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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.

Tesla’s Battery Plant Boosted as Panasonic Signs Letter of Intent

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:29

Elon Musk’s plans for a battery plant so big it will cut the cost of lithium-ion cells for Tesla Motors Inc. electric cars by 30 percent are advancing as Panasonic Corp. signed a letter of intent to join the project.

New England Offshore Wind Developer Announces Protections for Whales

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:03

We need look no further than the ocean to understand the urgent need to drastically reduce the carbon pollution caused by our addiction to fossil fuels. It is fueling ocean acidification, which is threatening the ability of some plankton, shellfish and coral to form skeletons — all of which form the base of the underwater food chain or provide important habitat for many species. Meanwhile, it is also contributing to climate change, which is raising ocean temperatures — bleaching coral reefs, displacing and even killing off sea life. It’s a one-two punch that is hitting the world’s oceans hard.

Mexico’s Newly Opened Energy Market Attracts Renewables

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 06:12

It is a good time to be in the renewable energy business in Mexico since landmark energy reform opened up the electricity market and prioritized renewables. The government has an ambitious 12-year goal for renewable energy production, and private equity funds and development banks have millions of dollars ready to allocate to clean energy.

How to Phase Out Incentives and Grow Solar Energy

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 05:35

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar "grid parity" means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success of solar is remarkable, no less because the amount of federal subsidy in absolute terms h

A US Wind Energy Boom? Don't Bet On It

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 05:30

For all the talk of boom and bust in the U.S. market, it’s apt that AWEA 2014 opened in Las Vegas this week.