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  • US Solar Manufacturer Suniva To Build 200-MW Facility in Michigan
    U.S.-based solar cell and module maker Suniva announced that it will open a second manufacturing facility in 2014, set to be located in Michigan. The facility will be able to churn out up to 200 MW of capacity of its high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules.
  • Crying Fowl or Crying Wolf? Open Season on the Utility's Solar Duck Chart
    The rapid changes to the electricity system being wrought by distributed solar have utilities crying out, and they?ve poured much of their distributed solar angst into a chart being shared throughout the energy nerdocracy ? the duck. The Duck Chart, Showing Net Supply/Demand on the California Grid in 2012-13, Forecast through 2020 Until 2012, daily
  • Solar Battle of the Bands: Where Music, Solar, and Marketing Join in Harmony
    This blog has always been about solar marketing and advocacy, and so it?s always fun to report on Solar Battle of the Bands, an annual Intersolar sold-out tradition that harmoniously incorporates both.  Yes, there is a marketing aspect to this event, but let?s not be cynical here. If you?ve ever been to a Solar Battle of the Bands, you know the eve
  • Keeping Up with Energy Storage
    Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, ?Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,? takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector. The report uses information from the Department of Energy?s Global Energy Storage Database to analyze 215 distributed generation energy storage projects developed by or in partnership with utilities.
  • How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Ja...
    Japan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels ? but among all major industrial countries, it?s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany?s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does.
  • Steam from the Sun
    A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure ? a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam ? is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure?s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material?s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.
  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in Fir...
    According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).
  • Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?
    On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (?countervails?) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels installed in the U.S. were Chinese modules. Within the distributed sector alo
  • Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos, Created Unequal
    In January I predicted 2014 would be the year "renewable energy finance comes of age." Here's how Jennifer Runyon quoted me on Renewable Energy World:
  • Get the Most Out of Solar: Cloud-Based Data Monitoring and Control Solutions
    As the cost of implementing solar panels drops, more organizations are looking to deploy solar energy solutions. Experts predict a rise in solar investment in coming years. Monitoring and analyzing data from field sensors is a fundamental part of successful solar, and wind, energy businesses. Real-time, or up to date information about the energy used and created helps businesses respond better to changes in supply, identity potential problems and manage communication throughout supply and delivery chains.
  • Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy
    Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers? Principles ? a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments easier for companies and meet rising demand. As one of the man
  • Solar-powered Gondola Saving Clean Mountain Air in Colorado
    Visiting Telluride, Colorado, the first thing you notice, besides the spectacular mountain view, is a free gondola. The gondola, traveling from the town of Telluride to the town of Mountain Village, is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States. It was built to improve air quality in the region by keeping cars off the road.
  • Top 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms
    Over the years we?ve seen and experienced many challenges and barriers in the constantly evolving renewable energy industry. There are regulatory hurdles, technical challenges, and consumer acceptance, to name a few. But one of the biggest impediments to widespread change has always been finance. Now, the emerging finance method of ?crowdfunding? h

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