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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
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
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.

 

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
US Offshore Oil and Gas, Meet US Offshore Wind

This is the first event focused exclusively on bringing the well-established U.S. oil and gas industry together with the nascent U.S. offshore wind industry.

13-03-2017
Massachusetts Preps for US Offshore Wind Construction Boom

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a ratepayer funded research organization that works to accelerate the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the state, last week announced plans to conduct a study of potential offshore wind construction facilities in Massachusetts. The Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment will review underdeveloped waterfront sites in Massachusetts that could potentially be acquired and developed through private investment to support both near-term and long-term offshore wind activities.

13-03-2017
JinkoSolar, Marubeni Secure PPA for 1,177-MW Solar Plant in Abu Dhabi

JinkoSolar Holding Co. has signed a power purchase agreement in conjunction with Marubeni Corp. and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Co. for the Solar PV Independent Power Project located at Sweihan, Abu Dhabi.

 

13-03-2017
Developers Seek Leases for Offshore Wind Projects in New York, Massachusetts Waters

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on March 10 said that two developers submitted unsolicited lease requests for offshore wind farm developments off the coast of New York and Massachusetts.

 

13-03-2017
Corporations Key Demand Drivers for Wind, Solar, Moody’s Says
Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report Friday by Moody’s Investors Service.

 

13-03-2017
Musk Call With Turnbull Sparks Battery Debate in Australia

Elon Musk’s brave bet to fix Australia’s energy crisis — or hand the money back — landed the tech entrepreneur an hour-long phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and quickly threw him into a debate over whether battery technology is the solution for a nation still wedded to coal for much of its power.

 

 

13-03-2017
UK Government Report Positive on Biomass

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector.

13-03-2017
Companies Want Clean Energy — These 2 EPA Programs Help Them Get It

For companies, future planning is simply good business. This is why many in Corporate America — having long accepted that climate change is real — are continuing to transition towards low-carbon energy options and to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

10-03-2017
E.ON Co-locates Energy Storage Projects with Texas Wind Farms

E.ON North America will co-locate its Texas Waves energy storage projects with the company’s existing Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas.

10-03-2017
Siemens, SkySpecs Team Up on Drone Inspections for Wind Turbines

Siemens is collaborating with U.S.-based SkySpecs to deploy automated drone technology for onshore and offshore wind turbine inspections.

10-03-2017
French Solar Subsidies Strike New Record

Subsidies plummeted in the first of six tender rounds for large-scale ground-based solar power in France, results published by the energy ministry on Thursday showed. This is likely to squeeze profits for other sources of electricity as the cost of generation from ground-based solar comes close to parity with combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGTs).

10-03-2017
Tesla Completes Hawaii Storage Project That Sells Solar at Night

Tesla Inc. has completed a solar project in Hawaii that incorporates batteries to sell power in the evening, part of a push by the electric car maker to provide more green power to the grid.

10-03-2017
Fortum Pairs Energy Storage with Biomass Plant in Finland
Fortum last week said it has installed a lithium-ion battery storage system in conjunction with its biomass plant in Jarvenpaa, Finland.

 

10-03-2017
Joint Venture Acquires Swan Lake North Pumped-storage Hydro Project from EDF

U.S.-based Rye Development and GridAmerica have acquired the Swan Lake North pumped-storage hydroelectric plant from EDF Renewable Energy.

09-03-2017
British Columbia's Biggest Wind Farm Just Came Online — But Future of Wind in Province Bleak

On wind-swept ridgelines, surrounded by pine-beetle ravaged forests, the massive turbines at British Columbia’s largest wind power project have started turning. The Meikle Wind project, built by Pattern Development, will increase wind power capacity in the province by more than one third 

09-03-2017
SolarReserve Receives Environmental Approval for Concentrating Solar Power Plant in Chile

Santa Monica, Calif.-based SolarReserve this week said it has received environmental approval from the Chilean government to build the Tamarugal concentrating solar power project in the Tarapacá region of Chile.

 

09-03-2017
Solar Power May Get Boost From Africa's Biggest Oil Exporter

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter, may be about to turn sunward to generate more of its power. Senators in the capital of Abuja are debating allocation of $30 million to solar projects in this year’s budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria.

09-03-2017
Increased cost, delayed commissioning date announced for 695-Keeyask hydropower plant in Manitoba

The partnership between Manitoba Hydro and four First Nations via the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP) announced a significant increase in its control budget and a revised commissioning date for the 695-MW Keeyask Generating Station in a statement on March 7.
 

08-03-2017
Funding Secured for Nine Waste-to-energy Plants in China

Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group will build nine new waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in China by 2018 with the support of new funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

08-03-2017
Listen Up: Protecting Solar Consumers — Interview with Tom Kimbis from SEIA

Please Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show as Tom Kimbis, the Executive Vice President of the Solar Energy Industries Association, talks about SEIA’s Consumer Protection and Ethics Committees, as well as SEIA’s “Consumer Guide to Solar Power” and Residential Disclosure Forms.

08-03-2017
Argentina Eyeing Lithium Superpower Status Amid Battery Boom

Argentina has some good news for Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc., and bad news for lithium producers elsewhere: the country may be about to flood the market with lithium.

 

08-03-2017
California Energy Commission Awards $2.7M to Berkeley Lab for Two Geothermal Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on March 1 said that its scientists have launched two California Energy Commission (CEC)-funded projects aimed at making geothermal energy more cost-effective to deploy and operate.

