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Goin' Fishing: Two Crowdfunding Campaigns for Ocean Energy

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 07:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWe don't get to cover ocean/tidal energy as often as some of our other renewable energy topics, so imagine our surprise when we got word of not one but two updates this week -- and both of them involving the hot topic of crowdfunding. Read on and if you like what you see, you can help contribute to their future success. Berkeley's Seafloor Carpet U/p

Race to Beat Wind Power Subsidy Cuts Drives Poland Project Push

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:22
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPoland, where 90 percent of power comes from coal, may be an unlikely clean-energy hub. Yet wind capacity that almost doubled in two years is set to grow further as developers rush to start projects before subsidies change./p

Creating Climate Wealth: The Road to Renewable Energy Islands

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pLast year more than 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean’s islands, drawn in part to the region’s sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Though many consider it a tropical paradise, the Caribbean’s 40 million residents know that such positives also come at great cost: dependence on expensive, imported fossil fuel for energy generation. It aff/p

Geothermal Visual: Power Capacity and Potential at California Geothermal Fields

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGEA has a new report out, and this one looks at the unique, manageable risks of geothermal energy. Last week, scientific experts presented geothermal energy to congressional staff. Rep. Henry Waxman, who made energy and the environment an important part of his legacy, is retiring. Voters want clean energy. Geothermal heat pumps are important for th/p

Europe Divided on Supply Security as Renewable Energy Grows

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEuropean Union governments and the bloc’s executive arm are splitting over how to guarantee electricity supply as the region builds more renewable power./p

Natural Gas Isn’t a Bridge Fuel, It’s a Gateway Drug

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a gateway drug than a bridge to a clean energy future. 1) It’s still a major greenhouse gas.  Sure, natural gas is cleaner than coal, but that’s setting a pr/p

Vestas Forecast to Return to Profit After Two Years of Cost Cuts

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 09:38
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pVestas Wind Systems A/S, the biggest wind turbine maker, may report its first quarterly profit in 2 1/2 years following a turnaround plan that aimed to reduce costs and slash 30 percent of its workforce./p

Overcoming the Barriers to Rooftop Solar

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 09:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe dramatic decline in the cost of solar energy, combined with a greater understanding of its financial benefits have made rooftop solar more appealing to homeowners across the US. But some clean energy enthusiasts have discovered that installing solar on their property isn’t as easy as it may sound. Trees, skylights, chimneys, roof structures and/p

Listen Up: Jeff Wolfe Talks About National Solar Policies

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEconomics is what drives residential and business solar adoption. While the manufacturing side of our industry has been working hard to reduce equipment costs, the worldwide solar industry has benefitted — some may say "propped up" — by the right policies at the right time. Germany FITs, California rebates, New Jersey RECs, the ITC and Net Metering have all combined to drive our industry's growth from 250 MW in 2000 to 33,400 MW in 2013 (SPV Market Research)./p

New York Steps Up Its Solar Game

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the state plans to add nearly $1 billion to its two-year-old NY-Sun Initiative is undoubtedly a huge step forward for solar deployment in the state. It not only reflects state legislators’ long-range view on solar deployment but is also a testament to the healthy appetite New Yorkers have for solar adoption. The goal of NY-Sun is to support the deployment of three gigawatts of solar by 2023; thus far, it has propelled hundreds of megawatts of solar installs and has helped employ more than 3,300 New Yorkers. /p

Rewriting the Solar Energy Rules in One Small Town

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:18
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWhat will be far and away New Hampshire's largest solar energy system is beginning to take shape in the town of Peterborough. Its story could inspire other municipalities searching for answers to infrastructure and energy problems, and it could also help rewrite the state's new policies on energy and net metering./p

Super Bowl Solar: NFL Stadiums Produce Onsite Energy with PV Projects

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn February 2, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host Super Bowl XLVIII. During the game, aerial footage will likely show 916 external LED fixtures powered by 1,350 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a total generating capacity of 276 kilowatts (kW)./p

Wind Turbine Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWind power capacity in the U.S. has been steadily climbing recently. Wind farms were the leading source of new power generation in the county in 2012, representing around $25 billion in investments. Although uncertainty about the federal production tax credit slowed growth in 2013, renewable portfolio standards and an overall interest in new sources of clean energy indicate wind power will continue to be an important source of generation in the U.S. for the future./p

The State of Renewables Is Strong and Congress Needs to Keep It That Way

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn his State of the Union speech, President Obama reaffirmed our country’s moral obligation to protect our kids from the dangers of climate change. And in doing that, he gave a shout-out to one of America’s fastest-growing industries, a critical tool in this fight—solar power: “Every four minutes,” he observed, “another American home or business goes solar — every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced.”/p

Army Disposal Experts Lend Expertise to Offshore Wind Turbine Industry

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:36
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pArmy disposal experts are drawing on knowhow in handling hazards from improvised explosive devices to unearthed bombs to detect threats to offshore wind projects from millions of tons of World War II-era ordnance dumped at sea./p

How Many Electric Utilities Does A Market Need?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:30
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDel Mar, population ~4,100, is an affluent beach city just north of San Diego. Solana Beach, also on the ocean and just north of Del Mar has ~12,000 residents. Carmel Valley is a master-planned adjoining community with a population of ~40,000. Can Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Carmel Valley each have their own micro-electric utility (MEU), providing cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable power than the current San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE)? Can Carmel Valley have four or five MEUs, and the city of San Diego one hundred?/p

China Panel Makers Turn Solar Farmers to Counter Glut

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:56
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pChina’s solar-panel makers are investing more in building their own power projects, expanding sources of revenue and soaking up some of the manufacturing capacity that depressed panel prices./p

Why the New Jersey Solar Market Just Got Hot Again

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNew Jersey has long been a cautionary tale of the boom and bust cycles of solar renewable energy credit (SREC) programs. In 2009, New Jersey’s SREC values were close to $700 per megawatt hour. Then, in fall 2012, prices dipped to the $70 mark, demonstrating the true volatility of SREC markets. However, a recent rebound in SREC prices offers owners /p

Renewable Energy Finance Outlook for 2014: Where Will the Cash Flow?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 09:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe world of renewable energy finance is vast: encompassing everything from venture capital funding for innovative start-ups, to research and development (RD) and manufacturing expansion spending, to project finance and all the way through to investing in clean energy companies on the stock market. Because of that, for the general public, predicting where money will flow over the course of the next year is a shot in the dark at best. But there are finance experts who spend their lives tracking where the money is and where it isn’t and here we offer you their expert opinions on renewable energy cash flow in 2014./p

The Road to Renewable Energy in Alberta, Canada

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIt is well known in clean energy circles that Alberta, aside from the oil sands, has some of the best solar resources in North America. It also generates more emissions from coal-fired power plants than the rest of Canada combined, which amounts to about 51 percent of the country's power generation-based emissions. The road to bring more solar and renewable power online in the oil and gas province has proven to be a challenging one, given its lack of market incentives or favorable policies./p