Published on January 3rd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


Economics of Wind Energy, 4 Keys To Stopping Global Warming… (Solar Energy & Wind Energy News)

January 3rd, 2016 by  

If you haven’t gotten enough of a solar or wind energy fix lately, here’s a list of several good stories on other websites that you might have missed.

Solar Energy (Only)

How To Save Money On Your Solar Panel Installation

Installing solar panels on your home or business can be an effective way to reduce your fossil-fuel energy footprint, while also reducing your electric bills for decades to come. The investment in clean electricity through solar energy can offer an ROI as good as, or better than, many other conventional investments, but it does require a commitment, as a home solar array isn’t exactly a plug-and-play project, but is meant to be installed semi-permanently so as to offer years of maintenance-free service.

SolarCity Talks Cost Reduction at Analyst Day, Company Mission at Town Hall

SolarCity held its analyst day during one of the more ulcer-inducing legislative weeks in the solar industry’s history. The company held a more consumer-focused town hall meeting this week as well.

The World’s First Securitization of Off-Grid Solar Assets

This week, pay-as-you-go solar firm BBOXX said it plans to lead the first-ever securitization of off-grid assets. The plan is to lower its cost of capital as it scales in developing countries.

Sungrow Invests $939 Million In 600 MW Solar Power Projects

Sungrow is the largest inverter manufacturer in China and the company is now expanding into the solar power development business. An agreement was recently signed between eastern China’s Chaohu government for the development of 600 MW of PV solar plants.

EV Charging Facility In Norway Powered By Solar Panels

A new solar powered EV charging station in the city of Vestby, Norway will produce 16,000 kWh of electricity annually, enough to go 47,000 miles in a Tesla.


Wind Energy (Only)

The Strong Economics of Wind Energy

As a follow-up to a recent article I posted on renewable energy, this article discusses the economics of wind in both the developed and developing worlds compared to other renewable energy sources. At the recent climate conference in Paris, 70 countries highlighted wind as a major component for their emissions-reduction schemes.

Energy Efficiency (Only)

Were Your Greenhouse Tomatoes Grown With LED Lights?

If you want greenhouse tomatoes that use less energy, ask whether they were grown with LED lights.

Norma Walton on Energy Star Appliances: Worthwhile Investment

Learn the history of Energy Star Appliances and how it can help save homeowners money and emissions.


Energy Watch Group Wants Higher-Caliber & ‘Realistic’ Energy Projections From IEA

An international network of scientists and parliamentarians, Energy Watch Group, is interested in better work from the IEA. The Energy Watch Group (EWG) wants higher-caliber reporting and realistic scenarios from the IEA. Christian Breyer, Professor for Solar Economy at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and lead author of the recent EWG study, said, “We need urgent help of journalists and civil society to find out the real reasons for these continuous incorrect IEA projections for solar PV and wind energy.”

4 Keys To Stopping Global Warming

COP21 was arguably one of the most epic meetings in the history of humanity. In a spirit of mutual cooperation, the international community agreed to finally begin to turn away from a fossil fuel-powered economy toward a clean, sustainable future. While it may be important to make general commitments to cut CO2 and methane emissions, and to keep under a certain temperature increase, what it comes down to in the end is making practical changes in how we live our lives and run our societies.

The State of Renewables

Zachary Shahan is Director and Chief Editor of the invaluable CleanTechnica. I’ve paired his update on renewables with some important interviews with renewable experts Brewster MacCracken of Austin’s Pecan Street Project, and Michael Osborne, Chairman of the Austin Texas Electric Utility Commission.

Africa Could Lead World on Green Energy

Africa could be the first region in the world to power its economic development on renewable energy rather than fossil fuels such as coal, according to the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

COP21: Shows the End of Fossil Fuels is Near, We Must Speed Its Coming

The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history.

Australia’s Right Wing Media Declares New War On Wind & Solar

Conservative media in Australia targeting wind and solar generation in what might be last roll of the dice for incumbent fossil fuel industry.

5 Climate And Clean Energy Charts From 2015 You Need To See

This was a big year in climate science and solutions. We learned a number of truly astounding things, which generally makes for great charts.

Renewables Face Extinction in Czech Republic

Renewable energy plants in the Czech Republic are at risk of going bankrupt, as the Energy Regulatory Office has unlawfully refused to issue an obligatory pricing decision continuing the support for renewable energy sources in 2016. If a solution is not found by early January, there is a very real chance that the Czech Republic will be hit with a spate of lawsuits and international arbitration claims. A guest post by Martin Sedlák of The Alliance for Energy Self-Sufficiency.

German Renewable Energy Jobs Continue to Drop

In 2014, an estimated 355,400 people worked in the renewable energy sector, roughly 4 percent fewer than in the previous year. Jobs continue to be shed in the solar sector, while the wind sector picked up steam.

£3 Million Or More Raised For UK Community Renewable Energy Projects

Mongoose Energy is located in Bristol, England and helps renewable energy installations get developed, funded, and constructed. In November, BusinessGreen reported that £3 million had been raised by Mongoose for community renewable energy projects. However, on its own site Mongoose wrote that the amount it raised was £4.810 million and that a record £7.825 million had been raised by the British public, “Mongoose Energy cooperatives make up five of top six funds and raised over £4.8 million.” The kind of projects that Mongoose invests in are rooftop solar on school buildings, ground-mounted solar arrays, hydropower, wind, and anaerobic digestion.

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  • Very interesting articles for renewable energy.

    Here is my question:

    What are advantages and disadvantages of these renewable energy?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Advantages of wind and solar?

      Very low carbon footprint.

      Cheaper electricity.

      Cleaner air.

      Cleaner water.

      Less environmental damage (wind and solar farms vs. open pit mines, mountain top removal, massive oil spills)

      Eliminating our dependence on oil producing countries.

      A long term (billions of years) solution to our dwindling supply of fossil fuels which will essentially be gone in 200 years.

      Disadvantages of wind and solar?

      Outputs are not 24/365 which will require grid changes (more transmission and storage).

      Job shifts. Jobs lost in places where fossil fuels are extracted and jobs created in different places.

      A different set of oxen gored. Wind turbines and solar panels get installed in places where people weren’t looking at oil rigs, flattened mountains, and open pit mines.

  • Roger Lambert


    You defend the ‘long shadow” U.N. report as being accurate and even go so far as to imply it is irrefutable (its ‘critics’ can’t even get a refutation published in a peer-reviewed journal according to you).

    And then, you offer up another report which says that the U.N. report underestimated livestock emissions by about 200%. (18% vs 51%).

    Do you think that an impartial observer might say that you can’t have it both ways? The U.N. report can not be irrefutably correct and also simultaneously grossly inaccurate, wouldn’t you think?

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