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Wind Energy Helps Ward Off Power Outages

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/8/feature-0-1389202330718.jpg" /pOver the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand./p

Asia Report: China Gets Serious About Culling its Solar Herd

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 09:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/7/feature-0-1389122953123.jpg" /pChina has some massive targets for solar energy (and renewable energy in general), but its famously overcrowded solar industry may finally be forced to trim to size -- after the government issued what reportedly amounts to a "death sentence" for three-quarters of companies in the sector./p

Yingli Expects Return to Profit as Solar-Panel Demand Rises

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/7/feature-0-1389123749223.jpg" /pYingli Green Energy Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar-panel maker, expects to post its first quarterly profit in three years as early as next quarter as demand climbs and cost controls show results./p

California Outlines ‘Roadmap’ for Electric Vehicle Integration

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/6/feature-0-1389020392047.jpg" /pThe California ISO (Cal ISO) has outlined a ‘roadmap’ designed to encourage coordination between electric vehicles (EVs) and the grid-at-large./p

Central Appalachia’s New Year Resolutions: What Stereotypes and Renewable Energy Development Have in Common

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/4/feature-0-1388870751367.jpg" /pA newly emerging network called the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies (CASE network) has launched an interesting social media campaign focused on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Yet, what these resolutions won’t tell you are what stereotypes and renewable energy development have in common./p

Solar Popularity Continues to Grow in Massachusetts

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/4/feature-0-1388888688638.jpg" /pSolar's popularity is growing in Massachusetts. That’s the finding of a new poll conducted in early December and released on Dec. 19 from Princeton Research Associates, which follows up on a poll the organization did earlier this year. The poll shows that now 67 percent of all voters in Massachusetts believe that the solar industry is important to /p

India Delays National Solar Bid Deadline for Second Time

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/6/feature-0-1389020136221.jpg" /pIndia delayed the deadline for companies to submit bids in its next national solar auction for a second time after developers raised concerns about the ability of cash-strapped state utilities to pay for power./p

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/2/feature-0-1388693106918.jpg" /pPremature failures of mechanical systems have a significant impact on the cost of wind turbine operations and thus the total cost of wind energy. Recently, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took a giant step forward in the quest for more reliable, lower-cost wind power with the addition of the new 5-megawatt (MW) Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The new facility dramatically expands the capability of NWTC engineers and their industry partners to verify the performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain prototypes and commercial machines./p

The Benefits and Likelihood of Solar Trends in 2014 and Beyond

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/3/feature-0-1388780723234.jpg" /pTime is the primary difference between a fad and a trend. Fads are fleeting. Trends develop over time altering behavior in some relatively permanent fashion. The adverb relatively is used as permanence has become, over time, far less permanent. Fads ebb and flow more quickly than trends. The best way to tell the difference, unfortunately, is in hindsight. /p

Solar Tariffs Round II Begins, Yingli in New Joint Venture

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 09:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/6/feature-0-1389018468099.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/12/23/feature-0-1387825598919.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/3/feature-0-1388766780547.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/12/3/feature-0-1386104317856.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/3/feature-0-1388759950713.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/3/feature-0-1388737108050.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/3/feature-0-1388758697305.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/2/feature-0-1388691031704.png" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/2/feature-0-1388675369400.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/1/2/feature-0-1388674034223.jpg" /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="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/12/27/feature-0-1388161461143.jpg" /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

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