more than originally targeted and equivalent to about half the capacity built so far.

Advancements in Wind Turbine Technology: Improving Efficiency and Reducing Cost

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:00

Wind power capacity has increased dramatically in the U.S. recently — and accompanying that, the turbines that produce it have become more powerful, more efficient and more affordable for power producers.

Supplying Reliable Power to Off-Grid Industrial Sites

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:00

When considering off-grid, renewable sources of energy to power sensors, meters, pumps, controllers and communication links at remote industrial sites, the options typically come down to two: solar or wind.