Jul 25

Geothermal Visual: US DOE Announces FORGE Program for EGS Development

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Jul 25

German Utilities Paid to Stabilize Grid Due to Increased Wind and Solar

Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid.

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Jul 25

What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued a panel report to its members on a dispute between China and the United States involving solar panels and sixteen other products. Recent reports delcared the U.S. countervailing duties “illegal” as a result of the ruling, which may be a misleading summary of what actually occur

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Jul 25

Solar Software Tools Slashing Soft Costs

It’s estimated installers spend up to $3,000 to acquire each new customer. This high price of customer acquisition is one of the many so called “soft costs” that increase the price of solar and reduce installer margins. Every step along the road to a signed contract has inefficiencies, which is spurring new software solutions to help installers increase their sales volume and close deals faster.

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Jul 25

Orix Plans to Build as Many as 15 Small-scale Geothermal Plants in Japan

Orix Corp., a Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan in the next five years.

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Jul 25

As US Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Focused on States and Cities

Clean Edge’s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in recent years — even with encouraging national-level initiatives from the Obama administration — states and cities continue to be where most of the action is.

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Jul 24

Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot

Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ‘freeze’ on the state’s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating  CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect

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Jul 24

India Plans Its Biggest Solar Power Auction with 1,500 Megawatts

India plans to auction 1,500 megawatts of solar-power capacity in its biggest tender yet, saying photovoltaics may supply power as cheaply as coal five years earlier than it expected.

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Jul 24

UK Announces $340 Million Renewable Power Contract Auction

The U.K. said renewable-power projects will compete for guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year as part of its first auction of contracts to spur low-carbon electricity.

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Jul 24

New Solar Bill Would Destroy Community Solar Potential in Massachusetts

In 2013 Massachusetts was ranked 4th for most solar installed, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Despite this success, legislation, officially known as H.4185 (an act relative to net metering), is pending at the Massachusetts State House that could drastically change the direction of the Massachusetts solar industry.

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Jul 24

Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators

The wind energy industry has doggedly pursued higher energy yields and lower costs of energy with each successive generation of wind turbines.  As a result, the wind energy industry has lowered its costs by over 40 percent in just the past four years.  Innovations in wind turbine design, materials, and the sub-component supply chain are continually

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Jul 24

Listen Up: Financing Options for Your Rooftop Solar System

If you live in a location with high electric rates and local incentives, it’s very likely that the economics for a rooftop solar system are favorable. But many people don’t have the $20-25 thousand cash that these systems typically cost. Fortunately, over the past few years a range of new residential solar financing options have been developed. These new financing options have spurred the growth of rooftop solar throughout the U.S.

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Jul 24

Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Company Structure

In the first article of this survey of yield cos, I looked at the possible reasons for the seemingly endless enthusiasm for US-listed clean energy yield cos. Here, I’ll take a look at how these yield cos are constructed, and why investors should prefer one structure over another.

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Jul 24

EU Approves UK Payments for Renewables, Capacity Guarantees

The European Commission approved the U.K. government’s renewable energy contracts and so-called capacity payments, saying the program that benefits power plants complies with state-aid rules.

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Jul 24

Geothermal Energy To Become Next New Source of Chinese Renewable Growth

The National Energy Administration of China is developing its 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) for the development and use of geothermal resources, in a move to further boost the development of the sector, according to China Securities Journal.

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Jul 23

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020.

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Jul 23

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it

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Jul 23

Community Solar Gardens Sprout from Contaminated Sites

Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect t

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Jul 23

ABB Hit by Wind, Solar Charges for Third Consecutive Quarter

ABB Ltd. earnings dropped for a third consecutive quarter, missing analyst estimates, amid mounting charges at the unit for offshore wind and solar projects.

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Jul 23

“Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids

It is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid?

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