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Solar Power: More than half of utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems track the sun through the day

The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when oriented directly at the sun, some systems use solar-tracking technology to increase electricity generation by rotating the panels along one or two axes.

26-04-2017
Secretary Perry’s Going to Like What He Finds Looking at Wind Power and Grid Resilience

I had the honor last week of being able to join a business roundtable with fellow Texan and new U.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry. We met in the state Perry led as governor for 14 years while Texas made its remarkable ascent to become the nation's leader in wind power production, investment and new jobs.

26-04-2017
SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions with Drones to Global Solar Market

San José-based SunPower this week said that it now is offering its Oasis power plant platform, with drones, to solar power plant developers and EPC providers through a newly formed business unit, called SunPower Solutions.

26-04-2017
ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project

ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use.

26-04-2017
C&I Will Be Fastest Growth Sectors for Energy Storage, Leclanché Exec Says

The fastest growth in energy storage is going to be in the commercial and industrial sectors, which are using storage applications innovatively to better manage renewables integration and energy efficiency, according to Anil Srivasta, CEO of Swiss energy storage solution provider Leclanché

26-04-2017
Flywheel Technology Recommended for California Self Generation Incentive Program

Amber Kinetics last week said that its four-hour discharge duration flywheel storage technology (FES) received a recommendation from California’s Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council for adoption into the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).

25-04-2017
Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive Solar Stations

Tesla is going to need more chargers. Lots of them. The company is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 EVs in 2018 (up from 76,000 a year ago).

25-04-2017
Tax Uncertainty Disrupting Solar Deals

Even without any specific tax-reform proposals, President Donald Trump’s pledge to revamp U.S. policies is already affecting the solar industry, and not in a good way.

25-04-2017
New York to Fund Energy Storage Feasibility Studies, Demonstrations

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) last week issued a call for papers for energy storage feasibility studies and demonstration projects in New York.

25-04-2017
Silicon Valley Power to Fuel Theme Park with Renewable Energy

California’s Great America, Santa Clara’s 100-acre amusement park, will cover 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program.

24-04-2017
Where, and When, Will California Get Offshore Wind?

Under California’s current trajectory, the state’s first offshore wind farm could be completed in waters near Morro Bay and begin sending power to the grid by 2025, according to Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.

 

24-04-2017
San Diego Utility Adds Five Energy Storage Projects to Portfolio

California utility San Diego Gas & Electric last week signed contracts for five new four-hour battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 MW. 

 

24-04-2017
UK Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s

The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.

24-04-2017
London Firm Seals Deal for Right to Purchase 1.8-GW Portfolio of US Solar Projects

London-based solar firm VivoPower International last week said that its subsidiary has signed a joint venture agreement that will give it the right to acquire solar projects in a 1.8-GW portfolio to be developed in the U.S. by Innovative Solar Systems.

24-04-2017
NRG Completes Solar Farm for Cisco's California Headquarters

NRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. power producer, completed a 20-MW solar farm in California that supplies power for Cisco Systems Inc.’s headquarters.

24-04-2017
Solar Plant Will Charge Energy Storage Battery for Arizona Utility

Arizona utility Salt River Project announced a 20-year power purchase agreement for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery project that will be located in Pinal County.

21-04-2017
Is the Suniva Bankruptcy a Canary in the Coal Mine for Solar?

In the satiric movie Network, Howard Beale said: “Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!!”

21-04-2017
Macquarie to Boost UK Green Bank After $3BN Purchase

A consortium led by Macquarie Group Ltd. vowed to beef up global spending in clean energy technologies after it agreed a deal to buy U.K. Green Investment Bank from the British government for 2.3 billion pounds ($3 billion).

21-04-2017
Apple Explores Dual Land Use Solar Siting in Celebration of Earth Day

Apple is highlighting the value of dual land use solar siting in a new video it released today in celebration of Earth Day 2017.

20-04-2017
Interconnection Issues Could Block Future Energy Storage Progress in US, Report Says

Without proper planning now, it is likely that interconnection issues could emerge as a “significant blockade” to the success of energy storage programs in the U.S., much like the industry has seen with newly launched solar programs, according to a report released this week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

20-04-2017
Three Key Points Emerge from BOEM Offshore Wind Listening Session

On Wednesday immediately preceding the opening of the 2017 International Partnering Forum, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a listening session to gather input from stakeholders about where to open up potential areas for offshore wind area leases.

20-04-2017
National Lab Recaptures Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) last week said that its scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.

20-04-2017
Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Ending Wind Tax Credit in July

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that reduces the time frame in which wind power projects can qualify for the state’s clean energy tax credit.

20-04-2017
Wood Biomass CHP Project Wins $100K in National Forest Foundation Contest

A proposal for a wood biomass combined heat and power facility in California received recognition last week from the National Forest Foundation.

20-04-2017
Washington State Pioneers New Model for Utility-Scale Renewable Energy

Many businesses in Washington state want to use renewable energy. Starbucks, REI and Microsoft are all iconic brands in the Pacific Northwest making big commitments to wind and solar.

19-04-2017
Solar Refinancing: When Asset Management Steals the Show
We all know that asset management is in many respects the under-loved function within a solar company. Solar asset management involves the ongoing management of financial, commercial, and administrative tasks necessary to ensure the optimal financial performance of a solar PV plant or portfolio of plants. 

 

19-04-2017
The Paris Climate Agreement—Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Predictably there’s been a lot written over the last few weeks about the Paris Climate Agreement and whether the Trump administration will continue to sit with other nations. There has been a substantial increase in tweets, polls, studies, press conferences, anonymous reports and mutterings going into and coming out of the Easter weekend.