08-03-2017
Fraunhofer Institute Completes Offshore Pumped Storage Concept Test

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology this week said it has completed a four-week test of its Stored Energy in the Sea (StEnSEA) concept.

07-03-2017
KenGen Secures Generators for Olkaria V Geothermal Plant
Kenya Electricity Generating Company has secured two sets of 70-MW turbines and generators for the Olkaria V geothermal plant in Nakuru district in Kenya.

 

07-03-2017
Load and Location: DER and the Grid

Distributed energy resources are fast becoming cost competitive with traditionally generated electricity. According to Rocky Mountain Institute, grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will reach economic parity with grid electricity within the next 10-15 years. Despite near-term technical and financial challenges, more and more business will adopt on- and off-site generation, storage, community and wholesale projects.

 

07-03-2017
SgurrEnergy Introduces UAVs to Suite of Renewable Energy Asset Inspection Services 

SgurrEnergy today said that it has introduced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its existing inspection service offering.

07-03-2017
Standard Solar Acquired By Canada’s Gaz Metro; Now Seeking Projects to Finance

On Tuesday morning, Standard Solar announced that it is being acquired by Gaz Metro, a Canadian diversified energy company that also owns Green Mountain Power (GMP) – the distribution utility for the majority of Vermont.

Together the companies will now be able to offer stable financing for the commercial and industrial solar sector, one that Scott Wiater, CEO of Standard Solar views as the next hot solar market.

“Having a Canadian company invest in a U.S. company [that is active] in a certain market segment is going to send signals that — and it’s been talked about quite a bit — the non-residential DG space is the next hot space for the market,” he said in an interview.

07-03-2017
Why Corporations are Buying into US Wind Power

Corporations are making major investments in wind power. In February, North Carolina commissioned its first commercial-scale wind farm. The Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East is made up of 104 wind turbines that can produce enough energy for 61,000 homes annually. The site is using this power to run its data centers and will help the company move closer toward its goal of achieving 50 percent renewable energy use by 2018.  

07-03-2017
Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States
It’s hardly surprising that many eyes are turning toward state capitals as Plan B targets of opportunity for maintaining the momentum of clean energy technologies and continued safeguard of the environment in the U.S.

 

06-03-2017
Canadian Solar Raises $20M for Projects in Brazil

Canadian Solar Inc. today said that it raised US$20 million to support the development of eligible projects in Brazil, including the 191-MW Pirapora I project in the state of Minas Gerais.

06-03-2017
Saudi Aramco's Renewable Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal of IPO
Aramco is the world’s largest oil company, but when it sells shares next year, its foray into renewable energy is what may lure investors who would otherwise be forced to stay away.

 

06-03-2017
Arizona Utility Files Rate Settlement Agreement with Solar Net Metering Compromise

Solar industry stakeholders in Arizona have reached an agreement with the state’s largest utility that improves on a decision made last year by state regulators that would have ended the existing net metering program for new solar owners.

 

 

06-03-2017
Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance

Supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power by substantially improving the efficiency of converting high temperature solar heat into electricity. Through three SunShot Initiative-funded projects and six years of steady progress, GE Global Research and Southwest Research Institute have taken major steps toward commercializing the technology.

 

03-03-2017
The Alberta Advantage: Solar Rebates Give Homeowners a Boost

Alberta’s residential solar industry has chugged along for decades without government support. That dry spell finally drew to a close on Monday, when the provincial NDP government announced a two-year, $36 million rebate program to help bring down the costs for residents, business and nonprofits who want to install solar projects.

 

03-03-2017
First Phase of Sarulla Geothermal Project to Begin Commercial Operations This Month

Ormat Technologies plans to begin commercial operations this month for the first phase of the Sarulla geothermal plant in Indonesia, Ormat CEO Isaac Angel said during a March 1 company earnings call.

 

03-03-2017
1.5-MW AR1500 Tidal Turbine Grid-connected, Operational at Full Power in Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland-based Atlantis Resources Ltd. announced on Feb. 20 its 1.5-MW AR1500 tidal turbine deployed at the Meygen project site in Pentland Firth, Scotland, has exported power to the grid and operated at full power.

02-03-2017
UPDATE: Perry Confirmed as DOE Secretary

Update: On March 2, 2017, U.S. Senators confirmed Rick Perry as the new Secretary of Energy of the United States. The vote was 62-37 with nine democratic senators casting "yes" votes. 

02-03-2017
3@3 on Solar PV: Utility Backlash, Blockchain, Diversity

Today’s topics include how utilities are crying foul about the price of PPAs - is this the beginning of a big backlash against solar? In addition, we'll discuss blockchain technology and diversity in the solar industry. Check it out!

02-03-2017
2016 US Renewable Generation Blows Past EIA’s Earlier Forecasts
According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly" report (with data through Dec. 31, 2016), renewable energy sources continued their rapid growth and accounted for 15.34 percent of domestic electrical generation in 2016 — compared to 13.65 percent in 2015.

 

02-03-2017
10.6-MW Pulanai hydropower plant being constructed in Philippines suffers attack

The Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) released a report today saying its US$133.4 million 10.6-MW Pulanai hydropower plant being constructed in the southern province of Bukidnon on the Island of Mindanao, was attacked by armed individuals on Feb. 25.

