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New York To Spend $23 Million for Solar Panels on 24 Schools

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:26
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNew York City will spend $23 million to install solar-paneled roofs on 24 public schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio said./p

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSolar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. This economic self-interest motivates rap/p

Japan Installs 11 GW of Renewable Energy in Two Years

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:40
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pJapan has added 11,090 megawatts of clean energy capacity since July 2012, when it began an incentive program to encourage investment in renewables, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry./p

The Untapped Potential of Solar Schools in Massachusetts

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSchool districts across America are beginning to see the light, as they realize the potential of solar energy. From providing learning opportunities for students to safeguarding teachers’ jobs, solar is proving to be a valuable addition to any school district. Prepared by The Solar Foundation with data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (/p

The Next 25: Energy Storage Crossing the Rubicon in Texas

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:31
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the forum for energy storage stakeholder engagement, and has been an active and tireless proponent for the advancement of the energy storage industry for the last 25 years.  And what a change those years have brought.   From humble beginnings, when eight pioneering U.S. power utilities sent their executives t/p

German Scientists Break Thin-Film PV Solar Cell Record

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:12
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEverybody loves a new world record, even more so when that record hints at the possibility of enormous strides in solar power energy generation. According to information coming out of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, scientists there have once again snatched up the title as creators of the highest performing thin-film PV cell in the world./p

Washington DC Releases Proposed Community Solar Regulations

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn October 1st 2013, the D.C. legislature passed the Community Solar Renewables Energy Act (B20-007), making D.C. the tenth state to pass community solar legislation. However, the waiting game was only just beginning as D.C. solar stakeholders awaited instructions from the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) on how the program would be implemented/p

Solar-Powered Plane to Circle the Globe

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pTwo Swiss pilots plan to fly a solar-powered plane around the earth, pushing human endurance as well as the boundaries of a technology that the aviators say isn’t anywhere near reaching its full potential for industry./p

Ukraine Crisis May Spur EU Clean Energy Policies, Neste Oil Says

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:07
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEurope’s concern about its reliance on Russian fossil fuels may spur governments to prioritize alternative energy, the head of Neste Oil Oyj said./p

Scotland Rejects Independence, But Concerns Linger for a Renewables Future

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pScotland’s decision to vote no to independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has elicited a collective sigh of relief from energy sector players. Those companies with significant investments in Scottish renewable energy assets had understandably been anxious over the uncertainty that an independent Scotland would engender, for example potentially changing the rules on support measures for renewable energy investment north of the border./p

Sunrun CEO Sees 100 Percent Growth Rate Continuing Through 2015

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSunrun Inc., a closely held provider of rooftop solar systems, will double installations in 2015 for the second straight year, the company’s chief executive officer said. /p

RGGI Chair Says States Won’t Leave Emissions Trading Market for California, Quebec

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pCalifornia and Quebec, which together created the largest carbon market in North America this year, may come away empty-handed as they woo northeastern U.S. states to join their system./p

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs much as 67 gigawatts of distributed solar power could be installed in the Midwest at prices competitive with utility retail rates by 2022, without subsidies. It's enough solar to meet 5-10% or more of the region's electricity demand. But the growth of solar energy in the Midwest has lagged other parts of the country. Is solar ready to boom in th/p

China Turns to Geothermal Energy To Tackle Carbon Emissions

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe UN has amplified its warning about carbon emissions as of late, stating that climate change is indeed real, and may very well be irreversible if countries do not act now. Since its latest declarations, all eyes are now focused on the world’s biggest carbon polluters, and China tops the list. /p

Odd Solar Fred Marketing Tip: Stop Marketing Your Solar Products and Services

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:39
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPerhaps it's time we stopped marketing our solar products and services and instead started promoting our solar customers — and I'm not talking about testimonials. Let me explain. Often when I see rote solar marketing from solar manufacturers, we slip into the “features and benefits” mode: We list an onslaught of specs next to photos. We write about/p

Developers Plan Huge $8 Billion, 2.1-GW Wind Plus Storage Project in California

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFour energy companies are proposing an $8 billion renewable energy project that would supply Los Angeles with more than twice the power generated by the Hoover Dam./p

A Landmark Plan for Renewable Energy Development in the California Desert

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pToday, when the Department of Interior and the California Department of Natural Resources released a draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the agencies set the stage for a first-of-its-kind project — in more ways than one. Not only does the DRECP have the potential to serve as a blueprint for conservation and clean energy development in the California desert, it could become a model for how federal, state, and local agencies can work together … and how those collaborations are better overall for everyone involved./p

Japan Utility to Suspend Grid Access for New Renewable Energy Producers

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pKyushu Electric Power Co. will suspend responding to applications from renewable-energy producers applying to access its grid while it reviews how much more clean energy it’s capable of handling./p

Geothermal Visual: The Importance of Revitalizing the Salton Sea

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, “Hazard’s Toll.” The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality decline, are not revitalized or mitigated. Many people assign the cost of inaction to be $0, but the report finds this isn’t the case. “Even at the low estimate, the l/p

PACE Financing Set to Expand Commercial Solar Market

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:49
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn the United States, access to third-party financing has been a main driver in bringing solar projects of all sizes across the finish line. Availability of third-party power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases has enabled rapid solar adoption within the residential sector and with larger commercial solar projects. However, smaller commercial pro/p