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Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

July 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Taxes and Energy Poverty

What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a value added tax (VAT) to clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems.[read more]

GE Tackles Fuel Cells, Google Issues 'Little Box' Challenge, and Smart Grid Drones Prepare for Takeoff

July 27, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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GE, Google, and Drones

Energy giant and AEE member General Electric is expanding its advanced energy product line to include fuel cells. Google is looking to shrink inverters. And utility San Diego Gas & Electric is getting ready to launch drones to check on transmission lines.[read more]

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone

July 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Pay-As-You-Go Solar

From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have been trickling in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of a "solar lease" -- is driving record sales. Now, we can add one more data point to add to the mounting evidence.[read more]

Solar and Other Renewables Maintain Lead in U.S. Generating Capacity Installed

July 24, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that renewable energy sources provided 55.7% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in the first half of 2014, with solar coming in at 1,131 MW. The trend is expected to continue, both in the U.S. and globally.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]

The Secret Art of Solar Finance

July 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing.[read more]

Third-Party Financing Was Solar's Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

July 22, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Efficiency and Third-Party Investment

Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors. Is it working? If a new survey of hundreds of project developers is any indication, the efficiency industry still hasn't found financing momentum.[read more]

Steam from the Sun

July 22, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Steam and New Materials

A new and innovative material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure, which consists of a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam, is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water.[read more]

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US Near Bottom, Germany Near Top

July 21, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Many industry observers will not be surprised to find out that Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. But it’s not just the Germans that best the U.S. in this category.[read more]

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

July 15, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Community Solar Projects

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in solar panels someplace else. It’s a tempting concept, because roughly three-quarters of Americans don’t have solar-friendly rooftops.[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]

Study: Costs of Rooftop Solar Were Not Passed Along to Non-Solar Ratepayers in Nevada

July 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Rooftop Solar Costs and Energy Prices

Homeowners and businesses in Nevada that install rooftop solar are not significantly shifting costs to those who do not directly invest in distributed solar, according to a new study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Siva Power's Thin Film Cost Target of 28 Cents per Watt Is Very Ambitious. But Not Impossible

July 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Siva Power and Cost Targets

Siva Power, the CIGS thin film company that re-emerged last year with a new team and approach to the market, is out with an ambitious cost roadmap for its modules. Before getting into the details of Siva's plan, it's worth remembering one important number related to CIGS thin film: twenty.[read more]

Bidgely Thinks Algorithms Can Replace Hardware to Capture the Impact of Rooftop Solar

July 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Algorithms and Rooftop Solar

In the past few years, a host of various startups and Information Technology giants have launched technology applications aimed at turning simple streams of customer electricity data into kaleidoscopic views of individual energy usage in homes and businesses.[read more]