- Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collec...
Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5 percent of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it?s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands a
- Solar Panel Prices Expected to Rise in the US Due to New Tariffs on Chinese P...
On Friday evening the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary findings in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of some crystalline silicon PV products from China and Taiwan. Most solar products entering the U.S. market from China and Taiwan will now face import duties.
- China Solar Projects Poised to Fuel Rebound in Panel Prices
JA Solar Holdings Co. expects solar panel prices in China to recover as developers scale up projects and government measures encourage developments.
- Net-Metering: The Great Debate
Effective energy policies, economies of scale and new technologies have achieved something remarkable: solar energy production is now at the scale and cost necessary to be competitive with, if not cheaper than retail electricity from utilities. Solar energy is becoming part of the mainstream. Families, schools and businesses are going solar in record numbers nationwide, even as incentives decrease. Now that we?ve built this new energy economy, it?s critical that we keep the way clear for Americans to keep going solar. Net-metering policies are an instrumental piece to this puzzle that deserve a closer look.
- Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?
There?s a class of fuels that don?t use an intervening biomass to make a fuel ? so, though they use biology or waste carbon, they?ve bristled at being called ?biofuels." Instead, the technologies that depend on unique pathways to converting CO2 and water to fuels and chemicals prefer ?solar fuels."
- Google Hangout July 30 at 1:00 PM ET with PennWell Editors to Learn About Our...
- German Utilities Paid to Stabilize Grid Due to Increased Wind and Solar
Germany?s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country?s electricity grid.
- What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling?
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued a panel report to its members on a dispute between China and the United States involving solar panels and sixteen other products. Recent reports delcared the U.S. countervailing duties ?illegal? as a result of the ruling, which may be a misleading summary of what actually occur
- Solar Software Tools Slashing Soft Costs
It?s estimated installers spend up to $3,000 to acquire each new customer. This high price of customer acquisition is one of the many so called ?soft costs? that increase the price of solar and reduce installer margins. Every step along the road to a signed contract has inefficiencies, which is spurring new software solutions to help installers increase their sales volume and close deals faster.
- As US Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Focused on States and Cities
Clean Edge?s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in recent years ? even with encouraging national-level initiatives from the Obama administration ? states and cities continue to be where most of the action is.
- Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot
Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ?freeze? on the state?s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect
- India Plans Its Biggest Solar Power Auction with 1,500 Megawatts
India plans to auction 1,500 megawatts of solar-power capacity in its biggest tender yet, saying photovoltaics may supply power as cheaply as coal five years earlier than it expected.
- UK Announces $340 Million Renewable Power Contract Auction
The U.K. said renewable-power projects will compete for guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year as part of its first auction of contracts to spur low-carbon electricity.