- 26 Sep 2013:Wind power is no longer an insignificant energy source in the United States. Turbines across the country provided 4 percent of the nation's electricity last year - enough to power half of Mexico.
- German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin announced the development of 44.7 percent efficiency solar cell.
- 24 Sep 2013:SolarCity (SCTY), an IPO back in December 2012, has pioneered the US solar installation marketplace. But with competition rising and the company still working toward profitability, it's been looking for new ways to boost its customer count.
- Despite having one of the hottest summers on record and taking nuclear power stations offline, Japan has had no power rationing or blackouts this year. How did they do it? They cut back.
- First Wind Holdings agreed to sell 333 megawatts of capacity from two Maine projects to Massachusetts utilities.
- A solar-energy group is offering a plan to resolve a trade dispute between the US and China, saying import duties currently in place are crippling the industry in both nations.
- 23 Sep 2013:India To Build World's Largest Solar Power Plant In Rajasthan (Sep 21) - International Bussiness TimesThe Indian government will set up the world's largest solar power plant in its northwestern state of Rajasthan and the venture is expected to significantly reduce solar power taxes in the country.
- Stake holders, experts and state level policy makers are seeking reforms must to facilitate growth of solar energy sector up to its potential.
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- 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.
- BIG SUN and SAS sign iPV Solar Tracker exclusive distribution agreement for Germany and Italy
- Brand new fuel cell ferry in full service
- Armed with strong system integration capabilities, Tatung launches smart green building solutions
- Heraeus Photovoltaics consolidates research and development in US
- Heraeus Photovoltaics features SOL9620 Series and the SOL9621 Series at Intersolar N.A. 2014
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