19-04-2017
New Online Tool Speeds Development of Energy Storage Systems

Energy storage and solar+storage developers now have an online tool to help them pick the right systems for their commercial and industrial projects.

19-04-2017
Maryland’s Energy Storage Tax Credit: Gaining Momentum Across America?

The General Assembly of Maryland just passed a bill that would provide a 30 percent tax credit to those who chose to utilize energy storage technology, making it the first state in the country to pass such legislation. The funds provided by the bill would last from 2018 to 2022.

19-04-2017
Renewables Developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan: Market Update and Perspectives

Energy experts and policy makers around the globe are following developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan as they begin the first round of their competitive procurements for renewable electricity. These procurement programs aim to help the provinces achieve their renewable energy targets for 2030.

19-04-2017
Trump’s Plan for Clean Energy Will Damage Economy, National Security

President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order to start the process of reviewing and, ultimately, attempting to disassemble the Clean Power Plan and its supposedly job-killing mandates.

18-04-2017
Solar Module Manufacturer Suniva Files for Bankruptcy

The Board of Directors of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (SICE) yesterday said that Atlanta-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition for relief under the U.S. bankruptcy code.

 

18-04-2017
GE, SCE Debut Unique Battery-Gas Turbine Hybrid in California

At the heart of the Hybrid EGT is a control system which blends output between the battery and the gas turbine. The energy storage capacity is designed to provide enough time to allow the gas turbine to start and reach its designated power output, thus dispatching power immediately when required and without burning fuel at first.

18-04-2017
Tidal Turbine Deployed at EMEC Reaches Rated Capacity

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. reports its SR2000 floating tidal turbine deployed for testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, achieved its rated 2 MW export capacity on April 12.
 

18-04-2017
Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community Solar Together

The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report.

18-04-2017
Offshore Wind Farms Offer Subsidy-Free Power for First Time

German’s electricity grid regulator approved bids to build what will be the first offshore wind farms that depend entirely on market prices instead of government support and subsidy.

18-04-2017
Canadian-Based Enbridge Embarks on Geothermal Plan

According to Malini Girdhar, vice president, market development, public government affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, her company is interested in developing geothermal heating and cooling solutions in Ontario and offering those solutions to homeowners. There are two key drivers for the company’s interest. First, Ontario has aggressive carbon-reduction goals and second, there is a significant heating load in the region.

18-04-2017
Walmart Secures 40 MWh of Energy Storage for Southern California Stores

Walmart is continuing its foray into energy storage ownership with new installations for its stores in Southern California. Advanced Microgrid Solutions last week said it will install 40 MWh of energy storage at 27 Walmart stores in the region.

17-04-2017
3@3 on Solar PV: Leases, Yieldcos and Microgrids

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the demise of the solar lease, the fall of the yieldco and microgrids. Check it out!

17-04-2017
Massachusetts Readies for First Offshore Wind Procurement in June

Massachusetts is drawing closer to its first solicitation for wind energy in state waters, with a call for bids due in June. The first solicitation of the 1,600 MW mandated in state legislation could be anywhere from 200 MW to 800 MW, according to Bill White, senior director, offshore wind development, for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

 

17-04-2017
Electric Grid Study Ordered by US Energy Chief to Boost Baseload Resources

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is ordering a study of the U.S. electric grid, with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies.

 

17-04-2017
Saudis Seek 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.

17-04-2017
Listen Up: How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can have too many solar panels on your roof. With conventional net metering, your utility will not reimburse you at the end of the year if you produce more power than you consume.

17-04-2017
Geothermal Makes Breakthrough in Canada's Federal Budget — Now What?

For more than a decade, advocates of geothermal energy have pushed for the same kind of treatment other energy producers receive from Canada’s federal government — with little progress. But with the release of the federal budget on March 22, that changed.

17-04-2017
What Will Remain of the Climate Challenge Conference? Part Two

If global warming is planetary, its negative impacts and consequences are visible everywhere, but are different in nature from region to region. It is more destructive for poor countries, especially African countries which contribute less than 4 percent of global GHG emissions. 

13-04-2017
Clean Energy and the Environment: Part Two — Victor or Victim of a Most Uncivil War?
No politician—not even The Donald—can expect to stay in power without being able to point to some accomplishments. Dystopian visions will only get you so far. Surrogates can only rationalize for so long.

 

13-04-2017
EPA Seeks Public Comments on Environmental Regulation Reform

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a notice in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments on regulations that may be repealed, replaced or modified, in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”

13-04-2017
What Are the Top 10 States for Clean Energy Jobs?

The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency. 

13-04-2017
India Gets Record Low Bid to Build Solar Power, Minister Says

The price of solar power in India fell to a record low of 3.15 rupees (5 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour in a competitive tender where French firm Engie SA’s local arm won rights to develop 250 MW.

13-04-2017
Mitsubishi Supports Conversion of Generation Plant from Oil to Biomass in Japan

Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. (MCP) recently joined with The Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) in a joint venture, Aioi Bioenergy Corp., to develop biomass power generation in Japan.

13-04-2017
From Moo to Goo: Cooperating Microbes Convert Methane to Alternative Fuel Source

Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less-polluting.

13-04-2017
No Heat? No Problem: This Ultrasonic Dryer Dries Clothes in Half the Time

We spend $9 billion each year powering our clothes dryers. That’s a lot of money and energy (up to 4 percent of America’s residential energy use) we’re wasting.

13-04-2017
Clean Energy Investment Drops 17 Percent as China, US Scale Back

Clean-energy investment fell 17 percent in the first quarter, keeping pace with last year’s decline, as the U.S. and China both scaled back support for wind and solar farms.

