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Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:55

As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids are not profitable at the present, when will they be? I recognize that understanding microgrids as a system requires complicated mathematics and modeling. I’m sympathetic to and respect those who do that.

Solar PV Installations Quintuple Across K-12 Schools

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:38

Recent findings from The Solar Foundation (TSF) show an encouraging surge in the number of K-12 schools installing solar power to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and introduce a new generation of children to the very practical benefits of renewable energy.

FYI, Geothermal Industry: You’re Doing It Wrong

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:16

For years the geothermal industry has relentlessly boasted that it is a baseload resource, meaning it provides stable power similar to a coal or natural gas plant, except without all of those pesky carbon emissions. While upfront costs to develop a plant are higher than other renewable sources, geothermal leaders say that this baseload aspect makes it a more attractive resource in the long run since the grid needs more stable power as increasing amounts of intermittent renewables enter the landscape.

New York To Spend $23 Million for Solar Panels on 24 Schools

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:26

New York City will spend $23 million to install solar-paneled roofs on 24 public schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:53

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. This economic self-interest motivates rap

Japan Installs 11 GW of Renewable Energy in Two Years

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:40

Japan has added 11,090 megawatts of clean energy capacity since July 2012, when it began an incentive program to encourage investment in renewables, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The Untapped Potential of Solar Schools in Massachusetts

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:34

School districts across America are beginning to see the light, as they realize the potential of solar energy. From providing learning opportunities for students to safeguarding teachers’ jobs, solar is proving to be a valuable addition to any school district. Prepared by The Solar Foundation with data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (

The Next 25: Energy Storage Crossing the Rubicon in Texas

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:31

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the forum for energy storage stakeholder engagement, and has been an active and tireless proponent for the advancement of the energy storage industry for the last 25 years.  And what a change those years have brought.   From humble beginnings, when eight pioneering U.S. power utilities sent their executives t

German Scientists Break Thin-Film PV Solar Cell Record

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:12

Everybody loves a new world record, even more so when that record hints at the possibility of enormous strides in solar power energy generation. According to information coming out of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, scientists there have once again snatched up the title as creators of the highest performing thin-film PV cell in the world.

Washington DC Releases Proposed Community Solar Regulations

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:46

On October 1st 2013, the D.C. legislature passed the Community Solar Renewables Energy Act (B20-007), making D.C. the tenth state to pass community solar legislation. However, the waiting game was only just beginning as D.C. solar stakeholders awaited instructions from the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) on how the program would be implemented

Solar-Powered Plane to Circle the Globe

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 06:53

Two Swiss pilots plan to fly a solar-powered plane around the earth, pushing human endurance as well as the boundaries of a technology that the aviators say isn’t anywhere near reaching its full potential for industry.

Ukraine Crisis May Spur EU Clean Energy Policies, Neste Oil Says

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:07

Europe’s concern about its reliance on Russian fossil fuels may spur governments to prioritize alternative energy, the head of Neste Oil Oyj said.

Scotland Rejects Independence, But Concerns Linger for a Renewables Future

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 22:01

Scotland’s decision to vote no to independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has elicited a collective sigh of relief from energy sector players. Those companies with significant investments in Scottish renewable energy assets had understandably been anxious over the uncertainty that an independent Scotland would engender, for example potentially changing the rules on support measures for renewable energy investment north of the border.

Sunrun CEO Sees 100 Percent Growth Rate Continuing Through 2015

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:58

Sunrun Inc., a closely held provider of rooftop solar systems, will double installations in 2015 for the second straight year, the company’s chief executive officer said.

RGGI Chair Says States Won’t Leave Emissions Trading Market for California, Quebec

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:46

California and Quebec, which together created the largest carbon market in North America this year, may come away empty-handed as they woo northeastern U.S. states to join their system.

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:42

As much as 67 gigawatts of distributed solar power could be installed in the Midwest at prices competitive with utility retail rates by 2022, without subsidies. It's enough solar to meet 5-10% or more of the region's electricity demand. But the growth of solar energy in the Midwest has lagged other parts of the country. Is solar ready to boom in th

China Turns to Geothermal Energy To Tackle Carbon Emissions

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:01

The UN has amplified its warning about carbon emissions as of late, stating that climate change is indeed real, and may very well be irreversible if countries do not act now. Since its latest declarations, all eyes are now focused on the world’s biggest carbon polluters, and China tops the list.

Odd Solar Fred Marketing Tip: Stop Marketing Your Solar Products and Services

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:39

Perhaps it's time we stopped marketing our solar products and services and instead started promoting our solar customers — and I'm not talking about testimonials. Let me explain. Often when I see rote solar marketing from solar manufacturers, we slip into the “features and benefits” mode: We list an onslaught of specs next to photos. We write about

Developers Plan Huge $8 Billion, 2.1-GW Wind Plus Storage Project in California

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:37

Four energy companies are proposing an $8 billion renewable energy project that would supply Los Angeles with more than twice the power generated by the Hoover Dam.

A Landmark Plan for Renewable Energy Development in the California Desert

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:29

Today, when the Department of Interior and the California Department of Natural Resources released a draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the agencies set the stage for a first-of-its-kind project — in more ways than one. Not only does the DRECP have the potential to serve as a blueprint for conservation and clean energy development in the California desert, it could become a model for how federal, state, and local agencies can work together … and how those collaborations are better overall for everyone involved.