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A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.TASC’...

Posted April 15, 2014    

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where...

Posted April 11, 2014    

Is Solar Energy the Answer to Brazil's Energy Crisis?

The newest project from world-leading solar module maker Yingli Green Energy is a 1-megawatt installation at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco soccer stadium, the site of five upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup matches.Built by Brazilian solar pioneer Grupo...

Posted April 2, 2014    

Solar Energy Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them.The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record...

Posted March 22, 2014    

8 Ways to Make Solar Energy Installations Faster, Safer, and Cheaper

There are eight key installation practices that will make residential rooftop solar systems more reliable -- and help to avoid potentially expensive repair costs.“If a million systems are installed and these roofs leak because of incorrect...

Posted March 15, 2014    

Another Blueprint for 100 Percent Renewables by Mid-Century

The clean energy sector is awash in scenarios that suggest that 100 percent of our energy needs can be met with renewables. While the realities of implementation are far more difficult than the reports suggest, these models can serve as a helpful...

Posted March 13, 2014    

Photos: Is GE's Space Frame Tower the Future of Wind Power?

Greentech Media got an early look at GE's new space frame wind turbine tower in advance of its official debut at next week’s European wind industry conference.The space frame advances the potential of GE to deliver taller towers capable of more...

Posted March 9, 2014    

Will Crowdsourced Loans for Rooftop Solar Overtake Third-Party Ownership?

Solar loan originator Sungage Financial and solar crowdsourcing pioneer Mosaic have a new financing plan that offers homeowners direct ownership of rooftop solar projects.Third-party funding for residential solar through leases and power purchase...

Posted February 23, 2014    

Ivanpah: World's Biggest Solar Energy Tower Project Goes Online

Yesterday was the celebration of full operation at the 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s biggest concentrating solar power tower project. The celebration was attended by technology originator BrightSource Energy (BSE...

Posted February 15, 2014    

How Will Renewable Energy Be Financed in 2014?

Representatives from JPMorgan Capital, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch who spoke at this week's Cost of Capital event agreed that tax equity and bank debt should continue to provide the backing that renewables need this year.John...

Posted January 30, 2014    

Four Ways the Attack on Wind and Solar Is Wrong

The first mistake in Gail Tverberg’s Ten Reasons Intermittent Renewables (Wind and Solar PV) are a Problem is using the outdated term “intermittent” for renewables. “The more accurate term is ‘variable renewables,’” explains energy...

Posted January 27, 2014    

Solar’s Faceoff: Feed In Tariff Versus Net Energy Metering

With the Gainesville FIT suspended, should solar rally around NEM? The first and most famous U.S. feed-in tariff has been suspended and rooftop solar advocates are calling for the industry to rally instead around net energy metering.The Gainesville...

Posted January 13, 2014