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  • Oil companies join corporate lobbying push for U.S. carbon tax
    on 21st May 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Oil companies, automakers and consumer products manufacturers will unleash a campaign for a U.S. tax on carbon dioxide emissions even though it may lead to higher prices for their products. […]

  • Xcel Energy sets course for coal-free, renewable-heavy future
    on 21st May 2019 at 3:53 pm

    This week, Xcel Energy announced plans to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is part of the company’s clean energy transition that includes expanding wind and solar, using natural gas and operating its Monticello nuclear plant until at least 2040. […]

  • Australia's climate wars set to heat up after coal champion wins
    on 20th May 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s surprise victory in Australia’s election was a win for the coal industry and ensures the debate about tackling climate change will continue to polarize the nation. […]

  • Germans pessimistic on energiewende success
    on 20th May 2019 at 7:30 am

    People in Germany are more pessimistic than the rest of Europe regarding their country’s progress on its energy transition, or engergiewende. […]

  • 20 MW of community solar available for purchase by Xcel customers in Minnesota
    on 17th May 2019 at 3:34 pm

    CleanChoice Energy on Thursday said it was opening an additional 20.51 MW of community solar capacity for residential customers of Xcel. The new capacity is being supplied by fifteen solar farms owned and operated by AltusPower America in various locations in Minnesota. CleanChoice Energy is the largest community solar provider in Minnesota with more than 85 megawatts of solar capacity. […]

  • CellCube to bring grid scale vanadium battery to South Australia
    on 17th May 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Renewables firm Pangea Energy and vanadium battery producer CellCube have signed on to build a 50MW storage system alongside a solar farm in South Australia. […]

  • Ameren tests software that could unlock future ‘transactive energy marketplace’
    on 15th May 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Ameren is preparing to test a Canadian company’s software that could someday help usher in a radically different business model for the utility. […]

  • Former Massachusetts coal plant to be transformed into clean energy center
    on 14th May 2019 at 3:01 pm

    This week, diversified real estate acquisition and development firm Commercial Development Company and transmission developer Anbaric said they plan to build a renewable energy center at Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset, Massachusetts. The site is the former home of the Brayton Point Coal Plant, the cooling towers for which were demolished two weeks ago. (video of demolition at the end of article at this link). […]

  • EESI to help rural co-ops and public power entities ‘ACE’ clean energy upgrades
    on 14th May 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Yesterday, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) announced the launch of the Access Clean Energy Savings (ACES) initiative. ACES provides technical assistance to help rural electric cooperatives and public power utilities apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electric Savings Program (RESP), which provides zero-interest 20-year loans for improving energy efficiency. […]

  • Doing business better: Empowering women through solar energy
    on 14th May 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Incredibly, 1.1 billion people – 14% of the world’s population – still live without access to electricity. In rural, remote communities, many people simply have no light after sunset. That makes being productive at night—such as working and learning--extremely difficult. Limiting useful hours of the day by access to daylight holds back personal and economic development and wastes human potential. […]

  • EU corporates want renewable energy but bureaucracy and regulations are holding them back
    on 13th May 2019 at 6:35 pm

    This week energy developer BayWa r.e. published its Energy Report 2019, which surveyed 1,200 European corporations about their attitudes toward renewable energy. […]

  • Hydrogen: key to a zero-carbon future, or a costly distraction?
    on 13th May 2019 at 2:45 pm

    The U.K.’s push for a low-carbon economy has some notable successes, but the hardest part of the battle has barely started. […]

  • Enel joins Boston’s Greentown Labs to scout for clean energy startups
    on 10th May 2019 at 6:05 pm

    This week, Enel S.p.A. announced the opening of its newest Innovation Hub in Boston at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States. The Hub will provide Enel, one of the world’s leading power companies, access to Greentown Labs’ startup community and innovation expertise. […]

  • Toward 100% clean energy: two million solar strong and growing
    on 9th May 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Today, IREC proudly joins the collective voice of advocates and industry celebrating a milestone we have worked for 37 years to witness: two million solar installations now in the U.S. What better timing than in a year when children and governors, presidential candidates and corporate CEOs are all making headlines about the urgency of climate change action. […]

  • U.K. has been using coal-free energy since May 1
    on 9th May 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The U.K. has now gone more than a week without using any of its coal-fired power stations, yet another record, and a sign that life without the dirtiest fossil fuel might not be that far away. […]

  • Washington becomes fifth state in the US to aim for 100 percent clean energy
    on 8th May 2019 at 2:14 pm

    This week in Seattle, Washington, Senate Bill 5116 was signed into law in by Governor Jay Inslee after passing the state legislature earlier this month. This bill cuts out coal power by 2025 and requires an equitable transition to 100 percent clean electricity for the entire state by 2045. […]

  • New Google-supported project will measure and publicize carbon-emission data from every power plant in the world
    on 8th May 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. […]

  • LA is next city to announce 100 percent renewable energy goals
    on 8th May 2019 at 1:58 pm

    As of 2018, the city of Los Angeles boasted close to 350 MW of installed local solar power, according to reports. Its solar capacity increased some 44 percent year over year. […]

  • Six schools in Minnesota saving money, boosting education with solar
    on 7th May 2019 at 12:23 pm

    New Energy Equity, Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) and Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) last week announced a partnership to develop six solar arrays, totaling 1.5 MW, for Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes school districts and Central Lakes College. […]

  • IEA alarmed as new renewables capacity stalls
    on 7th May 2019 at 10:11 am

    Last year was the first time since 2001 that growth in renewable power capacity failed to increase year on year. […]

  • Clearing up some confusion over community solar in New York
    on 6th May 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Community Solar in New York has a messaging problem. It is confusing, and even some industry professionals have given up in disgust because of aggressive marketing and a lack of clarity. […]

  • In Illinois, storage is among the next hurdles for renewables expansion
    on 3rd May 2019 at 2:58 pm

    ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. […]

  • UK carbon reduction plan includes massive buildout of offshore wind, EV infrastructure
    on 2nd May 2019 at 1:20 pm

    British people need to fly less, drive electric cars, eat little meat and turn their home thermostats down to 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) in order to rein in greenhouse gases damaging the planet. […]

  • Climate experts tell UK to set zero carbon target for 2050
    on 2nd May 2019 at 8:58 am

    Developing carbon capture and storage technology and low-carbon hydrogen is “a necessity not an option” for the UK to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2050. […]

  • Goldman Sachs sees solar panel prices stabilizing
    on 1st May 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. sees an end to the gloom for solar manufacturers as demand in China stabilizes and free-falling panel prices bottom out. […]

  • DNV GL launches digital platform for renewable PPAs
    on 1st May 2019 at 7:00 am

    Energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has launched a new digital platform for renewable energy power purchase agreements. […]

  • Clean energy engineering experts share blueprints for zero-emission buildings
    on 30th April 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Buildings account for nearly four-tenths of U.S. energy consumption through heating, cooling and other electricity use, according to the Energy Information Administration. And if that energy comes from fossil fuels, it releases more greenhouse gases that drive human-caused climate change. […]

  • Shell to replace gas with solar for Oman port
    on 30th April 2019 at 1:23 pm

    SOHAR deep-sea port and free-zone has signed a 600-hectare lease agreement with Shell Development Oman (SDO) for land to set up industrial and commercial solar panels. The port is managed in a joint-venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman. […]

