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Solar Tariffs Round II Begins, Yingli in New Joint Venture

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 09:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe new year has just begun, and already we’re getting signals that 2014 will be full of new twists and surprises for the solar panel sector as it struggles to emerge from its downturn dating back nearly three years. A clash involving Chinese panel makers accused by western rivals of receiving unfair state support looks set to enter a new phase, ba/p

California Smart Inverter Integration Needs Standards Development

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 08:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs the deployment of solar power increases in California, so too has the sense of urgency to revise the state’s regulations and relevant national standards governing how these distributed generation resources interconnect and communicate with the grid. To achieve the kind of advanced grid functionality (AGF) required to accommodate these higher levels of solar energy, the utilities insist that inverters play a larger role, to be “smarter” and incorporate a range of automated control capabilities that will help smooth out potential grid fluctuations. Enphase shares this vision and is working with other industry stakeholders in the development of the necessary national standards and regulatory compliance testing protocols that will help ensure the transition to an advanced, stable grid./p

ISO-NE OKs Northern Pass Renewable Transmission Project, Other Approvals Needed

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pISO New England (ISO-NE) has given developers of the Northern Pass transmission project permission to move forward after it determined the project will not have a significant adverse effect upon the reliability or operating characteristics of the bulk power system in New England, provided that the project proceeds in accordance with certain requirements, an ISO-NE spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Jan. 2./p

Keeping Safe When Working with Wind Power

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAccording to Claus Rose, chairman of the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and environment, health and safety (EHS) officer for Siemens’ Wind Power Division, safety procedures are now becoming an integral part of OEMs’ commercial strategies and are increasingly business-critical. As well as wanting to keep its workers safe, he said the industry is responding to increased regulatory scrutiny: “Authorities in a number of countries are starting to ask how the industry can assure that it has a proper safety policy in place, and how we materialize that. These authorities want evidence that we have it under control.”/p

SolarWorld Seeks to Close ‘Loophole’ on Chinese Panel Tariff

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSolarWorld Industries America, the U.S. unit of Germany’s SolarWorld AG, is asking the government to close a loophole it says allows Chinese competitors to avoid anti-dumping tariffs that have been imposed since 2012./p

Which Is More Effective: Marketing Solar with Anxiety or Inspiration?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:26
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pBelow is another fascinating TED Talk. This one is from Jonah Sachs, one of the creators behind The Story of Suff. Here, Sachs talks about how the old tricks of traditional marketing are losing their mojo. He says that brands (and I’ll add solar brands) can no longer scare our customers into “needing” to buy a product. In the traditional consumer w/p

Listen Up: Ten Solar Predictions for 2014

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:15
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs we roll into the new year I like to gaze into my crystal ball to see what's in store for the rooftop solar industry in 2014. Making predictions in the solar industry is like weather forecasting — you can determine the general trends, but getting the timing exactly right is challenging. But that won't stop me from trying, because when you do get the timing right it can be great for business./p

The Farm Bill and Its Impact on Renewable Energy Funding

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe first Farm Bill was introduced in 1933 for the overall purpose of ensuring that everyone had enough to eat, farmers earned a living, and that the soil and water stayed healthy. A new Farm Bill is written, debated and passed every five to seven years. Since 1933 15 different versions of the Farm Bill have passed. The 2008 Farm Bill, called the Food, Conservation and Energy Act, authorized $289 billion in spending over five years./p

Ford Uses SunPower Solar Cells for Its Electric Concept Car

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFord Motor Co., the second largest U.S. automaker, is showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that uses solar panels in the roof to recharge itself./p

The Pros Pick Four Solar Stocks for 2014

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 09:40
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWith the average solar stock having doubled in 2013, it’s much harder to find bargains in the solar industry than it was a year ago. But two of the professional green money managers think there is still value to be found. When I asked them for their top three green stock picks for 2014, they came back with two solar picks each. /p

Myanmar's Struggle to Fix Its Failing Energy System and Embrace Renewables

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 08:17
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThree years after Myanmar’s transition to civilian leadership led to the end of trade embargoes and a rapid embrace of technology, the country still labors under a barely functioning telecommunications network and a power grid that only reaches a third of the population. /p

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 01:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pI've been creating model portfolios of clean energy stocks since 2008. At first, it was just a list, but in 2009 I started tracking it as a model portfolio for a small stockmarket investor. With the exception of last year, clean energy stocks have had fairly miserable returns, as measured by my sector benchmark, specified at the start of each year. I've been using the Powershares Wilderhill Clean Energy ETF (PBW) for all but the first couple years. I plan to continue using PBW going forward, since it is the most widely held sector ETF, and so is a good measure of how the average clean energy investor might do over the course of the year./p

Vestas Stock Soars, Analysts Urge Investors to Buy Shares

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pMore analysts are urging investors to buy shares in Vestas Wind Systems A/S than at any time since October 2010 after the stock soared more than 400 percent over the past 12 months./p

LDK Makes Proposal to Refinance $280 Million in Notes Due in 2014

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pLDK Solar Co., the second-biggest maker of solar wafers, proposed two ways to restructure obligations on about 1.7 billion yuan ($280 million) of 10 percent notes due in 2014./p's Most Popular Videos of 2013

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWe at work hard to bring you fresh, digestible content on the renewable energy industry every day. Whether it is through news stories, opinion pieces, podcasts or technical articles, we try to provide content through various outlets that make sense for you. And sometimes it's nice to just watch a great video. /p

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity?

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pResearchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground – and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 times compared to existing geothermal energy approaches./p

China Solar Heats Up with Trina, Renesola Deals

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 13:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA couple of year-end announcements from solar majors Trina (NYSE: TSL) and ReneSola (NYSE: SOL) are pointing to a coming flood of new orders for the entire solar panel sector next year, fueled by huge new demand from their home China market. I fully expect we’ll see a steady stream of similar announcements throughout next year and even into 2015, p/p

Utilities Feeling Rooftop Solar Heat Start Fighting Back

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 05:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIf you wonder why America’s utilities are rattled by the explosive growth in rooftop solar — and are pushing back — William Walker has a story for you./p

Top US Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 00:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe United States broke one record after another for extreme weather in 2013. From deadly floods in Colorado to prolonged drought across the Southwest, Americans saw what unchecked climate change can do to our communities. But we also witnessed another kind of powerful force: real and positive climate action./p's Top 10 Blogs of 2013

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 00:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWe here at value each and every one of our excellent contributors that share their important and thought-provoking insights with our readers. But we have a special affinity for our outstanding blogging community./p