Cheap Natural Gas: Nuclear Plants Can’t Compete

Due to abundant shale gas reserves, natural gas prices in the U.S. continue to remain low. Because of this, natural gas is positioned to rival coal consumption as well as take share from oil on the global stage. According to Vault Energy Solutions, a Texas based energy consulting company, nuclear energy is also not immune […] Read more

Solar PV and Energy Storage The Time is Now

June 16th, 2013 was a big day for renewable energy in Europe. On this sunny, windy Sunday afternoon in the summer, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind peaked at over 60% of Germany’s electricity demand between 2 and 3 PM. The same afternoon, Italy’s hydroelectric, PV, biomass, geothermal and wind plants met the nation’s entire electricity […] Read more

Top 4 Current Solar Industry Trends

Solar Power International is in full swing in Chicago, complete with the flurry of merger and acquisition announcements, product releases, and, my favorite, study and analysis presentations. Greentech Media Research Senior Analyst Nicole Litvak delivered a presentation earlier this week reviewing her evaluation of the trending in residential solar. The most exciting results show an […] Read more

100% Renewable Energy: Is It Possible?

100% renewable energy to some may sound like nothing more than a pipe dream, but in reality, it already exists.  As giant countries like China, America, & India continue to pump out never ending streams of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, small, low-elevation islands are at risk of serious damage from rising sea levels […] Read more

SolarCity: In Focus

SolarCity has become a sort of proxy for the future of solar in this country. This tremendously successful company is coming up on a one year anniversary of its IPO in December. Several developments at SolarCity warrant a closer look into this dynamic company trying to stay ahead of the curve in a growing, competitive […] Read more

Top 25 U.S. Companies by Installed Solar Capacity

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) released the annual Solar Means Business report, identifying major commercial solar projects and ranking America’s top 25 companies by installed solar capacity. The report found that Walmart remains America’s commercial solar leader with 89 megawatts (MW) at 215 locations. The Top 25 […] Read more

Solar Car Sharing Takes off in France

Toshiba Corporation announced that it has completed construction of a car sharing system for the Lyon Confluence Smart Community Demonstration Project (Lyon, France). The system that implements Toshiba’s solar-power based electronic vehicle charge management system entered commercial operation yesterday. It will be operated by Proxiway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transdev. The system was under […] Read more

Sustainable Business Practices Yielding Profits

As climate change continues to be a hot topic for the environmental and political world, other sectors are beginning to take notice. Of these sectors, the business realm really has had its interest piqued and is benefiting from incorporating climate change and sustainability risks into their decision-making. Studies show that global clean energy markets present […] Read more

Liberty Interactive Invests $300M in Solana

Abengoa Solar’s first giant concentrating solar power system in the U.S., the 280 megawatt Solana Project, is nearly complete and is in final testing stages. And on the eve of completion the project, which is located near Gila Bend, Ariz., Liberty Interactive Corp has announced that the company will be investing $300 million. The $300 million […] Read more

Shared Renewable Energy Program Welcomed in Orlando

America has long questioned whether or not customers would be interested in renewable energy as a source of energy. This question has found its answer as all around the nation as utility companies and consumers rework the grid to add in more renewable energy sources. Florida is famously known as the “Sunshine State”, so the […] Read more

Massive Ivanpah Project Goes Live

The world’s largest concentrating solar plant is now sending  electricity to the grid from California’s Mohave Desert - Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Spread out over 3,500 acres, the 377 megawatt (MW) project will supply electricity to 140,000 households in California each year, and more than twice that during peak hours of the day. The electricity is being sold under a long […] Read more

In Focus: Home Solar Tech

It’s a widespread belief that renewable energy can only make so much of an impact on the world without a side-by-side growth in the adoption of energy-storage technology, particularly rechargeable batteries. Currently, many solar homeowners in the U.S. use lead-acid batteries to store self-generated power for use after the sun goes down. Spawned from the […] Read more

PV Industry Recovery: Is It Happening?

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has been struggling for almost two years. Massive over-capacity and slower-than-anticipated market growth caused by changes in European feed-in tariffs led to a collapse in prices and consistently negative margins across the value chain. This in turn led to a number of insolvencies, layoffs and acquisitions, particularly in Europe. […] Read more

5 Reasons Solar is Beating Fossil Fuels

The solar industry is growing drastically every year, while fossil fuels continue to be phased out. This is why it is frustrating to hear commenters still say that renewable energy is not ready to compete with fossil fuels as a means to power our country. This is no longer true. Here are five reasons why […] Read more