  • Tennessee’s largest solar facility is now online
    on 29th April 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Last week, independent power producer Silicon Ranch Corporation said that the 53-MW solar array that it built in partnership with the City of Millington, the U.S. Navy, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is now operational. It’s the largest solar power plant in the state. […]

  • How car insurers could help connect community solar with EV customers
    on 29th April 2019 at 9:35 am

    The insurance industry has lots of exposure to climate change. But as Warren Buffet has explained, not so much for companies that do annual policy adjustments, like Berkshire Hathaway. Their exposure is limited because the trends are baked into the premiums. But there is an opportunity for reducing insurance risk due to climate change, and it comes from the insurance industry itself. The business model is to have car insurance salespeople provide leads to virtual electric car charging services. This has perfect demographics because electric vehicle owners are very receptive to solar electricity. Who wouldn’t want a clean transportation solution with local job creation that can’t be offshore? […]

  • Ball Corporation plans 100 percent renewable push; purchases 388 MW of wind and solar
    on 26th April 2019 at 2:48 pm

    This week global energy and infrastructure group, Eversheds Sutherland, announced that it helped Ball Corporation secure two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) – one wind and one solar – for a total of 388 MW of new renewable energy. According to Ball, these agreements will allow the company to power 100 percent of its corporate, packaging and aerospace operations electricity load in North America with renewable energy by the end of 2021. […]

  • EU approves €385 million renewable energy scheme for Lithuania
    on 25th April 2019 at 3:15 pm

    The European Commission has approved a €385 million (US$429.7 million) renewable energy scheme to support renewables generation in Lithuania, including hydroelectric power. […]

  • Tesla continues to lose marketshare in U.S. rooftop solar market
    on 25th April 2019 at 1:10 pm

    A year ago, Tesla Inc. lost its throne as king of the U.S. rooftop solar business to Sunrun Inc. Now, it may get relegated to third place. […]

  • Minigrid combines solar and digital to electrify Togo village
    on 25th April 2019 at 10:01 am

    Solar energy is now providing the electricity for an entire village in Togo of 4000 people, powering streetlights, homes, schools and shops. […]

  • Machine learning, AI aiding Sempra utilities in solar energy management on the grid
    on 25th April 2019 at 8:00 am

    This week Sempra Energy subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions announced that Sempra-owned development company Infraestructura Energetica Nova (IEnova) would be using its software at the 110-MW Pima Solar facility located in Mexico to help manage the integration of renewable power to the electric grid. […]

  • Demystifying bank solar asset management with U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and kWh Analytics
    on 24th April 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Bank asset management is known to be an opaque subject. Thankfully, Diana Weis and Sarah Disch, each co-heads of the Solar Asset Management groups at their organizations, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Bank respectively, shared their expertise with me at SAMNA 2019. They each have over a decade of experience in solar finance. Here are three key takeaways bank asset management experts Weis and Disch shared: […]

  • Iowa pork producers stall utility efforts to upend solar net metering
    on 24th April 2019 at 1:42 pm

    In their push to upend the economics of rooftop solar, Iowa’s major electric utilities are up against an opponent as politically potent as they are: the state’s pork producers. […]

  • DTECH asks experts to share what they know about the future of energy delivery
    on 23rd April 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Utilities and other energy experts convene each year at DISTRIBUTECH International (DTECH) to discuss the future of energy and this week Clarion Energy, organizer of the event, announced that the call for abstracts for the 2020 event is open. […]

  • Nevada is the fourth US state to commit to 100 percent clean energy
    on 23rd April 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Nevada is joining the growing list of U.S. places that aim to ban fossil fuels from its electricity supply. […]

  • Mayor: PG&E assets are ‘great’ opportunity to bring clean energy to San Francisco
    on 18th April 2019 at 1:39 pm

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to use PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy to take over some of the company’s assets for the city’s power needs, a move that would shake up California’s largest utility and remake the state’s energy landscape. […]

  • Duke Energy to build North Carolina solar estimated at $404M
    on 18th April 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Duke Energy Corp. will develop six utility-scale solar power projects in North Carolina that may cost up to $404 million as part of the state’s bid to boost renewable energy. […]

  • California college invests in 1-MW solar carport to offset 100 percent of its energy use
    on 18th April 2019 at 8:01 am

    Yuba College, a community college part of the Yuba Community College District, this week completed a 1-MW solar carport installation that it says could result in $10 million of avoided utility costs over the life of the system. The District purchased the solar outright, which resulted in optimal savings. […]

  • Three strategies for building solar and wind energy systems on potentially contaminated lands
    on 17th April 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Building solar and wind energy projects on potentially contaminated lands can be a golden opportunity, both effective and cost-effective, for developers. The 120-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation Superfund site was recently redeveloped with a utility-scale solar farm and is a prime example of the reuse potential inherent in thousands of Superfund sites, brownfields, retired power plants, and landfills. […]

  • IREC’s career map shows climate change related employment opportunities on the rise
    on 17th April 2019 at 4:00 pm

    A new career map, Careers in Climate Control Technology, provides a first-of-its-kind interactive, visual tool to showcase the employment opportunities that exist in the swiftly growing HVAC/R industry – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The sector is on track for projected growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. […]

  • Vermont utility launches vision for 100 percent renewable energy by 2030
    on 17th April 2019 at 12:39 pm

    This weekend at its “Earth Day Every Day Fair,” Green Mountain Power announced an energy vision to have a 100 percent carbon free energy supply by 2025 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The utility said the move is among the most aggressive carbon targets for a utility of GMP’s size in the country. […]

  • Starbucks makes 'two-sided' investment in Texas solar farms
    on 16th April 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Starbucks Corp. is boosting its investments in clean power. […]

  • Can the US government stop utilities from attempting to kill solar in Montana?
    on 15th April 2019 at 3:42 pm

    In the years since its passage, Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) has provided one of the few options for small producers of renewable energy to access electric generation markets controlled by monopoly utilities. The law requires a monopoly utility to purchase the output of certain small power producers known as “qualifying facilities” (QFs) at the utility’s “avoided cost”—that is, the cost the utility would incur to generate or purchase power in the absence of the purchase from the QF. […]

  • Clean energy industry applauds Puerto Rico’s new 100 percent clean energy law
    on 12th April 2019 at 3:54 pm

    On Thursday, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed into law the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act which lays the groundwork for the island’s transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. […]

  • Get ‘renewable therapy’ during next week’s Solar Education Week
    on 12th April 2019 at 2:07 pm

    The Redford Center, a California-based non-profit co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son, James, announced that every morning, from April 15-22, 2019, the organization will post an episode a day of "Renewable Therapy for Climate Anxiety," a conversational mini-series featuring Filmmaker, James Redford, and Matthew Nordan, clean energy investor and managing partner at MNL Partners. In each two-minute installment, the pair explores questions that nag environmentalists when it comes to renewable energy. Watch the first episode below. […]

  • AES refinances solar portfolio with help of insurance against underperformance
    on 11th April 2019 at 3:41 pm

    kWh Analytics, a leader in solar risk management, this week announced the first refinancing supported by the Solar Revenue Put. The portfolio of 41 projects, owned by AES, totaling approximately 28 MW DC of capacity is located in Arizona and Massachusetts. The portfolio is being funded by Silicon Valley Bank and a Japanese financial services company. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, a leading global corporate insurer, is providing capacity for the Solar Revenue Put. […]

