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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:06:00 GMT
Solar Energy
SolarCity Introduces New Zep Mounting Technology in Commercial Solar Space
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.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:10:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Get in Line and Get Creative: How to Deal with Module Price Changes
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

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:13:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Why Lease Solar Panels When You Can Own Them?
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.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:45:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality?
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.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:49:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Solar Tech
Duke Energy Invests Heavily in Solar
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).

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:22:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Storage
German Clean Energy Shift Can Ignore Storage for Now, Study Says
Germany’s shift toward renewable energy can do without new storage infrastructure in the next two decades as it’s too expensive, according to a new study.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:39:00 GMT
Solar Energy
India’s Tamil Nadu Sets Solar Power Price as Program Stalls
The electricity regulator for India’s Tamil Nadu set a price for solar-power producers after failing for the past two years to attract investments to a state that gets about 300 days of sun a year.

Wind Energy News

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:45:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality?
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.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:34:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Exploring Finance Options: Yield-cos Don’t Fit the Bill for Many Renewable Energy Companies
Yield-cos have been grabbing headlines lately. Typically, large utilities spin off their high-yield alternative energy operations into separate smaller companies called yield-cos. These new companies are then taken public to attract individual and institutional investors.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:37:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech, Storage
India Makes Plans To Spur More Renewable Energy Development
India plans to ask power generators to invest in clean-energy projects as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to accelerate the nation’s shift away from the troubled coal industry.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Green Power, Hydropower, Hydrogen - Fuel Cells, Ocean Energy, Other, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Solar Tech, Storage
2030 Outlook: A Trillion Dollar Taxpayer Bailout for Electrical Utilities
After bailing out Wall Street in 2008, are Americans ready to provide a one trillion dollar bailout to our electric utilities in 2030?  Even though worldwide demand for energy is estimated to rise 41 percent by 2035, Barclays recently downgraded their outlook for utilities.  The question we should ask ourselves is what does it mean when you downgra

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:58:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Storage
Obama’s International Climate Strategy: More Grease for Renewables
It was good news for renewable energy when President Barack Obama in June proposed carbon dioxide restrictions on existing power plants. It is even better news now that he may use the plan to leverage an international climate accord.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:04:00 GMT
Wind Power
Norway May Miss Out on $6 Billion Wind Power Boom
Norway, which aims to triple wind capacity by the end of the decade, has erected one turbine for every seven installed in Sweden since the countries signed a pact to share renewable production two years ago. Norway, western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer, has so far installed less than 10 percent of what it’s expected to complete by 2020 under the accord.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:51:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power
Scotland Independence Could Put $23 Billion of Renewable Projects at Risk
A vote for independence in Scotland may halt work on renewable power projects that support 14 billion pounds ($23 billion) of investment and 12,000 jobs by raising questions about how developers would get subsidies, an energy supplier said.

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