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  • New York’s Cuomo Calls For Bold Increases In Solar, Offshore Wind
    by Betsy Lillian on 16th January 2019 at 3:12 pm

    In his 2019 State of the State address on Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo laid out ambitious new renewable energy goals for the state, including quadrupling its offshore wind target and doubling distributed solar deployment. As part of a Green New Deal, Cuomo proposed a mandate of 100% carbon-free electricity in New York […] The post New York’s Cuomo Calls For Bold Increases In Solar, Offshore Wind appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • New Siting Survey Underscores Major Solar Potential In San Diego
    by Betsy Lillian on 15th January 2019 at 9:39 pm

    The nonprofit Clean Coalition has released a new resource highlighting the significant level of commercial-scale solar that could be generated within the City of San Diego. The Solar Siting Survey was conducted as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Energy Innovation Network. The City of San Diego was […] The post New Siting Survey Underscores Major Solar Potential In San Diego appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Standard Industries Launches Turnkey Rooftop Solar Company
    by Betsy Lillian on 15th January 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Global industrial company Standard Industries has launched a new rooftop solar company called GAF Energy. Working in partnership with GAF, a Standard Industries company, GAF Energy aims to drive the scalable adoption of integrated and affordable rooftop solar solutions across GAF’s distribution network. “As the largest global player in roofing and waterproofing, we will reshape […] The post Standard Industries Launches Turnkey Rooftop Solar Company appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • SolarRoofHook Becomes QuickBOLT
    by Betsy Lillian on 15th January 2019 at 9:02 pm

    SolarRoofHook, a division of Quickscrews International Corp., has undergone a rebranding to QuickBOLT. Quickscrews launched the solar division, providing solar mounts for residential roofs, in 2009. In 2012, the company invented and patented a method to seal penetrations on asphalt roofs without lifting the shingles, and now, according to QuickBOLT, the product has become “the […] The post SolarRoofHook Becomes QuickBOLT appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Nautilus Scoops Up 3 MW Community Solar Portfolio In R.I.
    by Betsy Lillian on 15th January 2019 at 8:41 pm

    New Jersey-based Nautilus Solar Energy LLC, a national solar project acquisition, development and asset management company, has acquired a 3 MW community solar portfolio in Rhode Island from ISM Solar Development LLC. The development is qualified under Rhode Island’s emerging community solar program, says Nautilus. Construction is targeted for completion during the first half of […] The post Nautilus Scoops Up 3 MW Community Solar Portfolio In R.I. appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • 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. […]

  • FirstEnergy Readies RFP For Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits
    by Michael Bates on 15th January 2019 at 2:13 am

    FirstEnergy Corp. says it will soon formally issue a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase 120,500 Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period on behalf of three FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities: Pennsylvania Power Co. (Penn Power), Pennsylvania Electric Co. (Penelec) and Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed). The RFP process will be conducted by […] The post FirstEnergy Readies RFP For Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Standard Solar Adds Exec To Structured Finance Team
    by Michael Bates on 15th January 2019 at 1:47 am

    Standard Solar Inc., a company that develops and finances commercial solar electric systems, has hired Dan Dobbs as executive vice president, structured finance. Dobbs started his energy-sector career at SunEdison, where he progressed through finance, marketing and product management roles. He left to co-found Solar Grid Storage, where he served as CFO and developed the […] The post Standard Solar Adds Exec To Structured Finance Team appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Wholesale Cooperative Power Supplier To Off-Take 100 MW
    by Michael Bates on 15th January 2019 at 1:45 am

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a cooperative for solar energy, is partnering with juwi Inc. on the 100 MW Spanish Peaks Solar Project. The development is adjacent to the 30 MW San Isabel Solar Project in Las Animas County, Colo., which was developed by juwi and began producing power for Tri-State in 2016. Tri-State, a […] The post Wholesale Cooperative Power Supplier To Off-Take 100 MW appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Study: The Disparity Of Rooftop Solar Deployment By Race
    by Betsy Lillian on 10th January 2019 at 9:04 pm

    A new study from researchers at Tufts University and the University of California, Berkeley, says fewer rooftop solar installations exist in African-American and Hispanic-dominant neighborhoods than in white-dominant neighborhoods, even when controlling for household income and homeownership. The study was published today in the journal Nature Sustainability. According to the study, although solar energy is […] The post Study: The Disparity Of Rooftop Solar Deployment By Race appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Global Corporate Funding Into Solar Sector Falls 24%
    by Betsy Lillian on 10th January 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Total global corporate funding into the solar sector – including venture capital and private equity, debt financing, and public market financing – came to $9.7 billion in 2018, representing a 24% drop compared to the $12.8 billion raised in 2017. The findings are from Mercom Capital Group’s annual report on funding and mergers and acquisition […] The post Global Corporate Funding Into Solar Sector Falls 24% appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • DSM Welcomes Huge Solar Field In Belvidere, N.J.
    by Betsy Lillian on 10th January 2019 at 6:35 pm

    DSM North America, a science-based company specializing in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has welcomed a newly expanded solar field in Belvidere, N.J., totaling 20.2 MW on 66 acres of land. DSM partnered with New Jersey-based GeoPeak Energy to develop, engineer and construct the expansion of the project, which represents the largest net-metered solar installation […] The post DSM Welcomes Huge Solar Field In Belvidere, N.J. appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • Firmenich Commits To 100% Renewable Power Globally
    by Betsy Lillian on 10th January 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Firmenich, a privately held Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor industry, has committed to 100% renewable power as a new member of RE100. Today, Firmenich’s manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Europe are operating with 100% renewable electricity as the group gets closer to meeting its goal of 100% renewable electricity across all of […] The post Firmenich Commits To 100% Renewable Power Globally appeared first on Solar Industry. […]

  • 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. […]

  • The Global Grid Outlook for 2019 and Beyond: Q&A with GE Grid Solution's CTO
    on 31st December 2018 at 11:00 am