  • Apple says 44 of its suppliers have made clean energy commitments
    on 11th April 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Global manufacturer Apple today announced it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number to 44. Because of this partnership between Apple and its suppliers, Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with over an additional gigawatt projected within that timeframe. […]

  • Three ways utilities can partner with smart renewable cities to deliver on their objectives
    on 11th April 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Cities and renewable electricity have, respectively, become the habitat and energy of choice globally. The two are increasingly inseparable. Urbanization and electrification trends have turned cities and the grid into leading platforms for human activity, presenting unique opportunities for today’s utilities to partner with municipalities to achieve their smart city goals. […]

  • Global partnership to make sense of the energy transition
    on 11th April 2019 at 10:31 am

    Enel Foundation has signed a landmark agreement to become the exclusive Global Knowledge Partner of the 2019 Clarion Power and Energy series of events. […]

  • Climate change helping solar, hurting hydro in Europe, say scientists
    on 10th April 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Climate change is picking up pace in Europe, thrusting farmers and power generators onto the front lines of a battle with nature that threatens to upend the lives of the half billion people who occupy the world’s biggest trading bloc. […]

  • Understanding ‘safe harbor’ for extending your 30 percent solar ITC qualification
    on 10th April 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Just after the midnight hour of New Year’s Eve 2020, more than confetti will be abandoned on America’s sidewalks and parlors. Somewhere around $130 million dollars of Investment Tax Credit (ITC) from that year’s anticipated Commercial & Industrial solar projects will fall out from any hope of reaching the proverbial pocket books of the nation’s infrastructure investors (assuming 2000MW of C&I and Community solar, and a $2/w installation cost). On 1/1/20, the ITC drops to 26 percent, a first step to further decrease the following year. […]

  • Corporate funding for solar up 10 percent year-over-year in Q12019
    on 9th April 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the global solar sector in the first quarter of 2019 and found that total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q1 2019 came to $2.8 billion. Year-over-Year (YoY) funding in Q1 2019 was about 10 percent higher compared to the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018. […]

  • Maryland lawmakers pass Clean Energy Jobs Act
    on 9th April 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Clean industry leaders celebrated the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) by state lawmakers yesterday. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for signature. […]

  • A 'Green New Deal' for Central America would present business opportunities for renewable power generators
    on 9th April 2019 at 8:10 am

    Recently there has been a great deal of interest in a ‘Green New Deal’ for the United States. It is seen as a way to solve pressing environmental, employment and economic problems with a single comprehensive plan. Modeled on Roosevelt’s New Deal, which created jobs, invested in large infrastructure projects, and pulled the US out of the Great Depression, the Green New Deal is a modern version of that program, but with green energy investments, 21st century job training, and deficit reduction as the key components. […]

  • UK power grid to be 'zero-carbon-capable' says operator
    on 8th April 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Two years after Britain had its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution, the nation’s network operator is readying itself for life without any fossil fuels. […]

  • Multi-millions of dollars available for wind, solar energy research
    on 4th April 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Over the past week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced multiple funding opportunities to renewable energy research including $130M for early-stage solar and $28M for wind. Further, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium announced up to $7M in funding for offshore wind. […]

  • Arizona Public Service issues RFP for large solar + storage plant to provide ‘solar after sunset’
    on 3rd April 2019 at 2:51 pm

    After announcing nearly a gigawatt of new clean-energy projects in February, APS is now seeking proposals to build two of them in different parts of the state. The first request for proposals (RFP) seeks partners to add batteries to existing APS solar plants in rural Arizona, storing their power for use after the panels stop producing each day. A second partner is being sought to develop a large (100-MW) solar plant paired with an equal amount of storage, to bring more clean energy to customers after dark. Both of these projects will provide APS customers with more solar after sunset, serving their evening energy needs with an even cleaner resource mix. […]

  • Investment group says solar energy could see “popularity boost” in UK due to Brexit
    on 3rd April 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Solar energy companies could fill the void created by the lack of secure energy transfer between UK and EU, the group says. […]

  • BlackRock beefs up its bet on renewables with small-scale solar
    on 2nd April 2019 at 2:01 pm

    BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, is boosting its bet on clean energy. […]

  • Germany generated more than 50 percent of electricity from renewables in March
    on 2nd April 2019 at 1:02 pm

    In a first for the country, Germany generated 54.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy in March 2019. This is according to data collected by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. […]

  • Can this online startup change how companies buy renewable power?
    on 1st April 2019 at 2:45 pm

    It was a milestone deal, not for its size but for the number of parties. In January, five big companies, each with differing energy requirements and renewable strategies, agreed to pool their investment and collectively purchase 42.5 megawatts from a North Carolina solar project. […]

  • FPL building world's largest solar-storage combo facility in Florida
    on 29th March 2019 at 7:05 pm

    The unit of NextEra Energy announced plans to build a 409-MW energy storage facility in Manatee County. FPL says the Manatee Energy Storage Center will be the world’s largest solar-power battery system by four-fold. […]

  • Idaho Power sets goal for 100-percent clean energy by 2045; signs record-low solar PPA
    on 29th March 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Idaho Power unveiled a goal Tuesday to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045 on the heels of an announcement that it will purchase 120-MW of solar energy through a PPA with Jackpot Holdings at a price of less than US $0.022 cents per kWh. […]

  • Phasing out coal in Denmark via bioenergy-based CHP
    on 26th March 2019 at 9:24 am

    Denmark in many ways is the poster child for the generation mix of the future. It led the way for decades in wind generation. It has continued to set ever-more ambitious targets for renewable penetration. And it has shown in the real world how to make a grid work that includes a heavy presence of renewable assets. Along the way, though, it has faced many challenges. […]

  • Shell makes aggressive move into U.K. retail power market
    on 26th March 2019 at 9:18 am

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc took a step forward in its aim to become the world’s biggest power company with an aggressive move into the U.K. retail market by offering one of the cheapest tariffs available. […]

  • New Mexico Governor Grisham signs law requiring 100 percent renewable energy by 2045
    on 25th March 2019 at 9:31 am

    On Friday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the state’s groundbreaking Energy Transition Act (ETA) into law, meaning that by 2045, the state should be fully powered by clean, carbon-free electricity. […]

  • NextEra, Con Ed warn patent dispute could roil US solar sector
    on 22nd March 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Two of America’s biggest solar-farm owners are warning that a patent dispute between panel makers could roil a sector already shaken by President Donald Trump’s import tariffs. […]

  • Event Focus: SolarVision highlights Asia renewables potential
    on 20th March 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Southeast Asia is poised for a long-overdue and much-needed boom in solar. […]

  • North Carolina’s solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018
    on 20th March 2019 at 11:40 am

    Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, according to the latest government data – firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation. […]

  • World’s largest utility joins EWF’s energy blockchain ecosystem
    on 19th March 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Last week, the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) announced it had officially signed more than 100 affiliates in an effort to become the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem. […]

  • Powering the future… thanks to your neighbor’s renewable energy
    on 19th March 2019 at 11:09 am

