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  • 06 2014 25

    Wind Measurements is making an new web platform for selling used towers: www.usedmetmasts.com

     

    Company was based in 1999 with an long history in the met mast towers manufacture, instalation and meintenance industry.

    „In the last years many clients where asking us for finding a new owner or destination for their towers. Since they used the towers for an limited time 2-3 years and the life time of an good tower is minimum 15 years is still a lot of value in the the tower structure itself or in the tower equipment.

    Because of this demanding requests we launch this web platform to facilitate the transactions for all the players in this market.” - Mihai Suciu general manager.

  • 05 2011 12

    Large-scale Solar Power is Focus of New PennWell Event

    In 2010, the U.S. solar power market grew more than 100%, with 28% of installations considered large-scale – over 1 MW. There are now more than 700 MW of utility PV projects under contract and 11 GW of concentrating solar power plants in various stages of development across North America.

  • 05 2011 12

    Yingli Green Energy Announces Business Updates

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers, which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar," today announced certain business updates.

  • 05 2011 12

    PennWell Corporation Announces Large-Scale Solar Conference and Exhibition

    TULSA, OK, May 12, 2011 –PennWell Corporation announces a new annual conference & exhibition for the large-scale solar power market. Solar POWER-GEN Conference & Exhibition, which will premier in Long Beach, CA on Feb. 14-16, 2012, will be co-located with the 9th annual Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America. The new event will delve into the specifics of developing, supporting and growing large-scale solar power in North America.

  • 05 2011 12

    Carbon War Room CEO: "Radical Incrementalism Will Fail"

    The Richard Branson-backed nonprofit, the Carbon War Room is a group that thinks big in the battle against catastrophic climate change. They're only interested in attacking problems with the potential to reduce carbon emissions on the gigaton scale, that is reducing emissions by a billion tons a year.

  • 05 2011 12

    AWSL Issues Shareholder Update on Power Purchase Agreement Status, S-1, Rooftop Solar Pipeline and New Video News Updates.

    Atlantic Wind & Solar (OTC:AWSL) reports that they have received notice from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), confirming that 26 of their initial Power Purchase Agreement applications, all applied for last year between June and December, have been successfully processed by the OPA and have moved into the OPA's final review queue. The initial 26 contracts are expected to be released in the next round of Capacity Allocation Exempt (CAE) approvals. As indicated in a Press Release issued by the OPA on February 24, 2011, this may be expected to occur any time.

  • 05 2011 12

    3TIER Names Craig Husa as New CEO

    3TIER®, a global leader in renewable energy risk analysis, today announced that Craig Husa has been named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Husa brings over twenty years of executive leadership experience in high-growth, technology companies. He previously served as CEO of break-through companies including NeuralIQ, General Software, and Healia. He also founded CourtLink Corporation which was acquired by LexisNexis.

  • 05 2011 12

    ADVANCED ENERGY SETS INDUSTRY RECORD FOR SOLAR INVERTER EFFICIENCY

    Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS), today announced that its 500kW Solaron® PV inverters have achieved a 98 percent efficiency rating from the California Energy Commission (CEC), a record-breaking efficiency rating for any inverter in this power class. Advanced Energy also held the previous industry benchmarks of 97 percent and then 97.5 percent. By achieving 98 percent average efficiency without carve-outs for auxiliary power or other adjustments, the company is further distancing its products from competitors in the large commercial and utility-scale solar inverter market.

  • 05 2011 11

    Schiller Wins Additional Thin Film Fab Automation Contracts

    Schiller Automation GmbH & Co. KG, a leading provider of production solutions to the solar industry, announced today that it has been awarded contracts for a new thin film factory. Based on the Schiller design already in use in 8 operating thin film factories, the new contract expands the company's growing base of business in China.

  • 05 2011 11

    TROJAN BATTERY EXPANDS AGM LINE TO SUPPORT A WIDER RANGE OF SOLAR APPLICATIONS

    Trojan Battery adds U1-AGM and 22-AGM battery models expanding its AGM lineup to feature a wider variety of battery sizes to address most any renewable energy application. The new deep-cycle AGM batteries support the power needs of renewable energy off-grid and grid-tied solar home systems, solar lighting, industrial and backup power applications that require daily battery cycling capabilities. Trojan batteries provide the reliability and low maintenance which are key factors contributing to the overall performance and maintenance requirements of a grid-tied or off-grid solar system.

  • 05 2011 11

    MA Proposes GHG Restrictions on Biomass Power

    The Massachusetts governor's office last week said the biomass electricity industry must meet strict emissions standards if wood-fired power plants expect to earn renewable energy credits (RECs).

  • 05 2011 11

    GEA Sees Lively Discussion, Strong International Presence at Geothermal Forum in DC

    The 2011 Geothermal Energy Technology and International Development Forum was held by the Geothermal Energy Association, in collaboration with The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Energy, on May 4 in Washington DC. High level officials in attendance represented Pakistan, Canada, Dominica, Iceland, Japan, St Kits and Nevis, New Zealand, Hungary, Australia and Indonesia.

  • 05 2011 11

    Advanced Energy Storage: What's the Value of Frequency Regulation?

    Advanced energy storage, including solutions based on lithium-ion battery technology, are technically and economically superior to traditional generation-based mechanisms used for supply of ancillary services. Energy storage can also help accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by compensating for the variabilty of wind and solar. Energy storage makes these sources more predictable, allowing them to be more seamlessly integrated with the existing power grid.

  • 05 2011 10

    Spire Corporation Reports Results for First-Quarter 2011

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) integration services for solar systems, today reported revenues from continuing operations for the first-quarter ended March 31, 2011 of $18.4 million, a 2% decrease from $18.9 million for the same quarter of 2010.

  • 05 2011 10

    Renewable Energy Associations Laud United Nations Climate Report

    Leaders of the renewable energy industry hailed the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shows with the right policies to support growth, renewable power sources could dominate the world's energy supply by 2050, and called even more strongly for the development of smart energy policies to ensure that renewables continue to grow.

  • 05 2011 10

    SolarBridge Lauches Microinverters for a New Market

    The idea of combining power conversion electronics with solar panels to create AC panels has been kicked around for a while. But it hasn't taken off in the market partly because developing suitable inverters and making them in volumes has proven a serious challenge. That barrier is disappearing, however. SolarBridge Technologies, for one, announced Monday that it has begun producing its microinverters in volumes, a milestone for a company that delayed the product launch to improve the technology.

  • 05 2011 10

    40th ASES National Solar Conference Features More Than a Dozen Industry-Leading Speakers

    Attendees of the 40th annual ASES National Solar Conference (SOLAR 2011), May 17–21 in Raleigh, N.C., will gain valuable insights, experience and training from 14 industry-leading speakers. The speakers represent government, utilities, nonprofits, national environmental organizations and other groups essential to increasing renewable energy use. They will discuss advances in technology and mass deployment of renewable energy and efficiency, national security, jobs creation, how to market solar PV and thermal, legislation to encourage further growth of renewable energy and much more.

  • 05 2011 09

    Environmental Attorney Todd E. Palmer Joins Michael Best to Lead Environmental Team

    The law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce that Todd E. Palmer has joined the firm as a Partner in its Madison office, effective May 2nd. Mr. Palmer will lead the Environmental Law Group within the Firm's Energy & Sustainability Industry Team. Throughout his 19-year career, Palmer has focused his practice on environmental law and in particular on assisting clients with the complexities of the Clean Air Act.

  • 05 2011 09

    The 22nd Annual Energy Fair Annouces Will Allen as Keynote Speaker

    Join the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) in celebrating its 22nd annual Energy Fair, June 17 – 19, 2011. Each year, The Energy Fair brings over 20,000 families, homeowners, and professionals from all over the nation to celebrate and discover renewable energy and sustainable living. The Energy Fair is the nation's longest running and largest energy education event of its kind. This 3-day event includes over 200 exhibitors, over 200 workshops, a Clean Energy Car Show, Green Home Pavilion, Green Building Demo, Sustainable Tables, inspirational keynotes, lively entertainment, great food, and local beer.

  • 05 2011 09

    NLP Solar Sales Training

    The NLP Solar Sales Training Course provides you with all the information and tools necessary to close a residential solar sale.

  • 05 2011 09

    New solar I-V curve educational poster from Solmetric

    Solmetric has announced this free poster to help solar professionals and trainers develop their understanding of I-V curves. In addition to background information, the poster provides helpful tips on troubleshooting and measurement techniques.

  • 05 2011 09

    Wilmington Friends School to use new campus solar power system for student education

    Wilmington Friends School, one of the oldest private schools in the country, today announced that it will install more than 700 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the rooftops of two campus buildings this summer, resulting in one of the largest of solar PV systems on a K-12 school in Delaware and providing a unique learning opportunity for the school's students.

  • 05 2011 09

    The Emerging Market for Small Renewables in California

    The long battle between public and private power is flaring up again. California is the hot spot because the state legislature has lined up on the side of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a form of public power lite in which communities choose power sources but distribution is left to the incumbent utilities.

  • 05 2011 09

    Biomass Energy – Mixed Signals Abound

    Standing in front of 200 New Hampshire loggers on a cold night last February, it was my job to explain electricity markets and why biomass power projects are facing a tough time. For these guys, it wasn't an academic discussion of the influence of natural gas prices on wholesale power prices. It wasn't a class on supply and price interactions in the market for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). It was about their jobs.

  • 05 2011 06

    WSTE Not, Want Not

    A truly sustainable economy would produce no waste: everything would be recycled or reused for some productive purpose. We're a long way from that ideal today, but the rising cost of commodities makes recovering used material through recycling increasingly economic. Further, the rising cost of energy makes converting municipal and industrial waste into advanced biofuels or combusting it to produce electricity an increasingly economic option.

  • 05 2011 06

    Lufft VENTUS ultrasonic anemometer tested survivability to -95 degrees C!

    Lufft VENTUS anemometer proven by latest test to withstand extreme vibration, corrosion heat and extreme ice conditions. The HALT test is a special test designed to destroy a wind sensor by pushing it to the limits of heat, cold, vibration and corrosion. The VENTUS survived to -95 degrees and +95 degrees C and the maximum vibration and corrosive limits of the test. Lufft has plans to improve the sensor to reach -120 degree C to +120 degree C limits of functionality.

  • 05 2011 06

    Spire Corporation to Hold First-Quarter 2011 Conference Call on May 11, 2011

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules and Engineering, Procurement and Construction integration services for solar systems, today announced that the Company will host its first-quarter 2011 financial results conference call on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT).