01-03-2017
Negotiating Corporate PPAs in the Middle East and Africa — Part Two: Working Around Single Buyer Model Regulations, Designing Off Balance Sheet Structures and Making the Sale

A group of energy executives actively involved in solar C&I development in the Middle East and Africa talked at a Solarplaza conference...

01-03-2017
Energy Storage Firm Alevo Expands in North Carolina
Governor Roy Cooper today said that Alevo will launch a major expansion at its facility in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, creating over 200 jobs over the next five years. The company will invest $251 million at its production operations in Concord.

 

28-02-2017
Vitol in Joint Venture to Build Battery Storage Systems in UK
Units of the commodities trader Vitol Group and the renewables investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. said they’d invest 250 million pounds ($311 million) to develop energy storage and distributed power-generation projects in the U.K.

 

28-02-2017
Self-Flying Drones and Wind Turbine Blades: The New Way of Collecting Data

Advancements in drone technology are turning cumbersome wind turbine maintenance into a safer and more streamlined data collection process.

28-02-2017
Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Endangerment Zone
The CPP has been a significant source of contention between climate defenders and deniers. President Trump and many in the Republican Congressional majority have targeted these regulations for rescission. The Donald, his cabinet nominees, transition staff and personal staff have all alluded to the significant reductions in federal environmental programs and policies that lie ahead.
 

 

28-02-2017
Negotiating Corporate PPAs in the Middle East and Africa — Part One: Opportunities and Price

Sizable reductions in the cost of solar equipment have created countless opportunities for developers operating in the Middle East and Africa to enter into power purchase agreements with commercial and industrial enterprises and to provide electricity at a lower rate than the local utility.

28-02-2017
Panasonic Eyes Storage Boost as Japan Solar Incentives Wane

Japan’s scaling back of a program encouraging residential solar has Panasonic Corp. hopeful the market for home energy storage systems is about to receive a boost.

 

 

28-02-2017
The meeco Group installed biggest solar power plant in Zimbabwe

The current installation of the so far largest solar power plant in Zimbabwe, with a total capacity of 216 kWp, marks a major turning point in the history of energy supply in Zimbabwe.

27-02-2017
Microgrids for Clean Cooking and Internet
I first encountered induction cookers when I joined Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, a graduate business school, as visiting professor of strategy in 2011. Having never heard of them in the U.S., I quizzed people about them.

 

27-02-2017
Texas Should Get Its Head in the New Solar Market Game

What would a world powered by clean, low-water energy look like? If you visit Israel’s southern region, you don’t have to imagine.

 

 

27-02-2017
Top Three Goals for the US Solar Industry

The new year marked big changes for U.S. solar and not just because the new President of the United States is less enthusiastic about renewable energy than the previous President was. No, in addition to that big change, Abby Hopper took the helm of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), bringing with her a fresh perspective on how to support growth of solar in the country. Her goals for the industry range from the top of heap – maintaining support at the federal level – and run all the way down the end-user of solar, the rooftop solar customer.

27-02-2017
Biotechnology Innovation Organization Supports EPA Proposal for Biofuel Feedstocks Under Renewable Fuel Standard
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization in recent comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it supports the inclusion of additional biofuel feedstocks and pathways under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard program.

 

24-02-2017
Chinese Firm Prepares to Build 30-MW Biomass Plant in West Africa
Preliminary work for the construction of the biomass power plant in Mansoa, central Guinea-Bissau, will begin in March, with the arrival of Chinese technicians, announced the Guinean representative of Chinese company Shenyang Lan Sa Trading Co Ltd, which is financing the project.
24-02-2017
University of Iowa Plans Coal-free Future; Biomass Program Ramping Up

University of Iowa (UI) President Bruce Harreld said this week that the UI campus will be coal-free by 2025, and biomass will be at the heart of the transition to increased renewable energy use.

 

 

24-02-2017
5 Issues to Watch as India Reaches for Ambitious Energy Access Target

India’s electricity access challenge is formidable. About 300 million people lack electricity, while an additional 100 million have less than four hours of electricity per day, and possibly several million more suffer from unreliable supply. Population growth and an increase in electricity demand each year could further strain the grid.

 

 

24-02-2017
My 2017 Solar Resolution — Inspiring Dialogue with Key Solar Influencers

A funny thing happened recently: We wrote an article suggesting that a lower cost of capital, driven by increased debt in project finance transactions, would help to mitigate some of the new risk the solar industry faces in 2017. We didn’t anticipate that this would be a particularly controversial viewpoint. After all, paying a lower cost of capital is like paying off old credit card debt. Who could disagree with that?

23-02-2017
EnergyAustralia Provides Update on Proposed Seawater Pumped Storage Project

EnergyAustralia recently briefed the federal government on the potential for a 100-MW pumped storage project in South Australia that uses seawater.

23-02-2017
Engineers Week Celebrates Women in Engineering with #GirlDay2017

It’s Engineers Week, and DiscoverE — formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation — is celebrating women in engineering today with Girl Day 2017, a campaign to introduce girls to the world of engineering.

 

23-02-2017
First Solar Posts Biggest-Ever Loss as Revenue Slides
First Solar Inc. slumped the most in three months after reporting its biggest-ever loss and cutting its earnings forecast.