    Distributed Energy Resources (DER), such as residential solar panels, are not only changing the way energy systems operate, they also present an opportunity to change the way local communities operate by giving consumers the ability to sell excess energy, generated by microgrids or renewable set-ups, to their neighbors – it’s the new energy paradigm. […]

  • To renew the power supply in national parks, think microgrids
    on 19th March 2019 at 10:49 am

    America’s national parks are one of the nation’s greatest assets. They preserve and protect vital ecosystems and offer people from all over the world the chance to experience the beauty and majesty of these great spaces. […]

  • Wind generated more than one-third of electricity last week in the UK
    on 18th March 2019 at 10:50 am

    RenewableUK highlighted last week that Great Britain’s onshore and offshore wind farms generated more electricity than any other source of power last week. […]

  • Solar and wind take the lead in FERC first infrastructure report of 2019
    on 15th March 2019 at 12:38 pm

    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), new solar and wind generating capacity has taken the lead over natural gas and all other energy sources for the first month of 2019. […]

  • U.S. solar market tops 10 GW in 2018, again
    on 14th March 2019 at 12:16 pm

    For the third year in a row, the U.S. solar industry installed double-digit gigawatts (GW) of solar PV capacity, with 10.6 GW coming online in 2018, according to the latest statistics from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). […]

  • San Francisco mulls creating its own 100 percent renewables-focused utility from PG&E wreckage
    on 12th March 2019 at 2:05 pm

    What happens when a famously left-leaning city dives into the buttoned-down business of electric utilities? San Francisco may soon find out. […]

  • Wind-solar pairing cuts equipment costs while ramping up output
    on 11th March 2019 at 7:42 pm

    A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look for new ways to bolster projects. […]

  • Storage system built at world’s biggest solar park
    on 11th March 2019 at 3:31 pm

    An energy storage system has been installed at the largest single-site solar park in the world. […]

  • Trump said to again seek deep cuts in renewable energy funding
    on 8th March 2019 at 11:36 am

    The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency research, according to a department official familiar with the plan. […]

  • China to sustain solar growth with new plan, Jinko says
    on 7th March 2019 at 4:07 pm

    China’s plans to loosen its solar subsidy policy will keep growth of the world’s largest market intact, according to the head of JinkoSolar Holding Co., which is increasing production capacity by as much as 20 percent this year. […]

  • Hanwha Q CELLs files patent infringement case against JinkoSolar, LONGi, and REC Group
    on 7th March 2019 at 3:47 pm

    On March 4, Hanwha Q CELLS filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group. The company also filed related patent infringement complaints with the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against the same companies. In Germany, Hanwha Q CELLS filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf against JinkoSolar and REC Group. […]

  • New report shows Baltic States ahead of western EU counterparts in renewable energy targets
    on 7th March 2019 at 11:54 am

    Findings in a recently published European Union report showed that the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia make up over 30 percent of the EU countries that have already met their 2020 renewable energy targets. […]

  • What if the US-Mexico border wall was an energy corridor that could pay for itself?
    on 6th March 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Instead of a wall, build a first-of-its-kind energy park that spans the 1,954 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico to bring energy, water, jobs and border security to the region. […]

  • New Hampshire considers options for buying renewable energy for state
    on 6th March 2019 at 12:59 pm

    New Hampshire is preparing to follow the lead of other New England states and create a system for procuring renewable energy on behalf of residents. […]

  • China’s renewable energy installed capacity grew 12 percent across all sources in 2018
    on 6th March 2019 at 12:41 pm

    As of the end of 2018, China’s renewable energy installation capacity had reached 728 GW, an increase of 12 percent from a year earlier, according to statistics released by China’s National Energy Administration. This breaks down into 352 GW (up 2.5 percent) for hydro, 184 GW (up 12.4 percent) for wind, 174 GW (up 34 percent) for photovoltaic (PV) and 17.8 GW (up 20.7 percent) for biomass. Renewable energy accounted for 38.3 percent of the country’s total installed power capacity, a rise of 1.7 percentage points. […]

  • Non-profit urges UK government to make workforce diversity a priority in clean energy
    on 5th March 2019 at 4:00 pm

    A new paper is being launched today at the House of Lords in London that challenges government, regulators and companies working on clean energy to make gender diversity a key priority. The paper has been produced by the EWiRE network, set up by Regen to provide a vibrant network for women working in clean energy. […]

  • FPL announces plans to build four new solar power plants in 2019
    on 5th March 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) this week announced plans to build four new solar power plants this year that are expected to begin powering customers in early 2020: […]

  • Thailand planning massive floating solar power plants on hydropower dam reservoirs
    on 5th March 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy. […]

  • SunPower releases most efficient residential solar panel on the market
    on 5th March 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Today SunPower is launching its next generation solar panel called A-series, which boasts 400 or 415 watts, in the United States. A new 400-watt product, Maxeon 3, is available in Europe and Australia. […]

  • 4 creative ways cities are transitioning to a clean energy future
    on 5th March 2019 at 11:52 am

    Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a mayoral commitment to reality can be a challenge. […]

  • Utility-linked group seeks to dismantle net metering in Michigan
    on 4th March 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Nonprofit advocacy groups linked to DTE Energy are waging a public campaign to significantly reduce the amount customers are paid for their solar power, in line with the utility’s request before Michigan regulators. […]

  • Hawaiian Electric Companies achieve 27 percent renewable energy in 2018 despite loss of geothermal
    on 4th March 2019 at 4:48 pm

    In late February, Hawaiian Electric Companies announced that they have achieved a consolidated 27 percent renewable portfolio standard in 2018, even with the loss of Hawaii Island’s geothermal resource for most of the year following the Kilauea volcanic eruption. Hawaii has a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. […]

  • Why SEPA’s DERMS document is a time- and money-saver for all energy industry stakeholders
    on 4th March 2019 at 12:31 pm

    In early February, during DistribuTECH, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) hosted a workshop to discuss what requirements are necessary for successful distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) deployment. […]

  • Solar hybrid microgrid electrifies Tanzania villages
    on 4th March 2019 at 10:56 am

    A solar-hybrid mini-grid project is underway in Tanzania. […]

  • Solar EPCs ranked by Wiki-Solar puts First Solar on top
    on 1st March 2019 at 6:59 pm

    The list of the world’s top solar EPC contractors was released in late February by Wiki-Solar.org. The list ranks the solar developers by number of projects and total installed capacity and reflects about the 30 percent of the market. Wiki-Solar.org says the list shows how the less volatile markets have favored domestic power plant builders. In particular, contractors from India and the US are rising up the ranking. Europeans have, with a few notable exceptions, found it harder to hold their position. […]

  • Bringing reliable power to the people of Supai through solar PV and a microgrid
    on 1st March 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Reaching the remote Havasupai community of Supai, Arizona is not a journey for the faint of heart. Surrounded entirely by the Grand Canyon, this remote Native American reservation is either an eight-mile hike or mule trek from the closest road, or a helicopter ride to the bottom. […]

  • UK local authority to produce all electricity from solar
    on 1st March 2019 at 7:00 am

    Two large-scale solar farms are set to make Warrington Borough Council the first local authority in the UK to produce all its own electricity from clean energy. […]

  • First Chinese-owned solar PV manufacturing plant opens in the US
    on 28th February 2019 at 8:26 pm

