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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:00 GMT
Green Power, Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency, Solar Tech
Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Proving Popular
For some parts of the United States, such as Upper Michigan, the winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in recorded history. In Marquette, for example, the average temperature was a tundra-like 7.5 degrees. Well, what if I told you that it’s possible to cut your building’s energy use (in some cases by up to half), while protecting the environment, too?

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:55:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Solar Tech, Storage
SolarCity Resumes Storage Applications After California Decision
SolarCity Corp., the largest U.S. solar-power provider by market value, will resume applications to connect energy-storage systems in California after regulators said they’re exempt from utility fees.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:41:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Solar Tech, Storage
Examining the Challenges Faced by the CSP Industry
Pragmatic discussions about the financial viability of concentrated solar power (CSP) abound. The oft-dismissed redheaded step child of the solar industry, CSP’s relegation to the recycle heap of history is seen by many to be a foregone conclusion due to its inherently high cost. But is CSP destined to play Betamax to PV’s VHS? Or will foreign countries like Spain — which presently boasts one of the highest numbers of CSP plants in the world — demonstrate that CSP’s ability to be coupled with storage makes it an alternative energy worth pursuing? Let’s examine some of the inherent challenges faced by the proverbial underdog of the renewable energy world.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:49:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities
  According to Bloomberg News last week, crowdfunding solar could become a $5 billion investment vehicle in the next 5 years. This exciting development will connect people who want to invest their money responsibly with solar projects that need financing. SolarCity, the biggest U.S. solar power provider by market value, is getting into the space pr

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:06:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency, Solar Tech, Storage
Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption
While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:31:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand
Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:29:00 GMT
Solar Energy
How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation
While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they deliver to the grid. Verm

Wind Energy News

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:31:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand
Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:46:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Green Power, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech, Storage
CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy Sooner
What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:30:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand
Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses and investments, improved energy efficiency, and increased security of supply. Implementing a large central power plant is extremely challenging in terms of site availability, as well as public concern about environmental issues.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:11:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech, Storage
When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract
At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:45:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says
The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:41:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Post-Fukushima Japan Taps Coal Over Renewables
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:04:00 GMT
Wind Power
The Never Dull Life of a Wind Farm
A wind farm’s story is a little bit like a romantic comedy. It’s all about the buildup. We tend to rivet our attention on the development phase – the controversies over siting, the struggle for permitting, the landing of contracts.

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