 

23-02-2017
The Energy Web Foundation: Bringing Blockchain Technology to the Grid

Blockchain technology—the technology underpinning the Bitcoin virtual currency—is being discussed as one of the most potentially disruptive technologies since the Internet. Blockchains are a combination of information technology, cryptography, and governance principles that

23-02-2017
UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as 'Flawed'
The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House.

 

23-02-2017
Indian Cabinet approves US$854.4 million investment for 900-MW Arun 3 hydropower project located in Nepal

India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs announced today it has approved investment for the generation component of the 900-MW Arun 3 hydropower project on Arun River in Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal, for an estimated Rs. 5723.72 crore (US$854.4 million).
 

22-02-2017
California Lawmakers Seek 100 Percent Renewables by 2045

California SB 584 would require 100 percent of all electricity sold in California at retail to be generated by eligible renewable energy resources by December 31, 2045. 

22-02-2017
More Than 3 Million in US Now Work in Clean Energy

National business groups, citing government statistics, say jobs providing cleaner energy options equal those in retail stores, twice those in building construction Washington, D.C., Feb.

22-02-2017
Bridging the Gap Between Drone Services and Solar

Incorporating drones into daily operations could turn out to be one of the most beneficial decisions a solar firm can make in 2017.

22-02-2017
Researchers Make Progress in Study of Geothermal at Reykjanes Volcano

While the most atrocious nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency may have just been confirmed, our environment might not be completely doomed. Over the past few weeks, environmental scientists took a major step forward in their search for clean and sustainable energy, and their answer may lie with some of the oldest structures on Earth: volcanoes.

22-02-2017
enOware Receives European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017

The European Geothermal Energy Council last week said that enOware GmbH has received the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017 for its miniaturized sensor for near-surface geothermal probes.

22-02-2017
The Age of the Giant Battery Is Almost Upon Us
The idea that giant batteries may someday revolutionize electrical grids has long enthralled clean-power advocates and environmentalists. Now it’s attracting bankers with the money to make it happen.

 

22-02-2017
Siemens to build EnBW Hohe See as first offshore wind power project with extended scope

Siemens Wind Power will, for the first time, provide complete offshore wind power plant solutions including foundations for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind project.

21-02-2017
Blue Pillar Launches New Offering to Unlock the Value of Behind-the-Meter Data and Control

Blue Pillar announced its new Aurora® Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS) offering to advance the company's mission to simplify access to behind-the-meter data and control from any type of distributed energy resource that generates, stores, switches, consumes or measures energy.

21-02-2017
JDR Selected By US Wind to Supply Cables to US Offshore Wind Farms

JDR, a leading supplier of subsea power cables and umbilicals to the global offshore energy industry, has been selected by US Wind Inc., as the preferred cable partner for its first offshore wind project.

21-02-2017
Saudi Renewables: Reset and Launch

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, is relaunching its renewable energy program. Recent government communications suggest a determination to press ahead rapidly.

21-02-2017
India's New Solar Auction Lights the Way to Modi's Green Targets

Record low Indian solar tariffs tendered at a groundbreaking auction may catalyze green investments and help tip the balance of new power to renewables and away from fossil fuels.

 

21-02-2017
New Hydronium-ion Battery Presents Opportunity for Sustainable Grid-scale Storage

Oregon State University on Monday said its scientists have developed a new type of battery that uses only hydronium ions as the charge carrier.

 

 

21-02-2017
High-quality Components Deliver Bankability, Increase ROI

A minimal investment in high-quality components can have a big impact on a project’s bankability, improving the safety and efficiency of an installation and protecting its long-term health. The connectors and cabling in a solar PV system have always been vital to its safety and performance, even though they typically make up just 1.5 to 2 percent of the total overall cost of a project.

 

20-02-2017
US Offshore Wind Farms Will Be Constructed by US Oil and Gas Experts

Jeff Grybowski is CEO of Deepwater Wind, the company that built the first offshore wind farm in the United States, currently generating energy off the coast of Rhode Island. He’s not at all concerned about finding the supply chain to construct his next project, the 90-MW Deepwater ONE South Fork wind farm, which was approved last month by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

“No, I’m not worried about it at all,” he said in an interview last fall at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore Wind Conference. 

20-02-2017
Could Rising Seas Yield Common Ground? Exploring Opportunities for Climate Collaboration with the Trump Administration
In May 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump released his America First Energy Plan, including a number of measures to be taken within the first 100 days of his presidency. Broadly speaking, these commitments reflect the intent of the Trump administration to deregulate domestic U.S. energy production to drive private sector growth for coal, oil, and natural gas.

 

20-02-2017
Europe to Lead Research Project for Energy Storage in Molten Silicon

The Technical University of Madrid last week said that it will work with seven European R&D institutions to develop a new generation of ultra-compact energy storage devices based in molten silicon and solid state heat-to-power converters.

 

 

20-02-2017
Sonnen Plans US Expansion for Home Battery Backup

Sonnen GmbH, a German manufacturer of batteries for residential and commercial energy storage, plans to combine research and manufacturing at a new facility in Atlanta as part of a U.S. expansion.

 

 

20-02-2017
Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate today approved Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

17-02-2017
Xcel Energy Partners with FAA on Utility Drone Technology

Xcel Energy announced today a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration to research the safe operation of drone technology to inspect critical infrastructure.

