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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

Chile Reports Excess Solar Electricity

Chile is reported to have an oversupply of solar electricity — so much it is said to be giving away free solar electricity. This is a problem many cloudier nations would be more than happy to trade for. Chile is now giving away solar energy for free, states a recent Bloomberg report. This may be […]

June 8th

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

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

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

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

Texas Republicans Like Clean Energy Reports New Survey

A majority of Texas Republicans say they favor using clean energy to generate electricity, concludes a survey conducted by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC). This new TCEC survey reveals 85% of Lone Star State voters, including a 78% factor from Republicans, favor the increase of clean energy as a way to generate electricity. In addition, […]

May 5th

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

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

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

March Sees Bloomberg & Sky Join RE100

Media giants Bloomberg and Sky plc announced this month that they are joining the RE100 coalition of companies committing to 100% renewable power. RE100 bills itself as “a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase corporate demand for renewable energy.” As of the end of the month, […]

March 29th

CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN Updates: Energy-Efficient Location, Another EV Speaker…

Via CleanTechnica: We’ve got several notable updates regarding our first cleantech conference — CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN — to share with you. First of all, we now have: → a Facebook event page (share with friends!) → an event webpage (which we’ll continuously update) → an eventbrite page for registering (again, register, and share with friends!) … and a confirmed […]

March 24th

Second Phase Of South Africa 175MW PV Project Completed

The second phase of a 90MW PV project has been completed in South Africa under the country’s renewable energy program. PV-Tech reports South African Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson yesterday launched the second phase of the Solar Capital De Aar project in the Northern Cape province. When combined with the 85MW first phase, which was […]

March 17th

Avista Utilities Develops Energy Storage Project In Washington

This country’s utilities are addressing disruptive changes taking place in a number of different ways. Some adhere to more standard business models, moving at a painstaking snail’s pace in order to make any kind of change, no matter how timely the alterations. Then there are others who are embracing innovation, looking at the universe of changing technologies […]

March 16th

ETFE Football Stadium Will Soon Be Minneapolis Showcase

Originally published on Green Building Elements When it opens this summer, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will feature the only ETFE (ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) roof on a sports facility in the United States. This resilient and transparent material, long used in Europe, will now provide Minnesota Vikings football fans with a comfortable experience inside the stadium and […]

March 14th

Cleantech Revolution Tour Event — April 8–10 In Berlin, Germany

Originally published on CleanTechnica (with slight modification). As I wrote just before Christmas, CleanTechnica is planning to implement solar + electric vehicle events in cities across North America and Europe (and perhaps further at some point). In partnership with GridHub, an exciting renewable energy startup based in Berlin that I’ll write more about shortly, we’re launching the […]

March 8th

SolarCity To Deploy Tesla Energy Batteries For 52 MWh Of Evening Electricity Storage On Kaua’i, Hawaiʻi

Tesla Energy batteries will be used for a SolarCity solar farm and energy storage system Originally published on CleanTechnica According to Pacific Business News, Tesla Energy batteries will be used for a SolarCity solar farm and energy storage system which is being developed for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Kaua’i, Hawaiʻi. The Tesla Energy batteries will supply a 52 […]

February 23rd

DOE Funds $18 Million In Six ‘After-Sunset & Cloudy’ Solar Energy Storage Solutions Projects

Originally published on CleanTechnica In January, the US Department of Energy announced $18 million in funding for six ‘after-sunset & cloudy’ solar energy projects. The goal? Enabling the development of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after the sun sets or when clouds are overhead. The funding is […]

February 14th

GE To Stop Producing CFLs In Favor Of LEDs

Originally published on CleanTechnica GE will soon cease manufacturing its line of compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, as it switches favor to the manufacture of LEDs. My, oh my! How quickly times change in this modern, energy efficient era. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) hit the market in the 1980s as an energy efficient replacement for the […]

February 4th