  • 05 2011 06

    Second-Generation Biofuels Gain Traction But Growth Challenges Remain

    Some 5 billion gallons of second-generation biofuels could hit the market in five years, a new research report by consultancy Frost & Sullivan revealed last month. However, analysts say the fledgling sector remains challenged by high feedstock and production costs due to a complex production chain.

  • 05 2011 05

    Virginia Transformer Celebrates 40th Anniversary

    May 1, 2011 marks Virginia Transformer Corporation's 40th year in business. The company was founded in 1971 in Roanoke, VA, and has since grown to be a major manufacturer and worldwide supplier of power transformers.

  • 05 2011 05

    Colorado Legislature Cuts Permit Fees for Solar Installations

    Costs to install solar technology are set to decrease in Colorado under new legislation just passed by the state Senate yesterday. Known as the Fair Permit Act, this legislation HB-1199 prevents state and local government agencies from charging excessive permit fees and plan review fees to customers installing solar electric or solar thermal systems.

  • 05 2011 05

    China's Hebei Province Aims To Boost Renewable Energy Development

    Hebei province proposed in its Twelfth Five-Year Plan, which spans 2011-2015, increasing the portion that renewable energy contributes to final energy consumption -- including electricity, heat and fuel -- from 2.6 percent to more than 5 percent, in a move to boost the development of the new energy sector.

  • 05 2011 05

    NREL Adds Giant Wind Turbine to Research Site

    Blades longer than a basketball court, a tower the length of a football field, the 3-megawatt Eco 100 is the latest — and largest — wind turbine behemoth erected at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, Colo.

  • 05 2011 04

    Reassessing the Chinese Clean-Tech Juggernaut (or Why the U.S. Shouldn't be Written off Quite Yet)

    China is clearly a clean-tech force to be reckoned with. It installed more wind power, manufactured more solar PV and solar hot water heaters, and spent more money overall on clean-energy investments than any other nation in 2010. The Chinese government, facing severe pollution issues and energy shortages, has made clean tech a cornerstone of its economic security and development plans.

  • 04 2011 30

    Top Trends in the Adoption of Electric Vehicles

    A key take-away from this electric vehicles webinar recording is the myriad types of businesses that will flourish as a result of the migration to electric transportation, including clean power generation, "telematics" (information services), smart-grid components, and billing services.

  • 04 2011 29

    The Interview: Leadership Roundtable

    James G.P. Dehlsen is a pioneering figure in wind power and renewable energy. In 1980, Dehlsen founded Zond Corp. and served as its CEO and Chairman of the Board. The company, which is now owned by GE, pioneered wind power technology and grew to become one of the largest global companies in wind turbine manufacturing, wind power project development and plant operation. He was honored with a leadership award at this year's conference.

  • 04 2011 29

    The Costs of Inaction

    Despite what has been said in recent Congressional hearings and debates; despite the House vote to block the Environmental Protection Agency's climate regulations; and, despite what a handful of vocal skeptics are saying, climate change is real. It is happening. But, it is not just about changes in weather patterns. This phenomenon could cost the U.S. billions of dollars and thousands of jobs if we doing nothing to slow it.

  • 04 2011 29

    Wind in Egypt Presses On

    Less than two months after former President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office, the transition government now aims to push ahead with stalled plans to build new wind farms in the Gulf of Suez.

  • 04 2011 28

    Nanosolar's 3 Big Contracts and Plans to Deliver Them

    Nanosolar has been trying hard over the past year to repair its public image as a startup that raised a huge amount of money but had little to show for. It hired a new CEO, semiconductor industry veteran Geoff Tate, early last year and began to provide more realistic numbers about its factory capacity and production rates.

  • 04 2011 28

    Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Briefing Features City of Saint Paul and PG&E

    On Thursday, May 12 AltaTerra Research will host the online briefing, "Solutions for Sustainable Cities: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Planning and Deployment." The briefing will feature speakers from the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Registration is complimentary for government employees.

  • 04 2011 28

    World's Largest Web-Based PV Monitoring Solution Reaches 50,000 Registered Solar Systems

    With 50,000 registered solar arrays in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada, SMA's Sunny Portal is the world's largest Web platform for monitoring, managing and presenting photovoltaic systems. That equates to 3.5 gigawatts of power monitored via the Sunny Portal Web site and iPhone application, both free services.

  • 04 2011 28

    SolarCraft Team Member Honored for Green Living

    SolarCraft announced today that a staff member, James Holloway, was honored as a Clean Energy Advocate by the City of Santa Rosa at its 2nd Annual Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

  • 04 2011 28

    Anaerobic Digestion: Unaddressed Opportunity

    While wind and solar generally grab the lion's share of headlines on renewable energy, there are less celebrated, untapped renewable energy resources that can add to the U.S.'s energy mix. One example is a form of waste-to-energy.

  • 04 2011 28

    The Solar Golden Mean

    When it comes to solar energy there's a lot of confusion about size. Still in its infancy, industry claims of "first" and "best" are reminiscent of two toddlers arguing over who's dad is bigger

  • 04 2011 28

    Magnum Energy goes to Africa

    Magnum Energy goes to Africa. In continuing support, our very own Gary Baxter went to Africa to be a part of African Energy's 20th Solar & Back-Up Power Training Seminar.

  • 04 2011 28

    Winds of Change: Challenges in an Ongoing Wind Boom in Texas

    In regard to wind energy, Texas is the most important state in the U.S. and has been leading the American wind energy market with a cumulative installed wind energy capacity of 10,085 MW, which is more than twice the capacity of the next ranking state, Iowa (3,675 MW).

  • 04 2011 27

    Trina Solar Announces Sales Agreement with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

    Trina Solar Limited (TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, today announced that its subsidiary, Trina Solar (U.S.) Inc., has signed a sales agreement to supply solar modules to US-based FRV AE Solar, LLC ("FRV"), a subsidiary of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, Inc. ("FRV, Inc."), a global independent solar power producer.

  • 04 2011 27

    Shenzhen's Achievements in Solar Industry

    Responding to Premier Wen's commitment at Copenhagen Conference, Shenzhen City requires that all of the newly constructed buildings (less than 12 floors) should be installed with the solar power. And the scope of relevant regulation will be enhanced to all the constructions. Shenzhen City has already been approved by the Central Government to be Pilot City in turns of making good use of renewable energy. The central government requires that Shenzhen City must successfully adopt renewable energy for 7 million square meters area within 3 years. This is a good turning point for Shenzhen City to adopt the solar power for the constructions.

  • 04 2011 26

    China's Wind Power Sector Expected To See Tremendous Growth

    The nuclear accident triggered by the devastating earthquake in Japan has created new market opportunities for China's wind power sector. According to a statistical report released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association, mainland China added 18.9 GW of new wind power capacity in 2010, a year-over-year increase of 73.3 percent, bringing the country's installed wind power capacity up to 44.7 GW and catapulting the country to first place globally for the first time, ahead of the U.S., in terms of installed wind power capacity.

  • 04 2011 26

    Myths about Large-scale Solar Threaten Public Lands

    The Interior Department and Department of Energy are currently engaged in a large-scale plan for solar development that proposes to open up 21.5 million acres of public land to permit applications by industrial-scale solar developers. Projects will include large-scale PV and CSP plants. Much of the land being targeted is in fragile desert areas that support rare and endangered plant and animal species. And while the developments are expected to have operational lifetimes of just 30 to 50 years, their impacts will be permanent, irreversibly converting the land to industrial zones.

  • 04 2011 26

    The Cadmium Telluride Solar Factory Race

    Solar manufacturers are racing to build the next cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) factory in the United States. Three major CdTe on glass factories in the US have been recently announced each with a unique starting point.

  • 04 2011 26

    Our Final Podcast. For Now.

    We're sorry to announce that after five years of production, our Inside Renewable Energy podcast series will be coming to a close after this week's episode.

  • 04 2011 26

    Creating Investor Certainty in Large-Scale Solar

    Helped by government loan guarantees and growing investor confidence in the technologies, large-scale solar PV and CSP developers have made some headway in recent weeks. But there are plenty of headwinds too.

  • 04 2011 26

    Small Wind Conference

    The 7th annual Small Wind Conference on June 14 - 15, 2011 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin is the premier event for small wind-electric system installers, designers, manufacturers, educators and advocates, and for those involved in sales, specification, management, funding, and permitting of small wind systems.

  • 04 2011 26

    BrightSource Guns for a $250M IPO

    The solar industry hasn't had a blockbuster initial public offering for a while, underscoring the investors' confidence in the long term prospect of solar. Could BrightSource Energy help change that? The company recently filed to go public and raise $250 million in order to complete a series of power plant projects and fulfill power delivery contracts to utilities.

  • 04 2011 26

    Solar Lifts California Home Sales Prices

    Homeowners in California who invest in photovoltaic systems are netting up to 6.4 percent more in resale value for their homes than for similar homes sold without solar systems, according to a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley.

  • 04 2011 25

    Renewables on the business agenda

    David Appleyard, conference director at Renewable Energy World Europe (REWE) examines the transformation of renewables from niche interest to major driver in the global energy arena highlighting some of the key industry issues that will be addressed at this year's conference.

  • 04 2011 25

    Renewable Energy World Europe announces schedule of panel discussions and keynote speakers

    Renewable Energy World Europe, Europe's leading renewable energy conference and exhibition, today announced details of the major panel discussions and keynote speakers scheduled for this year's event at Fiera Milano City in Milan, from 7-9 June. With Europe's 20-20-20 targets topping the industry agenda, organisations of all sizes and types are having to adopt a more strategic approach to renewable energy technologies. This year's joint plenary panel discussion sets out to address European Power Policy and will examine how the industry can deliver on its ambitious clean energy targets.

  • 04 2011 25

    Solaria, Rabobank Ink Solar Loan

    Solar panel maker Solaria inked a loan for its new Fremont, CA-based tracking demonstration field and manufacturing facility on Earth Day with Rabobank, representing part of the $65 million in funding that Solaria has recently raised. Dan Shugar, CEO of Solaria Corp. also recognized the financial support of the California Public Utilities Commission, for the development of the Fremont facility.

  • 04 2011 25

    Spire Corporation Honors Earth Day by Teaming Up with Rails-to-Trails

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced that it kicked-off its efforts to give back to both the community and the environment last Friday, Earth Day, by planting a golden forsythia on the Minuteman Bikeway, a branch of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The plant symbolizes Spire's monthly commitment to cleaning up the litter and excess debris from the trail.

  • 04 2011 25

    Solar on Campus

    Situated on 375 rolling and tree-covered acres in Wayne, N.J., William Paterson University might offer an idyllic classroom setting, but a less-than-ideal spot for solar energy.

