Author: Dr. Jim Carey

VDE, Fraunhofer Will Certify PV Plants for “Technical Bankability”

Key technical components of a solar PV system go through the rigors of testing, evaluation, and certification — but what about when they’re all assembled and running as a full PV plant? VDE and Fraunhofer ISE think they’ve found a new way to ensure the performance, reliability — and “technical bankability” — of solar PV plants with a new system-level certification spanning quality, safety, and performance of the plant as a whole and its components.

Asia Report: India’s Solar Market at a Crossroads

As India prepares to enter Phase II of its National Solar Mission (NSM), one of the world’s more promising solar markets finds itself at a critical juncture. Much uncertainty lingers in this young market: financing is still challenging, a trade dispute looms, and policy decisions now being hashed out at both national and state levels could swell the country’s market to its lofty goals — or just as easily undercut that momentum, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group’s Raj Prabhu.

Geothermal Deal Could Bridge the Gap for Future Development

The geothermal industry has been struggling with the same barriers to development for years. It’s a frustrating situation: while geothermal is a reliable, steady baseload form of renewable energy, its development expenses overshadow its obvious long-term benefits. Meanwhile, other intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar are able to take advantage – and control – of state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies and other incentives due to their lower costs of deployment.

The Case for Solar REITs

Expanding the development of renewable energy facilities, such as solar power, has become a growing domestic priority in recent years. In 2012, $30 billion was invested in renewable energy in the U.S. However, the sunset of existing tax incentives may …

Wind Farms: A Noisy Neighbor?

Wind turbine noise is an issue fraught with emotion. Noise often comes up as a complaint from local wind turbine opposition groups and it is clearly something that wind turbine manufacturers, designers and developers alike must face up to, even if a va…