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A Rarely Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:12
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pMany cities served by private utilities think they have little capacity to encourage local renewable energy development.  But a largely untapped tool — utility franchise contracts — may hold the key. There are two kinds of city energy systems: publicly owned or privately owned. Cities with municipal utilities already have the power to implement the/p

The Inevitability of Solar

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThings are bad for those who breathe air these days, and things will probably get a lot worse before a change in behavior is forced upon humankind. This is because despite demonstrable evidence of climate change, despite the fact that natural gas is not a clean energy source and despite the fact that building more nuclear facilities takes longer than installing solar and costs more, governments are once again turning to the old polluting and expensive standbys to power our world./p

Buffett’s Renewables Bet Emboldens Companies to Pursue Wind and Solar

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pVaisala Oyj, a Finnish maker of meteorological equipment, plans to make the most of growing interest in renewables as investors including Warren Buffett put billions of dollars into the area./p

Eco Wave to Raise $5 Million to Accelerate Ocean Energy Plans

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEco Wave Power, based in Israel, plans to raise $5 million by the end of the year to further develop its technology and projects that harness the power of the ocean to generate electricity./p

Drillers Look for Geothermal in the Depths of Paris

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat./p

Tesla Charges China's EV Industry with Mobile Carrier Partnership

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDespite disappointing progress in China’s plan to put hundreds of thousands of new energy vehicles on its roads by next year, American electric car maker Tesla has made remarkable progress despite its late arrival to the market. The company has won its strong initial results though a smart combination of savvy marketing and initiatives to encourage/p

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Water Heating

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOutdoor pools are great on hot summer days — the kids are occupied and the water is refreshing. And as the summer progresses, the water heats up to a comfortable level. But on chilly spring and fall days the cool water in that pool amounts to nothing more than a 30,000 gallon decoration in your back yard. Plus you still may need to run the electric pool pumps to keep the water clean./p

China's Shunfeng Aims for 3 GW of Installations to Rival Biggest Solar Makers

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pShunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., which plans to become one of the world’s biggest solar cell manufacturers this year, said it’s speaking with as many as five banks about finance for expanding installations./p

Australia's Renewable Industry Imperiled Pending Policy Review

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:52
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA government-appointed panel gave Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott two options to cut emissions more cheaply: either scrap or weaken its main clean energy program./p

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Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:01

Solar Makers Set for Record 2014 Shipments on Strong Demand

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:13
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSolar manufacturers are set to ship a record number of panels this year, with the largest makers expected to deliver 52 percent more panel between them than 2013./p

The Fantasy of Distributed Generation, Efficiency, and Storage Raising Electric Rates

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn 2012, the Virginia Governor proposed a tax for the sales of energy efficient cars because they use less gasoline, which means less money goes into the highway trust fund to repair roads. Hybrid and electric car owners, like myself, went nuts — why should those saving gasoline and significantly reducing pollution be penalized? By the end of 2013, a bipartisan coalition abolished the law./p

SMA Sunny Bear Flash Dances the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:17
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from SolarEdge, SMA Sunny Bear took the donation drive to the next level by recreating the iconic water scene from the 1980’s move classic Flash Dance.  SMA employees will be donating to this deserving cause and encourage others to join in their support by visiting and contributing as well. Who/p

Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:38
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What it does not specifically discuss is that these difficulties could lead to large financial losses for investors who see the difficulty of divesting as a reason to delay./p

German Solar Manufacturing Survivor Say Shipments Reach Record

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe one major German solar panel manufacturer that survived a plunge in prices triggered by competition from China said it shipped near-record modules this month and seeks to keep selling at that level./p

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:01

Plunge in UK Distributed Energy Investment Forecast for 2019

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:23
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pInvestment in the UK’s distributed power generation market will witness a significant decline from almost $2.5 billion in 2013 to $939 million by 2019, according to new analysis./p

The MIT Curse Strikes Again: Lilliputian Systems Files for Bankruptcy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pI’ll be up front. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the finest universities in the world. Numerous graduates have made lasting contributions to science. And the closest I could have ever got to being part of the MIT family would have probably been working as a stock boy in the campus bookstore. It is an academic beacon. But, somet/p

Expect $1.6 Trillion in Clean Energy Investments Through 2020, Says IEA

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pInvestments in new clean-energy capacity will total $1.61 trillion through 2020 even as the expansion of renewables is expected to slow, the International Energy Agency said. /p

Myanmar’s Solar Ambitions Kickstarted with $480 Million ACO Investment Pact

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:27
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pMyanmar will expand its sources of clean energy through an agreement with ACO Investment Group, a U.S.-based private-equity fund focusing on Asian emerging markets, to develop two solar-energy plants./p