    All hands are needed on deck when it comes to the future power generation needs of the world. And all hands should be digitized and ready to pitch in to help each other. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Constellation and Enel To Help Make Starbucks Coffee Greener in Illinois
    on 28th November 2018 at 3:56 pm

    This week Constellation, an Exelon company, said it signed a long-term PPA with Starbucks to power more than 340 Illinois stores with 100 percent renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power (EGP) North America, Inc.’s HillTopper wind project in Logan, County, Ill. […]

  • Hungary Plans to Ditch Coal by 2030 and Become Fully Reliant on Renewable Energy
    on 28th November 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Following yet another hike in the European Union's emissions trading system (ETS) in its fight against climate change, Hungary has announced that it aims to phase out its use of coal and be fully reliant on renewable energy sources by 2030 […]

  • EU Unveils Plan to Cut Emissions to Zero
    on 28th November 2018 at 3:31 pm

    The European Union unveiled its long-term vision on combating climate change in a push for more ambitious action on the environment just days after U.S. President Donald Trump rejected his government’s warning on the economic costs of global warming. […]

  • Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in Emerging Markets
    on 27th November 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Developing countries have added more clean power capacity than fossil fuel generation for the first time ever, charging ahead of wealthier nations in the global green energy push, according to Bloomberg NEF. […]

  • POWER-GEN International Explores the Competitive Advantages of Power Generation Technologies
    on 27th November 2018 at 2:16 pm

    When California voted to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, it sent a signal to the market about which types of power generation technologies will remain competitive into the future. And according to Mike Ferguson, Director, North America Energy Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance with S&P Global Ratings, what California does, other states may soon follow. […]

  • Kansas City Firm Buys Rights to 21.8 MW in North Carolina Solar Projects
    on 27th November 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The three farms, totaling 21.8 MW, are under construction and expected to reach commercial operation early next year. Once completed, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all the power generation to a utility off-taker through a 15-year fixed-price PPA. […]

  • PG&E's Wildfire Crisis Could Impact California's Ambitions Clean Energy Targets
    on 19th November 2018 at 4:45 pm

    California’s ambitious drive to combat climate change may hinge on the fate of its biggest utility owner. […]

  • Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest Power Source Says BloombergNEF
    on 19th November 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Unsubsidised solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan thanks to falling technology costs. […]

  • Utilities Offering Community Solar Programs Can Consult New Checklist to Ensure Success
    on 16th November 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country. […]

  • California CCAs Double Renewable Energy Commitment, Adding 1 GW Capacity, in One Year
    on 16th November 2018 at 3:57 pm

    The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced this week that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 MW (2 GW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals. […]

  • Governors Urge FERC To Consider the Renewable Benefits of One Unified Electricity Grid
    on 14th November 2018 at 3:30 pm

    The so-called “Seams Study” conducted by NREL and presented at POWER-GEN International in December 2017 during a session called #RocktheGrid is the basis of a new proposal put forth by a group of 18 U.S. governors. The bipartisan Governor’s Wind and Solar Energy Coalition sent a letter on November 9 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging commissioners to consider the benefits to the entire country of one unified electricity grid. […]

  • Electricity is the ‘New Fuel of Choice’ Says IEA
    on 14th November 2018 at 2:30 pm

    According to the International Energy Agency, “2018 is the year of electricity” and global electricity supply “is being transformed by the rise of renewables”. […]

  • ENGIE Signs 25-year Solar Deal in Senegal
    on 14th November 2018 at 11:38 am

    ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa. […]

  • Digital Future Carries the day at Schneider Electric Innovation Summit
    on 13th November 2018 at 8:11 pm

    And CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, the French CEO of Schneider Electric, said it was fitting to focus so much on digital in North America. “This is the birthplace,” he said in the opening keynote at the Hilton Atlanta downtown. “This is where it all started.&rdquo […]

  • Wind Turbine Manufacturers Hit Turbulence
    on 12th November 2018 at 3:27 pm

    The shakeout in wind turbine manufacturing industry is starting to produce winners and losers after increasing competition gutted margins. Wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation and getting cheaper, with turbine prices down more than 50 percent in the past decade. That has hurt profit and spurred gloomier market outlooks from wind machinery makers from General Electric Co. to Vestas Wind Systems A/S. […]

  • Putting PURPA Under a Microscope
    on 12th November 2018 at 3:01 pm

    A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the U.S. may be due for an overhaul. […]

  • How Digitalization and Blockchain Can Unlock an Energy Trading Revolution
    on 10th November 2018 at 2:45 am

    Digital solutions could revolutionize energy trading if they were adopted more widely across the market. […]

  • Duke Carolinas Completes $1B Green Bonds Issue to Finance Renewables and Energy Storage
    on 9th November 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Duke is focused on emissions reduction by retiring coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity and has add close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy. […]

  • Mixed Results for Renewable Energy Agenda in the 2018 Midterms
    on 8th November 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Clean energy is usually never a central focus of the ballot but was a high priority for voters this election. Here's a recap of the most critical results affecting renewable energy. […]

  • 1000-Acre Sunflower Solar Farm to be Built for Entergy Mississippi
    on 8th November 2018 at 3:44 pm

    This week the parent company of Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar, said that Recurrent had signed a build-transfer agreement (BTA) for a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi for a 100-MWac solar PV project in Sunflower County, Mississippi. […]

  • GE's Latest Offspring Hopes to Ride Wind, Solar Microgrid Wave
    on 7th November 2018 at 10:45 am

    The latest company born out of General Electric Co. expects sales of its industrial engines fired by natural gas to benefit from the spread of renewables such as solar and wind. […]

  • China's Solar Bailout Won't Counter Global Glut: Credit Suisse
    on 7th November 2018 at 10:15 am

    China’s proposal to increase its solar energy target to as much as 270 gigawatts by 2020 won’t be enough to erase the worldwide panel glut that’s crippling prices, according to analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. […]

  • KIUC awards contract for West Kauaʿi Energy Project, which includes pumped storage hydro
    on 6th November 2018 at 2:30 pm

