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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

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

Solar Farms Improve Local Biodiversity

The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister site SolarLove has reported that solar energy generation surged by around 153% over the last year in the UK (2014–2015). So, without much ado, research about the effects of solar farms on biodiversity continues. The fertile news is that after a conclusive study of solar farms, the […]

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

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

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

PG&E Commits $1 Million To Solar-Powered Habitat For Humanity Homes

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com Habitat for Humanity homes are a remarkable support to families. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the leading utility with rooftop solar in the nation, deserves more praise for new support for Habitat for Humanity. In a news release, the utility announced its $1 million commitment to the installation of rooftop solar on […]

April 30th

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

SaveOnEnergy Infographic: How Solar Panels Work

As international interest in renewable energy grows, I want to send thanks to SaveOnEnergy for providing this infographic about how solar panels work. How Solar Panels Work “Solar power is talked about a lot these days. Whether it’s a new solar panel installation on your neighbor’s roof or one of the growing numbers of solar […]

April 21st

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

China Supports India’s Challenge To WTO Solar Ruling

India has found support from an unlikely corner in its fight against the recent ruling by the World Trade Organisation that termed the domestic content requirement policy under the National Solar Mission as ‘inconsistent’ with international norms. Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change of China, while speaking at the 22nd BASIC Ministerial Meeting on […]

April 18th

India Targets 48 GW Solar Power Capacity By March 2019

Highly ambitious annual solar power capacity addition targets have been announced by the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. With a target to have an operational solar power capacity of 100 GW by March 2022, the Indian government has announced annual capacity addition targets for the next few years. The Ministry of New & […]

April 18th

Net Metering Equal Access Bill 2339 Passes California Committee

Regardless of location, California state customers are soon expected to have more net metering equal access for rooftop solar. Assembly bill 2339 has passed the State Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee by a 10-2 vote and now awaits final ratification from the Assembly floor.  Essentially, this measure aims to even out the net metering policies […]

April 15th

New Energy System Coming… NOW

Originally posted on CleanTechnica. Imagine that the norm is electricity meters running backward. Yes, your solar panel collected so much it turned your meter around. Decentralized power plants, the people collecting and storing energy. Just a few of the thoughts on the following videos. Imagine a new energy system that some are creating — but why not […]

April 15th

Residential Users May Join To Build Community-Based Solar Systems & Partnerships

Originally published on CleanTechnica. What could make more sense than to have groups of homeowners, neighbors, collaborating with community solar systems and activating community use and the benefits of solar? Predictions are that residential users will increasingly join and build community-based solar systems and partnerships. Quite naturally, some structures lend themselves better than others to solar […]

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

Geothermal Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

Geothermal energy’s main advantages are that it is generated cleanly and renewably. That is, electricity produced by geothermal plants produces no carbon emissions or air pollution like burning coal, gas, and oil do. Of course, producing clean electricity is better for human health and the environment because of the lack of air pollution. Millions of […]

April 10th

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

Massachusetts Legislature Raises Net Metering Cap

House and Senate leaders in Massachusetts came to an agreement yesterday on raising the state’s net metering cap by 3%. A six-member House and Senate conference committee agreed on the bill’s final language late Tuesday, April 5. As reported by PV-Tech and New England Cable News, this bill — H.4173 — comes after five months of negotiation, […]

April 6th