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Wind power was Spain's top source of electricity in 2013

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Remarkable new figures from Spain's grid operator have revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from the country's power sector are likely to have fallen 23.1% last year, as power generation from wind farms and hydroelectric plants soared. Red Eléctrica de España (REE) released a preliminary report on the country's ...

New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

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LONDON - Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s ...

5 Climate Charts That Should Deeply Worry the Electricity Sector

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The federal government released its third National Climate Assessment today. The 800-page report, authored and reviewed by hundreds of scientists, details how a changing climate is already impacting human health, agriculture and ecosystems across the U.S.The report also highlights alarming data about the threat of storms, droughts, heat ...

India Wind Manufacturer May Break Even for First Time Since 2011

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The deal eliminates a potential threat of liquidation that had loomed over the manufacturer since October 2012 after causing India’s biggest convertible-bond default. That could prod Suzlon toward recovery after four straight years of losses and last year’s ceding of its position as the nation’s topwind- turbine maker ...

Experts: The Cost Gap Between Renewables and Natural Gas ‘Is Closing’

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According to a panel of researchers at the Windpower 2014 conference, continued improvements in wind and solar technologies are making them a threat to natural gas.Ryan Wiser, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, highlighted innovations in blade and rotor design. Advances in materials have allowed ...

Ramping Up Worldwide Investment in Renewable Energy

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Kat Friedrich, Clean Energy Finance Forum May 05, 2014|4 CommentsHow can renewable energy financiers vastly expand worldwide investment to cut back climate change? On April 9, a panel called "The Future of Financing for Infrastructure" at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit explained the uphill battle financiers face. According to moderator Peter Sweatman, chief executive and founder of Climate Strategy & Partners, Ceres has said $1 trillion in renewable energy investment is needed to nip climate change in the bud. However, this industry now only receives $254 ...

Renewable Energy Subsidies Are the Most Transparent and Visible

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The information and views expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author and not necessarily those of RenewableEnergyWorld.com or the companies that advertise on this Web site and other publications. This blog was posted directly by the author and was not reviewed for accuracy, spelling or grammar. From direct government support to tax breaks and the cost of negative externalities like pollution, subsidies to the power sector take many different — and often hidden — forms. In fact, the exact definition of a subsidy was the crux ...

Believe It or Not, Solar Is Getting Hot in Minnesota

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Can't Put Solar On Your House? Four Ways To Invest In Solar Leases

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The secret sauce for bringing residential solar into the mainstream is the solar lease. With the simple value proposition of little or no money down and cost savings from day one, a homeowner does not have to be an environmentalist or green to be interested in the green of a solar lease. He or she simply needs to live in a state where the combination of annual sunshine and state incentives provide the economics to make solar leases profitable for the lender and installer. Low interest rates and the rapidly ...

Global Solar Demand Grows in Russia, Surges in Chile, Stumbles in India and Marches On in China : Greentech Media

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We check in with GTM Research solar experts Adam James, Jade Jones, and Scott Moskowitz periodically to see what's on their solar-obsessed minds. Here's the global demand update, with the most recent news and our analysis on Chile, China, India, and Russia. Brush up on your conversational skills ...

German Coal Mine May Be Turned Into Giant Battery For Renewable Energy

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As we’ve discussed many times, Germany is one of the industrialized countries leading the transition to renewable energy, and an important part of this transition will be finding efficient ways to store renewable energy. As one innovative solution, a German engineering professor, André Niemann, wants to turn an ...

Solar Universe lauds HERO program: pv-magazine

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The property assessed clean energy financing option being adopted across Southern California could see 90 MW of new solar added this year. Renovate America says the program could drive 400 MW of installations by the end of 2016.U.S. solar leasing company Solar Universe has predicted the HERO financing ...

New Wind-Powered Ferries Could Save 40% on Fuel

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A wind-power technology that could cut fuel costs by 20 to 40 percent is undergoing tests for possible use on San Francisco commuter ferries, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.A consortium of sailors and entrepreneurs received a $355,000 grant from pollution regulators and are now testing a 45-foot carbon-fiber ...

Financing Utility-Scale Solar in the Years Ahead

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Utilities are procuring less large-scale solar and offtake rates are dropping, but there are still ways to move ahead, according to a panel of experts at the recent GTM Solar Summit.Hecate Energy does not wait for utility RFPs, according to Fazli Qadir, the firm's CTO and EVP of ...

The Top 10 Solar Utilities in America : Greentech Media

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The 2013 rankings were recently released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). They are based on how many new megawatts of solar utilities built in 2013 and how many megawatts per customer they have installed. The listed utilities accounted for 82 percent of all new solar capacity ...

Biomass Electric Power Generation Dirtier than Coal? Not Possible

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Scott Sklar, The Stella Group May 01, 2014|0 CommentsAs an Adjunct professor teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy at The George Washington University, I read the article that biomass power plants are more polluting than coal with incredulity. Not only is the report incorrectly covered on it's major three points, but it leaves out three other important points that readers need to know. And a recent modeling study on biofuels carbon balance is also lost in the weeds. In John Upton’s Grist article, he reports “more than 70 ...

