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Published on September 15th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Solar Panel Prices Down 80%, Recurrent Energy Up For Sale… (Solar News)

September 15th, 2014 by  

Solar energy enthusiasts, here’s another solar energy news roundup. Enjoy!

Solar panel prices have dropped 80% since 2008, and wind power prices are down too. (Planetsave)

Recurrent Energy, a US-based subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, is reportedly up for sale. Notably, Recurrent Energy promised an astonishing 5¢/kWh solar electricity supply to Austin Energy in May, over the course of 25 years. (Solar Love)

SolarCity, constantly growing, is expanding into 7 states. Jobs, jobs, jobs. (Solar Love)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Limited, which recently bought LDK Solar and Suntech Power Holdings, is aiming to build 10 GW worth of solar power plants by 2016. Talk about ambition! (Solar Love)

The sun and the wind are altering the global energy landscape and giving utilities a chill followed by a death sentence. This is not news to CleanTechnica readers, but we still thought you might like to see the story written up in the New York Times! (NYTimes)

Someone recently sent along a nuclear-biased article about a nuclear-biased paper on EROI for different energy sources. I really don’t have time for that kind of jazz these days (life is too short and dealing with nonsense is too unenjoyable), but with the study being from Germany I thought Craig Morris or Thomas Gerke might have looked through it already. I sent it along to them, and they gave some fine general remarks but hadn’t seen it. Craig took the time, though, to later go through it and pull out all the wild assumptions it included. (Energy Transition)

One of our favorite people? Vegan hippie chick and race car driver Leilani Münter. (Fusion)

GTM Research has a new report out on which companies lead the residential solar PV monitoring market. (Greentech Media)

James Wimberley, one of our super-helpful readers, passed along a German article reporting that solar PV installations in July bounced back a lot compared to months before (344 MW compared to 188 MW in June and an average of 168 MW per month in the first half of 2014). Certainly not at the levels the country was at when the feed-in tariffs were high, but a nice improvement. (pv magazine)

Why would a Tea Partier fight for solar? Let a Tea Partier tell you. (Midwest Energy News)

The EU has unveiled its new energy commissioners. (EnergyPost.eu)

Everybody’s following the German Energiewende, but what about the Swiss Energiewende? (EnergyPost.eu)

15,000+ Australian businesses have installed solar power. (Solar Love)

Siemens has started a new energy transition research project in Europe. (Siemens)

Has energy reached peak centralization? Rocky Mountain Institute discusses. (RMI Outlet)

Wind & Wave Energy

(Since there I don’t really have enough extra wind and wave energy news for their own roundups, I’m slipping it in here too.)

Wind energy in China is surging, while coal stalls. (EnergyPost.eu)

NASA and the DOE are crowdsourcing wave energy modeling tools. (Ecopreneurist


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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in NIO [NIO], Tesla [TSLA], and Xpeng [XPEV]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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