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US Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

2 hours 41 min ago

By the end of 2014, solar deployment is slated to be up nearly 40 percent over 2013. Today, the booming demand for solar energy supports more than 173,000 jobs and the U.S. has become the third largest solar market in the world. You can find solar energy atop your neighborhood big box store, powering a Las Vegas casino, in the middle of the desert, or on your own roof.

‘Solar Super Bowl’ Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:19

No matter who you’re rooting for in this weekend’s Super Bowl, solar energy is going to come out on the winning side. For the fourth time in just three years, a major professional sports championship will be decided on Sunday by teams which have invested significantly in clean, dependable solar energy, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis

What Solar Marketers Can Learn from Tesla’s “Insane” Mode

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:22

Tesla gets enough press attention, so I’ve never written about them as a topic for solar marketing. Then I learned about Tesla’s “Insane Mode,” and I couldn’t resist writing about it — not from a gee-whiz automotive technology perspective, but from a solar marketing perspective. So, what exactly is “Insane" mode? It’s a touch screen button on the d

Listen Up: Ten Predictions for Rooftop Solar in 2015

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:20

We're in the middle of winter. But pretty soon the rain will stop, the snow will melt, the home and garden shows will gear up and solar customers will start to plan their investments for the year. At the same time, solar companies of all sizes will remind their customers that the tax credits are going away and they better "buy now" to lock in pricing at these low rates.

Efficiency Is Not Effectiveness: How the Cost Reduction Race Hurts the Value of Solar

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:57

Australia boasts solar installations on at least 1.2 million homes and has on of the highest amount of installed residential solar per-capita in the world. According to recent figures, a new household PV system was installed every 2.8 minutes in 2014.

NRG Energy to Build Community Solar Projects in Colorado

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:20

NRG Energy Inc. will finance and build one of the nation’s largest community solar networks in Colorado as part of the company’s push into renewable energy.

Can Utility Regulators Provide Leadership on Distributed Renewable Energy?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:10

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually

Solar Outlook 2015: Still Growing, But No Longer Energy’s Young Kid

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:28

As journalists we tend to be on high alert for danger signs. Based on what we write, readers might be under the impression that trouble is brewing for solar. Florida killed its rebate! Wisconsin is taxing solar! The federal investment tax credit is shrinking!

Demand Response: A Valuable Tool that Can Help California Realize its Clean Energy Potential

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:54

A tool only has value if it’s used. For example, you could be the sort of person who’s set a goal of wanting to exercise more. If someone gives you a nifty little Fitbit to help you do that, and you never open the box, how useful, then, is this little device? The same is true about smart energy management solutions: good tools exist, but whether it’s calories or energy use that you want to cut, at some point those helpful devices need to be unpacked.

Distributed Bulk Storage: Is This the New Shape of the Grid?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:43

Central versus distributed storage has been an ongoing debate. Each has its pros and cons. There are instances where the advantage of one over the other is obvious — such as central bulk storage at geological sites where caverns or water reservoirs with different elevations are almost readily available. The real question is: which one would the mar

Brazilian Bank Raises $408 Million for Renewable Energy and Water Projects

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:23

The Brazilian bank Itau Unibanco Holding SA raised 1.05 billion reais ($408 million) to finance renewable energy and water treatment projects.

First Week of February is "Solar Education Week"

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:31

Across the country, college campuses are diving into sustainability issues: campus divestment movements, solar cars and Mt. Trashmores are just a few examples of how college students are showing the world that millennials are ready to take on the climate challenge. In 2014, RE-volv launched its Solar Ambassador Program, a year-long internship that

Converting Olive Mash into Bio Cash

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:56

An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Carina Lagergren, a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, says the system shows a promising way forward for reducing environmental damage and converting organic waste to energy.

Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:45

The UN climate conference in Lima set the stage for Paris in 2015. Next year’s accord is to provide a working, albeit not a final, answer to the question: Is it possible to keep global warming at or below the 2 degree Celsius limit? This limit is considered the boundary beyond which the negative climatic, economic and social consequences of climate change are thought to become intolerably severe and potentially irreversible.

There Is Solar, And There Is Solar

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:44

There is solar, and there is solar. Centralized solar generation — large fields of solar panels feeding electricity into the grid — must be distinguished from distributed generation, that is, photovoltaics on rooftops. At the public policy level, the distinction between the two options matters, but this, unfortunately, receives insufficient attention.

China Expected to Launch Subsidy for Electric Vehicle Lithium Batteries

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:29

China is mulling a policy to provide a subsidy for lithium batteries deployed in electric vehicles. This new favorable policy is expected to propel the development of the country’s electric vehicle sector. China has existing subsidy policies for the sector, but higher prices for the parts used in electric vehicles, in particular lithium batteries, prevent many consumers from purchasing the vehicles.

UPDATE: Cape Wind in Jeopardy as Two Utilities Seek to Terminate Power Purchase Agreements

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:55

The skies are looking grayer for the Cape Wind offshore wind project as reports indicate that the developer has dropped contracts to buy land and facilities just two weeks after utilities terminated power purchase agreements (PPAs) due to missed deadlines.

US To Support India's $160 Billion Solar Energy Push

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:53

India’s audacious plan to create a solar industry on the scale of China’s almost from scratch gained credibility with President Barack Obama’s pledge to lend U.S. financial support for the program.

Renewables Innovation Stored Here — Handle With Care

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:38

“If you don't like what is being said, then change the conversation” — the writers of Mad Men could have been contemplating renewable energy PR. If someone argues that realizing deep and comprehensive renewable energy deployment hinges on technological revolution, they probably haven’t listened to the likes of Amory Lovins — or browsed the recent I

New California Partnership Launches Statewide PACE Program

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 06:34

Reducing energy use by enhancing energy efficiency has long been viewed as “low-hanging fruit” in the drive to lower energy bills, boost economic productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Home and property owners, agricultural, commercial and industrial businesses, and energy sector players have been looking for ways to finance and make energy-efficiency upgrades and retrofits more affordable and accessible.



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