    This week JinkoSolar held an opening ceremony at its new manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility made headlines when it was announced due to the fact that the Chinese company decided to set up manufacturing in the U.S. in response to solar tariffs that are put on solar cells and modules imported from China. To date, Jinko is the only Chinese-owned solar manufacturer to set up a facility in the U.S. […]

  • Pennsylvania joins electric vehicle race with new ‘roadmap’ for transition
    on 28th February 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Pennsylvania is promoting a new roadmap to electrify transportation by designing policies and setting targets to get more electric vehicles on the roads. […]

  • Unintended fallout of Trump steel duty: solar manufacturers buying abroad
    on 28th February 2019 at 2:30 pm

    The Trump administration imposed a tariff on steel imports last year to get companies to buy more American metal. In some ways, the duty has the U.S. solar business doing the exact opposite. […]

  • Floating solar photovoltaic plant to be installed at Kruonis pumped-storage plant in Lithuania
    on 27th February 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LSBA) has granted €235,000 (US$267,500) to support development of an experimental floating solar photovoltaic power plant at the existing 900-MW Kruonis pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in Lithuania. […]

  • Despite criticism, solar roads remain part of Georgia sustainable highway lab
    on 27th February 2019 at 1:54 pm

    While solar roads have been criticized as impractical and inefficient, a Georgia foundation says they will continue to be part of its research lab for greener highways. […]

  • Onsite solar to power Cambodia cement factory
    on 27th February 2019 at 8:57 am

    An onsite solar PV system in now operational at the most advanced cement factory in Cambodia. […]

  • Shedding light on the Hitachi/ABB joint venture and why renewables play a key role
    on 26th February 2019 at 1:31 pm

    As renewable energy proliferates, major players like Hitachi, ABB and GE are seeing value in combining grid and generation business units. […]

  • Energy minister says South Africa will commit to more renewable power
    on 26th February 2019 at 1:24 pm

    South Africa plans to expand use of renewable power as the coal-dependent nation expects traditional, centralized generation plants to “disappear,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said. […]

  • Georgia will be home to largest solar PV project in the US to use bifacial modules and tracking
    on 25th February 2019 at 3:36 pm

    This week LONGi announced that it would be supplying modules to what it says is the largest “bifacial+tracker” power generation project in the United States. The 224-MW project will be built in Mitchell County, Georgia and is expected to be complete this year. […]

  • Lower than average wind speeds are hurting US wind power producers
    on 25th February 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Unusually still weather in the upper Midwest and Great Plains in late 2018 has already taken a bite out of earnings at NextEra Energy Inc. and Avangrid Inc., which both operate large wind farms. Other wind generators have yet to report fourth-quarter results, including Pattern Energy Group Inc., TerraForm Power Inc. and Clearway Energy Inc. […]

  • FERC takes a firm stand in PG&E bankruptcy filing
    on 22nd February 2019 at 4:25 pm

    The California-based utility requested that a federal bankruptcy court prevent FERC from enforcing the conditions of the more than 380 power purchase agreements (PPAs) that the utility may want to exit under its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. […]

  • Direct Energy signs PPA for 75-MW solar array in California
    on 22nd February 2019 at 3:58 pm

    California-based solar developer Sunpin Solar said that Direct Energy Business, a subsidiary of Centrica PLC, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the full output of the recently completed 96.75-MW DC / 74.8-MW AC ColGreen North Shore Power Plant. […]

  • What to do about PG&E? Cities and others offer ideas
    on 21st February 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Plenty of people, it seems, have plans for PG&E Corp. Even before the California utility giant filed for bankruptcy facing $30 billion in potential liabilities from wildfires, state regulators began studying whether it needed to be reformed, restructured or even taken over by the government. They asked interested parties -- city officials, unions, consumer groups and trade associations -- to chime in. […]

  • AES to supply 100-MW energy storage system in Arizona
    on 21st February 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Under a 20-year agreement, AES will provide APS with the storage capabilities powered by Fluence’s Advancion platform. […]

  • ComEd installs off-grid renewable lighting at Bronzeville schools
    on 20th February 2019 at 5:16 pm

    This week ComEd said that it’s furthering innovation in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with the installation of renewable energy powered lights along the walkway to the Beethoven Elementary School. Bronzeville is home to the first “microgrid cluster” in the United States. […]

  • Japanese businesses test blockchain to trade renewable energy
    on 20th February 2019 at 4:59 pm

    This week independent power producer Marubeni and LO3 Energy said they have started a pilot project in Japan where LO3 will administer an energy marketplace using blockchain to connect a number of Marubeni’s power production facilities, including renewables, with offices and factories around Japan in a virtual marketplace. The project will simulate energy transactions to test the viability of the concept with the ultimate goal of creating a full-scale commercially operational network in the future. […]

  • Alberta government signs PPA for 94 MW of subsidy-free solar
    on 15th February 2019 at 7:43 pm

    This week, Canadian Solar said that it has won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of 48.05 Canadian dollars [US 36.27] per MWh. When in operation in 2021, these solar plants will provide 55 percent of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government. […]

  • World's biggest battery to boost solar in Texas
    on 15th February 2019 at 3:45 pm

    The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. […]

  • 6 key trends in sustainable and renewable energy
    on 15th February 2019 at 3:38 pm

    The 2019 Sustainable Energy in America factbook was released this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The factbook highlights a number of key trends in sustainable and renewable energy growth, emissions and jobs in the sector. Take a glance at the six charts below to learn more. […]

  • Opinion: In Germany, the Green New Deal actually works
    on 14th February 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Opponents of the U.S. congressional Democrats’ Green New Deal point to Germany as an example of a country where similar policies have backfired. They should take a closer look; the U.S. could do well to imitate Europe’s largest economy. […]

  • California municipal utility will phase out three natural gas power plants in favor of renewables
    on 14th February 2019 at 4:39 pm

    This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that rather than investing in the Haynes, Harbor and Scattergood natural gas power plants to meet the requirements of a 2010 law related to a practice known as once through cooling, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will phase them out in favor of renewable energy. […]

  • Portland General Electric, NextEra announce unique solar-wind-energy storage project in Oregon
    on 14th February 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Details on the solar and battery storage components are still up in the air, but the wind farm itself was comfirmed to include 120 turbines manufactured by GE Renewable Energy Inc. […]

  • FERC Data Shows Substantial Renewable Growth Coming but Gas Still Dominating Today
    on 12th February 2019 at 3:31 pm

    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018. However, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) seem poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years. […]

  • Solar Tariffs Blamed (Again) for Decline in Solar Jobs
    on 12th February 2019 at 3:18 pm

    The U.S. solar industry employs 242,343 workers as of 2018, a decline of nearly 8,000 jobs (3.2 percent) compared to 2017, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2018 released today by The Solar Foundation. […]

  • Puerto Rico’s Draft IRP Seeks Unprecedented Amounts of Solar and Battery Storage
    on 11th February 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Last week when utilities and other energy stakeholders were attending DistribuTECH in New Orleans, LA, a bit farther south, Puerto Rico’s utility PREPA was releasing a draft version of its 2019 integrated resource plan (IRP). […]

  • Australian Renewable Hydrogen Power Plant One Step Closer To Completion
    on 11th February 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U confirmed today that it will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine generators at its South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Supply Chain Demonstrator in Port Lincoln. […]