    The Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has executed a contract for design, engineering and construction services for the West Kauaʿi Energy Project in Hawaii with EPC contractor McMillen Jacobs Associates. […]

  • Silicon Production On the Rise in China
    on 5th November 2018 at 4:02 pm

    According to statistics released by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association, factories across the country produced 143,000 tons of polycrystalline silicon during the first half of this year, a year-over-year increase of 24 percent. Silicon chips manufactured soared to 50 GW during the same period, up 38.9 percent, of which, 52.7 percent were monocrystalline. Battery chips coming off production lines totaled 39 GW, up 21.9, of which, 41 percent were monocrystalline. Output of battery components reached 42 GW, up 23.5 percent. […]

  • Crowdfunding Renewable Energy November Update: Solar and Wind Powered Campsites & Building Green Energy Agriculture in Africa
    on 5th November 2018 at 9:24 am

    As the Internet serves to democratize the world and enable strangers to share everything from their spare bedrooms to their personal cars through apps and websites, the trend has made its way to renewable energy startups. Specifically, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow innovators to break outside of the traditional model of seeking out venture capital or applying for government grants. Instead, these ambitious renewable energy projects are increasingly gathering needed startup capital by splitting the risk up among many backers willing to offer up bite-sized chunks of funding. […]

  • Dominion Energy Launches Green Bonds Program
    on 2nd November 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Dominion Energy on Friday said that it had closed its inaugural offering of green bonds. The $362 million in privately placed bond proceeds will be used to reimburse Dominion Energy for previously deployed capital related to the acquisition, development and/or construction of 20 merchant solar projects with a total capacity of 574 MW of renewable energy. […]

  • Navajo Nation Eyes Utility-Scale Solar with Growing Interest
    on 1st November 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. […]

  • It's Not Just Facebook and Google Buying Clean Power Anymore
    on 1st November 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Businesses with more modest appetites for electricity -- including Swiss Re AG, Nestle SA and others -- are increasingly banding together to line up deals for clean power, broadening a market long dominated by tech giants, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg NEF. […]

  • Clean Energy and Savings Drive Ballot Measure in Ohio
    on 1st November 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb will decide Tuesday whether to let city officials try to negotiate for cheaper and cleaner electricity on their behalf. […]

  • US and Israel Establish Joint Center of Excellence in Energy
    on 31st October 2018 at 12:32 pm

    The United States Department of Energy and the Israeli Energy Ministry this summer signed the Implementation Agreement to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology. […]

  • POWER-GEN International Elevates the Event Buying Experience
    on 30th October 2018 at 4:57 pm

    POWER-GEN International, part of the newly formed Power & Energy Series from Clarion Energy, has introduced a new Key Buyer Program for its upcoming December 4-6, 2018, event in Orlando, Florida. […]

  • French Pumped Hydropower Plan Stymied by EU Deadlock
    on 30th October 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Energy storage on a commercial scale is the holy grail for supporters of renewables, including French President Emmanuel Macron. […]

  • Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled
    on 29th October 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Europe's largest industrial energy storage facility has been inaugurated in Belgium. […]

  • Italy on a Clear Path to Renewable-Dominant Future
    on 29th October 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Latest market outlook report predicts that the country will get more than half of its power from hon-hydro renewables by 2030. […]

  • POWER-GEN International To Showcase Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Generation
    on 29th October 2018 at 9:10 am

    Up until now, solar generation on the electricity grid operated in most places in what is known as a “must-take” scenario. That means that all solar that is generated must be used on the grid. When renewable energy was a fledgling new technology, this scenario made sense. […]

  • PJM joins Energy Web Foundation for Blockchain-based Pilot for Renewable Markets
    on 25th October 2018 at 1:11 pm

    EWF and PJM Environmental Information Services Inc. (PJM-EIS) announced they are teaming up on developing and testing a market-wide reference implementation of Energy Web Origin for the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) administered by PJM-EIS. […]

  • FERC Shake-Up Raises Possibility of Coal Bailout
    on 25th October 2018 at 1:09 pm

    An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. […]

  • Fueling the Future: How Batteries are Improving, in Three Ways
    on 23rd October 2018 at 1:49 pm

    In the race for the next generation battery, lithium-ion technology has made huge leaps in recent years. But the power packs continue to have drawbacks: they use raw material mined in unstable countries, they’re dangerous if they break and they could pack more power. […]

  • ISO-New England Offers Preview of Pending Energy Storage Market Changes
    on 23rd October 2018 at 11:35 am

    Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the U.S. promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. For those who are waiting for FERC Order 841 to sort things out, ISO-New England has published something you might want to see. […]

  • Regulations, Not Resource Determine Wind Energy Costs in Northern Europe
    on 22nd October 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Regulations governing the construction of wind farms vary considerably between countries. Indeed, these differences can have a stronger impact on generation costs than differences in wind resources. In the future, northern European cross-border renewable energy auctions should take diverging regulatory conditions into account, a new study argues. […]

  • Could Sustainable Clean Energy Securitization Save the Planet?
    on 18th October 2018 at 12:19 pm

    The financial instrument that nearly collapsed the global economy is being re-engineered to create a new market with a lofty goal: to save the planet. […]

  • 8 Things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5˚C Report
    on 16th October 2018 at 10:19 am

    While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C-2˚C (2.7-3.6˚ F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t? […]

  • IRENA: Egypt Could Meet Up to 53 Percent of Electricity Demand with Renewables
    on 16th October 2018 at 10:00 am

    Egypt has the potential to meet up to 53 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Egypt Renewable Energy Outlook, released in Cairo last week in the presence of Egyptian government officials and regional decision makers, found that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country’s energy bill by up to $900 million annually in 2030. […]

  • IEA: World Could Install 1.3 TW of Clean Energy by 2023
    on 15th October 2018 at 10:16 am

    The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union. […]

  • Renewable Hungry Companies need to get on the RTO ASAP
    on 15th October 2018 at 2:00 am