 

 

13-04-2017
What Will Remain of the Climate Challenge Conference? The Fate of the Planet Between Paris and Marrakech
Under the rising tide of skeptical climatologists, particularly in the U.S., where they became the leaders of the White House, the return to the "COP21" and "COP22" conferences is necessary to measure the degree of hope to save what can be saved for this co-existence on a planet where its leaders quarrel about the reality of its fatal illnesses, while the doomsday clock is ticking.

 

12-04-2017
U.S. company secures exclusive rights to develop 18-MW hydropower facility in Angola

Dominovas Energy Corp., through its hydroelectric division, Currentergy, announced today it will finance, build, own and operate an 18-MW hydropower project in northwestern Angola and eventually transfer ownership to Angola.
 

12-04-2017
Is Gas Holding Back Heat Pumps in the UK?

While the U.K. government has committed itself to decarbonizing heating, there’s still some way to go if you listen to some of the most vocal industry experts. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the cheap availability of natural gas for businesses across the UK.

12-04-2017
Clean Energy and the Environment: Part One — Victor or Victim of a Most Uncivil War?

Welcome to the whacky and wonderful world of Washington politics. President Trump and Speaker Ryan lost the first big test of their budding bromance, Tryancare, their answer to Affordable Health Care, failed to make it on to the House floor after a long night of negotiations.

12-04-2017
ViZn Energy Systems, Raychem to Deliver Energy Storage to the Power Grid Corp. of India

ViZn's systems will be installed and integrated by Raychem RPG at Power Grid Corporation of India Limited facilities in Puducherry, India.
 

12-04-2017
Schneider Electric Turns Boston HQ into Living Laboratory with “Islandable” Microgrid

Last week, Schneider Electric brought media, analysts and partners to its Boston One Campus (BOC), the company’s North American headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts, to unveil what it is calling its new “advanced microgrid.”

With the microgrid, the BOC is able to completely detach from the grid and draw all of its power from the onsite generation, which includes about 448 kW of rooftop and carport PV and a gas generator. During the media and analyst event, Andy Haun, the CTO of the company’s North American microgrid business unit, demonstrated how the system responds to signals from the grid and/or weather events that would cause it go into island mode. During lunch, the building went dark and then was repowered with onsite power. 

12-04-2017
Corporate Demand to Boost Renewable Energy Credits Market

With major corporations setting ambitious environmental targets, a surge in demand for renewable energy certificates (RECs)* is anticipated, according to the market players gathered at the RECS Market Meeting in Amsterdam on 21-22 March.

12-04-2017
ComEd Project Targets Energy Storage at the Neighborhood Level

A new pilot project from Illinois’ largest utility is bringing energy storage out from behind the substation and into the neighborhood. Last month, ComEd deployed a 25-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery in Beecher, Ill., about 40 miles south of Chicago. In the event of a power outage, the battery can supply about an hour of backup power to three houses selected for the project.

12-04-2017
Even After Avangrid’s Winning Bid, ‘No Urgency’ for Offshore Wind in North Carolina
After building North Carolina’s first commercial onshore wind development, Avangrid Renewables now has the rights to another first in the state: an offshore wind farm 27 miles from the Outer Banks.

 

12-04-2017
Ambri’s Battery Storage Technology is Heating Up

A new company is coming in hot with their energy storage technology, dependent on 900 degree Fahrenheit molten metals. Ambri has developed a battery storage system that is relatively simple, developing reliable power and displaying rechargeable capabilities.

12-04-2017
Scientist’s New Approach May Accelerate Design of High-power Batteries

Research led by a Stanford scientist promises to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices, such as car batteries. In work published last week in Applied Physics Letters, the researchers describe a mathematical model for designing new materials for storing electricity.

11-04-2017
Airline Waste-to-energy: New Facility Opens at Gatwick
Gatwick Airport in the U.K. and DHL Supply Chain in March opened a new waste management plant, which Gatwick said is the first facility at an airport to turn airport waste into energy onsite.

 

11-04-2017
How California Can Expand US Geothermal Energy Production

California is privileged to have access to a variety of robust energy resources, particularly geothermal energy. It produces more geothermal power than any other state, and alone accounts for more than 20 percent of total geothermal energy production worldwide.

11-04-2017
E.ON Develops a Demonstration Site for Airborne Wind Technology in Ireland

E.ON is strengthening its position as a frontrunner and early adopter in airborne wind energy, an emerging sector developing game changing technologies for renewable energy production.

11-04-2017
British Investor Seeking to Buy Eletrobras Stakes in Wind Farms

A U.K. power utility is in talks with two local partners of Brazil’s state-run utility Eletrobras to acquire minority stakes in about 640 MW of operating wind farms. The U.K. company has signed memorandums of understanding to invest in the local operators, in exchange for the right to make a first offer on the wind assets when Eletrobras officially puts its holdings up for sale, according to Paulo Dalla Nora, a partner at FIR Capital, a Brazilian venture capital company that’s structuring the deals.

 

11-04-2017
Saudis to Seek Bids for 700 MW of Wind, Solar Projects
Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 MW as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.

 

11-04-2017
Photovoltaic Cost and Price Relationship

The photovoltaic industry has been low margin for so many periods in its history that the concept of a margin healthy enough to profitably run an entire company is anathema to it. Focus on the benefits of multi gigawatt economies of scale on margins belies the lengths that PV manufacturers have undergone to salvage margin; lengths that include sourcing lower cost and thus lower quality backsheets, EVA, glass, junction boxes and polysilicon.

11-04-2017
Will We Soon Be Able to Spray On Solar PV?

Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building.

11-04-2017
Proposal Could Open Reclamation Facilities for Non-federal Pumped Storage Development

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing earlier this week that could open some Bureau of Reclamation facilities up for non-federal pumped storage development.

