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Florida Advanced Energy Industry Claims 140,000 Workers In 2015

In a news announcement released today, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute) reports Florida employed an estimated 140,282 advanced energy workers in 2015, nearly twice as many as in agriculture, more than real state, and equal to schools, colleges, and training institutions. These jobs spanned a broad range of technologies including energy efficiency, electricity […]

July 14th

Coal Power’s Decline, & Associated Politics

Originally published on CleanTechnica. First of all, let’s get this straight — I don’t think anyone is purely against the people who pull coal out of the ground, the people looking for steady jobs and decent income, or the people who try to help people from losing their jobs. But we are against burning coal […]

July 14th

Nigeria Inks First Solar PPA

Nigeria is in the midst of enhancing its support for solar-powered electricity, having signed the nation’s first power purchase agreement. According to pv-tech, the government-owned energy overseer, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), has signed the country’s first-ever solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with more than ten project developers, totaling 975MW of utility-scale solar. “Nigerian Bulk […]

July 13th

Closeup: Boulder, Colorado And The Five-Year Effort To Form An Electric Utility Drawing To A Close

Concerning those sometimes thorny challenges of municipalities threatening to form their own electric utility, UtilityDIVE has provided a comprehensive report on what appears to be a five-year municipalization fight between Boulder — home to the University of Colorado — and utility giant Xcel Energy drawing to a close. It all started when Boulder, Colorado voters elected to […]

July 12th

France Issues Solar Tenders To Produce 20 GW By 2023

France recently issued new tenders for solar energy, targeting an increase its installed PV capacity by 20 GW in 2023. The French environment and energy minister Segolene Royal announced the introduction of a number of new solar tenders in France for the development of various PV applications. This means France may triple its solar PV […]

July 12th

European Renewable Organizations Call For Removing Trade Measures Against Chinese PV

A letter signed by 34 European solar and renewable energy organizations has called on the EU to immediately remove trade measures which exist against imports of Chinese PV modules and cells. As reported by pv-magazine, these European solar and renewable energy organizations, led by SolarPower Europe, have requested the EU to take prompt action. “Representing the formalization […]

July 9th

California Regulators Update Renewable Energy Interconnection Rules

As reported by UtilityDIVE, California has approved an update to its distributed resource interconnection rules. The updated rules are expected to provide developers with more certainty about cost of bringing projects online, while spurring utilities to develop standardized cost lists for some upgrades. Under the updated rules, utilities would provide DER developers with a cost […]

June 27th

East Africa Off-Grid Connections Growing With Mobisol

German off-grid solar provider Mobisol has now installed over 50,000 systems in East Africa. The company estimates a quarter of a million people now receive sustainable electricity from its solar solutions, which is an incredible landmark in a growing markets of Tanzania and Rwanda, defined once as having little access to the electric grid. “Mobisol […]

June 25th

Ontario Now Accepting Micro-FiT Incentive Applications

Applications to the 2016 micro-FiT program in Ontario are now being accepted. As reported by pv-magazine, the Canadian province of Ontario would launch version 4.0 of its micro-FiT program, even though installation levels are significantly lower than those last year. Ontario’s electricity authority announced that it would re-open its feed-in tariff program for solar PV […]

June 24th

Solar PV Recycling Market May Be $15 Billion Industry By 2050

According to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), the PV recycling industry may be worth as much as $15 billion by 2050. By weight, this PV recycling number is based on 78 million tons of decommissioned PV materials. This projected total represents a sizable industry in comparison to […]

June 22nd

Extension Request For Brazil Solar Farm Development Hits Roadblock?

According to Bloomberg, Brazil has rejected requests from developers seeking more time to complete the country’s first large-scale solar farms. Brazil’s energy regulator Aneel reportedly sent a statement to a group of solar developers scheduled to completing solar farms by 2017, denying their request for extensions of as long as two years. Brazil economy blamed Financing […]

June 22nd

El Salvador To Auction 170 MW Of Renewables

El Salvador will conduct its second auction seeking to deploy 170 MW of renewable electricity. This follows an award of 100 MW of PV projects in its previous auction, even though no project are operational yet. According to pv-magazine, officials anticipate the auction will be completed in December. The auction solicitation is structured for a […]

June 17th

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority Of Pakistan Publishes Proposed Revisions To Feed-In Tariffs

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) of Pakistan has published its proposed revisions to feed-in tariffs for solar electricity projects in two regions generating between 1-100MW of capacity. According to PVTECH, the notice of “Suo Moto proceedings” concerned the proposed new tariffs.  (Suo moto generally refers to a situation wherein a judge acts without request […]

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

Tesla Continues To Throw Curveballs With The New Model S 60

Say what you want about Tesla Motors, but rarely does a week go by without the company throwing a curveball at a transportation industry desperately trying to adapt to the fast-paced changes. Last week is no exception, with much more than meets the eye. The new Tesla Model S 60, or its rebirth (remember, it used to […]

June 14th

Utilities Watching For New Revenue Models Under New York’s REV

What were once regarded as standard revenue models for utilities are changing worldwide. Start with New York, where recent reforms to how utility revenues are structured under the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), may serve as a template for a new and diverse revenue model concerning 21st century power providers. Writing for UtilityDIVE, Gavin Bade […]

June 13th

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

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

Report: UK Policy Changes Hinder Renewable Energy Growth Curve

UK policies and renewable energy growth appear to be on different ends of the energy teeter-totter. In spite of record growth, a new REA study states ‘sudden and severe’ policy changes are harming the renewable sector. REView 2016, this year’s snapshot report of the UK’s renewable energy sector published by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) states […]

June 10th