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Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:45
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said./p

Post-Fukushima Japan Taps Coal Over Renewables

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPrime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables./p

Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pClean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, revealed today that two weeks after announcing the development of the Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm—Wisconsin’s first community-owned solar PV facility — the 305-kW array has been fully reserved. Reservations for the 1,001-panel array, developed in partnersh/p

The Never Dull Life of a Wind Farm

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA wind farm’s story is a little bit like a romantic comedy. It’s all about the buildup. We tend to rivet our attention on the development phase – the controversies over siting, the struggle for permitting, the landing of contracts./p

Trees Go High-tech: Turning Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:51
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pBased on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices./p

Massachusetts Finalizes SREC-II Program: Here's What You Can Expect

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn April 11th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have now filed the final revisions for the SREC-II program with the Secretary of State’s office.  These final revisions will go into effect on April 25, 2014 once the rules have been promulgated. To qualify for SREC-I, all systems less than 100 kW must both s/p

State Legislature Hearing: Why Isn't California Using More Geothermal?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGeothermal potential was the subject of a joint committee hearing in California on April 3 led by State Senator Ben Hueso, D-40th Senate District, and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-46th Assembly District. As the hearing began, Senator Hueso, who is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on California’s Energy Independents, and Assemblyman Pérez, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Renewable Energy Economy in rural California, each expressed their interest in understanding why the state is not using more of its untapped geothermal resources. Of particular interest for California lawmakers, industry, and consumers alike are the areas near the Salton Sea familiar to the geothermal industry for their immense potential for power development./p

China’s Idle Wind Power Curbs Tariff Cuts, Regulator Says

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:28
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSwitching off wind turbines in China because their electricity can’t be absorbed by the grid is limiting how much planners can cut incentives given to renewable power producers./p

Swiss Unveil New Solar Powered Plane for Global Flight

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:24
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car./p

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