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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

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