17-02-2017
Race for Home Power Storage Pits British Startup Against Tesla

A U.K. energy-storage startup is aiming to take on Tesla Inc. in the competition to outfit homes with affordable backup battery power.

17-02-2017
BP Weighing Upgrade of US Wind Turbines
BP Plc is weighing plans to update as many as 200 of its U.S. wind turbines with newer, higher-capacity equipment, a move that would represent the company’s biggest investment in renewable energy since its last wind farm came online in 2012.

 

17-02-2017
Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump — Knot as Easy as They Thought
There is a lot of speculation surrounding the Trump administration’s intentions toward clean energy and environment policies and programs. Rumors abound of slashing budgets, firing personnel, gagging anyone left standing and ultimately dismantling EPA and federal renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy and elsewhere.

 

17-02-2017
Listen Up: Backup Power

We’re in the middle of winter — and there’s some serious precipitation. It’s snowing in much of the country, and California is finally getting a lot of rain. Although these storms are good for replenishing our water supplies, wind, rain and snow are the biggest causes of power failures.

 

17-02-2017
Improving Sustainability with Solar, Wind, and Waves
Switching to renewable energy is one of the best ways to save money on your electricity bills while also helping the planet. Thanks to an increased focus on renewable energy generation around the world, we now have the technology to harness energy from the sun, the wind, and even the ocean. Read on to learn more about these renewable energies and the potential each has to improve sustainability around the world.

 

17-02-2017
Geothermal, Small Wind Among Technologies to Benefit Under New Tax Credit Legislation
Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) this week reintroduced legislation that would extend through 2021 commercial and residential installation tax credits for geothermal heat pumps, fuel cells, microturbines, small wind and combined heat and power, according to the Geothermal Exchange Organization.

 

17-02-2017
Renewables — Profiting in the Era of Drones

In the modern age of solar 4.5 MW is not a big power plant, generally occupying less than 50 acres of land. But from the perspective of a field technician, size is all relative.

17-02-2017
Update: Virginia Senate Passes Pumped Storage Bill, Moves to Governor for Signature

As a result of the Virginia Senate passing HB 1760 with only one no vote, the bill has moved to Governor Terry McAuliffe for signature.

16-02-2017
3@3 on Solar PV: Solar at $0.25 a Watt explained

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 official numbers for China's annual installed capacity for 2016, how the solar industry deceives itself with "alternative facts," and some of the changes already underway with the new U.S. government in place. Check it out.

16-02-2017
Solar Power Industry Conditions ‘Remain Challenging,’ SunPower CEO Says

SunPower CEO Thomas Werner yesterday said that while long-term growth prospects for the solar power industry are compelling, the near-term conditions “remain challenging.”

 

 

16-02-2017
U.S.-led Power Africa initiative to invest US$1 billion in Nigeria for energy including hydropower

Power Africa and Trade Africa Coordinator, Andrew Herscowitz, announced on Feb. 14 during the Abuja Electricity Distribution Co.’s two-day Distribution Company Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, that the U.S. will invest US$1billion in the country through the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

15-02-2017
Siemens, Bentley Systems Agree to Offer Planning and Design Solutions for Utilities

Siemens’ Energy Management Division and Bentley Systems have announced an agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate digitalization of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers.

15-02-2017
US Solar Smashes Records with 95 Percent Growth

Each year solar analysts take stock of the industry's accomplishments with the annual Solar Market Insight Report (SMI) and each time the performance numbers impress. This year, however, is jaw-dropping. TerraSmart is passionate about all things solar, and we couldn't wait to share the latest insights with this SMI preview.

15-02-2017
Geothermal Funding to Support Development in Eastern Indonesia

The World Bank last week approved $55.25 million in funding to support the Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project in Indonesia, which aims to facilitate investment in geothermal power generation in the country.

15-02-2017
Tapping the Potential of Deep-heat Geothermal

TerraCOH's vision is grand. The fledgling firm would use carbon dioxide emissions - a nemesis to the planet - to power a ­geothermal energy system, which would in turn produce low-cost, clean electricity. And TerraCOH's patented geothermal technology could serve as a big underground battery, effectively storing renewable - but intermittent - wind and solar energy.

15-02-2017
Cleantech Aims to Capitalize on Energy Storage and Integrated Energy Solutions

The Cleantech Forum, organized by the Cleantech Group, took place on January 23-25. President Trump’s inauguration provided the backdrop for entrepreneurs, investors and experts to emphasize the need for technological solutions that can accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy. 

15-02-2017
China Widens Wind Power Lead Over US

China installed almost three times more wind power than the U.S. last year, continuing its clean-energy investment blitz to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase air quality.

15-02-2017
Wind Power: First electricity delivered from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

Up to 6,000 homes in the U.K. are now receiving electricity from the first producing wind turbine on Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. When fully operational later in 2017 the offshore wind power farm will provide electricity to over 400,000 homes.

 

14-02-2017
Australian Renewable Energy Agency Commits $4.1M to Advance Energy Storage
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency this week said it has committed $4.1 million in funding for Sydney-based company Ecoult to commercialize its battery technology.

 

14-02-2017
SPP Sets North American Record for Wind Power
Southwest Power Pool set a wind-penetration record of 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m., Feb. 12, becoming the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than 50 percent of its load at a given time with wind energy. The milestone beats a previous North American RTO record of 49.2 percent that SPP set April 24, 2016.
14-02-2017
National Lab Studies Solar Panel Corrosion

Sandia National Laboratories last week said that its researchers are studying corrosion on solar panels to help industry develop long-lasting PV panels and increase PV system reliability.

