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India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

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Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

Solar in Texas: It's Really Happening this Time (Really)

September 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and Solar

Every year, it seems, is predicted to be the “year for solar,” and for certain states this may ring true. But in Texas, despite having a close relationship with the sun and its heat (2011 gave us 100 days over 100 degrees and no rain), we have yet to realize our potential for solar energy development.[read more]

Protecting Us Abroad, Ensuring Energy Independence at Home

September 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Military and Renewable Energy

Meet one of solar energy’s top advocates: the United States military. Whether it’s on an Air Force base in Arizona or at a U.S. Marine outpost in Afghanistan, many service members know that energy security is critical to our safety abroad and energy independence at home.[read more]

Florida's Energy Efficiency and Solar Resources Are Ripe For The Picking

August 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Green Energy

Florida’s energy efficiency and solar energy resources are as plentiful as the fruit on their trees. Taking advantage of these resources will not only help Florida, a state uniquely vulnerable to climate change, comply with the Clean Power Plan. It will do all kinds of great things for the Sunshine State.[read more]

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

August 13, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Ending the Net Metering War

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing forth the future hope of a policy that works for both utilities and for the solar energy industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.[read more]

How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflicts over Water

August 11, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Water Conflicts and Solar

A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in the face of increasing droughts.[read more]

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

July 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Poverty and Solar

Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies are pioneering new energy models for rural populations that deliver everything from LED lightbulbs and Skinny Grids to off-grid Wi-Fi to pay-as-you-go solar home systems.[read more]

Modi's Solar Lining?

June 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Narendra Modi has secured India's prime minister position with a sweeping mandate. Modi's energy policy is still heavily reliant on dirty fuel sources, with a special emphasis on increasing coal expansion. However, there is a silver lining - he's all in on solar.[read more]

Starved for Power, New Indian Government Translates "Chicken in Every Pot" Into “Solar on Every Roof”

May 24, 2014 by A Siegel
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New India Government and Energy Policy

Energy poverty is one of the world’s greatest challenges. There are billions of people without access to reliable electricity. In India, alone, there are some 400 million people in energy poverty. The new Indian government has set a major initiative to change this situation radically and rapidly.[read more]

How Utilities Can Stop Losing Revenue and Start Making Money on Solar Energy

May 21, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Utilities, Solar, and Profits

While some people may talk about the necessity and importance of developing new utility business models, solar energy finance and installation leaders are actually making it happen right now taking action, like forging partnerships with retail electricity providers.[read more]

How to Really Disrupt the Retail Energy Market With Solar Energy

April 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Solar Energy and Market Disruption

The U.S. Solar Energy market is still very concentrated, with the top seven states accounting for 88 percent of the market. But, with the exception of Hawaii, which remains an outlier in almost every case, even the top solar states, including California, satisfy very little of their overall load with PV.[read more]

Report: Solar Paired With Storage Is a 'Real, Near, and Present' Threat to Utilities

February 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Threat to Utilities

As Superstorm Sandy rocked the East Coast, 75 residents gathered in the Midtown Community School in Bayonne, New Jersey. The elementary school was operating as an emergency shelter, the school was also an experiment in hybrid solar photovoltaics that may herald structural change in the power sector.[read more]

Can Solar Energy Help with California's Water Woes?

February 20, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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California, Water, and Solar

Want good beer? You need clean water. Now, there’s strong motivation to keep our water supply clean -- whether you prefer drinking water or beer. And that makes a good case for moving away from coal and gas production. More than half of all toxic water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants.[read more]

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Officially Opens

February 16, 2014 by Rod Adams
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BrightSource Energy’s 377 MWe (net at peak) Ivanpah solar thermal power station officially opened on February 13, 2014. Secretary Earnest Moniz, in a rather amusing turn of phrase, called the plant a “shining example of how the United States is becoming a world leader in solar energy.”[read more]