  • 04 2011 23

    Growth of American Wind Power means a cleaner Earth

    On this celebration of Earth Day, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is proud to note that beyond being affordable and homegrown, wind is by far one of the cleanest forms of energy on the planet. As evidence, wind uses no water, requires no fuel, and has no waste.

  • 04 2011 22

    Spire Solar Systems Breaks Ground at the Berkshire School

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), an American global solar company providing turn-key production lines to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) modules, and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) integration services for solar systems, today announced that it has begun the construction of a 2 megawatt(MW),eight-acresolar PV system at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

  • 04 2011 21

    Dates announced for IntertechPira's 5th Annual Organic Photovoltaics conference

    IntertechPira is pleased to announce the 5th annual Organic Photovoltaics 2011 conference, scheduled for September 20-21, 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania: Houston Hall, Perelman Quadrangle in Philadelphia, PA, US. Once again, this year's program will bring together important players, key innovators and decision makers from the technical and business sides of the PV, OPV and organic and printed electronics industries to discuss the organic photovoltaic (OPV) market, market drivers, policy developments and future directions.

  • 04 2011 21

    Top Performing Clean Energy Funds in 2010

    When Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released their clean energy league tables for 2010, the top of the list was my favorite exchange traded fund (ETF), the Powershares Cleantech Portfolio ETF (AMEX: PZD), with an annual return of 7.6%. Second place was the Winslow Green Growth (WGGFX) mutual fund (7.4% return), which is one of what I consider to be the three best clean energy mutual funds.

  • 04 2011 21

    Scrutiny of Boiling Water Reactors Implemented at Vermont Yankee and Fukushima Won't Dampen Market Value Long Term According to SBI Energy

    Executives from Entergy Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court Monday after Vermont state officials threatened to shut down operations at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant in Vernon. The complaint comes 4 weeks after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted the plant a 20-year license renewal that was issued just one day before the earthquake and tsunami damaged four nuclear reactors in northeastern Japan. The 40-year old General Electric Mark 1 boiling water reactor (BWR) at Vermont Yankee is the same model and age as the reactors in the Fukushima power plant.

  • 04 2011 21

    Canada Hydropower: Liquid Cornerstone

    Canada is already the world's second-largest hydropower producer behind China. But Canada is bent on producing more, driven by its vast potential for hydropower generation and demands for more clean energy in the U.S.

  • 04 2011 21

    NAES AWARDED EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE

    The Director General of the U.S. Commercial Services awards the Export Achievement Certificate to recognize small and medium-sized enterprises that have successfully entered the international marketplace for the first time, or that have successfully entered a new market. U.S. Commercial Services offices in the U.S. and globally support export endeavors of private companies and organizations committed to exporting goods and services with standard programs and customized services.

  • 04 2011 20

    Study: Algae Could Replace 17% of U.S. Oil Imports

    High oil prices and environmental and economic security concerns have triggered interest in using algae-derived oils as an alternative to fossil fuels. But growing algae — or any other biofuel source — can require a lot of water.

  • 04 2011 20

    Organic PV Not Ready for Primetime

    Organic PV (OPV), polymer-based solar that can be integrated into building materials, paints and clothing, is often hailed as the next step in solar technology. But don't expect OPV to make a splash yet: A new report out from Lux Research projects the market will only grow to $159 million in the next decade.

  • 04 2011 20

    Climate Risk: Yet Another Reason to Choose Renewable Energy

    Recent events in Japan have brought new attention to how national energy systems are vulnerable to natural disasters. But, one risk has largely flown under the radar: climate change. Considerable scientific research has looked at how our energy choices are threatening the climate, but much less attention has been paid to the other side of the equation.

  • 04 2011 20

    U.S. Department of Interior approves Cape Wind's Construction and Operation Plan

    U.S. Secretary Ken Salazar today announced approval of the first-ever Construction and Operation Plan (COP) for a U.S. offshore wind energy project, granting Cape Wind Associates the official go-ahead to begin construction on the over-100-turbine project across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound. When complete, the project will produce enough electricity to supply hundreds of thousands of American homes.

  • 04 2011 19

    Hannover Messe Provides International Wind Opportunities

    The event marked the most successful show in 10 years, with over 6,500 companies from 65 countries displaying and sharing their innovative industry concepts. Over 230,000 visitors—an increase of 10-15 percent over the 2009 event—traversed the more than 30 halls, spanning 5.3 million square feet of exhibit space. (For comparison's sake, 2010's attendance numbers are not as relevant as 2009's, as the volcanic ash situation affected attendance last year.) Companies from a variety of industries and sectors, with energy, power plant, digital, vacuum, automation, and micro and nano technologies all represented.

  • 04 2011 19

    Unirac Achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification for Environmental Management System

    Unirac, Inc., North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems, today announced that it has achieved the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Last November, Unirac announced its ISO 9001:2008-certified Quality Management System (QMS). It is thus the first solar infrastructure company to achieve both certifications, a real testament to the company's unwavering commitment to global standards and continuous improvement.

  • 04 2011 19

    Canadian Renewable Energy Market Overview

    Renewable energy's fortunes in Canada lean heavily on government support, making 2011 a particularly crucial year in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario where political leadership changes are underway and elections are scheduled.

  • 04 2011 18

    What Feed-in Tariffs Could Do for Japan's Electricity Shortage

    If Japan adopted an aggressive renewable energy policy like that of Germany, it could, within ten years, generate more than four times the electricity lost at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant, cutting the country's reliance on nuclear power by one-half or more.

  • 04 2011 15

    Like Superman, American University Will Get Its Energy from the Sun

    With a mandate for renewable energy in the District of Columbia in place, and a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2020, American University is installing one of the largest solar electricity systems in Washington, D.C. and the largest urban solar hot water system on the east coast.

  • 04 2011 15

    Catholic University to Recognize Students' Solar Picnic Table Design and Announce Expansion of Solar Energy System

    Six students from The Catholic University of America (CUA) are being recognized today by University President John Garvey for their innovative, one-of-a-kind, solar-powered picnic table that was recently installed on the patio outside the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The table — equipped with outlets capable of charging laptops, cell phones, e-books and other electronic devices — was the winning design in a contest sponsored by the University. Students on the design team received scholarships provided by Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES).

  • 04 2011 15

    Spanish Wind Generated More Power Than German Wind in 2010

    Spain's wind energy industry is happily spreading some good news to detract from a troublesome slowdown in the sector and uncertainty over future regulation: The country beat Germany to become Europe's leading producer of wind energy last year.

  • 04 2011 15

    No Grid, No Gain: Untangling the Transmission Tie-up

    Great strides have been made in enacting state renewable energy standards (RES) in the United States, which significantly affect the urgency of developing new renewable energy facilities. Also called Renewable Portfolio Standards and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards, over 30 states have adopted RES mandates. These initiatives are paving a path toward a more economically and environmentally sustainable and secure energy future for America.

  • 04 2011 15

    California Supreme Court Tosses Solar Project Lawsuits

    The California State Supreme Court has tossed out two lawsuits challenging the state's approval of the Calico Solar project, which drew the ire of Sierra Club over its proposal to use public land that is home to wildlife such as big horn sheep and golden eagles.

  • 04 2011 14

    Solectria Renewables to Deliver 5.3MW of SMARTGRID Inverters to Tecta Solar

    Lawrence, MA – April 14, 2011 – Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that it has been selected by Tecta Solar of Billerica, MA to supply four locations in Massachusetts with SMARTGRID Inverters (SGI Series Inverters). The four rooftop systems will amount to 5.3 megawatts (MW).

  • 04 2011 14

    Maritime Geothermal Ltd introduces the NORDIC® 80 Series

    Maritime Geothermal Ltd leaps ahead with the release of a proprietary monitoring system for geothermal heat pumps. The new micro controller board facilitates both manual control and fully remote performance monitoring for Direct Expansion, Triple Function and Commercial Water units.

  • 04 2011 14

    SolarOne® Founding Member of Consortium for Solar Lighting (CSL)

    SolarOne Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce its participation as a founding member to form the Consortium for Solar Lighting (CSL). The CSL's other founding members are Sharp Electronics Corporation, Inovus Solar, Inc. and Carmanah Technologies Corp.

  • 04 2011 14

    Enphase Energy Announces Sneak Preview Roadshow Tour

    Enphase Energy, the market leader in solar microinverters, today unveiled plans for a 24-city North American roadshow tour providing a sneak preview of its advanced third generation microinverter system. The roadshow will begin with its first stop in Petaluma, CA on April 18, 2011, after which the customized truck and trailer will embark on a 60-day tour across the U.S. and Canada.

  • 04 2011 14

    SMA Canada Production Underway at Ontario Manufacturing Facility

    Production of the SMA Sunny Boy and Sunny Central solar inverters is underway in Ontario. These residential, commercial and utility-scale devices are being assembled by Celestica, a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, to meet Ontario's microFiT and FiT domestic content requirements.

  • 04 2011 14

    Plasma Nanoscience Needed for Green Energy Revolution

    A step change in research relating to plasma nanoscience is needed for the world to overcome the challenge of sufficient energy creation and storage, says a leading scientist from CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the University of Sydney, Australia.

  • 04 2011 14

    Sunrises on Rooftops

    In the Doney Park area of Flagstaff, Arizona Public Service (APS) is transforming rooftops into what in essence will be an interconnected renewable power plant.

  • 04 2011 14

    China's Guangdong Province Pulls Out All the Stops in EV Initiative

    The Guangdong provincial government announced an initiative last week that indicates the electric vehicles (EVs) industry is set to take off in a big way across the province. Dubbed the Guangdong Province Electric Vehicles Development Action Plan, EVs defined in the plan include hybrid, pure electric and fuel battery-powered electric vehicles.

  • 04 2011 13

    Q1 Wind Speeds Substantially Higher than Normal in Western U.S.

    3TIER®, a global leader in renewable energy information services, today released a wind performance map for the first quarter of 2011. The map illustrates that wind speeds were above their seasonal averages for large areas across the western US. The rest of the country experienced slightly below average wind speeds, including a majority of Texas, the Midwest, and the East.

  • 04 2011 13

    With Wind Power Smaller is Bigger

    One of the best-known clichés of industry is that bigger is better – that a larger plant is more efficient, reliable and cost-effective than a smaller one would be. We've heard that observation from many folks in the utility business. They know the advantages of wind power, but some assume that a large wind farm will somehow automatically be better than a small one or a distributed series of small ones.

  • 04 2011 13

    Geographic Diversification of Wind Power Has No Bearing on its Variability

    Last Wednesday I stirred up a hornets nest with an article titled "A Reality Check for Wind Power Investors" (link at the bottom of this article) that included two graphs from the Bonneville Power Administration, or BPA, which manages a four state, 300,000 square mile service region that's home to over 40% of the installed hydro capacity and roughly 12% of the installed wind capacity in the US.