 

14-02-2017
Silicon Energy Storage Technology Scales Up for Commercial Production
One of the most abundant elements on earth is being used to create an energy storage system that can heat homes as well as store electricity.

 

14-02-2017
Icahn Subsidiaries Sue EPA Over 2017 Biofuel Mandate

Subsidiaries of a company owned by President Donald Trump’s regulatory czar, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, urged a federal appeals court to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 biofuel mandate.

 

14-02-2017
Saudi Arabia Turning to Wind and Solar Power
The nation most identified with its massive oil reserves is turning to wind and solar to generate power at home and help extend the life of its crucial crude franchise.

 

14-02-2017
New York's Energy Czar, Richard Kauffman, Receives SEIA Solar Champion Award
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented Richard Kauffman, New York's chairman of energy and finance and NYSERDA Board chair, with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar energy in America.
13-02-2017
Turning Sunshine into Liquid Gold

Tiny metallic-gold particles are being used to convert sunlight into fuel. The technology is being developed in South Australia to store solar energy as an alternative to battery storage.

 

 

13-02-2017
Last Word: The Great Challenge of the Electric Power Transition

2016 was the year that the U.S. installed its millionth solar array; storage started to become a game changer; and the Supreme Court ruled on the FERC 745 case, confirming distributed energy resources are integral to our power system.

 

 

13-02-2017
Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits

When you picture farmland, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many of us see long rows of crops like corn. However, for many farmers across the U.S., this picture is starting to change. 

13-02-2017
5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge

The solar industry is growing fast. In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in the United States. With more than 1 million U.S. solar projects now operating, the country has more than 35 gigawatts of total solar installed capacity—enough to power the equivalent of 6.5 million average American homes.

 

 

13-02-2017
South African Bank Becomes Major Funder for US Solar Rooftop Industry

A South African bank has become the go-to funding source for the U.S. rooftop solar industry just two years after entering the market.

 

 

13-02-2017
Biomass Energy in The Age Of Trump

A new year is upon us and the renewable energy community, like most industries impacted by federal energy and natural resource policies, approaches the coming year cautiously and with some concern. Biomass energy faced an uncertain future before the U.S. elections in November. Will its prospects improve as President Trump begins his tenure as commander and chief?

11-02-2017
Bill Could Bring Pumped-storage to Oahu

A bill introduced to Hawaii's State House could lead to the addition of a pumped-storage hydropower plant to the Nuuanu reservoir.

10-02-2017
Stanford Engineers Create a Low-cost Battery for Storing Renewable Energy

A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.

 

10-02-2017
Power Shift in Cuba: Seven Reasons to Watch the Renewable Energy Sector in the Post-Fidel and Trump Era

Opportunities and risks abound. Understanding why renewable energy should be developed in Cuba and what the major risks and policy obstacles are will be critical for international investors to assess their potential operations in the country.

 

10-02-2017
US Wind Power Capacity Exceeds Hydro for First Time, AWEA Says

Installed wind power capacity in the U.S. at the end of last year outpaced hydroelectric capacity for the first time ever, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report, released today.

 

09-02-2017
ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.

 

09-02-2017
Lobbying Heats Up Over US Ethanol

U.S. railroads, including Warren Buffett’s BNSF, are joining a corporate brawl over ethanol mandates that pits American corn farmers and fuel distributors against independent oil refiners like billionaire Carl Icahn.

 

09-02-2017
Notes from the Solar Underground: Slippery Slopes — The Trolley Problem, Solar Module Price Choices and Climate Change
Prices for solar wafers, cells and modules took a highflying leap off of the margin diving board in 2016 with the global average decreasing by 13 percent over 2015 from $0.72/Wp to $0.63/Wp and the range of prices widening vastly for a lowest available price of $0.31/Wp and highest available price of $2.50/Wp.

 

08-02-2017
Wind Outlook 2017: A Solid Year Despite Pockets of Global Unrest

When discussing the outlook for the 2017 wind market, it’s very clear that the wind industry has arrived. Yes, problems remain in many markets across the globe but the fact that wind exists in many markets across the globe means that it will steadily march on in 2017. 

08-02-2017
Governor Cuomo Rescues Geothermal Jobs as Washington Drops the Ball
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced an emergency program to rescue geothermal jobs in New York State, setting aside $15 million over two years in geothermal heating and cooling rebates for New Yorkers. 

 

08-02-2017
Texas Electric Co-op Anchors DOE-funded Distributed Solar, Storage Demonstration Project

Texas-based Pedernales Electric Cooperative will take part in a distributed solar and energy storage demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

08-02-2017
Why the CPP’s Demise Doesn’t Mean a Wholesale Return to Fossil Fuels

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan remains in limbo as to its ultimate fate, though talk of its demise has intensified of late with news that a multi-state coalition has requested that President Donald Trump not enforce the rule. If the CPP does indeed meet its end later this year, this by no means signifies a wholesale return to fossil fuels. However, we are likely to see much more of one fossil fuel in particular.

 

 

08-02-2017
Listen Up: Carbon Tax

“Pigovian Tax.” If you know what this means, then you can skip this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World. For everyone else (including me until I looked up the word) a Pigovian tax is a tax levied on an undesirable market activity to offset the negative effects of said activity. The carbon tax is a Pigovian tax — hence the addition of this obscure word to our Renewable Energy World vocabulary.

