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Investors Spent a Record $2 Trillion on Renewables, Report Says

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Investors have spent more than $2 trillion on clean-energy plants in the past decade and last year added more renewable capacity than ever before.

Investors Spent a Record $2 Trillion on Renewables, Report Says

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Investors have spent more than $2 trillion on clean-energy plants in the past decade and last year added more renewable capacity than ever before.

Beijing Puts Brakes on New Solar Panel Capacity

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

A new low-key announcement from Beijing is hinting at a quiet struggle taking place behind the scenes in China’s promising but embattled solar panel sector, with the regulator saying it will stop the building of most new manufacturing capacity. On one side of this struggle are local government officials, who may be encouraging solar panel makers in

Renewables Are Customizing PPAs for Mining Industry, But More Dialogue Necessary

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Goldcorp’s Chilean operations has dedicated time and effort to exploring renewable energy for its 200 MW El Morro project, which has encountered delays because the company’s environmental permit was challenged before the Supreme Court and the company lost.  Energy Manager Rodrigo Diaz has conducted several studies to explore the feasibility of rene

Fix the EU Emissions Trading System, And Carbon Markets Can Be Serious Business

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

What do the following have in common: New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Quebec, Alberta, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Beijing, Guangdong, Hubei, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Tokyo, Kyoto, Saitama and 28 countries in Europe?

New Software Optimizes Grid-scale Energy Storage, Gathers Vital Information for Grid Operators

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

When developing new energy projects, there are several software applications that can help with technology procurement decisions and monitoring. These programs are especially helpful in emerging technology fields like energy storage, where data can answer previously hazy application questions and potentially increase return on investment (ROI).

France Mandates Solar Roofs for Commercial Zones

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Recently passed legislation in France has mandated that the roofs of all new buildings in commercial areas must be so-called green roofs, which are at least partially covered in either solar modules or with living plants.

Solar, Wind Industries Release ‘How-To’ Handbook for Cutting Carbon Emissions

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

For states looking to meet new obligations under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have jointly published a handbook detailing how to incorporate renewable energy into state plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. Last year, solar energy helpe

Mexico Pledges to Cut Emissions 25 Percent in Climate Change Milestone

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Mexico has become the first developing nation to formally promise to cut its global-warming pollution, a potential milestone in efforts to reach a worldwide agreement on tackling climate change.

US Vote-a-Rama Reveals Senators’ Environmental Agenda

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

It’s been a big news day in the U.S. Senate, with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announcing he won’t run for another term.

One Man Working Behind-the-Scenes to Halt Oklahoma Wind Energy

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Oklahoma has quietly become the 4th largest wind producing state in America after jumping several states in the rankings over the past few years. The panhandle and the northeastern part of the state have been seen as promising areas for further development, with strong winds and nearby transmission lines that enable cheap, clean electricity.   Howe

How Many 9s of Accuracy: The Future of Solar Performance Benchmarking

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

When Vivint Solar acquired Solmetric Corporation in January 2014, the industry murmured concern. It was another in a string of “arms race-level” events between several top national solar installers.

UK Cuts Red Tape for Commercial Rooftop Solar

March 27th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

A change in the rules for permitted development rights in the UK has increased the development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property by a factor of 20. Under the new rules, installations up to 1 MW no longer require full planning permission for development.

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

March 27th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The March 24 opinion from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging fraud by Ormat in its preparation of three Section 1603 [hyperlink: appended below] cash grant (Cash Grant) applications for geothermal projects. In theory, either party could appeal, but that seems unlikely.

Focus on Digester Health for Efficient Biogas Operations

March 27th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Turning organic waste, such as manure, food scraps or expired food products into biogas is a modern type of alchemy that uses process-based technologies including an anaerobic digester, the organic waste feedstock, bacteria and by maintaining the proper temperature and pressure levels.

New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid

March 27th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic) that aims “to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.”

Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions

March 26th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country’s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

March 26th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25 percent of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it's needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can come

Chart: Every (Solar) Customer Demographic Prefers Email Communications

March 26th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Whether you’re marketing to solar installers or consumers, you should probably pay attention to this chart, which reveals that every age demographic overwhelmingly prefers to be contacted by email. From 18-year-olds to retirees above 65, they all want you talking to their inbox, and very few want you talking on the phone. Based on this chart, the b

Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Negative Energy

March 26th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions because it is carbon-neutral: it produces as much carbon as the plants suck out of the atmosphere.