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Sustainable Log Home Designs

This post is for the growing number of sustainability practitioners who happen to be interested in log homes, a sustainable building material. Sarah Woods has informed PlanetSave about a new collection of sustainable log home floor plans she has just finished creating. The plans — available at no cost — run the gamut of square footage […]

June 16th

Zambia Solar Auction Inks Record-Low 6.02¢ Price Benchmark

Solar auction bids in Zambia reached record low prices on Monday. According to pv-tech, this nation has set a new benchmark for low-cost solar electricity in Africa, posting a competitive auction under the ‘Scaling Solar’ program, which saw winning bids as low as 6.02 cents/kWh. Green and clean electricity is look highly price-competitive on a […]

June 15th

Boulder & Xcel Energy Negotiating To End City Bid To Form Municipal Utility

UtilityDIVE reports Boulder, Colorado and Xcel Energy are in negotiations to end this city’s bid to form a municipal utility. Last summer, Boulder requested the Colorado PUC transfer assets from Xcel to allow the city to serve customers outside the incorporated lines.  The request was followed by legal challenges concerning using infrastructure outside city boundaries. Boulder leaders […]

June 12th

Liter Of Light Campaign Targets Energy Poverty

Fighting energy poverty for some 1.3 billion people worldwide is a primary goal for many innovators, including the Liter of Light campaign. This open-sourced movement has launched a modest 30-day $27,000 Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in oder to help provide ecologically sustainable illumination to people who have none. Liter of Light aims to provide ecologically sustainable and […]

June 12th

The Last Stand Of Renewable Energy Subsidies?

The clean energy chorus now takes the stage as the pro and con arguments are being heard loud and clear for either maintaining or eliminating renewable energy subsidies. As reported by GTM, a recent report from the International Energy Agency on transitioning policy frameworks for renewables. IEA researchers argue that renewable energy projects will continue to need […]

June 10th

Pact Of Amsterdam Calls For EU Cities’ Air Pollution Action Plan

The Pact of Amsterdam has been released, seeking collaboration from EU cities concerning pressing challenges such as air pollution, climate adaptation, transportation, and energy transition. “Cities have a key role to play in translating national and EU policy objectives into concrete action. They directly or indirectly implement EU policies and legislation and contribute to EU’s […]

June 2nd

Metro de Santiago Boasts World’s First Solar-Powered Public Transit System

In an agreement announced this week by Total and SunPower, Chile’s Metro de Santiago is ready to feature the world’s first metro to run on solar electricity. The clean energy public transit system became official when SunPower signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours of solar electricity annually to Metro […]

May 25th

Off-Grid African & South Asian Lighting Boom Saves Poor Households $3.4 Billion

According to the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), poor households in Asia and Africa saved some $3.4 billion based on the rapid uptake of solar lighting. GOGLA has released its Social Impact Report, which addresses a significant increase in solar lighting products in off-grid locales. The impact of having such lighting solutions available is viewed as “more […]

May 25th

UK & Kenya Sign MoU For Renewable Energy Cooperation

The UK government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Kenya to strengthen cooperation in the renewable energy sector. According to UK press information, the MoU is intended to  “…promote opportunities for private sector trade and investment by the UK in Kenya’s renewable energy sector.” The document was signed on behalf of the respective Governments by […]

May 20th

Solar Project Uncertainty Reigns In Maine Following Gubernatorial Veto

Following a recent gubernatorial veto on a solar bill, the Portland Press Herald has reported large-scale solar generation projects are being reviewed or delayed because legislation to make them more financially viable is absent. Maine Governor Paul LePage’s decision to veto a solar bill, L.D. 1649, which would have increased the amount of solar-generated electricity in […]

May 19th

Argentina Will Auction 1 GW Renewable Electricity

Argentina has opened its first auction for the acquisition of renewable electricity. According to pv magazine, Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, has announced the opening of an auction for 1 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy capacity. The auction targets adding a renewable portfolio into this nation’s energy mix by summer of 2017/2018, and with a deadline […]

May 19th

Solar Foundation Will Lead DOE Workforce Development Program For Transitioning Military Personnel

The Solar Foundation has announced that it has been selected by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to lead a nationwide solar energy training program for former military members, Solar Ready Vets. Of note, the program will work with military bases and local training providers in order to prepare transitioning military personnel for careers in solar, […]