 

 

07-02-2017
IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Solar Contracts with Federal Agencies

On Jan. 19, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 (Rev. Proc.) providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as service contracts under Section 7701(e)(3).

07-02-2017
When Installing Solar on a Roof with Shading, An Optimized Panel is the Only Way to Go

When Kristin moved to a historic home in New England, she wanted to save money on her electric bill by going solar. Her biggest concern was how panels on her roof might change the look of her home, which was built in the 1800s.

But what the installer was even more concerned about were the trees surrounding her home. Aesthetically pleasing to her but potentially a hindrance to solar production – especially in New England where once a year the trees turn beautiful colors and shed all their leaves, many of which fall on top of the modules and can cause them to stop producing.

To get around this issue, the installation company chose the JinkoSolar MX module and never looked back.

07-02-2017
Clarkson Attempts Ducted Turbines—Again
Despite its previous association with a questionable wind turbine and its promoter, Clarkson University announced that the school in upstate New York has transferred ducted wind turbine technology developed on campus to a private company for commercialization.

 

07-02-2017
Financing, Policy Major Challenges to Geothermal in Eastern Caribbean, Survey Shows

Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean, according to a survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

07-02-2017
For Better or Worse: Environmental and Energy Rulemaking in the Age of Trump

An argument can easily and convincingly be made for the need of the federal government to take stock of its regulatory holdings. No system is perfect; the federal regulatory framework is no exception.

07-02-2017
Accelerating the Market for Renewable Energy in Indonesia

Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population, a rapidly expanding economy, and an aggressive goal to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix to 23 percent by 2025. 

07-02-2017
Rocky Mountain Power to Test Biomass That May Cut Coal Use
Rocky Mountain Power, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will test a new biomass fuel that may reduce the amount of coal being burned by power plants.

 

07-02-2017
US Solar Industry Employment Climbs 25 Percent

U.S. solar-industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power swelled.

07-02-2017
Muara Laboh Geothermal Project Receives $109M Funding Package
The Asian Development Bank recently signed a $109 million financing package for the Muara Laboh geothermal power generation project in western Indonesia.

 

07-02-2017
Manitoba Hydro announces workforce cuts, rate increases as debt rises

Manitoba Hydro has announced that it will eliminate more than 15% of its workforce while raising rates by at least 10% as the provincial utility's efforts to cut expenditures continue.

06-02-2017
Pumped Storage Bill with Virginia Senate After Passing House Vote

A bill in the U.S. commonwealth of Virginia has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor after being passed by the House by a vote of 98 yes, zero no and one abstaining.

06-02-2017
OneRoof Energy Winds Down its Operations
OneRoof Energy, Inc, a residential solar services provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group today announced that it is currently in default under its head office lease for failure to pay rent.
06-02-2017
Islands in The (Revenue) Stream: Energy Storage Adds Value and Resiliency to Microgrids

As scientists and explorers throughout history have seen, there is no better place to study evolution than on islands. Their boundaries and isolation create unique circumstances that often result in unusual species, evolving over time to best adapt to their habitat. Islands are truly laboratories for discovering the next stage of development.

06-02-2017
The Home Depot Taps Texas Wind Farm for Renewable Energy
An hour from the Gulf of Mexico, a 30,000-acre farm in South Texas is helping The Home Depot decrease its carbon emissions while providing some nice economic benefits to the surrounding community. The Home Depot has partnered with EDP Renewables North America to purchase wind energy from the Los Mirasoles Wind Farm in McAllen, Texas.
06-02-2017
Renewables Now Account for Nearly One-Fifth of Total US Generating Capacity

Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during 2016, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update,” released last week with data through Dec. 31, 2016.

06-02-2017
Talk to the Panel: Communication and Analytics Help Utilities Scale Up Solar Installations

This may come as a surprise to most people: utilities don’t have real-time information about their customers’ electricity usage. When someone adds solar to their home or business, all the utility can see is that the customer’s electricity usage drops; they can’t see how much energy a rooftop solar system offsets energy use.

06-02-2017
New York City Illuminated By Solar Energy

In late 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that solar power in New York City has nearly quadrupled since he took office increasing from 25 MW to 96 MW with cumulative solar installations reaching 8,000.

06-02-2017
ABB microgrid to bring clean energy and power reliability to Alaska community

ABB will provide an innovative microgrid, combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies, designed to test scalability and improve power stability for around 300,000 people in Anchorage, Alaska.

03-02-2017
Maine Regulators Issue Decision on Net Metering

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) this week approved revisions to the state’s rules on net metering.

03-02-2017
Asian Developer to Build 100-MW Solar Farm in South Australia

Asia’s largest independent renewable energy developer will build a battery-ready 100-MW solar farm in South Australia this year.

03-02-2017
2017 Outlook: Geothermal Is Trending Upwards

Geothermal is posed to grow by leaps and bounds internationally in the coming years, with rapid growth in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya, all rich in geothermal resources.

03-02-2017
How Competitive is the Residential Solar Industry?

We recently published our 2016 50 top solar companies in NY, and we have supplemented the list with an analysis of the competitive environment in the solar industry in New York and a recent Installer Survey report from Energy Sage. The analysis uses the NYSERDA solar database as of the end of 2016.

