China to cut on-grid tariffs for solar, wind power: State planning commission

Reuters - China will cut payments to wind and solar electricity generators for contributing power to the grid, the country's state planning commission said over the weekend, reflecting recent declines in operating costs.

Starting in 2016, on-grid tariffs for solar producers will be 0.02 to 0.10 yuan lower per kilowatt-hour — with the higher cuts applying in the country's less populated, arid western region — while tariffs for wind power generators will fall 0.02 to 0.03 yuan, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement.

The cuts, which were expected, are in line with a 0.03 yuan cut on Wednesday to on-grid tariffs for thermal power. Coal still fires more than 70% of China's power generation.  Cont'd...

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50-Megawatt SunPower Solar Plant Now Delivering Power to Xcel Energy Customers in Colorado

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced today the commercial operation of the 50-megawatt Hooper solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

Koch brothers defeat Harry Reid on solar power

By ESTHER WHIELDON for Politico:  Harry Reid’s home state dealt a lethal blow Tuesday to rooftop solar power — the latest skirmish of a nationwide green energy battle that has pitted the Senate Democratic leader against his favorite target, the Koch brothers.

The move by Nevada’s utility regulator, which voted to slash the economic incentives for homeowners to install solar panels, was most immediately a showdown between billionaires Warren Buffett, owner of the state’s largest power company, and Elon Musk, whose SolarCity is the nation’s largest installer of panels that create electricity from the sun. But it also served as a proxy fight in a national struggle about states’ green energy programs, in which free-market groups backed by industrialists Charles and David Koch have fought to roll back incentives that they argue distort the marketplace and force some customers to subsidize other people’s power choices.  Cont'd...

Next Wave of "Things" to Come: Technological Breakthrough Proven in Fort Erie, Canada

BrainGrid's "Sentroller" is an advanced solar energy monitoring technology platform that delivers a reliable and fully featured means to connect and relay wireless data. So in essence anyone can easily to remotely monitor and manage systems and infield equipment previously deemed as "unmonitorable".

City of Wilmington, Illinois to Explore Hosting Community Virtual Solar Garden

Community Green Energy signs agreement with the City of Wilmington, Illinois to develop a Community Solar Garden for the benefit of the City, its residents and small businesses.

Vivint Solar Statement On Nevada Public Utilities Commission Proposed Decision

Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) CEO, Greg Butterfield, released the following statement regarding the upcoming rooftop solar decision by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission:

GE Signs Its Largest French Onshore Wind Deal to Date

120 megawatts (MW) to be installed at two new wind farms in Franche-Comt region Contract with Velocita Energies includes 43 wind turbines plus full services agreement Deal calls for GE's largest installation of 2.75-120 technology anywhere in Europe

SolarTown Solar Rooftop Systems Provide Critical Support for Chennai Communities during Floods as Electric Grids Shutdown

Unique Solar Microinverters Ensured Power Supply During Grid Failure

sonnen starts volume production in the US ahead of Tesla's Powerwall

sonnen ships 1st production units of smart battery storage system, sonnenBatterie, in the United States. One of the world's top-selling battery storage systems is now available in the USA. In response to high demand, sonnenBatterie volume production is operating at strong capacity and is being expanded even further.

Japanese Towns Bank on Renewable Energy

By MAYUMI NEGISHI for the WallStreet Journal:  Japanese cities are entering the renewable-energy business, the latest phase in a shake-up of the nation’s power sector in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

So far, about 14 cities have formed companies to generate clean energy from local resources and sell it to area businesses and homes. With full deregulation of the nation’s electricity markets set to begin next year, the government aims to have 1,000 such city-operated companies up and running by 2021 in a direct challenge to regional power monopolies.

The move is part of Japan’s strategy for creating energy self-sufficiency, while helping revitalize communities with infrastructure investment.  Cont'd...

AEE STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF EXTENDERS FOR SOLAR, WIND, ENERGY EFFICIENCY TAX CREDITS BY U.S. CONGRESS

Introducing IREC's Updated Solar Career Map

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San Diego to be the largest American city fully powered by clean energy

City Council unanimously approves ambitious Climate Action Plan

SEIA Celebrates Extension of the ITC

Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, which included a 5-year solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension.

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