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European Commission Studies Renewable Costs

October 20th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs a subsidy levels.

Does the Psychological Effect of Oil Prices Impact the Solar Industry?

October 20th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Plunging oil prices are shifting investor sentiment away from renewable power and helping pull down shares for solar companies, said Gordon Johnson, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management in New York.

Can Solar Financing Partnerships Make the Middle Market Work?

October 20th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

With few exceptions, most commercial projects we see come from developers going out to the market with each individual project, which will then go to the highest bidder. That sounds straight-forward. Why wouldn’t a developer want to go after the highest price? Two words: transaction costs. Though auctioning a project to the highest bidder and getti

UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund

October 20th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain’s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.

Renewable Energy Storage Gains Critical Mass

October 20th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

A host of U.S. renewable energy storage executives recently gathered here in the Silicon Valley are referring to the rapid expansion of the storage industry by comparing it to the solar power industry six or eight years ago, before that companion sector became the juggernaut it is now.

Earth to Cellulosic Biofuels: Good to See You, Buddy, What Took So Long? Part II

October 20th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

There’s a gigantic disconnect between two sections in the country as to whether the United States should be celebrating the success or the failure of cellulosic biofuels. Supporters and detractors alike saying that the wave of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol refineries is a new wave in technology or the latest round in a wave of unimportant hype.

It’s Time to Ask the Wallflower Solar Markets to the Dance

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

If commercial solar project finance was high school, hot markets such as New York, California, Hawaii, and North Carolina would be the “it” girls: everyone is talking about them, and everyone wants to finance their projects. Still, there are wallflower markets out there that may be less flashy, but nevertheless deserve some attention. Here’s why we

New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

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

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030.

SunEdison in Talks for $2 Billion Polysilicon Plant in China

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

SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company this year, is in talks with a Chinese company about investing as much as $2 billion to build a polysilicon factory in China.

Action in India: Government Announces 15-GW Solar Power Purchase Program

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

Solar energy action in India just got more exciting. The federal government of India announced the largest of its National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes to date — 15,000 MW over the next five years.

Top US Companies Increasingly Turning to Solar Energy

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

What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers?  These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy.  Today, 129 million Americans – more than 40 percent of our nation’s entire population – live within 20 miles of a solar-powered business.  And that number has doubled si

Canada’s $7 Billion Hydro-Dam Project Wins Environmental Approval

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

British Columbia’s C$7.9 billion ($7 billion) Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River won environmental approval, paving the way for final decision later this year.

Brazil Bioenergy Bonanza: New Biofuel Refinery in the Works, Areva To Build 150-MW Biomass Plant

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

Brazil, known as a leader in the bioenergy scene, continues to show its dominance in the industry with plans for a new cellulosic ethanol plant and a 150-MW woody biomass plant, the nation's largest.

Putin Strengthening China-Russia Ties for Renewable Energy Development

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

China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year — a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries’ economic interests and the world stage — that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant.

Germany’s Clean Electricity Costs Decline for First Time

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.

SolarCity at It Again, Offers $200 Million in Bonds to Investors

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

SolarCity Corp. is offering retail investors as much as $200 million in bonds that will be paid through revenue the company receives for selling electricity.

Offshore Wind Power Can Save US Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. That’s right: $7.68 billion annually. (If utilities and grid operators pass those savings onto consumers, that’s about $100 a year per family of four.)

Analyst: US Residential Demand Could Approach 1 GW Annually

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The outlook for the residential solar market in the United States remains strong, with policymakers looking to reduce the regulatory burden for new installations and major downstream players focusing on continued installed system cost reduction.

We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).  EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an “E” for effort so far.  But effort without good outcomes doesn’t really count.  Sadly, the EPA’s rule as proposed would create unin

We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).  EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an “E” for effort so far.  But effort without good outcomes doesn’t really count.  Sadly, the EPA’s rule as proposed would create unin