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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:13:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Cheap Electricity Trumps Solar in India's Rural Communities
The villagers of Dharnai in northern India had been living without electricity for more than 30 years when Greenpeace installed a microgrid to supply reliable, low-cost solar power.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:59:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Sunnova Raises $250 Million to Expand Residential Solar in U.S. and Overseas
Sunnova Energy Corp. closed a $250 million funding round, bringing the total amount it has raised this year to almost half a billion dollars as it seeks to add U.S. customers and expand overseas as soon as next year, its chief executive officer said.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:13:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Green Power, Solar Energy
Biogas at Home: A Renewable No-Brainer
Germany is the leading producer of biogas in the developed world, with 8,700 biogas plants with 3,400 MW of installed electric generation capacity. The United States lags far behind with less than 450 plants with 175 MW of capacity. Sweden has an even smaller number of plants, less than 200, but the most per capita and most prominent national bioga

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:09:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Solar Tech
Top Five Things People Can't Seem to Remember about the Ivanpah CSP Plant
It’s been nine months since Ivanpah celebrated its grand opening in February, 2014. Since that time, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant has continued to receive accolades from around the globe, including being named Plant of the Year by Power Magazine, the first time a renewable energy project has ever received that honor in in more than 40 years.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:32:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Solar Tech
Listen Up: Improving Solar Panel Output with Optimizers
Solar panels keep getting more efficient. That's a great thing. But they can't communicate, can't adjust to environmental circumstances, and don't have automatic shutdown capabilities. Fortunately — and with apologies to the Farrelly brothers (who seem to have similar limitations) — solar panels aren't getting any dumber. Many of the newest solar panels are equipped with optimizers, either built into the junction box or attached as a separate component to the back of the panel. Microinverters (which convert the DC output of a panel to AC) provide the same basic benefits at similar costs; however, unlike microinverters, optimizers operate on the DC side of the system and are always connected to a central or string inverter.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:56:00 GMT
Hydropower, Solar Energy, Solar Tech
Brazil Hydropower Company Advances Major Solar Manufacturing Project
Brazil’s nascent solar industry may finally have found the Green Knight it needs to develop domestic cradle-to-grave manufacturing capability that can supply the country’s growing demand: Itaipu, the world’s largest hydroelectric generator.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:38:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Green Benefits: Companies Now Offer Solar Energy Programs for Employees
Vote Solar may be best known for our work advocating for state-level policy, but we've also been hard at work helping tackle solar soft costs head on through our GroupEnergy program. Our take on the solarize community purchasing model focuses on helping existing groups — think coworkers, clubs or congregations — pool their collective buying power to go solar at home.

Wind Energy News

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:00 GMT
Wind Power
China Curtails Less Wind Energy in 2014
Latest data from China's National Energy Administration shows that 8.85 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in the first nine months of 2014, bringing its total capacity to nearly 85 GW, a year-on-year increase of 22 percent. Accounting for 6.6 percent of China's total installed power capacity, wind exceeds nuclear power in installed capacity and electricity production, has become the third major power source following coal and hydro.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Green Power, Hydropower, Hydrogen - Fuel Cells, Ocean Energy, Other, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Solar Tech, Storage
Shining a Light on Women Leaders in the Power Industry
In early 2013, a group of women, dubbed the Women in Power committee, assembled in Orlando, Florida to figure out how to honor women who have dedicated their careers to the power industry. The industry is male-dominated with men making up more than 75 percent of the workforce, according to estimates.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:03:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
A Small Town in Germany Becomes a Testing Ground for a Smart Grid
A small German town in southern Bavaria is participating in an interesting experiment proving that a high-renewables future is viable. Wildpoldsried (pop. 2,600) currently produces 500 percent more energy than it needs through renewable energy systems, and sells the surplus power back to the grid.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:49:00 GMT
Wind Power
Australia Residents Protest Wind Turbines as Government Upholds Fossil Use
Tony Hill moved from inner-city Canberra to a tree-filled valley five years ago to find serenity in the nearby Australian bush. Now he fears his idyllic vista will soon be marred by 50-storey-high wind turbines.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:15:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech, Storage
SunEdison/TerraForm Power Buy First Wind For $2.4 Billion To Achieve Renewable Energy Dominance
In a surprising diversification move, SunEdison has launched into the wind sector and positioned itself to be the world’s largest renewable energy development company. Yesterday morning, SunEdison announced that it is joining with its indirect subsidiary TerraForm Power to purchase First Wind for US $2.4 billion, in a “very complex but very value added deal,” said Ahmad Chatila, the president and chief executive officer of SunEdison, based in Maryland Heights, Mo.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:57:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Other, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Storage
The 51st State Forum Is Now Open — Share Your Ideal Energy Market
Innovators are, almost by nature, impatient people. What’s here and now is never good enough; they must tinker with it, always looking ahead to how they would do it differently or better.  So, when the first articles appeared about the Solar Electric Power Association’s 51st State Initiative on clean tech websites, including

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:15:00 GMT
Wind Power
Inflatable Offshore Wind Turbine Service Habitat Launched
An inflatable habitat that attaches to platforms for servicing the blades of wind turbines has been launched by GEV Wind Power.

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