    The report by recently rebranded Wind-Solar Alliance points out that more than 100 U.S. corporate buyers —members of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance — have set a goal of purchasing 60 GW of new U.S. renewable energy capacity by 2025. So far, since 2013, the companies have procured just over 13 gigawatts of renewable power. […]

  • Britain's Battery Market Will Grow by $7.9 Billion by 2030
    on 12th October 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Britain’s power market will need investment of 6 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) between now and 2030 in flexible generation and storage such as batteries to support the transition toward an economy that emits less carbon, a study showed. […]

  • IRENA Conducting Survey of Gender and Renewable Energy
    on 12th October 2018 at 1:47 pm

    The International Renewable Energy Agency is conducting a survey to gather quantitative and qualitative insights into the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector. […]

  • PECO Offers Financial Support for Commercial Installation of EV Charging Stations
    on 11th October 2018 at 3:36 pm

    PECO (formerly the Philadelphia Electric Company) announced that the utility will be offering a new incentive for commercial customers who install electric vehicle charging stations for public use. The incentive will be available to commercial customers who successfully apply for funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) “Driving PA Forward” program. […]

  • U.S. Department of Energy To Bring $40B Cash to POWER-GEN International
    on 10th October 2018 at 4:47 pm

    After wallowing in limbo for the first part of 2018 awaiting re-authorization, the Loan Program Office (LPO) at the Department of Energy is back in business with about $40 billion burning a hole in its proverbial pocket. Mike Reed, Director and Chief Engineer of the Technical and Project Management Division of the LPO and his team are planning to hit POWER-GEN 2018 in Orlando, Florida in December to identify people and projects that might need financing. […]

  • Exxon Puts $1 Million Into Quest for Carbon Tax-and-Rebate Plan
    on 9th October 2018 at 1:46 pm

    An effort to put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions just won an unlikely underwriter: a top producer of oil and gas. […]

  • Report: $2.4 Trillion Clean Energy Investment Needed To Avoid Climate Catastrophe
    on 8th October 2018 at 5:05 pm

    The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. […]

  • SINN Power to conduct feasibility study of wave energy, other renewables in Guinea
    on 5th October 2018 at 5:15 pm

    SINN Power is conducting a study to determine how a renewable energy mix of its wave technology, small wind farms, kinematic hydroelectric plants and solar energy can be used to secure a durable and stable power supply in Guinea. […]

  • Trump's FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of Coal Bailout
    on 5th October 2018 at 9:00 am

    U.S. President Donald Trump tapped Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee to join the nation’s top energy regulator, potentially smoothing the path for a brewing bailout of money-losing coal and nuclear plants. […]

  • From the Clean Power Plan to ACE: Why Not Much Has Changed
    on 2nd October 2018 at 8:00 am

    Has the environment for electricity generation changed dramatically since the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan began its slow exit from public and regulatory consciousness several months ago? Not really! […]

  • How Renewables Lead to a World of Peak Energy
    on 1st October 2018 at 5:59 am

    It can be hard to get your head around just how much energy the world uses. Expressed in terms of oil, it was equivalent to almost 14 billion metric tons of the stuff in 2017. That’s like burning through all of Russia’s proved reserves in the space of 12 months, which is, in technical terms, a lot. […]

  • World Bank Offers $1 Billion for Batteries in Emerging Markets
    on 28th September 2018 at 4:08 pm

    The World Bank Group committed $1 billion to finance battery-storage systems in developing and middle-income countries, and expects its participation to attract another $4 billion in backing from investors as well as public and private funds. […]

  • US Production, Consumption of Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018
    on 27th September 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). […]

  • Corbyn Vows to ‘Kickstart a Green Energy Revolution’ in the UK
    on 27th September 2018 at 8:20 am

    The Leader of the Opposition in the UK has vowed to “kickstart a green jobs revolution that will help tackle climate change, provide sustainable energy for the future and create skilled jobs in every nation and region” of Britain. &nbs […]

  • Indian Solar Tariff Questions Answered: Will They Delay Modi's Goals?
    on 26th September 2018 at 2:47 pm

    India has imposed duties on imports of solar equipment from China and Malaysia lasting two years. The aim is to kick-start a domestic industry that’s failed to take off in the face of ever-cheaper imports of solar cells and modules. China accounted for 89 percent of imports in the last financial year. The protectionist move risks setting back India’s climate change commitments by slowing the buildup of renewable energy capacity, even as prices for solar power in the world’s second-most populous nation fall to record lows. […]

  • China Sets New Renewables Target of 35 Percent by 2030
    on 26th September 2018 at 2:28 pm

    China is stepping up its push into renewable energy, proposing higher green power consumption targets and penalizing those who fail to meet those goals to help fund government subsidies to producers. […]

  • Rhode Island Charts a Course for a Cleaner Grid
    on 25th September 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Rhode Island is a small state with big energy ambitions. Like many states, however, those ambitions are complicated by an outdated electric grid. […]

  • Alabama Power Seeks Renewable Energy
    on 24th September 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Alabama Power said last week that the utility is seeking proposals to meet future energy and reliability needs, including proposals for potential renewable energy projects. […]

  • California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at Utilities' Expense
    on 24th September 2018 at 10:00 am

    California’s ambitious push for clean energy will be a tough lift for utilities and potentially their bondholders. […]

  • DP Energy gets grant to advance tidal project development in Canada
    on 21st September 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has awarded DP Energy a grant of C$29,750,000 (US$23 million) under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) to support tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. […]

  • Indiana Utility's 50-MW Solar Project Splits Consumer Advocates
    on 21st September 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Indiana consumer advocates are split over a solar proposal that would boost clean energy in the state but at a high cost-per-kilowatt to customers. […]

  • Why Long Island Beats California for Solar Revenue Generation
    on 21st September 2018 at 2:08 pm

    The best place to generate cash from a solar farm in the U.S. isn’t California or sunny Florida -- it’s Long Island. […]

  • US Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Dropping
    on 19th September 2018 at 3:44 pm

