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Trade Case Backlash: 3 GW of US Utility-scale Solar at Risk

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:40

More than 3 gigawatts (GW) of the projects currently in the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) project pipeline had been set to use Chinese modules, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz United States Deal Tracker; however, with the recent anti-subsidy and anti-dumping rulings proposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, companies may have to find other suppliers or potentially pay higher prices for those modules.

Areva Posts Loss, Announces Close of Solar Business

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:12

Shares in Areva closed 20 percent lower on Friday as the French nuclear group posted a first-half loss and announced it was dropping its solar business.

Greening or Greenwashing? Illinois Cities’ Use of RECs Shows Challenges with Local Energy Choice

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:09

A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) along with their energy supply, giving their electrons a

Siemens Eyeing Mexican Wind Market

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:31

Siemens AG, the biggest European engineering company, is considering opportunities in Mexican oil, gas and renewables industries after efforts by President Enrique Pena Nieto to open up the country’s energy markets.

A Requiem for Today’s Grid

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:26

People speak reverentially about the electricity grid, and rightly so. The U.S.’ electricity grid is an awesome technical, operational, and public policy accomplishment. Who can deny the matchless service it delivers, occasional weather-related breakdowns notwithstanding? In fact, acts of Mother Nature — Hurricane Sandy, say — only highlight its otherwise stellar reliability. And rural electrification, like rural telephony, is a triumph of public policy with foresight.

Obama Delay on Biofuel Rule Puts Intended Beneficiaries in Bind

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 04:41

In the arid Imperial Valley of California, Tim Brummels is trying to turn an agricultural cousin of sugarcane into low-carbon ethanol.

Renewable Heating and Cooling Now Mandated in Massachusetts

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:45

In the Northeast United States, homeowners and businesses use a lot of energy to heat (and cool, but mostly heat) their buildings and a new bill, waiting for Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s signature, means that more renewable energy technologies will be used to do that heating and cooling.

Siemens $25 Billion Financing Arm Helps Promote Renewable Energy Technologies

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:17

Siemens AG Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser is leaning on the manufacturer’s 19 billion-euro ($25 billion) financial services division as a tool to help fund nascent technologies and promote them with customers.

South Carolina Solar is Rising

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 06:41

After two years of negotiations, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously on new legislation to promote solar in the Palmetto State. As a result of the South Carolina Distributed Energy Resource Act (S.B. 1189), Sol Systems expects the South Carolina solar market to expand from a mere 8 MW to 300 MW or more by 2021. Here’s how.

Gevo CEO Sees Minnesota Biofuels Plant Breaking Even This Year

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 06:35

Gevo Inc.’s biofuels plant in Minnesota, which has suffered production delays because of contamination, may break even by the end of 2014 as output of ethanol and isobutanol from agricultural waste increase.

Sharp Lightens Solar Business, Shifts Focus to Energy Storage Systems

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 04:26

Sharp Corp., the Japanese company that stopped making solar panels in the U.S. and the U.K., is betting power users in the U.S. will benefit from a device to store energy and control demand when it’s needed the most.

Phasing Out Fossils: Big Companies Using Thermal Storage to Meet Carbon Rules

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 04:09

Clustered deep beneath the trading floors of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Manhattan headquarters are 92 tanks with enough ice for 3.4 million margaritas.

SunPower Planning New 700-MW Factory as Demand Swells

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:22

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is planning a new factory that will expand production capacity by more than 50 percent from current levels, in an effort to increase market share.

Tesla Breaks Ground for Its Gigafactory in Nevada

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:13

Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s broken ground near Reno for a $5 billion battery plant, signaling Nevada has vaulted to the lead of five states vying for the so-called gigafactory and its promise of 6,500 jobs.

New China Solar Storm Brewing in the EU

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:10

The war of words against Chinese solar panel makers is heating up from both sides of the Atlantic, with growing signs that Europe may reconsider anti-dumping duties as the U.S. moves closer to imposing its own new duties on the beleaguered manufacturers. Meantime, two of the biggest Chinese victims of the sector’s recent turmoil have risen from the