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Huge North Carolina Solar Project Could “Move the Needle” for Solar’s Possibilities

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:34

Coming on the heels of Apple’s announced 17.5-MW solar project in Maiden, North Carolina, spokespeople for an innovative renewable energy project involving two universities, a hospital and the largest non-utility solar PPA in the U.S. have said that it will also begin construction in North Carolina this summer.

Lithium or Vanadium: In Energy Storage, It’s No Contest

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:31

Energy storage is poised to transform the electricity industry. In the U.S. alone, energy storage will grow 6x, from 120 megawatts to over 720 megawatts by 2020. Globally, it will bring power for the first time to over a billion people by letting them tap into micro-grids.

What’s New In Wind Technology?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:21

Thousands of wind power professionals descended on Las Vegas in May to check out Windpower 2014, the annual wind energy conference and expo put on by the American Wind Energy Association. The expo hall was filled with both large and small wind companies showcasing the technologies, products and services that will help bring more clean energy to the U.S. and the rest of the world.

What Cost Shift? New Study Shows Solar’s Value to Grid

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:59

  If you listen to many utility executives, distributed solar energy has the potential to destabilize electrical grids and result in huge cost shifts for many American consumers.  Well, as the Irish are fond of saying: blarney! A new, independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop s

Apple Widens Its Solar Energy Footprint

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:00

Apple has made quite a green turnaround in the past couple of years.

New Global Trade Negotiations Aim for Tariff-free Solar Panels

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:57

The U.S., European Union and 12 other governments in the World Trade Organization have opened negotiations on a trade deal aimed at ending tariffs on environmental goods such as wind turbines and solar panels.

Making Renewables and Energy Efficiency Visible in Hungary

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:59

This blog is not just about the renewable or energy efficiency potential in a small Central European country — although Hungary does have huge potential in both areas. It’s also about the way that you can turn this potential into reality. According to a 2011 study conducted by a regional NGO, Energiaklub, total annual energy consumption of family h

Survey Says: Solar Power Has Bright Future in India

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:18

The Indian power industry continues to struggle to meet power generation goals, and conventional sources, especially coal, cannot keep up with the country’s ever-increasing demand. As a result, interest has shifted to renewable sources of energy. Underpinning the importance of non-conventional sources, in a recent survey of businesses and residential consumers, nearly half of those polled said that solar power can bring a bright future.

Solar’s Year of Action in the US

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:15

May 9 was a big day for the solar industry. Forget big — huge. It’s a rare occasion when the most powerful person in the world takes to the bully pulpit to sing the virtues of a particular industry, and even rarer when that praise is backed up by action and dollars. But that’s precisely the gift that advocates of the U.S. solar industry were given when President Obama announced a massive, $2 billion federal funding package in combination with executive orders and hundreds of private and public sector commitments to drive forward one of the most rapidly growing renewable energy industries in the nation.

Solar Energy Efficiency Gets a Boost

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:09

A perspective article published last month by University of California, Riverside chemists in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters was selected as an Editors Choice — an honor only a handful of research papers receive. The perspective reviews the chemists’ work on “singlet fission,” a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states. This 1->2 conversion process, as it is known, has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent.

Intersolar North America Launches With Zeal

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:27

California’s iconic Governor Jerry Brown opened the 7th annual Intersolar show in San Francisco on Monday afternoon, saying that the accomplishments of those in the industry have been “amazing” to date. But he also warned the standing-room-only audience that the path to sustainability “is daunting, its like a Mt. Everest to climb; we have a long way to go.”

Nevada Solar Net Metering Will Save the Grid $36 Million, Says State Report

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:03

Step outside in Las Vegas on any July afternoon, and you can’t help but recognize Nevada’s tremendous solar opportunity. Recent solar price declines coupled with a restructured state incentive program and strong net metering policy mean that the state is now primed to make good on its rooftop solar promise in a big way.

7 Reasons Thin Film Is Alive and Set to Win in Solar

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:09

Over the last five years, about 40GW of solar manufacturing capacity has been built and almost all of it has been crystalline silicon (c-Si). Over that time, the alternative to silicon — called thin film — has gone from being “the next big thing” to “highly questionable.” With over 100 thin film companies either sold, merged or just dead, it is legitimate to ask: “Is thin film dead?”

Solar Gold Rush: Deutsche Bank to Lend $1 Billion for Japan Solar

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:45

Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster.

Mosaic and Enphase Packaging Solar Loans With Maintenance Deals

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:40

Mosaic Inc., the operator of a peer- to-peer online financing platform for solar panels, is working with Enphase Energy Inc. to package its loans with a maintenance agreement.

This Is What Tesla Owners Are Doing While You Sleep

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:24

By day electric vehicles are taking the world by storm: their sales are doubling every year, their fuel efficiency is off the charts, and some of them can even accelerate from 0-60 mph about as fast as you can say Elon Musk. By night the electric vehicle (EV) community continues to make waves. While you are in bed dreaming about how some day you to

A 'Perfect Storm' Will Make This Utility 40 Percent Renewable

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:25

“We have a perfect storm for renewables,” says Jan TenBruggencate, second-term board member of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The Hawaiian utility, made into a local cooperative when the investor-owned utility left the business a decade ago, is surging toward 40 percent renewable energy in the next year, with a third of that total from custo

Microgrids Missing from the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:19

Emerging economies, especially India, desperately need a novel, suitable electricity solution; alas, what exists is a hundred years old and unsuited for our times. This situation is frustrating because affordable, clean, 100 percent electrification, technologically speaking, is at hand yet no one has stepped forward to lead.

Not in My Alps! Examining Germany’s NIMBY Protests

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:42

There’s plenty of dark irony to Bavaria’s stiff opposition to Phase 2 of Germany’s heralded Energiewende, or clean-energy transition. Germany’s southern-most state, known for its spectacular Alps, has profited as much or more than any of its peers from the renewable energy boom, not least from the considerable subsidies that German electricity consumers pay to cover renewable energy standard (RES) investment costs. But a campaign in Bavaria that observers have tongue-in-cheek nicknamed “Not in My Alps!” is currently one of the biggest obstacles to shifting the Energiewende into a higher gear.

US Government Has Big Bucks To Help Jumpstart Renewable Energy Innovation

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:41

In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and encourage the uptake of renewable energy, the U.S. government last week announced that it was making $4 billion available in loan guarantees. The money, which is provided by the Loan Program Office (LPO), is for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.