    According to the latest edition of Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s (LBNL’s) “Tracking the Sun” report, the median installed price for a solar PV system in the first part of 2018 was $2.2/W for a large non-residential system (up to 5 MW in capacity), representing a 5 percent decline over the previous period. […]

  • Analyst: We've Misunderstood Energy Efficiency
    on 19th September 2018 at 2:22 pm

    According to energy expert, Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy industry has vastly misunderstood the scope of the energy efficiency resource. Lovins claims that it’s design, not technology that can achieve incredibly energy efficiency gains. Using his own home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as an example, Lovins shows how simple changes in design have allowed him to grow banana crops using only natural sunlight and reduce the amount of energy he uses significantly. […]

  • Energy Poll: 8 out of 10 South Koreans Want Clean Energy
    on 18th September 2018 at 1:17 pm

    According to the survey of 1,003 South Koreans across the nation, 86.2 percent of respondents said they are in favor of the expansion of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. […]

  • The 100 Percent Renewables Vision is Reachable Says Wartsila
    on 18th September 2018 at 9:44 am

    “Smart technology is unlocking the 100 per cent renewables future,” said the boss of Wartsila Energy Solutions today. […]

  • Global Climate Summit Celebrates Emission Reduction Progress; Calls for Bolder Action to Meet Paris Climate Goals
    on 14th September 2018 at 4:06 pm

    On the premise that the nations of the world are not doing enough to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Jerry Brown, New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries convened a high-profile international gathering in San Francisco September 12-14 to inspire more ambitious action and showcase successful efforts. […]

  • Spain Plans $116 Billion Energy Retrofit
    on 14th September 2018 at 3:56 pm

    The Spanish government is exploring ways to persuade investors to finance a 100 billion-euro ($116 billion) transformation of its energy system as it tries to move beyond past policy mistakes that led to widespread losses and lawsuits. […]

  • Australian Energy Storage Company Raises AU $16.3 Million in IPO
    on 14th September 2018 at 3:22 pm

    South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees will start trading on the Australian Securities Exchange after raising $16.3 million as part of its IPO. […]

  • Most Investors Are Going Green to Make Money, HSBC Says
    on 13th September 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Make money first, save the planet second. Those are the reasons for most investors to get into green finance, according to HSBC Holdings Plc. […]

  • Duke Energy Says Solar Assets at Risk of Flood Damage from Hurricane Florence
    on 13th September 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The utility is preparing for a ‘historic storm that will cause historic damage.&rsquo […]

  • Renewables Predicted to Grab Bigger Share of South Africa Energy Mix
    on 12th September 2018 at 11:11 am

    South Africa is set for a dramatic shift in its energy mix in the coming years thanks to the government’s decision to restructure its energy output. […]

  • Subsidy-free Solar Farms Popping Up from Britain to Italy
    on 10th September 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Next to a wheat field north of London, banks of solar panels in 35 neat rows are generating electricity without any support from the government. […]

  • Utility-Backed Fund Raises $681 Million to Invest in Clean Tech
    on 6th September 2018 at 4:04 pm

    A private equity firm backed by some of the world’s largest utilities has raised $681 million to finance startups developing clean-energy technology. […]

  • France Names Pro-renewable Energy Minister
    on 5th September 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Former green lawmaker, Francois de Rugy, has been named France’s energy and environment minister, replacing environmental activist Nicolas Hulot. […]

  • Revival of UN Carbon Market Could Be Coming Soon
    on 5th September 2018 at 2:09 pm

    After the United Nations’s first attempt to build a global carbon market fizzled from $33 billion to almost nothing, climate envoys from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Bangkok this week to give it another go. […]

  • 100-MW Tidong hydropower project in India acquired by Statkraft
    on 4th September 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Statkraft has acquired the 100-MW Tidong hydropower project under construction in India, saying this is in line with the company’s strategy to develop renewable energy generation. […]

  • Western States Proceed with Climate Legislation Regardless of Trump’s “ACE” Rule
    on 4th September 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Spurred by President Trump’s announcement that the United States will abandon commitments President Obama made in the Paris Climate Agreement, western seaboard elected officials are highly motivated to act on climate change, notwithstanding the Trump Administration’s actions to replace the Clean Power Plan. California has a well-established and functioning “cap and trade” program that has survived judicial challenge and been extended through 2030. As the fifth largest economy in the world, California’s efforts are a significant driver for similar programs throughout the nation. […]

  • China Solar Giants Shrug Off Market Fall, Chase Growth Plans
    on 4th September 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The top solar manufacturers in China are boosting production capacity, betting higher output will help them seize a bigger chunk of the global market that is set for its first-ever annual contraction. […]

  • California, Blockchain, Hydro Licenses and Data Breaches in this Week’s Energy News Wrap-Up
    on 4th September 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Our weekly energy news wrap-up is brought to you by the Clarion Energy Content Managers. Have a look to see what we view as the most important news of the week. […]

  • UK Firm in Deal with Unilever to Deliver Kenya Offgrid Solar
    on 31st August 2018 at 10:41 am

    A UK provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems has partnered with global consumer goods giant Unilever to deliver solar power to millions of off-grid homes in Kenya. […]

  • California One Step Closer to 100 Percent Renewable Energy Obligation
    on 29th August 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Yesterday another milestone was reached in California’s march toward a 100 percent renewable energy mandate with the passing of SB100 by the Assembly. The bill will require the state to receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2026; 60 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. The current law requires the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030. […]

  • A Carbon-Free California Requires a Lot More Cheap Batteries
    on 28th August 2018 at 3:50 pm

    California’s push to use only carbon-free electricity hinges on a big bet -- that battery costs will plunge. […]

  • Solar Companies Flock to Illinois, Bringing Jobs, Enthusiasm and Some Questions
    on 28th August 2018 at 3:11 pm

    The family company Wellspring Components started four generations ago to fabricate metal for horse-drawn buggies for Amish families in Indiana. Today, its offshoot Wellspring Solar is among a growing number of national and Midwestern companies launching new solar operations in Illinois, thanks to incentives under the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act. […]

