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Lessons from the Cell Phone Phenomenon: How Microgrids Can Power Developing Countries

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:44

Buying vegetables in a small town in Ecuador from a woman who had trekked from her farm miles away, barefoot, in traditional indigenous garb, made me feel I was back in time. As we were conducting our transaction, I heard a ringtone and instinctively reached into my pocket. The 70-year-old woman pulled out her cell phone. This woman, along with the majority of people in rural areas of the developing world, never had a land-line in her home, probably has no electricity, and may not even have a toilet. Yet she relies on her mobile phone. In fact, developing countries around the world have leapfrogged past the landline infrastructure of the industrialized world and now have more mobile users than those in high-income nations.

Latin America Report: 7 Renewable Energy Stories Worth Reading

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:26

The renewable energy market is fast-paced and growing with each passing day. It’s hard to keep up with every industry announcement and insight, so we decided to highlight interesting developments that took place during the past few weeks, and some valuable insights that are worth revisiting.

Solar’s $30 Billion Splurge Proves Too Much for Japan

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:20

After spending almost $30 billion on solar energy in a single year and installing as many panels as exist in the whole of Spain, Japan is preparing to ratchet back its boom in photovoltaic power.

Local, Lower Prices, 33 Percent Renewable — Sonoma Clean (Community) Power Has Launched

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:12

Starting this May, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers are getting renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The portion of renewable electricity (“CleanStart”) for the average customer will rise by 50 percent. For those so motivated — 3 percent of customers already — it’s also po

Food For Watts: Turning Post-consumer Food Waste into Renewable Energy

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:01

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Essential Consulting Oregon, LLC (EC Oregon) has built up an impressive résumé when it comes to the planning and implementation of U.S. biogas projects. In that time period, the company has provided dozens of feasibility studies, performed GIS mapping in several states, and provided services for the development of four full-scale biogas plants.

Is an "Irrational Phobia" Hampering the UK Onshore Wind Industry?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:24

The main ruling U.K. Conservative Party has an “irrational phobia” of onshore wind power and is hampering development of a technology that’s crucial to meeting Britain’s carbon targets, Business Secretary Vince Cable said.

EU Nations Mull Funds to Aid Clean Energy in 2030 Climate Deal

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:34

European Union governments are considering the use of carbon-permit funds to help finance clean technologies and spur poorer nations toward a low-carbon economy under a planned deal on 2030 climate and energy policies.

Are You a Mac or a PC? Are You a Solar Person or a Utility Person? It’s the Same Question

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:18

Most of us probably remember the “Get a Mac” campaign from about 10 years ago. It wasn’t about Macs or PCs, or which are better. That’s what it seems to be on the surface, but really this campaign was about YOU, the buyers of either Macs or PCs. The campaign asked all of us to either identify ourselves with someone who likes a simple, well-designed

New Financial, Project Woes for China Solar Sector

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:55

The solar power sector has become a highly volatile place these days, with company stocks rallying one week on upbeat news, only to tumble days later on more downbeat signals. Much of the volatility owes to 2 factors that have created big uncertainty: protectionism and doubts about funding for many new power plants now being announced. Both of thos

Electrifying Keyna: How One African Country is Approaching Renewable Energy Development

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:40

Kenya’s renewable energy ambitions have attracted growing attention in recent months. There has been a strong uptick in interest in the country’s wind energy potential in particular. Last year, Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum said in an investment prospectus for 2013-2016 that it plans to boost wind power generation by 630 MW as part of its target to increase electricity levels by 5,000 MW by 2016. In March, the Kenyan government also signed a financing document for the largest private investment in Kenya.

IEA Report Predicts Solar Power Domination by 2050

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:28

According to the IEA, solar PV could conceivably be used to generate as much as 16 percent of the world’s electricity needs by mid-century, with solar thermal electricity generated by concentrating solar plants (CSP) accounting for another 11 percent.

SolarCity Introduces New Finance Model for Rooftop Systems

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:29

SolarCity Corp. will begin offering loans for rooftop solar power systems in a bid to reach consumers who want to own the panels on their roofs rather than lease them or pay cash.

DuPont’s $500 Million Biofuel Bet Expected to Pay Off

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:10

DuPont Co. said a $500 million bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste, singled out by activist investor Nelson Peltz as lavish, will pay off as companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. add to demand for renewable chemicals and fuels.

Massachusetts Raises Solar Net Metering Cap for Businesses and Municipalities

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:20

The Red Sox may not win the Pennant again in 2014, but there’s still some good news if your business or municipality wants to install solar in Massachusetts: In a last-minute legislative compromise with utilities, the state’s net metering cap has been raised to 5 percent of grid capacity for government entities and 4 percent of grid capacity for pr

All-in-One Solution: Solar that Stores Its Own Power

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:21

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Swoon

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:52

Worries including the conflict with ISIL, Ebola, and economic slow-down in Europe, sent the stock market down in the month to October 3rd, with small cap stocks and clean energy stocks falling even farther than the large cap S&P 500.

New Report Sheds Light on the Potential of Biomass

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:51

Biomass appears poised for big things in coming decades. According to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), biomass could account for as much as 60 percent of the global renewable energy mix by the year 2030, providing up to 20 percent of the world’s electricity needs.

The Big and Booming Business of Keeping Wind Turbines Spinning

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:09

If you build it, they will come – ‘they’ being all of those who will keep what you built working properly. And for the wind industry, they have arrived, the many companies emerging to operate and maintain the more than 318 GW installed worldwide.

KenGen Plans Joint Ventures for Kenyan Geothermal Power Projects

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:46

Kenya Electricity Generating Co., the East African nation’s biggest power producer, plans joint ventures to complete its geothermal projects in Olkaria, Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo said.

Chile Becoming the Most Attractive Renewables Market

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:37

With the sunniest desert on Earth, a windswept coast and limited fossil fuel supplies, northern Chile has become the world’s top market for renewable energy.