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Is Solar Energy the Answer to Brazil's Energy Crisis?

April 2, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Brazil Energy Crisis and Solar

The newest energy project from world-leading solar power module maker Yingli Green Energy is a 1-megawatt installation located at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco soccer stadium, which is the site of five upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup matches.[read more]

Celebrating a Solar Energy Milestone with Big Clean Energy Implications

March 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Energy Adoption

California can feel good about the fact that it has more than half of all the solar rooftops in America, but there’s more to celebrate – the 100,000th such installation. This milestone demonstrates the substantial opportunity we have to make use of this ample and clean energy source – the sun.[read more]

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 1

March 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Economics are increasingly favoring investment in renewable energy at the expense of dirty coal energy. As the price of solar dips, the domestic demand for coal wanes and a growing number of companies are eager to get out of their investments in aging coal plants.[read more]

Solar for $1/W - Really?

March 29, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Can you get a solar system at under the magical $1/W? You betcha. But I am increasingly of the view that systems priced at these levels are either built with smoke and mirrors or there is a magic formula that a very select number of companies have managed to find.[read more]

Report: The Future of Chile's Energy Sector Lies with Renewable Energy

March 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Chile and Renewables

The Chilean Renewable Energy Center released its annual report for 2013 and Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is where the action is. While conventional energy projects linger in judicial appeals and administrative reviews, developers are advancing renewable projects with gusto.[read more]

As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Energy Advocates Claim Early Victories

March 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and solar advocates have been negotiating changes to net metering in California, the leading U.S. solar market, for years. So proposed changes to solar crediting policies have spread quickly to other leading states where utilities are starting to deal with a lot more solar on the grid.[read more]

Norway's Investment Can Help End Energy Poverty

March 27, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Solar and Energy Poverty

Against the fervent protests of global coal lobbyists, Norway is considering divesting from coal while doubling down on investments in renewable energy and sustainable development internationally. These initiatives could unleash billions in investments in renewable energy around the globe.[read more]

Australia's Big Fat Solar Energy Policy Failure Exposed

March 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Almost five million Australians have benefited from policies that support solar energy. However, given that government policy is a fickle political weapon, the vast majority of incentives are gone or in grave danger. The pendulum of political favour is swinging the other way.[read more]

Is the Australian Solar Market Slipping as Tariffs Recede?

March 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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After years of booming growth in solar, Australia is encountering problems familiar to Germany’s solar-rich, some say too-rich, energy market. Reversals in government policy on carbon reduction and renewable energy targets have made for some serious solar retrenchment in the country.[read more]

Dirty Fuels Shouldn't Get a Free Pass on Water Pollution Compared to Renewable Energy

March 24, 2014 by Amy Mall

The Obama administration has been working to develop a program to better screen potential solar development sites for environmental suitability and limit utility solar projects to “energy zones” – areas with the greatest energy potential and the lowest environmental conflicts.[read more]

All New Australian Solar Energy Forecast and Industry Intelligence Reports Released

March 23, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Navigating the ups and downs of the Australian solar industry is not getting any easier. Many of our programs and policies are teetering on a knife edge, the market is changing dramatically and the result is that the future is murkier than ever.[read more]

Solar Energy Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

March 22, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Solar and California

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them. The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record peak of 4,143 megawatts at 2:28 p.m. on March 16.[read more]

Solar Power in a Bottle

March 20, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Solar and Energy Poverty

 

There is no more innovative market than off-grid solar. From pay-as-you-go solutions to M2M technology, entrepreneurs are developing solutions tailored to the energy needs of the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty around the world.[read more]

Net Metering Is in the Air: Solar Energy Progress in Massachusetts and Other States

March 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Massachusettes Solar

Last week, we reported on recent legislation in Massachusetts that would increase homeowners’ access to net metering across the state. The legislation would be good for solar, and it seems likely to pass in solar-friendly Massachusetts.[read more]

Minnesota Paves the Way for Solar Energy Advocates Nationwide

March 19, 2014 by Jake Rozmaryn
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Minnesota and Solar

The solar battle between utilities, stakeholders, solar customers and other rate payers is coming to an end, at least in Minnesota. Last Wednesday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of the first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar power.[read more]