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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.

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.