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January 27th
An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Carina Lagergren, a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, says the system shows a promising way forward for reducing en...
January 27th
The UN climate conference in Lima set the stage for Paris in 2015. Next year’s accord is to provide a working, albeit not a final, answer to the question: Is it possible to keep global warming at or below the 2 degree Celsius limit? This limit is consid...
January 27th
There is solar, and there is solar. Centralized solar generation — large fields of solar panels feeding electricity into the grid — must be distinguished from distributed generation, that is, photovoltaics on rooftops. At the public policy level, the dis...
January 27th
China is mulling a policy to provide a subsidy for lithium batteries deployed in electric vehicles. This new favorable policy is expected to propel the development of the country’s electric vehicle sector. China has existing subsidy policies for the sect...
January 26th
The skies are looking grayer for the Cape Wind offshore wind project as reports indicate that the developer has dropped contracts to buy land and facilities just two weeks after utilities terminated power purchase agreements (PPAs) due to missed deadline...
January 26th
India’s audacious plan to create a solar industry on the scale of China’s almost from scratch gained credibility with President Barack Obama’s pledge to lend U.S. financial support for the program.
January 26th
“If you don't like what is being said, then change the conversation” — the writers of Mad Men could have been contemplating renewable energy PR. If someone argues that realizing deep and comprehensive renewable energy deployment hinges on technological r...
January 26th
Reducing energy use by enhancing energy efficiency has long been viewed as “low-hanging fruit” in the drive to lower energy bills, boost economic productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Home and property owners, agricultural, commercial and ind...
January 23rd
Installations of wind power in the U.S. surged sixfold last year, making it the largest market for the technology worldwide after China.
January 23rd
Clean energy investments in India increased to $7.9 billion last year and are expected to surpass $10 billion in 2015.
January 23rd
This past November, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted to allow the state’s major utility, Wisconsin Energy to implement a fixed rate increase for of its customers as well as lower the credit for solar that customers receive. The increase is n...
January 23rd
Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a wind farm? You’ve seen all the amazing photos taken from the tops of turbines, but do you know what the technician is actually doing up there?
January 23rd
Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has quickly become one of our nation’s top 10 solar markets. The state’s growing solar industry employs 5,000 New Yorkers up and down the state, ranking it fifth in the nation for solar jobs. Meanwhile, the lan...
January 23rd
Is the solar industry starting to pay more attention to the commercial solar market? From our vantage point, it seems that way, even if just slightly. We are increasingly being approached by developers looking for ways to finance portfolios of smaller pr...
January 22nd
We are seeing more and more developers structuring deals with floating, instead of fixed, power purchase agreements (PPAs) meaning that the value of the PPA is tied to electricity rates. Developers like to pitch floating PPAs to host customers because th...
January 22nd
Tumbling oil prices will maintain pressure on the solar industry to consolidate by drying up investor interest in building new factories, according to an executive who just carried out a $1.2 billion merger.
January 22nd
In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call “microgrid as metaphor,” and distinguish it from “microgrid as fact.” Let me elaborate.
January 22nd
Fueled by record-setting growth in home solar installations, leading residential solar finance-and-installation companies such as SolarCity and SunPower and investment banks have been able to move briskly along and bring investors up the learning curve b...