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Yingli Expects Return to Profit as Solar-Panel Demand Rises

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 07:00

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar-panel maker, expects to post its first quarterly profit in three years as early as next quarter as demand climbs and cost controls show results.

California Outlines ‘Roadmap’ for Electric Vehicle Integration

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 07:00

The California ISO (Cal ISO) has outlined a ‘roadmap’ designed to encourage coordination between electric vehicles (EVs) and the grid-at-large.

Central Appalachia’s New Year Resolutions: What Stereotypes and Renewable Energy Development Have in Common

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 07:00

A newly emerging network called the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies (CASE network) has launched an interesting social media campaign focused on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Yet, what these resolutions won’t tell you are what stereotypes and renewable energy development have in common.

Solar Popularity Continues to Grow in Massachusetts

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:43

Solar's popularity is growing in Massachusetts. That’s the finding of a new poll conducted in early December and released on Dec. 19 from Princeton Research Associates, which follows up on a poll the organization did earlier this year. The poll shows that now 67 percent of all voters in Massachusetts believe that the solar industry is important to

India Delays National Solar Bid Deadline for Second Time

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:00

India delayed the deadline for companies to submit bids in its next national solar auction for a second time after developers raised concerns about the ability of cash-strapped state utilities to pay for power.

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:00

Premature failures of mechanical systems have a significant impact on the cost of wind turbine operations and thus the total cost of wind energy. Recently, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took a giant step forward in the quest for more reliable, lower-cost wind power with the addition of the new 5-megawatt (MW) Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The new facility dramatically expands the capability of NWTC engineers and their industry partners to verify the performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain prototypes and commercial machines.

The Benefits and Likelihood of Solar Trends in 2014 and Beyond

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 06:20

Time is the primary difference between a fad and a trend. Fads are fleeting. Trends develop over time altering behavior in some relatively permanent fashion. The adverb relatively is used as permanence has become, over time, far less permanent. Fads ebb and flow more quickly than trends. The best way to tell the difference, unfortunately, is in hindsight.

Solar Tariffs Round II Begins, Yingli in New Joint Venture

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 08:20

The new year has just begun, and already we’re getting signals that 2014 will be full of new twists and surprises for the solar panel sector as it struggles to emerge from its downturn dating back nearly three years. A clash involving Chinese panel makers accused by western rivals of receiving unfair state support looks set to enter a new phase, ba

California Smart Inverter Integration Needs Standards Development

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 07:02

As the deployment of solar power increases in California, so too has the sense of urgency to revise the state’s regulations and relevant national standards governing how these distributed generation resources interconnect and communicate with the grid. To achieve the kind of advanced grid functionality (AGF) required to accommodate these higher levels of solar energy, the utilities insist that inverters play a larger role, to be “smarter” and incorporate a range of automated control capabilities that will help smooth out potential grid fluctuations. Enphase shares this vision and is working with other industry stakeholders in the development of the necessary national standards and regulatory compliance testing protocols that will help ensure the transition to an advanced, stable grid.

ISO-NE OKs Northern Pass Renewable Transmission Project, Other Approvals Needed

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 07:00

ISO New England (ISO-NE) has given developers of the Northern Pass transmission project permission to move forward after it determined the project will not have a significant adverse effect upon the reliability or operating characteristics of the bulk power system in New England, provided that the project proceeds in accordance with certain requirements, an ISO-NE spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Jan. 2.

Keeping Safe When Working with Wind Power

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 07:00

According to Claus Rose, chairman of the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and environment, health and safety (EHS) officer for Siemens’ Wind Power Division, safety procedures are now becoming an integral part of OEMs’ commercial strategies and are increasingly business-critical. As well as wanting to keep its workers safe, he said the industry is responding to increased regulatory scrutiny: “Authorities in a number of countries are starting to ask how the industry can assure that it has a proper safety policy in place, and how we materialize that. These authorities want evidence that we have it under control.”

Solar Goes Big in Texas as First Phase of 400-MW PV Farm Comes Online

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 03:48

Texas is known for going big. In a state with so much land and so much sun it’s no wonder that the state is starting to warm to solar. And while much of the news surrounding the giant solar farms (100 megawatts or more) in the U.S. and world is coming from California and Arizona, the 400 megawatt Alamo Solar Project will shine some of that light on

Minn. Judge: Solar Beats Natural Gas for Utility Procurement

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:55

In what is being called an unprecedented decision, solar energy went head-to-head with natural gas in a competitive evaluation for utility resource planning — and solar came out on top.

Texas Renewable Energy Transmission Project Delayed by Bad Weather

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:18

Inclement weather is being blamed for preventing a perfect record for Texas’s competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) transmission initiative by delaying a single transmission project in the central CREZ zone beyond the end-of-2013 target date for the projects’ completion.

SolarWorld Seeks to Close ‘Loophole’ on Chinese Panel Tariff

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:35

SolarWorld Industries America, the U.S. unit of Germany’s SolarWorld AG, is asking the government to close a loophole it says allows Chinese competitors to avoid anti-dumping tariffs that have been imposed since 2012.

Which Is More Effective: Marketing Solar with Anxiety or Inspiration?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:26

Below is another fascinating TED Talk. This one is from Jonah Sachs, one of the creators behind The Story of Suff. Here, Sachs talks about how the old tricks of traditional marketing are losing their mojo. He says that brands (and I’ll add solar brands) can no longer scare our customers into “needing” to buy a product. In the traditional consumer w

Listen Up: Ten Solar Predictions for 2014

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:15

As we roll into the new year I like to gaze into my crystal ball to see what's in store for the rooftop solar industry in 2014. Making predictions in the solar industry is like weather forecasting — you can determine the general trends, but getting the timing exactly right is challenging. But that won't stop me from trying, because when you do get the timing right it can be great for business.

The Farm Bill and Its Impact on Renewable Energy Funding

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 07:00

The first Farm Bill was introduced in 1933 for the overall purpose of ensuring that everyone had enough to eat, farmers earned a living, and that the soil and water stayed healthy. A new Farm Bill is written, debated and passed every five to seven years. Since 1933 15 different versions of the Farm Bill have passed. The 2008 Farm Bill, called the Food, Conservation and Energy Act, authorized $289 billion in spending over five years.