  • 04 2011 13

    Why Geographic Diversification Smooths Wind Power

    Intelligent skepticism is valuable to me as an investor when it makes me question my assumptions. When I'm wrong, it makes me find out sooner (and hopefully get out of a bad trade sooner, or never get into it.) When I'm right, I emerge with my thesis tested, which leads to the confidence needed to stick to a trade when the stock market voting machine moves against me in the short term, before it comes around in the longer term.

  • 04 2011 13

    Solar in America: Why Are We Celebrating?

    For the past 6 years I've been following the development of the solar industry, particularly PV, in the United States. While I'm inspired by some of the ideas and innovations I'm seeing, such as the emergence of solar leasing, the Federal ITC and Loan Guarantees, and the continuing reductions overall cost of solar panels and complete solar systems, I'm still not satisfied, and frankly a little disappointed with our progress to date. Why are our most visible industry champions so happy these days?

  • 04 2011 13

    Editor's Letter: After Japan

    In the first moments after the earthquake, it appears that reactors across Japan successfully saw control rods inserted into their cores. Here the technology worked well. It was after the reactors came offline that systems began to fail.

  • 04 2011 13

    Can We Get an Energy Plan, Please?

    The last month was a big one for energy. Oil prices reached two-and-a-half year highs; Japan dealt with a nuclear power plant on the verge of a meltdown; the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Oil disaster neared; and the International Energy Agency, historically known as an interest group for oil producing nations, issued a report calling a more aggressive build-out of clean energy to offset declining oil production and climate change.

  • 04 2011 12

    Statement of NHA Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci on Senate Markup of Hydropower Legislation

    "The National Hydropower Association applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for passing the Hydropower Improvement Act of 2011. The bipartisan legislation supports research and development, increased deployment and common sense regulation of our country's affordable, reliable, available and sustainable hydropower resources. The bill will help expand America's access to clean energy and the jobs it creates, and given its bipartisan support we look forward to action in the full Senate.

  • 04 2011 12

    OPEL Solar's Advanced Single-Axis Trackers Are Selected by Greenlight Power Company for a Maryland Business Park Installation

    OPEL Solar International Inc. ("the Company" or "OPEL Solar")(TSX VENTURE:OPL), a leading global developer and supplier of ground-based and rooftop solar tracker systems and high concentration photovoltaic ("HCPV") solar panels announced today that they will supply OPEL Solar TF-850 single-axis trackers to Greenlight Power Company ("Greenlight") for the launch of a 125kW ("kilowatt") project which they will be installing for a solar farm in a Kent County, Maryland business park. This is the first phase of a 1.4MW ("Megawatt") multiphase solar development at the same location. The OPEL Solar trackers will increase the project's energy production approximately 24% over what would be expected from the same solar PV ("photovoltaic") panels using a fixed installation. The output from the project will be sold to Choptank Electric Cooperative, a Maryland company owned by Touchstone Energy Cooperative. This first phase of the Greenlight project is forecasted to produce approximately 182 MWh ("Megawatt-hours") of energy annually.

  • 04 2011 12

    Lufft Weather Stations Adding Efficiency and Value to Large Solar Plants

    Lufft USA has been working with large Solar Energy developers, owners and operators to meet growing regulatory requirements for project monitoring. Larger power plant projects are required to monitor meteorological data and report it with power production of their site. Solar radiation measurements are a part of this. The Lufft WS301 and WS501 are fully integrated with solar pyranometers to provide a full range of data for project operators. Flexible communication capabilities, including MODBUS- RTU interface make them easy to install and integrate with any system.

  • 04 2011 12

    A Nobel Prize for Renewable Energy

    President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was conferred in anticipation of the future good he would do more than for deeds he had already accomplished. Can there not be a Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry prospectively announced for scientists who achieve a breakthrough in solar energy or storage technologies in the next five years? A Nobel is an incentive all by itself, even if such breakthroughs would bring with them their own commercial rewards.

  • 04 2011 12

    Financial Trends: The IPO Myth

    Ask the CEO of any leading emerging private cleantech company what their ultimate end-goal is and you'll often get a similar response: "To IPO the business, of course." For many entrepreneurs in the cleantech sector, the IPO exit is perceived as the Holy Grail and the yardstick by which to measure success.

  • 04 2011 12

    Morgan Solar Rethinks Concentrating PV

    Take a family that includes a brother best described as a Swiss Army Knife-type of engineer, a second brother who spent two years at a Web 2.0 startup in Spain and an angel investor dad with $1 million to back his kids' idea and you just might end up with a company like Morgan Solar, a startup based in Toronto with a plan to drive down the cost of concentrating solar photovoltaics by rethinking the optics.

  • 04 2011 12

    Canada Market Overview: O Canada

    Renewable energy's fortunes in Canada lean heavily on government support, making 2011 a particularly crucial year in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario where political leadership changes are underway and elections are scheduled.

  • 04 2011 11

    ABB Group – A Cleantech Company?

    Power and automation giant ABB, Ltd. (NYSE:ABB) was named Cleantech Corporation of the Year at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. The company has been focused on acquiring start ups in the cleantech space for the last couple of years, with two significant ones in 2010: Ventyx, a provider of IT systems to utilities, and Baldor Electric, the premier supplier of high-efficiency motors in the US.

  • 04 2011 11

    Expanding Military Interest in Microgrid Technology Fuels $4 Billion Industry

    The world microgrid market reached $4 billion last year with North America claiming 74% of 2010's total industry share, finds market research publisher SBI Energy. Fueled by rapidly growing solar, renewable energy and smart grid markets, the microgrid has become a viable solution to supply energy to local communities. Microgrid installations around the world include everything from diesel generator-based rural electrification projects that supply electricity to small rural communities to large, futuristic cities and theme parks using the newest microgrid technologies.

  • 04 2011 08

    Blue Sky Energy Unveils Universal Communication Module

    Vista, California - Blue Sky Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) battery charge controllers introduces the Universal Communication Module (UCM) for its Solar BoostTM family of Maximum Power Point Tracking solar charge controllers. Blue Sky Energy's IPN network based charge controllers coordinate their activities and share resources over the proprietary IPN network. The new UCM provides is a full featured communication bridge or gateway between IPN network based charge controllers and external system, including remote access over the Internet.

  • 04 2011 08

    When Did Progress Become a Partisan Issue?

    Political debate over the direction of United States energy and technology policy is obviously nothing new. But in recent weeks, two news items jumped out for me from the usual political cacophony:

  • 04 2011 08

    How Are State SREC Markets Performing?

    Americans like free-market based solutions, even if a market is based on the illusion that it's free. (Like the entire energy system, where there's not one unsubsidized electron or drop of fuel.)

  • 04 2011 08

    Murkowski, Oak Ridge National Lab Tout Hydropower Potential

    "There is no question that hydropower is, and must continue to be, part of our energy solution," Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) said in remarks delivered at the National Hydropower Association's annual conference today.

  • 04 2011 08

    SolarCraft Hires - Expands Sales Force

    SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system installation, announced today several new hires to their sales team to help manage their expanding business.

  • 04 2011 08

    Off-Grid Solar Solutions Shine in Low-income Rural Cambodia

    Cambodia's decades of war has made the country's poor electricity infrastructure even worse, leaving millions of Cambodians in constant struggle for lighting. But that is now changing. With declining prices of solar technology and the introduction of low-income oriented payment options, villagers are increasingly harnessing the sun to power their wooden huts.

  • 04 2011 08

    NHA applauds Administration funding announcement to increase hydro development

    Statement by National Hydropower Association Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci on the $26.6 million funding opportunity by the Departments of Energy and Interior – a new initiative to advance development of innovative technologies, produce power more efficiently, reduce costs and increase sustainable hydropower generation:

  • 04 2011 07

    Solar is All About Efficiency -- Business Efficiency

    As squeezing out efficiency improvements on the module level becomes harder for manufacturers, the industry is turning toward gaining efficiencies in other areas like financing, permitting, installation and back-office management.

  • 04 2011 07

    Wind Power Gaining Greater Support in Germany

    With every day of uncertainty about the outcome of the nuclear disaster in Japan, wind energy is winning over new supporters in Germany's federal and powerful state governments.

  • 04 2011 07

    Solaire Generation Installs Largest Corporate Solar Parking Power Plant in the U.S.

    Solaire Generation, a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of patented solar photovoltaic parking structures, has recently transformed a typical corporate parking lot into an elegant solar power plant — the largest corporate one in the nation. The 3.6 megawatt solar-power project, completed on time and on budget, is in service at a Fortune 100 corporate office campus in central New Jersey.

  • 04 2011 07

    Anne Arundel Community College Installs One of the Largest Solar Carport Systems on the East Coast

    Standard Solar, Inc., a leader in the full-service development and installation of solar electric systems for commercial, government and residential customers, today announced construction of a 753 kW system for Maryland's Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). The entire photovoltaic (PV) system is being installed on top of a covered parking structure – the largest such system in Maryland and one of the largest carport systems on the East Coast. As a Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Project Sunburst Partner, AACC received an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) grant from the MEA specifically designed for the development of solar electric projects on public buildings in Maryland. Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES) provided the balance of the financing for the project and will own and operate the system once installed.

  • 04 2011 07

    China Installing Wind-power Capacity As Fast As It Can

    China is on track to install as much as 18 GWs of wind-power capacity this year as the world's second-biggest economy continues to diversify its energy resources, according to officials at Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association

  • 04 2011 07

    Carlisle Area School District Solar Array Receives First Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award

    The Carlisle Area School District Ground Mount Solar Array was honored today as a recipient of the first Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Awards, presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) at the PV America show. The awards celebrate major achievements in the U.S. solar energy market that have been accomplished by companies, individuals, and projects.

  • 04 2011 06

    Watch Out California, Here Comes the Rest of the U.S.

    The U.S. solar PV market is becoming increasingly fragmented. And while that's somewhat frustrating for solar businesses working across states with different incentives and regulations, it's a very good thing for the overall health of the national market.

  • 04 2011 06

    Short Rotation Energy Crops Could Help Meet UK's Renewable Energy Targets

    Planting short rotation energy crops on England's unused agricultural land could produce enough biomass to meet renewable energy targets without disrupting the food industry or the environment, according to research led by Professor Gail Taylor from the University of Southampton.

  • 04 2011 06

    Renewable Energy Provided 11% of Domestic Energy Production in 2010

    According to the most recent issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), nuclear power and renewable energy sources are now neck-in-neck with nuclear power's share of domestic energy production dropping while that from renewable sources growing rapidly.

