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New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies

1 hour 27 min ago

The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.

Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club

2 hours 4 min ago

Canadian Solar has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. The move follows the establishment of self-financed vehicles for similar speculative construction by rivals Trina, Yingli and wind power eq

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels

2 hours 25 min ago

In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels.

Blackstone’s Vivint Plans $371 Million IPO as Solar Demand Rises

2 hours 37 min ago

Vivint Solar, the rooftop power producer owned by Blackstone Group LP, is seeking to raise as much as $371 million from its initial public offering.

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

3 hours 29 min ago

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s being built on a 9.5 acre closed landfill.

Building a Viable Solar Marketplace in Nigeria

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:05

In countries where there are established markets for alternative and renewable energy sources, economic and financial inducements such as feed in tariffs, tax incentives, net metering and self supply schemes have significantly driven market activities in the new energy sector and provided enabling environments for individuals, businesses and the go

Solving the Sub-1-MW Solar Financing Gap

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:09

The middle market, particularly projects in the 50-kW to 200-kW range, pose challenges to all financiers, including us. So, what do we do when developer partners call us to finance projects in this range, or any other deals under 1 MW? It has been our experience that we can solve their financing gap with two strategies: Portfolio-ize (If you are an

US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, but Boon for Storage?

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:29

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected a claim by Chicago-based Exelon that its Texas Panhandle wind farms are entitled to favorable pricing. The wind farms sell power to Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy subsidiary.

REC Solar Breaks 28 MW Installed Capacity in Hawaii

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:18

Six new solar energy installations at two notable Hawaiian landmarks are ramping up the stakes in a race that may bring the 50th state to number one status where U.S. solar deployment is concerned.

Transforming the Transportation Industry with Renewable Energy

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:26

When you think of green energy, are solar and wind power the first things that come to mind? Perhaps you think of hydropower, geothermal or biofuels instead. While regenerative braking has steadily gained traction in terms of adoption, the average person probably does not even rank it in the top 10 of green energy approaches, nor are most people likely to immediately think about green energy in mass transportation, a notoriously energy-intensive industry. However, regenerative braking in transportation is a renewable energy solution that helps make the world a bit greener and deserves greater attention for the benefits it can deliver.

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:51

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s bein

Panasonic Riding Tesla Wave to Boost Battery Storage Sales in Europe

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:33

Panasonic Corp., the supplier of lithium-ion cells that plans to help Tesla Motors Inc. build a battery factory, said cooperation with the U.S. electric-car maker will probably boost demand from European automakers.

Chevron’s Search for Plant-Based Alternative Fuels Flounders

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:05

Chevron Corp.’s attempts to turn plants into alternative fuels for profitable, large-scale production have failed.

Can the Disembodied Voice of Matthew McConaughey in a Video Sell Solar for NRG Home?

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:57

Last week I constructively critiqued Sunrun’s latest solar video marketing efforts. This week, I caught a new video from NRG Home, NRG's residential solar division. Like Sunrun, NRG also animated its solar message, but there was a big bump to its production values: The voice over talent was none other than Academy Award winning actor, Matthew McCon

Leading the Charge in Mexico’s Renewable Energy Revolution

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:35

August 11 was an auspicious day for Mexico. Some seventy-six years after the government nationalized the country’s oil industry, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law an energy reform package that many are saying will have a transformative impact on the economy of Mexico. The landmark legislation, which will open Mexico’s oil and natural gas markets to foreign investment, also directs certain changes to the electricity sector that will require grid operator CENACE to procure generation from renewable resources.

SolarCity Introduces New Zep Mounting Technology in Commercial Solar Space

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:06

Nearly one year after SolarCity acquired Zep Solar and its rackless mounting design for $158 million — a move that cut both cost and time for residential solar installations — the installer announced today that it is whetting its appetite in untapped areas of the commercial market with a new Zep product line.

Get in Line and Get Creative: How to Deal with Module Price Changes

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:10

The solar tariff dispute is leading to longer procurement times and altering module selection. Now, as developers build out their initial design specs with a specific module in mind, we are finding that as a project approaches NTP, the modules may become unavailable or too costly. In other words, both developers and investors are finding themselves

Why Lease Solar Panels When You Can Own Them?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:13

Now more than ever, it makes sense to own a solar power system instead of leasing one. The savings are significant, since purchasing a system presently pencils out to about 50 percent less than leasing over the long term and the payback period is now as low as three years. As prices continue to drop, more builders and developers are offering solar as standard in their new communities and we expect the trend to continue. Around the country, many solar rebate programs administered by states and utilities have begun to expire or at least are being overhauled. This does not mean that solar is going to die. It’s actually stronger than ever. Even without rebates, solar is now cheaper than the electric utilities in many areas, with grid prices typically rising 5 percent each year.

Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:45

Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage (UW-CAES) — a step beyond underground energy storage in caverns — may soon offer conventional utilities a means of long-duration load shifting for their large-scale electrical grids, and niche microgrid operators a means of reducing their fossil-fuel dependence, say its advocates.

Duke Energy Invests Heavily in Solar

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:49

An RFP issued in February 2014 is paying off in spades for the solar industry with Duke Energy today announcing that it is making a $500 million commitment to solar power in North Carolina. Duke said that the announcement furthers its commitment to renewable energy, helps diversify its energy portfolio and helps it meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS).

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