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Tesla Opens New York Store for Solar, Cars and Storage
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT

If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof.

Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Power Possible in Dutch Auction
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:33:00 GMT

Subsidy-free renewables could appear in a second country after an auction this week in the Netherlands, which is seeking about $2.7 billion to develop a giant offshore wind farm.

Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:24:00 GMT

It has been a long, long, long road for the global photovoltaic industry and its participants from its early days with few manufacturers and support primarily limited to oil companies looking for a feel-good business unit to what seemed like its overnight success in the mid-2000s. In 1977 the industry had 1.74 MWp of capacity to produce PV cells. At the end of 2017 the industry had 98 GWp of capacity to manufacture PV cells.

Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:49:00 GMT

As Puerto Rico sets out to rebuild its electric system knocked out by Hurricane Maria in September, can it become a model for renewable energy? Scores of government agencies, think tanks and energy experts are mulling that question, as much of the U.S. Caribbean territory still lacks electricity.

Brazil to Dominate Latin America’s Wind Power Market in 2018
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:40:00 GMT

Latin American wind has grown swiftly in recent years to almost 20 GW by August 2017, with 80 percent of installed capacity in Brazil and Mexico.

What Is 'Solar-as-a-Service'?
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:12:00 GMT

UrbanVolt, the Dublin-headquartered energy-saving LED lighting firm whose backers include rugby star Jamie Heaslip, has announced a new solar solution. The company, which last year signed a €30 million funding deal with Swiss green energy private equity group Susi Partners, has become internationally known for its "light as a service" offering where it installs energy-efficient lighting for businesses free of charge, with an agreement to split the energy savings between both parties over a five year period.

A Revealing Look at Wind's Big Markets and Emerging Challenges
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:25:00 GMT

On the global stage, China is the leading market for wind energy. With wind capacity of 168.7 GW at the end of 2016, it held a market share in new deployments of over 42 percent. China’s commitment to renewables, with a focus on wind, doesn’t show signs of ebbing: aiming for 20 percent of its energy needs to be met with clean energy by 2030 and pledging to invest US$367 billion in renewables by 2020, MAKE Consulting predicts China averaging over 25 GW of new wind capacity annually for the next decade.

World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:18:00 GMT

The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas.

Israeli Solar Panel Cleaning Tech Firm Raises $13 Million
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:33:00 GMT

Israel-based Ecoppia yesterday said that it has raised $13 million, led by investors Swarth Group, GlenRock Israel, Gandyr Group, and Harel Group Insurance and Finance.

Brazil's Largest Wind Company Has Big Plans to Dominate Solar
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:44:00 GMT

Brazil’s biggest wind company has set its sights on dominating the country’s nascent solar market. CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA has 1 MW of solar power in operation now, a pilot project in Sao Paulo State, but has plans to build another 450 MW. 

DOE Announces New R&D Effort for Offshore Wind
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:54:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry on Dec. 12 announced a significant new DOE commitment to advance offshore wind energy.

California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:33:00 GMT

Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets. 

Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:56:00 GMT

Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts.

Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Re-Power Puerto Rico Includes DERs, Renewables
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:18:00 GMT

If Hurricane Sandy, during which millions of New Yorkers lost power and damage to the electric grid was substantial, was the spark that ignited New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision, aka REV” then perhaps Hurricane Maria will be the spark that ignites a new energy vision for Puerto Rico.

New York Puts $3.8M Behind Large-Scale Geothermal Heating-Cooling Challenge
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:22:00 GMT

New York is making it easier for facilities in the state to access analyses that will help determine whether they can benefit from geothermal systems for heating and cooling.

CHP No Longer Perceived Negatively by Utilities
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:25:00 GMT

Attitudes to combined heat and power technology have transformed, according to speakers at the world’s largest electric power conference.

The View from Washington On Energy Regulations
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:39:00 GMT

And interview with Emily Fisher, Vice President, Law, and Corporate Secretary at Edison Electric Institute about the view from Washington following a Thursday, December 7 Plenary discussion at POWER-GEN International. Fisher describes the two different avenues that President Trump is pursuing regarding regulations and the energy industry.


3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:21:00 GMT

Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.


GE's 12,000 Job Cuts Highlight Uneasy Shift to Renewable Energy
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:39:00 GMT

After spending years building up its gas-power business, General Electric Co. is trying to figure out how to keep pace in a world that’s no longer all that interested in fossil fuels.


China Three Gorges Starts World's Biggest Floating Solar Project
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:31:00 GMT

China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.