- 12 Sep 2013:Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that's becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.
- 10 Sep 2013:China's government will continue to support its solar sector, upping its domestic capacity target in order to boost local demand and reduce its dependence on foreign markets. But Zhun Ma, Lux Research analyst and the report's lead author, said the government's plan to install 35 GW of new solar capacity by 2015 is the upper limit rather than a fixed target.
- Makers of alternative energy cars are revving up their China efforts. Global brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz are targeting electrics, while a newer name, Tesla--is also jockeying for position.
- 6 Sep 2013:Wind Farms And House Values: How Does The Renewable Energy Source Affect Real Estate Prices? (Sep 4) - Huffington PostA US study has found that wind farm developments do not lower house values, a concern often flagged in objections to planning applications, but bigger less easily measured concerns remain.
- Bipartisan U.S. legislation to allow renewable-energy companies to use a type of partnership structure popular with oil and gas drillers has been stalled by debate over a green-energy tax credit.
- If Germany's green energy revolution - the "energiewende" - proceeds as planned, the price of electricity in Germany will increase by upwards of 20%, according to government estimates.
- 3 Sep 2013:A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.
- The rupee's biggest plunge in 20 years is endangering the recovery of India's $1.6 billion wind power industry as higher finance and import costs negate benefits from a government subsidy restored last month.
- 23 Aug 2013:Panasonic is targeting rooftops for its solar panels as developers struggle to find big enough plots of affordable land in Japan with the access to transmission lines needed for utility-scale projects.
- With An 'All-Out' Federal Renewable Energy Strategy, How Long Before We Could Be 100% Renewably Powered? (Aug 22) - ForbesProbably 20-30 years to get to 70-80%, but 80 years to get the last 20-30%.
- 21 Aug 2013:For the first time since the Carter Administration, solar panels are going up on the roof of the White House.
- 20 Aug 2013:Two of the largest oil producers are readying the Middle East's first big push into renewable energy, planning solar-power plants that will need more than $1.5 billion in financing by the end of 2014.
- China's solar industry may revive this half as consumption grows abroad and local demand takes off, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said.
- Inside the Upgraded European Solar Test Installation PV Calibration Process - Renewable Energy WorldWatching Apollo in action in its dedicated darkroom in the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) in Ispra, Italy, puts a whole new sizzle on PV calibration: shutters slowly swing open revealing an array of 11 zenon lamps while several feet ahead a curtain draws aside.
- Innovative storage system could enable offshore wind farms to deliver power whenever it's needed.
- 14 Aug 2013:The commitment of solar panel manufacturers to good environmental practices may be fading as intense competition causes some companies to pare costs and others to go out of business, according to an industry watchdog.
- Yingli Green Energy Australia has entered into a sales framework agreement with L&H Solar + Solutions, a subsidiary of L&H Group, the largest electrical wholesaler in Australia and New Zealand.
- Foxconn Technology Group, best known for assembling Apple's iPhones, will decide by year-end whether to branch off into unconventional new territory: making solar panels in China.
- 9 Aug 2013:The Tokyo-based company will build a 1-megawatt station in Fukushima prefecture and a 4-megawatt plant in Akita, both in northern Japan, it said in a statement today. No financial terms were disclosed.
- A new type of solar cell, made from a material that is dramatically cheaper to obtain and use than silicon, could generate as much power as today's commodity solar cells.
- NerdWallet have compiled the top 5 states in the US for residential solar energy, according to four specific criteria. Top of the pile was California, thanks to a sunny location, the pioneering of solar leasing, and great cash-back incentives. Filling out the top 5 were Hawaii, Arizona, Maryland, and Delaware.
- The European Union decided against imposing preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese solar panels, opting to wait another four months to assess whether the levies are warranted in the biggest EU trade fight of its kind.
- Solar Power In The U.S. Becoming A More Popular, Cost-Saving Option For Homeowners (Aug 7) - Huffington PostBen Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Connecticut, he leased one.
- 7 Aug 2013:Silicon wafer maker SunEdison Inc said it expects a recovery in solar power installations during the current quarter to reverse a slump in sales that contributed to a bigger-than-expected loss in the three months ended June.
- Siemens AG (SIE), Europe's biggest engineering company, expects Japan to almost double its capacity of renewable energy by 2030, while continuing with nuclear power generation even after the Fukushima disaster.
- 5 Aug 2013:Despite rapid growth in the solar industry over the past several years, there is one sobering statistic for the Valley of the Sun.
- A surge in commercial and residential construction projects across the Gulf will provide the solar energy sector with huge opportunities for growth and innovation, according to industry experts.
- 2 Aug 2013:ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said July 2 that the government is looking at all options to achieve an optimal resource mix in reconciling energy policy with the challenges of climate change, expressing hopes for Taiwan and the US to deepen cooperation in the development of renewable energy.
- A brawl broke out in Taiwan's legislature Friday ahead of a vote whether to hold a national referendum on the island's fourth nuclear complex, construction of which is almost completed.
- Growth Of Global Solar & Wind Energy Continues To Outpace Other Technologies (Aug 1) - CleantechnicaGlobal use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent, to 521 TWh.
- Low-cost solar power could supply more than a third of all energy needs in the Western US, if the nation can hit its targets for reducing the cost of solar energy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
- 30 Jul 2013:The renewable energy industry has welcomed new planning guidance designed to help local authorities weigh up the need for renewable energy projects against other environmental concerns.
- Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, promised to "give local communities a greater say" on where wind farms are built, but new guidance from his department warns councils not to create "inflexible" turbine-free zones.
- UCLA researchers have improved upon their previous research by building a transparent solar film that is twice as efficient as the one they produced a year ago.
- Planned European Union curbs on Chinese solar panels would last less than half as long as normal trade protection, marking a victory not just for China but also for Germany, the U.K. and other free-market proponents in the EU's biggest dispute of its kind.
- 26 Jul 2013:The U.K. has been bragging about adding tons of wind capacity recently, but are the additions paying off with big increases in clean energy production? They are.
- The USA has tripled its solar-power-generating capacity since 2010 and increased it tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the non-profit advocacy group Environment America.
- 19 Jul 2013:China on Thursday announced tariffs on imports of raw materials from the U.S. and South Korea used to make solar panels, in the latest volley in a global trade fight that has ensnared Beijing, Washington and the European Union.
- 17 Jul 2013:BYD has recently rolled out the new HTC One for HTC, the Ascend P6 for Huawei, the Lumia 1020 for Nokia and the Galaxy S4 mini for Samsung, media reports said.
- 10 Jul 2013:Germany-based Conergy and Gehrlicher Solar filed for insolvency in the past week, while Hawaii-based Hoku also filed for bankruptcy protection.
- Andreas Liebheit becomes Global Manager for Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit
- Heraeus to showcase new metallization pastes at Renewable Energy India 2013
- ABB to acquire Power-One to become a global leader in solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters
- Heraeus purchases the Ferro Corporation solar paste business
- Advantech: Supporting the Photovoltaics Industry with All-in-One Solutions
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