The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now

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The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) latest report, which explores ways to cut carbon emissions, put the world on notice. Despite efforts in the United States, Europe and developing countries such as China to ramp up energy efficiency and renewable energy, global carbon emissions have been increasing at a much faster clip than they were just a few decades ago. To avoid the worst of the worst, IPCC scientists say emissions will have to be reduced 40 percent to 70 percent by 2050 and warn that we only ...

New York Launches Major Regulatory Reform for Utilities : Greentech Media

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California issued a storage mandate and settled its net metering debate last year. Texas is in the process of overhauling its ancillary services market. Minnesota has set a value-of-solar tariff. But all of that is small potatoes compared to the market transformation for electric distribution utilities that New ...

Too Conservative? EIA Projects Renewables to be 16-27 Percent of US Electricity Supply by 2040

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Kenneth Bossong, SUN DAY Campaign April 29, 2014|2 CommentsToday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its renewable electricity generation projections as part of its "Annual Energy Outlook — 2014" (AEO2014). In its Reference Case, EIA notes: "Renewable electricity generation in the United States is projected to grow by 69 percent from 2012 to 2040..., including an increase of more than 140 percent in generation from nonhydropower renewable energy sources...Although nonhydropower renewable generation more than doubles between 2012 and 2040...,[renewable energy's] contribution to U.S. total electricity generation is still just ...

NREL Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

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A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before—and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to ...

How Solar Is Cutting Grid Costs

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With solar power, “we can avoid that $100 million investment in transmission lines, distribution lines, in capital infrastructure…”That was Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering of the Long Island Power Authority in a remarkable podcast interview, explaining how local solar energy can help offset expensive grid upgrades ...

Taking the Human Factor Out of Solar Balance-of-System Costs

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Significant cost cuts in niche areas are still possible that could bring utility-scale solar down to $1.35 per watt, according to a panel of industry experts at the recent GTM Solar Summit.Five to ten years out, inverter and tracker technologies will have significant impacts on balance-of-system costs, according ...

Solar Energy History and Development

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The pioneering engineers of the modern solar cell gathered in person and in spirit recently in Palo Alto, California to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their invention. Little did they know the impact their discovery would be having on utilities in 2014.In a volatile, $100 billion, gigawatt-scale global ...

Solar energy lights up lives in Kenya

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In Kenya, the majority of the population doesn't have electricity at home, since the country's national grid is unreliable and expensive to buy into. Now a solar energy startup is changing people's everyday routines. Fifty-two-year-old Daniel Tempes Olonapa stands outside his greenhouse perched on a hilltop overlooking the ...

Nice Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Future for Solar PV Plus Energy Storage

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On a sunny winter day in Nice, France, 40 journalists from all over the world boarded busses to tour what serves as one possible example of a future networked electricity grid. Alstom Energy, the 9th largest electrical equipment supplier in the world, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance,

Agua Caliente, World's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant, Helps Advance America's Solar Leadership

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Agua Caliente, World's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant, Helps Advance America's Solar LeadershipAgua Caliente, located in Yuma County, Arizona, is now the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the world. | Photo courtesy of NRG Energy. The United States has long been known for building at a scale previously ...

France: Wind Energy Is a Solution in Energy Transition

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Zoë Casey April 28, 2014|8 CommentsFrance may be the world’s most nuclear energy dependent country, but times are changing. When French President François Hollande took the reins of power in 2012 he pledged to reduce the country’s nuclear dependency from 75 percent to 50 percent by 2025. Today,

Solar classrooms light up African education

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Many African governments are leveraging ICTs to advance their socioeconomic landscapes. But the governments continue to grapple with a myriad of challenges towards effective implementation of ICT.Among ways the governments are circumventing the challenges is through deployment of e-learning methods. This also faces the challenge of lack of ...

Solar farms could create hotspots of biodiversity for decades > General Analysis > Analysis

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Solar farms could create hotspots of biodiversity for decades by ClickGreen staff. Published Mon 28 Apr 2014 00:01, Last updated: 2014-04-26Solar farms could be transformed into an oasis of plant and wildlife and help reverse declining numbers of bumblebees following the publication of new industry guidelines to support ...

New solar power guidelines issued Hawaii News, Honolulu, Honolulu News, Sports, Editorial, Features, Travel and Business

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By Alan Yonan Jr.A state board has issued long-awaited licensing guidelines covering workers who install solar panels — a move that will result in a greater involvement of licensed electricians in the installation process. The guidelines, issued by the Board of Electricians and Plumbers last week, had been ...