  • Residential Solar and Storage to Participate in New England Wholesale Energy Capacity Market
    on 8th February 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. […]

  • Top 7 Ways To Make Sure Your Business Saves Money with Solar (Hint: Act Now)
    on 8th February 2019 at 4:40 pm

    The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is one of the most lucrative ways to reduce the investment costs of your solar installation, but in order to maximize this incentive, it’s important to include solar power in your 2019 planning. Follow this guide to ensure your business is able to take advantage of the ITC before it starts to ramp down. […]

  • US Congresswoman Unveils Sweeping Green New Deal
    on 8th February 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a sweeping package of environmental measures Thursday that has pitted progressives in the House Democratic caucus against moderates over how far to go in pursuit of resetting the climate change debate. […]

  • The Caribbean’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential
    on 6th February 2019 at 11:54 am

    The global strategy for mitigating climate change is no secret. Most countries have embarked on an initiative to transition to clean energy sources. According to a study by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Utrecht, we will almost certainly pass a point of no return for dealing with global warming if governments worldwide don’t transition away from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, towards renewable energy by 2035. This would mean that renewables would need to see their total share of power generation increase by at least two percent per year. […]

  • Tour Highlight: Pilot Solar Farm Offers Lessons Learned
    on 4th February 2019 at 7:32 pm

    It is a bit ironic to visit a solar farm on a foggy, overcast morning, but you have to take whatever weather you are given – in New Orleans in early February. At least it wasn’t raining, which was definitely in the forecast just the day before. […]

  • Demand Charges Could Jeopardize Rooftop Solar in New York
    on 4th February 2019 at 11:38 am

    In New York, and cities around the world, extreme weather events have become the new norm. Even six years later as we prepare for the L train shutdown for storm-related repairs, we’re still seeing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out power to more than eight million households. […]

  • Chinese Solar Manufacturers Increased Production, Export in 2018 While Domestic Installations Fell
    on 4th February 2019 at 11:32 am

    In 2018, 43 GW of new PV installation capacity was added to the grid in China, a decline of 18 percent from the prior year. Accumulated PV installed capacity surpassed 170 GW. Of the total, 20 GW were distributed PV, up 5 percent. Some 23 GW were centralized PV, down 31 percent. The country’s PV sector showed dramatic growth in electricity production last year. The curtailment rate of PV power systems declined from a double-digit number to around 3 percent. […]

  • How Utilities and Consumers Can Join Forces to Power the Sustainable Future
    on 4th February 2019 at 11:27 am

    Since 1996, the World Bank reports we have massively reduced our energy consumption per capita from 3879kg to 2775kg oil equivalent. However, since 2014 progress has plateaued somewhat, and with some ways towards meeting minimum environmental goals, we have taken all the easiest steps towards greater efficiency and the need to shift our attention to significant minimal gains. Initiatives from the smart meter roll out to environmental levies peron suppliers are bringing attention to the way we generate and consume energy. Meanwhile in the retail sector, ‘all green’ energy tariffs from the likes of Bulb and Ovo are gaining market share. […]

  • Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency
    on 1st February 2019 at 3:08 pm

    On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval. […]

  • LaFleur Will Not Seek a Third Term as FERC Commissioner
    on 1st February 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Federal energy regulatory commissioner Cheryl LaFleur announced on Twitter on January 31 that she will not be seeking a third term and will be leaving the commission later in 2019. She said in the tweet that this is not the outcome she had hoped for but that she felt very lucky to have served on FERC for more than 8 years. She said she plans to serve out the rest of her term, which is up at the end of June. […]

  • 4.2-MW Solar Project Planned for Rhode Island Town
    on 31st January 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Standard Solar Inc. announced an agreement with the town of Burrillville, Rhode Island for the ground-mount solar system. It is planned to contain more than 11,000 solar modules and produce 5.3 GWh of electricity. […]

  • PG&E Seeks Court Protection From Federal Regulators on Renewable Energy PPASs
    on 30th January 2019 at 8:39 pm

    PG&E Corp. is seeking court protection to amend or cancel power purchase agreements with suppliers as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. […]

  • The Politics Behind Ocasio-Cortez and the ‘Green New Deal’
    on 30th January 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Hundreds of young activists stormed Nancy Pelosi’s office after Democrats won the House in November, inspired by the new hero of the left, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who briefly joined them in a live-streamed protest to demand passage of a radical plan to fight climate change. […]

  • GE combines renewable generation and grid businesses to increase efficiency
    on 30th January 2019 at 2:32 pm

    GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs. […]

  • DistribuTECH Highlights Growing Importance of Utility/Solar Partnerships
    on 29th January 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Next week thousands of utility executives and energy industry stakeholders will flock to New Orleans to participate in DistribuTECH 2019 — a show predominantly for distribution utilities — and for the first time, a handful of solar equipment companies will be among the hundreds of exhibitors in the exhibit hall. […]

  • Facebook's Data-Center Landlord Strikes Deal to Add Solar Power
    on 29th January 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Facebook Inc. is boosting its clean-energy efforts with a deal to help run a Virginia data center where it leases space with solar power. […]

  • Vermont Solar-storage Projects Aim to Lower Costs During Peak Demand
    on 29th January 2019 at 11:57 am

    A Vermont utility is adding solar panels and battery storage in hopes of lowering costs and improving reliability on hot summer days when electricity demand — and prices — tend to spike. […]

  • Corporations more than doubled commitment to renewable energy in 2018
    on 28th January 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Corporations signing PPAs with renewable energy power producers have been on the rise for quite some time but in 2018, the group as a whole purchased more than double the clean energy they purchased in 2017. […]

  • Tata Power Seeks to Install EV Charging Stations as Demand Growth Slows
    on 23rd January 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Tata Power Co. is seeking to set up electric vehicle chargers in the Indian capital, a company official said, as one of the most polluted cities on earth plans an ambitious push toward cleaner vehicles. […]

  • New Fund Betting on Clean-Tech Startups
    on 23rd January 2019 at 2:17 pm

    A California incubator that houses and nurtures clean-energy startups is expanding into venture capital. […]

  • How Will PG&E’s Bankruptcy Impact the CleanTech Industry?
    on 23rd January 2019 at 12:44 pm

    On January 14, 2019, California’s largest utility, PG&E, filed a bankruptcy notice stating that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the month end on January 29th. Given its business situation, PG&E must proceed with the bankruptcy process unless lawmakers step in because PG&E’s current liabilities from California’s 2017 and 2018 fires are about 10 times PG&E’s current market cap of $3.5 billion, which is down 90% since last Fall. Obviously, this is a big issue for the cleantech industry since PG&E covers a territory that runs from Eureka to Bakersfield, including 106,000 miles of electric grid. […]

  • EIA Sees Strong Renewable Growth Over Next Two Years
    on 22nd January 2019 at 1:58 pm

    EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that electricity generation from utility-scale solar generating units will grow by 10 percent in 2019 and by 17 percent in 2020. According to the January STEO, wind generation will grow by 12 percent and 14 percent during the next two years. EIA forecasts total U.S. electricity generation across all fuels will fall by 2 percent this year and then show very little growth in 2020. […]

