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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo
    Tocardo International BV, a Dutch maker of turbines that generate power from water, said the market for installing its devices in rivers may be worth as much as 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 10 years? time.
  • Where?s the Heat? Geothermal Industry Seeks Resource Assessment Tools to Spur...
    Commissioning a geothermal project is no easy task. Of all the renewable energy technologies, it has one of the longest project lead times ? it can take an average of eight years from start to finish. Due to its heavy front-end expense, developers must be as certain as possible that they are spending time and money on a viable resource. So when drilling through hot rock, imagine the developer?s surprise ? and utter disappointment ? when equipment suddenly melts away after hitting magma.
  • An Enormous Question for ?Solar Choice?
    Two weeks ago, Minnesota?s Public Utilities Commission ratified the first-ever statewide policy for setting a fair and transparent price on solar energy. This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared war on this ?value of solar? policy, and pretty much every financial model for
  • CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy So...
    What?s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?
  • Turning the Tide on Barrage Technology
    For countless centuries the power of the tides has been known and understood. It is perhaps remarkable that this prodigious energy been used to generate electricity only within the last half a century. In a bid to rectify this apparent omission, over recent years significant research and development dollars have been ploughed into the development of numerous novel marine hydrokinetic technologies, such as tidal current turbines, which are only now emerging commercially.
  • 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.
  • Massachusetts Finalizes SREC-II Program: Here's What You Can Expect
    On April 11th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have now filed the final revisions for the SREC-II program with the Secretary of State?s office.  These final revisions will go into effect on April 25, 2014 once the rules have been promulgated. To qualify for SREC-I, all systems less than 100 kW must both s
  • 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.
  • Trina Warning Foreshadows China's Solar Gloom
    After watching their shares and prospects soar over the past year, solar stocks are suddenly hitting a cloudy patch as investors anxiously wait for most companies to return to the profit column following a two-year sector downturn. That wait may have just gotten a lot longer, following a warning from Trina Solar(NYSE: TSL) that it will fall far sho

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