10-04-2017
Proposals Sought for Geothermal Data Management Program in Ethiopia

The U.S. member committee of the World Energy Council, the United States Energy Association (USEA), has issued a request for proposals to support the geothermal data management system of a new geothermal entity created under Ethiopia’s 2016 Geothermal Resources Development Proclamation (GRDP).

 

 

10-04-2017
With New Distributed Energy Rebate, Illinois Could Challenge New York in Utility Innovation
How does the electric utility fit in to a rapidly-evolving energy system? That’s what the Illinois Commerce Commission is trying to determine with its new effort, “NextGrid.” Together, we’re rethinking the roles of the utility, the customer, and energy solution providers in a 21st century electric grid.

 

10-04-2017
California Court of Appeals Upholds California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Last week, a 2-1 decision by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld California’s program to reduce carbon emissions. California’s controversial and signature cap-and-trade program creates a firm limit on carbon emissions and auctions allowances that permit companies to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere

10-04-2017
Heeding the Call for Cybersecurity in the Renewable Energy Sector

Against the omnipresent threat of attack to digital assets and infrastructure, the burgeoning renewable energy industry is urged to establish an effective security culture. Renewable Energy World heard from Swiss Re and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions about the risks, consequences and solutions as the energy sector becomes evermore interconnected, automated and digitalized. 

 

10-04-2017
Nonprofit GRID Alternatives Receives Donation of 620 kW of Solar Modules

Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives recently received a donation of about 620 kW of solar modules from JinkoSolar to help expand the organization’s efforts to bring solar power and job training to low-income communities in the U.S.

10-04-2017
India Wind Power Primed for a Third Straight Record, Suzlon Says

India is expected to install record wind capacity for a third consecutive year, according to turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd. New installations will hit 6 GW in the fiscal year ending in March 2018, Suzlon founder Tulsi Tanti said in an emailed statement. The country added 5.4 GW capacity in fiscal 2017 and 3.4 GW the year before.

 

10-04-2017
Germany's Merkel Encourages Spain, Portugal to Invest in Solar

German Chancellor Angela Merkel encouraged Spain and Portugal to invest more in solar energy and said they need a better link to France amid a push for a unified European power grid.

10-04-2017
Renewables Providing Most New Power, As Solar, Wind Costs Continue to Fall

Renewables were the biggest new source of electricity last year as the cost of building new wind and solar farms fell. Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

 

07-04-2017
Kentucky Coal Museum Goes Solar

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. The museum, which memorializes Kentucky's history in coal mining, is modernizing with a new form of cheaper energy.

07-04-2017
IoT Enables Smart Grid-Renewables Linkage
Renewable energy is rapidly embracing the smart grid, given the specter of utility curtailments as more megawatts of power are added at the residential, commercial and industrial, and utility levels.

 

07-04-2017
Why Corporate Demand Is Our Greatest Key to a Sustainable Future

Despite climate change deniers and oil company executives arguing to the contrary, most scientists (and citizens of the world) recognize how important it is for us to find more sustainable practices, including sources of energy.

 

07-04-2017
How Companies Are Buying Clean Energy: 4 Lessons from India

India has some of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to boost India's solar energy generation capacity from 5.8 GW in 2014 to 100 GW by 2022. As part of the Paris Agreement, India set a goal to increase the share of non-fossil-based power capacity from 30 percent today to about 40 percent by 2030.

06-04-2017
The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.

06-04-2017
Liquid Storage of Solar Energy — More Effective Than Ever Before

Many consider the sun the energy source of the future. But one challenge is that it is difficult to store solar energy and deliver the energy 'on demand'.

06-04-2017
Incentives for Change: Why Utilities Continue to Build and How Regulators Can Motivate Them to Modernize
Outdated utility financial incentives are inhibiting the transition to a clean energy future, increasing consumer costs, and stifling new technologies. Yet, this state of affairs is hardwired into the regulatory system.

 

05-04-2017
Facebook, Microsoft Helping to Finance Green Power Microgrids
Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and venture capitalists at Allotrope Partners set up a facility to finance energy access projects in Indonesia, India and East Africa.

 

05-04-2017
Hydrogen Powered Drones Closer to Commercialization

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology.

PINC uses UAVs to identify and orchestrate hard-to-reach inventory and assets in the global supply chain and is the leading provider of yard management, finished vehicle logistics, and inventory robotics solutions to the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers and contract logistics providers. 

05-04-2017
Listen Up: Getting your Solar Investment Tax Credit

It’s that time of the year…tax time, that is. Every year we get questions from customers about filling out their solar investment tax credit (ITC) form. Now, we are not tax experts (so check with your accountant), but the rules are pretty straightforward for the solar ITC.

05-04-2017
Microgrids – Important Lessons from a Resort

Spice Village (SV) is a resort in India’s Kerala province, adjacent to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is an eco-traveler’s destination, where “birdsong takes the place of television.” Its energy profile, however, was harsh. The regional electric grid was undependable and SV used a diesel-powered generator eight hours per day — noisy and expensive.

 

05-04-2017
Software Upgrade at Existing AEP Storage Site Qualifies System for Frequency Regulation

U.S. utility American Electric Power (AEP) has upgraded one of its existing energy storage sites with software that will qualify it to participate in the PJM Interconnection frequency regulation market.

05-04-2017
Australian Green Bank Supports Financing for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Australian green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) in March said it is working with the South Australian government to develop a financing package to support development of Australia's largest grid-scale energy storage project. 

05-04-2017
Bio-inspired Energy Storage: A New Light for Solar Power

Inspired by an American fern, a groundbreaking prototype could be the answer to the storage challenge holding solar back as a total energy solution.