May 18th

US Solar Panel Installations On The Rise

For those wanting to assemble additional renewable energy factoids, California and Arizona are leading the country in most solar panel installations, while California, Texas, and Colorado head up the list for which states offer the most in the way of monetary incentives. A new study by Modernize shows strong nationwide support for solar energy is taking place. […]

May 18th

World Bank Targeting $625 Million Aid For India Solar Program

Planning for growing solar development in India has received a solid boost from the World Bank, following board approval of a $625 million loan to support India’s grid connected rooftop solar program to generate clean energy. According to The Economic Times, the board also approved a co-financing loan of $120 million and a $5 million grant […]

May 17th

How Big-Four Utilities In Germany View Renewables

Concerning the four largest utilities in Germany, renewable electricity is gaining a larger share of the pie in comparison to conventional energy generation. As reported by PV-Tech, Germany’s ‘big four’ utilities all point to the growing importance of renewable energy in quarterly reporting their latest financial results. This week, RWE, E.On, EnBW and Vattenfall delivered 2016 […]

May 13th

Maine’s Net Metering Ball In PUC’s Court

Following the failure of a bill to replace retail rate net metering with a market-based incentive system, an updated net metering policy in Maine remains to be determined. UtilityDIVE provided this extremely accurate headline: “With Maine solar bill dead, industry waits on regulators for net metering reforms” Yes, indeed! Everyone involved in the industry appears to […]

May 12th

Stay On Top Of State Clean Energy Policies Via SPOT

For those wanting to understand clean energy policies on a state-by-state basis, SPOT is a new acronym which will prove to be very useful. Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy and the Nature Conservancy have developed a state-by-state clean energy policy tracking site, called SPOT. The acronym stands for this important purpose: State Policy […]

May 12th

Thoughts On Saudi Arabia’s Big 9.5 GW Renewable Energy Target For 2023

Following the April and May announcements from Saudi Arabia concerning its ambitious 9.5 GW renewable energy target, Apricum, a cleantech advisory and strategy consulting firm, has published an initial response to this news. “Over the weekend, we received additional clarity on the timing of the target – it applies to 2023, not 2030 as previously […]

May 11th

ACC Approves Tucson Electric Power’s Bid To Increase Renewable Energy, Sans Utility-Owned Solar

Following the ongoing and sometimes bitter confrontation between solar advocates and utilities, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved a proposal from Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to boost investments in renewable energy and deploy two 10 MW (5 MWh) energy storage pilot projects. However, the issue of this utility owning the renewables it distributes remains undecided, pending further […]

May 6th

Head Of Nevada PUC Sees ‘Bright Future’ For Rooftop Solar

After watching two rooftop solar installers pull up stakes in the state and being named in upcoming lawsuits, Paul Thomsen, head of the Nevada PUC, has defended the regulatory agency’s recent net metering decisions, stating he sees a solid future for clean energy growth. His involvement in debates like those which took place in Arizona and […]

May 4th

Spain Energy Pioneer Abengoa Wins Fiscal Protection Via US Bankruptcy Court

The financially troubled international renewable energy pioneer Abengoa, which filed for bankruptcy protection last November, has been granted bankruptcy protection under Chapter 15. This protection has been provided, in spite of the objections of a group of insurance companies claiming the Spanish renewables company’s talks to restructure billions in debt was unfair to US creditors. […]

May 3rd

Ghana To Update Feed-In Tariff Incentives To Last 20-Year Life

Solar incentives are getting a long-sought-after boost in Ghana. According to PVTech, if all goes as planned, Ghana will soon update its solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) program with payment contracts which last for 20 years as opposed to the current 10-year length. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, director of renewables and alternative energy at the Ministry of Power Ghana, […]

May 1st

Solar Cease-Fire: Arizona Solar Advocates And Lawmakers Drop Dueling Ballot Initiatives

Arizona solar advocates and lawmakers have negotiated a compromise, leading them to drop competing solar ballot initiatives to amend the state’s constitution. According UtilityDIVE and PV-Tech, this cease-fire allows both sides to reach a compromise which boosts solar while addressing the concerns of utilities. A ceasefire between SolarCity and Arizona Public Service Company has the two sides […]

April 30th