Author: Glenn Meyers

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US Senate Passes Long-Awaited Energy Bill

The US Senate has scrapped a retroactive net metering protection provision while passing a long-awaited energy bill as a bipartisan measure drafted to modernize the nation’s oil, gas and electricity systems and align them with more climate-friendly solutions. S.2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 As reported by PV-Tech, the US Senate bill was approved […]

April 28th

Verengo Solar & Swell Energy Announce Residential Home Energy Storage Partnership

A home energy storage partnership deal has been inked between California-based Verengo Solar and battery provider Swell Energy. The deal is intended to establish another one-stop home energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market. Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo Solar will become a preferred installer of Swell Energy’s home solar […]

April 27th

CU-Boulder & NREL Scientists Make Ammonia For Fertilizers From Sunlight

A group of scientists led by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado-Boulder has developed a new, eco-friendly method to produce ammonia, the main ingredient of fertilizers, using light. This study also included researchers from Utah State University (USU) and Montana State University (MSU). Discovery details The […]

April 25th

Russia Renewable Energy Report

Other than large hydroelectric plants in Russia, all other forms of renewable energy accounts for less than 1% of power generation capacity. These metrics come from Russia Direct, which reports when it comes to wind, solar and geothermal energy, Russia’s renewable potential is terrifyingly underdeveloped. Russia’s economically viable wind resources are situated along coastal areas – […]

April 25th

GRID Alternatives Launches Free CA Solar Design/Install Service For Multifamily Affordable Housing

This month, GRID Alternatives launched its free national technical assistance and turnkey solar design/install service for multifamily affordable housing in California. This nonprofit solar installer announced it has expanded its multifamily solar program to now include free technical assistance nationally for affordable housing owners, developers, and operators. This technical assistance service, which was launched to coincide with […]

April 19th

NREL Researches Capturing Waste Heat Via Nanotubes

There may be a remarkable potential energy future for nanotubes. Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) believe finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator which captures and uses waste heat. According to press information, this research might help guide the manufacture of […]

April 19th

Study: Wind, Solar, And Other Clean Energy Could Supply All US Power

Citing a new study, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources presently make up about 10% of US electricity supply, but transitioning to 100% clean energy is both necessary and feasible, states Environment New York. Environment New York (ENY) has released a new white paper, “We Have the Power: 100 Percent Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving […]

April 19th

World Bank Targets 30 GW Of Renewable Energy In New Climate Action Plan

World Bank’s new 30 GW climate action plan for renewable energy promises to have a timely international impact on global energy planning and production strategies. The World Bank Group unveiled its ambitious new plan to aid developing countries in fulfilling their COP21 pledges by adding 30 GW of renewable energy – doubling its current contributions […]

April 18th

Power For All Launches Call To Action For Development Banks To End Energy Poverty Before 2030

Power for All has launched its Call to Action, seeking to rapidly reduce the condition of energy poverty using distributed renewables. At the World Bank Spring meetings, a coalition of business and civil society leaders has called for all multilateral development banks (MDBs) to “radically accelerate universal energy access for the 1.1 billion people living without access to […]

April 15th

China Development Bank Asked To Back $1.16 Billion In Loans To Set Yingli Green Energy Upright

Almost one year ago in its annual report, troubled Chinese solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy told its investors the company was facing troubled times: “Facts and circumstances including recurring losses, negative working capital, net cash outflows, and uncertainties on the repayment of the debts raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a […]

April 12th

Greens Target South Australia Goal Of 100% Renewable Energy By 2030

If the Greens have anything to say about clean energy policies in South Australia, this land may showcase a 100% renewable electricity portfolio by 2030. According to RenewEconomy, the Greens have announced plans to have “… South Australia source 100% of its electricity needs from clean energy by 2030.” Such a clean energy achievement will generate 1,000 […]

