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Happy 1st Birthday: California’s Cap-and-Trade

Happy 1st Birthday: California’s Cap-and-Trade

On the one-year anniversary of California’s carbon market, the results are in – it is a success. The program has raised an impressive $1.4 billion for California. Half of that funds renewable energy projects and cutting emissions, including $130 million specifically destined for low-income communities. As complex as it is to start a cap-and-trade program, all five


President Obama Doubles Down on Renewables

Last Friday,  President Obama took an important step toward supporting a clean energy future by directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.  This is more than double the current level, making this a significant moment in President Obama’s second term. Renewable energy has become cost-competitive over the years


Wood Power: The Next Big Thing?

According to researchers at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), it is possible for some companies to economically convert their operations to wood power. The conversion to wood boilers for heat and power would make the most sense for larger commercial and industrial operations in areas that have access to large timber resources and a


Is The Party Over for CSP in the U.S?

Planning for new concentrated solar power (CSP) development in the U.S. almost disappeared in 2013 as developers turned to smaller, more achievable PV installations. “The 2013 trend in CSP is that not much has happened,” said GTM Research Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman. “Demand across the country has turned from large-scale projects to those in the


Why Solar is Beating Wind

Renewable energy helps sustain energy in a way that is protective of the environment. However, the renewable energy market is equally just as important to the stability of the financial market. Specifically, solar energy has made a rapid expansion on our planet during the past decade. Recently, the renewable source of energy surpassed the growth


SolarCity Uses Tesla Batteries for Enterprise Energy Storage

SolarCity is geting into the commercial energy storage business by installing and financing batteries and smart software behind the meter. That could be good news for manufacturers, retailers, and other businesses or schools which can gain more control over their electricity bill. It’s not such good news for smaller competitors such as Stem, Solar Grid


New Micro-Reactor Can Study Catalytic Nanoparticles

Anatoly Frenkel, a professor of physics at Yeshiva University, is collaborating with materials scientist Eric Stach and others at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop new ways to study the behavior of catalytic nanoparticles. “We are developing a new ‘micro-reactor’ that enables us to explore many aspects of catalytic function using


Toshiba The Solar Utility?

In the first stages of change on the grid, utilities will start to face increasing threats to revenue and indirect competition from distributed energy service providers. That’s where things stand in the U.S. today. In the second stage, some utilities may finally feel battered enough to give in, do an about-face, and actually embrace a distributed energy


China: Now The World’s Largest Solar Market

In October 2013 NPD Solarbuzz Inc. (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) published a new analysis which estimates that China represented 25% of the 9 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in the third quarter of 2013. “The emergence of China in driving PV demand is impacting both global end-market figures and is also having a profound


Chile: The Next Renewable Energy Rock Star?

For years there has been a lot of talk aboutclean energy in America, China, and Europe, but a new player has entered the field of play: Latin America.  Eager to kick their dependence on coal, oil, and other fossil fuels, these nations are beginning to ramp up their investment in renewable power.  Whereas Brazil used to


Top 10 U.S States for Residential Solar

How does one decide which states are the best for rooftop solar? There’s a plethora of considerations. In terms of overall solar irradiation, the answer is clear: Arizona. It gets more sun than any other state. In terms of capacity already installed on residences, California has the most and New Jersey has the second most.


NREL releases 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The report provides facts and figures on energy in general, renewable electricity in the United States, global renewable energy development, wind power, solar energy, geothermal power, biopower, hydropower,


Solar Pipeline is 43 Gigawatts Strong!

There are enough solar photovoltaic installations in the pipeline to power 6 million households. NPD Solarbuzz, an industry research and analytics firm, found that U.S. solar developers have more than 43 gigawatts of projects in varying stages of planning and construction on the board. While many of the projects won’t be completed, many will and


Charlotte Airport Goes Solar

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport aims to join dozens of other airports around the country in a trend toward decorating with solar panels. The North Carolina airport issued a request for proposals this week asking companies to pitch a massive airport solar array that could be the largest in the state and would likely beat