The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power

Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone:  The full political might of Florida's IOUs was on display in December, when a deceptive campaign, funded by the state's electric utilities, crushed a citizen-led effort to open Florida to solar competition through the 2016 ballot. "When your opponents have no ethical foundation, have unlimited resources and are willing to say and do anything to defeat you," says Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which led the pro-solar effort, "it's a tough hurdle to overcome."

It should come as no surprise that the utilities have fought so hard. The rise of cheap, distributed solar power poses a disruptive – and perhaps existential – threat to the traditional electric utility business.

Monopoly electric utilities used to make sense. Dirty power, generated at a distance from population centers, was carried over a set of transmission lines to homes and businesses. Consumers got reliable power from a single provider. IOUs were guaranteed a profit – both for building power plants and transmission lines as well as for the electricity itself.  Full Article:

Fraunhofer TechBridge launches SunRISE Challenge, seeking innovations in solar energy, in partnership with DSM and Greentown Labs

The SunRISE TechBridge Challenge is seeking innovations in materials and technologies that will enable the reduction of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for photovoltaic (PV) systems, and consequently increase the penetration of affordable PV.

Sungevity Partners with CleanSpark to Provide Energy Monitoring and Management to its Growing List of Commercial Solar Customers

Sungevity, a leader in the global solar market, and CleanSpark, a microgrid technology company, today announced a partnership in which Sungevity will include CleanSpark's cyber-secure energy monitoring and management software with its commercial solar offering. The partnership will make CleanSpark's technology available to Sungevity's commercial customers with access to real-time system monitoring.

Leviathan Wind Energizer Announces New Wind Energy Technology for Fast Climate Change Action and Crowd Funding

The company is raising $1 million to certify the proven and patented technology on a large scale

sPower, SRP Unveil Sandstone Solar

New Project Demonstrates Increasing Affordability of Utility-Scale Solar

Renewable Energy Readiness of Pakistan

Distribution companies are reluctant to expand grid into rural areas and revenues for tariffs cannot provide sufficient returns to recover the investment. Providing energy access to such villages through stand-alone off-grid solar systems or mini or micro-grids can provide them access to modern energy sources.

SAENORE - South Asian Experts Network on Renewable Energy

SAENORE will create and maintain knowledge transfers amongst renewable energy experts in South Asia and it will work in the areas of Energy efficiency, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Small Hydro Power, Bio-energy and Geothermal Energy.

altE Adds National Electric Code Review Workshop Day to 2016 Annual Solar Installer Conference

Solar National Electric Code Expert, Dr. Sean White, to provide interactive class for solar installers and electric code inspectors at altE's 2016 Annual Solar Installer Conference

Corvus Energy wins Environmental Award at the 2016 Offshore Support Journal Conference, London.

The Environmental Award sponsored by Nor-Shipping is awarded to a company, project or product that has made a significant contribution to a reduction in the environmental footprint of the OSV industry.

skytron energy chosen for 86.2 MWp PV plant in South Africa

skytron energy's monitoring technology helps to regulate electricity in an energy intensive region

Clean Energy Collective Co-Founds Community Solar Trade Association

Coalition for Community Solar Access to help cultivate community solar market growth.

GE's 6-Megawatt Wind Generator Leaves Factory, Destined to Accelerate Offshore Wind Growth

• The Completed Permanent Magnet Generator (PMG) is the First Generator out of the First Series of 300 Generators to be Manufactured in GE's Offshore Wind Factory in Saint-Nazaire • PMG's Low Component Count and High Redundancy Increase Availability and Reliability, Optimizing Energy Production • GE is Well Positioned to Serve the Offshore Wind Market in France and Worldwide

SolarWorld accepting applications for company's 2016 Junior Einstein Award

SolarWorld, the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 40 years, is now accepting applications for its 2016 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award. The oldest and most prestigious prize for young scientists in the photovoltaic industry will be awarded for the 11th time.

Sunverge Announces Next-Generation Energy Storage System

Smaller size, new battery and power electronics options in fully integrated system

World Smart Energy Week 2016 Opening Next Month in Japan

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