05-04-2017
Can Solar See the Light with Perovskite?
One of the big questions for humanity’s future is: how will we supply enough clean and plentiful energy to sustain a growing global population? At face value, the big question has a simple answer: solar. In theory, the world’s demand could be met by just one thousandth of the sun’s energy landing on Earth. 

 

04-04-2017
Rethinking the Future of Sustainability: The Power of a Global Super Grid

Our forebearers have been integrating the electricity and extending the electric supply grid ever since the installation of the first public lighting by the Godalming Borough Lighting Committee in 1881 shortly followed by the first demonstration facility of transmission of direct current electrical energy by Miesbach-Munich Power Transmission in 1882 over a 57-km distance.

04-04-2017
Stanford Researchers Recommend Changes to US Solar Policies, Encourage Collaboration with China
The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, according to a new Stanford study.

 

04-04-2017
China’s Wind Power Investment Declines in 2016 for First Time
The China Electricity Council recently published the 2016-2017 Analysis and Forecast Report on Demand and Supply of China’s Power Industry, revealing that the country’s installed grid-connected wind power capacity had reached about 150 million kW by the end of 2016, advancing by just 13.2 percent from a year earlier and accounting for 9 percent of the total installed capacity.

 

04-04-2017
NYPA, Ontario Power Generation Test Capabilities of Drone for Future Power Authority Use
MASSENA - Look, up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. Nope, it's not Superman, but rather drones being tested by the New York Power Authority for possible use in the future. Last week, a team from the New York Power Authority joined some Ontario Power Generation representatives to fly a drone around the Robert Moses Dam and St.
04-04-2017
Sunrun Said to Seek $200 Million in Debt for Rooftop Solar
Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. independent residential solar company, is seeking about $200 million in project-finance debt to build more rooftop power systems, according to people familiar with the deal.

 

03-04-2017
Nanjing Waste-to-energy Project Phase II Begins Operation

China Everbright International last week said that it has placed the second phase of its Nanjing waste-to-energy project into commercial operation. Nanjing phase two is designed with a daily household waste processing capacity of 2,000 metric tons, with a total investment of approximately RMB980 million (US$142 million).

03-04-2017
Modi's Aim to Spread Solar to Poorer Nations Wins IEA Support

The International Energy Agency will help support Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to spread solar power to more developing nations, especially those clustered around the Equator.

 

03-04-2017
Waste-to-energy Firm Expands Plans for Five Plants in Southern Mexico

Miami-based EAWC Technologies last week said it is expanding its plan to build several waste-to-energy (WtE) power plants in Mexico. The company signed a revised agreement with Mexico-based Tecnologias Verdes SA de CV to construct a WtE power plant in Chiapas in southern Mexico — the first of five planned for the area.

 

03-04-2017
First Unit of Sarulla Geothermal Project in North Sumatra Now Online

The first 110-MW unit of the Sarulla geothermal project began commercial operations in late March. When completed, the full project in Indonesia’s North Sumatra will have a capacity of about 380 MW. The project combines flash and binary geothermal technologies.

 

03-04-2017
Ohio Legislators Move to Roll Back State Renewable Portfolio Standard

The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday voted 65-31 to pass a bill that would end the state’s current mandate for the amount of renewable energy utilities must provide customers in Ohio.

31-03-2017
This Old Mine Is Now British Columbia’s Largest Solar Farm

For over a century, the landscape north of Kimberley, British Columbia, was used for intensive industrial hard-rock mining — but now it’s home to the largest solar farm in all of British Columbia. Over the decades, the site of Teck’s (formerly Cominco’s) Sullivan Mine hosted a steel mill, fertilizer plant and tailings ponds, rendering the area tree-less for the foreseeable future.

31-03-2017
Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge Gets Underway

There are six oddly-named streams in the bioeconomy, and it reminds one of the nomenclature of subatomic quarks. There is upstream, midstream, downstream, main-stream, waste-stream, and slip-stream. But of all the streams, perhaps there is nothing so vital yet muddled as the identity of the mainstream and that of the slipstreams.

31-03-2017
China’s Solar PV Industry Saw Continued Recovery in 2016

China’s solar PV industry continued its recovery in 2016, with gross output value reaching 336 billion yuan (US$49 billion), a rise of 27 percent compared to 2015, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China.

31-03-2017
New Global Solar Capacity Outpaced Wind in 2016, IRENA Says

Last year marked the first time since 2013 that solar energy growth outpaced wind energy, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar saw a record 71 GW of new capacity in 2016, while wind increased by 51 GW.

 

31-03-2017
The President’s Climate Change Executive Order: Wrong Pretense

The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs.

Some context:

According to MorningConsult

The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration’s “social cost of carbon,” which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

The Trump administration has not yet released the text of the order  which is based solely on saving coal and other fossil jobs, but a senior White House official shared details with reporters in a call on March 27th.

30-03-2017
Viewpoint: UK Prime Minister mentions of certainty and policy could ultimately affect Europe’s marine energy industry

In a portion of her statement delivered yesterday to the European Union, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said, “I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the European Union.”
 

30-03-2017
Xcel Energy Plans Investment in 11 Wind Farms Across Seven States

Xcel Energy said it will invest in 11 new wind farms in seven states, bringing about 3,380 MW of new wind generation to its system by 2021. The investment will bring the total amount of wind power in Xcel’s energy mix to 35 percent, the utility said.

 

30-03-2017
EU Backs 600-MW Kriegers Flak Wind Farm in Danish Waters

The European Commission on March 28 determined that its support of the 600-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Danish territorial waters is in line with EU state aid rules. The commission said the project will help Denmark reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition.

