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Africa Takes First Steps Towards Renewables Revolution

Solar Energy News - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 01:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/3/3/feature-0-1393884564765.png" /pSouth Africa is leading the development of renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, but other countries are now beginning to follow. Ben Willis considers the challenges that await them./p
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Another Renewables-Limiting Tax Reform Proposal Launches Into Statis

Solar Energy News - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 09:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/28/feature-0-1393610065428.jpg" /pThis week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced his version of draft legislation to simplify the U.S. tax code, dubbed the "Tax Reform Act of 2014," which has some decidedly negative implications for renewable energy -- that is, if any of it makes it through Congressional compromise./p
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Musk Says Renewable Energy Shift to Bring ‘Strife’ for Utilities

Solar Energy News - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 07:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/28/feature-0-1393603345738.jpg" /pTesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said shifting to greater use of solar and wind power will challenge utility companies./p
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9 Great Reasons Why Vote Solar’s Equinox Party is a Must-Attend for Anyone in Solar

Solar Energy News - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/26/feature-0-1393463674473.jpg" /pIf you’re any kind of solar pro, you might want to attend Vote Solar’s annual Equinox Party just because California’s Governor Jerry Brown will be there or just because it’s always a blast with tasty food and drink, and 900 or so true-blue solar people. Those are spectacular reasons, for sure, but there’s an even bigger reason: Attend Equinox becau/p
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Is a Chinese Sun Powering Western Solar Energy Economies?

Solar Energy News - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/27/feature-0-1393515098378.jpg" /pThe EU is investing more and more in solar energy in order to meet its stated goal of having 20 percent of its energy generated by renewables and reducing emissions 20 percent by the year 2020, compared to 1990 levels. As an essential part of achieving this goal, large quantities of solar panels — in particular, Chinese manufactured solar panels — have been imported and placed on the EU market./p
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Jump-starting the Solar Undead and Improving Returns with Debt

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:47
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/20/feature-0-1392905225540.jpg" /pDebt can be one of the most challenging pieces to secure in the capital stack, and especially for solar projects under 1 MW. This is because renewable commercial banks see these deals as too small, regional banks have investment size and tenor limits that make financing difficult if not impossible, and local banks have limited experience with solar/p
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Utility Interests Push for Protectionism in State of Washington

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 07:49
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/27/feature-0-1393516367814.png" /pIn Washington, a legislative effort to undermine solar net metering is already underway. Utility interests are pushing a protectionist, anti-free market bill that would safeguard the monopolistic control of electricity generation by a handful of utilities. This is part two of a series on attacks on net metering in 2014 from the Energy Policy Inst/p
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Musk’s Planned $5 Billion Tesla Battery Gigafactory May Unleash Bidding War

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 07:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/27/feature-0-1393515954456.jpg" /pTesla Motors Inc.’s plan to build what co-founder Elon Musk bills as the world’s largest battery factory could shake up the power industry and trigger a bidding contest between states eager for the 6,500 jobs the $5 billion investment could create./p
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Readers Respond Day 5: Can We Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy?

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:28
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/17/feature-0-1392672975273.jpg" /pSeveral countries have announced ambitious goals to be powered completely by renewable energy, while other nations set smaller, incremental goals. These high aspirations have sparked quite a debate amongst industry experts, and we here at Renewable Energy World are curious to hear what you, our readers, have to say. /p
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Listen Up: Protecting Your Right to Go Solar

Solar Energy News - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 03:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/24/feature-0-1393258077764.jpg" /pYour right to go solar and get full credit for the electricity you send back to the grid is threatened. Not just in California and Arizona and Hawaii — but also at virtually every single investor owned utility (the aptly named IOUs) in the country. Net metering is the simplest and (arguably) the fairest way to compensate solar customers for the energy they send back to the grid during the day. But from an IOU's perspective, net metering carves away at the foundation of their profits by reducing their need for new assets and reducing their revenues. It's a war between the Guaranteed Profit Utilities and millions of potential solar homeowners. /p
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Solar Financing Models: Swimming Around the Sharks in the Water

Solar Energy News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:39
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/26/feature-0-1393422507520.jpg" /pA panel presentation last Friday at the MIT Energy Conference explored the evolution of financing sources for solar energy, particularly distributed generation, that are bringing new money into the industry./p
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Is Utility 2.0 a Forecast or a Post-Mortem?

Solar Energy News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:17
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/26/feature-0-1393428009353.jpg" /pFor the last six months, the energy news sphere (perhaps led by the Edison Electric Institute) has been rife with a discussion about the threat to the utility business from distributed energy like local solar, as their customers shift to getting their own power from nearby renewable resources.  Reports and news stories – e.g. “Adapt or Die” – sugge/p
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Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued for 200-MW Moapa Solar Project

Solar Energy News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/24/feature-0-1393260652236.jpg" /pThe Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at the U.S. Interior Dept. intends to file a final environmental impact statement for the proposed RES Americas Moapa Solar Energy Center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada./p
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Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

Solar Energy News - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 13:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/25/feature-0-1393362846410.jpg" /pAlthough low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as a fuel because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric materials. /p
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North Carolina’s Duke Energy Plans Attack on Solar

Solar Energy News - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:10
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/25/feature-1-1393358662872.png" /pIn a sign it will seek to maintain its monopolistic control of North Carolina’s energy generation, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good criticized solar net metering in a meeting with local reporters on January 22. According to the Charlotte News Observer’s John Murawski, the utility will push for “reducing how much North Carolina households are paid for ge/p
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From Donuts to Doing: Forging Strong Ties with Industry

Solar Energy News - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 07:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/25/feature-0-1393341597766.jpg" /pRumor has it that "green" jobs have faded into the sunset.  After all, enrollment for some renewable energy training is down and new topics are nudging "green" off the hit parade list.  But wait, not so fast.  Don't believe the unfounded rumor mill.  The Solar Foundation just released their Job Census and look, as of November 2013, the solar indust/p
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Europe to Lose Renewables Grip to Asia and Africa

Solar Energy News - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 07:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/25/feature-0-1393340761230.jpg" /pAfrica and Asia are set to grab a significant share of the global renewables market in the next year at the expense of European markets, according to research released today./p
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Ingenious Media to Funnel Half of IPO Proceeds Into UK Solar Assets

Solar Energy News - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 03:17
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/24/feature-0-1393258497589.jpg" /pIngenious Media Holdings Plc, an investor in films such as “Life of Pi” and “Avatar,” plans to channel more than half of its planned 160 million-pound ($266 million) fundraising into U.K. solar assets./p
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Power REIT's Preferred Stock Offering: A Hedge That Pays 7.75%

Solar Energy News - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/24/feature-0-1393261712921.jpg" /pSeveral smart money managers I know are excited by the heads-I-win, tails-I-win big opportunity offered by Power REIT’s (NYSE:PW) attempt to foreclose on its railroad lease with Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) and Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway (WLE). I know this because I’m one of them, and I’ve talked to others about it. Others aren’t quite so sure. /p
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Powering the US with Renewables: A State-By-State Roadmap

Solar Energy News - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2014/2/24/feature-0-1393260346012.jpg" /pWhat does it take to convert a city, a state, a nation, to 100 percent renewable energy? Many countries are giving it a go with very ambitious goals to be 100-percent powered by renewable energy (islands seem to have a leg up). But what about right here in the U.S., how could that be achieved for this nation? And since all politics is local (and most especially true for renewable energy policies), how could it be done by individual states? /p
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