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Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You, You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part II: The Ideas of Power

May 11, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Batteries and Energy

The utility industry isn’t threatened by a disruptive technology, but by a disruptive idea: that it’s incumbent on utilities to provide free storage and backup services to solar panel owners. The main manifestation of this idea is net metering, and it’s the law of the land in 44 states.[read more]

4 Ways to Blunt the Solar Tax Cliff

May 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Subsidies and Business Plans

The coming reduction of the 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit for solar creates a steep cliff no matter which way you crunch the numbers, according to a new policy paper from George Washington University. But there are ways to soften the blow.[read more]

Matching Veterans with Solar Jobs: Now That's a Bright Idea

May 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Veterans and Solar Jobs

The recently announced Solar Ready Vets program aims to help with the transitioning of service members into civilian life by helping them pursue training in the solar industry, which is adding 30,000 jobs a year, according to the United States Department of Energy.[read more]

Storage Not Needed to Accommodate Higher Levels of Wind Energy

May 8, 2015 by Michael Goggin
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Wind Energy and Storage

Recently, energy storage has been in the news. Contrary to a common misconception, very high levels of wind energy can be reliably integrated without energy storage. Energy storage is typically more expensive than grid operating reforms, which can provide the same flexibility services that storage provides.[read more]

How Solar Is Playing a Role in Nepal's Disaster Relief

May 8, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Renewables and Disaster Recovery

Avishek Malla is no stranger to bringing solar-powered light to communities in need. As the director of engineering for SunFarmer, a nonprofit that provides solar power and batteries to remote hospitals and schools in developing countries, illuminating spaces to meet basic human needs is in his job description.[read more]

100 Days On and Haryana, India's Innovative Solar Rooftop Policy Sees No Light

May 8, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

It has been more than 100 days since the government of Haryana has made it mandatory for all buildings with an area of 500 sq. yards or more to install solar rooftop systems. Unfortunately, there has been very little progress in the implementation of the policy.[read more]

Energy 24/7: No Fuel Costs - The Sexy Seduction of Renewables [PODCAST]

May 7, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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No fuel costs. That is renewable energy’s most powerful and seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment.[read more]

MITEI Releases Report on the Future of Solar Energy

May 7, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Report on Solar Energy

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment policy.[read more]

Is the Future of Electricity Generation Really Distributed?

May 6, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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The Future of Energy

Renewables have made outstanding progress in the last decade. And yet, just as these exciting changes are taking place, the renewables movement seems to be shifting its focus to something that has little or no connection to the fundamental environmental goals: distributed generation, particularly at the residential level.[read more]

Navigating An Equity Investment Round In America's Booming Solar Market

May 5, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Solar energy is a booming business across North America - installations grew 30 percent across the United States in 2014 for the industry’s biggest year yet, but industry expansion also brings consolidation. So how should a solar CEO approach the process of securing new investment? Here are four tips.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You; You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part I: Assault and Battery

May 4, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Energy Storage and te Future

Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of a utility's fears.[read more]

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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Solar Will Be the Most Competitive Energy Choice

May 4, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Global Trends and India

In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.[read more]

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]