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How Much Are Your Solar Facebook Fans Worth? Around $403 Each

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAccording to a report conducted by non-solar marketing firm Syncapse, the average value of a Facebook Fan (“Like”) in 2013 was $174. Based on their methodology, the value is probably much higher for residential solar companies, but how much higher? Let's see if we can figure out an estimate. Syncapse didn’t reveal its exact methodology for valuing /p

IKEA Enters US Wind Market With Largest Renewables Investment to Date

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind project investment in the U.S. and largest renewables investment globally. IKEA will own the wind farm and U.S.-based developer Apex Clean Energy will manage the project./p

UPDATE: UK Announces Renewable Heat Tariffs

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:45
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pUPDATE: The U.K. government yesterday launched its Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI), which pays households that generate heat and hot water using renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating. /p

Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:17
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSenate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy. /p

Russia Sets Renewable Energy Auction Dates

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 06:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Russian Government has announced that renewable energy source (RES) investment project auctions (IPA) for the years 2015 through 2018 will be held May 28 through June 10, 2014./p

Offshore Wind Updates: Cape Wind Financing, Deepwater Proposal, Massive UK Project Approvals

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe offshore wind industry saw some action from both sides of the pond this week, with several announcements coming from projects off the coast of Massachusetts, New York and Scotland. /p

Shared Clean Energy Program Advances in Connecticut Legislature

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:22
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pConnecticut could become the 11th state to pass shared renewables policy, the new approach to renewable energy that gives renters and others a way to go solar for the first time./p

Kansas Will Plant Its First Community-Owned Solar Farm

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:13
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pCustomer-owned utility Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) have signed an agreement to build a 1 megawatt community solar photovoltaic array, the largest in Kansas, with panels owned by Midwest Energy members throughout central and western Kansas. The 4,000-panel solar garden will be located within the Midwest/p

NRG Buys Installer Roof Diagnostics in Rooftop Solar Push

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNRG Energy Inc. (NRG), the largest independent U.S. electricity producer, bought rooftop solar installer Roof Diagnostics Solar Inc. as it seeks to capitalize on the growing decentralized power market./p

Top Inverter Maker SMA Loss Wider Than Expected after Solar Market Shifts

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSMA Solar Technology AG, Germany’s biggest solar maker, reported a wider-than-expected loss because demand shifted from its home market in Europe toward Asia./p

Germany’s $2.8 Billion Power Link With Norway Threatened

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pTalks between Germany and Norway about how to boost the trading of electricity from renewable sources are being held up by concerns that the power cable running under the North Sea won’t ever make money./p

The Future of Chile's Energy Sector Lies with Renewable Energy, New Report Shows

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Chilean Renewable Energy Center recently released its annual report for 2013, and the numbers send a clear message: Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is where the action is. (In Chile, the term “non-conventional renewable energy” is used to exclude large hydroelectric plants, i.e. hydroelectric plants with an installed capacity over 20MW, from the category. Large hydro is considered conventional energy. For the sake of brevity, I use “renewable” in this blog in place of “non-conventional renewable.”)/p

Can Europe Achieve a Clean, Affordable Power Balance?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:24
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pChange is sweeping the European power industry as the integration of renewables gains pace. How Europe eventually navigates through these dramatic changes will fascinate power decision makers globally. The debate over whether renewables would form a significant part of the future power generation infrastructure has moved on considerably within the last two years: the question is no longer ‘if’ the transition will take place, but ‘how’ an industry traditionally comprised of large units of coal, gas or nuclear power generation running 24/7 as base load is going to adapt to accommodate it./p

Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Hits the Runway

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:07
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pE-commerce visionary Elon Musk and British punk-fashionista Vivienne Westwood see eye-to-eye on a new wave in clean energy: You need to find investors online./p

Chinese Solar PV Module Suppliers Extend Their Lead Heading Into "Robust" 2014

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThree industry groups now confirm that Chinese suppliers continue to increase their dominance over solar PV module shipments, and Yingli remains the biggest of them all./p

100% Drop-in Aviation Biofuels "Closer” to Reality

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:14
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThis week, Blue Sun Energy, ARA, and Chevron Lummus Global achieved a key development milestone with their 100 barrel/day (4,200 gallon/per day) demonstration-scale Biofuels ISOCONVERSION facility in St. Joseph, Missouri. Less than a year after beginning engineering to scale the technology, the team has completed plant commissioning and has begun 24/7 system operation./p

Brazil’s Rio Bravo Seeks Partners to Finance Wind Power Growth

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:23
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pRio Bravo Investimentos SA, the asset manager founded by former central bank president Gustavo Franco, is looking for new financial partners to help it become one of Brazil’s biggest wind power companies./p

Renewable Energy Trends Illuminated in Clean Edge’s Market Report

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe clean energy industry’s performance over the past year can be seen as a classic good news-bad news situation, according to the experts at Clean Energy, a research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. The industry saw dazzling growth, success, and rising stock prices in some sectors – most notably solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment – but downward trends and policy and finance hurdles in others./p

Suez Environnement to Build Waste-to-Energy Plant in China

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:08
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSuez Environnement, Europe’s second-biggest water company, and Chinese partners agreed to build an incinerator near Shanghai to treat hazardous and medical waste that will generate steam and supply energy./p

Massachusetts Makes Progress for Finalizing SREC-II Regulation

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSolar stakeholders in Massachusetts are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  On Monday, March 17th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have initiated the last review necessary before finalizing the Solar Carve-Out II program.  The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy /p