El Niño Buffers U.S. Wind Power Dreams

Tim Maverick for Wall Street Daily:  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made it official last week. The current El Niño is classified as a strong event.

An El Niño falls into the “strong” category if weekly sea surface temperatures depart from the average by more than two degrees Celsius.

In fact, this El Niño has nudged ahead of the 1997 El Niño as the strongest in the modern era!

Meteorologists believe this occurrence is actually the most potent since 1948. And it’s expected to persist through winter and into spring.

Every El Niño’s effects are different. At the moment, this one is having a surprisingly negative effect on the wind power industryin the United States.

You see, this occurrence of El Niño has produced the weakest winds across the United States in 40 years. Forecasters say this situation will continue and may even worsen through the spring of 2016.  Cont'd...

Bill Alexander named President of GEM Energy

Bill Alexander has been named President of GEM Energy, one of the Rudolph Libbe Group of companies, with offices in Ohio, Michigan and New York.

City of Tracy, Minnesota to Host Community Virtual Solar Garden

Community Green Energy signs agreement with the City of Tracy, Minnesota to develop Community Solar for the benefit of City and its residents and small businesses.


Santa Ana -September 18, 2015 Solar Speedrack Inc. (SSR) announced the unveiling of its redesigned web site which is now available. The site includes the latest product information along with instructional videos and installation manuals for its Solar SpeedMount™ and Solar GroundMount™ systems.

SPI 2015: Tax credit sunset preoccupies a fast-maturing industry

By Herman K. Trabish  for UtilityDIVE:  Solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity is expected to reach 7.7 GW in 2015, up 24% from 2014, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

From July 2015 to December 2016, the report forecasts the U.S. solar PV marketwill add 18 GW, which is more than the cumulative capacity built by the industry up to the middle of 2014.

But there are some headwinds for the sector. In a sign it has reached a level of maturity achieved recently by the wind industry, solar advocates now face an uphill political battle for the industry's most vital federal incentive

The mandated term of solar's vital 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC), in place continuously since 2008, will end on December 31, 2016. Beyond that deadline, the tax credit provided at the end of a project’s first year of operation will fall to 10% for commercial investments in solar and to zero for residential solar investments.

SEIA is mounting a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to secure a five-year extension that will get the industry to 2020, when it hopes the Clean Power Plan can take over to help boost growth.  Cont'd...

Solar Industry welcomes growing call for Government to reconsider 'extreme' Feed-In Tariff proposals

The joint statement asks Government not to take power from the people and is backed by diverse supporters from IKEA and DuPont to EnergyUK, the TUC and the NFU - supporters far beyond the solar industry.

Coronal and Panasonic Break Ground on Eight New North Carolina Projects

The 37-megawatt (AC) portfolio will generate approximately 71.3 million kilowatt hours annually.

SPI 15 - Solar Power International 2015 Welcomes Vice President Joe Biden

Largest Solar Power Trade Show In North America Demonstrates Industry's Growth and Impact


Cooperative award provides R&D funding to advance breakthrough molten salt technology to lower cost of 24-hour Concentrating Solar Power

Microchannel systems could boost future of solar thermal electricity

Could lower costs and lead to a wider deployment of solar energy.

SPI 15 - IREC's National 3iAwards and Lifetime Achievement Award Presented Today For Innovation, Ingenuity & Inspiration in Clean Energy

Winners Announced at Awards Ceremony 4pm PST Solar Power International Industry Trends Booth #3717

Energy Department Announces $102 Million to Tackle Solar Challenges, Expand Access to Clean Electricity

More than $52 million will support 22 new projects in partnership with companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and national laboratories that aim to make solar energy more affordable and accessible across the nation.

Avian Solar Work Group Formed to Study the Relationship between Birds and Solar Energy

Solar industry, scientists, and conservation organizations collaborate to direct research

DuPont Microcircuit Materials Wins Solar Industry Award for Photovoltaic Materials

DuPont Solamet Metallization Pastes Help Make Solar Panels More Powerful

SPI 15 - OutBack Power Introduces Skybox Advanced Energy Management and Storage Platform for Residential, Light Commercial Applications

True Hybrid Platform Will Enable System Owners to Achieve Energy Independence

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