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Tesla-Powered Wal-Mart Stores Attest to Musk's Energy Storage Ambitions

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:44

Tesla Motors Inc. is signing up big customers like Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage -- a new market that’s poised to boost sales and profit at the electric vehicle pioneer.

US Power Grid’s $2 Trillion Upgrade Needs European Efficiency

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:23

A $2 trillion push in the U.S. to blend renewable energy into the power supply and fortify transmission lines against extreme weather means that Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down.

Arts Council Looks to Solar Energy to Make Art Available for All

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:20

From Amelia Earhart to Gandhi, fifth graders in Ellis County, Kansas dress as a famous figure of their choosing and present the impact their character has had on the world. The youth program is one of the most prominent, made possible by the Hays Arts Council. “To shave one’s head to become Ghandi, that’s a staggering level of commitment for a fift

Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:03

Oil fracking companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power.

Represent Renewables: One Week Left to Enter PEI's EMEA Project of the Year Awards

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:20

Power Engineering International has launched the EMEA Projects of the Year, which will seek to highlight the best in power plant construction across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hosted by Power Engineering International, the awards will be presented at the Gala VIP Dinner at POWER-GEN Europe in Amsterdam on the evening of Tuesday, June 9. Th

Residential Solar and Uniform Commercial Code: A Primer on Solar-Financiers’ Rights in a Foreclosure

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:53

U.S. residential solar PV has been growing at a breakneck pace. Annual installations have increased nearly five-fold in the past five years and, in 2014, surpassed annual commercial capacity additions for the first time in the history of PV market tracking. Additionally, nearly a third of the entire solar industry's workforce — comprising over 174,000 employees — works in residential solar.

Egypt’s Renewable FIT Program Gains Traction

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:39

The Government of Egypt has said that it must invest US$12 billion in the electricity sector over the next five years in order to meet that country’s urgent electricity demands — and renewable energy will be a key component.

Renewables Account for 75 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in First Quarter of 2015

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:04

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower combined provided over 75 percent (75.43 percent) of the 1,229 megawatts (MW) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015. The balance (302 MW) was provided by natural gas.

Downstream Solar Funds and Debt Finance Highlight Solar Funding Rebound

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:00

A surge in project development debt finance and investments in downstream residential and commercial solar PV funds highlighted a rebound in overall corporate renewable energy funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2015's first quarter, according to Mercom Capital's “Solar Funding and M&A 2015 First Quarter” report.

3 Solar Trends To Watch After the First Quarter of 2015

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:28

The U.S. solar industry closed its first quarter on March 31. So where does the U.S. industry stand at the quarter pole of 2015? Here are three trends we’re watching:

The Future of Energy Storage and the Rise of Big Batteries

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:14

When examining the machine that is our electric grid, a compelling fact is that we are relatively unable to store electric energy. We must create as much as we consume, and can only consume as fast as we create. One issue that comes up in the renewable space when meditating on this relentless and necessary cycle is that renewable energy is intermit

Wind Energy Data: The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:01

A trained falcon named Houdini darts and soars next to a wind power plant in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, gathering radar data that could someday save the lives of his avian brethren.

Growth of Solar Energy Another Reason to Celebrate Earth Day

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:53

In 1970, the first ever Earth Day was held to demonstrate broad global support for environmental protection. At the time, the world’s population stood at 3.63 billion. Today, that number has more than doubled.   Well, guess what? Greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since then, too. Simply put, the world is in real danger, locked in on a collision

Using Geothermal Solutions to Desalinate Oil Field Water

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 20:46

Clean water — it’s a precious resource in hot demand right now, for more than taking a shower or watering our crops. The United Nations projects the world’s population will grow by another billion people, to 8.4 Billion, by 2030. More people means more need for food, water, electricity, and other necessities. Beyond the obvious demands for water, our increasing appetite for electricity also requires water — and plenty of it. Most of the electricity generated in the U.S. uses water in some capacity.

New Jersey Leverages Markets to Support Resilient Solar Plus Storage Deployment

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 18:50

The results of New Jersey’s Renewable Electric Storage Competitive Solicitation are in, and they are impressive.  With only $3 million to spend, the state Board of Public Utilities has announced awards to 13 solar plus storage projects (one also uses a significant amount of wind generation) that will provide resilient power to critical facilities s

Apple Jumps on China Solar Bandwagon to Polish Image

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:09

I have to commend Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) for finally realizing it needs to improve its image in China, with word that the global tech giant is investing in two new solar farms to be built in interior Sichuan province. The move is actually quite masterful, as Apple is at once killing many birds with a single stone as it works to curry favor with Beiji

California’s First Zero Net Energy Community Opens on Earth Day to Support Bold State Goals

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:50

Say hello to your dream home and goodbye to rising electric bills. Meritage Homes, headquarted in Scottsdale Arizona, will reveal California’s first and only Net Zero Community on this year’s Earth Day, April 22. The homebuilder has partnered with leading energy companies to develop a community called Sierra Crest with 20 zero net energy (ZNE) homes in North Fontana area.

Solar PV Achieving Grid Parity in Chile

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:54

Chile's one of the world's fastest growing energy markets, thanks in large measure to reforms that center on three guiding tenets: enhancing energy security, boosting economic efficiency and assuring environmental sustainability.

Geothermal Earth Day Visual: Shaping Environmental Solutions

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:45

Earth day 2015 is an important point in history for the environment. Members of Congress voted to recognize that climate change is real, and President Obama announced goals to cut emissions by nearly a third over the next decade. The choices made by U.S. and international communities now will shape the way we use energy in the future. Geothermal en

China Solar Blows Hot and Cold with New Mega-project, Looming Default

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:12

Two solar news items are drawing attention to both the opportunities and challenges facing this increasingly schizophrenic sector in China. A new mega-project is spotlighting the huge opportunities for new construction in the space, with word that a recently launched private equity fund plans to build a massive solar farm with a whopping 2 gigawatt