Solar-powered fence to keep elephants in Chitwan

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CHITWAN, APR 28 - Starting from March 30, the elephants at Chitwan National Park (CNP) have been allowed to move freely with the construction of an electric fence to mark their territory.Kamal Jung Kunwar, chief conservation officer at the CNP, said that 31 elephants out of the 63 ...

Eight renewable energy projects approved

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Eight major renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, have been given government approval.The contracts, which include offshore wind farms and conversions of coal-powered plants to run on biomass, are the first awarded under the government's energy market reforms. The eight projects will all receive one of ...

Three New Finance Models for Non-Profits to Go Solar

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Roundup: Google Teams With SunPower to Add $250M to Booming US Residential Solar Market

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Plus SunEdison’s $150M in debt, Sungevity’s $70M VC, SunPower’s $42M debt and SolarCity’s 4.6 percent noteThe residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels; access to increasingly cheaper capital is helping too. We are in a post-CSI era ...

Google Signs Up to Buy 407 Megawatts of Buffett’s Wind Power

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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. The capacity will power Google’s Council Bluffs, Iowa, data center, according to a statement from Des Moines-based MidAmerican today. Terms weren’t disclosed. Google, along with Facebook Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and other companies, are buying buying power from renewable energy projects to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Google has agreed to buy more than a gigawatt of clean power. Corporate data centers are significant ...

25 Amazing Facts About Solar

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By Travis Hoium | More Articles April 20, 2014 | Comments (25)In the past few years alone, the solar industry has gone from a clean energy source that required subsidies just to stay afloat to a full-fledged economic force. Solar energy is now passing grid parity in Europe,

Nuclear Power and UN Reports

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A few of my pronuclear friends have been disappointed by the treatment of nuclear energy in the recently released final draft of the IPCC working group III Summary for policy makers. For example, Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues thinks that the IPCC is prejudiced against nuclear energy.

Four uses of wind energy around your home

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Wind is a source of energy that is freely and abundantly available in nature. Harnessing it and using it for energy generation will not only make it possible for every home to receive energy supply, but it will also save the environment from further degradation through emission of ...

U.S. Army Turns To Solar Arrays For Power – Largest Array On A U.S. Military Installation Planned

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The U.S. Army announced Monday, plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.“This will be the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation,” according to Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. A ground breaking is scheduled for April 25, with commercial operations commencing in late 2014. “Energy is an installation priority,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, Fort Huachuca commanding general. “The project goes ...

Feds: Biofuels Worse For Environment Than Gasoline

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WASHINGTON - Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.A $500,000 study paid for ...

Top 10 Trends in Brazil Biofuels for 2014

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Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest April 18, 2014|1 CommentsBrazil’s on the move on a number of fronts — sales, diversification of products and feedstocks, and even in engine development. Let’s look at the Top 10 Trends. If you thought it was all cane, cane, cane, think again. There’s a lot of movement on sorghum, and castor beans — and even some on corn. Sorghum: The biggest news of late was from NexSteppe, which reported this week that it sold more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of its Palo Alto high biomass ...

10 Charts that Reveal the Potential ROI for Solar Blogging

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California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Systems to the Grid

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UPDATE: SolarCity resumes applications as California regulators clear way for net-metered solar-battery systemsCalifornia regulators have just issued a rebuke to utilities, and a thumbs-up to customers and companies that want to connect hundreds of now-stalled battery-backed solar PV projects across the state. On Tuesday, the California Public Utilities ...

Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand

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Alex Morales, Bloomberg April 16, 2014|2 CommentsLONDON -- 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. New investment in renewable power and energy efficiency rose to $47.7 billion in the first three months of the year from $43.6 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in an e- mailed statement. The increase may mark a turnaround. Investment in low- carbon power and energy-efficiency equipment has fallen for two years as industrialized ...

Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption

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Scott Sklar, The Stella Group April 16, 2014|1 CommentsWhile 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. In a 2013 survey of global utility companies by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the results revealed that the utility industry leaders anticipate major changes to their business model in the near future. Ninety-four percent of international industry representatives surveyed predict that the power utility business model will be either completely transformed or significantly changed between today and 2030,

Show your love for renewable energy — it's #iheartrenewables week

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Following up on a fun #iheartwind week, the American Wind Energy Association (@AWEA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (@SEIA), the American Council On Renewable Energy (@ACORE), and others have designated this week leading up to Earth Day as #iheartrenewables week.You can help spread the message that we need,

Solar’s Dramatic Price Plunge Could Trigger Energy Price Deflation

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Industry observers have seen many dramatic graphs about price reductions in solar recently, such as this one tracing price drops over the last 30 years and this one from Citigroup, but the following graph from investment bank Sanford Bernstein is quite stunning -- not just for its simplicity ...

Wind farm restrictions 'would affect energy bills'

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Posted by Neil BrunskilEnergy bills could increase significantly in the UK if the Conservative Party pushes ahead with plans to limit the number of onshore wind farms across the country.This is according to a new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), which claimed replacing a single ...

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

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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,

Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time

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