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It’s Time to Ask the Wallflower Solar Markets to the Dance

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:10

If commercial solar project finance was high school, hot markets such as New York, California, Hawaii, and North Carolina would be the “it” girls: everyone is talking about them, and everyone wants to finance their projects. Still, there are wallflower markets out there that may be less flashy, but nevertheless deserve some attention. Here’s why we

New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:01

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030.

SunEdison in Talks for $2 Billion Polysilicon Plant in China

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:06

SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company this year, is in talks with a Chinese company about investing as much as $2 billion to build a polysilicon factory in China.

Action in India: Government Announces 15-GW Solar Power Purchase Program

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:41

Solar energy action in India just got more exciting. The federal government of India announced the largest of its National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes to date — 15,000 MW over the next five years.

Top US Companies Increasingly Turning to Solar Energy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:18

What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers?  These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy.  Today, 129 million Americans – more than 40 percent of our nation’s entire population – live within 20 miles of a solar-powered business.  And that number has doubled si

Canada's $7 Billion Hydro-Dam Project Wins Environmental Approval

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:14

British Columbia’s C$7.9 billion ($7 billion) Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River won environmental approval, paving the way for final decision later this year.

Brazil Bioenergy Bonanza: New Biofuel Refinery in the Works, Areva To Build 150-MW Biomass Plant

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:13

Brazil, known as a leader in the bioenergy scene, continues to show its dominance in the industry with plans for a new cellulosic ethanol plant and a 150-MW woody biomass plant, the nation's largest.

Putin Strengthening China-Russia Ties for Renewable Energy Development

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:52

China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year — a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries’ economic interests and the world stage — that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant.

Germany’s Clean Electricity Costs Decline for First Time

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:51

German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.

SolarCity at It Again, Offers $200 Million in Bonds to Investors

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:46

SolarCity Corp. is offering retail investors as much as $200 million in bonds that will be paid through revenue the company receives for selling electricity.

Offshore Wind Power Can Save US Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:43

Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. That’s right: $7.68 billion annually. (If utilities and grid operators pass those savings onto consumers, that’s about $100 a year per family of four.)

Analyst: US Residential Demand Could Approach 1 GW Annually

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:53

The outlook for the residential solar market in the United States remains strong, with policymakers looking to reduce the regulatory burden for new installations and major downstream players focusing on continued installed system cost reduction.

We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:22

Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).  EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an “E” for effort so far.  But effort without good outcomes doesn’t really count.  Sadly, the EPA’s rule as proposed would create unin

We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:22

Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).  EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an “E” for effort so far.  But effort without good outcomes doesn’t really count.  Sadly, the EPA’s rule as proposed would create unin

Giant Energy Storage Project Aims at Renewable Energy's Holy Grail

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:50

At a windy mountain pass on the edge of the Mojave Desert, North America’s most potent collection of batteries used for storing unused power is humming its way toward an electricity revolution.

Transforming the Utility Sector with New Business Models

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:21

The “utility death spiral” is a term that is becoming all too familiar as distributed energy technologies expand. But how real is it? Are regulated utilities going way — or are they on their way to new business models? According to a new study by Berkeley Lab, distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) are the most immediate threat to investor-owned util

5 Common Twitter Solar Marketing Mistakes and Fixes for SPI

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:18

Next week is Solar Power International in Vegas, and I’ve been watching the Twittersphere for how solar manufacturers are communicating about their SPI plans and promotions, and I’m seeing several common mistakes that can be quickly fixed. Here they are: Mistake #1: You’re not even Tweeting about SPI. Oops... Many solar manufacturers still don’t ha

Grab the Low-hanging Fruit: Use Solar Forecasting Before Storage to Stabilize the Grid

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:27

Okay, so we all know that the output of solar photovoltaic systems vary with the available resource by the season, month, day, and hour. This so-called variability of solar, like wind, creates challenges for grid operators who are accustomed to turning up and down power plants to balance the grid.

India Should Move Solar to Fixed Tariffs, Yes Bank Says

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:29

India should move its solar industry to a fixed-pricing model like the one used in Germany, said one of the nation’s biggest clean-energy lenders, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to expand renewable targets.

New Report Sheds Light on the Old "Food Vs. Fuel" Bioenergy Debate

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:09

It was an abundant year for corn growers in the U.S. This year’s corn crop is going to be substantially higher than any year on record. According to the monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report that is released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, total production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million bushels over the 2013 record. Yields, also a record, are projected at 172.4 bushels per acre. In fact corn yields have been growing substantially over time.