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Solar Success: Students Develop Award-winning Solar Tracker Technology Solution

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:32

Engineering ingenuity and entrepreneurial smarts proved a winning combination for a team of UNH seniors whose project took a top prize at a recent national environmental design competition. The team — three business entrepreneurship majors from the Paul College of Business and Economics and two mechanical engineering majors from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, led by Paul College professor Jeff Sohl — won the INTEL Innovation award for the top project in the 24th annual Environmental Design Contest at New Mexico State University earlier this month.

Thank You Mr. President: More Support for Training Programs at Community Colleges Will Ready More Workers for Solar Jobs

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 05:26

May 9 was a momentous day for solar energy with one giant announcement kicking off a new set of promising and proven actions.  President Obama publicized more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. Some of these headline initiatives included innovat

Tapping Underserved Solar Markets: Can We Extend Solar into Customer Sectors with Lower or No Credit?

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 05:04

Distributed solar deployment is often a game of off-taker credit. That is, behind-the-meter project success depends largely on whether the end-use customer has credit sufficient to support a long-term power contract or lease.

New York Seeks to Reform the Energy Vision: Shift from Monopoly Model to "Utility 2.0"

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 07:52

New York State is pushing its utility industry to shift away from a century-old business model into a system that can accommodate more power from solar and wind.

5 Ways to Use the White House Solar PV System for Residential Solar Marketing

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 07:28

At long last, the White House has officially announced and promoted its solar installation. Though it wasn’t the comprehensive solar PR and educational blitz I was hoping for, it did include a blog post and a nicely produced video, below.   As many longtime readers of this UnThink Solar blog know, I’ve promoted getting solar back on the White House

The Value of Solar: Old Wine in New Bottles

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:47

The “Value of Solar” has emerged as a flash point in the debate over the future of solar PV in the U.S. This has culminated in the recent introduction in Minnesota of a Value of Solar (VoS) policy, which will pay a per-kWh price for solar PV output over a 25-year period. This price is based on a detailed calculation of the estimated value of solar to the State’s electricity system.

Fuel from the Sea: Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight with Seawater

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:11

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

Renewable Energy Stocks By Dollars Per Watt

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:08

Dollars per watt ($/W) is a lousy measure of the economics of solar, but it persists. Most likely, it persists because it seems familiar. We can pay $4 for a watt of solar, or $4 for a Iced Hazelnut Macchiato at Starbucks. Unfortunately, while the analogy may seem apt, this is a lot like knowing you’re getting a Macchiato without knowing if it’s a Tall, Grande, or Venti.

Obama Pledges $2B in Energy Efficiency Funding, Lauds Wal-Mart Solar Roofs

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 17:22

President Barack Obama took the Blue-Light stage here at Wal-Mart in Mountain View, California, to announce several plans for improving energy efficiency and announce commitments by several big retailers to support solar PV. He led with his plan to invest another “$2 billion in energy upgrades for federal buildings over the next three years.” He also touted his three-year-old Better Buildings Initiative, noting that “190 businesses and organizations have signed on, committed to improving energy efficiency in America’s commercial buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.” And he vowed “to support training programs at community colleges across the country that will help 50,000 workers earn the skills that solar companies are looking for right now.” He reckoned that, “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, and every panel is pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be overseas.” Well, perhaps not pounded, exactly.

Private Sector Investment in Solar Poised to Explode

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:50

Talk about the perfect Mother’s Day present for Mother Earth. Today, President Obama announced at a Walmart in California that 300 leading U.S. companies have taken the “solar pledge,” committing to install nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of new solar as part of their business plans. That’s a huge increase in the use of solar in the commercial sector. For A

Unzipping Poplars' Biofuel Potential

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:33

What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.

Denmark District Heating and CHP a Model for the World

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:32

The Danish government are blazing a trail in pursuing a renewable energy future and is hoping its success will rub off on others.

Wind Manufacturers Surge with Unexpected Profit After Turnaround, Seek Expansion Plans

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:22

Vestas Wind Systems A/S rose to its highest in more than three years after unexpectedly posting a profit in the first quarter, building on a turnaround that the world’s biggest wind-turbine maker completed last year.

Cashing In on Solar's Hidden Value

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:18

The solar value proposition remains very attractive to homeowners and facility managers across the United States. However, the industry sells itself with one arm tied behind its back. From a consumer’s perspective, there are two key pieces of energy demand — capacity and cumulative usage. Many utility bills are comprised by 1) a demand charge, set

Can India Convert to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:31

In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security. To overcome these challenges India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy. As Jeremy Rifkin, an economist and activist, said in New Delhi in January 2012, "India is the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy sources and, if properly utilized, India can realize its place in the world as a great power,” and adding “but political will is required for the eventual shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.” The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also has recommended that the world needs a major shift in investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Listen Up: Buying an EV and Charging with Solar

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 04:18

The combination of rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) is the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of the renewable industry. Although EVs started off slowly the second time around (the first time was in the early 1900s), in some areas EVs are becoming ubiquitous. Whether it's a combination of tax credits, car pool lane preferences, expensive gas or concern about the environment, the trend seems unstoppable.