  • 04 2011 06

    OREC Testifies at Senate Energy Committee Hearing

    Sean O'Neill, President of The Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC), testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a hearing on Thursday, March 31, 2011 focused on water power issues for the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy industry.

  • 04 2011 04

    SunWize Systems Completes Phase One of Nation's Largest Solar Carport Installation, Announces Expansion of Phase Two

    SunWize Systems, the premier installation group of SunWize Technologies, Inc., announced today it has completed the first phase of the nation's largest solar carport for the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) at its Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. SunWize will offer a free solar tour on the VA grounds of the solar installation in conjunction with CleanMED 2011, the premier global conference on environmentally sustainable health care, which takes place in Phoenix this week.

  • 04 2011 04

    Global Renewable Energy Community gears up for Ontario Feed-in Tariff Forum

    With just two weeks to go, time is now running out to secure a spot at the upcoming Ontario Feed-in Tariff Supply Chain Forum, taking place April 19-20 in Toronto (www.ontariofitsupplychain.com). This industry critical event is bringing together global wind and solar industry players to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the FIT program and the future of renewable energy in Ontario.

  • 04 2011 04

    The Magma/Plutonic Merger

    As a shareholder of Magma Energy Corp. (MGMXF.PK), I'm reading through the joint information circular [PDF] on the proposed merger of Plutonic Power Corp (PUOPF.PK) and Magma to form "Alterra Power Corp." I'm not thrilled with the merger, although I plan to vote for it, now that it's arranged.

  • 04 2011 04

    Unirac Partners with Wise Power Systems on Breakthrough Solar Installation

    Unirac, Inc., North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems, announced today that it has teamed with Wise Power Systems in a landmark 1.1MW solar installation featuring the Unirac ISYS Ground Mount (IGM) in a northern U.S. locale. In spite of the onslaught of five major snowstorms, Wise Power Systems was able to complete —in just 40 days— the cumulative 1.1MW ground solar installation for two adjacent sites in Vineland, New Jersey. The sites, featuring 4,080 modules, are co-owned by RFC Container Co. Inc. and Russo Farms.

  • 04 2011 04

    Spire Announces PV Module Testing Service for Solar Systems Installers

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced today that it is making its world class simulation facilities and expertise available to PV system installers on a customer service basis. Spire is the world leader in providing solar simulation test facilities to the PV industry through more than 30 test facilities and hundreds of manufacturers.

  • 04 2011 04

    Spire to Announce New Solar Services at PV America 2011's Booth 740

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing turn-key production lines to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) modules; and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) integration services for solar systems, announced today that its senior management team will unveil a new line of PV module testing services for Solar Systems Installers at Spire's booth 740, when they exhibit at PV America 2011 from April 3rd through 5th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • 04 2011 04

    Solar Contractors Gain Extraordinary Scalability with the New SolarNexus Partner Network

    SolarNexus, the leader in web-based solar business management software, has launched a new partner network that enables solar contractors to more efficiently access and collaborate with industry-leading service companies through the SolarNexus platform. The initial partners on the network are Burnham Energy, GetSolar.com, Next Phase Solar, and Solar Energy Group. The services these companies offer address critical parts of the project lifecycle that are both complex and critical to project success.

  • 04 2011 04

    DOE Loan Guarantee Program At Risk As US Falls to 3rd in Cleantech Investment; Obama Responds

    In Washington, 34 cleantech CEOs, are trying to make sure the DOE doesn't drop its loan guarantee program despite threats of budget cuts from Congress. Signatories to the letter include Abengoa Bioenergy EVP Christopher G. Standlee, Frontier Renewable Resources CEO Steve Hicks, Rentech CEO Hunt Ramsbottom, KiOR CEO Fred Cannon, Fulcrum Bioenergy CEO Jim Macias, and POET CEO Jeff Broin.

  • 04 2011 04

    Competitive market amendment offers reasonable balance for all types of renewable energy production in Florida.

    Today in the Communication, Energy & Public Utilities Committee of the Florida Senate, Senator Thad Altman will be introducing a competitive market amendment allowing independently built renewable energy systems to compete to sell electricity to the grid. The amendment will be heard in relation to Senate Bill 2078, which allows utility companies to raise their rates by 2% and then use those funds to self-build, own and operate renewable energy facilities. The amendment would allow the utilities to self-build 80% of the total project development and require that 20% of the total development to come from electricity that is purchased from distributed generation systems, including wind, solar and biomass, through a competitive market.

  • 04 2011 04

    DynGlobal Sends Water Purification Units to Japan

    DynGlobal, a Southern California company specializing in renewable energy and advanced technology solutions, has completed an initial shipment of its solar powered water purification units to Japan. DynGlobal's units are capable of purifying water to remove bacteria, cysts, viruses, pathogens, heavy metals such as arsenic and lead, and most importantly, radioactive contaminants such as uranium and iodine 131, to high potable drinking standards which exceed WHO suggested levels.

  • 04 2011 02

    The 7th South East European Congress and Exhibition on EE & RES starts on Wednesday 13th April

    The South East European Congress and Exhibition on EE & RES is an unique business event for the Region of the Balkans, which acts as a platform for new contacts and latest information in the sector. Becoming part of it, you'll be able to find new supplier and expand your business. Over 200 exhibitors from 24 countries will present innovative technologies and services. Read about everything interesting that will happen during the three days in Sofia, Bulgaria. Via Expo team expects you!

  • 04 2011 01

    NABCEP Announces Company Accreditation Program

    Clifton Park, NY - The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced today that it has progressed sufficiently far with its Company Accreditation program to share basic details of this long awaited program. Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP's executive director says, "An ever growing number of companies are contacting us and asking how they can become accredited to a NABCEP standard of excellence. We are very pleased to be able to say that companies which focus on PV installation will be the first type of business which NABCEP will offer accreditation to." He continues, "We could not have gotten this far in the process without the support of our tireless volunteers."

  • 04 2011 01

    Wind Becomes Spain's Biggest Energy Source

    Spain saw wind power become its main source of electricity generation last month, underscoring the country's progress in becoming one of Europe's greenest nations.

  • 04 2011 01

    Fronius USA Offering 10-Year Warranty Extension

    Fronius USA is now offering a 10-Year Warranty Extension on IG and IG Plus / IG Plus V series inverters. Customers can upgrade from Fronius' standard 10-Year Warranty to 20 years by purchasing the 10-Year Warranty Extension for a nominal investment. The 20-Year Warranty shows Fronius' long-term commitment to our customers. We build high quality products designed to last.

  • 04 2011 01

    Are Genetically Modified Algae a Threat?

    A number of companies are working on genetically modifying algae to speed growth, increase lipid content and favorably change the economics of fuel production. But some critics fear that gains in algae productivity could come at the expense of ecological health.

  • 03 2011 31

    Spire's Spi-Sun Solar Simulator(TM) to Go to the European Joint Research Center at ISPRA

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced today that it will provide the Spi-Sun Simulator(TM) 4600SLP to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy (JRC ISPRA). Spi-Sun Simulators are now used in more than thirty testing laboratories around the world to qualify PV modules.

  • 03 2011 31

    Nordex To Double US Revenues in 2011

    German wind power manufacturer Nordex expects to double its U.S. revenues by selling at least 100 MW of additional wind-turbine capacity this year, a company spokesman has revealed.

  • 03 2011 31

    Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2011: Buying Opportunities

    Every year since 2007 I've been publishing a list of ten renewable energy and energy efficiency stocks that I think will do well over the coming year. For 2008-10, my list outperformed my clean energy benchmark. This year so far looks like it is going to break my streak, but there is a very bright silver lining: I now think four of my picks are screaming buys.

  • 03 2011 31

    SolarCraft Once Again Earns Top Honor as a Marin Solar Installer

    SolarCraft has once again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun's annual reader's poll to identify the best businesses in the Marin County. A Novato business since 1984, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County for the second, consecutive year.

  • 03 2011 30

    Schiller Awarded Thin Film Fab Automation Contracts

    Schiller Automation GmbH & Co. KG, a world leading provider of production solutions to the solar industry, announced today that it has been awarded contracts for a new factory automation facility. Based on the Schiller design already in use in 8 operating thin film factories, the new contract expands the company's growing base of business in China.

  • 03 2011 30

    Ethanol lowers gas prices, Broin tells Senate committee

    POET wants to help alleviate high gas prices by drastically increasing ethanol supplies in large part through expansion in cellulosic ethanol, but the industry needs market access to make that happen, POET CEO Jeff Broin told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today.

  • 03 2011 30

    Consolidated Solar Technology Chooses Unirac to Support 1.1MW Albuquerque Academy Project

    Unirac, Inc., North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems, was selected by Consolidated Solar Technologies, Inc. (CST) to supply an ISYS Ground Mount (IGM) mounting solution for a 1.1MW solar installation spanning a five-acre site at Albuquerque Academy. The solar array is the maximum-sized facility allowed under New Mexico utility regulations and was fully funded by companies outside the school. Albuquerque Academy is now the largest solar-powered secondary school in North America.

  • 03 2011 30

    MOTECH Features USA Specific PV Products at PV America 2011

    Motech Industries, Inc. and its Delaware based solar panel operations, Motech Americas, is pleased to be showcasing products designed for the growing U.S. market at PV America 2011 which will be held on April 3-5, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

  • 03 2011 30

    Raising the Bar and Then Raising it Again

    Last week, it was announced that China's National Energy Administration is renewing and even upping its push for increased renewable energy in the country, as was put in place in the 12th Five Year Plan, the government's quinquennial roadmap for development from 2011 to 2115.

  • 03 2011 30

    Our Energy Bubble

    Bubbles are a social phenomenon at least as much as they are a financial phenomenon.

  • 03 2011 30

    UK Microgeneration: A Matter of Priorities

    The traditional stop-start development of the UK renewables industry continues. Just shy of one year after the feed-in tariff for small-scale electricity generation was introduced, it has had its first major cut proposed. Although the anger from industry and other advocates is understandable, the moves from government are understandable too.

  • 03 2011 29

    SMA Inverters Chosen for 475kW Demonstration System at Senior Housing Community

    Due to its success since coming online last summer, the nearly 500kW photovoltaic system at the Vintage Oaks senior affordable housing community in Citrus Heights, Calif., has become a demonstration system for other properties by developer USA Properties Fund, Inc. Based on their quality and reliability, 98 Sunny Boy inverters from SMA America were chosen to convert the direct current (DC) collected by the solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity for use throughout the neighborhood.

