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Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

March 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy, Smart Business

Recently, Apple announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on European data centers set to run entirely on renewable energy, and invested $848 million to secure power from 130MW of First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

First Solar's Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

February 28, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Production Line Efficiency

First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but the company posted a net income of $397 million on sales of $3.4 billion over the past year. Other areas such as production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed overall positive results.[read more]

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

February 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans for homes rebounded in a very big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in the coming year, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency.[read more]

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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 25, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

The Age of the Prosumer

February 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer.[read more]

Think Texas Energy is All About the Oil? Think Again

February 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Energy Alternatives

In 1999, we pushed to get the first renewable energy mandate passed in the country – in Texas of all places. There were all sorts of concerns at the time that wind could not be integrated into the system, or that it would be too expensive. Time has proven otherwise.[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

'One Million Solar Homes,' Tanzanian Style

February 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Tanzania and Solar

Tanzania, in an effort led by Off-Grid Electric, along with the support of the international development community, just set a goal of having “One Million Solar Homes” by the end of 2017. The campaign hopes to furnish solar electricity for 10 percent of the nation’s population and generate over 15,000 solar jobs.[read more]

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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]