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Concentrating Solar Power Under Fire: Glaring Planning Oversight or Easily Remedied Issue?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:28

Currently the world’s largest solar thermal plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been in full operation less than two months and already concerns have been raised about its environmental impacts. Complaints from pilots flying near the concentrating solar power (CSP) plant state that on numerous occasions, the intense reflective glare coming from the plant’s heliostat mirrors has caused pilots to become momentarily blinded. Ivanpah is located roughly 40 miles from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and approximately 25 miles from the Jean Sport Aviation Center in Jean, Nevada.

Clean Energy and Climate Resilience Join Forces

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:28

Massachusetts and New Jersey are spearheading clean energy financing programs that also address the need for climate resilience. Both of these programs appear to be partially motivated by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The United Nations combines these two funding pools already, but within the United States, this is a new development at both federal and state levels.

Wind Technology: Developing the New Medium-speed 3-MW+ Class

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:24

Rostock-based German engineering consultancy W2E Wind to Energy installed a 3-MW and 3.3-MW sister prototype of its medium-speed flagship model in 2013.

Open Innovation & Solar: A New Horizon Emerges in the Heart of Coal Country

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:13

Many visions have been laid out and developed over the years that point towards what economist Jeremy Rifken calls the Third Industrial Revolution: a network economy where the entire system is interactive, integrated and seamless. This integration of energy sources is presently and will continue to create whole new opportunities for cross-industry

Expect More Renewable Energy Yieldcos Seeking Cheap Equity, Abengoa Says

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:42

Renewable energy companies are showing increasing interest in creating “yieldcos,” a strategy that may provide cheap capital, according to Abengoa SA’s chief executive officer.

Japan Energy Policy Stops Short of Setting Renewables Targets

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:37

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stopped short of setting goals for renewable energy in the final version of a draft plan that reinforces atomic power’s role in Japan’s energy future, calling it a vital source of generation.

Why Falling Module Prices Lead to Lower-tilt Racking

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:46

Everyone is impressed with the cost reductions in solar modules over the last five year, dropping from $3.25/Wp in 2008 to below $0.70/Wp in 2013. This trend has made solar power competitive with fossil fuels in many markets, and has left many other technologies, such as amorphous silicon or concentrating PV, in the dust. This dramatic cost reduction also has significant implications for the design of a solar array, and even in which components should be used elsewhere in the system. In particular, the cost reduction of solar modules is having a major impact on the racking designs in solar – with implications for the winners & losers in that sector.

A Cold Short-cut to CO2 Energy Storage

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:45

All over the world, scientists are on the hunt for solutions that will allow CO2 to be captured from large power stations and industrial plants. Many of the methods in use today employ chemicals or advanced materials to extract CO2 from flue-gases. But now, a chilly alternative is showing signs of heating up.

Clean Energy Beats Fossil Fuels as Costs Drop Globally

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:26

Global investment in renewable energy fell in 2013 for the second straight year. Ulf Moslener, a professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, said instead of focusing on what was spent, look at what it bought.

April Fools, Magical Thinking, and PV Manufacturer Shipment Announcements

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:26

The good news: PV industry shipments of in-house manufacturer production grew by 30 percent in 2013 over 2012 to 33.8-GWp and manufacturer inventory decreased.

US Wind Energy Output Breaks Records

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:04

Wind energy is breaking records across the U.S., thanks to long-needed transmission upgrades that are relieving congestion on the power grid and allowing more clean energy to reach consumers.

US Senate Committee Votes to Extend Tax Breaks for Wind Farms

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:43

U.S. wind farms would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.

A European First: UK Government Launches Solar Strategy

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:18

The UK government today announced its Solar Strategy, the first such strategic document dedicated to solar by any European Union government.

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.