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Investors Spent a Record $2 Trillion on Renewables, Report Says

9 hours 30 min ago

Investors have spent more than $2 trillion on clean-energy plants in the past decade and last year added more renewable capacity than ever before.

Beijing Puts Brakes on New Solar Panel Capacity

13 hours 33 min ago

A new low-key announcement from Beijing is hinting at a quiet struggle taking place behind the scenes in China’s promising but embattled solar panel sector, with the regulator saying it will stop the building of most new manufacturing capacity. On one side of this struggle are local government officials, who may be encouraging solar panel makers in

Renewables Are Customizing PPAs for Mining Industry, But More Dialogue Necessary

13 hours 59 min ago

Goldcorp’s Chilean operations has dedicated time and effort to exploring renewable energy for its 200 MW El Morro project, which has encountered delays because the company’s environmental permit was challenged before the Supreme Court and the company lost.  Energy Manager Rodrigo Diaz has conducted several studies to explore the feasibility of rene

Fix the EU Emissions Trading System, And Carbon Markets Can Be Serious Business

14 hours 21 min ago

What do the following have in common: New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Quebec, Alberta, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Beijing, Guangdong, Hubei, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Tokyo, Kyoto, Saitama and 28 countries in Europe?

New Software Optimizes Grid-scale Energy Storage, Gathers Vital Information for Grid Operators

14 hours 38 min ago

When developing new energy projects, there are several software applications that can help with technology procurement decisions and monitoring. These programs are especially helpful in emerging technology fields like energy storage, where data can answer previously hazy application questions and potentially increase return on investment (ROI).

France Mandates Solar Roofs for Commercial Zones

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:26

Recently passed legislation in France has mandated that the roofs of all new buildings in commercial areas must be so-called green roofs, which are at least partially covered in either solar modules or with living plants.

Mexico Pledges to Cut Emissions 25 Percent in Climate Change Milestone

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:13

Mexico has become the first developing nation to formally promise to cut its global-warming pollution, a potential milestone in efforts to reach a worldwide agreement on tackling climate change.

Solar, Wind Industries Release ‘How-To’ Handbook for Cutting Carbon Emissions

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:13

For states looking to meet new obligations under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have jointly published a handbook detailing how to incorporate renewable energy into state plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. Last year, solar energy helpe

US Vote-a-Rama Reveals Senators’ Environmental Agenda

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:13

It’s been a big news day in the U.S. Senate, with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announcing he won’t run for another term.

One Man Working Behind-the-Scenes to Halt Oklahoma Wind Energy

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 08:44

Oklahoma has quietly become the 4th largest wind producing state in America after jumping several states in the rankings over the past few years. The panhandle and the northeastern part of the state have been seen as promising areas for further development, with strong winds and nearby transmission lines that enable cheap, clean electricity.   Howe

How Many 9s of Accuracy: The Future of Solar Performance Benchmarking

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:43

When Vivint Solar acquired Solmetric Corporation in January 2014, the industry murmured concern. It was another in a string of “arms race-level” events between several top national solar installers.

UK Cuts Red Tape for Commercial Rooftop Solar

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:25

A change in the rules for permitted development rights in the UK has increased the development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property by a factor of 20. Under the new rules, installations up to 1 MW no longer require full planning permission for development.

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:39

The March 24 opinion from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging fraud by Ormat in its preparation of three Section 1603 cash grant (Cash Grant) applications for geothermal projects. In theory, either party could appeal, but that seems unlikely.

Focus on Digester Health for Efficient Biogas Operations

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:56

Turning organic waste, such as manure, food scraps or expired food products into biogas is a modern type of alchemy that uses process-based technologies including an anaerobic digester, the organic waste feedstock, bacteria and by maintaining the proper temperature and pressure levels.

New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:26

This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic) that aims “to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.”

Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:05

U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country’s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:41

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25 percent of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it's needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can come

Chart: Every (Solar) Customer Demographic Prefers Email Communications

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:39

Whether you’re marketing to solar installers or consumers, you should probably pay attention to this chart, which reveals that every age demographic overwhelmingly prefers to be contacted by email. From 18-year-olds to retirees above 65, they all want you talking to their inbox, and very few want you talking on the phone. Based on this chart, the b

Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Negative Energy

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:02

Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions because it is carbon-neutral: it produces as much carbon as the plants suck out of the atmosphere.

Yingli Joins $1 Club as China Solar Sector Continues Consolidation

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:48

Looming signs of new trouble are brewing in the solar panel sector, with shares of Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE) taking a bath after the company reported widening losses and slowing revenue growth. The 15 percent sell-off saw Yingli’s shares re-approach an all-time low from just 2 and a half years ago, as the company joined a small but growing cl



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