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SolarWorld Fires Shot at SEIA Over China Trade Case, But Leaves Settlement Possibility Open

August 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Late last month, the Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling in SolarWorld's anti-dumping case against Chinese solar producers. The government will slap large tariffs on Chinese suppliers, which could raise the price of modules shipped into the U.S. by up to 20%.[read more]

New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013, Thanks to Good Solar Policy

August 16, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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California Solar Policies

A new report ranks the top states in terms of solar energy, with California once again taking the top place for installed solar energy capacity. The report emphasizes the importance of favorable governmental and state policies in encouraging solar energy adoptions.[read more]

Solar Energy: Improving the Livelihoods of India's Rural Salt-Pan Farmers

August 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Rural India and Solar

As India celebrated Independence Day on Friday, August 15th, it will brought with it a history of struggle, conflict, and triumph. India has come a long way since it gained independence, and Prime Minister Modi has made promises since he took office in May to improve the livelihoods of the Indian people.[read more]

Australian Energy Utilities Attack on Solar Energy Revealed

August 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I decided to start writing this whilst I was on hold (for the 2nd time in 30 minutes) with one of Australia’s big three dirty utilities. So far I have been transferred four times, cut off once, entered my details three times and repeated it verbally all while being bombarded by a song about how awesome this company is.[read more]

How Much Longer Until Solar Eliminates the Utilities?

August 14, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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If you’re thinking of packing up the kids and moving to Hawaii, you better consider this one drawback: energy is very expensive! Since Hawaii must pay to import oil to power its electric grid, customers are left paying more. Most are turning to rooftop solar as a way to alleviate the financial burden.[read more]

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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

The Energy Storage Renaissance is Near

August 13, 2014 by Sarah Mier
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Energy Storage Renaissance

For one week, each cloudy, San Francisco July, the sun shines brightly on the solar industry. Intersolar North America comes to town and provides a venue for solar professionals from around the world to share insight into the technology and market trends propelling the industry forward.[read more]

A Landmark Deal in Mississippi Could Give a Big Boost to Utility-Scale Solar

August 13, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Southern Company, which owns Mississippi Power, ranks nearly last when it comes to utilities’ use of renewable energy. However, a settlement announced earlier this week could open up as much as 100 megawatts of solar and wind in Mississippi.[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]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage Via Synfuels

August 12, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Synfuels

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using synfuels as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

PACE Lives! First Solar Breaks Efficiency Record; Jet Fuel from Tobacco

August 11, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News on PACE, Solar, and Jet Fuel

Energy efficiency faces a unique challenge. Residential energy efficiency projects require upfront costs and pay back reliably, but over time. It can be tough to convince homeowners to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to insulate their homes in order to save a few bucks a month in heating and cooling bills.[read more]

Should Behind the Meter Energy Storage Be Controlled by Grid Operators?

August 11, 2014 by James Greenberger
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I applaud Mr. Rive for his concern about the optimization of the grid. But there is no reason to believe that the same factors that have driven less than optimized deployments of customer-owned rooftop solar PV systems will not also drive of less than optimized deployments of behind the meter storage.[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]

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

August 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

The World Bank and Renewable Energy

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week.[read more]

California Utility SCE Selects Vendors for 1.3GW of New Solar Projects

August 10, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Southern California Edison has signed contracts for more than 1,300 megawatts of new solar power across seven large-scale projects, according to a release. The utility has also recontracted 225 megawatts of geothermal energy with the existing California source, Geysers Power.[read more]