  • 03 2011 29

    Petaluma School District Installs Solar Power System At Multiple School Locations Utilizing Panels From Sharp

    The Petaluma School District recently flipped the switch on a 4,508-panel 1 Megawatt Solar Power System. The system, using Sharp's NUU235F1 235 watt solar modules, was designed and installed by Cupertino Electric, Inc. (www.cei.com) and is comprised of two arrays mounted on canopies at the Casa Grande High School and Petaluma High School campuses. The system is projected to reduce the district's annual energy costs and supply the school district with enough solar energy over a 20-year period to offset the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 4,302 passenger vehicles.

  • 03 2011 29

    Sharp Solar Panels Power Array At Washington DC Sheridan School

    The Sheridan School in Washington, D.C., recently flipped the switch on a 3,800 square foot roof-mounted solar power array. This solar installation, comprised of 252 224 watt panels from Sharp Solar, is one of the largest in the District, and it will provide 56 kilowatts of energy. Working with Rockville, Maryland-based Clean Currents Solar, Sheridan was able to tap Washington, DC's $2 million-a-year Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) to help fund the project. The school is expecting a complete payback of their investment in the solar array within ten years. Sheridan students are particularly excited by plans to install a digital readout in the lobby of the school and on the school's Web site that will allow real-time monitoring of the output from each of the 252 solar panels. This capability is made possible by the separate micro inverters installed on each of the 15-square-foot panels, a first for a commercial-scale system in the area.

  • 03 2011 29

    Does the UN have the answers to promote solar in North Africa and Middle East?

    The UNESCO Regional Cairo Bureau has been an active player promoting the adoption of alternative energy in the MENA region. Dr Nazar Hassan, Deputy Director of the UNESCO Regional Cairo Bureau has been working on a strategy that benefits both the nations within MENA, and the industry heavyweights that can serve the energy demand and contribute to the local economy.

  • 03 2011 29

    Top 11 Algae Biofuel and Biochemical Trends From 2011-2020

    The following article is an excerpt from a technology, investment, and market study titled Algae 2020, Vol 2 (2011 update) from market research firm Emerging Markets Online. The excerpt provides a summary of findings and highlights 11 key trends for the algae industry from 2011 to the year 2020.

  • 03 2011 29

    Germans Push for More Renewable Energy; Offshore Wind To Benefit

    Germany's federal government has hatched a plan to accelerate the expansion of the country's energy grid to transport more renewable energy, particularly from offshore wind farms, after Japan's nuclear disaster alerted voters in the Europe's largest electricity market of the pressing need for non-nuclear power.

  • 03 2011 24

    Top 5 themes in offshore wind power infrastructure addressed..

    Hear from Alastair Dutton from The Crown Estate at the 3rd annual Offshore Wind Power Infrastructure Summit and be at the forefront of this burgeoning industry. Hear from 30+ forward-thinking CEOs and directors from the leading offshore wind companies and discover the key challenges they face and solutions that will facilitate project delivery to 2015 and beyond.

  • 03 2011 24

    Boreal Renewable Energy Development measures Manhattan breezes with Second Wind technology

    Second Wind, a leader in wind measurement systems, announced that Boreal Renewable Energy Development is using its Nomad 2 Wind Resource Data Loggers to help bring wind power to New Yorkers this year. The site is being considered for a rooftop turbine installation that will contribute to New York's energy needs and add a powerful symbol to the city skyline.

  • 03 2011 24

    OPEL Solar, Inc. Enhances Solar Project for Aquarion Water Company

    OPEL Solar International Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OPL) ("OPEL" or "the Company"), a leading global developer and supplier of ground-based and rooftop photovoltaic tracker systems, and high concentration photovoltaic ("HCPV") solar panels, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement to install a tracker-based solar system at the Aquarion Water Company's ("Aquarion") D.W. Loiselle Water Treatment Plant at Trap Falls Reservoir in Shelton, Connecticut. This Aquarion solar facility advances OPEL's and Aquarion's commitment to environmental stewardship. The project will showcase OPEL Solar's superior solar tracker products. This solar facility will use both the TF-800 single-axis tracker and the SF-45 dual-axis tracker. OPEL's trackers follow the path of the sun during the day to produce more energy from any brand of solar panel than could be expected from the same panel in a "fixed" or non-tracking installation.

  • 03 2011 24

    Virtual Power Plants Aren't Just Virtual -- They're Real

    As Japan starts rebuilding after this month's devastating earthquake and tsunami, it must do so with a significant shortfall of electricity. With almost four percent of the country's baseload capacity offline due to the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and problems at other generation facilities, rolling blackouts are common around Tokyo, hampering the country's manufacturing sector.

  • 03 2011 24

    Peak Oil Risk in Muni Bonds

    Meredith Whitney predicts a wave of defaults in municipal (muni) bonds, followed by indiscriminate selling and potential buying opportunities for some. She's been widely criticized for the prediction of defaults, but I'm a lot more interested in the prediction of the market's reaction.

  • 03 2011 24

    Advent of Ultracapacitors Signals Change in Wind Turbine Capabilities

    The pitch of a wind turbine's three rotor blades can be adjusted to respond to current conditions and create electricity. Pitch adjustments allow wind turbines to maximize the amount of clean energy they can generate. In order to adjust the blades, turbines need power. To date, wind turbine manufacturers have relied on battery-driven energy storage systems for that power.

  • 03 2011 23

    HyperSolar Technology Well-Positioned to Capture Silicon Panel Market as New Study Predicts CPV Sector Growth

    HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCBB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology that magnifies the power of the sun to significantly increase the power output of solar cells, today announced that following a new industry report predicting elevated growth of the CPV sector, the company expects its technology to redefine and expand the boundaries of conventional CPV with a product that captures the silicon solar panel market

  • 03 2011 23

    Granholm joins Pew as energy adviser

    Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm will lead a campaign for a national clean energy policy that promotes and funds research and manufacturing for wind, solar and advanced battery industries in the U.S

  • 03 2011 23

    Spire to Deliver 20MW Solar PV Module Line to Brazil

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules announced today it is providing a 20 megawatt (MW) solar PV module line to Tecnometal Equipamentos (Tecnometal) of San Paulo, Brazil.

  • 03 2011 23

    US DOE Using its PV Incubator to Push for Solar Innovation

    The stale and the satisfied need not apply for the $1 million to $4 million subcontracts awarded through an aggressive photovoltaics (PV) incubator program prodding entrepreneurs to help the United States reach the DOE's SunShot Initiative goal of lowering the cost of utility-scale installations by about 75 percent to roughly $1 per watt by 2017.

  • 03 2011 23

    Cleantech Venture Demonstrates Collaboration Between US and China

    OnGreen, the world's largest cleantech marketplace announced today the launch of its website, OnGreen.com, out of a successful beta. The website is a comprehensive destination for cleantech professionals, connecting cleantech businesses and entrepreneurs with investors, expertise and resources.

  • 03 2011 23

    Is Cap-and-Trade Kaput?

    What's in a name? Everything when it comes to a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade programme in the US. Energy industry prognosticators saw US adoption as almost inevitable just two years ago following the election of President Obama. Then opponents dubbed the initiative 'cap-and-tax', a moniker that became a death knell in a political climate wary of raising taxes. Cap-and-trade legislation died with neither a bang nor a whimper; but with a slammed door. Meaningful political debate stopped on the federal level, and the words 'greenhouse gases' apparently ceased to be used in Washington, DC.

  • 03 2011 22

    Standard Solar's Jack Copus One of First in the Country to Achieve National Photovoltaic Technical Sales Certification

    Standard Solar, Inc, a leader in the full-service development, installation and financing of solar electric systems for commercial, government and residential customers, today announced that Jack Copus, commercial channel manager, is one of the first in the country to earn the new Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Sales certification through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). NABCEP's new certification has been developed to ensure quality assurance throughout the entire sales process. This accomplishment affirms Standard Solar's commitment to staying at the forefront of its industry and achieving measurable advantages for its customers.

  • 03 2011 16

    Virginia Transformer Utilizes Cost-Optimization to Enhance Viability of Alternative Energy

    The primary obstacle for renewable energy to overcome is cost. At present, the vast majority of renewable energy projects are simply not competitive in price with traditional energy sources. Without subsidies or tax credits, renewable energy is not generally a cost-efficient means of providing power, and even with them it struggles to compete on price. Therefore, the viability of renewable sources depends on the industry successfully finding ways to reduce costs and create more efficient operations.

  • 03 2011 16

    Thermal Storage Innovations are instrumental in increasing performance and reducing CSP costs

    Thermal storage will affect the Levelized Energy Cost (LCOE) of Parabolic Troughs. This is one of the findings of a new report from CSP Today "Concentrated Solar Power Parabolic Trough: Cost & Performance". According to the report, when adding storage capacity, the capital cost rises with the increased solar field size, while the capacity factor – and therefore the annual energy yield – increases, (for example, <3700 hours at DNI 2000 for the reference plant with 7.5 hours of storage).

  • 03 2011 16

    Japan's Quake to Shake the Solar Market?

    As Japan grapples with the likelihood of a nuclear power disaster as a result of the huge earthquake and tsunami, investors are betting on solar as a more benign form of alternative energy. While solar stocks are going up and up, the impact of Japan's crisis may not be so sunny for the solar market in the coming year.

  • 03 2011 16

    Spire Corporation Reports Results for Fourth-Quarter and Year-End 2010

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules and providing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) integration services for solar systems today reported record revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2010 of $79.8 million, a 14.3% increase from $69.9 million in 2009. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $0.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the same period of 2009. These results include a gain on the sale of the assets of its Medical Device business to Bard Access Systems, Inc. of $1.6 million, net of a tax provision of $1.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for 2010 and a gain of $5.5 million, net of a tax provision of $2.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share for 2009. In addition, the Company recorded gains of $1.9 million and $3.1 million, respectively, on terminations of contracts for 2010 and 2009.

  • 03 2011 15

    POET opens its 27th ethanol plant

    POET today opened its 27th ethanol plant and fourth plant in Indiana, POET Biorefining -- Cloverdale, in a grand opening event that included ethanol industry and government leaders, area farmers, new team members and residents of Cloverdale, Ind. The event represents an important milestone: The new ethanol capacity helps Indiana's total ethanol production top 1 billion gallons, an important development goal set by state leaders.

  • 03 2011 15

    Improved Wind Station Profits Through Excellent O&M

    On March 10 at the Renewable Energy World conference in Tampa, Florida NAES Project Manager Bill Manganaro presented a paper entitled "Improved Wind Station Profits Through Excellent O&M" in the Supporting Wind Growth - Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Workforce Development session.

  • 03 2011 15

    SMA America Unveils New Sunny PRO Club Service Center

    SMA America has relocated its Sunny PRO Club Service Center to the company's new U.S. headquarters in Rocklin. As part of its expansion, the Sunny PRO Club—a membership-based professional partnership program for solar installers—has broadened its services to improve upon its award-winning model.

