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CPV Update: SunPower Ramps Up in China, Soitec Achieves South Africa Milestone

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1396020823093.jpg" /pSunPower says it has sold 70 MW of concentrated solar PV (CPV) "cell packages" to its joint venture in China's Inner Mongolia region for the first phase of two projects using the company's C7 low-concentration CPV (LCPV) technology: a 20-MW (dc) project in Saihan and a 100-MW (dc) project in Wuchuan, both scheduled for completion in 2015./p
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Our Investments Matter

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1396021157811.jpg" /pMany people consider themselves to be moral, but also feel morality has no place in investing. There is much argument about whether “Socially Responsible Investing” helps or harms returns, but it is not a moral argument.  Some people believe gambling is immoral, others don’t.  Neither group makes a distinction between the morality of gambling winni/p
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UK Renewable Electricity Generation Rose 28 Percent in 2013

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1396015974987.jpg" /pU.K. renewable power generation rose 28 percent last year as more wind farms and solar plants came online, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said./p
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Solar PR Memo to SolarWorld: Is It Time for the Win-Win-Win?

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1395990529335.jpg" /pDear SolarWorld, As a solar advocate and solar marketing consultant, I’d like to offer you some unsolicited PR and damage control advice again, this time regarding your most recent trade suit against China and Taiwan. Please value this advice for what it’s worth (free!). (For those readers needing a quickie review of SolarWorld’s trade complaint, h/p
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Panasonic Hesitant to Commit to Tesla Battery Factory

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/28/feature-0-1396026369611.jpg" /pPanasonic Corp., Tesla Motors Inc.’s primary supplier of lithium-ion cells for its electric Model S sedans, hasn’t committed to investing in the massive U.S. battery plant proposed by Tesla’s Elon Musk./p
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Building the Electricity System of the Future: Thinking Disruption, Doing Solutions

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/21/feature-0-1395428711256.jpg" /pThe speed of disruptive innovation in the electricity sector has been outpacing regulatory and utility business model reform, which is why they now sometimes feel in conflict. That disruptive innovation is only accelerating. RMI’s recent report,The Economics of Grid Defection: When and where distributed solar generation plus storage competes with traditional utility service, sets a timeline for utilities, regulators, and others to get ahead of the curve and shift from reactive to proactive approaches. Becoming proactive and deliberate about the electricity system's transformation, and doing so ahead of any fundamental shifts in customer economics, would enable us to optimize the grid and make distributed technologies the integral and valuable piece we believe they can and should be./p
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The Pros' Clean Energy Picks: Solar Dominates, Emerging Markets Drag

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/25/feature-0-1395753894248.png" /pIn December, I asked my panel of professional green money managers for their top three stock picks for 2014. You can find the full list and descriptions of the companies here. /p
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Is the Ukraine Crisis Compromising Germany's Renewable Energy Future?

Solar Energy News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:25
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/27/feature-0-1395941683013.jpg" /pThe crisis in Ukraine has added an extra dose of uncertainty to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's biggest domestic project: shifting the country from nuclear to renewable energy sources./p
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Shared Clean Energy Program Advances in Connecticut Legislature

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:22
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/27/feature-0-1395933968447.jpg" /pConnecticut could become the 11th state to pass shared renewables policy, the new approach to renewable energy that gives renters and others a way to go solar for the first time./p
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Kansas Will Plant Its First Community-Owned Solar Farm

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:13
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/26/feature-0-1395876186524.jpg" /pCustomer-owned utility Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) have signed an agreement to build a 1 megawatt community solar photovoltaic array, the largest in Kansas, with panels owned by Midwest Energy members throughout central and western Kansas. The 4,000-panel solar garden will be located within the Midwest/p
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NRG Buys Installer Roof Diagnostics in Rooftop Solar Push

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/27/feature-0-1395935770907.jpg" /pNRG Energy Inc. (NRG), the largest independent U.S. electricity producer, bought rooftop solar installer Roof Diagnostics Solar Inc. as it seeks to capitalize on the growing decentralized power market./p
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Top Inverter Maker SMA Loss Wider Than Expected after Solar Market Shifts

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/27/feature-0-1395932644597.jpg" /pSMA Solar Technology AG, Germany’s biggest solar maker, reported a wider-than-expected loss because demand shifted from its home market in Europe toward Asia./p
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Germany’s $2.8 Billion Power Link With Norway Threatened

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/27/feature-0-1395928957217.jpg" /pTalks between Germany and Norway about how to boost the trading of electricity from renewable sources are being held up by concerns that the power cable running under the North Sea won’t ever make money./p
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The Future of Chile's Energy Sector Lies with Renewable Energy, New Report Shows

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/21/feature-0-1395427503677.jpg" /pThe Chilean Renewable Energy Center recently released its annual report for 2013, and the numbers send a clear message: Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is where the action is. (In Chile, the term “non-conventional renewable energy” is used to exclude large hydroelectric plants, i.e. hydroelectric plants with an installed capacity over 20MW, from the category. Large hydro is considered conventional energy. For the sake of brevity, I use “renewable” in this blog in place of “non-conventional renewable.”)/p
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Can Europe Achieve a Clean, Affordable Power Balance?

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:24
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/19/feature-0-1395253795568.jpg" /pChange is sweeping the European power industry as the integration of renewables gains pace. How Europe eventually navigates through these dramatic changes will fascinate power decision makers globally. The debate over whether renewables would form a significant part of the future power generation infrastructure has moved on considerably within the last two years: the question is no longer ‘if’ the transition will take place, but ‘how’ an industry traditionally comprised of large units of coal, gas or nuclear power generation running 24/7 as base load is going to adapt to accommodate it./p
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Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Hits the Runway

Solar Energy News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:07
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/27/feature-0-1395930833830.jpg" /pE-commerce visionary Elon Musk and British punk-fashionista Vivienne Westwood see eye-to-eye on a new wave in clean energy: You need to find investors online./p
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Chinese Solar PV Module Suppliers Extend Their Lead Heading Into "Robust" 2014

Solar Energy News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 09:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/26/feature-0-1395855251407.jpg" /pThree industry groups now confirm that Chinese suppliers continue to increase their dominance over solar PV module shipments, and Yingli remains the biggest of them all./p
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Renewable Energy Trends Illuminated in Clean Edge’s Market Report

Solar Energy News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/26/feature-0-1395830407295.png" /pThe clean energy industry’s performance over the past year can be seen as a classic good news-bad news situation, according to the experts at Clean Energy, a research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. The industry saw dazzling growth, success, and rising stock prices in some sectors – most notably solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment – but downward trends and policy and finance hurdles in others./p
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Massachusetts Makes Progress for Finalizing SREC-II Regulation

Solar Energy News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/25/feature-0-1395769681652.jpg" /pSolar stakeholders in Massachusetts are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  On Monday, March 17th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have initiated the last review necessary before finalizing the Solar Carve-Out II program.  The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy /p
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The Wrong Answer to Tax Reform

Solar Energy News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:39
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/25/feature-0-1395765682276.jpg" /pFor many years, and particularly since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, U.S. federal income tax policy has served a dual function as both tax and renewable energy policy. However, last month House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-MI) released an expansive tax reform proposal in which a number of credits and deductions for renewable energy technology were recommended for repeal, effectively rewriting renewable energy policy by a proposed elimination of renewable energy from the federal tax code. /p
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