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Falling Oil Prices Won't Hurt Clean Energy

January 26, 2015 by Devashree Saha
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Green Energy and Oil Price Effects

The price of crude oil has crashed in the past few months. That’s bad for the clean energy sector, right? Actually, not necessarily. Not only do falling oil prices have limited impact on clean energy, but the latest price volatility only underscores how unstable petroleum sources remain.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]

Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil and Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014

January 25, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Job Growth

There's thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University's GW Solar Institute.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

Why Deutsche Bank's Solar Projections Don't Fit Australia

January 22, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Deutsche Bank is projecting a potential reduction in solar costs of around 40% in the next two years. I’m excited to hear this news and don’t want to rain on anyone's parade, however, I think it’s really important to look at them in the context of local market conditions to understand how probable they are.[read more]

First Solar Now Officially in the Silicon PV Production Business

January 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar PV Production

First Solar’s TetraSun silicon solar photovoltaic production line is officially in service. The line, located at their Malaysian manufacturing facility, has capacity for 100 megawatts of annual module production. First Solar is a long-time thin-film solar manufacturer and vertically integrated solar project developer.[read more]

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Off-Grid Energy in India: Identifying Early Adopter Markets

January 20, 2015 by Yael Borofsky

Off-Grid Energy Adopton in India

The potential market for off-grid electricity in India is large, with more than 300 million people living without access to electricity. With such an expansive market, how do enterprises decide where and how to focus? We advocate that entrepreneurs use an analytical approach to choosing the area of operation.[read more]

Single-Family Solar Energy Beats S&P 500 in 46 out of 50 American Cities

January 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Energy Return on Investment

A just-released report finds that for owners of single-family homes, solar power's likely a better investment than plunking hard-earned cash into the Standards & Poor's 500 stock index; that index has returned about 6.6 percent per year over the last 25 years.[read more]

Advanced Vehicles Stand Out at Auto Show, Solar Jobs, and Strange Bedfellows

January 17, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced vehicles, front and center at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, enjoyed another week in the spotlight at the annual Detroit Auto Show. Some impressive numbers in solar employment were released this week, and renewable energy got new recognition from an unlikely source.[read more]

Desert Sunlight, Another 550MW Solar Farm From First Solar, Now Fully Operational

January 16, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Yet another half-gigawatt solar power project is coming on-line in California. Late last year, the 550-megawatt capacity Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation. And now Topaz has to share the crown with First Solar's 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in Riverside, California.[read more]

Tonio Buonassisi Seeks to Make Solar Cells Competitive

January 15, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cells and Market Competitiveness

One day, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. It was then he realized that there had to be better ways for people to produce and use energy, and that he wanted to try to do something about it.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes

January 14, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Installation Speeding Up

In 2013, we reported that a solar installation was being completed every four minutes in America. Installation volumes have increased considerably since then. According to new data, the U.S. solar industry completed a project every two and a half minutes in 2014, which were the result of $15 billion in investment.[read more]

Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

January 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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China, the United State, and Clean Energy

With a new year comes new promises and opportunities, and that also goes for the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.[read more]

India's Green Bond: Bright Example of Innovative Clean Energy Financing

January 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Clean Energy Financing

As a new year kicks off, India's renewable energy market is surging ahead. Prime Minister Modi's government just targeted $100 billion worth of investments to support reaching the ambitious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022.[read more]