03-02-2017
Turkey Boosts Large-Scale Solar Investments

The tender for the Karapınar Resource Area, a solar-power energy zone with an allocated capacity of 1 GW, will take place on Feb. 21. This tender is the first under the new legislation designed to promote large-scale renewable energy investments in Turkey. The project will be developed by one investor with the requirement to set up a manufacturing facility and conduct research and development activities.

03-02-2017
Tidal Power Can Make the U.K. a Green Energy Leader

The U.K. government is mulling whether to support a 1.3 billion pound (US$1.6 billion) proposal to build a tidal lagoon in South Wales. It should stop dithering and subsidize the project to help meet the country's green energy goals, produce cheaper power, and establish Britain as the world leader in technology that harnesses the power of the tides to generate electricity.

03-02-2017
All Units in Commercial Operation at 1,332-MW Ingula Pumped Storage Project in South Africa

After completing repairs suffered on April 6, 2016, during its optimization process, Unit 3 of South Africa-based Eskom Holdings Ltd.’s 1,332-MW Ingula pumped storage hydropower project has been brought into commercial operation, according to an Eskom announcement on Jan. 30.
 

02-02-2017
Schneider, Duke Energy Deploying Microgrids for Public Safety Facilities in Maryland

Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables will partner on deploying two advanced microgrids for public safety facilities in populous Montgomery County, Maryland, the companies announced Wednesday.

02-02-2017
Energy Storage Market Outlook 2017: State of Play

Without doubt, energy storage has a great role to play in facilitating the integration of renewable energy; and with the rising tide of renewables, the complementary deployment of energy storage is a trend set to continue into 2017 and beyond.

02-02-2017
Utilities to Third-Party Developers: Don’t Build Solutions to Non-existent Problems

Of the more than 500 exhibitors at DistribuTECH this week in San Diego, a good percentage of them are showcasing their cutting edge tools and services that will help utilities better manage energy on the grid and/or better manage their own T&D operations.

02-02-2017
Generation at Ivanpah ‘Improved Dramatically,’ NRG Says

The world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant is finally producing enough electricity. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Southern California initially failed to meet contractual obligations, and a yearlong forbearance deal with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expired Wednesday.

02-02-2017
Welcome to Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States

Most people don’t realize that Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is also home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids.

02-02-2017
New Solution from AMSC Enables More Solar on the Grid
AMSC, a global energy solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today announced that it is launching a product solution for electric utility customers at DistribuTECH-the largest annual energy transmission and distribution event in North America.
01-02-2017
Solar and Distributed Energy Resource Data Now Integrates with Utility Management System

On Wednesday, February 1 during DistribuTECH, operational intelligence provider OSIsoft and distributed energy storage company Sunverge Energy announced that they have entered into a technology alliance that will enable utilities to integrate data from Sunverge’s residential storage systems directly into OSIsoft’s PI System.

The new alliance streamlines data management and ultimately paves the way for a more agile, distributed grid by making it easier for utilities to “see” and utilize the edge-of-the-grid data generated by the Sunverge systems in the context of their overall operations, according to the companies.

Sunverge’s energy storage system combines batteries, power electronics, and multiple energy inputs in a UL-certified appliance controlled by the Sunverge energy management software.

OSIsoft’s PI System is used by more than 1,000 utilities and grid operators. It captures real-time data from assets like sensors, solar panels and transformers and serves it up to engineers, executives and others so they can cut costs, predict equipment failures or make strategic decisions. The PI System can be found inside utility-scale solar plants, offshore wind farms, nuclear plants and microgrids everywhere. Worldwide, PI System servers manage over 1.5 billion sensor-based data streams.

Ken Munson, CEO of Sunverge Energy said in a press release that the partnership with OSISoft is an advancement “toward the next-generation grid.”

“Our robust and secure platform creates a unified view of all the home load data Sunverge tracks, along with data from OSIsoft’s sensors and other field assets, bridging the gap between the “edge” of the grid and its core.”

Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of Customer Success at OSIsoft said that collaboration is another step along the way of helping utilities recognize solar and energy storage as just another asset on the grid.

01-02-2017
N.C. Attorney General files injunction against Woodlake owners amidst prolonged dam safety concerns

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office has filed a court injunction against the German ownership group that owns the damaged Woodlake Dam in an effort to make it pay for dam safety repairs.

01-02-2017
CfA Asks Florida AG to Investigate Residential Solar Industry

The Campaign for Accountability (CfA) asked Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to open up an investigation into companies that offer residential solar panels in Florida. The group claims that some solar companies are using misleading sales practices and targeting elderly consumers, who are particularly susceptible to these tactics. The claims are based on a review of complaints filed with the Florida AG since 2011.

01-02-2017
3 Republican Governors Embrace Clean Energy’s Economic Promise

Last week, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections.

01-02-2017
The Future of Microgrids: Business Cases

On Tuesday at DistribuTECH in San Diego, Calif., experts debated the future of microgrids with a large focus on the economics of these distributed energy resources and energy management systems.

01-02-2017
SEPA and SGIP To Merge

On Tuesday at a breakfast meeting during DistribuTECH, Julia Hamm, CEO and President of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and Sharon Allan, CEO and President of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), announced their intent to merge the two organizations under the SEPA brand and organizational umbrella.

01-02-2017