  • 03 2011 15

    RLS Logistics Taking NJ Headquarters Solar With HelioSage

    RLS Logistics, one of the region's leading temperature-controlled logistics providers, and HelioSage, a Mid-Atlantic solar project developer, have announced plans to retrofit the RLS headquarters with solar electricity. The roof-mounted solar array, with a capacity of approximately 1.5 megawatts, will be capable of producing nearly two million kilowatt-hours of clean power each year and is expected to generate significant energy cost savings for RLS over the life of the system.

  • 03 2011 15

    CSP TODAY WORLD MAP 2011 Release

    CSP Today has released the third edition of the CSP TODAY WORLD MAP 2011 coinciding with the 5th edition of CSP TODAY USA annual event.

  • 03 2011 15

    Geothermal Capacity Could More than Double by 2020

    Increasing global investment in geothermal power could result in a 134% increase in total geothermal capacity between 2010 and 2020, according to a report released on March 7 by Pike Research.

  • 03 2011 15

    Nova Scotia Joins Surge on Tidal Power

    To date much of the focus on tidal power has been on the Eastern side of the Atlantic with demonstration projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Over on the Western side however, the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia looks set to give the old country a firm run for its money.

  • 03 2011 15

    Leadership Roundtable: Getting from Here to There

    In 2010, the clean energy and carbon markets saw $243 billion in investment -- a 30 percent increase over 2009. Lead by stunning growth in the Chinese market and a substantial increase in solar PV investments, it appears the industry is starting to shake off the hangover caused by the 2008 financial crisis and resulting global economic slump.

  • 03 2011 14

    KYOCERA Supplies Solar Modules for United States Marine Corps' Largest PV Installation

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — March 14, 2011 — Kyocera Solar, Inc. and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest today announced the completion of a 1.4 megawatt (MW) solar electric system on the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, just north of San Diego, Calif. NAVFAC Southwest celebrated the completion of the project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on February 3.

  • 03 2011 14

    The Only Biogas Specific Waste-to-Energy Conference in the US with more than 10 Utilities and Developers

    Join us in Chicago this June as we leverage the huge potential of landfill gas in the East coast and growing farm/co-digestion AD projects in the neighboring states. This key event will bring together leaders of the US biogas industry to examine how to develop commercially successful biogas projects and address the latest technological advances in production. For more information visit our website at www.greenpowerconferences.com/biogasUSAEast

  • 03 2011 14

    Why not think about operational plant optimization before financial closure?

    Many Indian project developers are very busy these days carrying out site assessments, solar resource analysis, negotiating with EPC/EPCM contractors and with financial institutes. Therefore, it is quite normal that at this point in time nobody really thinks a lot about operational optimization of CSP plants that will start operation in two years from now.

  • 03 2011 14

    Spire Corporation to Provide MAGE SOLAR with a 50MW PV Module Assembly Line

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced today it will provide the Ravensburg (Germany) company, MAGE SOLAR (MAGE) with a PV module assembly line to be established in Dublin, Georgia. This automated line will assemble laminates into completed modules at the rate of 50MW per year.

  • 03 2011 11

    Feed-in Tariffs or Bidding: How Best to Assign Renewable Contracts

    In his conclusion to a recent speech at the London School of Economics, Lord Turner, Chair of the Financial Services Authority in the UK, introduced an important distinction in reference to the financial crisis: he explained that "Stability matters a lot; minor gains in allocative efficiency matter little."

  • 03 2011 11

    2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards – Leadership

    No great industry achievements happen unless dynamic visionaries step up and spearhead efforts to bring about the change they envision. Whether it is pioneering the development of wind power technology, creating a financial vehicle that aids consumers in adopting solar energy, or keeping the pressure on politicians to ensure that an industry receives the research and development funding that it deserves, these leaders know that it takes years of hard work to move an industry forward.

  • 03 2011 11

    U.S. Solar Market Blooms, Challenges Remain

    Federal lawmakers are fight over budget and programs that would hamper the U.S. solar market, so any numbers to show the solar industry's contribution to the economy will help. So here comes a report released Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association that showed the U.S. solar market grew 67 percent to reach $6 billion in 2010 from $3.6 billion in 2009.

  • 03 2011 10

    EPA Chief Jackson's Comments Couldn't Come at a Better Time

    Growth Energy welcomed the testimony of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today that laid out a timeframe of "the next few months" for introduction of new rules for labeling pumps that will carry E15, following EPA approval of Growth Energy's Green Jobs Waiver.

  • 03 2011 10

    2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards -- Innovation

    In any emerging industry innovation plays a key role in bringing about the mainstream adoption of technology. Within the field of renewable energy, researchers are constantly seeking ways to increase the efficiency and lower the costs associated with generating power from renewable sources.

  • 03 2011 10

    Ontario PV Market to Grow 270% To Reach 455 MW in 2011

    Despite ongoing political and regulatory uncertainty, Ontario's PV market will continue it's growth in 2011 and in total we expect there to be 455MW of new installations in 2011, up from 169MW in 2010. Our forecast shows that Ontario's Photovoltaic (PV) market is expected to reach cumulative installations of 2,650 MW by 2015. This includes demand from the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, and non-FIT program sources such as the RESOP and the Korean Consortium agreement.

  • 03 2011 10

    Camden County Municipal Utility Authority Selects HelioSage for Solar Project

    The Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA) announced that it has selected HelioSage as its partner for a solar powered future. Following a public Request For Proposal, the Authority chose HelioSage, a developer of solar projects in the mid-Atlantic, to finance, build, operate and maintain a large scale PV array at the Camden County Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the state of New Jersey.

  • 03 2011 09

    POET cuts water use by more than 400 million gallons

    POET plants have reduced water use by a total of 411 million gallons of water per year compared to 2009 levels thanks to widespread installation of the company's Total Water Recovery technology. That savings means POET plants on average now use 2.77 gallons of water per gallon of ethanol.

  • 03 2011 09

    Spire Corporation to Present at the 2011 Solar Summit

    Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced today that its Executive Vice President & General Manager of Spire Solar, Mr. Stephen J. Hogan, will present at the Greentech Media's Solar Summit 2011 on March 14, 2011 in Palm Springs, California.

  • 03 2011 01

    NAES Power Contractors is Newest NWHA Board Member

    John Stender, Director of Maintenance for NAES Power Contractors based in the Hillsboro, Oregon office, has been elected to serve a three year term on the Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA) Board of Directors.

  • 03 2011 01

    Southwest Windpower's Andy Kruse to Speak at South By Southwest's Interactive "Green Movement" Panel

    Andy Kruse, co-founder and senior vice president of marketing at Southwest Windpower, the world's leading supplier of distributed wind generators, has been selected to speak on the panel, "Three Undiscovered Companies Leading the Green Movement" on Monday, March 14 at South By Southwest's (SXSW®) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The panel will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Austin Convention Center, room 6AB.

  • 03 2011 01

    Hunterdon Central Regional High School Commissions Solar Array With HelioSage

    Hunterdon Central Regional High School, one of the largest high schools in New Jersey, and HelioSage, a developer of solar energy projects in the mid-Atlantic, have commissioned a 55 kilowatt solar array on the roof of the school's junior-senior science wing. The solar array, which will be owned, operated and maintained by HelioSage, furthers Hunterdon Central's track record of innovative, cost-effective facility management, and positions the school as a leader in sustainable operations.

  • 03 2011 01

    The U.S. PV Market: A Tale of David vs. Goliath?

    Despite recent headlines that might suggest otherwise, leading installation and manufacturing players are losing market share. We believe this is a healthy indication of both market growth and increasing acceptance of solar as "mainstream" in the eyes of both contractors and homeowners.

  • 03 2011 01

    NREL Looks To Expand Biofuels Partnerships

    The scenario for your business dream plays out like this. You have an idea to make a fuel from biomass using a biochemical conversion processes. You and your investors have completed bench-scale tests of your process, but now it is time to take it to the next level and process up to one ton of dry biomass a day. However, in a tough economy you don't want to build your own demonstration facility, but still need somewhere to test it. It turns out that "somewhere" is located at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

  • 03 2011 01

    Natural Power Complex Flow paper gains recognition in top industry journal

    Independent renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has published a paper on time-dependant computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis which has been accepted by the peer-reviewed Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. The journal reports on all aspects of wind engineering and the activities of the International Association for Wind Engineering.

  • 03 2011 01

    Solar as a Social Network?

    Patrick Crane knows a thing or two about building networks. As the Former VP of Marketing for the popular business networking website LinkedIn from 2007 to 2010, Crane helped dramatically expand the site's reach and influence at a time when Facebook was beating down competitors like Friendster and Myspace.

  • 03 2011 01

    Final Conference Program Set for 2011 Clean Energy Workforce Conference

    Over 80 speakers, 24 sessions, 10 workshops, and the opportunity to meet and talk with hundreds of workforce renewable energy and energy efficiency experts, instructors and educators from around the country are all part of the March 8-10, 2011 Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference. "This year's conference is truly an impressive lineup covering all aspects of training the clean energy workforce," says Jane Weissman, IREC's Executive Director.

  • 03 2011 01

    Europe's Policymakers Sign up for a New Offshore Transmission Grid

    If Europe is to achieve its carbon reduction commitments, a third of Europe's electricity will need to come from renewables by 2020, with wind power accounting for as much as 20% of the total supply. By 2030, wind power alone could provide a third of Europe's electricity – and half by 2050.

  • 03 2011 01

    NABCEP Announces Results of First PV Technical Sales Exam

    The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to congratulate the 97 individuals who achieved a passing score on the recently administered PV Technical Sales Examination. The group of inaugural certificants has demonstrated extensive knowledge of the complex range of activities that make up a successful photovoltaic sales process. The job task analysis (JTA) that the exam is based on covers eight main topic areas: qualifying the customer; site analysis; conceptual design; financial costs, incentives, and savings; financial benefit analysis and financing; non-financial benefit analysis; performance analysis; and proposal preparation.

  • 02 2011 28

    Will Distributed Solar Drive Utilities into Bankruptcy?

    Speaking at the Economist's Intelligent Infrastructure Conference, Brad Tirpak, Managing Partner at the private investment fund Locke Partners made the case that electric utilities are as woefully unprepared for the coming disruption of cheap, distributed solar power as newspapers were unprepared for the disruption of the Internet in 2000.