  • PG&E's Woes Have Spread to New York's ConEd, 3,000 Miles Away
    on 21st January 2019 at 4:21 pm

    PG&E Corp.’s woes are spreading to the East Coast. […]

  • The Inaugural Fantasy Energy League’s Official Draft Preview: Game On!
    on 21st January 2019 at 3:21 pm

    In early December, I put out a call to the online energy professionals community to find participants for the world’s first Fantasy Energy League. Perhaps I saw the pending end of the 2018 fantasy football season and I wanted something to fill the coming void, or maybe I was just curious to see who else wanted to approach energy projections from a gamified lens. Either way, I put out my energy-industry bat signal for the Fantasy Energy League only to see my email inbox and my Twitter feed blow up. […]

  • FPL Aims for Record-breaking 30 Million Solar Panels by 2030
    on 18th January 2019 at 6:01 pm

    The initiative aims to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and the project will be the largest including solar installation by a regulated utility in the world. […]

  • Bloomberg Opinion: PG&E Reneging On Renewables PPAs Makes No Sense
    on 18th January 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Utilities and renewable-energy advocates have long had a complicated relationship. Yet the prospect of PG&E Corp. tipping into bankruptcy by the end of January has sent shivers through the solar-and-wind sector. […]

  • Threat to PG&E Renewable PPAs Affects US DOE Loans
    on 18th January 2019 at 5:49 pm

    The fallout from California power giant PG&E Corp.’s looming bankruptcy has been both sudden and widespread: Its electricity suppliers have seen their debt cut to junk. Banks are facing liabilities as buyers of last resort for more than $760 million of bonds the utility issued through California. And the rest of the state’s utilities have tumbled. […]

  • Global Clean Energy Spending Dips in 2018 But Installations Rise on Lower Prices
    on 18th January 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market. […]

  • 100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take To Get There?
    on 17th January 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of 100 percent renewable energy, and congressional representatives have arrived in Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal. […]

  • Five Companies You’ve Definitely Heard of Join Up to Buy Solar Energy in Aggregation Deal
    on 17th January 2019 at 3:32 pm

    It’s hard to find a common thread between the business models of Gap, Bloomberg, Cox, Salesforce and Workday but today they are announcing that they all have one big thing in common: their desire to clean up their organizations’ energy supply by using renewable energy. […]

  • Energy Storage Outlook for 2019: E-Mobility, Clean Energy Technologies and Lithium Batteries
    on 15th January 2019 at 2:47 pm

    2018 was another defining year for the lithium supply chain as the global population continued to make remarkable strides towards the implementation of clean energy and transportation. Although the clean energy and transportation industries are only in their early days, it has become apparent that renewables and electrification of transportation are an irreversible trend, one that has begun to disrupt many established industries. […]

  • ASU Researchers Break Solar-cell Efficiency Record at 25.4 Percent
    on 14th January 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Arizona State University researchers have set a new record for solar efficiency, 25.4 percent. Working with tandem photovoltaics, or stacking different materials in a solar cell, the ASU team has continued to improve solar efficiency and lower costs. […]

  • PG&E Likely Seeking Bankruptcy by Jan. 29
    on 14th January 2019 at 3:30 pm

    The San Francisco-based utility is under investigation for any role its equipment might have played in the deadly wildfires of late 2018, only one year after getting blamed for an earlier, devastating rash of blazes. […]

  • IRENA: Transition to Renewable Energy May Create an Entirely Different World
    on 11th January 2019 at 10:19 pm

    This week at the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), political and business leaders from around the world outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. […]

  • China Plans Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power Pilot Projects
    on 11th January 2019 at 5:27 pm

    China will start building pilot wind and solar power projects that won’t receive national government payments as it pushes to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy and rein in subsidy bills. Shares of solar manufacturers surged in New York and Hong Kong. […]

  • How Minnesota Could Economically Reach 70 percent Renewable Electricity
    on 9th January 2019 at 3:57 pm

    A recent report from Minnesota pollution regulators shows the state is making progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it isn’t doing enough to keep pace with its long-term goals or stop catastrophic climate change. […]

  • 75-MW Duke Energy Florida Solar Farm now in Operation
    on 8th January 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Duke Energy Florida has about 300,000 solar panels in operation totaling 100 MW across its territory. […]

  • PG&E Bankruptcy Risk Gets Real — But What's Next?
    on 8th January 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Standoffs over who pays what for infrastructure are kind of where America’s at right now. Besides the shutdown in D.C. over the southern border barrier, California is grappling with how to finance a somewhat more useful bit of equipment: its power grid. […]

  • China Approves 720-MWh Battery Storage Pilot in Renewable Push
    on 7th January 2019 at 3:51 pm

    China approved its first large battery storage pilot project as it seeks to maximize clean energy output and improve grid stability. […]

  • Renewables Beat Coal in Germany Power Mix for First Time
    on 7th January 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Renewable energy muscled out coal to become Germany’s biggest source of electricity for the first time last year, helped by a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures. […]

  • Projecting 2018 Trends and Macroeconomic Conditions: What to Expect for Renewable Energy Projects in 2019
    on 28th December 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Renewable energy projects were marked by distinctive trends and characteristics in 2018: frothy M&A market driven by a crush of liquidity and a shortage of project supply; a highly competitive environment among investors and lenders for an inadequate supply of projects... […]

  • NV Energy Reorients Generation Mix toward Solar, Retiring Coal
    on 27th December 2018 at 3:51 pm

    The Public Utility Commission of Nevada has approved NV’s long-term IRP to double its renewable energy capacity by 2023. The utility will bring 1,001 MW of solar capacity online via six new power purchase agreements (PPAs). […]

  • Happy Holidays from Renewable Energy World
    on 21st December 2018 at 2:46 pm

    It’s been a turbulent and exciting 2018 over at Renewable Energy World. We have a new parent company, Clarion Energy, and we, as a media outlet, are doing more than ever to support the dynamic and top-quality energy events in the Clarion Energy Power and Energy Series, with shows focused on energy all across the globe. […]

  • A Senator’s Advice on Political Strategy and Tactics for the Renewable Energy Community
    on 20th December 2018 at 9:35 pm

    On December 5, at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Federal and State Policy Summit in Washington DC, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) presented his perspective on the potential for the renewable energy community to expand its markets through climate, infrastructure, and tax credit legislation; the political obstacles; and how to overcome them. […]

  • Notes from the Solar Underground: Is China’s Domestic Solar Industry Too Big To Fail?
    on 20th December 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Mid-2018 China’s central government threw the entire PV industry, including observers and pundits, into a panic by making drastic changes to its PV deployment that included temporarily halting utility scale deployment, lowering the FiT, shifting economic responsibility to the provinces and, in a related move, attempting (one-more-time) to control the country’s debt problem. Forecasts were lowered, and gloom descended on top of the entire solar industry. […]

  • SEIA Applauds Washington DC and New York 100 Percent Clean Energy Commitments
    on 20th December 2018 at 2:37 pm

    This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) welcomed the Washington, D.C. City Council’s passage of a landmark bill that will move the District to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2032, including specific requirements to grow solar energy. In addition, SEIA commended New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for pledging to move New York to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, which he announced in a speech on his early 2019 policy agenda. […]

