Green Power News
- Can Solar Power Help Marijuana Growers?
The sun has been around for a long time. So has marijuana, but legal pot in the U.S. hasn?t been around quite as long. In fact, earlier this year Colorado became the first state to sell legal marijuana in the U.S. With the country?s ? if not the world?s ? eyes on Colorado?s new policy, growers are looking for opportunities to better use their profi
- Another Renewables-Limiting Tax Reform Proposal Launches Into Statis
This week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced his version of draft legislation to simplify the U.S. tax code, dubbed the "Tax Reform Act of 2014," which has some decidedly negative implications for renewable energy -- that is, if any of it makes it through Congressional compromise.
- Solar Financing Models: Swimming Around the Sharks in the Water
A panel presentation last Friday at the MIT Energy Conference explored the evolution of financing sources for solar energy, particularly distributed generation, that are bringing new money into the industry.
- Powering the US with Renewables: A State-By-State Roadmap
What does it take to convert a city, a state, a nation, to 100 percent renewable energy? Many countries are giving it a go with very ambitious goals to be 100-percent powered by renewable energy (islands seem to have a leg up). But what about right here in the U.S., how could that be achieved for this nation? And since all politics is local (and most especially true for renewable energy policies), how could it be done by individual states?
- New Year Off to Hot Start for US Solar Industry
With the coldest winter in two decades gripping much of the country this year ? and wild price swings for natural gas rattling the markets, not to mention American consumers ? it?s easy for many people to overlook the ?hot start? in 2014 for solar energy. But so far this year, it?s been good news followed by even more good news for the U.S. solar i
- The #1 Solar Utility Is in?Iowa?
It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the 640-member cooperative will have over 1,500 Watts of solar per customer on their system, nearly
- Asia Report: US-Taiwan Solar Trade Dispute Forges On
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted ? unanimously ? to move ahead in its investigation of Taiwanese imports of solar PV products, continuing the latest storyline in the broad U.S.-vs.-China solar trade war.
- Latin America Report: How Chile Is Shepherding Its Renewable Energy Expansion
Chile's renewable energy capacity soared 40 percent in 2013 to 1.1 GW, approximately 6.3 percent of total capacity in the central (SIC) and northern (SING) grids, according to figures from the Centro de Energías Renovables (CER) of the Ministerio de Energía. Renewable energy generation was just shy of 4 TWh, a 26 percent jump from the prior year and representing 5.85 percent of overall electricity generation.
- Goin' Fishing: Two Crowdfunding Campaigns for Ocean Energy
We don't get to cover ocean/tidal energy as often as some of our other renewable energy topics, so imagine our surprise when we got word of not one but two updates this week -- and both of them involving the hot topic of crowdfunding. Read on and if you like what you see, you can help contribute to their future success. Berkeley's Seafloor Carpet U
- What to Look for in an Off-grid Solar Inverter
The modern solar industry was born through off-grid solar, a market which continues to be an important aspect of the industry. Around the world, one in six people live beyond the reach of utility power, but they can rely on off-grid solar systems for electricity. In North America, off-grid solar is especially popular for buildings in remote locatio
- Energy Storage Update: WattJoule, Primus, Green Charge Networks
A busy couple of days for energy storage on both sides of the meter: WattJoule says it's figuring out how to finally solve the puzzle for reliable cost-competitive vanadium redox flow batteries, Primus Power lands more funding for its own flow batteries, and Green Charge Networks tallies up new customer installations, including many tied to solar energy systems.
- US State of the Union 2014: A Back Seat for Renewable Energy
Broader domestic social issues and an international policy that moves away from "a permanent war footing" took center stage in President Obama's State of the Union address (SOTUS) last night. Domestic energy policies, including renewable energy, largely took a back seat to the President's bigger talking points: hiking the minimum wage for federal contractors, urging final immigration reforms, strong pushes in employment and job-training, education, retirement savings, and healthcare.
- Energy Storage Roundup: Xtreme Power, Rhubarb, Compressed Air, DOE's Grid-Sca...
Grid-scale battery storage continues to be a tough place to do business.