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SolarCity Reports Unexpected Profit as Installations Climb

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:50

SolarCity Corp., the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer, posted an unexpected third-quarter profit, largely because of accounting rules.

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:25

Same Price, More Renewables: San Diego’s Fight for Community Controlled Energy

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:59

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of renewable content.” See how this southern Calif

Energy Storage Will Soon Replace Simple Cycle Combustion Turbine Peaker Plants

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:53

Power grids need extra generating capacity to work properly. For example, about 20 percent of New York State’s generation fleet runs less than 250 hours a year. Because they don’t run much, “peaker plants” are by design the cheapest and least efficient fossil generators. When they do run they cost a lot to operate and produce more air pollution than other types of fossil generation. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable substitute for dirty fossil-based peakers?

Demand Management to Aid Renewable Energy Expansion

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:54

As more intermittent renewable capacity is added to grid networks around the world, the need for greater system flexibility in order to cope with the variable supply is growing. In parts of the Europe, grid operators complain that balancing the system is becoming more and more difficult as new renewable sources are added, requiring ever more complex management techniques, as well as repeated use of polluting and inefficient standby capacity. Surges of solar and wind power are often not fully utilised, causing some to question the wisdom of adding further variable renewable capacity.

SunShot Awards Rain on Storage Innovators

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:16

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) showed again at the SPI 2014 trade show in Las Vegas last week that it is dedicated to fomenting many of the best innovations in the renewable energy industry, with an additional $53 million in SunShot awards. The announcement this week is $15 million to help integrate distributed solar energy systems into the grid.

Boosting Solar Photovoltaic Efficiency with 'Tinkertoy' Materials

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:09

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy.

REC Silicon Mulls Solar Panel Polysilicon Plant in Saudi Arabia

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 03:36

REC Silicon ASA will explore building a plant in Saudi Arabia to make polysilicon, the main raw material used in solar panels.

Come On & Feel the Illi-noise: Why 2015 Will Be a Big Year for Illinois Solar

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:43

On September 29, the Illinois Power Agency released its draft 2015 Procurement Plan regarding renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance for the state’s two regulated utilities, ComEd and Ameren — and then, on the very same day, decided to release a second “Supplemental” Procurement Plan for solar PV. The two plans both share great intentions fo

Despite Everything, 2014 Is Another Growth Year for Solar PV

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:26

It’s nearing the end of another wild year for the photovoltaic industry and at least publically, spirits remain high and this is despite some current and some upcoming changes.

Energy Access Key To Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Says IEA

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:38

Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in Sub?Saharan Africa and despite its vast renewable energy resources the energy sector is placing a brake on development, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recently stated.

Geothermal Visual: Resource Potential in the Caribbean

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:05

The Caribbean is well primed to expand in geothermal production. Most countries in the Caribbean rely on expensive oil for their energy needs, but the islands are situated on continental plate boundaries that indicate geothermal potential. Estimated potential in the area is 850 MW.   The figure compares current installed geothermal capacity to “ann

Solar Power International's Educational Posters Offer a Deep Dive into Solar's Most Technical Topics

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:09

The Educational Posters at SPI this year were on display on the second floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center and this year the area was as busy as ever. The area included more than 100 individual posters that featured groundbreaking solar projects, research, and educational programs. This years' fan favorites represent some of solar's top innova

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: Spooky October

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:36

October was a spooky month for clean energy stocks. My benchmark Powershares Wilderhill Clean Energy Index (PBW) cringed down 2.9 percent like the young Supergirl who jumped when a mechanical ghost startled her at my door Haloween night.

Go Ahead, Wake the Sleeping Solar Giant

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:15

Despite a Slowdown, C&I Solar Remains Poised for Growth While residential solar installers battle for market share and yieldcos gobble up utility scale projects, the commercial and industrial (C&I) solar space has been relatively quiet. Broadly defined as behind-the-meter projects between 50 kW and 5 MW, the middle market remains untapped due to ma

UN Sees Irreversible Damage to Climate Caused by Fossil Fuels

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 08:59

Humans are causing irreversible damage to the planet from burning fossil fuels, the biggest ever study of the available science concluded in a report designed to spur the fight against climate change.

Biofuel Opportunity: Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 08:00

Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again — and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide biofuel for a clean energy future.

Welcome to Our New Energy Storage E-Newsletter!

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 08:44

The energy storage industry is growing and so is In recognition of the rapidly evolving energy storage industry, introduced a dedicated energy storage section to the website that keeps readers updated on the latest storage news and industry trends. Due to popular demand, we have now added a dedicat

Massachusetts Eyes Net Metering for Small Hydropower Projects

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:20

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects. The conference is scheduled Nov. 7, with comments to be filed by Dec. 5.

Brazil Solar Power Auction May Spur $1 Billion in Investment

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:02

Brazil’s first national energy auction with a specific category for power generated from sunlight may spur as much as $1 billion in investment in solar power.