  • 02 2011 28

    Oil Prices Accelerating; NE Biomass Advocates Rally for Renewable Energy

    According to estimates from the Energy Information Administration, prices for U.S. home heating oil rose 24 percent in February 2011, compared to February 2010. With prices expected to continue to rise, members of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) are urging homeowners, business owners and policy makers to take action making the utilization of renewable heating options, like biomass, a reality for more residents of the Northeastern United States. According to the group, steadily rising fossil fuel costs are, once again, causing the region to refocus efforts in support of renewable alternatives.

  • 02 2011 28

    Award-winning renewable energy consultancy Dulas to offer Triton Sonic Wind Profiler systems for rental in the UK

    A world renowned renewable energy service provider today announced a rental program to provide its clients with leading-edge remote sensing technology for wind measurement. Industry veteran Dulas will partner with Second Wind to offer Triton Sonic Wind Profiler systems for rental in the UK. This system complements the trusted Dulas wind development services already being utilized by UK wind developers.

  • 02 2011 28

    Why Community Solar Makes Sense for New Jersey

    While a bill that would enable a community, church or neighborhood group to form a local renewable energy collaborative (LREC) for the purpose of hosting a community-owned solar system is bogged down in the legislature, the residents of several New Jersey developments have taken it upon themselves to create their own solar communities.

  • 02 2011 28

    Transmission Infrastructure and Collaboration

    The most important renewable energy development in Nevada at this time has nothing to do with generating power. There is no underground steam or sunshine involved. No wind to harness. It's just 235 miles of cable stretching down the eastern third of our great state.

  • 02 2011 24

    IKEA Invests in Wind Power Project

    Sweden's IKEA, famous for its easy-to-assemble furniture products, now plans to build its own dedicated wind power facility.

  • 02 2011 24

    Who Will Replace Hydropower's Aging Work Force?

    Many of the men and women running America’s hydropower plants are nearing retirement. Every sector of the energy industry is expected to lose a large share of its work force as millions of experienced professionals, baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964, become eligible for retirement over the next several years.    Is the hydropower industry prepared to compete with other industries for a new generation of skilled workers? What’s more, does the industry have a plan for training and knowledge sharing? A panel of hydropower professionals discussed these worrisome issues this week at the Northwest Hydroelectric Association’s annual conference in Portland, Ore. There are about 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. They represent 28 percent of the U.S. population and 68 percent of the existing work force. Bruce Meaker, senior manager of Regulatory Affairs for Snohomish County Public Utility District, put those numbers in perspective. “If you do the numbers over a 25-year period, you get 8,500 boomers going out every day,” Meaker said. “That means one every 10 seconds. That’s a lot of retirement parties.” About 40 percent of the work force at America’s electric and natural gas utilities will be eligible for retirement in the next five years, Meaker said. “Who’s going to replace them?” he asked.    Meaker said his company sought to replace an engineer who is retiring in April. Thirty people applied for the position, but only three candidates were qualified for the job. Recruiting qualified workers may be difficult for several reasons, he said. Some high-profile celebrities strongly oppose the use of hydropower because of its impact on the environment. Such social stigma could make it difficult to attract new talent. In addition, training opportunities specific to hydropower are sparse. But the industry is beginning to form partnerships with universities and other organizations that are designed to tap the nation’s pool of talented younger workers. Barbara Hins-Turner, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College, works with Washington State’s 20 community colleges to find hydropower jobs for graduating students. The program has an 85-percent success rate in placing students in jobs at hydropower facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hins-Turner said.  “These are real students placed into real jobs,” she said. The Hydro Research Foundation’s Hydro Fellowship Program is another new effort designed to steer students toward a career in the hydropower industry. The fellowships are funded by a $3 million, four-year grant from the Department of Energy’s Wind and Waterpower Technologies Program. Nine fellowships were awarded last year. Another 18 fellowships will be awarded in April, said Deborah Linke, director of the fellowship program. “We’re investing approximately $55,000 a year in each student,” Linke said. “So it’s important, if at all possible, to keep them within the hydropower family.” Each student is paired with a mentor from the industry. “The next step is to develop career opportunities for these students as they graduate,” Linke said. A career in hydropower shouldn’t be difficult to sell to the next generation of workers, Linke said. “Hydro is green again and maybe a little sexy,” she said. “I think most students coming into hydropower really see it as a green industry. They see its role in supporting other renewables and they’re excited about being a part of that.”    Born in 1979, Katie Clarkson is a member of Generation X who found her career in the hydropower industry through an internship at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She is now a civil engineer and a project review officer for FERC’s Division of Dam Safety. “I never envisioned a career in the hydropower industry,” Clarkson said. “It wasn’t even on my radar.” She applied for an internship at FERC and was accepted. “After four months, I learned that it was a very interesting industry and I enjoyed my experience in working for a regulatory agency,” Clarkson said. “Never underestimate the power of an old-fashion internship. It’s a great way for prospective employees to evaluate your organization and it’s a great way for companies to evaluate prospective employees.”   Russell Ray is senior editor of Hydro Review magazine. Russell has 11 years experience as an energy journalist, covering the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma and the growth of solar and nuclear power in Florida. He served eight years as the energy reporter for the Tulsa World. He held the same position at the Tampa Tribune for two and a half years before joining Hydro Review in 2009.

  • 02 2011 24

    US Plans for Green Exports

    When it comes to exporting green energy, talk tends to centre on whether or not the US can compete with China. But that has little bearing on the international business activity of California-based Greenhouse Holdings, which builds eco-friendly infrastructure.

  • 02 2011 24

    Forests into Fuel: Promise and Limits of Biomass in the Northeast

    Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States. That's according to a new report released last week by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

  • 02 2011 24

    Virtual Net Metering

    Historically, if someone wanted to install a grid-tied solar system but lacked a suitable site, they were left with few, if any, options. Electric customers such as apartment building tenants or homeowners with shaded roofs were not eligible or apt for net metering tariffs, which otherwise would have allowed them to offset their normal electricity usage with the output of a solar system.

  • 02 2011 24

    Wisconsin's First Solar Module Manufacturer Opens Its Doors

    Helios USA, LLC, a solar manufacturer located in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley, announces the opening of its new manufacturing facility at 1207 West Canal Street. To mark the occasion, the company will host a ribbon-cutting event on February 28 at 3:30 p.m. to showcase its focus on renewable energy and the creation of green jobs in Milwaukee.

  • 02 2011 23

    Ethanol the Answer to $5 Gallon Gasoline

    With dire news reports out of Libya sending skittish oil markets higher and higher, and predictions that Americans will face $5 a gallon gasoline, representatives of the U.S. ethanol industry warned that Congressional maneuvers to block already-approved levels of ethanol from reaching the market would only worsen the impact of high fuel prices.

  • 02 2011 23

    Investors Need to Account for Resource Scarcity

    The 2008 financial crisis stemmed from the false assumption that housing prices would always go up. It took a simple look at the underlying shoddy mortgages to realize how delusional that assumption was. But only a handful of investors saw the scope of the problem before it got too big to fix.

  • 02 2011 23

    Spire Announces the Spi-EL(TM) Electroluminescence Solar Module Tester

    ire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules announced today the introduction of a new advanced metrology product, the Spi-EL(TM) Electroluminescence Solar Module Tester, at the SNEC 5th (2011) International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Exhibition in Shanghai, China.

  • 02 2011 23

    Looking for Wind Industry Leadership in Reducing Noise Impacts

    The wind industry is at an important fork in the road regarding community noise standards. Although developers have successfully used setbacks of 1200 feet and less in farm and ranch country for many years, they are now facing growing numbers of wind farm neighbors in other regions struggling with turbine noise. This has, in turn, spawned widespread resistance to traditional siting standards around the country.

  • 02 2011 23

    Taiwan Initiates Energy Transition

    Taiwan is set to blaze a trail in renewables development with its major policy initiatives that are designed to at last exploit the country's extensive renewable resources.

  • 02 2011 23

    Finding the Key to CIGS PV Reliability

    This past week there was a photovoltaic (PV) workshop that probably wasn't on your radar. It was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is called the PV Module Reliability Workshop (PVMRW). This is where the nerds of the PV industry get together to discuss the factors that influence how long a PV module will last and other factors which might influence the long-term performance of a PV system. It wasn't on your radar because it is not something that influences big business. Or is it?

  • 02 2011 23

    Magma Power for Geothermal Energy?

    When a team of scientists drilling near an Icelandic volcano hit magma in 2009, they had to abandon their planned experiments on geothermal energy. But the mishap could point the way to an alternative source of geothermal power.

  • 02 2011 23

    Todd Lindstrom Joins Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group as Vice President of Sales

    Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) today announced that Todd Lindstrom has joined the company's Solar Energy Solutions Group (SESG) as vice president of Sales. SESG is a division of SEC and the U.S. solar arm of Sharp Corporation. In this position, Mr. Lindstrom is responsible for developing and directing the sales operations of the group. He reports to Eric Hafter, senior vice president of SESG.

  • 02 2011 23

    The Green Machine: Algae Clean Wastewater, Convert to Biodiesel

    Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are developing biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater. The project is doubly "green" because algae consume nitrates and phosphates and reduce bacteria and toxins in the water. The end result: clean wastewater and stock for a promising biofuel.

  • 02 2011 14

    Wind potential measuring

    Wind potential measuring can be done in several ways:

    By satellite studies based on measurements of the past 30 years * consulting the measurements performed by NIMH - National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology * by installing a temporary radar like device, called LIDAR, * or by permanent installation of a mast to measure wind intensity.

  • 02 2011 14

    Wind Valves

    Wind valves are instruments specially designed to indicate the prevailing wind direction. A pole can have up to five valves, depending on the height for which the measurement is desired. It is important to be Measnet calibrated and to have a calibration certificate attached.

  • 02 2011 14

    Anemometers

    Anemometers are devices used to record the intensity of wind. Major manufacturers are Thies and NRG both having a great experience in their testing and calibration. Anemometers’ calibration must be done according to Measnet. Each anemometer has a calibration certificate attached, which proves that it works within parameters range. We advise you to ask for these calibration certificates when buying measurement poles.

  • 02 2011 14

    Wind intensity measurement

    Wind intensity measurement can be done without the installation of measurement masts. By using a device called LIDAR, wind parameters can be monitored temporarily, for 2-3 months, or even less. This device is shaped like a small container and it works on the principle of radar. It is additionally used in inaccessible places or where an investment in a permanent mast is not appropriate.

  • 02 2011 14

    Wind measurement masts

    Thanks to our team of specialists, we can install wind measurement masts in the toughest weather conditions.

    In this way we fully observe the time allocated by each customer for such operations.

     

  • 02 2011 14

    Wind measurements

    This week we launch the official website of the company of consulting and wind studies implementation Wind Measurements. We thank all our partners for their support over time to ensure best quality wind measurement services.