  • Industry Legend, ex-Duke CEO and Solar Enthusiast Jim Rogers Dies
    on 20th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Rogers was chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based Duke from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. He was named to the top post following the merger with Cinergy, which he led as chairman and CEO for more than 11 years. […]

  • Philadelphia inks 20-year Solar PPA for 70-MW Farm
    on 19th December 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Developers say the Adams Solar will be the state’s largest such farm, by far, and will sell 100 percent of its power under the long-term PPA with the Philadelphia Energy Authority. […]

  • Gates, Bezos Among Billionaires Backing Alphabet Molten Salt Energy Storage Spinoff
    on 19th December 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X moonshot lab is spinning off an energy-storage project with backing from billionaires including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. […]

  • The Saudis Just Can't Seem to Become the Saudi Arabia of Solar
    on 18th December 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Around the world, high oil prices tend to accelerate the shift to renewable energy and electric vehicles. In Saudi Arabia, they have the opposite effect. Over the past six years, the Saudis have announced investments of more than $350 billion aimed at making the sun-drenched kingdom the, well, Saudi Arabia of renewable energy. […]

  • New York Sets Sights on Energy Efficiency and Storage with New Targets, Incentives
    on 18th December 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to increase New York's energy efficiency and energy storage targets. […]

  • DNV GL Launches Mobile Solar PV Laboratory in India
    on 13th December 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Advisory and certification company DNV GL has launched a new mobile laboratory service for the onsite testing of PV modules in India. […]

  • South Africa's Eskom Facing `Death Spiral' Driven by Distributed Solar Energy
    on 13th December 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral.&rdquo […]

  • Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15 Percent Decline in Large-Scale Solar Installations in Q3 2018
    on 13th December 2018 at 3:18 pm

    On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat. […]

  • France Will Save Billions By Investing in Renewables Instead of Nukes
    on 12th December 2018 at 3:33 pm

    France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said. […]

  • The Yellow Vests Movement Isn’t Anti-Climate Action; It’s Pro-Social Justice
    on 11th December 2018 at 2:34 pm

    The Yellow Vests riots sweeping across France have grabbed headlines as governments gather in Katowice, Poland for the UN climate conference (COP24). This is the most widespread and violent protest in France since the 2005 suburban riots, and perhaps even 1968. While the unrest initially erupted as a protest against the latest rise in fuel taxes, which the government has now agreed to postpone, some are attributing the riots to a backlash against carbon taxes and climate action. This is a misguided conclusion. […]

  • Texas Co-op Upping Solar Farm Procurement to 50-plus MW
    on 11th December 2018 at 2:02 pm

    The deal brings CoServ’s stake to 51.5 MW of the 100-MW Lapetus project. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative is the generation and transmission provider on the procurement. […]

  • Getting Renewables Strategy Right and Avoiding Pitfalls in Middle East
    on 10th December 2018 at 5:45 pm

    The outlook for renewables in the Middle East is encouraging. Recent tenders, such as in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Egypt, have demonstrated considerable investor appetite, competitive prices, and a strong market for clean energy. […]

  • Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects
    on 10th December 2018 at 5:10 pm

    A Rhode Island program promoting solar development on polluted properties could help relieve tensions between the state’s fast-growing solar industry and conservationists concerned with preserving green space. […]

  • Nevada National Security Site Installs Solar, Begins Era of Net-zero Energy Buildings
    on 10th December 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) inaugurated the Mercury Solar Project late last month and moved it further down the path of sustainability, giving NNSA its first net-zero-energy building. […]

  • Western Australia’s Horizon Power Embarks on DERMS Project To Manage PV & Batteries
    on 10th December 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Last week, PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC a subsidiary of Sempra Energy and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., announced that Horizon Power would be installing the company’s Active Control Technology (ACT) as the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) in Western Australia. […]

  • Forecasting the Energy Community: Open Call for the Inaugural Season of a Fantasy Energy League
    on 7th December 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Fantasy sports and the energy industry might not have much in common on the surface, but I’ve always personally approached these two passions of mine in similar ways: obsessively reading the breaking news, following my favorite experts in the community on social media, and diving deep into the available statistics to create graphs and try to come up with hot takes. I think the fantasy sports model can be used to encourage an academic and educational exercise in the energy industry, so it struck me—I should establish the first fantasy league for the energy sector! […]

  • Experts Agree: There is No Clear Winner or Loser in Power Generation Technologies
    on 6th December 2018 at 3:19 pm

    At a mega-session during POWER-GEN International, a panel made up of utility resource planners, transmission operators and generation technology experts all seemed to come to the same conclusion: when it comes to picking energy generation technologies for the future, there is no standout technology. Each technology comes with a series of pros and cons that must be weighed in order to set a course for the future. […]

  • Surprised by Cheap Clean Energy, Coal Stalwart Adds Renewables
    on 5th December 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Marubeni Corp., the Japanese trading house for whom coal makes up about a quarter of its power generation, never expected renewable energy prices to plunge as much as they have. […]

  • Solar Goals Stymied in India as Investors Shun Chance to Build
    on 5th December 2018 at 10:12 pm

    India’s effort to spur its own solar power equipment industry seems to be failing, with only one company so far bidding for the nation’s tender to set up a factory. […]

  • Italian Innovation on Display at POWER-GEN International
    on 5th December 2018 at 8:10 pm

    The panel explored Electric Vehicles in particular, with an emphasis on how the coming transition to an electrified transportation sector will affect the utility grid and the demand curv […]

  • Xcel Becomes First Big U.S. Utility to Swear Off Greenhouse Gas
    on 5th December 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Xcel Energy Inc. became the first major U.S. utility owner to pledge to fully phase out carbon-dioxide emissions that cause global warming. […]

  • China Hopes to Lessen Solar, Wind Curtailment in 2019
    on 3rd December 2018 at 7:06 pm

    China set three-year targets for allowing more wind and solar power onto the power grid after the rapid addition of panels and windmills forced some electricity distributors to partly block that energy from flowing into their systems. […]

  • Ontario to Set Targets for Industries to Cut Carbon Emissions
    on 30th November 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Ontario plans to cut carbon gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, setting reduction targets for industries and encouraging private investments in clean technologies. […]

  • Enel Named Amongst the Top 12 Corporate Startup Stars
    on 29th November 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Italian multinational utility Enel has been recognized as one of the world’s most active companies in the open innovation field. […]

  • Excluding Solar PV From Czech Renewables Auctions an Expensive Mistake, Warns Solar Association
    on 29th November 2018 at 3:44 pm

    The Czech Solar Association is sounding the alarm about planned legislation that would exclude solar PV projects being entered into future Renewable Energy Auctions. The Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade has recently submitted an amendment proposal to the law which explicitly bars solar energy from future auctions. If passed in its current version (Act. No. 165/2012 Coll., on promoted energy sources) the law would lead the Czech Republic down a needlessly expensive path, warns the Solar Association. Solar energy has proven the cheapest renewable form of energy in countless solar auctions in surrounding countries. […]

  • EV Charging Infrastructure Company Attracts Largest Funding to Date at $240M
    on 29th November 2018 at 3:32 pm

    This week, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network provider, ChargePoint, announced that it has raised $240 Million in Series H funding, which is more capital than any other EV infrastructure company in the world, surmising in its press release that the move to electrify transportation is accelerating. […]

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