It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33 percent renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply. They will reach 48 percent renewable power in 2017 and met the carbon n
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/08/one-electric-utility-is-carbon-neutral-today?cmpid=rss
The map below is shaded grey in the project areas for the geothermal teams that were chosen by the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office to receive funding and support in the current “Play Fairway” award opportunity. The Geothermal Technologies Office announced up to $4 million for eleven projects for the Play Fairway Analysis, a su
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/08/geothermal-visual-borrowing-a-play-fairway-from-the-oil-and-gas-industry?cmpid=rss
India’s power minister asked domestic solar equipment makers to start idled capacities, pledging the government would ensure buyers for their products.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/india-vows-to-buy-local-solar-content-as-dumping-deadline-passes?cmpid=rss
Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. wireless carrier, is investing almost $40 million to triple its use of solar energy this year.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/verizon-to-invest-40-million-to-triple-its-solar-power-capacity?cmpid=rss
Tesla Motors recently announced that it would share its technology patents, which has put a spotlight on open source and open standards. These standards already play a huge role in the computer industry: PCs have an open architecture and the World Wide Web has open standards. Google built its business on the open source Apache server and developed the open Android operating system. In 2011, Tioga Energy released an open source solar PPA. Can open standards and open source benefit the community shared solar industry?
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/can-open-standards-accelerate-community-shared-solar?cmpid=rss
A few years ago, a U.S. manufacturer began feeling pressure from unfair overseas competition. The company found itself losing money and market share to Asian competitors that seemingly popped up from nowhere. The manufacturer found that the conventional remedies of cutting costs and gaining efficiencies would not help much since competitors were selling similar products below production costs and receiving significant help from their government in the form of subsidies.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/whats-next-in-the-solarworld-china-game-of-high-stakes-poker?cmpid=rss
Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/the-power-of-salt?cmpid=rss
Energy Absolute Pcl, whose Bangkok- listed shares have more than tripled this year, plans to spend about 46 billion baht ($1.4 billion) over the next three years to boost generation capacity from renewable energy.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/thailands-energy-absolute-to-invest-1-4-billion-in-solar-wind-projects?cmpid=rss
India’s Suzlon Energy Ltd. may seek a Japanese partner to make offshore wind turbines, attracted by access to cheap yen loans as projects at sea get costlier and more complex.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/suzlon-in-talks-for-japanese-offshore-wind-partner?cmpid=rss
The Environment America Research & Policy Center has released its annual report ranking the top 10 U.S. states with the most cumulative solar electric capacity installed per-capita. These states are (in alphabetical order) Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and North Carolina.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/countdown-what-are-the-top-10-solar-states-in-the-us?cmpid=rss
On a recent trip to Australia, I noticed that very few residential solar systems are leased. The vast majority are customer owned. Talking to industry experts, some claimed more than 90 percent of residential solar systems in Australia are customer owned. This is in stark contrast to the U.S., where last year 66 percent of residential solar is leased from third-party owners like SolarCity. Why such different approaches to ownership of residential rooftop solar?
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/would-you-rather-own-or-lease-your-rooftop-solar?cmpid=rss
South Africa’s Cabinet approved a treaty signed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to begin development of a hydropower project that will eventually cost about $100 billion and generate 40,000 megawatts of electricity.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/south-africa-approves-treaty-for-100-billion-inga-hydropower?cmpid=rss
ABB Ltd. said a power-cable technology that allows offshore wind farms to transmit more than twice the energy of current set-ups will boost orders at the company’s power systems division in coming years.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/new-cable-technology-can-carry-twice-as-much-power-from-offshore-wind-farms?cmpid=rss
The energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology advancements have boosted performance and trimmed costs. For the first time in history it will become feasible to store electric energy.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/the-next-big-challenge-for-energy-storage?cmpid=rss
In the early solar PV days, trackers were a necessity to maximize the energy output from very expensive solar modules. Unfortunately, in those days trackers were mechanically complex and unreliable (remember TV antenna rotors?), and the control systems were expensive and finicky. As solar module pricing declined, the interest in trackers for small systems began to wane.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/listen-up-whats-the-deal-with-solar-trackers?cmpid=rss
According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, all new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources: 379 megawatts (MW) of wind, 21 MW of solar, and 5 MW of hydropower.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/renewable-energy-accounts-for-100-percent-of-new-us-electrical-generating-capacity-in-july?cmpid=rss
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its third auction of offshore wind leases yesterday, this time for prime U.S. federal waters off the coast of Maryland. Italian renewable energy company US Wind Inc. won the 80,000-acre parcel with an $8.7 million bid, well above previous auctions.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/third-us-offshore-wind-lease-auction-goes-to-italy-based-us-wind?cmpid=rss
U.K. retailer Sainsbury’s announced that it will power one of its supermarkets with 100 percent renewable electricity produced from an anaerobic digester, making it the largest retailer to be off-grid using an anaerobic digester.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/uk-supermarket-to-be-powered-exclusively-by-waste-to-energy-plant?cmpid=rss
Australia is frightening developers away from renewable energy even before the government decides whether to overhaul targets for the industry’s growth.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/australia-chills-hopes-for-20-billion-clean-energy-industry?cmpid=rss
By now you’ve probably heard the news that pro-solar energy giant NRG is purchasing Goal Zero, a relatively tiny solar consumer electronics company. But why? NRG is a huge residential and utility scale solar integrator, while Goal Zero sells enough solar PV to power maybe a single NRG utility project. Of course, the answer is that NRG isn’t buying
Permanent link to this article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/08/nrg-just-purchased-a-consumer-solar-gadget-company-can-you-make-the-same-solar-marketing-play?cmpid=rss