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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

Advanced Energy: It's Kind of a Big (Business) Deal

February 21, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Business

Advanced energy is a big deal. Or, the industry is full of big business deals being made. First Solar partnered with Apple, Tesla sees stellar growth ahead, and a new report released by The Brattle Group confirms what most of us suspected – that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will not threaten the reliability of the grid.[read more]

How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don't

February 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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As Pecan Street Research Institute were gathering solar PV data from houses in their research, they were surprised by how many systems had gaps in production. The findings made Pecan Street, an Austin-Texas organization that investigates water and energy use behavior, take a deeper dive.[read more]

Queensland Utilities Extend an Olive Branch to Solar Energy Innovators

February 21, 2015 by Nigel Morris

Whilst I often call a spade a spade and generally suffer from immense frustration with utility attitudes to solar, I have to give credit where credit is due. The next time you bump into the CEO’s of Queensland’s Ergon Energy or Energex, shout them a beer and thank them.[read more]

Can the Electric Utility Industry Support Both Solar Energy and Fossil Fuels?

February 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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When David Owens, EVP of business operations group and regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric, briefed Wall Street on Wednesday, he was clear in his remarks about rooftop solar. “I’d like to correct the pervasive misperception that our industry is working to stop rooftop solar,” he stated. “Quite the opposite.”[read more]

How the Solar Industry and Climate Activists Can Realistically Work Together

February 20, 2015 by Carter Lavin

Activists and Solar Business Cooperation

Climate activists and the solar industry are natural allies. Both groups want solar arrays on every home, school, and business; solar jobs in every town; and a fossil-fuel-free electric grid. Together these groups would be an unstoppable political force. Unfortunately, they aren’t working together, yet.[read more]

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

February 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Hidden PV Markets

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy. It has some of the best renewables resources in the world.” Perhaps even more important in this context is that the US is deemed to also have “a vibrant culture of innovation."[read more]

India's 100 GW Solar Target Could Create 1 Million Jobs by 2022

February 20, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Solar Target and Jobs

Delhi is abuzz as the first renewable energy-financing summit organized by the Indian government, RE-Invest 2015, wrapped up with commitments totaling 266 GW of renewable energy in the next 5 years. For context, the country currently has about 250 GW of total installed power from all sources.[read more]

Are Solar Farms Declining in the United States?

February 19, 2015 by Alicia Hobbs
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Solar Farms and Failure in the U.S.

Solar Farms were some of the biggest projects in deserts across the United States for years after the drop in solar panel prices. But, due to the changed in government policy, that all could come to an end. The future of solar panel farms and solar thermal farms is discussed in the United States and the world.[read more]

How Community Solar Can Increase Customer Access to Distributed Solar PV

February 16, 2015 by Mathias Bell

What happens when you really want solar but the obstacles seem too great? You may not have a suitable space. Or there may be a tree blocking your roof. Or you live in a condominium where you don’t have your own roof. This is where approaches for increasing customer access, such as shared solar, come in.[read more]

5 Questions to Ask When Deciding Between a Commercial Solar Loan and a PPA

February 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Financing Questions

Businesses are facing an increasingly complex landscape for installing solar. While the residential market has recently been dominated by third-party financing, the commercial sector has been more evenly split between power-purchase agreements and direct ownership over the past few years.[read more]

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Consumer, Business, and Green Agreement

February 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Clean Jobs

In Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first State of the State address he outlined Illinois' grave economic position and highlighted a desire to make the state more competitive and create jobs. The same day, a new coalition was announced that could help make his wish come true: the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.[read more]

Advanced Energy Leads California Jobs Growth [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California Job Growth and Advanced Energy

Everyone knows that advanced energy is bringing jobs to California, but until recently, we didn't know just how many. Companies in California's advanced energy sector are "creating more jobs and investing more money than competitors in any other state."[read more]

First Solar Hits Record 21.5% Conversion Efficiency

February 14, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Solar Conversion Efficiency

Last year at this time, First Solar crushed the conversion efficiency mark for cadmium telluride with a world record 20.4 percent. That figure has been easily eclipsed a year later with a new record of 21.5 percent. And with that mark, First Solar now expects to exceed its 22 percent in 2015 target.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Solar Thermal Energy

February 12, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar Thermal Energy Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of solar thermal energy. 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]