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Researchers Developing Affordable Flow Battery Technology

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:18

The wind and sun can produce great amounts of power, but it can usually only be harnessed when it’s windy and the sun is shining. Researchers at Grand Valley State University and Ann Arbor-based Vinazene are working to change that by creating a new type of flow battery technology that will allow the capture, collection and storage of energy through organic compounds.

Germany to Help Finance Chile’s First Solar-Thermal Power Plant

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:20

Germany will provide funds to build Chile’s first solar-thermal power plant, a $1.2 billion project, as the Latin American nation expands its sources of renewable energy.

Illinois Solar Gets Closer to Game Time

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:43

The Illinois solar market is marching ahead to an eventful 2015.  Recent action on the Supplemental Procurement Plan means solar energy system owners should look for the Illinois SREC market to come to fruition very soon. Earlier this month, the Illinois Commerce Commission released a draft Proposed Order on the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) Supple

Listen Up: What Influences People to Install Rooftop Solar?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:51

Ahhh. The Holy Grail of Customer Acquisition. Maybe it's low price ... great company reputation ... special technology ... brand name products ... ubiquitous marketing? I've tried all of them and they all work, to a degree. But these tactics are not cheap, consistent or scalable.

Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy — Reliably — Every Day

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:52

Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid to date. That’s enough electricity to supply 17.9 million homes.

Duke Prepares Distributed Solar Program in South Carolina

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:17

Duke Energy and other utilities in South Carolina are preparing a plan for developing distributed solar in the state on the heels of a net metering agreement announced last week. The utility plan will be delivered to the state public utilities commission in February, and after a few months of expected PUC deliberation, Duke will begin implementation “immediately,” according to Ryan Mosier, a spokesperson for the utility.

Solar Tariffs: Throttling America's Biggest Job Creation Machine

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:00

The U.S. Department of Commerce just announced that it will add high tariffs for solar modules imported from China. The Canadian government is also investigating the adoption of similar measures, following recent complaints filed by Ontario-based solar manufacturers. With the solar industry in hypergrowth, it’s not a surprise that these governments are interested in boosting new jobs, protecting their economies, and fostering the solar sector. The problem is that tariffs are a short-sighted approach that actually attack the future of North American solar on its home soil, and likely destroy more jobs than they create.

Japan Toughens Rules for Renewable Energy Incentive Payments

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:53

Japan’s trade ministry is setting stricter rules for production and sales of renewable energy in what it says is a drive to speed up development of projects and ensure stable power supply.

A Look Back at 2014: What Does a Shortage of Bankable Projects Mean for C&I Solar?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:12

Solar project development is cyclical: more capital chases projects, oversupply of capital brings down yields, capital exits the space, more projects chase the money; rinse, lather, and repeat. As we reflect on 2014, we will remember it as a year when an abundance of sponsor equity was met with a shortage of bankable project opportunities. Here’s w

Solar Plus Battery Storage Market to Reach $1 Billion in US by 2018

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:21

Demand for rooftop solar paired with energy storage systems will reach $1 billion in the U.S. within four years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Renewable Energy Is Driving the Energy Transformation: REWNA Recap Video

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:42

Renewable energy stakeholders are well aware that clean energy is slowly but steadily transforming the energy landscape and that message couldn’t have been more clear at the recently concluded Power-Gen International, the largest show for the traditional power generation industry. Since all forms of power generation are represented at the show through the four co-located conferences, PennWell calls the second week in December "Power Generation Week."

What the Senate's Tax Extender Bill Means for Wind Energy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:43

There is big news to report from the front lines of our current campaign to protect wind in 2015. And though there’s bad news and good news — it all points to how critical your voice is going to continue to be in our fight for clean, homegrown energy.

Buffett Testing Smart Grid Technology for Home Energy Management

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:36

Warren Buffett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his energy company in the U.K does. Buffett’s Northern Powergrid Holdings Co. is working with Siemens AG to test a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home.

British Columbia to Proceed with $7.6 Billion Hydropower Project

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:52

British Columbia plans to proceed with construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in the Canadian province’s northeast.

Solar Fred’s Solar Marketing Wishes for 2015: Market People, Not Solar

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:06

Yes, it’s that time of year when I send out my list of 2015 solar marketing wishes and hope that you all will grant them within your own efforts. (If you missed my previous years, check out last year’s wishes, which includes links to other years.) This year it’s one big wish, and that is that you will focus on marketing people in 2015 rather than m

Big News: More Tariffs on Solar Panels from China

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:42

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its final findings in the 3-year long trade war between the U.S. and China. Additional tariffs will be imposed on modules from China and Taiwan. Although this is good news for SolarWorld and other American solar PV manufacturers, many in the U.S. solar industry are not celebrating and the decision is expected to further divide an already shaken solar industry.

East African Countries Move to Adopt Renewable Energy Technologies

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:41

The East African region is leading the continent’s charge to embrace renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and wind power.

Report Shows Which States Excel and Lag in Promoting Solar Energy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:17

Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it.

Africa's Largest Wind Farm Moves Forward

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:43

Vestas Wind Systems A/S won an order to supply what the company says will be Africa’s biggest wind- power plant in a sign that clean-energy investments are picking up on the poorest continent.


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