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An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman
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Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

UN Sustainable Energy Goals Falling "Substantially Short"

May 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Transition and Developing Economies

Although renewable energy is the fastest-growing portion of new electricity generation in many countries, its rate of growth is still not fast enough to meet the UN goals and unseat legacy sources of generation, primarily coal.[read more]

Hanergy Thin Film Power Shares Plunge 47 Percent, Trading Halted

May 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

China Solar Market Risk

Hanergy just lost $18 billion in market value as its stock dropped 47% and triggered a shutdown in trading. The Wall Street Journal suggests that the sell-off was prompted by Yingli's recent financial news and weakness in the China solar market. But Hanergy has plenty of reasons to shed shareholder value.[read more]

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

May 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar in the South

Anyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two Southeastern states is enormous. Now, after a slow start, so is the headway the clean power technology is making in the Southeast's two most populous states.[read more]

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

May 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tesla and Texas

There is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes. Texas is a state of almost nine million households.[read more]

Is 15% of the Global Clean Energy Market Good Enough?

May 14, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Market Share

How does 15 percent measure up? If you’re talking about America’s share of a $1.3 trillion global clean energy market, that 15-percent figure, while not too shabby, merits further consideration about how we got here – and where we should be heading.[read more]

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America's Century-Old Energy Market?

May 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tech Companies and Energy Markets

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass utilities and buy clean energy directly from a solar provider. The deal set a historical precedent for corporate renewable energy purchases that may, over time, have huge financial implications for traditional utilities.[read more]

India to Allocate 10GW of Solar Under Central Government Schemes This Year?

May 13, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Recently in India there was a meeting called by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to discuss their revised plans for 10,000 MW of solar PV projects expected to be tendered in the next few months under National Solar Mission (NSM).[read more]

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Maryland's SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

Maryland Energy Market Innovation

Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland flies under the radar for developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market doesn't command the same level of attention as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey.[read more]

Global Solar Manufacturers Look to India for New Manufacturing Capacity

May 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Over the past months, several PV module manufacturers have announced plans to ‘Make in India’. While Trina Solar and Canadian Solar have declared that they are setting up manufacturing capacities in India, First Solar and SunEdison have stated that they are studying the viability of manufacturing capacity in India.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You, You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part II: The Ideas of Power

May 11, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Batteries and Energy

The utility industry isn’t threatened by a disruptive technology, but by a disruptive idea: that it’s incumbent on utilities to provide free storage and backup services to solar panel owners. The main manifestation of this idea is net metering, and it’s the law of the land in 44 states.[read more]

4 Ways to Blunt the Solar Tax Cliff

May 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Subsidies and Business Plans

The coming reduction of the 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit for solar creates a steep cliff no matter which way you crunch the numbers, according to a new policy paper from George Washington University. But there are ways to soften the blow.[read more]

Matching Veterans with Solar Jobs: Now That's a Bright Idea

May 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Veterans and Solar Jobs

The recently announced Solar Ready Vets program aims to help with the transitioning of service members into civilian life by helping them pursue training in the solar industry, which is adding 30,000 jobs a year, according to the United States Department of Energy.[read more]

Storage Not Needed to Accommodate Higher Levels of Wind Energy

May 8, 2015 by Michael Goggin
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Wind Energy and Storage

Recently, energy storage has been in the news. Contrary to a common misconception, very high levels of wind energy can be reliably integrated without energy storage. Energy storage is typically more expensive than grid operating reforms, which can provide the same flexibility services that storage provides.[read more]

How Solar Is Playing a Role in Nepal's Disaster Relief

May 8, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Renewables and Disaster Recovery

Avishek Malla is no stranger to bringing solar-powered light to communities in need. As the director of engineering for SunFarmer, a nonprofit that provides solar power and batteries to remote hospitals and schools in developing countries, illuminating spaces to meet basic human needs is in his job description.[read more]