San Francisco Announces 0-50-100 Plan

San Francisco says it is closing in on the goals of its 2004. Climate Action Plan and released its strategy to meet the more stringent goals it set for 2025. This “shows that it is possible to reduce the harmful emissions that cause climate change at a citywide scale,” says the website, providing a model for other cities to follow. San […] Read more

U.S Not Down with India’s Solar Program

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) filed a complaint against India to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the country’s domestic content requirements for solar systems. The complaint is about Phase II of India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), which requires Indian power developers to use Indian-manufactured solar equipment as opposed to equipment […] Read more

U.K Solar FiT Cuts: Industry Effects

Cuts to the feed in tariffs (FiTs) are jeopardizing the UK solar industry in 2012. A FiT is a policy mechanism designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies. It achieves this by offering long-term contracts to renewable energy producers, typically based on the cost of generation of each technology. Cuts to homeowners solar power […] Read more

Which States Enacted the Best Renewable Energy Policies in 2010?

Within the solar energy industry, the Interstate Renewable EnergyCouncil (IREC) is looked to as a leading source of information onrenewable energy policy — at the municipal, state and federal levels. In addition to helping run the DSIRE database, the organization issuescountless reports and studies on things like net metering,interconnection and workforce development. Recently, IREC issued […] Read more

Connecticut and Massachusetts Have the Best Energy Policies

A report released by the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management Corporation put Connecticut and Massachusetts in the top ten states for energy efficiency in the country.   The top 10 states listed in order for having the best policies for energy efficiency include: Connecticut California Maryland Massachusetts Pennsylvania New York Texas North Carolina […] Read more

State RPS Policies Will Create 250% Increase In Renewable Energy

State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) will be the most criticaldriver determining the pace of U.S. renewables growth, according to a new IHS EmergingEnergy Research market study. IHS estimates thatcumulative renewables demand across all states with binding RPS policies will grow from an expected 137 TWh in 2010 to 479 TWh by 2025 – anincrease of […] Read more

2 Policies that Create Jobs, Help the Environment and Save Taxpayers’ $$$

As Congress continues to mull over the need for another jobsbill, it is my hope that our elected officials realize that a transition to a clean-tech economy will only work insofar as two crucialpolicies—the inclusion of solar manufacturing equipment in theManufacturing Investment Tax Credit (MITC) and the extension of theTreasury Grant Program (TGP)—are properly implemented. […] Read more

Chinese Policies Could Hurt U.S. Renewable Industries: REPORT

China has enacted a series of policies that have made it one of thelargest consumers of renewable energy in the world, but the country hasalso moved steadily to shut out foreign participation in its renewableenergy market, according to a new report, China’s Promotion of theRenewable Electric Power Equipment Industry: Hydro, Wind, Solar andBiomass, commissioned by […] Read more

Effective Environmental Policies Require Industry and Government Cooperation

The PV industry was founded on a richlegacy of environmental insights and values. Many of the industry’searly visionaries saw the benefits of clean, renewable energy and hadthe foresight to question continued reliance on fossil fuels. Thislegacy of environmental stewardship will always be fundamental part ofour industry. Maintaining and building upon this legacy will requirecollaborative industry […] Read more

India Solar Market: When Will New Policies Turn Into Panels?

Dependingon who you talk to, India will either be the next major solar market orit will never get off the ground. The underlying conditions are sound;India has high insolation throughout its territory and an energy deficit of 10 to 15 percent,leaving over 450 million people without access to electricity. Coupledwith frequent blackouts in cities and […] Read more

China Improves Energy Policies

While the White House is still trying to convince Congress to pass his energy bill, China is moving forward with improvements to its energy policies. On December 26th, the National People’s Congress,China’s national legislative body, passed amendments to its RenewableEnergy Law designed to improve the country’s energy efficiency andcompliance. The law requires electric grid enterprises […] Read more

Government Policies Help PV Market in China

CCID Consulting, China’s leading research, consulting and IToutsourcing service provider, and the first Chinese consulting firmlisted in Hong Kong, released its article on China’s photovoltaicmarket. Affected by the financial crisis in 2008, the globaleconomy continues to be sluggish. In particular, Europe, the biggestphotovoltaic market in the world, has been hardest hit by the crisis.To address […] Read more

New Clean Energy Policies Target U.S- China Trade Balance

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Congressman Dave Camp(R-MI) announced the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act last week. The bi-partisan legislation will offer a tax credit to support solar manufacturing in the U.S. These tax incentives are designed to encourage U.S. companies to produce solar equipment, create green jobs and invest in a domestic […] Read more

John Doerr and Jeff Immel on Becoming the Cleantech Leader

The Washington Post finally let through a good op-ed, “Falling Behind On Green Tech,” by John Doerr partner in VC Kleiner Perkins and Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. As I’ve been saying for over a decade now, the U.S. has lost itslead to other countries because conservatives have blocked the policiesneeded to turn […] Read more