Author Archives: Andrew

On the Way to 1 Million Solar Roofs: Los Angelenos Can’t Get Enough Solar Power

October 22nd, 2012 | by Andrew

Applications to install rooftop solar PV systems continue to pour in to LA Water & Power. Some 22 megawatts worth and counting of rooftop solar power capacity have been added in the last fiscal year. The country's largest publicly owned utility has also been signing long-term power purchase agreements with utility-scale solar power project developers.

Congressional Inaction Threatens Record Wind Energy Growth

October 20th, 2012 | by Andrew

The picture of the US wind energy industry looks markedly different looking back than it does looking forward. US wind energy capacity has been growing at a record rate this year, but the year-end expiration of a key federal tax credit is already slowing things down.

ContourGlobal to Develop Peru’s First Large-Scale Wind Farms

October 6th, 2012 | by Andrew

At a nameplate capacity of 114 MW, the two wind farms -- in Cupisnique and Talara -- will be among the largest in South America outside of Brazil. Peru and neighboring Andean nations are really just beginning to seriously examine and develop their relatively rich base of wind and solar energy resources, which offer a sustainable development path that minimizes depletion of natural capital.

US Solar Industry Leaders Testify before ITC on Chinese Silicon PV Dumping, Subsidies

October 5th, 2012 | by Andrew

Massive Chinese government subsidies have led to equally massive overcapacity and Chinese manufacturers' exports to the US, and that in turn's led to a rising tide of US solar bankruptcies and downsizing at a critical juncture in the global industry's development, US solar industry leaders and supporters testified. The Commerce Dept.'s much anticipated final determination on duties is right around the corner

Deepwater Wind Files Final Federal, State Permits for Block Island Wind Farm

October 4th, 2012 | by Andrew

Said to be "the most thorough study ever conducted of a U.S. offshore wind farm,” Deepwater Wind invested three-years and $7 million in completing the permit applications for the proposed 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm, a project that management sees as a stepping stone on the path toward carrying out much larger projects off the US northeast and mid-Atlantic coast

The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Algae Biomass Production Moves toward Commercial Scale in Western Australia

October 4th, 2012 | by Andrew

Demonstrating its ability to reliably cultivate sufficient quantities of biomass from algae growing in saltwater ponds in Western Australia's desert, Aurora Algae's preparing to scale its pilot system to commercial production. Aurora's means of harnessing algal photosynthesis to sustainably produce a wide range of essential goods, including food, fuel, bio-pharmaceuticals and fertilizer, could have profound impacts on people living in arid and dryland areas around the world

Alabama Power Deal to Bring in Low-Cost Wind Power from Oklahoma, Kansas

October 1st, 2012 | by Andrew

The 20-year deal to bring wind power to Alabama from two TradeWind Energy wind farms is enough to meet 3% of Alabama Power customers' consumption...and it's going to cost less than what it would have cost the utility to produce it. Sourcing clean, renewable wind power from the Chisholm View and Buffalo Dunes Wind Projects contributes to delivering substantial local green job and economic gains, carbon and GHG emissions reductions and other health and environmental benefits.

$50 Million for Clean Energy, Energy & Water Efficiency via California County’s Residential PACE Program

September 30th, 2012 | by Andrew

Western Riverside County and California are leading the way forward in providing innovative financing for homeowners to carry out clean energy, energy and water efficiency renovations and retrofits. $50mm in HERO Program projects have been approved, which is projected to create as many as 4,000 local green contractor jobs, as well as enabling homeowners to reduce their energy and water bills, which in turn's going to take a big bite out of the county and state's electricity and water usage, carbon and greenhouse gas emissions

China Solar Inc. Trade Battles Intensify; State Bank to Boost Financial Support for Largest Players

September 26th, 2012 | by Andrew

News of new unfair trade actions against China and Chinese PV manufacturers announced in the EU, US, and India add to the embattled industry's woes, as well as international trade tensions and protectionism. Illegal subsidies petitions were filed in the EU; India's PV manufacturers are lobbying to bring a WTO case; and two protectionist bills were introduced in the US Senate.

California Public–Private Partnership Launches Nation’s Largest Commercial PACE Clean Energy/Energy & Water Efficiency Financing Program

September 21st, 2012 | by Andrew

14 California counties and 126 cities have launched the first state-wide and the nation's largest PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, which aims to boost clean energy use, as well as energy and water efficiency for commercial property owners. The landmark program stands to boost local economies, create jobs, and yield savings for consumers while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy, and water consumption.

South Africa Solar Power Project Financed by OPIC

September 20th, 2012 | by Andrew

The US development finance agency will provide as much as $250 million in financing for MEMC and its SunEdison solar energy subsidiary, along with two local companies, to develop a 60-megawatt PV facility in the Free State province town of Boshoff. The project is the result of the companies' successful bid in South Africa's historic Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Program.

Advanced Solar CPV Manufacturing Plant to Open in NC this Month

September 17th, 2012 | by Andrew

Semprius and its backers -- including the DOE, NREL, Pratt & Whitney, and Siemens -- believe record-high efficiency ratings and low-cost production will make the startup's concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) cells and modules a winner in a global solar market undergoing much turmoil, including bankruptcies, plant shutdowns, slowdowns, layoffs, and cutbacks in government solar incentives and subsidies

From Local to National, India to the US, Government Action Key to Low-Carbon Green Economic Development

September 17th, 2012 | by Andrew

Local governments are taking actions to spur low-carbon green economy development that falls right in line and reinforces initiatives at the regional, national, and international levels, an encouraging sign that real progress can and is being made. Announcements this week from cities and local governments as geographically and culturally separated and diverse as Kolkata and Westport testify to the actions taking place.

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