Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind power plant officially inaugurated

• Sixth offshore wind power plant to be handed over to the customer in 2015 • Power plants put nearly two further gigawatts of wind power online • Clean electricity for nearly two million households

Clean Energy Collective Introduces Rate-Based Community Solar for Investor-Owned Utilities

Program availability limited due to expiring solar investment tax credit (ITC).

Mortenson Construction to Build the Largest Wind Farm in Nebraska

Mortenson Begins Construction on Grand Prairie Wind Project

Circular Energy Bringing Solar Power Solutions To South Carolina

Circular Energy is expanding their presence in the Southeast. The solar power company, who has made a name for itself as one of the largest solar installers in Texas, today announced they are bringing their expertise and renewable energy solutions into South Carolina as they look to capitalize on the state's solar boom.

NC State University Installs Student-Funded Spotlight Solar Structure to Drive Awareness and Adoption of Clean Energy

University significantly elevates visibility of solar on campus; aims to increase engagement and education around sustainability.

As California Rolls Out More Solar Power, Regulators Could Undercut The Industry

Ken Silverstein for Forbes:  The fall season is kicking off a sizzling solar power debate in California and one that has the potential to undercut the state’s climate mission.

Utility regulators there are in discussions over how to balance the interest of rooftop solar generators with the utilities on which they will still depend. Just how those hearings are resolved with have implications for the rollout of renewable energy not just in California but also around the country.

At issue is something called “net metering,” which is technical term used to measure the amount of money that rooftop solar generators should get paid relative to retail electricity prices. Utilities, generally, want to offer them the wholesale rate for what they send to them over the grid. Those are expensive wires to maintain and ones that all customers will use, even those who power their homes with solar panels. That’s because the sun is not always shining and the utilities would then have to provide them electricity over their networks.

The present net metering rules in California were set a dozen years ago, with the intent that they would expire when solar penetration reached 5 percent at any of three investor-owned utilities: Edison International’s SoCalEd, PG&E Corp. and Sempra Energy, which is nearing the threshold. Generally, those utilities are paying customers the full retail value for their electricity generated and transmitted.  Cont'd...

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges to Create Carbon Market use Solar, Wind to reduce Climate Change

This week former Vice President Al Gore joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to sign the Under 2 MOU, a directive aimed at keeping climate change to a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperatures. The global directive is just one of four steps the governor took on Oct. 8 to limit carbon and pollution emissions in the state while encouraging more solar power development in the Empire state.

The SolarMax group takes new inverter production in operation

Since September the SolarMax group manufactures string and central inverters of the brand SolarMax for grid connected solar power systems in the Bavarian town Burgau.

2016 AEE Trade Show Event Calendar

AEE's industry trade shows (GLOBALCON, West Coast Energy Management Congress, World Energy Engineering Congress) allows you to network with professionals and colleagues in the energy field, get up to speed on the latest energy management strategies and applications, and see the newest technologies first hand. AEE conference/expo events spans the continental U.S., and explore innovations in energy efficient technologies for facilities, renewable and alternative energy, automated building systems, efficient HVAC and lighting systems, energy services, project financing options, and much more.

UK - It could be lights out for solar power under this government

Terry Macalister for The Guardian:  Ministers rightly wring their hands over the 2,200 jobs being lost at the 98-year-old Redcar steelworks hit by low-cost Chinese competition. But they seem deaf to warnings of 27,000 jobs being potentially lost in a brand-new industry now facing crisis due to their own clumsy cuts.

Almost 1,000 redundancies have already been made by the solar panel installersMark Group and Climate Energy. No one in the industry believes this will be the end of the sad story.

The latest flashpoint for “green” developers is the government plan to slash the feed-in tariff – which subsidises people installing solar panels on their home – by almost 90%. Meanwhile, an energy-efficiency regime has been scrapped with only a vague promise of a future replacement.

If these were isolated examples, then companies might be willing to hang on in the hope of better things to come. But they are the latest in a series of cuts not just to solar but also to onshore wind, and come at a time when it seems maximum effort is being expended on removing roadblocks to shale-gas frackingand nuclear power. Cont'd...

WINAICO's 300 W PERC module wins Taiwan Excellent PV Award for best PV module in safety, reliability and efficiency

WINAICO's 300 W PERC 60-cell module passes the advanced liability tests conducted by ITRI to win Taiwan Excellent PV Award, presented by Bureau of Energy, of Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Americas stand out in solid Q3 for clean energy investment

A 25% rise in investment in the US, and much larger jumps for Brazil and Chile, were among the highlights as global investment reached $70bn in the third quarter

Hannah Solar Launches Hannah Home Energy in Partnership with Sonnenbatterie Inc.

Creating the First Exclusive Sonnenbatterie Center Partnership in the Southeast

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Up Slightly with $6.2 Billion in Q3 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

VC funding up, debt financing up, public market financing down

Solar Frontier's CIS Modules Selected For 14 Megawatt Module Supply Agreement In The Midwestern US

Solar Frontier Continues To Expand US Footprint

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