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Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Nigeria Piloting Waste-To-Energy Power Plant

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:23

A unique program in Nigeria, a country located on the southwest coast of Africa by the Gulf of Guinea, seeks to solve two pressing problems with one solution. The country needs power, and the country suffers from too much garbage. Take a look at the innovative new project that is being piloted there in order to kill two birds with just one stone.

China, Brazil Consider Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Debate

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 08:19

China and Brazil are looking for ways to redirect a global climate debate, which they say unfairly accuses developing nations of delaying limits on fossil-fuel pollution.

Solar Cells Just Need To Be Layered Like A Cake?

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:58

Thin film solar cells, old-fashioned standby silicon solar cells, CIGS, CadTel (see First Solar), multi-junction cells....the list goes on as solar cell materials get more exotic. There was the circle of solar cells known to the world as Solyndra.  Prism Solar divided light up into different wave lengths and Solaria uses advanced optics with strips

Big Companies, Big Renewable Investments

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:35

The world’s largest enterprises are realizing the benefits of renewable energy, motivating many top-tier companies to set up voluntary corporate renewable energy programs that scale up their use of on-site solar and wind power systems. Many factors have influenced Fortune 500 companies and other leading enterprises to adopt these targets, including an attractive economic return on investment, the worsening effects of climate change, and a deep concern from their customer base about environmental sustainability. Corporations are fighting to bring about public policy that facilitates renewable energy installations on commercial buildings. Twenty-four companies from the Fortune 100 and Global Fortune 100 have set specific targets for percentage of renewable energy generated, capacity (MW) or level of investment in renewable energy for their own operations.

The Future of Energy Storage: Perspectives from the Copper Industry

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 06:00

As director of the Copper Development Association’s Sustainable Energy Division, I am often tasked with examining emerging trends for copper in U.S. electricity generation and infrastructure, as well as in other important energy markets.

China's Shunfeng Continues Grand Solar Plans, Buys 30% Stake in US Energy Storage Company

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:23

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., a Hong Kong-based maker of solar products, said its unit SF Suntech Inc. will buy a 30 percent stake in U.S. energy storage company Powin Energy Corp. for $25 million.

MA Action Significantly Improves Interconnection

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:16

Last week, Massachusetts formally adopted improvements to its interconnection procedures that make it easier for small renewable energy systems to connect to the distribution grid, without compromising safety or power quality. MA joins a handful of other leading states, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), adopting use of a 100 perc

Chill from Ohio RPS Freeze Extends to Neighboring Solar Markets

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:12

On June 13, Ohio made history by becoming the first state to “freeze” its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The passage of SB310 was a major setback for the renewable industry in Ohio, but who knew what happened in the Buckeye State could affect solar in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even Kentucky? Ohio’s legislative change froze not only the RPS,

Avoiding Explosive Consequences: Five Lessons from the Offshore Wind Sector

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:27

The emergence of a U.S. offshore wind sector presents a great opportunity for would-be project developers looking to exploit 4,000 GW of generation potential off the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico. If and when the sector can overcome regulatory, financial and political hurdles, early project lease winners on the East Coast will soon be joined by countless others in building North America’s first offshore wind farms.

U.S. Solar Industry Waiting for SolarWorld to ‘Show Its Hand’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:19

As the old proverb goes, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”  But convincing some people of that isn't easy.  In hopes of ending the long-running and costly U.S.-China solar trade dispute, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has urged SolarWorld Americas LLC to step forward and offer a specific proposal that could serve as the ba

China Installs Equivalent of Australia's Total Solar Capacity — In Six Months

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:03

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, accelerated solar power installations in the first half, adding enough capacity in the period to equal Australia’s entire supply of power from sunlight at the end of last year.

India to Sart Construction on German-backed $8 Billion Renewable Grid Project

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:41

India will begin construction this year on an $8 billion project backed by Germany’s development bank to upgrade its grid to handle a more than doubling of renewable power capacity by 2022.

The Battle Against Solar in the Sunshine State

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:44

It’s been said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. However, when it comes to American public electric utilities, the recent past seems to get cloudy fairly quickly and the same lame arguments from the utilities come around again and again. Most recently, a coalition of utilities in the Sunshine State argued at a Flor

Listen Up: Electricity from Nuclear Too Cheap to Meter — Or Not

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:24

It's the environmentalist's third rail question: "Should we promote nuclear power as an expedient way to reduce CO2 emissions?" On the one hand, nuclear power generates electricity with almost negligible CO2 emissions — potentially a good way for our society to reverse the current global warming trends. On the other hand, nuclear power is...well...nuclear. Problems related to waste disposal, proliferation and high costs have not been solved, and we still have the occasional disaster.

Simulation Models Optimize Hydropower Potential

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:24

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB in Ilmenau are developing information technology to make water power generation systems more efficient. The Advanced System Technology (AST) department is creating simulation and optimization models that consolidate external factors such as weather data, water levels and market prices with system infrastructure and generate optimized plans for operational facilities, such as the opening and closing of sluice gates, reservoir water level regulation and hydro turbine operation.

Is the US Geothermal Industry Back on Track?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:29

The U.S. geothermal industry has limped its way through the past few years with little growth, leading many companies to abandon plans and shift their business elsewhere.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: August Update

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:31

July was a hard month for the stock market and clean energy stocks in particular. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, fell 7 percent and is down 2.7 percent for the year, while my clean energy benchmark PBW fell 9% and has slid into the red for the first time. It is down 0.1 percent for the year to date.

An Open Letter from SolarWorld to SEIA

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:51

I am writing to address troubling comments and positions that you and SEIA have made and taken in regard to the anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases which SolarWorld has filed on behalf of U.S. solar manufacturers to counter the unfair trade practices of Chinese and Taiwanese solar manufacturers.  Editor's note: Find SEIA's response to this l

The SfunCube Solar Incubator: Helping the Solar Industry Get Beyond “Start-up”

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:41

In one sense, every company in the solar industry is a “start-up.” Even if you’ve been in the solar business for a decade or more, the public and the press still commonly refer to solar as “alternative energy,” and despite the U.S. having more solar jobs than coal miners, we’re still less than 2 percent of the grid. To get beyond being a global ene

SunPower Offers Solar and Storage Packages to Hybrid Car Customers

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:26

Buyers of Volkswagen or Audi hybrids will find themselves getting yet another sales pitch as they leave a U.S. dealership next year -- to buy a home power network that allows them to charge their new cars using only solar power.