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The Beginners Guide To Lower Heating Bills: For Tenants, Owners and Homelovers

In an ideal world our homes would be so well insulated that our bodies and appliances would produce enough heat to keep us warm in winter. Of course life is never ideal, and the chances are you don’t live in a passivhaus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of what you’ve got!


Kauaʻi Utility Signs PPA For 1st Dispatchable Solar PV Storage

The Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative in Hawai’i has signed a PPA with SolarCity for a dispatchable solar PV storage system.

NREL Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With China On Grid Research

The US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has signed a first-ever memorandum of understanding with China’s State Grid Energy Research Institute.

Southern California Edison Seeking 100 MW Renewable Energy Sources

Southern California Edison has launched a Request for Offers in an attempt to acquire 100 MW of renewable energy capacity.

Production Begins At Saudi Arabia’s First Solar PV Inverter Facility

Production at a 1 GW solar PV inverter manufacturing facility has begun in Saudi Arabia. The inverter will be the first component to comply with the local production norms.

China’s LONGi Silicon Plans 1 GW Solar Fab In India

One of the world’s leading silicon wafer producers, XI’AN LONGi Silicon Materials Corp, has expressed intentions to set up a manufacturing unit in India.

Silicor Materials Building New Silicon Factory In Iceland

Silicor Materials is a 9-year-old California company that makes the silicon used to produce solar panels. Silicon requires a lot of power to manufacture, so the cost of energy is an important factor in producing silicon profitably.

ConEdison Development Acquires 50% Interest In 335 MW Solar Farm

ConEdison has announced that it has acquired 50% interest in the 335 MW Panoche Valley Solar Farm, located in Central California, from RET Capital.

APS Proposes to Withdraw Fee Increase for Solar Customers

Arizona Public Service has offered to withdraw its request to increase the grid-access charge for residential solar customers, claiming that opponents have turned the issue into “political theater.”

Are Rooftop Solar Companies Doing Enough to Protect Consumers?

How much will I save each month by putting solar panels on my roof? What’s the payback period for my system? How long is my e? These are questions even the greenest consumers are likely to ask, and they are at the core of new efforts to enhance consumer protections in the solar industry.

Mysterious French Phaseout Plan

France plans to reduce the share in nuclear from 75 to 50% of power supply. But don’t hold your breath; it is unlikely as German automotive firms producing clean cars. Recent comments by the country’€™s Environmental Minister Ségolène Royal show how politically confused the issue is. Media reports about her comments hardly help clear up the matter.


The Polish Energy Drought

The extreme heatwave this summer has put additional pressure on the Polish power system. Energy planners and policy makers in the country should no longer just be worried about power outages in winter, argues Michal Olszewski. Summer heat could be just as disruptive.

Duck Season: How Solar Is Impacting Value of Australian Networks

Morgan Stanley says rooftop solar is impacting value of network operators, as falling demand reduced the need to spend on poles and wire upgrades.



Greens Propose Coal Tax To Foot Bill For Energy Clean-up

Greens leader Richard di Natale has unveiled a policy proposing a levy on coal miners to pay for mine site rehabilitation and retraining of workers.

Australian Clean Energy Jobs Could Be Worth $370 Billion In 10 Years

Beyond Zero Emissions report finds Australia’s renewable energy industry could generate $370 billion worth of jobs over next 10 years using current technology.

Abbott Refused Free Solar Panels, But Turnbull Has Already Bought His

Tony Abbott rejected rooftop solar as too expensive to clean and a security risk. New PM Malcolm Turnbull already has solar, but will he say it is good for humanity?

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