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In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute

In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute

In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated questions—but important ones for both installers

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In Focus: Energiewende

I spent this week at the penultimate meeting of the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue (TUCD) in Germany, over and over hearing the term energiewende. Some of our hosts translated this as “energy change”, demonstrating characteristic German modesty. If I bought a Tesla Roadster, installed a solar array on the roof of my home to power it, ever after laughing at

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Goldman Sachs: Investing $40 Billion into Renewable Energy

That’s right, Goldman Sachs is betting on renewables for the long haul and they say it will be good business for them and their clients. Big Banks Betting on Solar In the last two years, solar has seen a surge in interest from investment banks. In 2012, Morgan Stanley backed a $300 million fund to finance residential solar in

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7 Ways Solar is Killing It

Things are looking up for the solar energy industry. Its growth has skyrocketed over the past few years and is projected to endure. If current trends continue, solar will account for 10% of American electricity by 2022. A diverse array of stakeholders is largely affected by this booming industry, from veterans to homeowners to that

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FreeGreenius: An App for Finding Renewable Energy Locations

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has released a free version of the simulation program FreeGreenius. The program brings together technical and commercial aspects and is able to calculate the yield that a renewable power plant project will bring at a certain location. In addition, FreeGreenius determines how a system must be

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Japan’s Fukushima Going 100% Renewable Energy

Three years after Japan’s nuclear meltdown, Fukushima Prefecture announced it will transition to 100% renewable energy by 2040. The region, which has a population of about two million people, doesn’t want to return to nuclear power even as the national government remains committed to getting the reactors back online. A recent survey shows that 53% of Japan’s citizens want nuclear power phased out and 23% want it shut down

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Ocean Energy Tries Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is everywhere today, reaching out to individuals in our field to fund documentaries on climate change,solar schools in England, solar systems in the US, and a wind turbine in the Netherlands. Now the ocean energy industry has launched its own platform, Clean Reach. Designed to address a lack of early-stage funding for this high potential energy industry, it wants to help entrepreneurial start-ups, coastal

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60 Minutes: Solar Reporting Fail

Last month, 60 Minutes aired a segment where one of the program’s anchors, Lesley Stahl, tried to make the case that clean technology and renewable energy were “dead.” In her report, Stahl makes a number of claims about the energy industry and the future of renewables that have been proven false by a number of

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STUDY: Rooftop Solar Almost Cheaper than Coal in EU

A new study suggests that wind and solar plants are already competing economically with fossil fuel in Europe. Soon, even household rooftop solar PV systems will generate electricity more cheaply than coal. The study from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems says the cost of rooftop solar in the southern parts of Germany is

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Obama Demands 20% of Energy Come from Renewables by 2020

President Barack Obama (D) issued a Presidential Memorandum on Dec. 5, directing the federal government and all its entities to source 20 percent of their energy from renewable energy like solar power, wind and other sources by the end of the decade. The move was hailed by conservation organizations as well as renewable energy advocates. “In

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Renewable Energy to Thrive in 2014

Now that 2013 is behind us, it’s important to reflect on the progress of renewable energy last year and identify obstacles that may arise in 2014. Over the last year, we kept a close eye on multiple clean energy attacks around the country, specifically on the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the various states.  As we have highlighted before, the “man

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80% Electricity from Renewables: Reality or Pipe Dream?

If renewable energy is a good thing, then a lot of renewable energy is a very good thing, right? Not exactly, according to recent articles in the L.A. Times and Forbes about challenges posed by the growth of renewables.  But, as we’ve pointed out, the issue here is not too much renewable energy, but rather a vulnerable U.S. electric grid built

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The Success of SolarCity

Before the company even went public, I devoted plenty of space in this letter to SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY). I’m a big fan of the financing model the company thrives on, and of course I’m particularly fond of anything that helps the solar industry maintain its rapid growth rate. I even personally took a position in the

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