  • The World’s Oldest Metal Ushers in Solar Energy Boom
    on 24th August 2018 at 11:52 am

    When you examine the solar industry’s trajectory over the last decade, the growth is undeniable. According to a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar energy generation has grown annually by 59 percent on average during the last 10 years; generating enough electricity to power 10.1 million homes. With 1.6 million solar installations currently installed in the U.S. and 4 million expected to be installed by 2023, the nation stands to increase solar energy generation from 53 to 100 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity within the next four years. […]

  • Midwest Utility Turning to Cows, Landfills for a Gas Alternative
    on 23rd August 2018 at 2:40 pm

    CenterPoint Energy Inc. wants to introduce a pilot program in Minnesota offering customers access to a renewable form of natural gas recovered from dairy farms and landfills. […]

  • DNV GL in World First for Solar PV
    on 23rd August 2018 at 9:54 am

    Testing and risk management company DNV GL has issued the world’s first project certificate for photovoltaic power plants. […]

  • How to Get EV Charging Infrastructure in the Fast Lane
    on 22nd August 2018 at 12:10 pm

    To face environmental changes head-on and meet greenhouse gas targets by 2030, three-fifths of our vehicles must be electric. […]

  • EPA Announces Roll Backs To Clean Power Plan; Industry Reacts
    on 21st August 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Continuing on U.S. President Trump’s campaign promise to revive the coal industry, on Tuesday, August 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to significantly alter the Clean Power Plan (CPP), shrinking some of the emission reduction targets that were set in place under the CPP by former President Obama. […]

  • Clean Energy Claims to Get More Scrutiny
    on 20th August 2018 at 2:10 pm

    In late May, Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Co. claimed it was about to become the first U.S. utility with 100 percent renewable energy. It was a little premature and perhaps a bit misleading. […]

  • Bloomberg Analyst: Battery Boom Could Burn Investors
    on 14th August 2018 at 11:09 am

    Some of the latest battery technologies may become obsolete before reaching the market because of the breakneck pace of advances in the industry. […]

  • Hydro Tasmania Eyes Pumped Hydro To Shore Up Renewables
    on 13th August 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Chris Gwynne stands in a ravine below a towering dam in the Tasmanian wilderness and ponders whether the giant concrete structure can withstand the politics that may keep it from playing a key role in Australia’s clean energy future. […]

  • Is Climate Change or Negligence Responsible for Calif. Fires?
    on 13th August 2018 at 2:37 pm

    It was California’s biggest fire yet. In late July and August, wildfires devastated an area north of San Francisco far bigger than New York City, destroying more than 100 homes and injuring 2 fire fighters. It’s just one in a rash of fast-spreading blazes that have killed at least 56 people this year and last in the Golden State. […]

  • The Long Unraveling of Tesla’s Master Plan
    on 10th August 2018 at 3:51 pm

    While this week’s episode of Tesla Inc. has left us with several cliffhangers, it did show one thing: just how far the company has veered from Elon Musk’s secret “Master Plan” of 2006. […]

  • Trump Officials Helped Edit ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Report to Boost Coal
    on 9th August 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Trump administration officials pushed to highlight the value of coal-fired power plants in a government report on the “bomb cyclone” that plunged the Eastern U.S. into single-digit temperatures last January. […]

  • Bullet Train Thinking: How Japan Hopes to Lead a Global Hydrogen Revolution
    on 8th August 2018 at 5:49 pm

    “Japan will present hydrogen to the rest of the world as a new energy choice and will lead global efforts for establishing a carbon-free society taking advantage of Japan’s strong points,” read a statement from Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as it unveiled the country’s ground-breaking Basic Hydrogen Strategy last December. […]

  • Could Minnesota Reliably Meet All Energy Demands on Clean Energy and Save Money, Too?
    on 8th August 2018 at 5:45 pm

    A report released this month, which was commissioned by the McKnight Foundation, revealed analysis that showed Minnesota could retire the state’s coal plants, build no additional natural gas plants, and still meet energy demands reliably through clean and renewable energy sources. […]

  • Negative Electricity Pricing Abounds As Wind, Solar Flood the Grid
    on 6th August 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas -- and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places -- the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day. […]

  • Hawaii OKs Molokai island solar, battery storage project
    on 3rd August 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The project will include 4.88 MW of solar panels. Its battery system will store energy and discharge up to 2.6 MW during peak hours […]

  • The Future of Energy Infrastructure in Africa
    on 1st August 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Utility experts flocked to Johannesburg last month and talked how the skies the limit for the future opportunities and challenges of grid expansion and modernization in Africa. […]

  • There's a Hidden Battery Play in the ‘Extremes’ of Power Prices
    on 31st July 2018 at 5:35 pm

    There’s an energy-storage opportunity hidden in plain sight -- and it has little to do with electric vehicles. As batteries go mainstream, the “deepest potential” for them is likely to be in arbitrage, according to a Bloomberg NEF report Tuesday. […]

  • Energy Absolute Plans Thai 'Gigafactory' to Seize Battery Storage Market
    on 31st July 2018 at 2:41 pm

    A Thai-based renewable energy technology company, Energy Absolute, plans to invest $3 billion in a battery 'gigafactory', hedging on Southeast Asia’s uptake of electric vehicles and smart grids. […]

  • Report: Solar Downstream Companies Grab a Large Portion of VC Funding in Q2 2018
    on 30th July 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q2 2018 rose 12.5 percent quarter-over-quarter to $2.8 billion from the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018, according to a report by Mercom Capital. […]

  • Gas 'Peakers' Seeing New Life as Temps Increase and Renewables Fluctuate
    on 30th July 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Europe’s heat wave is hastening the rise of the “peaker,” a natural gas-fired power plant that can switch on and off quickly and runs only when there’s high demand. […]

