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Icelandic Company Moves Forward with Expansion Drilling Project at Reykjanes Geothermal Field

1 hour 40 min ago

Iceland-based geothermal developer HS Orka recently signed a contract for drilling of an approximately three-mile, high-temperature well at the Reykjanes geothermal field on the southern peninsula of Iceland.

Tesla Powerwalls for Home Energy Storage Are Hitting US Market

2 hours 43 min ago

To Steve Yates, the best thing about his new Tesla Powerwall is that he doesn’t have to worry anymore about the lights going out during a storm. Or maybe it’s how cool an addition it is to the entryway of his house in Monkton, Vermont.

Beijing in Right Approach with Tesla, Wrong One with Yingli

2 hours 53 min ago

Two green energy stories were in the headlines last week, spotlighting China’s drive to become a global leader in the new technology and also the right and wrong ways to achieve that aim. An item involving US electric vehicle (EV) powerhouse Tesla (Nasdaq: TSL) represented the right approach, with reports that the company might near a deal with Beijing to build a manufacturing plant in China.

East African Countries Commence Trade of Power from Olkaria Geothermal Plant

3 hours 35 min ago

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will commence trade of 15 MW of power from the Olkaria Geothermal power plant beginning in May.

SunEdison is Not Solyndra: Why 2016 Looks So Different from 2011

6 hours 6 min ago

In a move that appeared inevitable for months, commercial-scale solar pioneer SunEdison filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 21. The news grabbed clean-tech industry and general business headlines for sure, but I’ve been struck by how little splash it’s made in the broader realm of national attention, particularly politics. The contrast with the partisan uproar that immediately arose after the 2011 bankruptcy of solar startup Solyndra could not be more striking.

One US State Holds the Key to $10 Billion Offshore Wind Boom

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:40

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry in the U.S., helping trigger a $10 billion building spree off the Atlantic coast.

California Companies Form Partnership for Solar+Storage

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 19:07
Verengo Solar and Swell Energy jointly announced today a partnership that creates a one-stop home energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market. Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo will leverage its leadership position and expertise in the residential solar power installation market and become a preferred installer of Swell Energy's home solar battery products.

Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:07

The City Council of Santa Monica, Calif., voted last week to approve an ordinance requiring rooftop solar systems for all new construction in the City of Santa Monica—both residential and commercial.

Wärtsilä Diversifies into Solar PV

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:35

Finnish energy group Wärtsilä recently announced its entry into the solar energy industry with an emphasis on delivery of turnkey utility-scale solar PV and unique hybrid power plant solutions. The company will engage in delivery of its first hybrid power plant late this year, with a retrofitting project in Jordan.

Behind-the-Meter Technologies: Giving Solar Power System Owners Control of Their Energy

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:26

In many markets, solar PV is already at grid parity. So why aren’t we seeing greater adoption? What is holding the PV industry at bay?

US Celebrates One Million Solar Installations

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:17

While the exact date that the U.S. installed its 1,000,000th solar installation is hard to pinpoint,according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the country is there.  The organization plans to celebrate the milestone in early May with a three-pronged approach that includes political outreach, a large social media push and an event to take place in the near future.

Wildfire Recovery On Track at Geysers Geothermal Plant, Calpine Says

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 19:36

Recovery at the Geysers geothermal power plant from last September’s wildfires in central California is "on track," Thad Hill, president and CEO of Calpine Corp., said during an April 29 earnings conference all.

Palestinians Aim for More Power Independence With Solar Auction

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 18:48

Palestinians will take a step toward greater power independence by announcing terms of a solar-energy auction intended to boost installed capacity by as much as 100 MW.

The Future of Cars Could Be Solar

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 17:28

With the prices of solar and electric vehicle (EV) batteries predicted to continue falling even as the cost of fossil fuels rises, many industry experts — including Tony Seba, author of “Solar Trillions” — are forecasting the inevitable rise of solar power in consumer and industrial markets. But those projected developments aren’t just in the residential energy sphere. The dropping costs, coupled with advancements in efficiency, may very well lead to a stronger likelihood of marketable solar-powered cars being developed in the near future.

Dubai Shatters All Records for Cost of Solar with Earth's Largest Solar Power Plant

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 16:30
The Emirate of Dubai set a new world record for the cost of solar power on May 1, 2016 with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) receiving bids for the 800 MW Sheikh Maktoum Solar Park Phase III as low as 3.00 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Renewable Energy News: EDF Renewable Energy Acquires groSolar

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 01:00

The acquisition brings to EDF RE an autonomous business unit with a precise focus on distributed generation solar business to meet the growing demands of corporate customers seeking cost-effective renewable energy sources.

Maine Legislators Sustain Governor’s Veto of Unique Solar Bill

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:11

A vote of the Maine House of Representatives today upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of solar legislation designed to modernize Maine’s solar power policy.

Well-drilling Set to Begin at Geothermal Plant in Northern New Zealand

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:22
GISBORNE-based Eastland Group expects to encounter temperatures three times higher than the hottest surface temperature ever recorded on Earth when it drills into the Kawerau geothermal reservoir next month.

Following years of planning, the $100m Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project to build a 20mW geothermal power plant 2.3km east of Kawerau is now ready to enter its first production well-drilling phase on land owned by the A8D Ahu Whenua Maori Trust.

Illinois Can Meet its Clean Power Plan Targets in 3 Steps

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 14:45

While the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) while the courts consider legal challenges, it’s in states’ own best interests to continue moving forward with renewable energy and efficiency. Illinois is no exception.

Vestas Wind Profit Beats Estimate, Orders Surge

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 14:28

Vestas Wind Systems A/S’s profit fell less than expected as orders surged and margins widened.