Renewable Energy News
- SEIA Launches New Campaign to Extend Solar Investment Tax Credit
The 30 percent solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to be reduced to 10 percent in 2016, so the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new campaign for a long-term extension. SEIA President Rhone Resch explained the importance of such an extension in Solar Central at Solar Power International 2014, and called for industry support.
- Enphase Unveils New Energy Management System with Integrated Storage
Microinverter manufacturer Enphase unveiled an energy management system that includes a microinverter, plug-and-play battery storage, and control and monitoring capabilities today at Solar Power International.
- SPI Slideshow Day One: Batteries, Policy, Awards, Oh My!
The Renewable Energy World team is at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada gathering news, networking and taking in the show, which began with a flurry of excitement.
- Vestas Wind Plans China Push with New Models, Component Content
Vestas Wind Systems A/S., the world?s biggest wind turbine maker, will extend its push into China with plans to use more component contents from Chinese suppliers while also bringing models suited for varying wind conditions to the country.
- LDK Files for Bankruptcy in U.S. Court on China Solar Glut
LDK Solar Co., the Chinese solar- cell maker that defaulted on its bonds this year, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. to help carry out restructurings already under way in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.
- The Future of Solar Economics and Policy
Solar power is at a unique place in history. It?s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change. But the continued expansion of distributed solar power ma
- The Key to Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Minimize Risk, Maximize Return
Roofing systems are valuable assets designed to perform a critical function ? protect the top of a building. A building?s roof may not have been designed to become the permanent platform for a heavy photovoltaic (PV) system. But throughout the world, rooftops are being converted into solar power systems as building owners, energy advisory agencies and other decision-makers attempt to capitalize on the environmental and financial benefits of installing a rooftop PV system.
- EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs
The EPA?s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants emphasizes the ample flexibility it provides to states. However, careful analysis of the rule shows that it provides significant flexibility for how states can achieve the required CO2 reductions, but little flexibility on when to achieve them. In fact, most of the emission reductions it calls for are required in 2020, the rule?s first year.
- European Commission Studies Renewable Costs
New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs and subsidy levels.
- Does the Psychological Effect of Oil Prices Impact the Solar Industry?
Plunging oil prices are shifting investor sentiment away from renewable power and helping pull down shares for solar companies, said Gordon Johnson, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management in New York.
- Can Solar Financing Partnerships Make the Middle Market Work?
With few exceptions, most commercial projects we see come from developers going out to the market with each individual project, which will then go to the highest bidder. That sounds straight-forward. Why wouldn?t a developer want to go after the highest price? Two words: transaction costs. Though auctioning a project to the highest bidder and getti
- UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund
The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain?s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.
- Renewable Energy Storage Gains Critical Mass
A host of U.S. renewable energy storage executives recently gathered here in the Silicon Valley are referring to the rapid expansion of the storage industry by comparing it to the solar power industry six or eight years ago, before that companion sector became the juggernaut it is now.