30-03-2017
As Trump Bows Out, States Set to Fill Void on Climate Change

As President Donald Trump scales down federal efforts to combat climate change, states are ramping up. California’s Air Resources Board broke with Trump and voted to uphold auto fuel efficiency rules, while Illinois offered a bail out to carbon-free nuclear producers. Iowa and Michigan have moved to increase incentives for renewable energy, and Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan is poised to sign a statewide ban on fracking.

30-03-2017
Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan, But There’s Still a Long Road Ahead
Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.The Conversation

 

30-03-2017
China to Launch Green Certificates in Renewable Energy Sector

China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance and National Energy Administration recently jointly announced a pilot program for the issuance of green certificates to renewable energy producers coupled with a trading scheme running on a voluntary basis across the country. 

30-03-2017
3@3 on Solar PV: Trump, Citisuns, Manufacturing Numbers

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include President Donald Trump's "Energy Independence" executive order; solar "citisuns," what they are and how you can be one, too; and total installed capacity for solar including how much manufacturing capacity exists in the world today and what that means for solar businesses. Check it out.  

29-03-2017
Full Text of Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.  Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.

 

29-03-2017
Seven Key Solar PV Industry Metrics And What They Mean To You

Here’s a solid look at 2016 numbers from shipments to grid connections and an anlysis to help you understand how they will impact your business.

29-03-2017
The Old, Dirty US Electric Grid Would Cost $5 Trillion to Replace. Where Should Infrastructure Spending Go?

The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.

 

 

29-03-2017
Cornell University Moving Forward with Geothermal Energy Plan
Cornell's Senior Leaders Climate Action Group presented its findings Tuesday night regarding the school's stated goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus within 20 years and the use of an "unproven" but intriguing new method of heat production that could greatly reduce the school's carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent.
29-03-2017
A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals

The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity - making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring electric utilities to build battery facilities in the future.

29-03-2017
Innovative Aggregation Expands Access to Large-scale Renewables

This week, the largest renewable energy project built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers reached commercial operation. The development of the 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project was driven by demand from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center, and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation.

 

29-03-2017
New Twist on Green Beer as Anheuser Busch Commits to 100 Percent Renewables

Leading the way among major producers of consumer goods, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) on Tuesday announced its commitment to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2025. According to the company it will then become the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector.  

In total, this will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources in the markets where AB InBev operates and will help transform the energy industry in countries like Argentina, Brazil, India and markets across the African continent.

28-03-2017
As Energy Mix Becomes Cleaner, Minnesotans Paying Less for It

Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation. That’s one of the findings in the annual 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in partnership with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

 

 

28-03-2017
SunEdison India Assets to Help Double Greenko Capacity

Greenko Energy Holdings, the green power developer backed by sovereign wealth funds, expects to double its capacity in India by 2019 with the help of assets acquired during the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc.

Generation capacity should grow to about 5 gigawatts in the next two years as new projects come online and Greenko integrates 1.5 gigawatts of SunEdison assets into its portfolio, Mahesh Kolli, the founder of the company based in Hyderabad, India, said in a telephone interview.

 

28-03-2017
Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris Climate Pledge

President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord.

Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that begins unraveling a raft of rules and directives to combat climate change, which President Barack Obama wove into the fabric of the federal government as he made addressing the issue a centerpiece of his second term.

28-03-2017
Towards a Low-carbon Future: Bi-lateral Collaboration Between the UK and US

There are significant differences between the clean energy and environmental outlooks of the May and Trump administrations. To-date the Prime Minister has given no indication of renouncing either the Paris accords or the UK’s pledged emission targets. The U.S. commitment to the accords and willingness to fulfill the promised GHG reductions of the Obama administration remain unclear. 

27-03-2017
First Solar to Deliver 48.5MW Manildra Solar Farm in Australia

First Solar this week announced that financial close has been reached for the Manildra Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. First Solar will leverage its expertise in utility-scale solar development to deliver the 48.5-MW (AC) project, which will utilize approximately 466,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules and single-axis tracking technology expected to produce more than 120,000 megawatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation. The Manildra Solar Farm will take First Solar's installed capacity in Australia to more than 400-MW (AC) when it is complete in 2018.

 

27-03-2017
Dominion Announces Two Large-Scale Solar Energy Projects in South Carolina

Dominion announced plans to construct, own and operate 81 megawatts (AC) of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, S.C. Two projects — a 71.4-megawatt facility that would be South Carolina's largest and a 10-megawatt array — are expected to enter service in 2017.

"Dominion is excited to work with a number of partners — including Solvay and South Carolina Electric & Gas — not only to bring additional non-carbon-emitting solar generation to the power grid but also to add to our South Carolina energy infrastructure portfolio," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. "We are proud of the work we are doing in South Carolina to help people, electric and gas distribution companies and industry access clean energy."

27-03-2017
Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today’s Wild West?

We’re in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we’re headed — and it’s big.

 

 

24-03-2017
From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix India's Water, Energy and Sanitation Woes

As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand upward. More than half of India is now considered severely water stressed.

Part of the problem is that India still manages its water as an infinite resource on a linear model of withdrawal, consumption and disposal. But a more efficient management model is to look at water from a “circular economy” perspective. Water’s usability doesn’t need to end once it washes down the drain. Rather, we can see industrial and domestic wastewater as a valuable resource from which usable water, nutrients and even renewable energy can be extracted.

24-03-2017
Large Scale Energy Storage: An Investment In Jobs, Reliability And Affordability
The Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $20 million to support large-scale energy storage initiatives across Victoria, creating jobs, protecting affordability and maintaining the reliability of our energy grid. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy and Environment Lily D'A
24-03-2017
Biting the Biggest Apple: New York’s New Plan to Reward Distributed Energy Resources

How do we compensate those who add clean electricity to our shared power grid? This fundamental question has affected the rate at which the U.S. has adopted, deployed, and put into use clean, distributed energy resources.