April 12th

NREL Increases Rooftop PV Technical Potential Estimate

New analysis from NREL nearly doubles its previous estimates, showing US building rooftop PV could generate close to 40% of national electricity sales. Analysts have used detailed light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for 128 US cities, along with improved data analysis methods and simulation tools, to update the NREL estimate of total US technical […]

April 7th

Silevo Modules From Solar City Will Be Included In China-US Trade Case

It’s official mow: counter to its request for an exclusion, SolarCity’s Silevo modules are to be included in the US trade case against Chinese products. This information was made public in a preliminary ruling this week. According to PV-Tech, SolarCity presented an argument that its ‘Triex’ solar cells are a thin-film technology and shouldn’t be included. SolarWorld, […]

April 7th

Clean Power Plan Status Report

As many know, on February 9, 2016, the US Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan pending judicial review. For background, here is a brief glimpse into this issue. According to the EPA, the Court’s decision was not on the merits of the rule. “EPA firmly believes the Clean Power Plan will be upheld when […]

April 4th

Mexico Awards 1,720 Megawatts Of Wind & Solar In First Power Auction

Seeking to boost the development of clean electricity south of the border, Mexico has conducted its first power auction, awarding 1,720 megawatts of wind and solar energy. This auction took place following the government’s end of the state electricity monopoly in 2013. The Mexican government’s auction saw a total of seven wind and solar organizations winning electricity […]

March 31st

Arizona Solar Faceoff: Kingman & Lake Havasu City Public Hearings March 31st

 As reported by Havasu News, UniSource Energy Services  is seeking approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission ACC) to put “mandatory demand charges” on residential electric bills. Public hearings are scheduled March 31st in the Kingman and Lake Havasu City areas. Interested parties may find more information on Facebook for Kingman and Lake Havasu. Kingman – 1:00 […]

March 30th

DC PSC Approves Exelon-Pepco Merger

According to UtilityDIVE, in a 2-1 vote today, the DC Public Service Commission approved the proposed $6.8 billion merger between Exelon and Pepco. The PSC approved the merger under the new conditions outlined after they rejected a settlement deal struck between the companies, the mayor’s office and other merger stakeholders. PSC Chair Betty Ann Kane was the lone dissenting vote. The final decision from D.C. […]

March 23rd

Nevada PUC’s Rooftop Solar Scrum Continues

The rooftop solar scrum continues in Nevada courtroom, following news The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) filed suit against the Nevada Public Utilities Commission on Friday last week. According to UtilityDIVE, TASC’s lawsuit seeks to overturn the PUC’s recent decision lowering net metering rates and increasing fixed charges. The lawsuit alleges the decision by the NPUC to lower […]

March 23rd

DOE To Provide Over $9 Million In Funding For Indian & Alaska Native Community Clean Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects

In a boost for clean energy, the US Department of Energy will provide funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. In today’s press announcement, the DOE outlined plans to invest over $9 million in 16 facility- and community-scale energy projects in 24 tribal communities.  This represents a […]

March 22nd

Concentrated Solar Power | About Solar Concentrator Technology

Solar concentrator technology, commonly referred to as concentrated solar power, stands in contrast to static photovoltaic panel electricity generating technologies, because it operates using moving parts, like a turbine, which can then generate electricity. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), power plants with concentrating solar power, most often referred to in the short […]

March 22nd

Gathering Of Solar Advocates Protests SDG&E Net Metering Challenge

According to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), protests were heard from a passionate crowd of local clean energy advocates gathered last Wednesday at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Corporate Campus in Kearny Mesa. In its press announcement, CALSEIA stated the protest was organized in conjunction with two other organizations,  the Sierra Club and […]

March 21st

Oregon Governor Signs Solar Incentives Bill

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill in Pendleton Wednesday that will create a program providing incentives to those who use solar energy for electricity. As reported by the East Oregonian, the governor said having more renewable energy represents one way to have a more meaningful impact on renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. […]

March 17th