  • China's Silk Road Fund Takes 24 Percent Stake in Concentrating Solar Power Plant
    on 24th July 2018 at 12:37 pm

    hina’s Silk Road Fund will acquire a 24.01 percent interest in the world’s largest single-site solar thermal plant, which is being built in the United Arab Emirates. The 700-megawatt project will be developed along with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Barka SAOG, ACWA said in a statement on Sunday. The plant will combine a central tower and parabolic trough technology to harvest energy from the sun, store it in molten salt and produce steam to generate power during the day and throughout the night. […]

  • Manufacturing Solar Modules with Solar Energy: One Company’s Vision
    on 23rd July 2018 at 6:00 pm

    In July at Intersolar North America, Lee Zhenguo, President of LONGi Group laid out his “solar for solar” vision and explained how one day he believes solar will be so cheap that it will be used to help fix some of the monumental environmental issues that plague the world today. […]

  • Fury at Plans to Scrap UK Renewables Subsidies
    on 20th July 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Renewables and sustainability groups have reacted with fury to proposals by the UK government to scrap subsidies for green energy projects. […]

  • India Proposes Tariffs on China, Malaysia Solar Cells
    on 18th July 2018 at 2:34 pm

    India has recommended imposing a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cells from China and Malaysia, saying the overseas supplies have caused or threatened “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers. […]

  • EPRI Wins $1.8 million for Solar Forecasting Technology Research
    on 17th July 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Solar Forecasting 2 projects are designed to enable electric utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability […]

  • Global Investments in Electricity Beat Investments in Oil and Gas for Second Year in a Row
    on 17th July 2018 at 2:13 pm

    IEA report reveals that more than US $750 billion went to the electricity sector while US $715 billion was spent on oil and gas supply globally as the world continues on the path to electrification. […]

  • Last Word: Bifacial Plus Tracking Boosts Solar Energy Yield by 27 Percent
    on 16th July 2018 at 3:26 pm

    While U.S. solar developers may be worried about the Section 201 tariffs another trend could help offset their impact: high-efficiency modules. […]

  • Apple Launches New Clean Energy Fund in China
    on 13th July 2018 at 4:01 pm

    The fund will be managed through DWS Grou […]

  • V2G Highlights E-Mobility Discussions at ees in San Francisco
    on 12th July 2018 at 2:52 pm

    At the ees North America Conference this year, new electric mobility-focused sessions branded under the Power2Drive umbrella engaged audiences with a discussion of the convergence of renewables and electrified transportation. All of Wednesday’s Power2Drive sessions touched upon the current gap in EV infrastructure as well as strategies to balance grid demand as EV charging becomes increasingly popular. […]

  • Renewable Energy World Announces Its Inaugural Solar 40 Under 40
    on 6th July 2018 at 5:58 pm

    San Francisco, Calif. — In an effort to recognize the up and coming rock stars of the solar industry, Renewable Energy World is pleased to announce its first “class” of 40 under 40 changemakers in the solar industry. […]

  • Bill to Take California to 100 Percent Clean Electricity Gains Traction
    on 5th July 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, historic legislation to transition California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. The vote could have been influenced by the more than 38,000 messages and signatures in support of the legislation from a range of stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, clean energy industries, business communities, and environmental justice organizations. […]

  • LG Electronics Announces Plans For U.S. Solar Panel Assembly Plant
    on 2nd July 2018 at 7:55 pm

    LG Electronics announced plans for a new solar module assembly plant in Huntsville, Ala. The new factory will create about 160 new full-time jobs, increasing LG's Huntsville employment by 60 percent to more than 400 workers. […]

  • World's One-Time Biggest Solar Manufacturer Delisted From NYSE
    on 2nd July 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., once the world’s biggest solar-panel manufacturer, has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as its value has plummeted. […]

  • Too Big to Succeed: Solar Titans Flop When They Climb to Top
    on 22nd June 2018 at 8:36 pm

    In the past decade alone, four different companies -- all Chinese -- have surged to the top of the heap, becoming the biggest solar maker in the world, only to subsequently fall flat and get overtaken by an up-and-comer. […]

  • Why the 2018 Solar Tariffs and Tax Cuts Didn’t Kill Solar PPAs
    on 22nd June 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Solar in the United States is still going strong despite headwinds put forth by the current administration. Why is that? […]

  • Illinois Energy Law Lures Northeast Commercial-Industrial Solar Developer
    on 21st June 2018 at 11:06 am

    A major developer of large-scale solar in the Northeast is launching operations in Illinois, expecting the state’s new energy law to jumpstart the industry in a way similar to what happened in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. […]

  • Solar Prices Nosedive After China Pullback Floods Global Market
    on 21st June 2018 at 11:06 am

    Solar panels were already getting cheaper this year, and then China pulled the plug this month on about 20 gigawatts of domestic installations. The result was a glut of global inventories, and now prices are plunging even faster. […]

  • BBOXX, DC Go Form Partnership for Pay-Go Solar in Southern Africa
    on 20th June 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Two off-grid solar providers are teaming up to deliver energy services to the estimated 4.6 million people without access to reliable electricity in Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland. […]

  • Double-Sided Solar Panels Are Taking Off in China
    on 20th June 2018 at 1:46 pm

    China is expected to jump-start the market for panels that can absorb light on both sides with plans to install 2.7 GW this year, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. […]

  • Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push a Carbon Tax
    on 20th June 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Major energy companies, including the largest U.S. nuclear power generator, are putting millions of dollars into a new political campaign to push for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. […]

  • Coal Is Being Squeezed Out of Power Industry by Cheap Renewables
    on 19th June 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Coal will be increasingly squeezed out of the power generation market over the next three decades as the cost of renewables plunges and technology improves the flexibility of grids globally. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: The Sustainable Corporation — Risks and Rewards of an Environmental Business Strategy
    on 19th June 2018 at 3:48 pm

    In this episode, Scott Tew discusses Ingersoll Rand’s work toward achieving its sustainability goals and what other companies can learn from that experience. […]

  • Trump's China Tariffs May Deal Solar a Second Tariff Blow
    on 18th June 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Buried as an obscure-sounding item in a 10-page Trump administration list of Chinese products that are set to be taxed at an additional 25 percent are some solar equipment that, if ultimately included, could affect the renewables industry. […]

