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Tesla’s Musk Keeps Door Open to Future Electric Vehicle Projects with Toyota

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:10
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pTesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk said the electric-car maker may form another partnership with Toyota Motor Corp., as the companies conclude an initial vehicle project that met with mixed results./p

Sharp Putting Solar Developer Recurrent Energy Up for Sale, Again

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSharp Corp., the Japanese electronics maker, is seeking to sell its U.S. solar-energy development unit Recurrent Energy./p

The Solar Technology Behind Apple's iPhone 6

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:26
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pApple is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 this week with a thin sapphire screen that is incredibly scratch resistant. And the company can thank the solar industry for that innovation. The super-thin screen is made through a process called proton induced exfoliation or PIE invented by Twin Creeks Technologies. With PIE, high-energy protons are fire/p

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Update and Thoughts on the Finavera Deal

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pClean energy stocks and the market in general rebounded strongly in August. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, rose 4.5 percent, returning to positive territory up 1.7 percent for the year. My clean energy benchmark PBW also jumped back into the black with an 11.1 percent gain for the month and 10.8 percent for the year to date. /p

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Solar Innovations

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pMany of the most significant industrial and technological innovations in the U.S. were discovered, commercialized and expanded with government support. Turn the clock a century or two and you can see how the government was behind oil drilling and refining, transcontinental railroads and our electric grid. More recently the government's been successful with the space program, the internet and the biotech revolution. And these government efforts continue with solar. /p

India’s Newest State to Hold 500-Megawatt Solar Auction

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:27
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIndia’s newly formed state of Telangana announced plans to auction licenses to build 500 megawatts of solar capacity./p

US Solar Industry Continues Rapid Growth

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThis was a huge week for fans of clean energy.  First, Telsa Motors announced that it would build a new factory in Nevada, employing 6,500 workers.  Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to hold a vote later this year on green energy tax credits.  That important announcement was quickly followed by news that the U.S. solar market hit a major/p

Nevada Hits the Jackpot in Bid for Tesla Motors Gigafactory

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:08
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGovernor Brian Sandoval took to the podium yesterday in Carson City alongside solar magnate Elon Musk to announce Nevada has been chosen as the official home of the long-awaited Tesla Motors “Gigafactory,” a $5 billion lithium-ion battery production facility expected to churn out half a million electric car battery cells and packs by 2020./p

California Takes Steps Toward a New Policy Structure for Renewable Power

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:57
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe California legislative session that ended last week saw geothermal initiatives at the forefront of public discussion. Geothermal supporters sought to take steps towards a new policy structure that should favor a diversity of renewable technologies. Positive accomplishments included a first-ever Geothermal Awareness Day that brought operators from all over the state to the Capitol to raise geothermal’s profile. /p

Helping Battery Cost Declines Keep Going and Going…

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:56
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFour short years ago, the U.S. solar industry surpassed expectations by installing 340 MW of solar at a cost of $6.40 per watt in the first half of 2010. How times have changed. In the first quarter of this year alone, the U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar for an average $2.36 per watt. In other words, we installed roughly four times as much solar in half the time for about one-third the cost. Talk about progress./p

China Clean Energy Defaults Loom Amid Record Debt Loads

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPresident Xi Jinping’s clean-energy strategy is suffering more growing pains as China’s renewables companies face record bond repayments and Sinovel Wind Group Co. said it may struggle to meet obligations./p

UK Offshore Wind Installations Forecast to Soar

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNew analysis reveals that the UK continues to lead the global market in terms of offshore wind power capacity, with significant growth forecast through 2020 and set to drive installations from the 3.7 GW in 2013 to 11 GW by then./p

Why Companies Should Mobilize the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:36
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA big development in clean energy advocacy recently took place, and odds are you haven't heard about it.  Supply chain recruitment sounds dorky, but it’s one of the “killer apps” of pushing for favorable policies for an industry sector. More mature industries have had decades to develop their ability to leverage suppliers as a multiplier of their v/p

Market for Lithium-ion Batteries Expected to Grow 4X by 2020

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe global lithium-ion battery market should experience exuberant growth in next few years says a new report by Frost and Sullivan. The firm urges li-ion battery makers to include the grid and renewable energy storage segment in their growth strategy as the stationary energy storage market is likely to be the leading consumer of lithium-ion batteries in the future. In addition, utility companies will continue to seek smart grid solutions that use these batteries./p

Fantasy Becomes Real: First Commercial Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Opens in US

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:21
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /p“Once, we all lived off the land, sun, wind and water and it provided everything we needed,” said DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma, surveying a crowd of more than 2,000 crowding a biomass storage facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa — converted temporarily into the world capital of advanced biofuels. “Then came our historic shift to a dependence on, and an addiction to, fossil fuel resources.”/p

It May Soon Be Easier to Access Renewables in Vermont Thanks to Microgrid Technology

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:15
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. electricity producer, and the Vermont utility Green Mountain Power Corp., are jointly developing products and services that will make it easier for customers to generate and use renewable energy./p

For the Birds: How Speculation Trumped Fact at Ivanpah

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWith its claim of 28,000 dead birds from Ivanpah, the Associated Press syndicated a story on every front page in America, spreading alarm about concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, which was not grounded in facts, but on one opponent's speculation./p

Delhi, India Plans to Spur Rooftop Solar with Net Metering

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIndia’s blackout-prone capital introduced a policy for households and businesses to earn credits for solar power produced on rooftops, planning to replicate a model that sparked booms in the U.S. and Japan./p

Trina Thrives on Solar Financing

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:38
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pInvestors were applauding a new announcement by Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL), after it disclosed a deal that would see it help to finance and build a massive solar power farm in southwest Yunnan province. The deal should indeed help Trina generate big sales for the near-term, as it involves construction of a farm with huge capacity of 300 megawatts of p/p

5 Lessons Solar Marketers Can Learn from the ALS Icebucket Challenge

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:15
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pI tried to avoid it, but after several call-outs by family and colleagues (and a quiet donation), I knew I had to finally respond to the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” when Henry Dziuba, president of SMA America called me out after this: It was creative, and I respected that, so I couldn’t ignore it and I couldn’t just toss a bucket of ice cold water o/p