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Is Global Clean Energy Investment at a Tipping Point?

October 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Global Clean Energy Investment

Last week, amidst the United Nations Climate Summit and historic climate march, many governments, investors, and financial institutions took the opportunity to make big announcements about their investment in the future of clean energy.[read more]

Making Solar Energy's Future Even Brighter

October 2, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Solar's Future

Due to drastically decreasing costs, amazing advancements in technology, and greatly increased awareness of the need to convert to renewable energy sources, the solar power industry is poised for an unprecedented surge in the marketplace.[read more]

How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

October 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar Energy Absorber Tech

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the sun — but not much of the rest of the spectrum.[read more]

Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Energy

September 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo, just sent out a release revealing that the conflict over solar valuation has escalated to the point of requiring a decision from the IRS.[read more]

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Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

Creating an Integrated Grid: Regulators, Legislators Can Help

September 28, 2014 by Chris King
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Grid Integration and Regulation

Integrating more distributed power generation and energy storage can help make a grid more flexible, resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. But in the U.S., there's a catch -- so far, utilities here are effectively barred from owning generation and storage assets at the distribution level.[read more]

As Hawaii Prepares for Utility Reform, the State's Solar Industry Sheds 3,000 Workers

September 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hawaii's solar industry is in a precarious situation. As regulators and the state's utility company prepare to negotiate a sweeping reform plan to support more distributed energy, solar installers are finding it harder than ever to get permits for residential solar projects from the utility.[read more]

Solar in Texas: It's Really Happening this Time (Really)

September 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and Solar

Every year, it seems, is predicted to be the “year for solar,” and for certain states this may ring true. But in Texas, despite having a close relationship with the sun and its heat (2011 gave us 100 days over 100 degrees and no rain), we have yet to realize our potential for solar energy development.[read more]

Protecting Us Abroad, Ensuring Energy Independence at Home

September 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Military and Renewable Energy

Meet one of solar energy’s top advocates: the United States military. Whether it’s on an Air Force base in Arizona or at a U.S. Marine outpost in Afghanistan, many service members know that energy security is critical to our safety abroad and energy independence at home.[read more]

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Virginia Utilities Pull Out of Collaboration Working on a Method to Value Solar Energy

September 26, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Utilities and Solar Valuation

"It looks like the utilities didn't like what the study is finding, and they are hoping that walking out of the room will make it go away,” said Ivy Main, a prominent blogger about clean energy in Virginia and a participant in the Small Solar Working Group.[read more]

Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jacob Sandry

Mexico and Solar

In Mexico a growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year. Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables.[read more]

The Two Energy Revolutions Are Progressing in Tandem

September 22, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Last year I wrote about the two major energy revolutions happening globally, the shale revolution--mainly in the US--and the renewable energy revolution, focused more on technologies than geography but with big concentrations in Europe and increasingly Asia and the Americas.[read more]

Analytics for Solar and Energy Storage: Show Me the Money

September 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for? This strongly depends on the level of maturity of the industry in question.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage

September 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Storage and the Future

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Fikile Brushett is in the process of taking the power generated by wind and solar, chemically lashing it to molecules derived from flora and fauna, and storing it in liquids until it’s needed to electrify our homes.[read more]