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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:07:00 GMT
Solar Energy
New Solar Bill Would Destroy Community Solar Potential in Massachusetts
In 2013 Massachusetts was ranked 4th for most solar installed, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Despite this success, legislation, officially known as H.4185 (an act relative to net metering), is pending at the Massachusetts State House that could drastically change the direction of the Massachusetts solar industry.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:21:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Listen Up: Financing Options for Your Rooftop Solar System
If you live in a location with high electric rates and local incentives, it's very likely that the economics for a rooftop solar system are favorable. But many people don't have the $20-25 thousand cash that these systems typically cost. Fortunately, over the past few years a range of new residential solar financing options have been developed. These new financing options have spurred the growth of rooftop solar throughout the U.S.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:20:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Company Structure
In the first article of this survey of yield cos, I looked at the possible reasons for the seemingly endless enthusiasm for US-listed clean energy yield cos. Here, I'll take a look at how these yield cos are constructed, and why investors should prefer one structure over another.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:37:00 GMT
Green Power, Solar Energy, Solar Tech
Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports
When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:55:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency, Storage
“Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids
It is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:09:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Storage
Revenue Streams Are Key to Cost-Effective Energy Storage
Definitions could make or break the energy storage market, allowing it to capture multiple revenue streams and reduce costs. A panel at the New York Energy Week Roundtable on Storage on June 19 at the Urban Future Lab in New York City explored these crucial choices.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:41:00 GMT
Solar Energy
US Solar Manufacturer Suniva To Build 200-MW Facility in Michigan
U.S.-based solar cell and module maker Suniva announced that it will open a second manufacturing facility in 2014, set to be located in Michigan. The facility will be able to churn out up to 200 MW of capacity of its high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules annually.

Wind Energy News

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:46:00 GMT
Wind Power
Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020
Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:12:00 GMT
Wind Power, Solar Tech
ABB Hit by Wind, Solar Charges for Third Consecutive Quarter
ABB Ltd. earnings dropped for a third consecutive quarter, missing analyst estimates, amid mounting charges at the unit for offshore wind and solar projects.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Storage
How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany
Japan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels — but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:35:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014
According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:16:00 GMT
Wind Power
The Big Question: What is Your Prediction for the North American Wind Power Market Post 2015?
Today wind project development in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The production tax credit (PTC) language was changed at the close of 2012 to allow projects to take advantage of the PTC as long as they began construction before the end of 2013 and finished it by 2015. As a result of that new language, developers are rushing to get all that wind in the ground. AWEA predicts that 2014 and 2015 will be great years for annual installed wind capacity in the U.S. But what happens next really is the big question.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:31:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech
Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy
Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles – a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments easier for companies and meet rising demand. As one of the man

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:50:00 GMT
Hydrogen - Fuel Cells, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Storage
Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal
For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin as part of the institute’s efforts to understand how indi

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