23-03-2017
Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla and Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage -- no matter which technology breaks out first.

NRStor Inc. is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla’s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.

Battery technology is advancing swiftly, largely driven by Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. At the same time, other methods are being refined that can be used to store energy for even longer periods of time. The global market could expand to around $20 billion by 2024, from around $600 million in 2015, according to U.S. firm Navigant Research.

23-03-2017
The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar PV Reality

Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels.

It’s not as far-fetched it seems. Solar researchers and company executives think there’s a good chance the economics of the $42 billion industry will soon be disrupted by something called perovskites, a range of materials that can be used to harvest light when turned into a crystalline structure.

The hope is that perovskites, which can be mixed into liquid solutions and deposited on a range of surfaces, could play a crucial role in the expansion of solar energy applications with cells as efficient as those currently made with silicon. One British company aims to have a thin-film perovskite solar cell commercially available by the end of 2018.

23-03-2017
Oil Majors Take a Plunge into Offshore Wind

Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and  Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in competitive auctions for power purchase contracts, which have developed a specialty in anchoring massive turbines on the seabed.

The oil companies have many reasons to move into the industry. They’ve spent decades building oil projects offshore, and that business is winding down in some areas where older fields have drained. Returns from wind farms are predictable and underpinned by government-regulated electricity prices. And fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business as forecasts emerge that renewables will eat into their market.

23-03-2017
Around the Baseloads: What's New in the Geothermal, Biomass and Hydropower Industries

No country will ever get to 100 percent renewable energy without using geothermal, biomass, hydropower or a combination of the three. These technologies are able to provide energy around the clock, (baseload) and do not depend on the sun shining or the wind blowing.

22-03-2017
FORESEA awards US$11.8 million to develop offshore renewable energy technologies

The user selection board of the €11 million (US$11.8 million) Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) project has awarded “Recommendations for Support” to 15 offshore renewable energy technologies, according to an announcement today from FORESEA.  

22-03-2017
Fortum Enters JV for Waste-to-energy CHP Plant in Lithuania

Finland-based clean energy firm Fortum last week said that it has formed a joint venture with Lietuvos Energija to build a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

22-03-2017
Listen Up: Future Rooftop Solar Costs — Getting to $2.50/watt

The solar industry is one of our most obvious success stories. Our industry directly employs 261,000 people. We generate energy that is both clean and renewable. And we generate this energy at prices that are less than conventional utility power — as low as 6 cents per kwh. 

22-03-2017
Greening Artificial Intelligence: Sustainability Is the challenge, and AI Can Help Itself

As the power of sensors and processing rise and their costs drop, those of us who study the “greening” of information and communications technology are looking ahead to the challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

22-03-2017
Race to Build Floating Offshore Wind Farms Gathers Pace

Plans to install turbines on platforms that float in the sea are gathering pace as renewable energy developers seek new areas to harvest wind power.

22-03-2017
Dubai Starts Desert Solar Plant as Part of World's Biggest Park

Dubai’s government-owned utility completed a 200-MW power plant one month ahead of schedule as part of a plan to build the world’s largest solar energy park by 2030.

22-03-2017
Clean Cooking, Rural and Urban, the Next Frontier for Renewables

Historically, lighting was the driver for electricity systems. Edison lit up Manhattan, New York. But now, with solar panels and a variety of LED fixtures, from nightlights to lawn lights, street lamps to traffic lights to ceilings bulbs (if we may call them that), illumination at night, even for the poor, is largely a solved problem. 

22-03-2017
Maintaining the Value of Solar Generation

Traditionally, solar electricity generation has been driven by feed-in tariffs. Each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by a solar system has been given a fixed high value independent from the time of the day and location. 

21-03-2017
Flow Battery Storage Pilot Project Begins in California

San Diego Gas and Electric last week said it has launched a 2-MW vanadium redox flow battery storage pilot project in coordination with Sumitomo Electric.

21-03-2017
Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen from Biomass

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass, the U.K. university said last week.

21-03-2017
Two Irish Companies Teaming to Develop Hydrokinetic Turbines

DesignPro Ltd. and GKinetic Energy Ltd. are collaborating to develop a new range of run-of-river hydrokinetic turbines.

21-03-2017
Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: Earnings Season
Earnings season began in earnest in February. My Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio gave back a little of its large January gains because a mix of good and bad earnings mostly offset each other. One pick (Seaspan Preferred) gave back its large January gains. Neither the original gain nor the loss were driven by news.

 

21-03-2017
Offshore Energies: Data Technology Transfer from O&G to Wind Power

Organizations are collecting more information than they ever have in the past, and energy companies are no exception. One estimate puts the amount of data collected on an offshore oil rig at 2 terabytes per day. More and more, these companies are turning to analytics service providers to make sense of their data within their business processes. 

 

20-03-2017
China’s Jiangsu Province Expands Waste-to-energy Capacity

Local officials in China's Jiangsu Province will help expand waste-to-energy capacity in the region with an investment in a new facility with a processing capacity of 900 metric tons.

20-03-2017
US Geothermal Set to Submit San Emidio II Application to Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Geothermal plans to submit an application to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to build its expanded San Emidio phase II geothermal plant, U.S. Geothermal President Douglas Glaspey said in a March 10 4Q16 earnings call.

20-03-2017
Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States—Part 2
Scott Pruitt has now been sworn in as the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Agency. It is likely the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), and ultimately much of the Agency itself, will begin in short order.

