feed in tariffs (FIT)

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

Solar’s Faceoff: Feed In Tariff Versus Net Energy Metering

January 13, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar's Faceoff

The first and most famous U.S. feed-in tariff has been suspended and rooftop solar advocates are calling for the industry to rally instead around net energy metering. The FIT currently increases residential rates by around $3 per month per 1,000 kilowatt-hours.[read more]

Massachusetts Solar Energy Installations More Than Quadrupled Between 2010-2012

May 28, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Massachusetts solar energy boom?

Recently released Massacusetts Clean Energy Center data shows that residential solar installations have more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012 in the state.[read more]

Solar Energy: As Germany Goes, So Goes Vermont?

May 9, 2013 by Meredith Angwin

solar energy inspiration?

The German program was an inspiration to the crafters of Vermont’s May, 2009 feed-in tariff law, the energy-generation lynchpin of the state’s plan to use 90% renewables by 2050.[read more]

Learning from Germany's Renewable Energy Transition

March 28, 2013 by Joseph Romm

German energy transition

Ever since the Fukushima catastrophe two years ago, Germans have redoubled their efforts to phase out of nuclear energy and fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy — called the “Energiewende” (energy transition) that began in 2000.[read more]

Why Germany Owns 1/3 of the World`s Photovoltaics

September 25, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

According to Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2016 (EPIA, 2011), about 36 percent of the total worldwide photovoltaic capacity is installed in Germany. Apart from Italy at 18 percent, the rest of the world is far behind. The United States is sitting at a mediocre 5th place with 6 percent of the total capacity. Why is it...[read more]

Solar Goliath: Europe Accounts For 70% Of Global PV

September 25, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

The solar power sector is a topsy-turvy one, with companies, subsidies and technologies rising and falling. But there’s no question about what region has been driving a market that, overall, continues to grow: It’s Europe.As of the end of 2011, the Europe Union accounted for 70 percent of the cumulative solar photovoltaic capacity...[read more]

Solar PV needs more PR power in light of subsidy cuts

September 20, 2012 by Kate Garratt

Solar Power Plant via Shutterstock

As governments across Europe slash subsidies for small-medium scale renewable energy generators, the industry needs to rethink its approach to communications strategy if solar PV is to continue to shine.When the UK Government introduced its Feed-In-Tariffs (FiTs) in April 2010, solar photovoltaic (PV) quickly became an attractive...[read more]

Impacts of solar FIT’s [Infographic]

August 29, 2012 by Nigel Morris

The post Infographic – Impacts of solar FIT’s appeared first on Solar Business Services.[read more]

Can New Market Participants Make the Grid more Resilient?

August 7, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Power Lines via Shutterstock

Back when the light bulb was the killer app of 1879 and the nascent electrical grid was shaped by a series of technological innovations, reliability was the most important metric to structure grid performance expectations.   People had much less reliance on the grid then.  The economy could get along with the technologies...[read more]

Clean energy technologies? No bubble bursting there.

August 7, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton

There was a clever headline in the satirical newspaper The Onionearlier this week that wouldn’t be so humorous if it wasn’t true.“300 Million Without Electricity In India After Restoration Of Power Grid,” the headline read.The article was referring to the massive power outage across India Tuesday that cut electricity to 670 million...[read more]

Are Solar Subsidizers Making the Same Mistake as Oil Producers in the 30's?

May 2, 2012 by Alex Chapman

Short-term thinking is the bane of the energy world. It has been so since the early days of the oil business, and it remains so with today’s market for solar photovoltaic power generation. In the former case, oil producers were guilty of the flawed thinking. In the latter, it is the producers of public energy policy.An oil reservoir is...[read more]

Feed-In Tariff Sets Up Japanese Solar For Growth

April 23, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Like many other countries upping their renewable energy game, Japan is pulling out all the stops to encourage new growth from solar and wind power. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has to find other alternative energy solutions to nuclear, and is proposing a new feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme to encourage solar and wind...[read more]

Facts About The German EEG Program

January 16, 2012 by Willem Post

As a result of Germany's decision to phase-out its nuclear plants by 2022 and meet its self-imposed CO2 emissions targets, Germany will need to build out its renewables capacity to increase its renewable energy production. Almost all of that increased energy will be covered, i.e., subsidized, under existing renewable energy laws. ...[read more]

How Much Are You Willing to Pay For A Cleaner Future?

January 3, 2012 by Tomaz Ostir

Either you have Feed-In Tarrifs or you have direct investment in power plant or production (R&D) of power plants. The fact is there is no other way to get to the size of R&D and production where RES are competitive to fossil fuels.[read more]