New "Be Solar Smart" Consumer Tools Promote Safe Installation and Fair Deal

Residential rooftop solar grew 66 percent in the U.S. last year. That means more consumer marketers and salespeople in the marketplace. More meetings with contractors and solar salespeople. More information to understand and more confusion.

Solar Power's Promise Infuses a New Film

Emily J. Gertz for TakePart:  Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya set out to show that climate change isn’t all gloom and doom. The result, Catching the Sun, ably makes that case but may still leave you inspired and infuriated in equal parts. This fast-paced and compelling new documentary, which premieres Friday in New York City and in cities nationwide during April, follows a diverse group of job seekers, activists, politicians, and entrepreneurs as they tap into the world’s growing solar powereconomy. Kantayya jumps between nations that have unequivocally adopted policies to speed up adoption of renewables and more fitful efforts here in the United States to expand solar energy—from a program in Richmond, Virginia, training unemployed men and women to become solar panel installers to a “Green Tea Party” member and energy independence advocate working both sides of the halls of power in Georgia.   Cont'd...

The World's Largest Renewable Energy Developer Could Go Broke

Ben Walsh for The Huffington Post:  There is a “substantial risk” that SunEdison may file for bankruptcy, the world’s largest renewable energy developer said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The company’s fall isn’t a referendum on the solar industry as a whole, as much as it is on SunEdison’s aggressive growth strategy fueled by excessive debt and financial engineering, analysts say. SunEdison “just thought they were smarter than everyone else,” said David Levine, the founder and CEO of Geostellar,  a solar energy marketplace that has done deals with the company. The company’s shares have fallen steeply since they hit a high of $30 in July. They were at just $1.26 before the filing. The stock immediately dropped another 40 percent when the market opened after the filing, and the company was trading at just $0.59 by Tuesday lunchtime. “What happened from late-2014 to the middle of 2015, the company began embarking on a hyper-growth strategy,” S&P analyst Angelo Zino told The Huffington Post.   Cont'd...

AWEA CEO statement on U.S. and China decision to sign climate accord

"This historic announcement shows the U.S. is in the market for climate solutions that work. Wind power is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways the U.S. can reduce carbon pollution. Through deploying more wind energy, we can cut out a tenth of the nation's entire carbon footprint by the year 2030 and keep more money in the pockets of American consumers while doing so.

Bowerman Power renewable energy facility in Orange, California opens

Government, business and project development officials officially opened the Bowerman Power renewable energy facility in Orange, California, March 29 at a ribbon-cutting Ceremony. As the project's Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) Contractor, HR Green provided design, through commissioning services for the massive gas-to-electricity project.

Study: Solar Impasse Costing Massachusetts Hundreds of Millions in Lost Revenue, Investment

New Vote Solar Research of Stalled Projects Puts Face on Impact of Legislative Inaction

PVinsights: Inventory correction escalate solar price drops on cell and module

Multi-crystalline cell price plummet this week as inventory adjustment makes the demand weaker. Due to high inventory level, major multi-crystalline cell buyers cut their purchasing order much higher than expected. Hence, multi-crystalline cell makers intend to leverage the aggressive price reductions to reduce their piled-up inventory levels by the deadline of the first fiscal quarter. Moreover, with high production utilization rate, the increasing inventory in March, and the decreasing procurement volume for April, oversupply situation leads multi-crystalline price tumbles more dramatically this week.

Global Gathering Addresses PV Role in Energy Prosperity and Climate Change Mitigation

Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with their counterparts from solar energy research institutes in Germany and Japan, gathered recently to discuss the future of photovoltaics (PV) and assess its contributions to increasing global prosperity, energy security and mitigation of climate change.

E2: 2.5 Million Americans Work in Clean Energy

Strong Federal, State Clean Energy Policies Could Create Even More Jobs

Could uphill train tracks solve the problem of energy storage?

James Murray for BusinessGreen:  is commonly regarded as a green form of travel, typically boasting lower levels of carbon emissions and air pollution than road transport, but could it also serve to deliver a cleaner and more resilient power grid? That is the hope of innovative US start up Advanced Rail Energy Storage, LLC, which yesterday announces it has secured a crucial right-of-way lease from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop its planned 50MW gravity-based energy storage project. The ARES Nevada project uses the same principles as pumped hydroelectric energy storage projects, but instead of relying on water in a water-stressed region it plans to make use of an inclined rail track and generator locomotive cars that will run along it.   Cont'd...

140-year-old horse racetrack uses solar to cash in on green energy

Historic Dresden Raceway rents out stable roofs for 250 kilowatt solar array

Toledo Zoo solar array featured at Ohio EPA's Ohio Brownfield Conference 2016

The Toledo Zoo solar array will be featured at the Ohio EPA's Ohio Brownfield Conference 2016 on April 6 and 7, with speakers from GEM Energy, of the Rudolph Libbe Group; TTL Associates, Inc.; and the city of Toledo.

20-Apr-16 Webinar: Solid Electrolytes and Bulk Scale Solid-State Batteries

This webinar will offer an overview of "beyond Lithium Ion" batteries, compare several solid electrolytes, and discuss technical progress and market applications for solid state batteries

Panasonic and Nomura Real Estate Unveil Concept Plan for New Smart Town in Yokohama

Ten organizations participate in the development of Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town, which includes a town energy center, a hydrogen refueling station and a dormitory for international students.

WINAICO achieves class A for Brazil's INMETRO certification

WINAICO's high efficiency WST-260P6 polycrystalline module achieves class A for INMETRO certification, paving the way to the emerging Brazilian solar market.

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