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Illinois Solar Gets Closer to Game Time

December 19th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The Illinois solar market is marching ahead to an eventful 2015.  Recent action on the Supplemental Procurement Plan means solar energy system owners should look for the Illinois SREC market to come to fruition very soon. Earlier this month, the Illinois Commerce Commission released a draft Proposed Order on the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) Supple

Listen Up: What Influences People to Install Rooftop Solar?

December 19th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Ahhh. The Holy Grail of Customer Acquisition. Maybe it's low price ... great company reputation ... special technology ... brand name products ... ubiquitous marketing? I've tried all of them and they all work, to a degree. But these tactics are not cheap, consistent or scalable.

Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy — Reliably — Every Day

December 19th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid to date. That’s enough electricity to supply 17.9 million homes.

Duke Prepares Distributed Solar Program in South Carolina

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Duke Energy and other utilities in South Carolina are preparing a plan for developing distributed solar in the state on the heels of a net metering agreement announced last week. The utility plan will be delivered to the state public utilities commission in February, and after a few months of expected PUC deliberation, Duke will begin implementation “immediately,” according to Ryan Mosier, a spokesperson for the utility.

Celebrate the Holidays with SolarEdge’s New Video: Always the Sun

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Solar Tariffs: Throttling America’s Biggest Job Creation Machine

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The U.S. Department of Commerce just announced that it will add high tariffs for solar modules imported from China. The Canadian government is also investigating the adoption of similar measures, following recent complaints filed by Ontario-based solar manufacturers. With the solar industry in hypergrowth, it’s not a surprise that these governments are interested in boosting new jobs, protecting their economies, and fostering the solar sector. The problem is that tariffs are a short-sighted approach that actually attack the future of North American solar on its home soil, and likely destroy more jobs than they create.

Japan Toughens Rules for Renewable Energy Incentive Payments

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Japan’s trade ministry is setting stricter rules for production and sales of renewable energy in what it says is a drive to speed up development of projects and ensure stable power supply.

A Look Back at 2014: What Does a Shortage of Bankable Projects Mean for C&I Solar?

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Solar project development is cyclical: more capital chases projects, oversupply of capital brings down yields, capital exits the space, more projects chase the money; rinse, lather, and repeat. As we reflect on 2014, we will remember it as a year when an abundance of sponsor equity was met with a shortage of bankable project opportunities. Here’s w

Solar Plus Battery Storage Market to Reach $1 Billion in US by 2018

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Demand for rooftop solar paired with energy storage systems will reach $1 billion in the U.S. within four years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Renewable Energy Is Driving the Energy Transformation: REWNA Recap Video

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Renewable energy stakeholders are well aware that clean energy is slowly but steadily transforming the energy landscape and that message couldn’t have been more clear at the recently concluded Power-Gen International, the largest show for the traditional power generation industry. Since all forms of power generation are represented at the show through the four co-located conferences, PennWell calls the second week in December "Power Generation Week."

What the Senate’s Tax Extender Bill Means for Wind Energy

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

There is big news to report from the front lines of our current campaign to protect wind in 2015. And though there’s bad news and good news — it all points to how critical your voice is going to continue to be in our fight for clean, homegrown energy.

Buffett Testing Smart Grid Technology for Home Energy Management

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Warren Buffett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his energy company in the U.K does. Buffett’s Northern Powergrid Holdings Co. is working with Siemens AG to test a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home.

British Columbia to Proceed with $7.6 Billion Hydropower Project

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

British Columbia plans to proceed with construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in the Canadian province’s northeast.

Solar Fred’s Solar Marketing Wishes for 2015: Market People, Not Solar

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Yes, it’s that time of year when I send out my list of 2015 solar marketing wishes and hope that you all will grant them within your own efforts. (If you missed my previous years, check out last year’s wishes, which includes links to other years.) This year it’s one big wish, and that is that you will focus on marketing people in 2015 rather than m

Big News: More Tariffs on Solar Panels from China

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its final findings in the 3-year long trade war between the U.S. and China. Additional tariffs will be imposed on modules from China and Taiwan. Although this is good news for SolarWorld and other American solar PV manufacturers, many in the U.S. solar industry are not celebrating and the decision is expected to further divide an already shaken solar industry.

East African Countries Move to Adopt Renewable Energy Technologies

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The East African region is leading the continent’s charge to embrace renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and wind power.

Report Shows Which States Excel and Lag in Promoting Solar Energy

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it.

Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Moves Forward

December 16th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Vestas Wind Systems A/S won an order to supply what the company says will be Africa’s biggest wind- power plant in a sign that clean-energy investments are picking up on the poorest continent.

Spreading the Solar Cheer: Reaching Low-Income Customers

December 16th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Heating and cooling are not “nice-to-haves” in most areas of the U.S. – they are a necessity. However, this basic need creates a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Statistics vary on how much low-income families typically spend on their energy bills, but it’s in the range of 6-20 percent of their annual income, much higher than the nat

Will States Take Over Demand Response Markets in the US?

December 16th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

How will demand response (DR) be compensated in wholesale energy markets under NY’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative in the wake of the DC Circuit Court’s decision vacating Order 745, and how will the bulk system respond to cuts in peak demand with the growth of distributed energy generation (DEG)? How will FERC’s role change as regulat