 

20-03-2017
Bills to Expand Solar Incentives in Maine Ready to Launch
The near-term future of rooftop solar energy in Maine is likely to be decided this spring, as lawmakers consider changes to a widely criticized rule approved in January by the Public Utilities Commission. Two major bills are pending that would supersede the PUC's approach to compensating homeowners for the solar power they generate, an incentive called net energy billing or net metering.
20-03-2017
GreenWish to Invest $280 Million in Nigeria Solar Plants

GreenWish Partners, a Paris-based independent power producer, will invest $280 million to build solar power plants in Nigeria that are expected to start producing electricity in the first quarter of next year.

 

20-03-2017
Vattenfall Wind Farms to Use BMW Energy Storage

Sweden's state-owned utility Vattenfall will use 1,000 lithium ion batteries supplied by BMW Group to provide energy storage at some of the power company's wind power facilities.

 

17-03-2017
German Coal Mine to Be Reborn as Giant Pumped Storage Hydro Facility
A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

 

17-03-2017
Nicaraguan Resort Turns to Solar+storage Solution to Reduce Utility Costs

Rancho Santana resort and residential community on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is turning to solar and energy storage to alleviate the high cost of peak energy in the region.

 

17-03-2017
Providing Value Throughout the Entire Solar PV Supply Chain

Within the past decade or two, the solar industry has experienced a great deal of evolution and expansion. In the U.S., one of the largest shakeups was in 2010 when PV panel prices dropped. The inverter market has also been subjected to changes, especially in terms of new topologies and increased functionalities.

17-03-2017
Avangrid Winning Bidder in North Carolina Offshore Wind Energy Area Auction
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank yesterday said that a wind energy area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, N.C. received the high bid of $9 million from Avangrid Renewables, the provisional winner in a competitive lease sale in federal waters.

 

17-03-2017
A Longer Look at Long-duration Energy Storage

According to a recent report "Beyond Four Hours: The Transition to a More Flexible, and Valuable, Long-duration Energy Storage Asset," 80 percent of market participants define long-duration energy storage (LDS) as an asset than can provide at least 3 hours of energy storage. But even that definition of LDS was not the same for everyone, according to Jason Deign, author of the report.

16-03-2017
Siemens low wind power prototype turbine installed in Drantum

Siemens' new direct-drive low wind turbine has reached the prototype testing stage. The onshore model SWT-3.15-142, with a rotor diameter of 142 meters passed prototype approval and was erected at the Drantum wind test site in Jutland, Denmark.

16-03-2017
Google's Schmidt Highlights Promise of New Battery from John Goodenough

The 94-year-old creator of the lithium-ion battery has invented another breakthrough storage device that’s capturing the attention of industry heavyweights.

16-03-2017
Sunrun Sees 1,000 Orders for Solar+storage in California, Hawaii

Sunrun has received about 1,000 orders for its recently launched BrightBox solar plus energy storage solution in California and Hawaii, Sunrun co-founder and CEO Lynn Jurich said during a March 8 4Q16 company earnings call.

 

16-03-2017
Sunnova Enters Tax Equity Market with $80M Deal
Residential solar provider Sunnova Energy Corp. this week said it has entered the tax equity market through a funding deal with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp.

 

16-03-2017
3@3 on Solar PV: Sungevity, Resi Business Models, Southeast Asia

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the bankruptcy of Sungevity, the residential solar business model and solar manufacturing in Southeast Asia. Check it out!

15-03-2017
European marine energy Cofund Joint Call 2017 set for March 20

A European marine energy project program under the new Ocean Energy ERA-Net Cofund (Oceanera-NET Cofund) is proceeding with stage two, Cofund Joint Call 2017, on March 20.  

15-03-2017
Commercial Operation Begins at 5-MW Binary Geothermal Plant in Japan

Idemitsu Kosan Co. recently began commercial operation of the 5-MW Takigami binary geothermal power plant in southern Japan.

 

15-03-2017
UK Government Sets Subsidy for Nascent Deep Geothermal Energy Industry

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) this month set a subsidy rate for geothermal development in the country.

 

 

15-03-2017
In Virginia Push for Pumped Storage Hydro, Questions Arise About Viability

In a bid to boost the economy in Virginia’s coalfield region, legislation to be signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe seeks to spur the development of pumped storage hydro electric power plants using water from abandoned coal mines.

15-03-2017
99.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy Pumped-storage Hydropower Plant Gets Approval

The 99.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage project has been awarded a development consent order by U.K. Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister Greg Clark, opening the doors for Britain's first new grid-scale power storage facility in more than 30 years.

14-03-2017
Sungevity Bankrupt; Former Workers Mull Class-Action Lawsuit

Sungevity, which last week laid off more than two-thirds of its Kansas City staff, received only a fraction of the $11.8 million in potential tax breaks that were offered to attract the company here. The solar panel marketing company opened a sales office in downtown Kansas City in early 2015.

14-03-2017
Engie Eyes Bid for $19.8 Billion Utility Firm Innogy

Engie SA is considering an offer for German renewable energy utility Innogy SE as its majority owner RWE AG weighs strategic options, people familiar with the matter said.

14-03-2017
Oklahoma House Approves Bill to Reduce Time Frame for Wind Tax Credit Eligibility

The Oklahoma House of Representatives on March 9 passed by a vote of 74-24 a bill that would reduce the time frame in which wind power projects can qualify for the state’s clean energy tax credit.

14-03-2017
A Renewable Energy Journey in the Pacific

Throughout the Pacific, island communities are embracing ambitious renewable energy targets, many as high as 100 percent over the next decade or two. This isn't surprising, given that these islands are already experiencing significant climate change impacts, and recognize the environmental benefits of reducing or replacing carbon-intensive diesel power generation.

13-03-2017