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Japan Utility to Suspend Grid Access for New Renewable Energy Producers

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:20

Kyushu Electric Power Co. will suspend responding to applications from renewable-energy producers applying to access its grid while it reviews how much more clean energy it’s capable of handling.

Geothermal Visual: The Importance of Revitalizing the Salton Sea

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:33

The visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, “Hazard’s Toll.” The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality decline, are not revitalized or mitigated. Many people assign the cost of inaction to be $0, but the report finds this isn’t the case. “Even at the low estimate, the l

PACE Financing Set to Expand Commercial Solar Market

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:49

In the United States, access to third-party financing has been a main driver in bringing solar projects of all sizes across the finish line. Availability of third-party power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases has enabled rapid solar adoption within the residential sector and with larger commercial solar projects. However, smaller commercial pro

UN Climate Summit Heats Up Discussion on Global Warming, Carbon Emissions

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:12

More than 100 world leaders converged upon New York City today to discuss international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The list of speakers at the UN Climate Summit included U.S. President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, French President François Hollande, and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

Mobile Hybrid Technology to Bring Cheaper Power to Billions

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:55

According to statistics, roughly 20 percent of the world population — some 1.3 billion people — exist without access to an electrical grid. The vast majority live in developing nations and rely on diesel generators to provide primary power. This is a costly proposition, considering the lengthy supply chain involved in getting the necessary fuel. The recent announcement of a partnership between Ideal Power and EnerDel hopes to make life both easier and more affordable for that billion-plus population.

NYC's Clean Energy Programs Take Center Stage

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:20

As Climate Week 2014 quickly approaches, all eyes are on New York City (NYC), the host of this year’s events. And given the recent release of New York’s progressive draft State Energy Plan, “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), it is perhaps the most appropriate place to hold such discussions about how to create and implement low-carbon solutions. T

Kazakhstan Mulls Adding 713 MW of Solar PV Capacity by 2020

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:03

The Kazakh government is aiming to add 3,054 MW of new renewable energy capacity by 2020, according to a new federal plan unveiled by state-owned national atomic energy company Kazatomprom. According to the plan, 713.5 MW of the total capacity would come from 28 PV power plants.

Intelligent Inverters Stealing the Show

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:01

As markets for solar PV inverters become more competitive, manufacturers are being forced to adapt in a bid to maintain revenues or hold market share. This is a trend that has been evident for some years now. As far back as 2012, Dexter Gauntlett, now a senior analyst with Navigant Research, noted: “Inverter companies must increase functionality, reduce cost, and differentiate themselves from the growing competition.” He explained that while industry incumbents have the advantage of size and market reach, disruptive technological innovation by well-funded start-ups and early-stage companies was rapidly changing the face of the industry.

WindEnergy Hamburg Opens To Great Fanfare

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:50

On Monday evening at Hamburg City Hall, the organizers of WindEnergy Hamburg officially opened the doors to their expo, marking the first time that the wind show, formerly knows as Husum Wind, will take place in the city of Hamburg.

Microinverter and Power Optimizer Market Set to Boom

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:19

There’s a new billion-dollar solar tech market on the horizon. According to IHS Technology, 2018 will be a landmark year for the global solar microinverter and power optimizer market — breaking past the $1 billion barrier and ushering in an era of increased power output for PV installations the world over.

One Solar Installation, Five Stocks

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:38

"Invest in what you know" is an old stock market adage. The idea is that, if you have some personal knowledge of the real economy, you can use that to make better investments.

Solar Lease or Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator "App" Helps You Choose

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:23

A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential comeback of solar ownership relative to leasing, as the cost of rooftop solar PV continues to fall and new financing options make ownership easier than ever. It's been an ownership pile on since then, with others saying Why Lease Solar Panels When You Can Own Them? and Don’t Lease Your Solar Panels! Is ow

US-China Rifts Put Aside for Clean Energy Research

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:16

The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. — frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters — to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.

Battery Storage with Solar PV: The Next Logical Step

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:00

Installed solar photovoltaics (PV) in the United States has grown by 418 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s April 2014 Electricity Monthly Update. In 2010, U.S. solar installations were just 2,326 megawatts (MW), however by February 2014, 12,057 MW of solar electricity had been installed, a gain of 9,731 MW in generating capacity.

Abengoa Offers Its First Green Bond to Raise 500 Million Euros for Clean Energy Projects

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 05:17

Abengoa SA, a Spanish energy and environment company, plans to issue its first green bond to raise 500 million euros ($642 million) to finance projects.

Massachusetts City Leads by Example with 1.8-MW Brownfield Solar Project

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:24

Today government officials commissioned a 1.8-MW solar project on what is classified as a “superfund” site — an abandoned plot of land that harbored hazardous waste affecting the environment and population — in New Bedford, an economically depressed coastal city in southeastern Massachusetts. What was once a toxic lot is now a shining example of how renewable energy can transform the environment and local economies, according to government officials at today’s dedication.

Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:01

The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines and their respective websites have announced eleven finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.

New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:23

The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.

Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:46

Canadian Solar has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. The move follows the establishment of self-financed vehicles for similar speculative construction by rivals Trina, Yingli and wind power eq

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:25

In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels.