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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:01:00 GMT
Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Solar Tech
GE Reportedly in Talks to Buy France’s Alstom for $13 Billion
General Electric Co. is in talks to buy Alstom SA, the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be GE’s biggest acquisition ever.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Unlocking Solar Energy's Value as an Asset Class
Not all options are ready to step into the spotlight, though. Master limited partnerships (MLP) and real estate investment trusts (REIT) promise more attractive tax treatment than securitizations or yieldcos, but they require some heavy lifting and difficult decisions at the highest levels: MLPs need an act of Congress even for an infinitesimal language tweak to remove a legislative exclusion to solar and wind, while REITs involve a touchy reclassification of assets from the IRS that could have broader and undesirable tax consequences. Yet another model gaining traction is a more institutionalized version of crowdfunding, led by Mosaic (technically they call it "crowdsourcing"), but crowdfunding is awaiting more clarity from the Securities and Exchange Commission about what rules must apply.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:27:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Three New Finance Models for Non-Profits to Go Solar
  There have generally been two main financial challenges for non-profits interested in going solar. First is the lack of funds or credit availability for purchasing a solar system. The second issue is taxes—or rather their tax-exempt status. Because non-profits don’t pay income and property taxes, they’re often barred by legislation from taking ad

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:53:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Financing Lessons Residential Solar Can Teach the Commercial and Industrial Sector
As new and old solar investors seek investment opportunities in distributed generation (DG) solar, there are a number of parallels that can be drawn between the residential and commercial sectors. While residential solar developers have had significant success in obtaining financing for their solar projects, growth has been more sluggish in the com

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:36:00 GMT
Solar Energy
The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream
When it comes to driving the development of renewable energy technology, no greater facilitating force exists than the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Acting on a mandate to achieve 25 percent reliability on renewable energy by the year 2025, the DOD has been busy in its aggressive pursuit of that goal — proving that more often than not, great things can result from unlikely alliances.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:54:00 GMT
Green Power, Other, Solar Energy, Solar Tech
The Climate Group, SEIA Launch Plan to Help Reduce Pollution
In 1970, the first 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 cour

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:03:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency
The Opportunity to Overturn Three Costly Values in Our Energy System
Earlier this year I worked as an election judge for the city of Minneapolis.  It was the city’s second experience with ranked choice voting, a system where instead of voting for a single candidate, you get to pick your top three choices.  If your first choice candidate is mathematically eliminated from winning, your vote is reallocated to your seco

Wind Energy News

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:01:00 GMT
Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Solar Tech
GE Reportedly in Talks to Buy France’s Alstom for $13 Billion
General Electric Co. is in talks to buy Alstom SA, the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be GE’s biggest acquisition ever.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:00 GMT
Wind Power
UK Onshore Wind Power Will Lose Subsidies, Conservatives Say
The U.K. Conservative Party will end all subsidies to onshore wind power if they win the next election, a move that the industry said would end deployment of the country’s cheapest form of renewable energy.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Wind Power
UK Awards First Guaranteed Power Price Contracts to Biomass, Offshore Wind Projects
Drax Group Plc, Dong Energy A/S and SSE Plc will get guaranteed power prices for U.K. biomass and offshore wind plants, the first renewable energy projects to benefit from a new aid program.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:09:00 GMT
Wind Power
China Wind Turbine Makers Face Consolidation as Glut Lingers
Consolidation may cut the number of wind turbine makers in China, the world’s largest wind market, by two thirds in the next five years as oversupply pressures grow, according to an industry association.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:00 GMT
Wind Power
Google Signs Up to Buy 407 Megawatts of Buffett’s Wind Power
Google Inc. agreed to buy 407 megawatts of wind power from Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., the technology company’s largest deal to date for renewable energy.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:03:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency
The Opportunity to Overturn Three Costly Values in Our Energy System
Earlier this year I worked as an election judge for the city of Minneapolis.  It was the city’s second experience with ranked choice voting, a system where instead of voting for a single candidate, you get to pick your top three choices.  If your first choice candidate is mathematically eliminated from winning, your vote is reallocated to your seco

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:59:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
German Utilities Fight Renewable Energy Shift
Germany’s biggest utilities face dwindling market shares as the shift torenewable energy spurs regional power generation and storage technology, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said.

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