  • Funding Puts Community-Scale Microgrid in Line for Wholesale Market Participation
    on 18th June 2018 at 12:02 pm

    The California Energy Commission has approved a grant for a community-scale microgrid that will participate in California’s wholesale electricity market. […]

  • Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant Clean Energy Idea?
    on 15th June 2018 at 7:28 pm

    A new partnership between Enel and InnoCentive focuses on the power of the crowd to solve many of the world’s sustainable energy challenges. […]

  • PennWell Partners with Folds of Honor Foundation
    on 14th June 2018 at 5:03 pm

    In commemoration of Flag Day, PennWell Corp. is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to raise money for military families. The effort is in conjunction with PennWell’s Wall of Honor, a traveling wall highlighting the names of our military service personnel (past and present) and displayed at all PennWell power generation events in North America. The wall displays the branch, the company and the name of each person honored. […]

  • A Solar Market Insight for Intersolar Europe
    on 14th June 2018 at 1:41 pm

    The advancement of solar power in the global energy mix is demanding and launching diverse affiliated products and services that will help the sector develop. Those products and services will be highlighted at Intersolar Europe in Munich next week. […]

  • Solar in the US Midwest Will Deliver Sustainable Power for Crypto Mining
    on 14th June 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Vancouver, B.C.-based solar developer Solar Alliance Energy Inc. yesterday said it is moving forward with plans to create solar-powered cryptocurrency mining facilities, with the first to be built in Illinois. […]

  • Morocco’s Noor-Midelt Hybrid Solar Complex Wins $125M in Financing
    on 13th June 2018 at 11:10 am

    Morocco’s plans for its second concentrated solar power (CSP) complex is moving forward with a new round of financing worth US$125 million from The World Bank. […]

  • Enphase Energy Will Pay $25 Million for SunPower’s Microinverter Business
    on 13th June 2018 at 11:10 am

    Enphase Energy on Monday said it agreed to pay $25 million to purchase SunPower Corp.’s microinverter business. […]

  • Buried in Musk Job Cuts Memo: End to Home Depot Solar Sales
    on 13th June 2018 at 11:10 am

    Just four months ago, Tesla Inc. began a major expansion of its solar division at Home Depot Inc. It was an experiment that would prove short-lived. […]

  • Single European Power Market Is Now Closer to Reality
    on 13th June 2018 at 11:10 am

    The European Union’s vision of a single energy market will move a step closer on Tuesday with the start of a joint market for electricity delivered on the same day. […]

  • British Pay-Go Solar Company Is Ready to Reach Millions in Congo
    on 12th June 2018 at 10:56 am

    A British company aims to provide solar power to millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the vast central African nation where less than a fifth of the population have access to electricity. […]

  • China’s Domination of the PV Industry: Veni, Vidi, Vici
    on 11th June 2018 at 3:22 pm

    There is no doubt that in terms of solar, China came, it saw, it conquered. Now, a hiccup in either China’s production of PV cells and modules or in its deployment of PV systems would ricochet around the global PV industry. […]

  • Australian Wins Global Energy Prize for His Contribution to Solar
    on 11th June 2018 at 10:25 am

    University of New South Wales professor Martin Green has been named a Global Energy Prize winner for his work in solar PV that has increased the “cost effectiveness and efficiency of solar cells.&rdquo […]

  • Silfab Solar Eyes US Manufacturing Opportunities
    on 11th June 2018 at 10:25 am

    Toronto, Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Silfab Solar today said it is exploring U.S. manufacturing opportunities and locations to better service growing customer demand. […]

  • Solar Parts Manufacturer Says Trump Tariffs Are Taking a Toll
    on 11th June 2018 at 10:25 am

    The manufacturer of metal parts for the solar industry says tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors. […]

  • Struck by a Hockey Puck: Renewable Energy’s Big Canadian Black Eye
    on 8th June 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Everybody loves renewable energy, right? That’s what surveys tell us with global support for renewable energy consistently polling above 80 percent. But don’t tell that to the people of the Province of Ontario, Canada. On June 7, the electorate handed a stunning defeat to its Liberal Government after 15 years of reign. The election winner: Conservative Doug Ford, brother of Toronto’s infamous crack-cocaine smoking mayor, Rob Ford. The issue in the forefront of voters’ minds: sky high electricity prices. […]

  • The Future of Solar Energy According to Tesla
    by SolarFeeds Guest on 21st March 2018 at 3:15 am

    The game-changer for clean energy (also known as Tesla – Elon Musk’s Company) is making waves in the industry of solar energy ever since they decided to make it their business. In true Elon Musk fashion, he decided to get Tesla involved in the niche of solar energy in 2016 when he let the world... […]

  • Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hawaii is famously reliant on imported fossil fuels, for both electricity and transportation. But that’s changing rapidly as the state invests heavily in renewables. Two new bills are now pending in the Hawaii legislature that would codify the 100 percent renewables goal statewide, up from the current mandate of 40 percent by 2030. HB 623 would require... […]

  • There’s A Fight Brewing Over Who Profits From Solar Power
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 7:53 pm

    In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power. APS is an unlikely solar patron: In the... […]

  • Tesla’s New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power’s Biggest Problems
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 7:22 pm

    So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This... […]

  • The Home Solar plus Energy Storage Revolution Is About to Begin
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Home solar batteries from Tesla Motors, which could upset utilities as we know them. Billion dollar solar bonds from SolarCity, backstopped by banking bigshots. Happy Earth Day! After being artificially suppressed for decades, renewable energy developments have accelerated, with excellent timing. Earth Day brought mounting news via Bloomberg that Tesla’s anticipated home solar batteries, hinted at in March... […]

  • Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
    by SolarFeeds on 23rd April 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This story is excerpted and adapted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. On May 8, 2013, Tesla Motors shocked just about everyone by posting its first-ever quarterly profit, reporting higher-than-expected demand for its Model S electric sedan. That moment marked the beginning... […]

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