June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Based on data provided by the California Solar Initiative (CSI), sales of new production homes with rooftop solar power systems nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012, signaling increasing home buyer demand to control monthly electricity costs using clean, renewable solar power.
An estimated 4,000 new production solar homes were built in California last year, ten times the number built just seven years ago during the housing construction boom. read more>>>
2013-06-05 - Project to use SolarReserve's industry leading solar thermal with storage technology; providing reliable, zero-emissions electricity, day or night
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the approval of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project located in La Paz County, Ariz. With this authorization,SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of large-scale solar power projects, is proceeding with the development of its 100 megawatt project, located on Bureau of Land (BLM) managed land. The Quartzsite Project will be utilizing SolarReserve's concentrated solar power (CSP) technology with integrated storage which allows the facility to operate like a conventional power plant, but without the environmental damage from emissions and waste. read more>>>
June 05, 2013 - RevoluSun today announced its Massachusetts residential customers now have access to the new SunPower® X-Series Solar Panel (X-Series), the world’s most efficient panel on the market today.
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a global solar energy and technology provider headquartered in San Jose, California, recently introduced its X-Series solar panels, a new product line for the residential market. The X-Series delivers more energy, higher reliability and superior aesthetics than conventional solar panels1. The new world-record efficiency of this product line has received third-party validation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). read more>>>
Jun. 4, 2013 - Leading renewable energy companies from across the country today announced they have formed a coalition to advocate for equal treatment between clean energy and fossil fuels that would allow average Americans to invest in renewable energy projects in the same way they do oil and gas projects. The coalition, called Financing America’s Investment in Renewables (FAIR), supports a change in the law that currently allows oil, gas, coal and other “natural resources”-based energy projects, but not renewable energy projects, to use master limited partnerships (MLPs), a business structure that facilitates investment in qualifying projects. Such a change has been proposed in the bi-partisan Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) Parity Act recently re-introduced in both the US House and Senate. read more>>>
Jun. 2, 2013 - In the past decade, the massive expansion of China’s production and export of silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells and panels has cratered the price of those items globally, creating tension between China and the United States, and, more recently, China and the European Union. In a new study (see PDF), MIT researchers explain why these tensions could harm the broader solar industry and have spiraling effects for China-U.S. trade relations.
“China and the U.S., and China and the E.U., are in the midst of a blame game as the solar industry is on the brink of collapse — and the tensions could infect technology and commercial development globally,” says John Deutch, the lead author of the study and Institute Professor at MIT. read more>>>
June 6, 2013 - So many striking changes are taking place in the modernization of the electric power grid that it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees. However, I’d actually like to take a closer look at some trees: the needs of individual customers, particularly those impacted by repeated, prolonged grid outages.
I’ve had many conversations over the past several months about customers’ growing dissatisfaction with the energy and service that they receive from the grid as well as the growing number of supplements or outright alternatives to the grid that they are being offered by disintermediaries. read more>>>
Jun 05, 2013 - The old top-down utility infrastructure model will increasingly come under pressure as new technologies become a disruptive force in electricity infrastructure. Renewable energy, microgrids, and distributed generation will change the way we manage our electricity forever.
Microgrids are smaller, self-contained electricity grids with their own sources of power. The sources of power vary, but they often utilize renewable energy such as solar or wind. read more>>>
New guidance is expected to tell councils that local people's concerns should take precedence over renewable energy
6 June 2013 - Residents will be able to stop the construction of windfarms under tough rules that could seriously restrict the growth of onshore wind power generation.
New guidance is expected to tell councils that local people's concerns should take precedence over the need for renewable energy, and give more weight to the impact of turbines on the landscape and heritage.
The changes are part of a package of measures which include a significant increase in the amount of money communities will receive for agreeing to host windfarms nearby, with householders set to get hundreds of pounds off energy bills. read more>>>
6 June 2013 - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, or Dewa recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with First Solar to develop a programme for training on solar energy technology to obtain specialised certificates in this field to support the Green Economy For Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The move is also part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to achieve energy diversification by generating 1 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from renewable energy in Dubai by 2020 and 5 per cent by 2030. read more>>>
The country is in the fourth position in number of buildings erected based on environmentally sustainable criteria. The United States come in first place, followed by China and the Emirates, in third.
05/06/2013 - In the year in which the fight against waste climbed to the top of the international environmental agenda, the Brazilian market is fighting for one more step in the global ranking of sustainable business. Today, Brazil is in the fourth place among the countries with most buildings raised following environmentally adequate criteria. The United States brings together the greatest number of enterprises under analysis, followed by China and the United States. read more>>>