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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.

Blackstone’s Vivint Plans $371 Million IPO as Solar Demand Rises

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:13

Vivint Solar, the rooftop power producer owned by Blackstone Group LP, is seeking to raise as much as $371 million from its initial public offering.

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:21

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s being built on a 9.5 acre closed landfill.

Building a Viable Solar Marketplace in Nigeria

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:05

In countries where there are established markets for alternative and renewable energy sources, economic and financial inducements such as feed in tariffs, tax incentives, net metering and self supply schemes have significantly driven market activities in the new energy sector and provided enabling environments for individuals, businesses and the go

Solving the Sub-1-MW Solar Financing Gap

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:09

The middle market, particularly projects in the 50-kW to 200-kW range, pose challenges to all financiers, including us. So, what do we do when developer partners call us to finance projects in this range, or any other deals under 1 MW? It has been our experience that we can solve their financing gap with two strategies: Portfolio-ize (If you are an

US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, But Boon for Storage?

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:29

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected a claim by Chicago-based Exelon that its Texas Panhandle wind farms are entitled to favorable pricing. The wind farms sell power to Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy subsidiary.

REC Solar Breaks 27 MW Installed Capacity in Hawaii

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:18

Six new solar energy installations at two notable Hawaiian landmarks are ramping up the stakes in a race that may bring the 50th state to number one status where U.S. solar deployment is concerned.

Transforming the Transportation Industry with Renewable Energy

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:26

When you think of green energy, are solar and wind power the first things that come to mind? Perhaps you think of hydropower, geothermal or biofuels instead. While regenerative braking has steadily gained traction in terms of adoption, the average person probably does not even rank it in the top 10 of green energy approaches, nor are most people likely to immediately think about green energy in mass transportation, a notoriously energy-intensive industry. However, regenerative braking in transportation is a renewable energy solution that helps make the world a bit greener and deserves greater attention for the benefits it can deliver.

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:51

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s bein

Panasonic Riding Tesla Wave to Boost Battery Storage Sales in Europe

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:33

Panasonic Corp., the supplier of lithium-ion cells that plans to help Tesla Motors Inc. build a battery factory, said cooperation with the U.S. electric-car maker will probably boost demand from European automakers.

Chevron’s Search for Plant-Based Alternative Fuels Flounders

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:05

Chevron Corp.’s attempts to turn plants into alternative fuels for profitable, large-scale production have failed.