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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

'Near Unanimous Support': Kansas Sends a Renewable-energy Message to America

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 07:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNews out of the heart of America’s Heartland reminds us all of just how much America loves renewable energy. /p

Geothermal Visual: Industry Has Potential for Significant Increased Capacity in the US

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:28
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /p“Geothermal resources have the potential to play a much more significant role in our Nation’s energy mix,” USGS Fact Sheet 2008-3082. The plethora of geothermal sites in Nevada, California, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho is an immediate takeaway in our geothermal Graph of the Week. The data is derived from a 2008 U.S. Geological Survey study that assess/p

Record Offshore Wind Figures Conceal Slow-down in New Projects

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:21
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFour hundred eighteen offshore turbines came online in 2013 in Europe, making a record 1,567 Megawatts (MW) of new capacity. This is one-third more than the capacity installed in 2012. This makes a new total of 6,562 MW of offshore wind power — enough to provide 0.7 percent of the EU's electricity. However a closer look at what happened reveals a s/p

Net Metering in 2014: Where the First Battles Will Be Fought

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNet metering was one of the solar energy industry's hottest topics in 2013 — and barely a month into 2014 it's promising to stay that way./p

Using Engineered Geothermal Systems to Meet our Energy Demand

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn 1904, Prince Piero Ignore Conti generated electricity from a generator driven by steam from a natural geothermal system at Lardarello, Italy. That first experimental system was upgraded to a commercial power plant in 1913 that is still producing power 100 years later demonstrating the durability and practicality of using the earth’s heat to produce power commercially. It would be some 45 years before other commercial geothermal plants would be built at Wairaki Station in New Zealand and the Geysers in California in 1958 and 1960./p

Creating a Magma-enhanced Geothermal System in Iceland

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn 2009, a borehole drilled at Krafla, northeast Iceland, as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), unexpectedly penetrated into magma (molten rock) at only 2100 meters depth, with a temperature of 900-1000 C. The borehole, IDDP-1, was the first in a series of wells being drilled by the IDDP in Iceland in the search for high-temperature geothermal resources./p

Who's Your Energy Daddy?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFor now the Energy Daddy remains large, investor-owned utilities, and ostensibly locally-focused rural cooperatives and municipal utilities. But the energy landscape of today gives me uncomfortable reminders of the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles — the Oedipus tale. John Farrell, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, gave this panel presentation at t/p

Tesla Revs Up China Electric Vehicle Engine

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pU.S. electric car maker Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) is setting some tough goals for itself during its first year in China, aiming to take advantage of government incentives and its high-end brand image to quickly take a big share of the market. I did a little math based on the company’s latest remarks, and its ambitious target for this year would represen/p

SolarWorld’s Actions Are Damaging the US Solar Industry

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs someone who has played an active role in the development and growth of the U.S. solar industry over the last 15 years, I view the actions by German-based SolarWorld to obtain costly government-imposed tariffs on imports of solar cells and panels to be a grave threat to our industry’s growing success. Driving down the costs of solar, not raising them, should be our primary goal./p